Alias - The Complete First Season (2002)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
IMDb Rating 7.8 (7,735 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jennifer Garner Agent Sydney Bristow
Bradley Cooper Will Tippin
Carl Lumbly Agent Marcus Dixon
Ron Rifkin Arvin Sloane
Michael Vartan Agent Michael Vaughn
Merrin Dungey Francie Calfo
Kevin Weisman Agent Marshall Flinkman
Victor Garber Agent Jack Bristow
Greg Grunberg Agent Eric Weiss
Ira Heiden Agent Rick McCarthy
David Anders Julian Sark
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!

Confusing? This is all just in the first episode of Alias, the brainchild of Felicity creator J.J. Abrams that plays like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and James Bond. 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' center 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 season, which concludes with a breathtaking cliffhanger, you'll be seduced into Alias' world with, happily, no desire to escape. --Mark Englehart

Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Television
Disney / Buena Vista
Series Alias
Movie Release Date 2002
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 999 mins
Color Color
Episodes Features
Episode 1 Truth Be Told
Episode 2 So It Begins
Episode 3 Parity
Episode 4 A Broken Heart
Episode 5 Doppelgänger
Episode 6 Reckoning
Episode 7 Color-Blind
Episode 8 Time Will Tell
Episode 9 Mea Culpa
Episode 10 Spirit
Episode 11 The Confession
Episode 12 The Box (1)
Episode 13 The Box (2)
Episode 14 The Coup
Episode 15 Page 47
Episode 16 The Prophecy
Episode 17 Q & A
Episode 18 Masquerade
Episode 19 Snowman
Episode 20 The Solution
Episode 21 Rendezvous
Episode 22 Almost Thirty Years
Features Pilot Production Diary
"Inside Stunts"
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
Audio Commentaries
Special Season 2 Preview
Video Game Sneak Peek
DVD-ROM ScriptScanner
TV Spots
Director Jack Bender; J.J. Abrams; Ken Olin; Lawrence Trilling
Writer J.J. Abrams; Breen Frazier; Jesse Alexander; Jeff Pinkner
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin Jr.; Michael Bonvillain
User Credit 2 Laura Goldsmith; Linda Serijan
Producer Jesse Alexander; Chad Savage; Jeff Pinkner; Sarah Caplan; Lawrence Trilling
User Credit 1 Maryann Brandon; Kristin Windell
Musician Michael Giacchino
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
Barcode 786936222296
Release Date 9/2/2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 6
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 261
Collection Status In Collection
Tags CIA, Power, Beauty, Female Killer, Fight
Filming Locations:
1731 N. Sycamore Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (more)

In Joke: In the pilot episode, when Sydney is caught sneaking around at the party, she lies to the guard, by saying that she will get in trouble with her boss "Ron", if he finds out she'd been drinking. Her boss at SD-6, Arvin Sloane, is played by Ron Rifkin. (more)

Miscellaneous: Despite being a prisoner of the state, Irina wears peach lipstick and black eyeliner in nearly every episode. (more)

Francie: "Dear Aunt Stephanie. Unfortunately, as my mother has informed you, the wedding is off so I am returning your kind gift of a coffee maker because, as it turns out, the man to whom I was engaged is a deceitful, two-faced, sex-crazed jackass. All my love, Francie."
Sydney: It's not too harsh.

Won Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 100 nominations (more)

Movie Connections:
Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV) (more)

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