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Posted October 9, 2002
The ALIAS season one catch phrase was "Sometimes the truth hurts" and the truth about "Recruited" can be considered painful.
The concept of ¿Recruited¿ is intriguing to Alias fans. What was Agent Sydney Bristow¿s life like before she joined SD-6 and before she became a double agent seven years later? What was her first mission like? What events helped mold her into the vivacious agent she has become? What is less than intriguing is the bland language, and blunt characterizations. From the opening dialogue to season one, the audience learns how Sydney became an operative of SD-6. The premise is even continued in future episodes where it is divulged why Sydney became a spy, and how she was transformed from a shy bookworm to a strong field agent. If only ¿Recruited¿ revolved around Alias¿ It does in sense. Arvin Sloane is still head of SD-6¿Francie is still Sydney¿s closest friend and Sydney is still estranged from her father. Even Noah Hicks, a former lover, is present. What is lacking are details. In the series, Sydney was recruited during her freshman year where the most exciting thing in her life was the salad bar at the dining hall. While Sydney is still reclusive, in the book, she has befriended Francie during that same year. This doesn¿t correlate to any of the information provided in the series. Miner details¿I¿m sure one thinks. Sydney¿s first mission is explained in ¿Recruited¿, it is awkward, and Sydney is out of character. Comparing her in two different points in her life is difficult, but the spark noticeable in the spirit is not there. Sydney is more outgoing, more daring, and more social in this book. She is still a newly recruited agent making her way up the corporate ladder, but something is awry. But this should be expected, because prequels, much like sequels, are rarely as spectacular as the series that they were spun off of. In conclusion to my nitpicking, ¿Recruited¿ falls short of expectations. It is an interesting way to immerse oneself in the realm of Alias, but should not be taking too seriously. Prepare yourself for an easy read that involves America¿s favorite double agent and her plight to save the world¿ I gave this piece 3 stars, despite my negative comments, because it must have been hard to elaborate on the beginnings of such a phenomenal show. If you read it though, it will keep you amused. You will notice the small details that stand out and several of the characteristics that make Sydney who she appears today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2011
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