ABC (ended 2006)
Season 5. We already had characters who were under used (Dixon, Weiss)and the new characters that were brought in were less interesting(Tom, Rachel).
Amy Acker is sucky villain.
I new the would some how make Vaughn undead. I wasn't rooting for him to die or anything but how many times are they going to do this?
I kind of like the idea of Sydney mentoring another woman but cast someone better for the role. It was unbelievable how fast they put her in the field after just running away from a mission.
Season 4 didn't bore me at all. Season 3 dragged a little after Sydney's missing years were revealed but season 5 is the only one to piss me off.
I think that the third season was the best one and I can't understand why most of you don't like it. It was absolutely great! I loved the triangle Sydney-Vaughn-Lauren. And I loved Nadia's storyline. Nadia is one of my favorite characters and I'm really happy that there is such a character.
The show went downhill after the second episode of season 5. The episodes 2-8 of season 5 were the worst episodes ever. The old, loved characters like Vaughn, Nadia and Weiss were gone, there were a lot of new characters… But after episode 8 it became better. First, we had this amazing episode with Sydney and Vaughn and then Irina came back, Nadia also came back a few episodes later, we had the chance to get to know the new characters and they stopped being so new… And the series finale was absolutely great. ^^
never went downhil, the show's formula changed, though.
The first 2 seasons were heavily character centric. Then, the 3rd season was mostly mythology. Not only Rambaldi, but Sydney's missing years. 4th season went out on a high note, but the first half of it was all self contained episodes because of abc's influence. This was the weakest season imho..
Season 5 on a whole was good, not as good as the first 3, but better than the 4th. The fifth season really picked up by the end, though, and Alias had some of it's best episodes.
Blaming Lost for Alias' downhill as I read above is not really accurate. JJ Abrams wasn't really involved with season 3 either, and Lost didn't even exist back then... plus JJ only CO wrote the pilot episode of Lost, he did nothing more. He is not the ultimate man behind Lost.
I believe it was mostly his movie career that simply kept him busy. I was really disappointed to find out back then that JJ wasn't writing/directing the finale ...