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Alias: The Complete Fifth Season (2006)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: “Prophet Five -- Director Ken Olin, executive producer Jeff Pinkner and actor Victor Garber. Rating:5.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on April 13th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
Middling commentary where the talkers seem quite tired of it all. They say in the beginning of the commentary that they just wrapped shooting on the very final episode the day before, so one thinks they would have something of substance to provide. Not so though, they do have a few laughs, some of which are quite funny and I also enjoyed hearing about their efforts to hide Jennifer Garner's pregnancy. Otherwise they mostly jabber and at times seem almost desperate to come up with something to say which results in them laughing at not very funny jokes and narrating what's happening on screen.
Commentary 2: “Bob -- Writers Monica Breen and Alison Schafker and actors David Anders and Rachel Nichols. Rating:7.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on April 16th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
This was a very giddy commentary. We don't get much in the way of serious story analysis or stuff like that but what we do get is a funny and uninhibited 40 minutes. The commentary as a whole largely follows the action on screen with the talkers pretty much mocking the episode (especially funny considering that the writers of the episode are two of the commentators) and generally having a good time. It's pretty brilliant that they've paired David Anders and Rachel Nichols here as this episode involve their characters in a big way, and they don't hesitate in having fun with that.

We do get some call outs to deleted scenes and in one case it actually makes the scene following it unexpectedly funny, just that makes the commentary worth listening to.
Commentary 3: “The Horizon -- Director Tucker Gates and writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec. Rating:6.0/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on April 21st, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
This is a decent commentary albeit not very exciting. The three talkers are exclusively from the crew and are very matter-of-fact in their approach. They do joke around but they are more focused then on most Alias-commentaries and, being producers/writers/directors of the show they sit on some serious knowledge.

Unfortunately I did not get mesmerized by what they had to say. They discuss some of the challenges that presented themselves because of Jennifer Garner's pregnancy and reveal that the flashback scenes with Vaughn was shot months in advance without really knowing how they would incorporate it in what eventually became this episode, which was pretty interesting.

Apart from this though there was not much to keep my interest piqued, we get several mentions of what the talkers consider to be "the best shot ever" and some explanations of how certain scenes were pulled of FX-wise, some of which were quite impressive. But by this time we've heard it all before and there's really nothing that makes this commentary stick out from the rest.
Commentary 4: “There’s Only One Sydney Barstow -- Production assistants Sparky Hawes, Brian Studley, Cliff Olin and Chris Hollier. Rating:5.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on April 27th, 2014:Find all reviews by Agressor
The last commentary in the Alias set sends us off with a whimper rather then with a bang. In fact it's so forgettable that right now I can hardly remember what was said during it.

They do say that J.J Abrams, Victor Garber and others was gonna do the commentary but they became unavailable at the last minute so these guys had to step in. With that in mind maybe I shouldn't blame the talkers 'cause the were unprepared and it was probably their fist commentary contribution. Still, with this being the very last Alias commentary it is quite an anticlimax. They should have rescheduled with J.J and the others instead of bringing these guys in or made another commentary entirely with the J.J gang.