This plot seems completely unbelievable. Yet, every week I find myself drawn to this show. For all the impossible plot lines and unbelievable characters, ALIAS is just a great show for mindless escapism and entertainment. If you can suspend disbelief, you might find that this show is for you. Just a short survey of some of the unlikely characters in this show:
Jack Bristow was married to a Russian spy who used him for an information source in the CIA. He spent a year in jail under suspicion for being a spy himself. Yet, Jack is a trusted double agent? He works with his daughter at the CIA and SD6? Give me a break.
Sydney Bristow is the lead in the series. She is a college student turned secret agent. Despite looking like head stuck on a stick figure, she is somehow able to perform almost superhuman feats of strength, athleticism, and agility. Likewise, she is a super smart, hyper aware double agent, who never gets caught despite the fact that she wears her heart on her sleeve and is willing to break any protocol for a friend or relative.
Marshal Flinkman (sp) is the tech-guy who works at SD6 and later at the CIA. He is, to this reviewer anyway, the most believable character on the show. Despite being used primarily for comic relief and creating from scratch impossible devices, he is the only person who carries the quite confidence and energy that I would expect a real intelligence expert to have.
This review could go on and on just talking about all the weird, interesting, and unlikely characters. Sydney's mother, the evil head of SD-6, Michael Vaughn, Sydney's partner at SD-6, and more - including the cool bald guy from LOST and JAG. However, rest assured, it is entertaining.
Finally, while the show itself is a bizarre labyrinth of betrayal, plot twists, and surprise endings; it is just fun to watch. If you are looking for some mindless entertainment, you can't go wrong with Alias.