Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is a spy for the SD-6 branch of the CIA. However, when her Doctor boyfriend proposes to her, Sydney comes clean and tells him the truth about her job. Once the CIA catches wind of the security breach, he is brutally assassinated. Sydney is distraught and, realising she is working for the bad guys becomes a double agent for the CIA - and is out for revenge.
It was a family affair in the second series of JJ Abrams' wonderfully inventive Alias, as super secret agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) came face-to-face with the mother of all super secret agents--her own mother, Irina Derevko (Lena Olin), a former KGB agent, presumed dead, and more dangerous than ever. After shooting poor Syd, Irina later shows up at the doorstep of the CIA, offering to turn herself in and work for the good guys. But can she be trusted? Alias set up so much duplicity in its second series that it might have been hard to keep track of who was doing what to whom, but thanks to a great ensemble cast, fast-paced writing and direction, and some cannily cast guest stars, the show rode a stunning emotional roller-coaster and never broke its momentum, even when halfway through the season, it reinvented itself. With episode 13, "Phase One" (which aired after the Super Bowl to the show's biggest audience), Syd's original nemesis (and employer) SD-6 changes forever, yet the kick-butt agent still finds herself going up against the malevolent leader Sloane (Ron Rifkin) and his ever-changing set of henchmen. Action fans got plenty of fighting, while romantic Alias watchers swooned as Syd and the dashing Vaughn (Michael Vartan) finally consummated their unrequited love. The critically acclaimed show owed a debt to Buffy the Vampire Slayer for its mix of action, romance, mystery, and moral quandaries, but in this series Alias truly came into its own--with a climax that came as a total shocker and prepped the show for an emotionally volatile third series. Guest stars included the phenomenal Amy Irving as Sloane's wife, Faye Dunaway as a nefarious bigwig, Christian Slater as a kidnapped scientist, and Ethan Hawke as a fellow CIA agent (or rather, two of them), but it was the dysfunctional nuclear family of Syd, Irina, and father Jack (Victor Garber) that gave Alias its heart and its strength, whether the three perfectly cast actors (all Emmy nominated) were just bickering or undertaking deadly hand-to-hand combat. --Mark Englehart
Jennifer Garner stars as Sydney Bristow a 26 year-old grad-student working for a secret division of the CIA. The mission of this group is to combat SD-6 a secret terrorist organization whose agents believe that they in fact work for a secret section of the CIA that combats terrorism! Featuring all the episodes from Seasons 1 to 5! Season 1: 1. Truth Be Told 2. So It Begins... 3. Parity 4. A Broken Heart 5. Doppelganger 6. Reckoning 7. Color-Blind 8. Time Will Tell 9. Mea Culpa 10. Spirit 11. The Confession 12. The Box - Part 1 13. The Box - Part 2 14. The Coup 15. Page 47 16. The Prophecy 17. Q and A 18. Masquerade 19. Snowman 20. The Solution 21. Rendezvous 22. Almost Thirty Years Season 2: 1. The Enemy Walks In 2. Trust Me 3. Cipher 4. Dead Drop 5. The Indicator 6. Salvation 7. The Counteragent 8. Passage - Part 1 9. Passage - Part 2 10. The Abduction 11. A Higher Echelon 12. The Getaway 13. Phase One 14. Double Agent 15. A Free Agent 16. Firebomb 17. A Dark Turn 18. Truth Takes Time 19. Endgame 20. Countdown 21. Second Double 22. The Telling Season 3: 1. The Two 2. Succession 3. Reunion 4. A Missing Link 5. Repercussions 6. The Nemesis 7. Prelude 8. Breaking Point 9. Conscious 10. Remnants 11. Full Disclosure 12. Crossings 13. After Six 14. Blowback 15. Facade 16. Taken 17. The Frame 18. Unveiled 19. Hourglass 20. Blood Ties 21. Legacy 22. Resurrection Season 4: 1. Authorised Personnel Only (Part 1) 2. Authorised Personnel Only (Part 2) 3. The Awful Truth 4. Ice 5. Welcome To Liberty Village 6. Nocturne 7. Detente 8. Echoes 9. A Man Of His Word 10. The Index 11. The Road Home 12. The Orphan 13. Tuesday 14. Nightingale 15. Pandora 16. Another Mister Sloane 17. A Clean Conscience 18. Mirage 19. In Dreams 20. The Descent 21. Search And Rescue 22. Before The Flood Season 5: 1. Prophet Five 2. ...1... 3. The Shed 4. Mockingbird 5. Out Of The Box 6. Solo 7. Fait Accompli 8. Bob 9. The Horizon 10. S.O.S. 11. Maternal Instinct 12. There's Only One Sydney Bristow 13. 30 Seconds 14. I See Dead People 15. No Hard Feelings 16. Reprisal 17. All The Time In The World
The third season of Alias found super spy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) waking up in Hong Kong with a monster hangover and two years in the future with nary a memory. What's worse, her world has been turned upside-down with the evil Sloane (Ron Rifkin) now a world-famous humanitarian and philanthropist, and, even worse, her true love Vaughn (Michael Vartan) married to a seemingly great gal. Nice way to go back to work, eh? After coming up with one heck of a cliffhanger in season 2, Alias proceeded a bit aimlessly through these 22 episodes, and as a result, the parts were truly greater than the whole. With Lena Olin no longer around as Syd's duplicitous mother, and the addition of admirable yet bland Melissa George as Vaughn's wife Lauren, Garner found herself for the first time without a compelling female foil to play off. By dividing its focus equally between the quest for the enigmatic Rambaldi device, Syd and Vaughn's now-contentious relationship, and the uncovering of Syd's missing years, Alias lost a little of its power without a larger story arc. The loss of regular cast members Merrin Dungey (Francie/Alison) and Bradley Cooper (Will)--both of whom do make great guest appearances--also divest the show of the personal life that kept Sydney human and approachable. Still, Garner is stellar as always, the plot twists come fast and furious, and secret identities are revealed. This season does have a great panorama of guest actors including Ricky Gervais, Justin Theroux, Djimon Hounsou, David Cronenberg, Quentin Tarantino, Vivica A. Fox, and Isabella Rossellini as Syd's long-lost aunt. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com
The fourth exciting season of undercover adventures starring Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow!
Created by JJ Abrams, Alias plays like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond. Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) is a super (and super-sexy) spy, fighting nefarious villains and working for the good guys--or so she thinks. Recruited as a college freshman for espionage work, Sydney found her true calling with SD-6, a secret division of the CIA. When her hunky doctor-boyfriend proposes to her, she decides to let him in on the truth she's not supposed to tell anyone: she's not a grad student with a demanding job for an international bank, but a secret agent who constantly puts her life on the line for the free world. But when SD-6 discovers her security breach, her fiancé is brutally assassinated, and Sydney suddenly finds herself face-to-face with the truth: she's been working for the bad guys. Deciding to become a double agent for the CIA and bring down the evildoers, Sydney gets one more surprise--her estranged father (Victor Garber) is also working for SD-6, and the CIA as well. Welcome to the family, Syd! Confused? This is all just the first episode. With its double-edged tension (how long can Syd play double agent?) and one heck of a MacGuffin (the dreaded Rambaldi device, the mythic creation of a Renaissance genius), the show leads its viewers from episode to episode with visceral, compelling action, not to mention the nascent romance between Syd and her CIA handler, Vaughn (Michael Vartan), and her clashes with her heretofore distant father. Sharp, smart and always suspenseful, Alias' centre was held by the gorgeous Garner, a stellar action heroine and an even better actress who could pull off Sydney's exotic undercover missions and conflicted emotions with equal dexterity. By the end of this first series, which concludes with a breathtaking cliffhanger, you'll be seduced into Alias' world with, happily, no desire to escape. --Mark Englehart
From J.J. Abrams the creator of Lost comes the final chapter in the most thrilling series ever - Alias: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD! Experience all the stunning action of the show's final year as Sydney discovers that she is pregnant with Agent Vaughn's baby and tragedy strikes before he can reveal more about his secret past. From the mind-blowing opening episode through each twist and turn join Sydney as she completes the journey she set out on five years a