JJ. Abrams the famed creator of Alias (and co-creator of Lost, now directing mission impossible 3) Said that he wanted this series to go back to its origins and it does that big time.
Immediately it's SD6 all over again with Sloan again in charge running a secret ops organization. You could almost be forgiven for thinking that series two and three never happened.
The other big change with this series is that that for the most part these are all one-off episodes with few story arcs and few cliff hanger endings.
It feels different!
Onto the positives there are some great performances especially from Angela Bassett as CIA Director Hayden Chase. And there is the welcome return of the villains Anna (Gina Torres) and Sark (David Anders)in a two-parter. We are also treated to an Alias first; the Jennifer Garner directed episode 'In Dreams'
There are also a number of fine episodes too. So why only four stars?
Well, without the tightly knit stories and story arcs it loses some of the tension and pure excitement of the previous seasons.
And this may help to explain why season four ratings dropped in America.
Also, being a fan it's impossible not to notice some of the inconsistencies of this season. With JJ Abrams no longer at the helm new writers have on occassion made errors that don't make sense. Like how come Marshalls wife has no idea what he does when she used to work in the same office as him!
But when all said and done it's Alias and great TV, if you are a fan it's required viewing. If not, it's worth checking out too. And there is a gtreat cliff-hanger series ending!
Interestingly, series 5 (Which looks great!) has reverted back to the tightly knit, tightly woven stories that made seasons 1,2 and 3 such mesmerising viewing