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'Alias' Review, Synopsis and General Information

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'Alias' Review, Synopsis and General Information
Copyright: ABC

Alias at a Glance:

The many adventures and mysteries of a woman spy, working for a covert branch of the CIA, all the while pregnant with her dead finance's baby.

Premiered:

September 30, 2001

When Was it Canceled?:

November 2005
The series was canceled early on in the fifth season, allowing TPTB to write a satisfying finale arc. The series ran for five seasons and produced 105 episodes.

Starred:

Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow
Victor Garber as Jack Bristow
Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane
Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon
Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman
Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace
Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson
Elodie Bouchez as Renee Rienne

Trivia Fact #1:

SD-6 stands for Section Disparue.

Trivia Fact #2:

The plot line for the show was almost used in another J.J. Abrams show, Felicity. Several scenes from the pilot episode were filmed on the set of Felicity.

Trivia Fact #3:

Actor Greg Grunberg has appeared in several J.J. Abrams series and movies: Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Felicity.

If You Like This Show, You May Like:

24 and Lost

Rae's Take:

New characters, new mysteries and a new baby on board comprise the fifth season of Alias. Die-hard fans of the show were devastated by the loss of Michael Vaughn, but in return, gained a brand new storyline, complete with savvy new CIA agents. Deception, secrets, lies and a whole lot of action is why we tune in every week -- and of course, the possibility that Vaughn might still be alive.

Synopsis:

What if one day, as you're sitting down to lunch, some strange guy approaches you and invites you to become a part of a very elite and covert branch of the CIA? Sound crazy? This is exactly what happened to Sydney Bristow (portrayed by Jennifer Garner).

Joining what she thought was the CIA while still attending college, Sydney Bristow spends several years working as an operative for SD-6, a branch of a much larger terrorist organization. When Sydney discovers she is working for the people she thought she was taking down, she turns to the real CIA for help and soon becomes a double agent. With the help of Sydney and her father (portrayed by Victor Garber), the CIA successfully defeats SD-6.

Alias revolves around one major theme: Securing the Rambaldi artifacts. While the CIA is determined to secure these artifacts, one man (Arvin Sloan, portrayed by Ron Rifkin) makes it his one goal in life to insure that these prophesies are one day accomplished; even if it means putting the people he loves in mortal danger.
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