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HERC Has Seen ALIAS 1.11!!

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Alias 1.11 FAQ

What’s it called?

“The Confession.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay credited to series creator J.J. Abrams and co-producer Daniel Arkin (“The X-Files,” “The Others”).

What does TV Guide say?

“Series producer (and Thirtysomething alum) Ken Olin guest stars in a pivotal episode that finds Syd (Jennifer Garner) under fire and Jack (Victor Garber) feeling the heat. After delivering terrorist Hassan (Aharon Impale) to the CIA, Syd heads to Crete to locate his top-secret stealth technology. What she encounters instead is a death trap set by Hassan, who backs Vaughn (Michael Vartan) into a corner with a dirty deal for Syd's life.”

What is TV Guide not telling us?

Um, I didn’t notice Ken Olin in this episode. Was there a glitch in my tape or did TV Guide lie to us again?

How do Syd and Jack escape last episode’s cliffhanger?

Keep your eyes on Jack’s.

Is it really a pivotal episode?

At episode’s end, Syd gets some really big news about her parentage. But before that, she also learns something important about Vaughn’s father.

Is Dixon back? Any sign Dixon remembers Syd’s “Freelancer” transmission to the CIA from two episodes ago? Is Dixon a double agent too?

Dixon is back on the job. If he knows anything, he’s not letting on.

What kind of “death trap” does Hassan set up for Syd?

Instead of giving her the code that will allow her to safely retrieve one of Hassan’s mysterious devices, Hassan gives her a code that traps Syd in a room with hundreds of gallons of gasoline raining down on her head.

What’s up with reporter-boy?

When Vaughn tries to use Syd against her own father, Syd seeks Will out for a night of crying and couch-cuddling.

Does Will learn more of SD-6, Kate Jones or any other aspect of Syd’s secret life?

He does not. This episode pretty much steers clear of Syd's "normal" life.

Any reference to Milo Rambaldi this week?

Nothing that I noticed.

What’s good?

The revelations.

What’s not so good?

I still can’t figure out why Syd is indulging so many public meetings with Vaughn. Also, how many times are we going to see Syd carry out her mission by infiltrating a party?

Is there a cliffhanger?

It ends with the big reveal at the CIA.

Herc’s rating for “Alias” 1.11?


The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

I warn you not to defy me!!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Jan. 6, 2002, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I absolutely am addicted to this show.......

    by Smugbug

    there's no denying that. And if Jennifer Garner is indeed "Elektra" - I am SO happy for that and that tonight's ep is NOT a repeat!!!! I am a sucker for good quality action entertainment and Alias fits that nicely. But I do agree,does Syd have to enter EVERY mission via a party? Oh, I read in another talkbacker's post that the cast of Daredevil was too young - BTW: Jennifer Garner is 30. Old enough for ya?

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 7:30 p.m. CST

    4 words

    by FilmScreen

    jennifer garner is hot

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by bongjuice

    How Lame

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Vaughn tries to use Syd against Jack?

    by Drath

    Whuh? Okay, the intrigue is one thing, but somehow this sounds like Dallas. And while I've been real frustrated with this show(damn it, I should have stopped watching by now), I keep coming back like a dog for a bone! At least I'm not groaning like I did with Dark Angel this far into the first season. But just as I ditched that show between seasons, the jury is still out on Alias. I agree about the parties too. Time to employ a new plot device, no?

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 8:46 p.m. CST

    I had no idea this was going to be on tonight!!!

    by Psyclops

    I do agree with Herc about Syd's meetings with Vaughn... Someone's gotta catch them sometime, right? They meet out in the open WAY too much... also, why is she always getting tortured? She really needs to practice not getting caught so much. But aside from all that, I love the show and will have my VCR set up to tape this tonight!

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Sydney's parents and the KGB

    by Alias_fan

    Has everyone already figured out that it's going to be Sydney's mom who was the KGB agent, or is it just me?

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 9:24 p.m. CST

    This isn't being shown until next week on the East Coast

    by Frank Einstein

    Fucking football.

  • Jan. 6, 2002, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Hmmm....What happened to my post. Conspiracy? I tHinK So!

    by Z0D

    Yeh, it was about the X-Files. But where else do I have to talk about the show? Screw this...I just got censored.

  • thank god. BUT I am beginning to think that it was Syd's MOM that was the KGB agent.........curiouser and curiouser.......

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 3:24 a.m. CST

    I shouldn't like this show so much.

    by Ard-Rian

    This is the only show I know of that is so predictable and still so much fun. While stylish it does not neglect substance. It would be nice to be surprised once in a while however. Has anyone else noticed that she never wears the same coat twice? I would kill just for all her great coats.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Why All the Parties

    by RogerOThornhill

    Yes I saw the "Your mom was KGB" thing coming too, and it probably ties into the "Sloane is your real father" thing. As far as the parties are concerned, it's all about wardrobe. When Syd's at home or the office, she's straight preppie. It's only when she's on the job that they trash her up (including, I believe, a push-up bra on nearly every undercover assignment). Think they're playing to their audience's basest impulses? No, of course not, this is Hollywood. I'm somewhat reminded of the "Angel" movies from the early 80s--you know, "Honors Student by Day, Hooker by Night." Sometimes it definitely seems like that.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Where's the logic?

    by Grayson

    I love this show, but I'm always suspending disbelief ... a lot. That last mission in the weapons dump was supposed to be an SD6 mission, right? That's why Syd passed the intel to her Dad. So, where was all of the SD6 support? Why wasn't Dixon with her? Why didn't SD6 help her get past the lock code, provide radio support, etc.? And then, what is her explanation for coming out without the hardware, which she gave to the CIA? I guess the clearest explanation was that it wasn't an SD6 mission, but they seemed to indicate that it was. I'm very confused.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:51 a.m. CST

    actually, the parties do make some sense...

    by majorq007

    yes it gets old afer awhile, but if you think about it, it would make for the easiest way to steal and snoop around. however, you'd think these people would have the sense to beef up security during their parties. though technically last night's episode didn't have a party; it was merely a nightclub.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 10:54 a.m. CST

    the sloane sydney relationship

    by majorq007

    yes, they are making it look like sloane is sydney's real father. however, this sho isn't entirely predictable (like with the whole "Bristow is the mole" cliffhanger), and i have to think they're misleading us here. then again, you could see the mother thing coming a mile away...

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Alias sucks

    by Crash Johnson

    Sorry, but when I can see the developments coming two episodes before they revealed, time to get a new writer. I think this JJ Abrams guy is doing too much and it shows. Writing, Music, Producing...gimme a break. I am back to Criminal Intent. XFiles hasn't been good for a bit and Alias, while it has nice style, is too predictable for me. Just my .02 cents.

  • Jan. 7, 2002, 1:42 p.m. CST

    They aren't parties

    by TheChronic

    They aren't parties - they are clubs. (Where do you guys live?) Clubs are obvious places for these sorts of things. Its a place where exchanges/contacts can be made, money laundered, etc. Further it is a bit of a homage or borrowing from all the Bond flicks. Remember how in every movie Bond would be doing the suave dance, seduce, compromise thing? Alias updates this for the more modern club/rave scene.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 3 a.m. CST


    by sokitome

    cmon man i agree with rogerthornhill the mom thing was SOOOO telegraphed cmon and the whole sloane is the real dad thing i can totally see it all coming. the show is very good but how many oh my god moments can you have without it being a plot device.

  • Jan. 8, 2002, 8:31 a.m. CST

    I swear they filmed at Club DEEP in LA for this one episode!

    by MentallyMariah

    Nice touch! Sydney looked hot in that scene, damnit, she always looks hot! Fierce is more the word! This show keeps getting better and better, but now that Sex in the City is back on for the next five weeks....Alias is being recorded, which is great, that way I can just fast fucking foward thru the commercials! I hope Jennifer wins the golden globes!

  • 38. "Alias," ABC, 6.4 55. "The X-Files," Fox, 5.1

  • 38. "Alias," ABC, 6.4 55. "The X-Files," Fox, 5.1

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 8:42 p.m. CST

    New episode this week, rerun next...What da f**k?

    by Redbeard_NV

    Is Fox sending in the same programmers who scheduled the Tick to infiltrate ABC?

  • Jan. 9, 2002, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Ken Olin, the CrackerJack Syndrome, and a ??

    by boska

    1. Ken Olin was the guy in prison, who wouldn't talk to Will about the SD6 case. (Yes he's almost twise the man he used to be.) THE CRACKERACK SYNDROME: Anyone feeling the Crackerjack effect yet? This is where you don't care about the 40 minutes of the show that's the standard - 1 get briefed, 2 Marshal does his goofy thing, 3 Jack's Pizza calls, 4 Syd gets a new hairdo, 5 gets/almost gets caught, 6 kicks ass, 7 escapes...and somewhere in the box there's those three minutes you REALLY watch for -- a tidbit of the larger story or Rambaldi... (We first named this syndrome during The Pretender's run but of course X-files did it first.) QUESTION: Did anyone else think that the "postal worker" involved in the accident looked a lot like a younger, less gray Sloane?

  • Jan. 11, 2002, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Plot holes

    by ShadowVision

    Initially I liked the show, but started getting wary of the plots. Just how long can she pull of this double agent thing? For someone whose fiance was murdered by SD6 she sure has a lot of patience to not take them down already. I could see if he weren't murdered, but come on. Also, too many parties. She goes on a mission, comes back, celebrates, and goes to school. Too much going on to be what a normal person would realistically do.