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Old August 11th 09, 22:53   #1
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Should I watch Alias?

So I'm trolling the free DVD rentals at the local library (yes I use the public library- free stuff! try it!) and I come across Alias. I have never seen an entire episode and only vaguely know that it stars that chick that everyone thinks is super-hot but I don't so much and she was in some superhero movie and some shitty romantic comedies. And that the show is some sort of spy thing.

I'm short on televised entertainment- all the shows I like are finished so I'm up for something new (to me). Thing is, I remember seeing people on the interwebs saying that the show turned retarded at some point. Too many shows I like do that: X-Files, Battlestar, Heroes, every single Star Trek, etc.

So would you Alias fans still recommend it? Should I just watch the good parts? And if I do, will it leave me with some sort of frustrating cliffhanger?

Fortunately the library has like 5 boxsets or so if I choose to partake, so lots freebies but legally.
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Old August 11th 09, 23:21   #2
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

I didn't.
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Old August 11th 09, 23:55   #3
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

IMO yes.

But watch Season 1 and 2 only. You can pretty much stop after that..it sort of unravels and doesnt go in any particular direction, and they dont do a good job at payoff.

But I did and do feel that Seasons 1 and 2 were very good.

That said, if you havent watched Farscape...I'd put that on the "must see" list before Alias.
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Old August 12th 09, 02:08   #4
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

Yeah, the show jumped the shark in S3 and I gather it got even weirder before it was cancelled. I wouldn't bother. Watch Dollhouse instead.
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Old August 12th 09, 03:11   #5
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

Of course I watched Farscape. I remember getting into a big argument with people here over the cancellation protests and everything.

I've heard mixed things about Dollhouse. I read a review of the new box set that says there's an unreleased ep there that's supposed to be the best one. Kinda messed up if that's true.
But I've not been able to get into any of the Whedonverse- the closest I came was Firefly and that was canceled. If Dollhouse isn't renewed I'm not gonna bother starting.


Does season 2 of Alias at least end well?

Eh, back to Family Guy repeats...
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

Dollhouse is decent. Started off weak, got better. Its only 12-13 episodes or something so its not a long-term watching festival yet.

OK no one beat my ass for saying this, or revoke my "Man Card" but here is another show I'd recommend:

Veronica Mars

Yep. I said it. I thought it was pretty decent, clever, and fun to watch. Unfortunately its set in High School years for the first two seasons....but its still a pretty good show.
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I've heard mixed things about Dollhouse. I read a review of the new box set that says there's an unreleased ep there that's supposed to be the best one. Kinda messed up if that's true.
But I've not been able to get into any of the Whedonverse- the closest I came was Firefly and that was canceled. If Dollhouse isn't renewed I'm not gonna bother starting.
It's been renewed, and they're shooting episodes. The series is definitely uneven -- the first five or six eps are definitely shaky and another few down the stretch -- but there's some solid stuff in there and the unaired final ep opens up whole new horizons.

As I recall, Season 2 of Alias ended dramatically, but by posing lots of questions. To which, alas, the answers sucked.

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I've heard really great things about that one -- including that the high school stuff was the best.
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Old August 12th 09, 11:40   #8
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

Yes watch Alias! For its problem areas, it's great.

For me personally... seasons 1 + 2 are great, as has been stated. If you watch anything watch them.

Season 3 isn't bad... just not as good. I'd still recommend watching it.

Season 4 is pants. Hard work, except for a few episodes towards the end of the season.

Season 5 is great, it's like old-style Alias again.

And because season 5 is great, I feel the show ended on a high. And season 3 is better after you've seen season 4, because you realise it's not *that* bad.
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Old August 12th 09, 18:43   #9
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Re: Should I watch Alias?

Alias is pretty good, altough my opinion of it has been steadily declining with each time I watch through it - and I actually haven't been able to watch S5 past the first few episodes because of the cheap reset.

Still, it's definitely a fun show to watch especially for the first time.
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Alias is pretty good, altough my opinion of it has been steadily declining with each time I watch through it - and I actually haven't been able to watch S5 past the first few episodes because of the cheap reset.

Still, it's definitely a fun show to watch especially for the first time.
Reset to GOODNESS though.
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