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Rumor has it, ABC is looking to do an Alias reboot. The obvious question is: Didn’t that show just end like four years ago? Yes, it did. But is “too soon” a good enough reason for ABC not to bring the show back?
E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos posted the news, stating that an ABC insider says the network is toying with the idea of rebooting Alias. The original J.J. Abrams series starred Jennifer Garner, who played a spy. The story’s a bit more complex than that and involves her keeping her real job a secret from her friends, working as a double agent for the CIA and occasionally getting dressed up in skin-tight outfits to fight evil people and help solve mysteries. From what Dos Santos said, the reboot would be taking elements from the original series and would most likely not include the mystical Rambaldi-type stuff that cluttered up the series in the show’s final seasons.
From the sounds of it, ABC’s really just throwing the idea around right now but Dos Santos’ source says the network is looking to find ways to hang on to their Lost audience and with FlashForward’s cancellation, it seems like they’re going to have to come up with some new mystery/action series to engage viewers.
As a fan of Alias, I want to say that the show doesn’t need a reboot. I want to say it’s too soon to even consider making a new version of a show that was airing less than half a decade ago. I also want to say that there’s no way the concept could work without the original stellar cast, which in addition to Garner, included Bradley Cooper, Michael Vartan and Victor Garber. I really want to say all of these things and believe it but the truth is, I wasn’t fully on board with Alias in it’s final seasons and a lot of that had to do with the original premise of a girl living a double (triple-ish) life as a spy getting lost under a mess of prophesies and mystical doomsday devices.
Sydney Bristow was an excellent character. She was strong, sensitive, intelligent and motivated. TV could always use more women like that on TV and the idea of a new show that features a badass female spy tearing up evil while also trying to maintain a balanced, normal life really doesn’t sound so bad to me. My only request would be that they bring back Marshall!