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4.5 Stars for a different season of Alias,
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This review is from: Alias - Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Before I launch into one of my enthusiastic and lengthy reviews of one of the most creative, dramatic, plot twistingy, cleverly written shows on TV... I urge newcomers to go back and start at Season 1. However "stand alone" the series was written to try and entice new viewers, back story is a must to appreciate the amazingly interwoven complicities of the lives of Sydney Bristow et al.
To summarise Syd - a kick ass secret agent, once working for SD6 who she thought was a black ops division of the CIA - it was not. On finding out she turns double agent working for the real CIA to bring down SD6 headed by the nefarious Sloane. On completion of her task and after many high octane adventures and close shaves she ends up working for their real black ops division and rejoins many familiar faces (her Dad Jack , soul mate Vaughn and work partner Dixon)including to our horror, let alone hers, Sloane as a "reformed goodie" Director of the new division which in itself opens the door to a "got to see next weeks episode" insatiable hunger.
The season opens with some edge of the seat fight and chase scenes and costume change / disguises. Whilst the "stand alone" nature of this season put many loyal fans off, I cannot fault it in general. All that we usually hope for in a show like this was there - stunts, drama, family tensions, twists and shocks and with all our favourite characters still at the fore. I loved the extra injection of humour by using Flinkman more often, the tension between Syd & Sloane added drama and even to the end I was unclear if he was bad or good. The gradual rebuilding of her relationship with Vaughn was realistic to me, given what they had been through in S3 as was the tension with her dad Jack.
There were a couple of eps that on repeated viewing I would be tempted to fast forward through, a first with Alias, however overall this was still far better than most other shows I have tried to get into and failed to be impressed by this year. Without giving any spoilers away, if you have not seen this try and stay spoiler free - it was the best cliffhanger of all time for me setting up a promising choice with regards to direction by the writers for season five.
I would not normally review prior to the DVD release, however given the sparce reviews already posted I wanted to ensure that new viewers are not put off by the minimal offerings currently on display.
Alias is exciting, fast paced, witty, heartbreaking and butt kicking fantastic as well as highly addictive. Based on previous DVD releases S4 is likely to be well presented with loads of Bonus features of behind scenes, featurettes, commentaries and my personal favourite gag reel. It is a definate recommend to continue a collection. Even as a first viewing of Alias it should meet its purpose to suck new fans in, but I urge you go back to day one, S1 and I guarantee you will end up with Season 4 anyway but with a full investment of backstory into this amazing show.
For me this knocks spots over ABC's "breakout hit" Lost, which I enjoy but it pales in comparison to Alias.
I urge you to buy this and be lulled into the world of espionage - even James Bond never did it so good.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2009 13:30:46 BDT
James Bond film seem so amateur-ish after watching Sydney's adventures! I don't think I will ever enjoy Bond films again as much as I used to.
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