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Thursday, April 27, 2006
TV Round-Up: Alias
There's Only One Sydney Bristow
"A hundred episodes! That's a lot!" --Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld: Highlights of 100

The 100th episode of Alias finally hits the airwaves and I've got to admit--it was actually pretty darn good. In fact, it did pretty much what this show did the entire first season and a half--entertain me no end. It was a pleasant enough way to spend an hour.

I'm glad ABC told everyone involved in plenty of time that was to the last season of Alias. So, instead of starting yet another "How can Sloan be evil plot?" we get instead some attempt at resolution to the entire running plotline of Rembaldi and will Sloan finally get what's coming to him. Oh yeah and will Syd live happily ever after?

I loved all the little connections to old plotlines in this one. The bringing back of Rimbaldi, Anna Espenosa (pretty much a given that Gina Torres is gonna rock...damn you Fox for cancelling
Firefly) and actually tying all of this into the Prophet Five plotline from this season. Cause let's face it--Prophet Five has been a pretty water-downed version of SD6 this year and the chance for it to be tied to Sloane's obsession with Rimbaldi is actually a very good idea. About the only thing missing was Syd's mom, but since we saw her last week we can forgive that. Oh yeah and we got back Will Tippin. Man, I miss the days when this show was about trying to balance the lifestyle of being an uber-spy with trying to have a "normal" life. But we even kind of got some of that here with Syd's having to leave Isabelle and her apologizing to Will over and over again about involving him in this latest spy caper. And the show even pokes a bit of fun at itself with Will saying, "Yeah sure I've been kidnapped 11 times but you always saved me and we're such good friends." That and Rachel's reaction to the "what the hell is Rimbaldi?" made me laugh out loud.

Not to say it was perfect. The snarky part of me has to wonder why the CIA is using its resources to serve as baby-sitter to Sydney Bristow.

But you know, I actually enjoyed the episode enough that the small nitpicky things didn't really bug me that much. And to see Anna undergo the clone treatment to become a duplicate of Sydney...all I can say is this should be interesting to see where this develops over the final four or so episodes.

It looks like Alias is going to go out with a bang and on top of its game. Thank goodness.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/27/2006 09:43:00 AM | |
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