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'Alias' nostalgia react: Finally, I'm feeling hooked

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Reckoning” | Aired Nov 18, 2001

Alias hasn’t been bad, but it’s been a slow start for me. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect when I started watching it, but I did kind of expect for it to be, well, thrilling. Again, I’m not saying I haven’t enjoyed the show, the pace has just been a little slower than I anticipated (probably because I’m living in a post-Alias world where all of the shows influenced by Alias have taken the foundation it built and added to it).

But this week, that finally started to change. Watching episode 6, “Reckoning,” I finally felt that thing. You know that thing I’m talking about. It’s the closest thing to infatuation that you can feel for a TV show and not a person. It was like Alias and I had had a few so-so, okay, not-bad-at-all-but-not-mindblowing dates and then BAM—we just realized we both love the same stupid thing that no one loves and it’s like GAME ON. Now, I really want to see Alias again. I’m not just being polite because a really good friend set us up and I’ve heard about how great Alias is for a while now and I have nothing to lose by giving Alias a chance. I’m starting to think about staying up all night with Alias. And we don’t have to do anything, even. We can just hang out and get to know each other.

In other words: I’m getting the urge to binge. Even though I’m watching Netflix, up until now, I’ve been pacing myself, watching one episode a week like this is actually 2001. Even though there have been episodes that ended on cliffhangers before now, I’ve never felt that pressing need to press next episode and keep going. But now I do. I so do. Everything is finally getting really real, particularly for Sydney, who is starting to face some of the consequences of her recent reckless actions and her bumbles in double-agentry.

Syd has been helping the CIA sabotage SD-6 missions and steal secret information from them, but she’s never really seemed to grasp just how dangerous and difficult this endeavor is. I really think that, when Sydney walked into the CIA headquarters to go Double Agent for them, she thought within a couple of months she would have completely dismantled the organization and gotten her life back. When Vaughn proudly informs her that the CIA has gotten a whole 2 percent of SD-6’s files, she can’t believe how slow they’re going and seems pretty unconvinced even after Vaughn explains that they have to go slowly to stay undetected. On top of that, she’s been purposefully throwing missions, she completely froze when Dixon saved their last mission with his magic backup detonator and she’s been screaming at her father in public about the CIA and her mother’s death.

And now, finally, Sloane’s suspicions have come to a head: He’s reported (to someone—a nebulous entity on the phone, presumably someone powerful and scary—that he thinks SD-6 has a mole. Marshall has discovered the leak and taken SD-6’s computers offline to stop it. And, oh yeah, Sydney is in a Romanian mental institution trying to get information out of a brainwashed sleeper assassin and, as it turns out, that mental institution is run by K-Directorate and they absolutely recognize her. And THAT’S THE CLIFFHANGER. She’s about to be attacked by a hoard of angry Russian spies. And her agency probably knows she’s a double agent. And everything is getting SO. GOOD. Come on, Alias, come up for a cup of coffee. Let’s keep hanging out.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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