Beginning Alias

What does one do at 3 in the morning on a Saturday? Why, watch Alias, of course. Obvious.

My dad was watching this show, and I’ve been meaning to. It seemed somewhat fun, semi-deep, stylistic, at least a bit, and seems to hinge a lot around Jennifer Garner as the super CIA agent who can do just about anything. Cause she’s super. Almost…gifted. Embued with powers. Chosen.

I’m saying this because I couldn’t figure it out. I watched the pilot, and generally I’m pretty forgiving of pilots, and this one had good and bad. It was very professional, very…cut. It wasn’t like the Buffy pilot.

Wait a minute…powers…chosen…super-girl…Buffy! Yes, I must be incredibly dense, because I didn’t realize why I liked the show until Television Without Pity enlightened me. I’m watching Buffy 2.0. Only…slicker. Network-worthy. Without the humor, the endearing amateruness of the first couple seasons.

I found the layout of the pilot to be very confusing, I felt very little emotion for the dead fiance, and the fight scenes were yawn-inspiring, but something captivated me about the show. It wasn’t the jarring musical switches (something “thematic,” I guess, rock for normal girl, techno for superspy). Yet I do see real potential. Of course, I’m two seasons behind, but I have all the episodes on my computer so I can catch up. If I get bored along the way, I can always stop. But Jennifer Garner in her varied “disguises” is a good pull… They just keep finding weird things to put her in. And she seems to be able to go anywhere, do any mission, know every language and custom. And yet, no super powers. No calling…well, maybe one will be explained.

The two-hour pilot felt very rushed, there was probably a better way to tell the story. And the glitz is annoying. But, again, I see potential. Not really sure why, but I’ll keep watching. We’ll see.

One reply on “Beginning Alias”

  1. You seem to see the “slickness” as lack of heart or something… But it’s exactly what appealed to me about Alias. Skill is skill. The execution of the story is well-done, and that’s worth exactly what it is. Sometimes I see “normal” (read: bad) TV, and am reminded that something as basic as a coherent plot or consistant characters is *not* always to be expected. When a show can craft something skillfully, and even have you along for the ride, that’s special. Unfortunately, I haven’t been watching the show since my VCR cut off the last (plot-critical!) ten minutes of the pilot episode…

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