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15 March 2005 @ 04:49 pm
random Alias love.  
I rewatched several episodes of Alias in the past few days. I still love those first eps, especially for the sheer amount of ground they cover. Something else they did beautifully then was interpolate the professional stuff with the personal in a way that didn't annoy. Like, Syd calling Francie on her cell to talk relationship stuff during a mission prep, or doing a drop as they walked by a trash can together. Syd trying to have dinner with Jack, who blows her off. Will unable to stop investigating Danny's murder, emotions inextricably mixed, regret and helpless infatuation.

And Will! And Francie! I miss them. I cared about Francie and Charlie's ups and downs, and Will's treatment of his assistant added this great boorish facet to his character. The writers let things take their own natural time, without forcing everything into pat resolutions--I mean, all those cliffhangers! They totally broke out of the constraining box of the one-hour episode format. It was all so cool. Plus, Syd and Michael were new and shiny, and Jack was still hard to pin down, and Sloane was scary. And they soundtracked *everything* so that even a shot of Syd walking down a hallway was so! damn! exciting! And when she and Anna Espinosa were running all over the place, constantly jostling for one-upmanship and kicking each other silly? Sweet.

Love, love, love.
Destinadestina on March 16th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
First season of Alias kicked ass all over town. I especially loved how fierce Jack's love was for Syd, even though we didn't know it, initially. And I loved Dixon so much, and -- when Syd walked down the hall into the CIA, all torture-victim and so strong? Guh. *g*
Lumenara Dhahm: incendiarylumenara on March 16th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
I miss Will! I used to say that every time a new ep aired. Will > Vaughn. I still can't manage to like him.
Killa: alias will sydneykillabeez on March 16th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, my gosh, I am so there with you. I just finished an Alias vid, and watching the S1 eps for it was such an exercise in squee and wistful sighing for the best days of that show. Will, Francie, Anna -- I loved season 1 so much. With Will and Francie and Irena gone, I find I'm watching mostly for the pretty pictures.
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on March 17th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
S1 and S2 rocked. I'm still tempted to pretend that S3 never was... but S4 won't let me.

The APA offices seem to be a graphic metaphore for what has happened to the show. The humanity of it, which mostly resided in the relationships you described in your entry, has been removed. All that is left is some cold, clean, metallic feel.