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Alias - The Complete Fourth Season
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Alias was definitely all over the map during its fourth season, and a few off-screen factors managed to take their toll onscreen as well. The end of a real-life relationship between Garner and Vartan gave Sydney and Vaughn's scenes a lack of romantic spark, but at the same time a decided tension, as the two warily circled each other and deepened their relationship; they clicked best in the episode "Welcome to Liberty Village," in which the duo infiltrates a Stepford-like suburb as a picture-perfect couple. And the absence of Lena Olin, as Syd's mother, was definitely felt, as her character became a looming presence despite little screen time. Where Alias succeeded this year was in the dramatic impact individual episodes had: "Nocturne" was a captivating tale of Sydney in the throes of deadly hallucinations; "The Orphan" affectingly fleshed out the enigmatic Nadia's background; "In Dreams" (directed by Garner) probed the subconscious of bad guy Sloane, who wasn't as evil as you might think; and "Mirage" forced Sydney to impersonate her mother in her father's fevered dreams. Don't worry, there was plenty of action--especially in the season's final episodes, which prominently featured a deadly Sonia Braga--and despite its ups and downs, Alias remained one of the most intelligent, compelling dramas on television. --Mark Englehart
- All 22 Episodes from the 2004-2005 Season
- A Chat With Jennifer Garner
- Meet Mia: Syd's Little Sister
- Director's Diary
- Marshall's World
- Blooper Reel
- Deleted Scenes
- The Guest Stars Of Season 4
- Anatomy Of A Scene
- Agent Weiss' Spy Camera
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This season, like every other season, focuses on the adventures of a small group of CIA agents who work together. Despite the opening credits' insistence on the importance of series star Jennifer Garner, this season is more a team effort than ever before. There's Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), who's a multilinguist and a master of disguise. There's her love interest Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan), a decent straight-arrow of an agent troubled by his recent past. There's her father Jack Bristow (Victor Garber), who is alternately grim and emotionally unavailable, and her step-sister Nadia (Mia Maestro). They're led by the enigmatic Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin), a former CIA agent who turned into both a terrorist and a criminal mastermind similar to a James Bond villain and now claims to have been reformed. Sydney has a long history with Sloane, as does the rest of her team. As if to prove that you don't have to be part of Sydney's inner circle to work for the CIA, the remainder of the team (all in subordinate roles) include a geeky comic relief computer genius named Marshall, a strong experienced backup agent named Dixon, and a formerly occassional guest character promoted to series regular named Weiss, who serves mainly as comedy relief as well as Nadia's love interest.Read more ›
Season 3 was widely viewed as a disappointment at the time, but at the beginning of season 4, it seems fans like me were nostalgic for its chaos and ambition. To say the format for the season stretched the limits of credibility does a disservice to the limits of credibility. A top secret CIA agency under the control of Arvin Sloane despite his so recently having been sentenced to death for treason?! One with the lamest acronym in the history of acronyms (that being APO: Authorized Personnel Only)? No amount of Rimbaldi-artifact-transferring makes that swallowable. And the theoretical reconfiguation of the show, while noble, only made matters worse - a covert-op-of-the-week sameness took over in an ostensible attempt to make this look like season 1 again. But as this opened the door for plotlines that ranged from ridiculous (a Russian Stepford Village of secret uber-spies) to embarrassing (umm, vampires?), any number of us long time fans were about to give up.Read more ›
OK now I see how you do business, BS.
Being a hardcore Alias fan, I didn't like the idea of stand alones at first. Part of the reason I love the show is the season long storyline that twists and turns after every episode. Having said that, the first two episodes of season 4 blew me away, with one exeption. The cliffhanger of season 3 isn't even resolved until the beginning of episode 2. That bothered me a lot at first but the more and more I watched this season the more I think it worked out brilliantly. The new plan to make stand alone eps they resolved it in such a way that didn't require you to have seen the cliffhanger of season 3.
There is a season long storyline that starts off slow, really slow, but toward the halfway mark of season 4 it picks up pace at a good speed and it well worth it by the end. The last few eps of season 4 are near perfection, but so are several mid way through.
The episodes in the middle are stand alones as I said but have a continuing storyline thats easy to catch on to but not the main point of the story. Two of the best of the season are episodes 6 and 7, "Nocturne" and "Detente".
The packaging is beautiful. Out of the 5 seasons of this show this set is the best to look at. It doesn't hurt that everyone in this season looks their best. A very nice set with tons of extras as well.
So if anyone has yet to see a full season and is just interested in watching a few (after seeing it you'll want to watch them all!) this is the one to grab since it's easy to follow and will get you hooked immediately.
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I want to be Sydney Bristow when I grow up! LOVE THIS SHOW!!!Published 3 months ago by Samantha Brown
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