Alias - Complete Season 3 [DVD]
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All 22 episodes from the third series of the popular television drama starring Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a 26-year-old grad-student working for a secret division of the CIA. The mission of the group is to combat SD-6, a secret terrorist organisation whose agents believe that they, in fact, work for a secret section of the CIA that combats terrorism. Episodes comprise: 'The Two', 'Succession', 'Reunion', 'A Missing Link', 'Repercussions', 'The Nemesis', 'Prelude', 'Breaking Point', 'Conscious', 'Remnants', 'Full Disclosure', 'Crossings', 'After Six', 'Blowback', 'Facade', 'Taken', 'The Frame', 'Unveiled', 'Hourglass', 'Blood Ties', 'Legacy' and 'Resurrection'.
The third season of Alias found super spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) waking up in Hong Kong with a monster hangover and two years in the future with nary a memory. What's worse, her world has been turned upside-down with the evil Sloane (Ron Rifkin) now a world-famous humanitarian and philanthropist, and, even worse, her true love Vaughn (Michael Vartan) married to a seemingly great gal. Nice way to go back to work, eh? After coming up with one heck of a cliffhanger in season 2, Alias proceeded a bit aimlessly through these 22 episodes, and as a result, the parts were truly greater than the whole. With Lena Olin no longer around as Syd's duplicitous mother, and the addition of admirable yet bland Melissa George as Vaughn's wife Lauren, Garner found herself for the first time without a compelling female foil to play off. By dividing its focus equally between the quest for the enigmatic Rambaldi device, Syd and Vaughn's now-contentious relationship, and the uncovering of Syd's missing years, Alias lost a little of its power without a larger story arc. The loss of regular cast members Merrin Dungey (Francie/Alison) and Bradley Cooper (Will)--both of whom do make great guest appearances--also divest the show of the personal life that kept Sydney human and approachable. Still, Garner is stellar as always, the plot twists come fast and furious, and secret identities are revealed. This season does have a great panorama of guest actors including Ricky Gervais, Justin Theroux, Djimon Hounsou, David Cronenberg, Quentin Tarantino, Vivica A. Fox, and Isabella Rossellini as Syd's long-lost aunt. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com
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If you have not watched this, I urge you to skip this now and go back and start from Season 1 and work up to this. Alias is a fast paced, cleverly written drama/action series with a set of core characters and their relationships (albeit most of them disfunctional) which has twists Chubby Checker would be envious of! To miss one episode could throw you totally off track and season 3 is no exception.
As commented by some other reviews, I initially thought S3 was slightly below par (for Alias), however on its completion (and prior to S4 starting on Bravo) I went back to the start and watch all the way up to the end of S3 and without giving away any spoilers for newcomers, on reflection this season was far better than I remember. Yes a slightly different style, but there is still the twists and turns we love and the continual torment of these characters we love. Maybe the love triangle situation upset some, but as proved by antoher genius writer Joss Whedon (Buffy / Angel / Firefly) you can't keep giving the viewers what they want, it gets boring. By keeping us off balance it certainly keeps my cravings heightened.
I can actually shout out loud at the TV with the shock / horror / surprise of the writing in this show. The cliffhangers in S1 and particularly S2 were to die for.
Its about normal people doing extraordinary things but having the same relationship issues every day people have and people are fascinated by people which is the key of this show. Plus the action kicks serious butt! BONUS for the girls - when you have Michael Vartan (sigh!)as a male lead how can you not watch? For boys you have the stunning Jennifer Garner in a variety of weekly disguises and beleive me she looks H O T (and this coming from a male loving female should speak volumes!)
I can't speak highly enough of this show and whilst not rated as my number one season it beats the best of all the other competition on TV at the moment hands down. As said before, shame on the UK TV stations who treated this show abismally and kudos to Bravo for giving it the promotion it deserves.
DVD packaging is good and the extras are fantastic. Some hilarious cast commentries, the ever loved gag reel (which is even funnier given the "serious" nature of the characters) and good featurettes on stunts, behind scenes etc.
To summarise an excellent series at excellent value for money.
For all of you that don't watch, I hope this review will wet your appepite. Please try it out you don't know what you are missing. Vastly underated and highly addictive, but don't blame me for the sleepless nights as you try to cram in as many episodes as possible each day!
This DVD set is simply stunning in both presentation and content.
The packaging for these shows have always offered something surprising and this season is no exception. As was the case with the second season we have here a slip-over case that reveals additional artwork once it is removed. What I found of particular interest however is the attractive plastic accordion method for storing the DVDs. Gone are the keepcases for each disc, instead we have separate plastic `pages' each containing one disc. There is also a handsomely put together booklet detailing short synoposis of each show and details of the special features.
The end of the second season left CIA agent Sydney Bristow in what can be described as one of the best cliffhanging moments in television history. Waking up after falling unconscious following a particularly brutal fight in her home Sydney is shocked to discover that two years have passed - two years of which she has no memory. Furthermore everyone (except for a couple of people) believed her to be dead. The main thrust of the third season is Sydney's quest to uncover the truth about those missing two years and find her way back into the trust of the CIA.
Many things have changed in the intervening years. Dixon is now the head of CIA operations, Vaughn is married and has left the agency to teach French and Sydney's father is imprisoned for working with her traitorous mother in a determined quest to learn the truth of Sydney's whereabouts. Also, Sydney's arch nemesis Sloane is now a trusted CIA informant.
Firstly the performances in the third season of ALIAS are uniformly excellent. The entire cast (especially Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin and Victor Garber) and Kevin Weisman is in top comic form as techno-genius (the Q of the ALIAS universe) Marshall.
The plotting of these episodes also moves along at a brisk pace and (in what will come as no surprise to devotees of the show) they are both engaging and intriguing.
Of particular interest is the audio commentary that accompanies the first episode of the season. Rather than having members of the cast and crew do the commentary we are instead treated to a fan commentary. Two real-life ALIAS fans speak on the shoe and there observations and comments are more engaging than the typical commentaries.
Jennifer Garner herself can be heard on a commentary on the third disc. This commentary is good humored and actually very funny, especially when Ken Olin (the director of the episode) does an imitation of Garners mother.
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Jennifer Garner is perfect as Sidney Bristow. I love this tv show