Long before LOST, JJ Abrams had already produced two masterpieces, the drama-comedy Felicity and, with almost the same cast, the spy story ALIAS.

The plot immediately persuaded me, “Alias[1]” tells the story of Sidney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner), a college student, who is offered a job within a section of the CIA, which she accepts, and that makes it operational in a very short time. After some time, and some missions, Sydney realizes that her father, Jack Bristow (played by Victor Garber) also works within the section, with whom she has never managed to establish a real father-daughter relationship … But not that’s all, apparently the section it’s part of, the SD-6 isn’t exactly on the side of the good guys… what’s the truth? And who know it?

Bradley Cooper came out of this show, if the plot hasn’t convinced you, maybe this news will. But not only that, the guest stars of this series are countless and vaunt Rossellini and Tarantino …

What I like most about this series is the size, each episode unfolds in different cities and puts on such a dense series of intrigues and at some point it would take a giant blackboard to connect them all. And then the transformations of the protagonist (even if objectively Jennifer Garner is such a particular woman that it is difficult not to recognize her even with different wigs, make-up and accents); it seems that each costume variation cost $ 5,000 …

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How I wish I was Sidney! How I wished I had all those amazing technologies at my disposal, transform myself into whoever I wanted, fight like a warrior and be sensual like a femme fatale. And the languages! How well I would have liked to speak all those languages ​​…

… ALIAS has allowed me to dream and also to hope that the best of my girl power is keeping up with the bullies in the suburbs …

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Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin) is the character to keep an eye on, he is the one around whom everything orbits, for good and especially for bad! Shrewd, ambiguous, manipulative … yet on more than one time we find ourselves cheering for him!

But there are so many characters to become attached to, starting from the sweet Marshall (Kevin Weisman), to the romantic Vaughn (Michael Vartan), to the ruthless Sark (David Anders for whom I have an overstated crush ever since !!!).

Winner of a Golden Globe and four Emmy Awards, it is the spy story that has accompanied me for five long autumns, not exactly my favorite season, helping me not to drown in homework and greyness. I remember that at one point with my brother we had started to draw patterns in a notebook to understand and anticipate the moves, but JJ has always screwed us! (perhaps he did not have as clear ideas as we are, however, because at the end he ended up in a somewhat odd and excessive surrealism, but this is also part of his charm …).

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You must like Abrams, because as for LOST then, already here he had introduced some recurring mysteries to play to discover their function and the answer: such as the recurrence of the number 47 and secret words. The story of Rambaldi[2] is the one that confused us the most but in the end all the pieces of the puzzle spread over five seasons seem to return perfectly each to their own place and this is not to be taken for granted! Many series lose great pieces on the street, ALIAS, while slipping into the magical genre, manages to answer all the queries! And that’s why I keep recommending it despite being “old-fashioned”.

But at least it is not obvious, everything is not already predictable, it is a TV series like no longer made, full of real twists, tragic deaths (at the time the heroes were still untouchable, let’s not forget it).

And in front of the TV, with a blanket and red wine, I pair it with a tiramisu … which looks sweet but is instead a salty dish, because like our Sidney it has decided to disguise itself and transform itself. And because I like it very much!

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Salty tiramisu
(the recipe is from my dear friend Anna)

Ingredients for a 22 cm mold

6 eggs at room temperature
50g of sugar
5g of salt
160g flour 00

Ingredients for the filling

150g cooked ham
150g mayonnaise
40g romaine lettuce
100g Emmentaler
300g coppery tomatoes.

Break the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and salt and whisk everything for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is puffy and fluffy.

We sift half of the flour directly into the egg mixture and mix with a spatula or whisk, from bottom to top.

We also sift the remaining flour and combine it gently until the mixture is uniform. Grease and flour a 22 cm mold in which we pour the mixture, level everything, with a spatula or by gently rotating the mold on a shelf.

We bake the sponge cake in a preheated oven at 170 ° for 30-35 minutes.

While we let the sponge cake cool, wash the tomatoes and cut them into slices, wash the salad leaves and dry them.

Once the sponge cake has cooled, cut it into 3 discs of the same thickness.

We begin to stuff, spread half of the mayonnaise on the base and then continue with the slices of emmentaler, ham.

We put another layer of sponge cake and spread the remaining mayonnaise, the tomato slices and finally the salad leaves.

We close with the third and last layer, cut the sponge cake in the shape we prefer and it is ready to be served.



[1] The TV series was so successful that in 2004 it was made into a video game of the same name, Alias: The Game, of which Sydney Bristow is always the protagonist. The video game is temporally placed at the end of the second season. It is available for PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. And In September 2005, Buena Vista Lab published a graphic novel of the same name, Alias, based on the series, entirely conceived and developed at the Italian division of The Walt Disney Company in Milan, written by Pierluigi Cothran and drawn by Alberto Ponticelli. In the 68-page volume, Sydney Bristow is a secret agent in the service of the CIA, whose mission is to recover a notebook that belonged to Milo Rambaldi, a 15th century scientist, who created a serum, destined to give life to a super soldier . The graphic novel was also translated into English, and presented at San Diego Comic-Con International 2005.

[2] This “Prophet” so admired in the show obviously does not exist even if in the legend told by J.J. Abrams there is something true; such as the real existence of Pope Alexander VI and Adolf Hitler’s obsessive passion for the occult (the Reich organized Nazi expeditions in the most remote areas of mystical Tibet). Actually Milo Rambaldi is a good story invented by the writers. The surname was inspired by the Italian Carlo Rambaldi, the special effects artist who designed the alien protagonist of the film “E.T. l’extraterrestre” (1982). “Nostravinci” was not the name used by Hitler to indicate the prophet, but a simple composition of the names of Nostradamus and Leonardo da Vinci. In the story of Alias ​​the Rambaldi mystery is the key to the story in the events of the protagonists: to remember the “Page 47” which represents Sydney as the Chosen One who must follow Rambaldi’s word …….