Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Still not done my paper...

... but let's not dwell on that. I'd rather think about some of the reasons that Alias is one of my favorite TV shows:
  • No one has ever given birth while trapped in an elevator on Alias.
  • No plot has ever revolved around someone's buddy from 'Nam.
  • A multi-racial group of kids from the inner city has never learned an imporant lesson about respecting each others' differences.
  • There has never been a "very special episode" ending with a public service announcement.
I thought of all these while watching MacGyver (which is still an awesome show).

But on the other hand, Alias has created its own cliches, which I don't have to wait 20 years to find amusing:
  • Almost everyone who is married, is married to a Russian spy.
  • No one ever stays dead.
  • Marshall's gadgets only work once. (In season one, he invented a device that would read someone's retinal scan using trick sunglasses and create a contact lens that will fool a retinal scanner. In a later season, a bad guy's eyeball has to be popped out of his head.)

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