May 29, 2015

Tune in Tonight: Alias

I've always loved talking about movies and TV shows on my blog, but it wasn't until I guest posted for Book People Talk Movies (created by Lindsey from Bring My Books) that I even thought about making it a regular thing. But now I can't wait to share my absolute favorites - both old and new - with you every month!

The Stats

Alias: The Complete First Season
TV Network: ABC
Length: Five Seasons (2001-2006)
Genre: Action | Drama | Mystery
Creator: J.J. Abrams
Buy on Amazon | Buy on iTunes | Watch on Netflix

The Story

Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner (Best Actress In A Television Series, 2002) is Sydney Bristow. Syd's not exactly your average grad student. Her life might appear normal, but she's hiding a secret life working as a spy for the CIA. Sydney's world is turned upside down when she learns she may work for the very enemy she thought she was fighting. Now she's entangled in a covert lifestyle where she is forced to question the allegiances of everyone, including those closest to her. Entertainment Weekly says ALIAS is "a spy-fi roller coaster of killer gadgets, double roundkicks, triple crosses, poignant confessionals, cliff-hangers, sliced-off fingers, conspiracies, outrageous outfits, exotic locales, flirtations, mythologies -- and that's just before the first commercial break." +

The Stars

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
Michael Vartan as Michael Vaughn
Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane


Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon
Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman
Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin
Merrin Dungey as Francie Calfo

The Sneak Peek


The Sell

Alias is the first TV show I became so obsessed with! I've watched it over and over again through the years, and it's remained my favorite. The first two seasons are the best, but it's all worth watching. After binge re-watching the first season recently, I decided to highlight it in this feature! Here are five reasons you need to see it.

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1. THAT PILOT.
I didn't start watching Alias when it first aired - probably because I was in middle school at the time. But in ninth grade, one of my best friends convinced me that I had to watch this show. She was obsessed, and I wanted to be able to discuss it with her. I remember browsing at the Blockbuster across the street, spotting Alias on DVD, and renting an entire season. I was hooked from the very first beginning. This is my favorite TV pilot because it packs so many punches. You get a glimpse at everything I love about this show in a single episode!

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2. SYDNEY BADASS BRISTOW + HER MISSIONS & DISGUISES.
Sydney Bristow has always been my favorite TV character. She made being a spy and double agent look so easy and so badass. I loved that she's fierce but still feminine. She's strong, but she has moments of vulnerability and weakness. She can take care of herself, but she still turns to the people around her for support. And don't even get me started on her missions and disguises! After binging the seasons on DVD, I was finally caught up and able to watch live. I couldn't wait to see what Sydney would be wearing every single week!

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3. FROM FRIENDS TO FOREVER LOVE. 
With this single look in the pilot, I immediately started shipping Sydney and Vaughn. This was before I even knew what shipping was, and I was still reeling from Sydney's loss earlier in the episode. I can't tell you how much I love these two! While some of their best moments come in the second season, there is still a lot to love in the first. The antagonism in Sydney's first meeting with Vaughn as her handler, throwing her pager into the ocean, Sydney demanding a promotion for Vaughn, breaking into the Vatican together... I could go on and on!

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4. THOSE CLIFFHANGERS, TWISTS & SEASON FINALES.
I can't remember for sure, but I believe I watched the entire first season in like two days. This show was made to binge watch. There are so many crazy cliffhangers and twists! From close calls on Sydney's missions to the fear that she'd be caught as a double agent, I loved watching her try to bring down SD-6.  Even when I re-watch, I still find myself at the edge of my seat and unable to look away. And those season finales?! If you're watching this for the first time, you better have the second season on hand... and grab the third while you're at it.


5. THE MUSIC MOMENTS.
As I've mentioned, Alias was my first TV show obsession. From shipping Sydney and Vaughn to buying Alias-related books, I couldn't get enough. But there's something else I did for the first time because of this show: I would look up songs that played during certain episodes, buy my favorites on iTunes and then burn my own soundtracks. I'd even make a CD cover and track listing. Yes, you read that correctly. There are so many songs I'll always associate with Alias, though some of the music is different if you watch on Netflix. 

The Snippets

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Man: Who are you working for? I'll not ask you again.
Sydney: Okay. Get a pen. ... Write this down. E-M-E-T-I-B. You got that?
Man: Yes.
Sydney: Okay. Now reverse it.

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Vaughn: Are you romantically interested in anyone?
[Sydney gives him a look.]
Vaughn: Could be a question.
Sydney: No, I'm not.
[The lie detector indicates a lie.]
Vaughn: Interesting.

The Soundtrack

Since there isn't an official soundtrack, I've created a playlist of my favorite Season One songs for you:

6 comments:

  1. Holy cow, I haven't watched an episode of Alias in years. It was such a good show and like you, I shipped Sidney and Vaughn together before shipping was a thing. I feel a re-watch coming on. Thanks for this post!

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  2. Ohhh my dear goodness. I was all about this show back in the day! I loved how kick ass Sydney was and thought her and Vaughn were perfect together. I credit this show with inspiring me to get a criminal justice degree.

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  3. I loved Alias and it has rocked at least two re-watches....however, I STILL haven't seen the last season. It gets weird and I can tell the writers were desperate and searching for a way to continue the show. I don't know if I ever will watch it!

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  4. You've totally convinced me to give Alias a shot! Since it's out in full, I'm all set to binge the heck out of it (which is my favorite way to watch TV shows). Thank you for writing this post, and thank you for totally convincing me that I need this show in my life <3

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  5. THIS IS THE MOST EPIC ALIAS POST EVER!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Sooo I typed a really long comment but I think it went away. Long story short, I'm so glad you did this post because it inspired me to rewatch! It'll be rewatch #3 for me for seasons 1-4 but i'll finally get to watching the last season!! Plus I got a friend to rewatch as well AND a friend to start for the first time! I love it. and yes, your'e so right -- this was MADE to binge. every time the ep ends I'm like well I can't stop there!!

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