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Hands up if you were truly excited by Doctor Who Season 12? Nope, me neither. I can remember the days I used to plan my entire Saturday night around this show, particularly in the era of Steven Moffat, who decrypted and deconstructed the very premise of the BBC’s strangest show, still on air after almost …

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Caution: here be spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, so I suggest only reading once you have seen the film. Upon leaving a screening of The Force Awakens in 2015, you would be forgiven for having one question on your mind: who exactly *is* Rey? Our new heroine for the revived, sequel era …

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Over the course of last year, I began my first deep-dive TV review series looking at JJ Abrams’ Alias, which ran from 2001-2006. Over the next year, I’ll be looking at Season Two’s 22-episode run in detail… If Trust Me worked to establish Sydney Bristow’s psychology toward her mother, Cipher begins the same process with …

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The first season of Alias, the show that put superstar producer-director JJ Abrams on the map, has aged remarkably well. Airing in 2001, a matter of weeks in the wake of the traumatic September 11th attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, Alias had the unenviable task of providing overblown, B-movie, pulp escapism to …

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If The Confession was the point of no return, The Box is the tale which catapults Alias into what is, barring one or two exceptions, a season and a half of dynamic, top drawer storytelling. Alias was a high concept TV series from the outset. The ‘high concept’ in Hollywood vernacular defines an idea which …

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Every July weekend at San Diego Comic Con, the biggest geek showcase on the planet where all the major studios and productions roll up to drop exclusives and surprises, you always get one announcement which courts a level of controversy and/or deep analysis. This year it wasn’t even the debut of a trailer for the …

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It is easy to forget, for all the subsequent success with the Mission Impossible, Star Trek and now Star Wars mega-franchises, that the pilot episode of ABC’s Alias remains one of the best things producing and show-running supremo J.J. Abrams has ever done. ‘Truth Be Told’ is a blistering sixty five minute opening to a …

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