Alias - The Complete Second Season (2003)
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
IMDb Rating 7.8 (7,735 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jennifer Garner Sydney Bristow
Bradley Cooper Will Tippin
Carl Lumbly Marcus Dixon
Lena Olin Irina Derevko
Ron Rifkin Arvin Sloane
Michael Vartan Michael Vaughn
Victor Garber Jack Bristow
Merrin Dungey Francie Calfo / Allison Doren
Kevin Weisman Marshall Flinkman
David Anders Sark
Greg Grunberg Eric Weiss
It was a family affair in the second season of J.J. Abrams's 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 but alive 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 season 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, Alias rode a stunning emotional roller-coaster and never broke its momentum, even when halfway through the season, the show 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 season Alias truly came into its own--with a climax that came as a total shocker and prepped the show for an emotionally volatile third season. 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. And you thought your family had problems! --Mark Englehart

Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Television
Disney / Buena Vista
Series Alias
Movie Release Date 2003
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 917 mins
Color Color
Episodes Features
Episode 1 The Enemy Walks In
Episode 2 Trust Me
Episode 3 Cipher
Episode 4 Dead Drop
Episode 5 The Indicator
Episode 6 Salvation
Episode 7 The Counteragent
Episode 8 Passage (1)
Episode 9 Passage (2)
Episode 10 The Abduction
Episode 11 A Higher Echelon
Episode 12 The Getaway
Episode 13 Phase One
Episode 14 Double Agent
Episode 15 A Free Agent
Episode 16 Firebomb
Episode 17 A Dark Turn
Episode 18 Truth Takes Time
Episode 19 Endgame
Episode 20 Countdown
Episode 21 Second Double
Episode 22 The Telling
Features The Making of "The Telling"
The Look of Alias
Deleted Scenes, with an Introduction from Series Creator J.J. Abrams
Season 2 Blooper Reel
KROQ's Kevin & Bean Radio Show Interview
Alias TV Spots
The Making of the Alias Video Game
Alias ScriptScanner: "The Telling" (DVD-ROM)
Director Greg Yaitanes; J.J. Abrams; Ken Olin; Lawrence Trilling
Writer J.J. Abrams; Jesse Alexander; Jeff Pinkner
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin Jr.; Michael Bonvillain
User Credit 2 Laura Goldsmith; Linda Serijan
Producer Jesse Alexander; Sarah Caplan; Chad Savage; Lawrence Trilling
User Credit 1 Maryann Brandon; Kristin Windell
Musician Sinéad O'Connor; Michael Giacchino
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
Barcode 786936227918
Release Date 12/2/2003
Subtitles English
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 6
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 329
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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