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By Caillan
February 25, 2004 - 11:47 AM

Hello World!

Spoilers abound for the Alias third season premiere, "The Two", as well as the previous two seasons. If you have yet to experience the glorious highs (and stupefying lows) of this series and wish to remain unspoiled, Run, Lola, Run!

The Channel 7 promos for this episode screamed that we would see "Australia's Melissa George" in all her butt-kicking spy glory. I really hope no one tuned into see her, because she didn't even appear in the episode. This is part of an annoying tendency by Australian networks to go overboard in promoting Australia actors -- Channel 9's Oscar promo touts Naomi Watts and "Australian born" Keisha Castle-Hughes. Couldn't they have trumpeted Peter Weir instead of trying to steal another New Zealand actor?

Anyway, back to Alias. The episode was a mixed-bag, but contained a lot of things I liked, including the developing relationship between Sydney and Jack. I've been watching season one on DVD, and it's a joy to see how their relationship has developed over the past two seasons. It was especially good to see that he wasn't going to spend the entire season behind bars, like Irina last year -- I don't think I could have coped watching Victor Garber act his heart out wearing that ridiculous fake beard.

J.J. Abrams is obviously really trying to cut the ties with past seasons, even going so far as to burn down Sydney's apartment. And Will and Francie have been banished from the opening credits. I guess that means no more montage sequences with the three of them drinking out of ridiculously large wine glasses. In all seriousness, I think it's a pity that the grad school and non-CIA friends have been phased out (or should that be "Phase Oned" out?) of the series -- they provided some balance to Syd's spy exploits.

The big shock was that Sloane is now a humanitarian working for the World Health Organisation. I can swallow this -- under the condition, of course, that it's all a cover and he will revert to his evil self within the next few episodes. But the whole resolution of the Rambaldi plot line was the biggest story arc letdown since Sheridan talked his way out of the Shadow War. "One word: Peace?" You have to be kidding me. The past two seasons were leading up to that? I can only hope that Sloane was lying and we'll get a proper resolution to the Rambaldi plot line.

Alias has a fantastic cast, so let's hope the writing this season can do them justice.

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