Steph and I finally watched the last of Alias – The Complete Fifth Season this week, thanks to Netflix. We really enjoyed the first two seasons, but season three felt like it started to go a bit downhill, and season four was a definite disappointment. After watching the season finale/cliffhanger for season four, I was loudly inclined to not bother watching any more. I only relented when I found out season five was the last season.
No spoilers, but I’ll say that season five turned out to be a redemption of the previous seasons. They brought in some neat new characters, as well as old home week for a bunch of cool characters that we hadn’t seen for a while. Without giving any spoilers away, the finale was pretty good. People tended to get what they deserved, in the end, and the people who met their downfall did so largely as a consequence of their own philosophies and actions. The fights were good, the tech was crazy, and they struck the right balance with the Rambaldi material (unlike earlier seasons when they’re practically chasing a new Rambaldi McGuffin every week, making it really hard to keep up.)
Character development was satisfying. Several key players finally come to terms with their flaws and nature, accepting the mistakes they’ve made and dropping pretenses of being anything different. The new agents Rachel (Rachel Nichols) and Tom (Balthazar Getty) inject a note of freshness, even while bringing the storyline full circle as Sydney moves into a less active role and more of a mentorship.
All in all, a very good show; it was worth the wait.