FINALLY! Tonight is the fourth season premiere of the ABC spy drama Alias
, a two-hour opener. For the last three seasons, this program has been my favorite show on TV. Jennifer Garner is a phenomenal talent, able to be both tough and vulnerable in a very demanding role. The action scenes are top quality and the plot is always full of surprises. Admittedly, season three was the weakest so far for this series. So creatively, JJ Abrams and his crew have some rebounding to do. And the delay in the start of the season may be a signal from ABC that ratings need to pick up significantly or the ax will soon fall. That would be a shame. Now that Alias
is following Abrams' other hit series, Lost
, one can only hope that the first will benefit from the latter's ratings success.
In order for Alias
to succeed this season, I think the following things need to happen:
1) They must return Sloane's character to his evil ways. No more of this "good guy, is he reformed or isn't he" crap. He is evil. That's what the audience needs and expects from him. Sydney needs a clear adversary.
2) Get Sydney and Vaughn back together. The storyline suffered last year with the introduction of Vaughn's new wife, Lauren. I am hoping she is dead. Sydney kicked her tail pretty bad in last season's finale. But we don't yet know if she is a goner. But even if she is still alive, she can no longer stand in the way of reuniting Syd and Vaughn. Sydney needs some romance and some stability in her life. And Vaughn is the only character left who can provide that.
3) Be delicate with the Sydney and Jack relationship. The father-daughter bond has always been one of the most intriguing elements of this show. Now that the season three cliffhanger set up Jack as a possible bad guy, this could upset the dynamics of the show. We've always known Jack had the potential to do the wrong thing if needed. But yet he was always grounded on the side of the good, along with Sydney. Now I'm not so sure. This makes Sydney's need for stability in her life from Vaughn even more important (see #2 above). I am excited to see where they go with this plotline. Has Jack been a bad guy all along? In the process, they just can't afford to destroy that love-hate relationship between father and daughter that has been a hallmark of this series.
As we embark on a new season, let me congratulate Mrs. Media Matters (Stephanie) and Jared on winning the season 3 trivia contest. I haven't decided whether or not the trivia contest will continue into season four. Stay tuned.