Monday, May 1, 2017

Awesome A's (Television A- Z)


So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 


Sydney Bristow is a young, athletic, college graduate who was recruited her freshman year as a secret agent for SD-6, a top-secret branch of the CIA. After a few years -- after Sydney confides her lifestyle to her boyfriend, the evil head of SD-6 -- Arvin Sloan, has him killed. Sydney learns that SD-6 is part of a rogue international agency called the Alliance of 12, out to rule the world. She becomes a double agent, working with the real CIA to bring down SD-6 with the assistance of her handler, Michael Vaughn, and her estranged father Jack Bristow -- also a double agent. Along the way, Sydney fights various rival agents, rival terrorist groups, and traitors all the while keeping her cloak-and-dagger lifestyle a secret from her friends. (Season 1) Written by Matt Patay

Not only was this just an AMAZING show, full of everything – intrigue, romance, double-crossing, puzzles, and spies! It also put so many amazing and talented people on the map!


Sydney Bristow was one of only a few female television characters that kicked-ass all by herself. I still want to be Sydney Bristow and I usually (about once a year) binge watch all of the episodes again. She is intelligent, sexy, fit and just amazing. 

Interesting fact about Sydney Bristow and Alias - the show was such a success and showed the CIA as such a positive force within the US that in 2004 Jennifer Garner was asked to star in a CIA recruitment video to be shown at colleges and similar venues. "Garner was not paid for her time but apparently appeared in the recruitment ad voluntarily, out of a sense of patriotism.  Indeed, the casting of an actress known for playing a CIA agent in a CIA recruitment ad did both parties a lot of favors, as it became a story in itself, propelling both Garner and the heartily pro-CIA message onto Good Morning America and elsewhere".

You can see the internal communication here.
Kinda cool, right?   

If you have not watched Alias from start to finish (yes, all 5 Seasons!) you are missing out on some major milestones and woman power! Catch it on Netflix and Amazon!


At the end of their stint in Viet Nam, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith and his team were framed for robbing the Bank of Hanoi (which they had done, but under orders), and sent to a US military prison. They escaped and went on the run, pursued first by Col. Lynch and later by Col. Decker. While on the lam, they became heroes for hire, working as good-guy vigilantes around the US or the world. Hannibal was their leader and an expert at disguises. Face was the team's con artist and ladies man. BA (officially "Bad Attitude") was their mechanic, but also took care of mayhem and intimidation. The final member of the Team, "Howling Mad" Murdock, was an expert pilot, and a certified lunatic--they broke him out of a mental hospital whenever they needed him for a mission. Written by Marg Baskin marg@asd.raytheon.ca

The opening dialog is EPIC - “In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire: THE A-TEAM.”


One of my many favorite shows growing up I had a thing for all of the characters and their unique attributes. Although, if I am being truthful the character of Amy Allen was the one who got me interested. 

Looking back it was remarkable and an example of the highly debated and loathed Vietnam War slowly becoming accepted and assimilated into American culture. Written by Stephen J Cannell and marked for TV Appropriate Violence - if you look close usually there is only a single inciting death at the beginning of each episode. Despite conservative critisizm for violence and sexism, the A-Team was a fan favorite for 5 years. Pretty interesting considering the body count, and lavish sex on Prime Time these days… just saying… The movie version 20 odd years later is just as fun and captured the spirit of the show.

You can find the A-Team on Amazon! 

 



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