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Alias Season 4 Premiere

For those interested, the Alias season premiere is tonight.

I know spoilers, and there's one I'm a bit ticked about, but we'll see how they explain it. Otherwise, I'm keeping my mouth shut until after the episode airs.

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mumpish
Jan. 5th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, another series I've meant to check out. I'm working my way through the first season of 24 at the moment, and am reasonably well entertained. Is Alias worth the time?
pointedview
Jan. 6th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Okay, it's not Firefly, because you know if I'm that enthusiastic about something, I, erm, can be a little, um, determined about it . . . *looks innocent* It's . . . likable. The plots can be really fluffy, but what keeps me coming back is the acting.

Do you like John Woo movies at all? As a director, a key motif for him is the paralleling of two men separated by a very thin line of morality. That dynamic exists between two of the characters on Alias, and the performances of Rifkin and Garber keep me coming back for more. They're enemies, necessary allies at times, sometimes brothers under the skin, not quite mirror images . . . it's one of my favorite relationships on the show. Garner's actually pretty respectable, herself.

I hold affection for the show sort of like I hold a soft spot for the first few seasons of Miami Vice -- and now that I write that, I realize some of the similarities between them. Apparently the slick, glamorous undercover agent thing works for me as entertainment, if done halfway decently.

The real thing about Alias is ... I don't know who JJ Abrams knows, but he just keeps getting such good actors. Cameos, main stars, recurring characters . . . let me see. Gina Torres, Lena Olin (who manages to out-Hannibal Anthony Hopkins early in S2), Quentin Tarantino, Ricky Gervais (The Office), Angela Bassett, Amy Irving, Faye Dunaway, Rutger Hauer, Ethan Hawke, Christian Slater, Djimon Hounsou, Isabella Rossellini . . . just all kinds of fun people.

Really, it's just fun. I can't even quite call it a guilty pleasure, because I don't feel particularly guilty about it. It's a decent quality popcorn movie with very good star power and some unexpectedly and surprisingly compelling acting, particularly from the veterans.

It's not going to change your life, and you're not going to clutch it dearly to your heart the way you would, say, Python, but it does what it does well.
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