Monday, May 22, 2006
"Take a Bow..."
“... the night is over, this masquerade is getting older. Lights are low, the curtains down…”
I have never worn a red wig, lost a fiancé to my evil boss or discovered my mother was still alive. I have never traveled the world- only stopping in destinations long enough to disarm a bomb or rescue a colleague. I have never experienced physical torture or loss of memory at the hands of a terrorist group. I have never been identified by my own dental records or have come face to face with deadly assassins. I have never fallen in love over comms, renounced my father or found my portrait on a 500 year old manuscript. I have never stumbled upon a long lost sister or placed a friend in Witness Protection. But, then again, I have. Through the eyes and ears of Sydney Bristow; I have done all these things and more.
The character of Sydney Bristow, so brilliantly played by Jennifer Garner, has led us on an action-packed, heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping journey of international espionage and self discovery. From her years as a double agent, to her days of double duty as spy and mother, Sydney has been fighting in a world turned upside down by secrets, deceit, mystery and danger. Today, those of us who have been on the journey from the beginning, or merely joined in for the fun, will say goodbye to Sydney Bristow and her gaggle of enemies, family and friends.
Seven years and five seasons we have been trudging around in the belly of what makes great television. Sure, we tuned in for the action, the outfits, the gadgets and the round-the-world locations, but it was the characters that brought us back each week- inviting us into their private lives laced with the pressures of their profession and the complexitity of their involvement in the overall story. The highs and lows of their lives, were the highs and lows of our nights- if Sydney was "ripped apart", we were ripped apart. If Marshall was missing, there was a part of us that was missing too.
In one of my very first articles I published, I stated that Alias is an onion- many layers of story and emotion that add flavor but also make us cry. No question that here we have peeled away all the outer layers with our specualtion, theory and discussion and we have made our way to the core, the center, the middle- which will no doubt make us cry.
I am sad to see it go, but grateful I was able to experience it, if only from the outside- a viewer looking in. Perhaps I learned something profound from it- aside from what makes good TV. I may not have learned kung-fu or how to use a bazooka. I didn't come to like wigs or want to wear them on a regular basis. I certainly don't believe in Rambaldi and the secrets of his profecies, but perhaps I learned that even one person can make a difference if their intensions are true and good. That one person, bright and sunny can take all the matters of the world on her shoulders (with a dimpled smile) and perhaps make life easier for someone else. That even in dire times of life and death, and as the fate of the free world hangs in the balance- loyal friends and family can help you- be it an extraction or simply offering a hand under the glow of ferris wheel lights.
Alias has meant something to all of us- whether it's meant an hour with friends, or living adventures vicariously through Sydney. We all have our favorite storylines, characters, moments, quotes, songs, etc. and we will continue to enjoy the show here at Let's Talk, in syndication and on DVD. Aside from all we will miss, enjoy tonight, even if your questions aren't answered. Enjoy tonight even if the plot doesn't pan out like you had hoped. Just enjoy it, like we have every Sunday, Thursday, Wednesday for 5 long years. Through the good, the bad and the ugly. And then- say goodbye.
“…why, oh why, this show is over say goodbye. Say goodbye.” Loveyoumissyoubye!
The series finale of Alias appears tonight 9pm-11pm PDT on ABC.
Aside from all this- I am still very much in denial. I feel like Seattle weather- cloudy and gray. I am hanging in there though. I'll be okay.
I will be posting the finale recap tomorrow morning. I figure I need some extra time to process and write. I have requested tomorrow off from work- as I will be visiting with Starbucks Mom and SpyBaby Syd- needless to say, we will be blogging and e-mailing all day tomorrow. Please send me any questions and comments you may have about the finale or the show in general. Then, Thursday and Friday will be mega SpyChat days to help us hash through all we have learned.
Remember-As you gather around the TV tonight with friends and family (champagne and cake), don't forget to take pictures! E-mail them to me and I will post them for a blogger photo album. Make sure to include your name and the names of those pictured. Thanks!
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