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Brain Candy - Pleasant in Small Doses
on January 5, 2004
Take the look/sound/tempo of "Run, Lola, Run" and apply it liberally to a James Bond -esque story. Add lots of eye candy. Add a bazillion plot twists that, after a while, don't make any sense at all and which exist only to give the sense of plot progression. Viola! You've got Alias!!!
Jennifer Garner dresses up in outrageous costumes and does a lot of kick-boxing and running. It's fun, but after a while the sheer repetition of the whole thing begins to wear you down. And, too, there's no sense of anything really happening, after a while. Compare this with "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer," for example. Each season of Buffy has an overall plot arc that moves the whole thing forward. Stuff actually happens. Characters evolve.
If you're looking for something pleasantly vapid with lots of action, you could do worse than getting this series. Jennifer Garner is absolutely gorgeous and does a fine job throughout. But take it in small doses, is my advice. Otherwise, you might quickly get bored with the formulaic nature of the program.