History Series / Alias

13th Jul '17 12:53:25 PM xcountryguy
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* BoundAndGagged: See AttendingYourOwnFuneral.

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* TheChessmaster: Arvin Sloane.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Irina, Sloane and Sark.

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* %%* TheChessmaster: Arvin Sloane.
* %%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Irina, Sloane and Sark.



* ContinuityNod / BookEnds: Jack in a car in "Truth Be Told", saving Sydney from an SD-6 assassination attempt, and Sydney in a car from "The Getaway", saving Jack from an SD-6 assassination attempt. Both with "_______, GET IN!" from the driver and a shocked look from the passenger.

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* ContinuityNod / BookEnds: ContinuityNod: Jack in a car in "Truth Be Told", saving Sydney from an SD-6 assassination attempt, and Sydney in a car from "The Getaway", saving Jack from an SD-6 assassination attempt. Both with "_______, GET IN!" from the driver and a shocked look from the passenger.



* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Francie]].

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* %%* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Francie]].



* ElaborateUndergroundBase: APO.

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* %%* ElaborateUndergroundBase: APO.



* {{Fanservice}}: Done, very much with a wink, in "Phase One"- the opening shot of the episode is Sydney in her black underwear and holding a riding crop. immediately after the obligatory slow-mo shot, the guy tells her to put on the other one. . . cut to her in just as scanty RED lingerie. This episode, by the way, was right after the Super Bowl. However, there are many a straight example.
* FemmeFataleSpy: Most of the cast.
** Not to mention one of TWOP's [[FanNickname favorite nicknames for Irina]], [[UsefulNotes/MataHari "Mama Hari"]].

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* {{Fanservice}}: Done, very much with a wink, in "Phase One"- the opening shot of the episode is Sydney in her black underwear and holding a riding crop. immediately Immediately after the obligatory slow-mo shot, the guy tells her to put on the other one. . .one... cut to her in just as scanty RED lingerie. This episode, by the way, was right after the Super Bowl. However, there are many a straight example.
* %%* FemmeFataleSpy: Most of the cast.
** %%** Not to mention one of TWOP's [[FanNickname favorite nicknames for Irina]], [[UsefulNotes/MataHari "Mama Hari"]].



* TheHandler: Vaughn entered the scene as Sydney's handler. Eventually, they become more like partners.
** Dixon often took the role of handler, too
* HeelFaceMole: Irina at first.

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* %%* TheHandler: Vaughn entered the scene as Sydney's handler. Eventually, they become more like partners.
** %%** Dixon often took the role of handler, too
* %%* HeelFaceMole: Irina at first.



* InSeriesNickname: "Arvin Clone."
* InstantSedation: Happens a ''lot''.

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* %%* InSeriesNickname: "Arvin Clone."
* %%* InstantSedation: Happens a ''lot''.



* MacGuffin: What exactly was Rambaldi trying to achieve again?

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* %%* MacGuffin: What exactly was Rambaldi trying to achieve again?



* MeaninglessVillainVictory: The final episode has [[spoiler:Sloane finally achieving immortality...only for Jack to sacrifice himself in an effort to seal Sloane beneath a mountain for all eternity. And since there's no reason for anyone to believe Sloane's alive, we can assume the effort was successful.]]

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* MeaninglessVillainVictory: The final episode has [[spoiler:Sloane finally achieving immortality... only for Jack to sacrifice himself in an effort to seal Sloane beneath a mountain for all eternity. And since there's no reason for anyone to believe Sloane's alive, we can assume the effort was successful.]]



* {{Motifs}}: A number of them, running throughout the series.

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* %%* {{Motifs}}: A number of them, them running throughout the series.



* PluckyComicRelief: Marshall
** Weiss, too, to an extent.

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* %%* PluckyComicRelief: Marshall
** %%** Weiss, too, to an extent.



* RiddleForTheAges: The show never attempts to explain how Rambaldi managed to predict future events, grant eternal life, and so on.

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* RiddleForTheAges: The show never attempts to explain how Rambaldi managed to predict future events, grant eternal life, life and so on.



* SpotTheImposter: Via [[CloningBlues Project Helix]].

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* %%* SpotTheImposter: Via [[CloningBlues Project Helix]].



* TheStoic: Jack Bristow, ladies and gentlemen.
** NotSoStoic: Any time his family is threatened, and most of the time Irina is around.

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* %%* TheStoic: Jack Bristow, ladies and gentlemen.
** %%** NotSoStoic: Any time his family is threatened, and most of the time Irina is around.



-->''[CRASH. Another car crashes into them.]''

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-->''[CRASH. Another -->''[Another car crashes into them.]''



* TheTeaser: at times long enough to have their own commercial breaks.

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* TheTeaser: at At times long enough to have their own commercial breaks.



* TechnoWizard: Marshall. His wife and DistaffCounterpart Carrie, in her brief appearances.

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* %%* TechnoWizard: Marshall. His wife and DistaffCounterpart Carrie, in her brief appearances.



* {{Trickster}}: Arvin Sloane.

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* %%* {{Trickster}}: Arvin Sloane.
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* BadAssFamily: Almost . the characters are related somehow, and sometimes they even go on missions together. It's dangerous enough to mess with Sydney, but if you mess with Sydney ''and'' Jack at the same time, you're just asking for trouble. Also, the two-part episode in season 2, "Passage", where [[spoiler:Irina goes undercover with Jack and Sydney to India as a family of tourists to recover six stolen nuclear warheads]], is a badass family vacation if there ever was one.

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* BadAssFamily: Almost . Almost; the characters are related somehow, somehow and sometimes they even go on missions together. It's dangerous enough to mess with Sydney, but if you mess with Sydney ''and'' Jack at the same time, you're just asking for trouble. Also, the two-part episode in season 2, "Passage", where [[spoiler:Irina goes undercover with Jack and Sydney to India as a family of tourists to recover six stolen nuclear warheads]], is a badass family vacation if there ever was one.



* BaitAndSwitchGunshot

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* BulletproofVest

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* CharacterDevelopment: Everyone, mostly.

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* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Sloane.]]

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* %%* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Sloane.]]



* FinalSeasonCasting

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* GoodAllAlong
* GuileHero: Jack Bristow.

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* %%* GoodAllAlong
* %%* GuileHero: Jack Bristow.



* IHaveComeTooFar

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* ImpossibleMission

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* KudzuPlot

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* LatexPerfection: Twice in one episode.

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* %%* LatexPerfection: Twice in one episode.



* LettingHerHairDown: Sydney.

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* %%* LettingHerHairDown: Sydney.



* TheLabRat: Marshall.

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* %%* TheLabRat: Marshall.



* MemoryGambit
* MindScrew

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* %%* MindScrew



* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown

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* ObstacleExposition

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* TheRashomon

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* RecapEpisode: see the entry for ClipShow above.

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* %%* RecapEpisode: see See the entry for ClipShow above.



* TheSeriesHasLeftReality: starts off as a relatively cut-and-dry TuxedoAndMartini-style spy drama. Gradually, over the course of five seasons, the show introduces more and more science fiction elements until eventually you've got prophecies, immortality, city-sized balls of {{Synthetic|Plague}} HatePlague (or something), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking special bees that are incredibly venomous and totally docile]], and more.
* SexSells: "Phase One"

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* TheSeriesHasLeftReality: starts Starts off as a relatively cut-and-dry TuxedoAndMartini-style spy drama. Gradually, over the course of five seasons, the show introduces more and more science fiction elements until eventually you've got prophecies, immortality, city-sized balls of {{Synthetic|Plague}} HatePlague (or something), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking special bees that are incredibly venomous and totally docile]], and more.
* %%* SexSells: "Phase One"



* SinisterSurveillance
* SpecialGuest: Many.

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* %%* SinisterSurveillance
* %%* SpecialGuest: Many.



* StoryArc

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-->'''Sydney:''' Vaughn. . .

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-->'''Sydney:''' Vaughn. . .Vaughn...



* TimeForPlanB

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* TrashTheSet

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* WasJustLeaving: "Authorized Personnel Only: Part 2".

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* %%* WasJustLeaving: "Authorized Personnel Only: Part 2".



* WesternTerrorists: Sark.

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* %%* WesternTerrorists: Sark.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain

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* %%* YouCantGoHomeAgain
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* AndIMustScream [[spoiler: Sloane's ultimate fate]].

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* AndIMustScream [[spoiler: Sloane's [[spoiler:Sloane's ultimate fate]].



* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: In the series finale Sloane is shot and killed by Sydney. Luckily, his body fell into a vat of special Rambaldi liquid that healed his wounds and brought him back to life]].
** Bigger problem though. [[spoiler: He was stuck under a collapsed pillar when Jack blew himself up]].

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the series finale Sloane is shot and killed by Sydney. Luckily, his body fell into a vat of special Rambaldi liquid that healed his wounds and brought him back to life]].
** Bigger problem though. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He was stuck under a collapsed pillar when Jack blew himself up]].



* BadAssFamily: Almost . the characters are related somehow, and sometimes they even go on missions together. It's dangerous enough to mess with Sydney, but if you mess with Sydney ''and'' Jack at the same time, you're just asking for trouble. Also, the two-part episode in season 2, "Passage", where [[spoiler: Irina goes undercover with Jack and Sydney to India as a family of tourists to recover six stolen nuclear warheads]], is a badass family vacation if there ever was one.

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* BadAssFamily: Almost . the characters are related somehow, and sometimes they even go on missions together. It's dangerous enough to mess with Sydney, but if you mess with Sydney ''and'' Jack at the same time, you're just asking for trouble. Also, the two-part episode in season 2, "Passage", where [[spoiler: Irina [[spoiler:Irina goes undercover with Jack and Sydney to India as a family of tourists to recover six stolen nuclear warheads]], is a badass family vacation if there ever was one.



* BeardOfSorrow: Jack grows one during [[spoiler: the year that he was held in solitary confinement for working with unsanctioned sources to learn the truth behind his daughter's apparent death]].

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* BeardOfSorrow: Jack grows one during [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the year that he was held in solitary confinement for working with unsanctioned sources to learn the truth behind his daughter's apparent death]].



* BoxedCrook: Inverted. [[spoiler: Sydney works for the government, but is abducted by criminals to perform certain high-risk jobs for them in Season 2]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Irena]], who spends the entirety of season 2 in a literal box.
* BreakTheCutie: Sydney's life as we see it begins with [[spoiler: her fiancé's murder]], and gets progressively worse from there

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* BoxedCrook: Inverted. [[spoiler: Sydney [[spoiler:Sydney works for the government, but is abducted by criminals to perform certain high-risk jobs for them in Season 2]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler: Irena]], [[spoiler:Irena]], who spends the entirety of season 2 in a literal box.
* BreakTheCutie: Sydney's life as we see it begins with [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her fiancé's murder]], and gets progressively worse from there



* BusCrash: In the Season 4 premiere, we learn that [[spoiler: Jack killed Irina offscreen]] at some point between the Season 2 and Season 3 finales. See AbortedArc. [[spoiler: Of course, this being ''Series/{{Alias}}'', it later turns out that Jack actually killed [[OpeningACanOfClones a ''double'' of Irina]].]]
* ChangelingFantasy: Nadia, who discovers her parents are actually [[spoiler: Irina and Sloane]].

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* BusCrash: In the Season 4 premiere, we learn that [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack killed Irina offscreen]] at some point between the Season 2 and Season 3 finales. See AbortedArc. [[spoiler: Of [[spoiler:Of course, this being ''Series/{{Alias}}'', it later turns out that Jack actually killed [[OpeningACanOfClones a ''double'' of Irina]].]]
* ChangelingFantasy: Nadia, who discovers her parents are actually [[spoiler: Irina [[spoiler:Irina and Sloane]].



* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: Irina]] had the option of being saved [[spoiler: by her daughter]], or grabbing the Horizon. She grabs the Horizon, completely ignoring the fact that ''she's on an unstable and steadily cracking glass pane''. It subsequently breaks, [[DisneyVillainDeath and she falls to her death]].

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* DeathByMaterialism: [[spoiler: Irina]] [[spoiler:Irina]] had the option of being saved [[spoiler: by [[spoiler:by her daughter]], or grabbing the Horizon. She grabs the Horizon, completely ignoring the fact that ''she's on an unstable and steadily cracking glass pane''. It subsequently breaks, [[DisneyVillainDeath and she falls to her death]].



* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Francie]].

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* DeathBySex: [[spoiler: Francie]].[[spoiler:Francie]].



** As well as [[spoiler: Lauren]] in season 3, a villainous example.

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** As well as [[spoiler: Lauren]] [[spoiler:Lauren]] in season 3, a villainous example.



* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Irina]]. She easily could've avoided it though...

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Irina]].[[spoiler:Irina]]. She easily could've avoided it though...



** [[spoiler: Lauren]] worked for the Covenant, but posed as an NSA agent

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** [[spoiler: Lauren]] [[spoiler:Lauren]] worked for the Covenant, but posed as an NSA agent



* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: Sloane.]]

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* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: Sloane.[[spoiler:Sloane.]]



* FingerInTheMail: Sloane receives his wife's ring finger through the post as proof she's alive and being held hostage. Zig-zagged in that [[spoiler: Sloane himself is the mastermind. His wife cut off her own finger and posted it to him to help his {{plan}}]]

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* FingerInTheMail: Sloane receives his wife's ring finger through the post as proof she's alive and being held hostage. Zig-zagged in that [[spoiler: Sloane [[spoiler:Sloane himself is the mastermind. His wife cut off her own finger and posted it to him to help his {{plan}}]]



* IHaveYourWife: Played with in respect to Emily Sloane, though ultimately [[spoiler: subverted, as Sloane was pulling this on ''himself'' and Emily was in on the con]].

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* IHaveYourWife: Played with in respect to Emily Sloane, though ultimately [[spoiler: subverted, [[spoiler:subverted, as Sloane was pulling this on ''himself'' and Emily was in on the con]].



* KilledOffForReal: Very few people, surprisingly. Danny, in the very first episode, then later the Iceman, [[spoiler: Francie]], [[spoiler: Lauren Reed]], [[spoiler: Emily Sloane]] and [[spoiler: Diane Dixon]]. Being a love interest other than Vaughn seems to be deadly. But for almost everyone else, DeathIsCheap.
** Except for [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll a large number]] in the last season - Jack, Irina, Thomas, Nadia, and Sloane all bite the big one]].

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* KilledOffForReal: Very few people, surprisingly. Danny, in the very first episode, then later the Iceman, [[spoiler: Francie]], [[spoiler: Lauren [[spoiler:Francie]], [[spoiler:Lauren Reed]], [[spoiler: Emily [[spoiler:Emily Sloane]] and [[spoiler: Diane [[spoiler:Diane Dixon]]. Being a love interest other than Vaughn seems to be deadly. But for almost everyone else, DeathIsCheap.
** Except for [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll a large number]] in the last season - Jack, Irina, Thomas, Nadia, and Sloane all bite the big one]].



* TheManBehindTheMan: Literally named, "The Man". Played with, though, because [[spoiler: "The Man" is actually Irina, a woman]].
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: The final episode has [[spoiler: Sloane finally achieving immortality...only for Jack to sacrifice himself in an effort to seal Sloane beneath a mountain for all eternity. And since there's no reason for anyone to believe Sloane's alive, we can assume the effort was successful.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan: Literally named, "The Man". Played with, though, because [[spoiler: "The [[spoiler:"The Man" is actually Irina, a woman]].
* MeaninglessVillainVictory: The final episode has [[spoiler: Sloane [[spoiler:Sloane finally achieving immortality...only for Jack to sacrifice himself in an effort to seal Sloane beneath a mountain for all eternity. And since there's no reason for anyone to believe Sloane's alive, we can assume the effort was successful.]]



** AnimalMotifs: One of Sydney's call signs [[spoiler: after she returned from the "dead"]] was [[ThePhoenix "Phoenix"]]; Jack's call signs are all birds ("Blackbird" with SD-6, "Raptor" with the CIA).

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** AnimalMotifs: One of Sydney's call signs [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after she returned from the "dead"]] was [[ThePhoenix "Phoenix"]]; Jack's call signs are all birds ("Blackbird" with SD-6, "Raptor" with the CIA).



** The recurring image of a red ball, suspended in midair, which is revealed to be the Mueller Device, a plague carrier. In "Truth Be Told", Sydney steals one from Taipei. In "Almost Thirty Years", she and Vaughn find a room-sized one in Taipei as well. And in "Search and Rescue", it's revealed that [[spoiler: Arvin Sloane and Elena Derevko]] have built a ''city-sized'' one over Svogda, Russia. It's been dubbed by fans "the HappyFunBall". No, you should not taunt it.

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** The recurring image of a red ball, suspended in midair, which is revealed to be the Mueller Device, a plague carrier. In "Truth Be Told", Sydney steals one from Taipei. In "Almost Thirty Years", she and Vaughn find a room-sized one in Taipei as well. And in "Search and Rescue", it's revealed that [[spoiler: Arvin [[spoiler:Arvin Sloane and Elena Derevko]] have built a ''city-sized'' one over Svogda, Russia. It's been dubbed by fans "the HappyFunBall". No, you should not taunt it.



* OutOfCharacterAlert: This how Sydney knows that [[spoiler: Francie]] is an imposter. Sydney offers her some coffee ice cream, something the real [[spoiler: Francie]] hated, and she accepts.

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* OutOfCharacterAlert: This how Sydney knows that [[spoiler: Francie]] [[spoiler:Francie]] is an imposter. Sydney offers her some coffee ice cream, something the real [[spoiler: Francie]] [[spoiler:Francie]] hated, and she accepts.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sydney delivers one to [[spoiler: Vaughn]] after she recovers from her kidnapping/brainwashing, only to discover that [[spoiler: Vaughn [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder has married someone else in her absence]]]].
-->'''Sydney:''' Don't use rational thought as a defense with me, not after all you and I have seen. [[spoiler: Vaughn]], you and I live and breathe madness every day on the job. There is no rational thought. I can't pretend to have a conversation about anything else with you. What it comes down to is faith. What I was hoping you'd say was, "I gave up on us, I lost faith." But what you came here for was closure, and there is not a chance you are getting that from me. I'm not gonna say I understand. I'm not gonna sympathize with you, and tell you how hard this must be for you. But you wanna know how I am? I am horrible! [[spoiler: Vaughn]], I am ripped apart. And not because I lost you, but because if it had been me, [[IWillWaitForYou I would've waited]]. I would've found the truth. I wouldn't have given up on you. And now I realize what an absolute waste that would've been.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sydney delivers one to [[spoiler: Vaughn]] [[spoiler:Vaughn]] after she recovers from her kidnapping/brainwashing, only to discover that [[spoiler: Vaughn [[spoiler:Vaughn [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder has married someone else in her absence]]]].
-->'''Sydney:''' Don't use rational thought as a defense with me, not after all you and I have seen. [[spoiler: Vaughn]], [[spoiler:Vaughn]], you and I live and breathe madness every day on the job. There is no rational thought. I can't pretend to have a conversation about anything else with you. What it comes down to is faith. What I was hoping you'd say was, "I gave up on us, I lost faith." But what you came here for was closure, and there is not a chance you are getting that from me. I'm not gonna say I understand. I'm not gonna sympathize with you, and tell you how hard this must be for you. But you wanna know how I am? I am horrible! [[spoiler: Vaughn]], [[spoiler:Vaughn]], I am ripped apart. And not because I lost you, but because if it had been me, [[IWillWaitForYou I would've waited]]. I would've found the truth. I wouldn't have given up on you. And now I realize what an absolute waste that would've been.



* RenegadeSplinterFaction: SD-6, due to [[spoiler: Sloane having his own agenda from the rest of the Alliance]].

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* RenegadeSplinterFaction: SD-6, due to [[spoiler: Sloane [[spoiler:Sloane having his own agenda from the rest of the Alliance]].



** In Season 2, halfway through, [[spoiler: Sydney and the CIA bring down the entire Alliance, including SD-6, Sydney starts to work for the ''real'' CIA in the open, and]] her relationships with Vaughn, Sloane, Sark, and Dixon all change, and her relationships with her father and Marshall remain basically the same. Her relationships with Will and Francie both [[spoiler: end]] as a result of this change.
** In Season 3, [[spoiler: after Sydney's 2-year memory hole, faked death, etc.]] Sydney finds that Vaughn is [[spoiler: married]], her dad [[spoiler: is in jail]], Dixon [[spoiler: is the director of the LA office of the CIA]], Sloane is [[spoiler: living in Europe as a philanthropist,]] and other things.

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** In Season 2, halfway through, [[spoiler: Sydney [[spoiler:Sydney and the CIA bring down the entire Alliance, including SD-6, Sydney starts to work for the ''real'' CIA in the open, and]] her relationships with Vaughn, Sloane, Sark, and Dixon all change, and her relationships with her father and Marshall remain basically the same. Her relationships with Will and Francie both [[spoiler: end]] [[spoiler:end]] as a result of this change.
** In Season 3, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Sydney's 2-year memory hole, faked death, etc.]] Sydney finds that Vaughn is [[spoiler: married]], [[spoiler:married]], her dad [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is in jail]], Dixon [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is the director of the LA office of the CIA]], Sloane is [[spoiler: living [[spoiler:living in Europe as a philanthropist,]] and other things.



** There are other, more minor {{ReTool}}s, but these are the major ones. Season 5 is sort of a ReTool, but it's constantly changing and never settles. The interesting thing is that all of the original characters are maintained (minus [[spoiler: Will and Francie]]) despite all of the changes in the show. The same might be said of any show, but in ''Alias'' all of the characters completely change teams at least once and repeatedly betray one another, some of them over and over, in ways that would destroy most real (and even most TV) relationships.

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** There are other, more minor {{ReTool}}s, but these are the major ones. Season 5 is sort of a ReTool, but it's constantly changing and never settles. The interesting thing is that all of the original characters are maintained (minus [[spoiler: Will [[spoiler:Will and Francie]]) despite all of the changes in the show. The same might be said of any show, but in ''Alias'' all of the characters completely change teams at least once and repeatedly betray one another, some of them over and over, in ways that would destroy most real (and even most TV) relationships.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Katya Derevko for Irina, because they could get Isabella Rosselini and couldn't afford Creator/LenaOlin. Katya has all of Irina's attributes and was rather obviously interchangeable. Extra cool because [[spoiler: Jack gets to hook up with her]].

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Katya Derevko for Irina, because they could get Isabella Rosselini and couldn't afford Creator/LenaOlin. Katya has all of Irina's attributes and was rather obviously interchangeable. Extra cool because [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack gets to hook up with her]].



-->'''Jack Bristow:''' [[spoiler: Goodbye, Arvin. You beat death, but you couldn't beat me. [[BuriedAlive (activates bomb)]]]]

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-->'''Jack Bristow:''' [[spoiler: Goodbye, [[spoiler:Goodbye, Arvin. You beat death, but you couldn't beat me. [[BuriedAlive (activates bomb)]]]]



* TimeSkip: One of the biggest {{WhamLine}}s in the show - [[spoiler: "Syd, you've been missing for almost two years."]]

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* TimeSkip: One of the biggest {{WhamLine}}s in the show - [[spoiler: "Syd, [[spoiler:"Syd, you've been missing for almost two years."]]



** "I've waited almost thirty years for this." [[spoiler: "MOM?!"]]
** "Syd... since that night... [[spoiler: you were missing. You've been missing for almost two years]]."
** "Well, for starters, my name's not [[spoiler: Michael Vaughn]]."

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** "I've waited almost thirty years for this." [[spoiler: "MOM?!"]]
[[spoiler:"MOM?!"]]
** "Syd... since that night... [[spoiler: you [[spoiler:you were missing. You've been missing for almost two years]]."
** "Well, for starters, my name's not [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael Vaughn]]."
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** Passage I/II: Jack (and the audience) gets to see Irina Derevko in bra and panties, and she gives her 'husband' a good, long look. Just to established that Irina is still smokin' hot, which she is, and to remind us that Jack isn't over her, which is probably true.

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** Passage I/II: Jack (and the audience) gets to see Irina Derevko in bra and panties, and she gives her 'husband' a good, long look. Just to established establish that Irina is still smokin' hot, which she is, and to remind us that Jack isn't over her, which is probably true.


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* ManchurianAgent: Martin Shepard, who was brainwashed to be a killer for [=SD6=]. In a clear {{homage}} to ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'' he was triggered by someone reciting a poem ("No Man Is an Island" by Creator/JohnDonne) then do whatever they said. He would then forget everything if it was recited again. After he began to break free of the conditioning, Shepard checked into a mental institution, and eventually broke free entirely, but not before helping Sidney. It's revealed he's the one who killed her boyfriend Danny under the command of [=SD6=].
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* SurpriseCarCrash: Used to set up the end-of-season cliffhanger from season 4. The bad guys are defeated and Sidney & Michael Vaughn decide to elope instead of having the big wedding ceremony that's being planned. As they drive off:

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* SurpriseCarCrash: Used to set up the end-of-season cliffhanger from season 4. The bad guys are defeated and Sidney Sydney & Michael Vaughn decide to elope instead of having the big wedding ceremony that's being planned. As they drive off:



* TrappedInASinkingCar: In the BackStory Sidney's mother died when she drowned in her car.

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* TrappedInASinkingCar: In the BackStory Sidney's Sydney's mother died when she drowned in her car.



* VirtualRealityInterrogation: At one point, Sidney's father suffered from a TapOnTheHead and now thinks he's back in the 1970s with his wife and young daughter. So Sidney has to pretend to be her own mother, married to her father, in order to get her father to give up some secret codes.

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* VirtualRealityInterrogation: At one point, Sidney's Sydney's father suffered from a TapOnTheHead and now thinks he's back in the 1970s with his wife and young daughter. So Sidney Sydney has to pretend to be her own mother, married to her father, in order to get her father to give up some secret codes.
25th Mar '17 2:33:32 PM StFan
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Notable for the fact that the show was {{ReTool}}ed three separate times. Each time, character relationships and roles changed in fundamental ways. The show is also notable in the sheer number of A-grade Hollywood actors who partook in the series, ranging from the main cast (JenniferGarner and BradleyCooper are but two examples), to memorable recurring players (QuentinTarantino and DjimonHounsou as two more examples).

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Notable for the fact that the show was {{ReTool}}ed three separate times. Each time, character relationships and roles changed in fundamental ways. The show is also notable in the sheer number of A-grade Hollywood actors who partook in the series, ranging from the main cast (JenniferGarner (Creator/JenniferGarner and BradleyCooper Creator/BradleyCooper are but two examples), to memorable recurring players (QuentinTarantino (Creator/QuentinTarantino and DjimonHounsou Creator/DjimonHounsou as two more examples).
4th Feb '17 7:09:28 AM morenohijazo
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* SurpriseCarCrash: Used to set up the end-of-season cliffhanger from season 4. The bad guys are defeated and Sidney & Michael Vaughn decide to elope instead of having the big wedding ceremony that's being planned. As they drive off:
-->'''Vaughn:''' I need to tell you something. Just so there's no secrets between us.
-->'''Sydney:''' Okay, whatever it is, I can handle it. Just don't tell me you're a bad guy. ''(pause)'' You're not a bad guy, are you?
-->'''Vaughn:''' I guess that depends on who you ask.
-->'''Sydney:''' Vaughn. . .
-->'''Vaughn:''' It's from a long time ago. It's before we met. Actually it's the reason we met. It's no accident that I was the one you came to when you walked in the CIA with your story about SD-6.
-->'''Sydney:''' Wait. I don't understand. Vaughn, what are you telling me?
-->'''Vaughn:''' Well, for starters, my name isn't Michael Vaughn.
-->''[CRASH. Another car crashes into them.]''
18th Jan '17 12:50:31 AM InterestingCarSalesman
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Also notable for the fact that the show was {{ReTool}}ed three separate times. Each time, character relationships and roles changed in fundamental ways.

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Also notable Notable for the fact that the show was {{ReTool}}ed three separate times. Each time, character relationships and roles changed in fundamental ways.
ways. The show is also notable in the sheer number of A-grade Hollywood actors who partook in the series, ranging from the main cast (JenniferGarner and BradleyCooper are but two examples), to memorable recurring players (QuentinTarantino and DjimonHounsou as two more examples).
9th Dec '16 12:13:35 PM Willbyr
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[[caption-width-right:275:I can be anyone I want to be.]]
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8th Dec '16 10:37:35 AM LarryMullen
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* OutOfOrder: The airdates of the season two episodes "Phase One" and "Double Agent" were swapped. "Phase One", which completely [[ReTool retools]] the show, was given "Double Agent"'s post-Super Bowl timeslot to attract new viewers (it didn't work -- it was the lowest post-Super Bowl ratings since 1975) and "Double Agent" had some new scenes shot to fit the revised continuity. Additionally, the ending of "Double Agent" where [[spoiler: Francine is murdered by her double]] was tacked on to the end of "Phase One" instead, explaining some of the inconsistencies [[spoiler: like why Francie jumps Will and starts making out with him apropos of nothing]] in the episode proper.
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