Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Alias Reunion

Nearly 9 years ago I started this blog as a place to chat about intelligent TV. The ABC message boards were a mess with lackluster fans who couldn't even wrap their brains around JJ's Alice in Wonderland references. We needed a forum where we could come discuss the very literary parts of Alias and of course all the kick-ass fight scenes. During the last 9 years, I have made friends with many of the blog followers- one even flew to Seattle and stayed with me for a few days on a layover to Canada. There are some I still chat with regularly and one I would even call one a very dear friend (though we have never met in person). This coming spring, we have planned a little reunion of sorts. I plan to fly out to Indiana and spend the weekend knee deep in CIA missions with Sara Fu, Des and Jenni! I could not be more excited about this trip- finally able to meet face to face, after all this time and experience Alias together, like we did in the beginning. The tentative plan is to watch Season 2, from the demise of SD6, thru Season 3 and the demise of Lauren Reed. Because of course, it will capture the rise and fall of Syd and Vaughn's relationship, the return of Will, a little double agent business and much more. I think it will be the perfect refresher for everyone. I want to give a special shout out to SRM who has been holding down the fort for the last 8 years or so, keeping this little blog going! And to Page48 and Uncle 111 for being the most loyal followers. Your ideas and conversation are what made this blog what it was and is and will continue to be... a safe house for the Alias intrigued.
This is Fu, holding baby Asher (who just turned 9 the other day!!) and Des, holding baby Tori. So excited to see them!!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Series Rewatch


Our friends here at LTA had the fun idea to do a series rewatch. I wish I had time to do it with y'all (6-month old baby will do that to ya), but I wanted to give a new post for such a forum and say, enjoy!! I personally have watched the series back-to-back at least 3 times through with some extra watchings of my favorite seasons (1-3). Just don't do it on Netflix where the music is all wrong. ;-)

Thursday, February 07, 2013

From Irena's perspective…


Well…sort of. In "The Americans" on FX both the husband and wife are KGB spies posing as a regular ole American couple in the 1980's. I heard about this show and was instantly intrigued given Jack and Irena's story in Alias. I also found it amusing that J.J. Abrams' darling Keri Russell plays the wife, which, after seeing her short-but-stellar spy performance in Mission Impossible III, I have no doubt she can pull off.

I haven't watched the show yet, but thought y'all might be interested. The show premiered on Jan. 30, but you can catch up online. If you have seen it, what do you think?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homeland

I was able to watch the first 2 episodes of Homeland, season 1. They were edited for On Demand, but it didn't take away from the story at all. I have a love hate relationship with Actor Damian Lewis. I have watched him in a couple series (The Forsyth Saga, Life)and I just had a hard time liking him. But he is perfect for this part. He is Nicholas Brody. He has this hidden anger, this awkward intensity that plays so well in this role. In the first episode, I was having a hard time believing Claire Danes as a CIA officer. She's always played these rather mousy, insecure characters and this woman, Carrie Mathison is one feisty little thing. She's willing to break all the rules, and I like that. I like it a lot. I'm only on the second episode of season 1 and I can tell you, I am already over Jessica Brody. MEH. She's annoying. Anyone agree? I feel like the storyline between her and Nick's best buddy Mike has already been done. It's to be expected, in a show where nothing is suppose to be as it seems. I am loving the premise for this show. I love play between Danes and Lewis, though they rarely do a scene together. I love Actor Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul, Carrie's somewhat adviser and friend. He is great in this role and the danger, not only dealing with terrorists, but the defying the country you work for, has made for some interesting twists. I'm hooked. I might need to just order Showtime. Ha. Thoughts?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last Resort

Thoughts? I just saw the promo commercial for this submarine-based, government conspiracy program. I think I may watch. Scott Speedman, 'nough said. He was JJ's very first "Vaughn." Love.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Is there a revolution?

I know that ABC's new series Revolution isn't a part of the spy-genre, but I thought I would throw another interesting topic on the fire. I've seen this sort of revolution or movement of sorts in television lately and I would love your thoughts. We've seen huge blockbuster movies create small screen copycats, writers, producers, directors, actors, feeding off the body of movie that hit it big. For instance, when the Twilight books and movie series came out, all the sudden there was anything and everything vampire. Shows like Vampire Diaries and True Blood have hit it large on the coat tails of one simple idea- fanged day sleepers. This concept hit me last night as I watched Revolution. I began seeing bits of Hunger Games- this young girl, bow and arrow in hand, fitting off militia, living in a District-like republic. Charlie is showing a little bit of Katniss Everdeen, and I'm not mad about it, but it feels familiar. The post-Apocalyptic premise has been done before, but with other series, like Walking Dead (which I am obsessed with by the way) it seems like the end of the world is rather interesting to viewers. My question is, when is enough enough? When are we going to get sick of the vampires and zombies and the wars, diseases and loss of electricity that end society as we know it? How do you think Revolution fare in prime time? Did you watch?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Spy...

...with my little eye, an massive boost in spy television in recent years. Since our beloved show went off the air, scores of new spy-related programming has emerged. JJ Abrams himself has been on-board for many of these projects. This only pushes me to wonder what our obsession is with the spy world? Is it the idea that living among us as secret heroes, traipsing the planet, protecting our freedoms right under our noses? Or is it the constant chase? The notorious, elusive bad guy and the thrill of his (or her) ability to get away and present the next challenge? Let's take a look at some of the other television shows that have revealed the confidential work of the CIA, the FBI, MI6, the KGB, etc. Let's take a look at society as a whole, the population or demographic of the audiences who tune in to these programs. And let's explore why some of these shows, like 24 and Burn Notice have succeeded, while others have failed. I am back and we got some talking to do...

The Return....

Ahem, excuse me...hello? Anyone there? This is GIRLSCOUT speaking!!! Yes, I know, I've been radio silent for about, hmmm, say 6-7 years maybe. I've been thinking a lot about my Alias days and I've been reading over old posts and strings of comments and I can't believe how unbelievably amazing this little site is. I've missed the discussion and the sharing, and while our favorite show is long gone, there is still so much about Alias and new television programming to discuss. This will not be a full blown resurrection, as it were. But it will be the slow start of something great. I am excited to be back in mission-status and hope you'll stick around to see what's next. Hey, SRM?! I remembered my log-in and password!!!