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The First Season Finale REVIEW!

Discussion in 'Alias' started by kiki81ny, May 2, 2003.

  1. kiki81ny

    kiki81ny Rocket Ranger

    Dec 9, 2002
    New York
    From USA Today-


    Always leave 'em wanting more.

    No show is more faithful to that old show-business bromide than Alias, one of TV's best serials — and certainly its most breathless. Over the past two seasons, Alias' clever creator, J.J. Abrams, has written his heroine into a dizzying array of inescapable corners, only to pull her out at the last moment and spin her off into some new peril and direction.

    Prepare to be spun again, in an unflaggingly entertaining two-hour season finale that once again launches the show into uncharted territory. In true serial fashion, secrets are revealed and mysteries are solved (though not all of either), and old dangers lead to shocking and unanticipated complications.

    Does it all make sense? To the extent anything on Alias makes sense, yes. This is, after all, a show that asks you to believe in the existence of a 15th-century seer who invented a nuclear device while predicting Hiroshima. Let's just say Sunday's twists are more satisfying and convincing than David Carradine's cameo last week as a Lost Horizon monk.

    The early focus is on Will (Bradley Cooper), who is suspected of being a spy, thanks to the work of a genetically altered "double," Francie (Merrin Dungey). The plot expands to reunite Jack (Victor Garber) with Sloane (Ron Rifkin), and Irina (Lena Olin) with her daughter, Sydney (Jennifer Garner).

    As always with Alias, some of the twists are a bit hard to follow, and many of them seem designed simply to get Garner into yet another out-there outfit. Not since Charlie's Angels has a series been as amusingly upfront about the market value of its star's feminine allure. And few stars have ever complied with as much style and humor as Garner.

    Still, the key to Alias' success is that while the plots are bizarre, the characters basically are not. Alias isn't camp; the emotions and performances are meant to ring true — as you'll see in the outstanding performances this week from Cooper and Carl Lumbly. But the entire cast works as one to invest these stories with depth, from the delightful Garner to the invaluable Garber to the charismatic Michael Vartan.

    Naturally, this high-class serial ends with a cliffhanger, and as hangers go, it's a beaut. From here, there's no telling where the show is headed — or how it got there. You'll just have to return in September.

    Which is the entire point of leaving you wanting more.

    TV Review


    ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT

    ****(out of four)
  2. Bondgal2007

    Bondgal2007 Rocket Ranger

    Feb 26, 2003
    Grr only 2 more days!
  3. AliasHombre

    AliasHombre Rocket Ranger

    Mar 2, 2003
  4. She'sgood

    She'sgood Rocket Ranger

    Mar 14, 2003
    OMG I cant wait I need to see what happenes.
    'No you want to know there is a difference.' lol I had to say that.
  5. lenafan

    lenafan Rocket Ranger

    Jan 22, 2003
    So. California
    Oh heck...just two more hours...
    Wonder why they didn't mention Olin, probably the best upgrade to that a serial ever had!
    Love this show! :D
  6. verdantheart

    verdantheart Guest

    Four for four. Love it.
  7. Marlene

    Marlene Guest

    ahhhh two days, 1 hour and 15 minutes away!
  8. SeXyALiAsCHiCa

    SeXyALiAsCHiCa Rocket Ranger

    Jan 28, 2003
    Melbourne, FL, USA
    2 days!! whooo hooo! lol
  9. a.k.a.Kate_Jones

    a.k.a.Kate_Jones Rocket Ranger

    Dec 13, 2002
    behind you.
    let's all just hope that Will doesn't shriek like a girl again...

    I can't wait!!
  10. lenkid

    lenkid Rocket Ranger

    Jan 11, 2003
    Fullerton, California
    man, if even USA today gave it 4 out of 4 stars, this ep is going to be AMAZING.
  11. liliana

    liliana Rocket Ranger

    Jan 8, 2003
    South Africa
    i liked this article it was very well done.Ya the season finale is going to be fantastic
  12. verdantheart

    verdantheart Guest

    What, you didn't think that was a classic moment?!
  13. Alias_Gay

    Alias_Gay Rocket Ranger

    Jan 27, 2003
    OMG ... 28 more hours ... I can barely breath ... the wait is killing me ... ;)

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