After watching Alias Season 3 it is clear that the strong characters hold this slick Television series intact. Season three finds the show's CIA undercover agent / protagonist Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) wandering the streets of Hong Kong two years in the future. Awakening from a dinger of a headache not two mention two years of total memory-loss Sydney is confused, but so is the viewer. Alias as we know it has changed, Sloan (Ron Rifkin) is now working for the good guys and has embraced humanitarian causes, or has he? Sydney's love interest Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan) is married to an apparently nice woman Lauren Reed (Melissa George) who turns out to be a trader. Sydney's mom (Lena Olin) does not return in season three but instead Isabella Rossellini brilliantly portrays Sydney's aunt in a few episodes. As the chapters proceed Sydney's past resurfaces and the pieces to the puzzle are back in place. For those of you that did not watch season three on ABC, I will not continue since no one wants the whole season served up on a silver platter; watch the DVD and enjoy.
Take pleasure in all of the 22 episodes included on 6 DVD discs. Most people agree that season three is the weakest of the lot, yet Alias is still the brightest light in our television galaxy. Regular cast members from last year Merrin Dungey (Francie/Alison) and Bradley Cooper (Will) both make cameo appearances. The rest of the cast including Syd's dad, Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) return. Special guest appearances by Ricky Gervais, Justin Theroux, Djimon Hounsou, David Cronenberg, Quentin Tarantino, Vivica A. Fox, Isabella Rossellini and David Carradine are enjoyable. I especially enjoyed watching David Carradine rehash his memorable "Grasshopper" role from TV's "Kung Fu."
Season 3 made me realize that my pivotal interest in the show resides in its characters who have become part of my television family. Most "Alias" fans are interested in the characters and are mildly interested in the Covenant or solving the mythical prophecies of Rambaldi. Jennifer Garner is the closest thing TV has to a female "007" and she's easy on the eyes. We care about the cast and follow their television lives even if we have to suffer through a few inane adventures that lead us nowhere. So go ahead, indulge yourself in this marvelously packaged 6 disc box-set, third season of Alias.
Alias Season 3 DVD Bonus Features
-The additional features are enjoyable, particularly the animated Alias. The Blooper features, although not usually enjoyable for me was fun; it's nice to watch the cast clowning around.
-The Animated Alias: Tribunal
An all-new animated short featuring a new story from Sydney's missing two years.
-Fan Audio Commentary – Episode 1, "The Two" with two ultimate Alias fans.
-Burbank to Barcelona – featurette on production design, and how the show creates cities
around the world
-Deleted Scenes – never-before-seen, yet too good to miss
-The Alias Diaries- meet the unsung craftsmen and technicians who bring the show to life
-Audio Commentary – Episode 9, "Conscious," with Jennifer Garner, Melissa George
("Lauren Reed") and director Ken Olin.
-Audio Commentary – Episode 11, "Full Disclosure," with Lawrence Trilling (director),
Jesse Alexander (writer) and Scott Chambliss (production designer).
-Audio Commentary – Episode 15, "Facade" with creator J.J. Abrams, Jack Bender
(director) and Greg Grunberg ("Eric Weiss").