Alias: The Complete First Season It's a great pleasure to be able to watch creator J.J. Abrams' marvelous spy puzzle assemble itself over the course of its debut season, one… Alias: The Complete First Season It's a great pleasure to be able to watch creator J.J. Abrams' marvelous spy puzzle assemble itself over the course of its debut season, one…
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Alias: The Complete First Season (2003)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 02, 2003; DVD Release Date: Sep 02, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated

It's a great pleasure to be able to watch creator J.J. Abrams' marvelous spy puzzle assemble itself over the course of its debut season, one episode after another, and to see how Jennifer Garner's Agent Bristow comes to terms with her various loyalties -- to her government, to her friends, to her neglectful father (Victor Garber). There are lots of DVD extras, including the show's snappily edited TV promotions (a quick way for you adolescent boys to see Garner in all her various wigs, tight dresses, and spike heels). But its best feature is the commentary from three of the show's executive producer-writers (John Eisendrath, Alex Kurtzman-Counter, and Roberto Orci) analyzing ''Q&A,'' the season's sole ''clip show,'' on how much work it requires to make the show, well, make sense, and offering the endearing observation that Garber ''hates every second'' of any action scene he's in. (Seems he'd much rather sit at a desk and, y'know, act.)

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003 Published in issue #726 Sep 05, 2003 Order article reprints
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