"This season may not have been like the previous 2, but it was still wonderful TV and still the only hour of TV that I absolutely will NOT miss. If you have been on the fence about buying the DVD for Alias, don't...if you watch the show from season 1 through season 3 you will be as excited and desperate to see season 4 premiere in January of 2005 (ABC). I only got into this show after buying the DVDs for season one and becoming an absolute Sydney Bristow addict.
First, the writting is great, the suspense and action is always a plus, but it is the cast the really makes this show unforgetable. Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow... quite simply no one else could do this character justice, Victor Garber as Jack Bristow.. he was one of my favorites before and I love him more now. Michael Vartan as Michael Vaughn and the list goes on...
I will say this if you are looking for a series that gives you the whole package (innovative, creative, suspenceful, great character development, action packed, lots of eye candy and a little romance thrown in to the mix) this is your show. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Go ahead get these DVDs you deserve it!
I can't wait for season 4.....Is it January yet???"
Steep quality drop; still better than most TV
J. SHARP | Alabama - United States | 08/04/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an honest, reasoned review from a devoted fan of Alias. I know that I will get plenty of negative votes simply because I am not giving it five stars and saying nothing more than "THis is dEfinately kewl. Buy iT now!" So be it.
As has been said many times before, Season 3 was a huge letdown from the previous two (which are stunningly excellent). This decline can be traced back to the episode that aired after the Super Bowl in Season 2. When the creators used that epsiode (one of the most exciting in TV history) to "restart" the series so new viewers wouldn't have to learn all the backstory of SD-6 and so forth, it eroded and (in Season 3) eventually wiped out all the best elements of the show. The Rambaldi elements became incredulous. The twists, turns, and liaisons became arbitrary, forced, and repetitive. Worst of all, the crackling tension in the relationships has downshifted into sniping and griping. And Lena Olin is sorely missed.
The fall of SD-6 and the end of Sydney Bristow's double life may be likened to the Scoobies of "Buffy" graduating high school. It may have been inevitable but things were never the same after.
I love "Alias" and I still ask people to ty it out - both so my friends can enjoy it and so its ratings will improve! The feature film flavor still lingers, the actors are all engaging, the look and music are still cool, and Jennifer Garner is so sweet she should be illegal. It's better than 95 percent of the pablum on the tube. But, for the first time, it didn't kill me to miss an episode during this season. I stopped caring so much about what happened to Sydney Bristow. That's an unfortunate loss."
If Alias doesn't get better than Season 3, I quit
Eric J. Anderson | Ankeny, Iowa | 10/27/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The merits of Alias are obvious if you watch seasons one and two. They lost their way in the third season, with frenetic action taking over -- taking too much time away from personal and interpersonal drama, characters acting out of character, and plots that were unbelievable even within the framework of a fantasy/spy/romance show. On any whim, the guys and gals would leave the CIA to go off on some rogue mission (where do they get the funding for all these insane worldwide operations?) and be back in time for supper, with no permanent repercussions.
I don't know if the Rambaldi stuff will ever go anywhere or not. But what made Alias special was the relationships anyway. And these have been folded, spindled, and mutilated in season 3. The season finale looks like another "good guy" is going to turn out to be a betrayer. I won't say who, but it is horrible that they spent three seasons building up a special relationship between two people who had big issues at the beginning of the series, and now it looks like they want to destroy all the trust that was built. Perhaps they are simply running out of ideas, and they are simply going to destroy all the characters we have grown to love, like one of those sick John Irving novels.
I never saw the series on TV, and I'm glad I've been able to watch the DVDs. I'm all caught up on the plot (implausible as it became) and ready for season four to begin in January. But unless they return to some of the scriptwriting sense and character consistency of the first and second seasons, I'm going to give up on it. I hope they can get back in the game. The first two seasons were magically good."
Two years of Syd's life wasn't only thing lost in Season 3..
N. Chiemelu | NYC, NY USA | 11/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"How about that which made the first two seasons (Season 1 especially so great). I think the show (and I could be speaking very prematurely here as JJ Adams is a genius on Whedon scale and could pull the show back to greatness) really jumped the shark in the second season when it killed off Francie and got rid of Will. They were really the ones that I enjoyed and I found myself particularly watching the scenes when Syd was just being Syd and interacting with her friends. What made the show great was the balance between her spy life and her real life and the fact that the show as like James Bond but more human and complex.
Season 3 devolved into Sydney crying every episode, Jack doing all the dirty work to protect his precious, weak little Syd, the Rambaldi arc getting out of control and lots of little side stories that were just naff. I'm sorry but seeing a topless Ron Rifkin (I think the actor and character is genius though) made me gag ever so slightly. I did enjoy Jack getting it on with Isabella Rosselini who I hope shows up again in Season 4 ("I think you're hot Jack, deal with it" I love it!) And the long-lost sister storyline was pretty much the nail in the meandering, nonsensical coffin that was Season 3. Now that Greg Grunberg is getting his own series (yet another JJ brainchild), Sydney will have no friends and it'll be the Spy, Spy Daddy, Spy Boyfriend and Spy Partner (Dixon, whose character was just shelved and ruined by making him director of the Rotunda). Bring back the Francinator and make her a big baddy instead of Sark's henchgirl/bed buddy! I don't agree with the Amazon reviewer that Melissa George was lackluster but I think she could have had more luster. I wasn't sad to see her go though and am not exactly clamoring to have her back. Will, on the other hand, please, please, please restore this show to the greatness that it was for 2 brief seasons."
It's Alias, people. Even when bad,it's better than most. . .
J. Williams | the depths of Lake Erie | 07/24/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was most definately not the best season of the great show of Alias. But that won't stop me from at least renting this. Some of the episodes were actually good, like "Hourglass" and "The Two". Actually, the main reason I think this is maybe worth the money is the fan commentary on the latter. It should be very good, I am told.
So, I am giving this more like 3 1/3 stars. This is a great show, but the love triangle of the third season is irritating to say the least. I will probably rent this first before deciding to purchase."