Anyway. MC has us watching Alias.
I didn't catch Alias' original run from 2001-2006, but MC did though, and he's suggested quite a few times over the years that we should watch it together. He claimed it has the perfect combination of excellent TV writing, gorgeously crafted character development, and absolutely bonkers, over the top, sometimes self aware, borderline kitschy, always 100% badass spy action.
Of course, he was totally right.
Being from the early 2000's, Alias is perfectly situated in time, as we watch it in 2014, to look dated. But I have to say, it kind of looks dated in an awesome way. First of all, ALL of the main character's pants are low rise. Even when she's wearing a suit, the waist band sits so low that you're guaranteed to see a strip of midriff.
But for the most part, the civilian clothes on Alias are tasteful. Where the campy/badass paradigm manifests is the fact that protagonist Sydney Bristow (who is a super smart, hardcore ass kicking CIA agent/badass motherfucker) is constantly putting on sexy costumes to hide her identity and/or distract some dude with her hotness while she roundhouse kicks him in the head. It adds a Barbarella-esque dimension.
The "Latex Barbie"
The "Cyberpunk at Renn-Faire"
The "Sexy Soviet" (a variation on The "Hot Nazi")
It also provides so, so many amazing opportunities for night-time sunglasses, Rose Ceremony dresses, and coordinated millennial clubwear.
The "Infrared J-Lo"
The "These Were My Mom's"
The "Sex in the City Movie"
The "Sue Sylvester"
The "Sexy Lisbeth Salander Halloween Costume"
The "My Contract Says I Get To Sing in At Least One Episode"
The "Hot Topic"
The "Chas Tenenbaum"
The "Regina George"
Also, Sydney is played by Jennifer Garner, who in addition to bringing just a metric shit ton of presence to a series that might otherwise feel like a cheap first-run syndicated Sam Rami show (shit that I also love, but that's for another day), is also just ridiculously beautiful.
So anyway, the whole thing is on Netflix Streaming. Get on that.
I didn't take any photos for this, so to speak, but I just wanted to say although the reasons above are right, my biggest reason for wanting us to watch Alias was that Cammila reminds me so much of Sydney!
The physical similarities are there -- same height, same build, dark eyes, similar bone structure. But it's the character herself more than anything. Being a spy, Sydney talks all the time about compartmentalizing her emotions. But you notice in Garner's performance that she really doesn't do that. Her badass, sharp shooting, cool-in-a-crisis, tactician self is fully integrated with her loving, open hearted, playful self. Whether she's holding a gun or someone's heart, she is always one thing: capable. That is so Cammila.
And I hope I'm not revealing too much, but Cammila and Sydney look and talk exactly alike when they're fuming mad. The smoldering eyes like daggers, the gritted teeth behind the pouty lips, the stinging stream of hyper-articulate verbal evisceration. I noticed it the first time I ever saw Cammila be truly angry and I've made an effort ever since to not get it directed at me. ;) -MC
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