Ken Tucker
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The space-time continuum is permanently warped when it comes to TV. Simplest proof? The eternally unchanged glow of Heather Locklear. But white-smocked researchers in the EW Dept. of Hmmmm… seek more proof. We gotta know: Will there be any acknowledgment that this season of Alias now takes place in 2005 (after the long nap of Jennifer Garner’s Sydney) and 24 picks up in 2006 (presumably after Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack has caught up on his sleep)?

Alias creator J.J. Abrams says, ”Whether it’s 2005, or the first two seasons existed two years earlier than you thought…I like to think that Alias exists in its own weird timeline.” Okay, let’s ask 24 exec producer Robert Cochran the same question: ”Well, technically you’re right, but we live in a parallel universe from Alias.” All right, but then couldn’t your President Palmer order Sydney to, like, go on a date with Jack Bauer?

Cochran laughs and says, ”Hey, if J.J. wants to send Sydney our way…” Then his voice trails off into another dimension of the imagination. — Ken Tucker

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