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The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Tuesday, September 3, 2002 -5D

Superior 'Alias' becomes fall season
darling; critics praise Garner's talent
By Jennfer Fogel United States. Confused yet? "Alias" has double, maybe even triple agents
Daily Arts Writer and still after watching the show, it is not so much confusion you should
worry about, but keeping track of all the surprises. At least it keeps things
Take one college co-ed with a vast intellect and athletic prowess and interesting.
adopt her into one of the world's most covert agency and you might have "Alias" is incredibly well done, smoothly shifting between scenes, both
an inkling of a description for ABC's new action-drama "Alias," which backward and forward. Built along the lines of "Run Lola Run," "Alias"
premiered September 30. moves through time in a fluid motion, taking us from a
Created by J. J. Abrams (who also created "Felicity), "Alias" torture scene in Taiwan to Sydney's entrance into SD-6.
explores the double life of Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner, Most of the characters are reminiscent of those on "Niki-
"Pearl Harbor"), a 26-year-old graduate student secretly working **** ta," always offering their assistance (when they shouldn't,
for SD-6, a covert division of the CIA. of course) when Sydney needs it most.
Right now you're probably thinking ... haven't I seen this ALIAS Seemingly the most interesting part of the story is Syd-
premise before? Well sure, in a much more subdued format with ney'scomplicated relationship with her father and how it
the dearly departed Le Femme Nikita,' but unlike the naive Sundays at 9 p.m. impacts her past and future. The series is action-packed
Nikita, Sydney knows exactly what she's getting herself into - with stunts you'd only see in the movies or maybe "Dark
risk is part of the pleasure. Of course, like Nikita, Sydney ABC Angel" (both spend the big dollars). Watch as Sydney
yearns for the pleasure of a normal life, one without the constant subdues the inquisitive torturer by performing a back flip
shadow following her evqy move. while shackled to a chair.
For those who have seen the film version of "Le Femme Nikita" or Garner proves that she isn't just another nymphet performing for the
"Point of No Return," you may know that having a boyfriend when you're masses like in her past series debut "Time of Your Life" (Don't worry if
a covert operative makes things quite complicated, especially. when they you can't remember it). Nor is she simply an ass-kicking Felicity or stake-
have just popped the question. For Sydney, what should be the greatest wielding Buffy. Sydney Bristow is more along the lines of a conflicted
time in her life is quickly becoming her worst nightmare. Guilt prompts Clark Kent, saving the world while still fumbling for domestic bliss. And
Sydney to break the first rule of SD-6: Never reveal who you really are. now Garner has the Golden Globe to prove it.
When her boss Slone (Ron Rifkin, "L.A. Confidential") gets wind of Syd- "Alias" debuts commercial free, which speaks to the confidence place
ney's revelation, no more fiancee. in this freshman darling. Critics are already issuing glowing recommenda-
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. On the lam from SD-6, Sydney tions. Do yourself a favor and catch a glimpse of what may be the future
falls into a maze of lies as her estranged father Jack (Victor Garber, of television. While most of the returning shows slowly make their way to
"Titanic") informs her that he too is an agent and that the organization the circular file, watch as a shining star introduces smart, action-packed
they both work for has no affiliation to the CIA, but to the enemies of the drama back into the mix.

Courtesy of Asi
Jennifer Garner (above) hefore she transforms into fetish-wear (helow) for another
dangerous mission for SD-6. Along for the ride CIA-cutie Michael Vartan.

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