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The `Herc Curse' Catches Up With Sydney Bristow!! ABC Ditches ALIAS!!

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For its first year and a half, “Alias” was one of the greatest TV series ever forged. Now we learn that in May 2006, the same month J.J. Abrams’ big-screen directorial debut arrives in cinemas, the last of Sydney Bristow’s many adventures will air on ABC.

Will we learn at last why we always entered the foreign cities Syd visited through a letter in that city’s name?

Look! A press release!

ABC SET TO BEGIN COUNTDOWN TO “ALIAS” SERIES FINALE

“Alias” will end its five-season run in May 2006, it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment.

The spy drama, which over the course of its run has garnered seven Emmy Awards, stars Jennifer Garner in her 2002 Golden Globe Award-winning role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow.

“Right out of the box, ‘Alias’ attracted a cult following of fans that were completely invested in the show,” Mr. McPherson said. “J.J. Abrams and his team developed characters that were compelling and storylines that were intricate and engaging, and Jennifer and the rest of the cast brought them to life. We owe both the storytellers and the fans a send-off worthy of a show that has been such a big part of the pop culture vernacular. J.J., Jeff Pinkner, Ken Olin, Jesse Alexander and Jeffrey Bell have an amazing story arc planned for the remainder of the season. ‘Alias’ is not going to wind down as it comes to an end, it’s going to rev up, and we’re going to make it the event it deserves to be.”

Added Mark Pedowitz, president, Touchstone Television: “’Alias’ has sustained its identity as a critical favorite because J.J. Abrams and everyone involved in this series set the bar for quality entertainment. We have been honored to work with them all, especially Jennifer Garner, who has our eternal admiration and appreciation for her dedication to the role and unarguably the best demeanor in the business.”

“Alias” executive producer Jeff Pinkner added: “This news, and its timing, is a mixed-blessing. Though we’re obviously very saddened to face the reality that ‘Alias’ is coming to an end, the lasting quality of every good story is determined by its conclusion—this news gives us the freedom to end the series in the climactic way it deserves.”

“Five years ago J.J. Abrams designed ‘Alias’ to encompass a unique and challenging blend of spy-adventure, family drama and love story that contained deeper mythological elements,” he continued. “The arc we have planned for the remainder of the season will honor all of these disparate elements, as we wrap up the story of Sydney Bristow in a surprising and, we think, thrilling way.”

“J.J., and all of us here feel blessed by our fans, the brilliant cast we’ve been fortunate to work with, our amazing crew and the support of Touchstone and ABC.”

“Alias” stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, Victor Garber as Jack Bristow, Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane, Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon, Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman, Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace, Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson and Élodie Bouchez as Renée Rienne.

“Alias” was created by J.J. Abrams, who executive-produces the series along with Ken Olin, Jeff Pinkner, Jesse Alexander and Jeffrey Bell. The series, which is filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on September 30, 2001, is from Touchstone Television.







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  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:18 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by rsamiches

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Fuck.

    by Mr. Anderson

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. FUCK.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Good riddance

    by Tal111

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:25 p.m. CST

    meh.

    by cutest_of_borg

    She's no Jack Bauer. What's the big deal?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:37 p.m. CST

    good

    by JonQuixote

    Jennifer Garner (and the rest of that stellar cast) can now move on to bigger and/or better things.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:37 p.m. CST

    this sucks.

    by Atomik Steve

    It was actually starting to get good again. Thanks ABC. At least they have time to tie up loose plot points, but the question is...will they?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Can't say I didn't see it coming

    by OptimusPrimeTime

    "Doggett and Reyes" Mark 2 was pretty much a dead giveaway that this series was on it's last legs. Out of curiosity, what happened to the Abrams / Grunberg bounty hunter series -- will it be a mid-season replacement somewhere, or was it not picked up?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Good

    by arby64

    I like this show but this is probably for the best. You can only go back to the same plot points so many times.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Damn you, Ben Affleck!

    by teedadawg

    His pecker is like KRYPTONITE to Hollywood starlets' careers! (I was starting to dig the new chick; VERY pretty.)

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Not unforeseen

    by Don Lockwood

    Ratings were down, sure, but how much do you think it's also a function of Jennifer Garner spawning with Affleck? Will she even be available for her own series finale?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 8:46 p.m. CST

    they need to somehow end up on LOST

    by Sir Loin

    Wouldn't that rock? A super-secret, final mission overseas...until the plane crash lands on a deserted island...or is it really deserted? Turns out the Bristows know what Project Dharma is and have to stop it before MI:3 comes out and takes over the world! C'mon, you know that'd be awesome.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 8:49 p.m. CST

    oh and I agree with you guys about Affleck

    by Sir Loin

    The man's a walking curse, indeed. Hooks up with all these ladies and their starmeter on IMDB promptly goes down the toilet. Poor Garner, she's been tainted for life.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Why can't someone cancel Affleck?

    by fiester

    Don't you wish they could cancel certain celebrities so you never had to see or hear from them again? He would be top of my list.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Only Matt Damon has escaped the curse of Affleck's wang

    by Citizen Arcane

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Not a surprise...

    by DanielKurland

    Used to fucking love this show. It's a shame to see something decline so much.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Alias hasn't been any good since season 1

    by quantum_ken

    And don't bash on Affleck. I don't see how he ruined the show. Recycled plotlines and lame (abandoned) twists did. How many times can they have a female character realise that she's been tricked into working for the bad guys?

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Even J. Lo has suffered

    by Det. John Kimble

    Big booty and all.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST

    damon might have escaped it...

    by the crucible

    but Kevin Smith made Jersey Girl and hes back to Clerks... I know, low blow...

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Meh.

    by El Fuego

    I'm not terribly pissed or worried, since the show hasn't really engaged me at all since the middle of the 3rd season... I'll probably watch it sporadically, and I hope they tie it up well.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 10 p.m. CST

    It's not anything Affleck did per se, it's on a more cos

    by Citizen Arcane

    He destroys all he touches. But seriously, the show really did jump the shark. It started out great, then it got all weird with the secret society stuff and all the family drama. Then Garner got pregnant and it was all over. So they wrote in an obvious replacement for her to do all the sexy/athletic stuff and well, it's just done. Hopefully they'll take the advanced warning to give the show a definitive end and not bow out with some bullshit cliff hanger.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 11:03 p.m. CST

    This makes me very sad. This season is not at all bad. I hope Ga

    by Mr. Profit

    Too fucking bad! Now I'm officially pissed, but cant say I didn't see it coming.

  • Nov. 23, 2005, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Rachel Nichols .... Series Killer

    by zer0cool2k2

    Rachel Nichols Nichols joins Chyler Leigh and the greatness of Ted McGinley as killers of television series.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:34 a.m. CST

    At least they get time to wrap things up

    by ChorleyFM

    It is a show that has gone no where for 3 years. It is also never a good thing when your supporting cast becomes the highlight of the show, it is the same thing with Smallville, as it shows that performances of good character actors (Garber/Rifkin/Weisman and Glover/Rosenbaum/Spike) are outshining the often poor writing.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Thru the seasons

    by AshFett

    I agree the show HAS been good this season, but I am glad it's ending. the show kicked ass for the first two years. Season three of Alias was the quickest I've seen a great show just go RIGHT to terrible. It was just bad in so many ways. Season four was better,but the stand alone stories for most of the season still made it a bit rocky. I really think season three ruined the show in such a huge way, it could never fully recover. That being said, this season has been really enjoyable; it's not as good as the first two years, but it's still the best the show has been since the end of season two. After a shaky start, the new characters (Tom and Rachel) have been integrated very well, Marshall and Dixon have more to do and there are several interesting ongoing plotlines. I'm having fun with the show again. BUT, I do think ending it this year is wise. Five years is enough and like I said, they won't ever be able to get "it" back fully, so ending it on a solid season is the right call to me. Don Lockwood: Yes, Jennifer Garner will very much be a part of the finale. After the next two episodes, the show will be off the air until March. They shut down production for a bit to give Garner a maternity leave. She is due to give birth basically any day. They have already said Sydney will be in every episode this season, though I'm sure she'll have a more reduced role for some of the upcoming middle episodes. But by the end, she will be several months post birth and I'm betting, back to butt kicking.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:03 a.m. CST

    VIC MACKEY WOULD HIT IT.

    by dr.bulber

    but ben affleck is the reason this shows been canceled. and you know it.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I come not to bury Caesar but to praise him.

    by Shan

    Doesn't it seem like it when they praise shows so much that they're axing? If it's so good, why are they axing it? Why not just say it's not rating like it's used to and hence it's not cost effective? ...

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 2:44 a.m. CST

    It might have been Garner's lamentable acting...

    by ZeroCorpse

    or it could be the cheesy costumes, the contrived plotlines, or the fact that it's on ABC. Who knows? After all, it ain't Buffy, and if it ain't Buffy, Herc doesn't give a damn!

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Verfuckened

    by Diazanon

    Lost is fucked. JJ is coming. Hide your frontal lobe. I don't know what a rimbaldi is but it sounds pretty goddamned terrible and I don't want to see crap like that on Lost. (Perhaps that's not fair as I have only briefly seen Alias, but what I saw was terrible to say nothing about being horribly acted by the lead).

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 3:04 a.m. CST

    unlucky

    by Krangelus

    alias was pretty good, but then it turned into crap. but i still watched it.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 3:35 a.m. CST

    May J.J. suffer the wrath of the television gods

    by brezzel

    ALIAS was the best show on television for two and a half years. And then sucking broke loose. And then the show betrayed itself and all its fans by dumbing itself to the level of a Texan President. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 better be the new CITIZEN KANE or J.J.'s gonna look like a moron for abandoning his brilliant baby. I take that back. He should be ashamed no matter how the movie turns out.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 3:58 a.m. CST

    Too Bad

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    I wanted to see a crossover episode dealing with the Hanso Foundation as bad guys. That would have been a geeky rush.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 6:19 a.m. CST

    We all knew this was coming, but still sad news.

    by brokentusk

    Hopefully LOST won't go down the same path to self-destruction that ALIAS did. I actually said to a friend of mine the other day that ALIAS now has two choices: either it must end after this season, or it must change its name. My reasoning at the time was that most of the major cast members have already left the show and I knew that Garner would leave soon enough (especially with her baby coming soon). It isn't really ALIAS without Sydney Bristow, is it? So, even though this news is sad since ALIAS is coming to an end, it's also a bit of a relief since a. they won't ruin the quality of the show more than they already have and b. they have enough time to wrap up all the storylines, which, for ALIAS, is very important. Goodbye ALIAS, see you in DVD heaven.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Give us a Marshall and Will spin-off

    by Drath

    I still say those two guys would be a funny TV pair. Now that Kitchen Confidential is cancelled (FOX you shitheads, the Vartan reunion would have gotten huge ratings), Bradly Cooper will be available and so will Kevin Weisman. Throw in Weiss and ditch the overly serious nature of Alias and it might actually be fun!************************** I wish that I could say I am really sorry, but Alias has been a law of diminishing returns since the first season. Season 2 was not a lot worse only because of Lena Olin's presence, but it was not an improvement on the first season with its weekly cliffhangers. Other than Olin, most of what had made the first season good was systematically taken out of the show (ultimately including Olin). When they took out SD-6, I worried what they would do with the premise, and they pretty much didn't have a clue as was proven when they fast-forwarded over two years for season 3. Season 4 was a let down and it should not have been. Zombies?!! Season 5 is just yuck, and killing off Vaughn has ruined one thing the show needed--the hope and promise of Sydney's happy ending. They didn't have to keep Vartan on, but killing the character and adding watered down versions of him and Syd has killed the show. There must be a manual for how to bury your own show because this is exactly how Ally McBeal finally went to shit after similarly walking the line between good and awful.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 8:45 a.m. CST

    the fault

    by John Dalmas

    It's not Affleck's fault that the writing has been shit for the past two years, or that Abrams invented a "mythology" he had no idea how to resolve, or that, in a creative sump, the show kept trying to re-boot and negate its earlier plotlines... And whoever said this season was good-- yeah, an enormous pregnant blimp waddling around 'spying' on people and shuffling paperwork. Real good.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 9 a.m. CST

    My thougths on Alias

    by emeraldboy

    I saw the pilot which rte showed before it would seems wisely dumping this show from its schedules. Sky did the same thing. The torture scene in the that pilot and the scene with the chair, made me hope that this would be a genuinely kick ass show. But the show became more and more muddled. Then they brought in Lena Olins Chracter from nowhere. This wrecked the show because they then conctrated more and more on telling the backstory on syd family.YAWN. At this stage Jen Garner was becoming a movie star and apart from Elektra and dare devil, her roles are not action ones, due to the success of 13 going on 30 , she seems to be going down the Rom Com Route. Who knows maybe even she has decided enough. And that action roles are not for her.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 9:01 a.m. CST

    yeah, pretty much knew the end was nigh

    by Toe Jam

    it would have been nice, though, if they had instead just gotten rid of garner and her presumably huge salary, and let rachel nichols try to carry the show for at least half a season. it'd also be nice if they bring michael vartan back. it's pretty fucked up how they just killed him off the show, surely because garner didn't want him around anymore.

  • (or has it?)

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Time to Cue

    by RenoNevada2000

    the sad and never influential internet petition drives...

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Another reason not to knock Chyler Leigh

    by Itchy

    Because for all eternity, that opening scene of Not Another Teen Movie where shes jamming herself with the giant vibrator and her whole family walks in is permanently lodged in my mental Tivo. Hot.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Ben Affleck's Penis Ruins Season 5 of Alias

    by photoboy

    Yeah I had to say it...

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The show lost it a couple of years ago. Time to say bye bye.

    by Hugh Jass

    Alias lost me with the incomprehensible Rambaldi arc and the Bobby Ewing-esque "where have I been for 2 years" resolution. When Sydney started having sisters drop out of the woodwork (who were also spies, natch...) you knew then end was coming. Abrams seems to get off to a strong start, then he doesn't know what to do next, and the show falters and becomes stupid and boring. I'm worried that the same thing will happen to Lost. Ben Affleck had nothing to do with the decline of Alias, but we can hate him just the same. How this lame ass gets to make movies is beyond me. The High School Drama Club has more acting talent. If he hadn't sucked Matt Damon's cock to get into Good Will Hunting, they guy would be waiting tables at TGI Fridays where he belongs, not banging J.Lo and Garner. Am I pissed that a no talent, brainless, self important moron gets to have that caliber of ass? Damm right!

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    by methical

    now pass the blunt..........and a drumstick. yeah

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Vartan fans should be blamed

    by scrooged

    The Vartan fans are the ones to blame for the axing. All the crying they did when he cried a few months ago turned every ALIAS fansite into a bunch of dickheads. Season 5 has been excellent so far. Season 3 is very underrated, again Vartan fans are to blame for all the shit they have caused, Season 4 suffered from to many one-offs. Season 1-2, 5 best thing on TV, since Buffy.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Well, originally a great show, then got really silly, but now I

    by Samuel Steamer

    I own the first 3 seasons. That was a first for me. I paid for them, and love them. But season 4 became too silly. People always coming back from the dead, zombies, and then this season with Sydney being preggo and being on secret missions? The Sydney we knew in the first 3 seasons would have quit the CIA immediatly after that happened. And Vaugh died right? He died right? Didn't he? Or didn't he? What was Rambaldi all about? They never tied that up either. That's why I stopped. I decided a month ago that I was finished with these questions. Maybe I will begin to watch to see how it all ties together in the end. I hope they give this once great show a honorable finish. Garner is still hot.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:34 p.m. CST

    I hope they kill sloane

    by Jack_Bauer

    i really hope we do get that payoff.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Boo freakin'hoo

    by Neaera

    This just makes the fact that season 5 is so shite even worse. the last season, and they couldnt keep up the momentum. I'm not sad to hear this. i was hoping it would end.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Good Ridance Indeed

    by Z0D

    This show brings out the worst in fanboydom: how boys/men get hard-ons watching a terrible actress portray an implausable CIA agent. Thank God it's dying. ___KNEEL___

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I hope they resolve some of the rambaldi

    by the crucible

    for me it was one of the most important things about the show... it was a reason to tune in each week - what that crazy bugger was up to and how it would all turn out... and I was so f'kin happy when I saw the big red ball... all that talk of them toning the rambaldi stuff down because of the higher ups was washed from my head... and "prophet 5"... yeah I'm hoping thats one of the rambaldi societies and we're heading towards a true, huge rambaldi finish... and for that guy who was complaining he didnt want that on Lost... its the equivalent to Hanso or the equivalent to the Island... its the mythos that keeps the momentum of the show and I for one would LOVE to get some answers... I know its apparently not cool - because they want to leave us with questions (ask Joss), but I wish we could get a few answers just to give us ultimate geek out moments.

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 1:17 p.m. CST

    season 4 was great...

    by the crucible

    if only for Mia ... absolute yumminess... and Irina coming back and working with Jack, and the final moments... it was slow in the middle, but ramped up huge...

  • Nov. 24, 2005, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Fuck you, Ben Affleck!

    by fiester

    And stay out of the B Side, you fucking punk! I'm tempted to go down there tonight and look for your sorry ass. I bet you'll be there, pregnant wife and all, getting blitzed and acting like a total cockbag. The entire city of Cambridge hates you, your lousy acting, your cheesy schtick, and you uncanny knack for imparting your preternatural suckiness to everything you come into contact with--including the once delightful Ms. Jennifer Garner. As Sam Jackson says "I hope you burn in hell!" Oh, but Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Remember the good ol' days with Jack? When he had plan after plan running through that scheming brain of his? When he tortured guys with vises and blew people away with a cold, expressionless stare? When he loaded up on all kinds of mission toys from any one of his umpteen secret weapons and equipment caches? Ah, Jack was quite The Shit back in the day...until those asswipes calling themselves "writers" stuck him in Dixon's role as Basil Exposition for APO. Last week's episode had Jack helping Sydney put together her baby's crib -- Here's hoping that Jack covertly installed hidden compartments of ammo clips, C4 explosive and toxic darts, just like any good Grandpa should.

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 12:29 a.m. CST

    jennifer garner is more manly than affleck

    by mikep

    or is the word mannish?

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I miss Jack Bristow

    by Biowolf

    For me, the show has sucked since Syd lost those 2 years and Jack stopped being a badass. Good riddance.

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 2:24 a.m. CST

    This was one of my favorite shows.

    by Psyclops

    It's sad to see a project with so much potential limp it's way to the finish line the way this show has. Those first two seasons were fantastic but it all went downhill after that and making radical changes to the storyline didn't help at all (as much as I loved that second season Superbowl episode it really was the point of no return for the series). I just hope they can find a way to end it on a high note.

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Old Jack was back for 1 episode last season

    by jim

    when he was sent to kill that guy. And in another episode he had the best line of the entire season: "What's a spork?"

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 12:04 p.m. CST

    "...a Marshall and Will spin-off..."???

    by Childe Roland

    Those guys are nothing without Holly. And Chaka was the bomb! Abrams' reimagining of Land of the Lost is just weak. First, where are the damn dinosaurs? (Hurley doesn't count). Second, where are the motherfucking Sleestacks?!? I was sure the "others" in the tail section of the plane would be the Sleestacks, but instead of scary as shit lizard folk we got Adibisi and that angry surfer chick from Resident Evil (who I guess are kind of lizard-like, but nowhere near as scary as those green guys were). And we need that little brown pointy headed fella in the tunic to explain to Locke how the crystals in the hatch work! Damn you, Abrams! Get with it!

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Alias was never "good".

    by CynicKil

    Not in the traditional sense anyways. To me the storyline was always the weakest part of Alias. The best parts were Jennifer kicking ass in a funky outfit and rainbow colored wig. It's definitely a style-over-substance show. If it were anything more it's writing would've been tighter and better from the beginning. What we do get from Alias is scenes that beg for repeat viewing, which is why I think even its "bad" seasons do well on DVD. The acting is strong, the plots crazy enough to keep you jumping out of your chair, and cute women doing bad things is what has made this show thrive. I'd go as far as to say that as long as you have cute women either good or evil kicking ass and taking names in oh-my-god outfits then the show is successful.

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 7:55 p.m. CST

    I've been wanting to say this for years:

    by The Pusher

    Ha ha-ha ha-ha ha ha! Ha ha ha, ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha, ha-ha ha ha-ha ha! Hey!

  • Nov. 25, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Yes, RACHEL NICHOLS SPIN-OFF, genius!

    by Citizen Arcane

    That's like having a restaurant go out of business and opening the same kind of restaurant in the same location.

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Rachel Nichols

    by BitchNig

    She's hot, but unfortunatly she's also just about the worst actress on TV. This show's been going down hill for years, and so I'm glad its getting the boot.

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 5:13 a.m. CST

    RTE are showing Alias.. Again

    by emeraldboy

    I saw it last night. I am not sure what season it was, but Melissa George was in it as was David cronenberg. It began with Syd and her Dad finding a hand in a box. I think it had some connection to rimbaldi. Rte used to Show Alias at 7 pm and they show it at midnight. Weird. The whole thing made no sense to me and can see why the network are taking it off the air for good.

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 10:25 a.m. CST

    What's with all the negativity towards the second half of th

    by Voice O. Reason

    The stuff with Sloane and Dixon was great. And although the Mellissa George season wasn't great, it was at least watchable. That's more than I can say for the 4th or 5th seasons (although the 5th season opener was good). When APO opened, the show turned into a bad "Mission: Impossible" clone. And put me in the "I miss bad ass Jack" column. That episode where Syd had to play her own mother cut Jack's balls off for good.

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    "RACHEL NICHOLS SPIN-OFF...This woman is UNBELIEVABLE. "

    by Voice O. Reason

    No, I can't believe she should have a spin-off either.

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Who actually watched Alias?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    The only people I know who watched it were flamboyantly gay and/or still in high school. Not that I'm trying to imply anything about Herc...

  • Nov. 26, 2005, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Affleck has a beer and cheats on Jennifer Garner.

    by METHOS

    ALIAS has always sucked. It was a ripoff of USA's LA FEMME NIKITA without the darkness or sophistication. Remember how quickly they dropped Sydney in college. Remember dropping Will. Remember fucking Rambaldi? How the hell does ABC announce a cancellation ahead of time? I guess they don't want to alienate J.J. if they need future seasons of LOST. How the hell is the writing staff supposed to come up with a series finale when the leading lady's in her third trimester? I wish Michael and Nikita would show up and cancel the whole damn cast.

  • Nov. 27, 2005, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Three seasons too late

    by wash

    Gave up on this show a few years ago...it was great fun at first but it just got more and more ridiculous, and the fun evaporated.

  • Nov. 27, 2005, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Does that mean that Jeffrey Bell and Drew Goddard are free to do

    by Neo Zeed

    Hey sorry about Alias, but if I gotta see either of these dudes showrun some CSI clone or write for dreck like Invasion, instead volunteering to work on the Spike movie, I'll freaking lose it.

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 12:29 a.m. CST

    by VoodooV

    Alias was great the first season, but it quickly degenerated into formulaic mission/countermission BS...and when they finally gave up on that...they centered the whole show on the various exotic costums they could get Garner into...last season's opening credits anyone? Don't any of these producers compare notes? Didn't JJ talk to James Cameron at all about that pesky TV show that focused a little too much on the super hot genetically engineered chick that could kick your ass? Hell, Garner's character might as well have been genetically engineered, she was practically bred from birth to be a spy. Anyway, the Rambaldi mythology was cool and all but confusing as hell...unless you watched every episode, you were fucked if you tried to follow it at all. Anyway, this last season is F'in weird with Garner being preggers, but quite frankly, I didn't mind, because as others have pointed out...Rachel Nichols is F'in hot! So is Amy Acker...good god. but sadly, as I have pointed out earlier..having your main characters be hot chicks that can kick your ass ONLY GOES SO FAR!!! a plotline that doesn't continuously confuse or go over your head would help you know. Glad the series is ending....but damn, put Nichols and Acker on TV more!!

  • They've got that foreign girl doing all the "I'm a tough bitch, and you can't beat me" action Sydney used to do, and the new girl to do all "oh shit I'm in over my head" suspense Sydney used to do the rest of the time. And they've given the later a "see, he's tough because he gets into bar fights" version of Vaughn. I'd rathered they skip a season while Garner had her kid than this. And they should have brought back Ethan Hawke's character as the Vaughn replacement. ************************ Why all the hate on season 2's second half? Because that was the beginning of the end, the moment when we realized they might not know just where they are going with this stuff. Sure the Dixon/Sloane stuff was great, but it never led anywhere! I think they deliberately avoided doing much with it because it would have taken the focus off of Sydney. Sadly they did that for so long that now that they HAVE to take the focus of her, the show is falling flat on its ass.

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Wasn't watching the series anyway

    by God-Man

    Alias is on at the same time as Smallville, and I gots to have me my Smallville, so I haven't really followed the show. But from what I have seen of Alias this season, it's a good thing that the show is ending. It is SO boring now, in comparision to season one. I never watched the first two seasons of Alias the first time around, so watching the first season in syndication has been a revalation. It showed me how far Alias fell into pure mediocity, and how fucking great it used to be.

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 1 p.m. CST

    Haven't watched in years!

    by mbeemer

    "Alias" used to be tightly written - all the twists made your head spin, but they fit so well you k/n/e/w/ felt they had a plan that would all pay off in the end. Then they started thrashing around and you could tell they were just making it up as they went along. Not worth my time (even with the incentive of staring at Ms. Garner).

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 4:49 p.m. CST

    How is this season?

    by _Maltheus_

    After last finales' zombies, I haven't tuned back in. Well, I saw this premier and that was unwatchable too. I might have bothered with the season if I had known, for certain, that this was to be the last. Maybe I'll DVD it when it comes out. I probably would have watched it a little more if they hadn't moved it against Smallville. This is good news though. Euthunasia was really the only option for a show this mucked up. At least he hasn't screwed up Lost (yet).

  • Nov. 28, 2005, 7:01 p.m. CST

    "Sure the Dixon/Sloane stuff was great, but it never led anywher

    by Voice O. Reason

    Good point.