phaw! on rambaldi and the deplorable finale of “alias”

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

ALIAS was a super-spy/CIA ad­ven­ture se­ries for ABC that ran five sea­sons (2001-2006) and was nom­i­nated for more than sev­enty awards—al­though not a single im­por­tant nom­i­na­tion was made for the final season. Alias made Jen­nifer Garner a star, for which we should all be grateful. The first few sea­sons were loads of fun with good scripts, good char­ac­ters, and good acting. Berni and I en­joyed these shows immensely.

If you haven’t watched the se­ries, stop reading. If you have watched the com­plete se­ries, per­haps you understand.

The fifth and final season has been painful to sit through. The events in the scripts were soooooo bad as to defy reason. So bad that I was rooting for Arvin to end the world in episode 104, so I wouldn’t have to sit through 105.

I didn’t: I just got up and left.

Midway through the show.

So I made it through 104 1/2 episodes but just got up and walked away from the story-ending episode 105.

In hind­sight, I would call the final season un­watch­able, but I sat through it wanting closure.

But I will never know what they did to end the show.

Berni sat through it and agreed never to men­tion it. She did say that the end was better than she ex­pected: “You might like it.”

“I don’t wanna know,” was my response.

Makes what hap­pened to Firefly seem like a blessing . . .

Alias cast photo3

FEATURED IMAGE: Part of the cast of Alias from left to right: Greg Grun­berg, Ron Rifkin, Mia Mae­stro, Victor Garber, Jen­nifer Garner, Michael Vartan, Carl Lumbly, and Michael Weisman.

PS: The only way that the plot made sense was if Ram­baldi was in fact from our fu­ture and was a time-traveler who set­tled in the 15th cen­tury. This would have made Alias a se­ries science-fiction se­ries in disguise.

PPS: Throughout the fifth season, when­ever there was a po­ten­tially lethal con­fronta­tion be­tween opponents—most of whom were trained killers—instead of shooting their mortal enemy, the good guys and the bad guys lapsed into the type of mono­loguing that would have had Buddy Pine (aka Syn­drome) chuck­ling to him­self in embarrassment!


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