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Holy Crap!! Tonight's ALIAS!!!! Talk Back!!

I am – Hercules!!

Fall’s best new show just got a little bit better!

How cool is this sci-fi techno-prophet stuff??

How cool was Syd's last-second triumph over the evil Anna Espinosa??

How cool was Syd blowing off the smarmy half-wit senior CIA guy?

What’s the truth about Sydney’s mom??

What was in that fucking suitcase at the end????

Why aren’t the James Bond films as good as “Alias”????

Take up valuable bandwidth with your predictions and reactions!!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Oct. 14, 2001, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Alias Rocks

    by CooGuy

    Holy Crap!! I hate how this show makes me wait until next week!!! I think I'm just gonna start video taping them and watch them at 6pm on Sundays - that way no wait:) Easily the best show on tv. Too bad Enterprise couldn't be as creative as an ABC show....

  • Oct. 14, 2001, 10:12 p.m. CST

    cool show

    by tater

    I've just watched last week's episode and then this week's (missed the first one). Not bad at all. It has it's hokey moments, but I'll chalk that up to first season scripts which usually improve if the material is worth a damn. They even played a little Ryan Adams in tonight's episode, bonus points in my book...

  • Oct. 14, 2001, 10:36 p.m. CST

    This show keeps getting better and better

    by tgilders

    I love this show. Fuck X-Files when it starts up again. I really liked last season too. Too bad this one is going to suck.

  • It&#39;s somewhat commonplace for many people to find a show attractive. Maybe it&#39;s the stories, or the characters, or could it be the badass babe factor. For some reason I don&#39;t find it necessary to join the bandwagon for this show. I understand that there is somewhat of a &#39;cult&#39; following, but I doubt this show will last beyond 3 seasons. What I mean by that is back in 1993, the X-Files was picking up steam in becoming the parent of many other networks&#39; shows. I don&#39;t want to pick apart any show, but I can&#39;t stand watching some fictionous show with no real world possibilities. Come on! Does anybody hear about some super chic kicking ass on the nightly news? Nah. I know, you may say that the activities of the CIA are secret and are kept that way to catch the bad guys. But how about UFOs or ghosts? I see ghost shows and UFO shows on the History channel. Do I see a chic being profiled as a lone ranger on CSPAN? <<lol>> The only thing that makes Alias popular is that it&#39;s FICTION, and it&#39;s DIFFERENT. Go ahead and skip watching X-Files and watch Alias. I have no problem with that. I will thoroughly enjoy X-Files knowing I am not missing anything from not watching Alias. Now I will make it back to watching a prime night of movie reruns (Aliens, Soldier, Starship Troopers, The Terminator). I just had to voice my opinion on what I think about this show. One more thing...I thought the Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda was more believable than this copycat stuff. "We&#39;re on an express elevator to hell, going down."

  • Oct. 14, 2001, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Hey...not quite 9PM here yet....

    by Smugbug

    but I will at least tape the show tonight. The premiere ep certainly got my attention......yup, indeed. You know one thing I have to say right now, whenever I watch these shows, and you folks may think I&#39;m crazy but I have to say this: The scene where Sidney is being shot at while trying to start her truck (she&#39;s in the parking garage). I&#39;m thinking, wow - that looks like a brand new truck, and she&#39;s going to just leave it there....I wonder what the payments are like and what will she tell the insurance company? And how does she maintain her credit to just go out and BUY another one? Yadda, yadda, yadda. And what was the final death report of her fiance? "Singularly slashed to death while bathing"? I mean we saw his funeral.....I know this is some hidden faction of the CIA and they can MAKE people just dissapear...but I keep thinking of these everyday things like utility bills, insurance, rent, mortgages, etc. And I wonder how these characters try to maintain a level of normalcy in their really not very normal lives.........Wow...I need a life.............

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 1:31 a.m. CST

    I feel like...

    by Kalgash

    I feel like Detective David Mills from Se7en. I wanna know what&#39;s in the box! Tell me what&#39;s in the fucking box!!!

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 2:17 a.m. CST

    I&#39;m such as ASSHOLE!... I missed the last two episodes!!!

    by Psyclops

    I loved that pilot way too much! How the hell could I have been so STUPID!!!

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Okay, okay I watched the show..........

    by Smugbug

    and I also taped it so that my boyfriend could watch it too after he got home from work (ain&#39;t I just a sweetheart?). It is a fun show...but goddamn it, Syd and that guy kissed WAY too soon after the death of her fiance. After that buggaroo, it was a pretty exciting ep - hmmm, the music sounded exciting - since I really wasn&#39;t watching, but listening as I did artwork (folks, gotta have your artstudio set up w/TV and VCR). So I missed last week&#39;s ep. Darn. I hope they make it so that Syd really doesn&#39;t need to be with a significant other - you know alot of women these days can survive without a boyfriend. You don&#39;t even need to be a undercover CIA agent either. Maybe I&#39;m living too far ahead in the 21st Century..............

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 4:07 a.m. CST

    ALIAS = ENTERTAINING AS HELL! The reason why this show works so

    by MentallyMariah

    Jennifer Garner! Period, She plays Sydney Bristow with layers of Emotions that us viewers really do care about her! She is soft spoken, sweet and caring one minute with tears in her eyes, Sadden by the death of her future but now dead husband, and the next a ASS KICKING FUCK YOU UP DIVA BITCH FROM HELL! Jennifer will be a big star from this show! I think they chose the perfect actress for this show and she will carry it on til the very end!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL WAS IN THAT BOX? BEN WAI BALLS THAT WILL EXPLODE IN FIVE SECONDS????

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Directorate K cutie

    by MsAnthrope

    I really dug the competition between the two super-grrls. There is that classic thing where the two are equally matched but one is constrained by a moral sense and the other has the utter ruthlessness advantage. *** I hope we don&#39;t get too much will-they-won&#39;t-they romantic crap. There has got to be something else that can be said about twenty-something relationships.

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 5:31 a.m. CST

    I like that Sydney speaks Russian so fluently

    by Regis Travolta

    As for what&#39;s in the briefcase, my guess is more plutonium.

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 10:33 a.m. CST

    It&#39;s her soul

    by A Big Potato

    OK, who wants to bet that Sidney&#39;s soul is in the box... oh wait... there was no golden glow... Was she wearing a band-aid? I couldn&#39;t tell. :)

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 12:43 p.m. CST

    What to do?!?!

    by WFCall

    Hate to say it, but X-Files gets the VCR treatment this season, and Alias is front and center every Sunday night. Even my wife likes Alias ( the toughest critic in the house). I was sure this was going to be a horrible "aren&#39;t girls tough...wishing to be Buffy...WE can kick-ass too" sort of rip off ala Dark Angel, but damn if it hasn&#39;t been the best surprise of the year. And whetever is in the briefcase won&#39;t be revealed til seasons end of course. Maybe it was circa 1490 cell phone.

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 12:47 p.m. CST

    What&#39;s in the briefcase...

    by CaptainFantastic

    Remember when the tech guy at SD6 is giving Syd her new toys for the mission, he mentions that the target guy is also has the biggest collection of porn in Berlin? My guess is that what&#39;s in the briefcase is some porn clip...which will be funny because you have all these CIA types acting all tough and serious, but then the situation will turn deadly when Espinoza thinks Syd has crossed her or tried to humiliate her. Then the bullets will short answer, something from the porn collection. This show scares me a little because so far it is really well-done, but how long can they keep up this pace? To me, the most obvious parallel for this show is Buffy, and one reason why that show is still so strong is that all the supporting characters are almost leads, and are all interesting in of themselves. I think that the writers are going to need to expand Syd&#39;s world to keep this show interesting over the long run...but man, what a great hour of television. So much fun.

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 1:10 p.m. CST

    I like the Cliffhanger / quick resolve they have going

    by EmilyQFan

    Last week it ended with Syd getting the plutonium but having a gun to her head. They wrapped that up in the first 5 min of this weeks ep. Then this week we have the what the hell is in the briefcase ending that will probably wrap up in the first 5 min of next week before going on with the story. Great way to pace the episodes

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by ArchDiver

    but I respect what they are doing with the show&#39;s pacing. This is a well-written show with a lot of potential. I feel sorry for those who feel that the show is hackneyed and the characters seem flat and stiff. Compare it to I SPY and THE MAN FROM UNCLE and see if it really is a run of the mill retread. I also see a realism to these characters that is not found in other spy shows. What may seem a wooden performance to the unobservant appears to me as a conveyance of how tightly wound-up an individual can become living such a challenging lifestyle. Soldiers get to leave the frontlines, go on R&R, and eventually retire. These double-agents (remember that both father and daughter are working for both sides) do not seem to have that option, and I think that the actors are doing a fine job of displaying a person bearing a considerable amount of stress while keeping a pokerface. My hopes for the future will be that the show&#39;s continuing sub-story will explore Sydney&#39;s relationship with her father, rather than screw around with any romantic relationships. Good show with great potential, and in a few years, I&#39;ll wager a few hotpockets that some of you will be eating your words. AD out.

  • Oct. 15, 2001, 3:11 p.m. CST

    It&#39;s the most addictive series on the tube

    by LiquidNitrate

    I don&#39;t know where JJ Abrams is taking the show (long term) but so far Alias is awesome! My only complaint is that SD6 gizmo guy who supplies the gadgets -- he&#39;s annoying in a bad-schtick way rather than a good way -- ENUFF ALREADY! It was also interesting to note last night&#39;s ep was helmed by Mikael Saloman (DP of The Abyss, director of Hard Rain and Far Off Place) who also did the unaired pilot of The Agency. Anybody know what budget Alias has used so far for each ep? Last night used several locations on the Disney Burbank lot.

  • Oct. 16, 2001, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Missed the episode!

    by IlluminatusCU

    Doh! Taped the Practice by mistake. I&#39;d pay postage and send a tape if someone could give me a copy of Last night&#39;s ep? Thanks

  • Oct. 16, 2001, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Damn, this show rocks!

    by Duke Ray

    This show is the new freakin&#39; X-Files! I haven&#39;t been so freakin&#39; gripped by a show since those first few seasons of XF. Jennifer Garner is a STAR of the first order -- you cannot take your eyes off the woman. And the way that all of these little elements, like the reporter friend, are unfolding give you that "master plan by the writers" feeling that is just tasty! Better than most movies. Damn. Duke Ray out.

  • Oct. 16, 2001, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Sleazy G is an incoherent troll

    by Duke Ray

    "I may watch it again, but I won&#39;t like it." WTF??? Dude, that&#39;s pathetic. No, really Sleazy, I love you, you know I do, man. That&#39;s why I want you to go and watch Mean Streets or whatever non-LA, keepin-it-real, gritty, depressing, non-sexy stuff you apparently dig and ENJOY your life. That&#39;s what it&#39;s there for -- we&#39;re on the edge of WW3, my friend, so enjoy the things you enjoy and be grateful for them. Avoid things you -- through visions of the future, no doubt -- know you&#39;re not going to enjoy. You don&#39;t have to remain a precognative troll -- there is hope! Time may be short! Seize that moment, my friend! I believe for you, G! You can shake off that "sleazy" and just be "G"! God bless ya. Duke Ray out.

  • Oct. 16, 2001, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Some answers

    by Bosco

    To all those that are upset over the timing of last nights kiss vs. the death of her least 3 months had elapsed between the events. In the pilot it was said that she was suppose to have returned to work after a month off but she had been gone for 3 months and the higher-ups were thinking she might have turned and that&#39;s when they went after her. As for the whether or not this could really happen or;s a TV show, you need to let yourself be entertained. Don&#39;t try to pick everything apart. I think the show is quite entertaining. Sure, it&#39;s derivative of many other shows but it&#39;s got just enough twists to make it entertaining. That&#39;s just my opinion.