Alias (TV series)
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Alias is an American "SpyFi" television series, created by J.J. Abrams. It first aired on September 30, 2001 and stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, a CIA agent, usually seen wearing a colorful new disguise undercover on most episodes.
The series began its fifth and final season on September 29, 2005 and will conclude in May 2006. Alias can currently be seen on Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on ABC, and Sundays at 4pm ET on CTV. Additionally, episodes from the series' first four seasons are shown weekdays in the United States on TNT at 4pm ET, and on weekends on various broadcast television stations through distribution by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.
Since its debut, Alias has received critical acclaim and cult status with its comic book-like plots leveled by emotional family dynamics. In particular, Lena Olin, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Garner have been noted for their outstanding performances. Jennifer Garner won a Golden Globe and a SAG award for her performance as the nuanced, betrayed Sydney. Garner has also received four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama while Victor Garber, who plays Garner's onscreen father, was nominated three times for Supporting Actor in a Drama.
The show has gone through a series of format and timeslot changes since initially airing in 2001, specifically with the beginning of the fourth season. The show was moved from its original Sunday timeslot to Wednesday night where it followed ratings smash hit Lost, also created by J.J. Abrams. For the first half of the season, the series also moved to a traditional standalone episode format that was designed to provide a hook for viewers. These changes saw the show's ratings rocket up scoring 16 million viewers for its first episode, and subsequent episodes averaging around 14 million viewers up from the previous season's average of around 8 million viewers. A contributing factor in the rise in viewers is considered to be the move away from the complicated arc-based plots of previous seasons even though Alias is known for the complicated arc-plots. ABC also aired the season entirely in 2005 beginning in January, and also pledged to air the season without any rerun periods — as opposed to previous seasons when new episodes would be interrupted for weeks at a time — although occasional preemptions still occurred. Now, the show airs on Wednesday nights and largely alternates between standalone and mytharc episodes.
It was announced on the day before Thanksgiving, 2005, that Alias will end its five-season run in May of 2006 and will not be back for a sixth season. This is due to the fact that Alias has been experiencing a slump in viewers, because ABC aired it in the same slot as CBS's Survivor.
Cast and characters
- Jennifer Garner - Sydney Bristow
- Victor Garber - Jack Bristow
- Ron Rifkin - Arvin Sloane
- Carl Lumbly - Marcus Dixon
- Kevin Weisman - Marshall Flinkman
- Michael Vartan - Michael Vaughn (episodes 1-89)
- Greg Grunberg - Eric Weiss(Season 3-4)
- Lena Olin - Irina Derevko (Season 2, recurring season 4)
- David Anders - Julian Sark (Season 2-4)
- Mía Maestro - Nadia Santos (Season 3-4; guest star season 5)
- Balthazar Getty - Thomas Grace (Season 5)
- Rachel Nichols - Rachel Gibson (Season 5)
- Élodie Bouchez - Renée Rienne (Season 5)
- Bradley Cooper - Will Tippin (Season 1-2, guest star season 3)
- Merrin Dungey - Francie Calfo (Season 1-2)
- Melissa George - Lauren Reed (Season 3)
Seven years before the start of the series, Sydney Bristow was an undergraduate student when she was approached with a job offer by someone claiming to work for SD-6, a black ops division of the Central Intelligence Agency; she accepted the offer and quickly became a field agent. In the pilot, she tells her fiancé Danny that she is a spy, however, he is murdered by SD-6.
It is then that Sydney is told by her father Jack Bristow (another SD-6 agent) that SD-6 is not part of the CIA; instead, it is part of the Alliance of Twelve, an organization that is an enemy to the United States. Sydney decides to offer her services to the real CIA as a double agent. Her offer is soon accepted, and she begins the long and arduous task of destroying SD-6 from the inside. She quickly learns that her father is also a double agent for the CIA.
A major subplot of the series is the search for and the recovery of artifacts created by Milo Rambaldi, a fictional Leonardo da Vinci-like inventor and Nostradamus-like prophet from the Renaissance period. Rambaldi's works include electronics and other devices that would not be invented by others for centuries. He also predicted that a woman who looks like Sydney will cause "utter devastation" to the world. This subplot pushes Alias into the genre of science fiction.
Alias episodes (Season 2) The second season began with the introduction of Irina Derevko, who would soon become a vital part of the series. Midway through the second season, the series underwent a "reboot" of sorts with Sydney successfully destroying SD-6 (after gathering valuable intelligence for tactical strikes from an airborne SD-6 server) and becoming a regular agent for the CIA, still in pursuit of former SD-6 leader Arvin Sloane, his associate Julian Sark, and the Rambaldi artifacts.
In the course of the second half of the season, it was revealed that Francie Calfo, Sydney's best friend, was killed and replaced with a woman who was transfigured to look exactly like her. The 'Evil Francie' was then in a position to spy on Sydney and Will Tippin. The end of the season saw Will possibly killed and Sydney shot and left for dead. She then wakes up in Hong Kong and finds out that she's been missing for the last two years.
The third season takes place two years after the events of season 2 and is considered a "reboot" of sorts, with Sydney having been missing and presumed dead all this time. DNA evidence in a badly burned body confirmed her death to her family and friends.
The truth; however, is that Sydney was kidnapped by a well-resourced terrorist organization called The Covenant, who tried to brainwash her into believing she was an assassin named Julia Thorne. Eventually Sydney voluntarily had her memories of the two years erased, to protect herself in a vain attempt to forget some of the deeds she was forced to undertake as Julia, and to ensure that one of Rambaldi's artifacts would never be found.
When Sydney recovers after missing two years of her life, she begins investigating her missing absence while reintegrating into the CIA. There she deals with the facts that Arvin Sloane had become a world-renowned humanitarian after being pardoned, and that her lover Michael Vaughn had married NSC agent Lauren Reed. It is later discovered that Reed was a member of the Covenant and a constant lover with Julian Sark. The NSC also plays a role as a government organization that holds massive unsupervised power, with a Guantanamo-like detention facility and considerable influence over the CIA, and driven by questionable motives.
Season 4 begins where season three ended with Sydney uncovering a shocking, classified document called "S.A.B. 47 Project". The document is later discovered to authorize Jack Bristow's execution of Sydney's mother, who had mysteriously placed a contract on Sydney's life.
Season 4, like season 3 is considered another reboot of the series with Sydney joining a black ops division of the CIA, patterned after SD-6 and run by her one-time nemesis, Arvin Sloane. The new division is dubbed "APO": Authorized Personnel Only. Members of APO (all hand-picked by Sloane) include almost all of the recurring characters from previous seasons, including Jack Bristow, Michael Vaughn, Sydney's former partner (and third season CIA director) Marcus Dixon, the computer and technical genius, Marshall Flinkman, and Vaughn's best friend Eric Weiss (brought in after having to be rescued by Sydney and Vaughn, who he previously believed to have left the CIA). Sloane's daughter and Sydney's half-sister Nadia Santos also eventually returns to join APO.
During the season, an imposter of Arvin Sloane, jokingly identified as "Arvin Clone", acquired the technology to implement Rambaldi's final endgame. Using OmniFam, the real Arvin Sloane had polluted the world's drinking water with a Rambaldi chemical that causes feelings of peace and tranquility. However, these feelings can be reversed with the "Circumference", a floating red orb created by Rambaldi. The third Derevko sister, Elena, had built a giant version of the Circumference, over Sevogda, a fictional Russian city, which drove the residents insane. Sydney, Jack, Irina, Nadia, and Vaughn parachute in and successfully destroy the device and kill Elena. But Nadia is infected with the Rambaldi mixture and driven insane. She begins to battle with Sydney, until Sloane is forced to shoot his own daughter. Nadia is later put under sedation until they can cure the effects of the mixture.
The season concludes with Sydney and Vaughn becoming engaged. On a trip to Santa Barbara, Vaughn confides in her something that he has kept from her since they first met: his name isn't really Michael Vaughn, that their initial meeting wasn't coincidental, and that his allegiance may not be to the CIA. Before he can divulge any more information; however, another car hits theirs and the season ends.
As season five begins, Vaughn is mysteriously abducted by a group posing as an emergency medical team. After getting away, Sydney learns that Vaughn is under suspicion of being a double agent and that the crash may have been a cover for his extraction. Vaughn later escapes and explains to Sydney that his name is really Andre Michaux. Sydney reveals that she is pregnant. Vaughn/Michaux reveals that he is investigating a secret operation known as Prophet 5 which at one point involved his father. He is then shot and (apparently) killed on orders of Gordon Dean, a rogue ex-CIA agent who has set up his own criminal organization disguised as a black ops CIA division (very much like SD-6).
Four months later, as Sydney continues to investigate Vaughn's murder, she works with Renée Rienne, an assassin and associate of Vaughn/Michaux, in order to investigate the workings of Prophet 5, while at the same time on the trail of Gordon Dean's organization, known as The Shed.
The fifth season adds two new members to APO to cover Vaughn's death, Weiss moving to Washington D.C. for a new job, and Nadia being in a coma. APO enlists the aid of Thomas Grace, a brash young agent with unorthodox methods, who often butts heads with Sydney, and Rachel Gibson, a computer hacker who, like Sydney, was deceived into thinking she was working for the real CIA. Gibson briefly works as a mole, as did Sydney within SD-6, but Dean discovers her and destroys "The Shed," killing all of its personnel except for Dean's murderous associate Kelly Peyton, and Gibson, who escapes.
Rachel in many ways is a replacement for Sydney while Sydney attempts to balance her obligations to APO with the fact that she is pregnant; although she is able to use her pregnancy as the basis for several successful disguises. Rachel aids Sydney and APO by attempting to track down Gordon Dean, all the while being tracked herself by Dean who is adamant about capturing or killing Rachel. The episode "Solo" sees Sydney become more of a caretaker for Rachel due to her condition, which for the first time makes it impractical for her to go on a mission herself.
Meanwhile, in an ongoing subplot, Arvin Sloane follows his own personal obsession—finding a cure for Nadia, who has been kept in a coma since the events in Russia during the finale of Season 4. Sloane is put in jail for his actions during Season 4, however, he is released after a committee concludes that he was still following the conditions of his pardon. Secretly, members of the committee were bribed and/or threatened by Gordon Dean who in return requests Sloane provide him with intel about APO operations and the means to sabotage those missions. Unaware of Sloane's allegiance to Dean, Jack Bristow agrees to let Sloane rejoin APO and use its resources to seek a cure for his daughter. Although Sloane does aid Dean on certain matters, he defies Dean's requests when circumstances cause members of APO to come to any harm, a choice that forces Dean to make veiled threats against Nadia and having Sloane exposed and sent back to jail.
However, when doctors inform Sloane that it's unlikely Nadia will ever recover, he chooses to betray Dean and reveals his "agreement" with the rogue agent to Jack and his APO colleagues. But he soon finds himself in league with yet another group of people (as yet unexplained, though they appear to have a hold over Dean himself) who seem to have the key to Nadia's recovery. After they somehow arrange for Nadia to regain consciousness for a few minutes, Sloane agrees to their first demand -- and kills Gordon Dean after Dean is captured by APO.
- Family — Series creator J.J. Abrams has stated several times that the show is a family drama set within the world of espionage. Family relationships abound throughout the show. In the first season this focused mainly on the strained relationship between Sydney and her father, with echoes in Arvin and Emily Sloane's relationship as sort of surrogate parents for Sydney, and her idealization of her supposedly dead mother. Season 2 revealed that Sydney's mother was not dead and Sydney had to come to come to grips with issues surrounding her mother. The third and fourth seasons changed the mostly parent-child family dynamic and instead introduced issues revolving around spouses and extended family as Vaughn struggled to save his marriage, and renew his relationship with Sydney. We also met several sisters of Irina Derevko. However, the parent-child dynamic survived as Vaughn learned that his father was more than a simple CIA agent, and as Sloane discovered that he had a daughter. The fifth season can be, in some ways, regarded as a "next generation" in the family drama of Alias. Sydney and Vaughn were finally to be married, and Sydney is becoming a mother in her own right. This is literal, as Sydney discovered that she was pregnant, and also figurative as Sydney takes on a parental role in relation to the new agent Rachel.
- Prophecy — A good deal of Alias, especially the first two seasons, and the finale of season four, revolve around the prophecies of Milo Rambaldi. We are first introduced to a prophecy about a woman who will "render the greatest power unto utter desolation". Later, as Sloane completes part of the Rambaldi prophecy we learn that he has received his own prophetic message. The Rambaldi storyline seemed to come to a close with the end of season four, but the fifth season introduced its own "prophecy" in the form of the mysterious program Prophet 5.
- Trust/Betrayal- Much of the first three seasons of the show, especially the first two, revolved around issues of trust and betrayal. Most obvious is the betrayal of Sydney by SD-6 which starts the show. However, the show includes numerous other examples of betrayal such as Irina's betrayal of Jack, Sloane's betrayal of the Alliance, Sydney's betrayal of SD-6, and Sydney's lying to her friends. Indeed the first season can be viewed as a story of Sydney learning to trust her father and the second season can be viewed as Sydney struggling with trust issues relating to her mother.
- Private Spy Agencies — The world of Alias is filled with private criminal spy organizations. The show has had one of the largest collections of fictional intelligence agencies in the history of espionage fiction. These agencies are clandestine for prophet espionage groups that trade secrets and weapons. The list of Alias spy organizations includes:
- The Alliance of Twelve/SD-6 is an international organization formed by a dozen intelligence operatives, mostly from western countries
- K-Directorate is a private agency based in Russia and staffed by veterans of communist intelligence services.
- FTL was destroyed by Julian Sark in season one but had been based in Hong Kong and apparently specialized in more high tech espionage.
- The Man aka Irina Derevko ran an unnamed organization which included moles within the CIA and which managed to destroy FTL and co-opt K Directorate.
- The Covenant was introduced in season three. They had co-opted many agents of other organizations including Sark, McKenas Cole, and even (through brainwashing) Sydney.
- The Shed is the latest fictional intelligence agency on Alias. They had been involved in some sort of high level research about Prophet Five twenty years ago and had been running their own SD-6-like organization. It is later revealed that The Shed is under the control of another, as-yet unrevealed organization with links to all the major intelligence agencies on Earth. Originally run by Gordon Dean, control of The Shed was subsequently passed to Dean's top agent and assassin, Kelly Peyton.
Alias is unusual for an American drama series in that the opening credits usually do not run until the end of the first act, sometimes as late as 15 minutes into the episode. In some respects this mimics the James Bond films which likewise feature sometimes-lengthy pre-credits sequences. Depending on the demands of a particular episode, the credit sequence is occasionally dropped as the actor credits play over a scene; on those occasions, the series title does not appear on screen until the final fade out.
The first three seasons used a minimalist credit sequence consisting only of the actors names appearing as the title Alias gradually forms in one corner of an otherwise black screen. At one point the Rambaldi "eye" symbol flashes on the screen.
For the fourth season, a shorter credit sequence was introduced that was flashier and used a new, faster rendition of the theme. As the cast names appeared, images of Sydney in her various disguises (usually walking) appear in rapid succession, ending with a shot from the third season premiere of her shooting a gun.
For the fifth season, another credit sequence was designed, as the previous version was criticized for making it very difficult to read the actors' names (since the eye was drawn to the many images of Jennifer Garner). Now, and for the first time, the actors are shown on screen as their names appear. Ron Rifkin is now second billed, while Victor Garber receives the key final credit. The same remix of the theme music from the previous year is utilized.
In addition to the above, most episodes in the first half of the first season included a prologue narrated by Jennifer Garner (as Sydney), setting up the premise of the series.
The first season of Alias begins in 2001, the same year the series first aired. Reference to Homeland Security midway through the first season suggests the series begins not long before, or not long after September 11 as the federal Homeland Security department was not established until some weeks after September 11 (other than the Homeland Security reference, there is otherwise no explicit reference to 9/11 in the first season). In season 1, each episode covers roughly the events of one week in Sydney's life, thus each episode is said to take place a week apart, although it is unknown if this is still the case.
The season 2 finale, which sees Sydney lose two years of her life, would suggest that the series now takes place two years ahead of "real world" time (i.e. Season 4 takes place in 2007, not 2005 when it was broadcast). For most of the episodes in Season 4, the writers avoided mentioning any current calendar dates in any episode. The one fact that did contradict this was the date on the tombstone of the supposedly dead Irina Derevko, which, when calculated, would suggest that the show is still running on "real world" time rather than 2 years in the future. However, a statement made by Sydney in the fifth season premiere "Prophet 5" regarding the length of time since she first went undercover at SD-6, is in keeping with the established timeline. And finally, the timeline seems to jump back one more time. In the season 5 episode "Out of the Box", character Renee tells Dr. Desantis, the genetic double of her father from the cryogenic box that it is currently the year 2006. This appears to be the first direct reference to the actual date of events.
The time between seasons 1 and 2 is no time at all, 2 and 3 is two years, 3 and 4 is one month, and 4 and 5 is a few hours. But given that there are three to four months between seasons, Alias isn't all that far ahead of reality. Alias is about 4-5 months ahead of the real world, which isn't terribly far ahead and makes 2006 perfectly plausible.
The Alias production team has participated in at least two spoofs based upon the series and featuring cast members.
- The first was produced in 2002 for a segment of ABC's Monday Night Football in which Sydney (played as always by Jennifer Garner) is ordered by Sloane (Ron Rifkin) to infiltrate the locker room of a NFL team in order to steal the coach's playbook. Syd disguises herself as a cheerleader and distracts a group of football fans with a jug of beer before stealing the book. Upon returning to SD-6 headquarters, she is horrified to find Sloane wearing a pig mask (the mascot of one of the NFL teams playing that night) and oinking. This skit was advertised as being included in the season 2 DVD box set, but it was dropped from the set at the last minute without explanation. Another specially filmed MNF segment featuring Garner was included in the season 3 DVD set, but this was not, strictly speaking, a spoof.
- Another faux Alias "episode" was produced for a 2003 TV special celebrating the 50th anniversary of ABC. Featuring most of the regular cast of the series, the skit began with Jack Bristow preparing Sydney and Vaughn for a mission, and informing them that they will have a new partner - Detective Columbo (Peter Falk). Columbo proceeds to wreak havoc at CIA headquarters, accidentally shooting Vaughn with an anesthetic dart and volunteering to wear a skimpy bikini intended for Sydney during the mission. Columbo reveals that his mission is not to aid the CIA but rather to help Walt Disney Company/ABC head Michael Eisner better understand the show. His work completed, Columbo departs, leaving Jack to utter a confused, "My god, that was strange."
- "Alias: The Lost Episode" was created as a tribute to the show by Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin's Newborn Pictures, an independent film company. A tribute to the series's beginnings, it is a parody of a typical Season 1 episode, from Sydney's relationship with Francie and Will, to Sydney's sexual tension with her CIA handler Vaughn, to the episode's cliffhanger. The co-writers and directors, who also act in the film (Rankin plays the part of Sidney Bristow), sent the short to J.J. Abrams, who in turn wrote letters of thanks to the cast and crew of the film. The film is not associated with the production. The 15-minute short can be viewed online: ALIAS: The Lost Episode.
- In some circles, Alias is considered similar or parallel to an animated television series, Kim Possible, shown on the Disney Channel. Kim Possible is about an athletic, redheaded-teen who jets over the world to fight super villains using mainly martial arts to her defense. Kim's black, turtleneck, mid-arm mission top and her red hair is strikingly similar to the alias, second to the right, in the image at the top of the page. Considering that Alias first aired September 30, 2001, and Kim Possible did not air until July 7, 2002, it could be drawn that Kim was inspired from Alias. However, a single episode of “KP” takes roughly 9 months to create from start to finish, so it is indeed possible that the animated show came into existence first. The controversy is rather unimportant, however.
More recently, Kim Possible did a direct spoof of Alias in an episode called “Dimension Twist,” where a villain creates a device that accidentally sucks both heroes and foes into the “TV universe.” In it, Kim is dropped into a night club-like setting where she meets a woman in her mid-20s with hair dyed a vivid magenta.
Because of a misunderstanding, the two women fight, and the new woman shows martial arts skills on par with Kim’s. While fighting, the older woman continually demands about the whereabouts of a “device.” This device is eventually recovered from a muscular, bouncer-looking thug with dark, mirrored sunglasses, and Kim zaps into a new dimension.
Alias: The Video Game
The video game Alias, based on the series, is a 3D third-person stealth/action title developed and released by Acclaim Entertainment for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The plot was written by the creators of the show and the game features the voices of the cast principals.
Prior to the Acclaim release, ABC Television produced an online videogame entitled Alias: Underground which was available through ABC's website, and sponsored by a major automobile manufacturer and the Nokia cell phone company. Each level of the game, which was a 3D third-person stealth/action game like the Acclaim production, was produced as an individual episode and released on a weekly basis during the second season. Some levels resembled episodes from the TV series. Some were unique creations. For a time, players were eligible to enter a contest based upon their score in the game. Recently, ABC Media announced the ceasing of support for the online game, due to low usage, as the game was easy to complete, and new levels were no longer being added.
A number of original novels based upon the series have been published, primarily for a teenage reading audience. Due to the intricate and story arc-based nature of the series, most novels published to date have been prequels to the series, some focusing on Sydney in her early missions for SD-6, and others focusing on Vaughn's missions before meeting her. Their canon status with regards to the televised series has yet to be determined. Although aimed at young readers, the books tackle serious subject matter, such as one volume which details the first time Sydney kills someone.
- Recruited - Lynn Mason (2002)
- A Secret Life - Laura Peyton Roberts (2003)
- Disappeared - Lynn Mason (2003)
- Sister Spy - Laura Peyton Roberts (2003)
- The Pursuit - Elizabeth Skurnick (2003)
- Close Quarters - Emma Harrison (2003)
- Father Figure - Laura Peyton Roberts (2003)
- Free Fall - Christa Roberts (2004)
- Infiltration - Breen Frazier (2004)
- Vanishing Act - Sean Gerace (2004)
- Skin Deep - Cathy Hapka (2004)
- Shadowed - Elizabeth Skurnick (2004)
A new series of novels are in publication. Entitled The APO Series, they fit into the season four timeframe and are published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment.
- Two of a Kind? - Greg Cox (April 26, 2005)
- Faina - Rudy Gaborno, Chris Hollier (April 26, 2005)
- Collateral Damage - Pierce Askegren (June 28, 2005)
- Replaced - Emma Harrison (July 26, 2005)
- The Road Not Taken - Greg Cox (October 4, 2005)
- Vigilance - Paul Ruditis (December 6, 2005)
- Strategic Reserve - Christina F. York (March 7, 2006)
- Once Lost - Kirsten Beyer (April 25, 2006)
Production and crew
Production locations are primarily in the greater Los Angeles area and the series is produced by Touchstone Television and Bad Robot Production. Despite its worldwide locales, only one episode has ever been filmed outside the Los Angeles region (Las Vegas).
- J.J. Abrams - Executive Producer
- John Eisendrath - Executive Producer
- Ken Olin - Executive Producer
- Michael Giacchino - Composer
- Australia - Seven Network
- Austria - ATV+
- Belgium - VT4(originally: VRT)
- Canada - CTV
- France - Téva and M6
- Finland - Nelonen
- Germany - ProSieben
- Greece - ANT1
- Hungary - RTL Klub
- Hong Kong - TVB Pearl
- India - AXN
- Ireland - RTE Two
- Italy - Rai Due (new episodes) and Fox
- Latin America - It now airs on AXN 
- New Zealand - TV2
- Norway - TV3 (Season 1-3) and TvN (season 4)
- Philippines - ABS-CBN
- Poland - TVP 1
- Portugal - SIC and AXN
- Slovakia - TV Markiza (Season 1, Season 2)
- Slovenia - POP TV (Pro Plus)
- Spain - Cuatro and AXN
- Sweden - TV4
- United States - ABC, TNT (Seasons 1-4)
- United Kingdom - Channel 5, Sky One, Bravo Channel 4
Note: United Kingdom's most recent seasons are showing on Bravo. Norway's most recent seasons are showing on TvN.
The first four seasons have been released on DVD in North America.
Season 1 Features
Released September 2, 2003
- Audio commentaries on select episodes
- Deleted Scenes
- Pilot production diary
- Featurette: A Mission Around The World
- Marshall Finkman's Gadget Gallery
- Season Two Preview
- PS2 game sneak peek
- Season Three Preview
- Gag reel
Season 2 Features
Released December 2, 2003
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Audio Commentary with cast & crew
- The Making of The Telling - An In-Depth Look at the Season Finale
- The Making of the Video Game
- Featurette: Undercover: The Look of Alias - A Look at Costume Design, Makeup, and Disguises
(A skit filmed for Monday Night Football was advertised as being in the set, but was removed from the DVD set before release.)
Season 3 Features
Released September 7, 2004
- Animated Alias: Tribunal - a brief animated feature detailing a mission that Sydney undertook during her "missing" two years.
- Deleted scenes
- Blooper reel
- Featurette: Burbank in Barcelona - a look at the production design
- Gadget Lab - Marshall Finkman's gadgets from script to screen
- The Alias Diaries - meet the unsung craftsmen and technicians
- Team Alias - two sport-related features: a special introduction filmed for Monday Night Football, and Michael Vartan meets the Stanley Cup.
- Ultimate fan audio commentary
- Script scanner
- Cast & Crew Commentaries
- Widescreen anamorphic video format.
Season 4 Features
Released October 25, 2005
- Includes The Original "Nocturne" Episode Featuring The Unaired Russian Roulette Scene
- Agent Weiss: Spy Camera - a narrated slide-show of digital photos taken behind the scenes by Greg Grunberg
- Audio Commentaries With Cast And Crew
- A Chat With Jennifer Garner
- Meet Mia: Syd's Little Sister
- Marshall's World - a comedic behind-the-scenes tour hosted by Kevin Weisman
- The Guest Stars Of Season 4
- ALIAS Blooper Reel
- Director's Diary
- Anatomy Of A Scene
- Deleted Scenes
- Alias (2001 - Current) at the Internet Movie Database
- US distributor ABC Alias Website
- Canadian distributor CTV Alias Website
- Alias at EPisodeWorld.com
- Alias fan site Alias-TV.com
- SD network - Alias fan site & online community & Alias info SD-6
- Alias Episode Reviews Episode Reviews
- Alias on Television Without Pity televisionwithoutpity.com
- Alias song and music index TuneFind
- UK and USA pace Alias fan forum Alias UKde:Alias – Die Agentin