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Our Favourite Spy Team hits the target, again
on 22 June 2005
I am a HUGE fan of Alias, having watched it from the outset and been totally sucked into the world of espionage and Sydney Bristow and Co.
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!