Jennifer Garner is a big name. J.J. Abrams is a big name. Put those two together, and you have one great show on your hands that ABC called Alias. Alias is one of the better American action series to emerge especially in the early 20s, and it was hitting the charts not very late after developing and becoming familiar to the masses. Alias follows Jennifer Garner in the smashing role of C.I.A. double agent Sydney Bristow, who is playing an insidious, dark game of posing for a dangerous intelligence agency – an agency that is basically an organization for criminal activities and espionage. Think of Homeland, only Alias is a hundred times better. Jennifer Garner is no amateur, and she takes to the role as leaves take to trees – her Jessica Jones-ish persona kicks off quirkily and reaches great climaxes of action and venom as the show progresses. If you like a good strong female leading the show and kicking men’s you-know-whats, this is the very show for you. Besides, the guy associated with Star Wars is also linked to this super hit – coincidence? Not very likely.
Action set aside, the show also deals with the major themes of identification and the concealment of identification – throughout her many missions, Bristow has to undertake several aliases – hence the name of the show – so as to carry out her missions in secrecy and safety: and the alias has to be so strict and the assumed identity so illusionary that even her parents must not know who she is. In short, Bristow has not only to look to the completion – the successful completion – of her missions but also has to work on hiding things from her parents and friends; things as inherent and significant as her own identity. The show was definitely phenomenal, judging by its placement in the Top 10 of 2003 by American Film Institutes – and that makes Alias all the more credible to watch.