Alias: Season 3 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Sep 28, 2003

There's hell to pay as season three sends Syd after Vaughn for giving up hope, Sloane for weaseling his way into a formal pardon and an NSC honcho for locking her father away on bogus charges. Meanwhile, the CIA needs the newly resurrected Bristow on a case that could be tied to her two-year disappearance and the recent murders of eight operatives. Weiss: Greg Grunberg. Dixon: Carl Lumbly.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2003

Syd's search for her past leads to a jailed Sark (David Anders), but their Q&A is cut short when he becomes the ransom for a pair of abducted CIA scientists, whose kidnappers may be tied to the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Jack contacts an old friend of sorts for info on Sloane's new world-peace project; and Vaughn makes a decision about his future as an operative. Lauren: Melissa George. Lindsey: Kurt Fuller.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2003

Before joining Vaughn and Lauren on a shady trip to see Sloane, a simply thrilled Syd must first help her now-married ex stop Sark from ruining a global satellite system. Things get even stickier for Jack, however, as Marshall begins to close in on the identity of a killer they both know very well. Lauren: Melissa George. Oransky: Mark Ivanir. Carolyn: Elizabeth Penn Payne.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2003

Syd's mission to bust a group before it can swipe a batch of biological weapons puts her in touch with a shady man (Justin Theroux) from her lost past and puts Vaughn's marriage to the test. Meanwhile, Jack decides to expose his daughter's murderous activities to save her career at the CIA. Carrie: Amanda Foreman. Lauren: Melissa George.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2003

Lauren (Melissa George) senses Syd may be hiding something about Vaughn's stabbing, but must find a way to work with her husband's ex after Sloane is abducted by a Covenant bigwig (Djimon Hounsou). Meanwhile, Jack risks blowing his cover to grill Simon about Syd's lost two years; and Marshall is sent out on his second assignment. Simon: Justin Theroux. Marshall: Kevin Wiesman.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2003

Syd gets to settle an old score after Sark's lover (Merrin Dungey) joins him for a meeting with Sloane, who finds himself on the other side as a double-agent for the CIA. Meanwhile, Lauren (Melissa George) travels to Moscow for a lead on Lazarey's killer, who could be the Russian government's dirtiest little secret; and Vaughn realizes that his wife may be keeping a secret as big as the one he's hiding from her. Sark: David Anders. Wiess: Greg Grunberg.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2003

A mission with Sloane nets Sydney a key piece of info on her past, as Sark spills the identity of his father's killer to the one person who would benefit most from Miss Bristow's arrest. Meanwhile, Vaughn and Lauren's marriage takes a major hit when she realizes that he's been keeping secrets and he sees that she's not above playing dirty to keep her man. Sark: David Anders. Lauren: Melissa George. Dixon: Carl Lumbly.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2003

Syd lands in NSC custody for killing Sark's dad, but it's the memory-extracting surgery they have lined up for her that could be the real killer. But as Vaughn and Jack hit up Sloane to rescue her, loyalty has Lauren is torn between thwarting them or supporting them. Brill: Richard Roundtree. Sark: David Anders. Campbell: Pruitt Taylor Vince. Lauren: Melissa George.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2003

Rocked by a recent discovery, Syd allows an eccentric doctor (David Cronenberg) to mess with her head to access her memories of the last two years. But as he hit one dead-end after another, Sloane's latest deception shapes up to truly be the death of Miss Bristow. Meanwhile, Lauren goes above the law to keep Lindsey in the dark about releasing Syd from NSC custody. Sark: David Anders. Lauren: Melissa George.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2003

Jack and Vaughn pay the price for busting Syd out of NSC custody; Allison (Merrin Dungey) comes face-to-face with two of her most vengeful victims; the mysterious St. Aidan's true identity is revealed; and Sark has one hell of an appointment with Dr. Brezzel (David Cronenberg). Will: Bradley Cooper. Lazarey: Mark Bramhall. Lindsey: Kurt Fuller.

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Critic Reviews for Alias Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

While still enjoyable, Season Three is a definite step back from previous accomplishments.

Dec 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's wild and a bit uneven, but Alias remains a compelling show, and Garner is great in the lead role.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The actors manage to overcome the weak writing to make season three well worth the time investment.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The show just started to lurch off the rails, without nearly as much of a coherent mythology and less of an interesting setup than in the first two seasons.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Alias is one of the smartest shows I've seen since The X-Files.

Jan 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alias: Season 3

  • Jun 10, 2019
    Alias flips the scrip once again in Season 3, jumping the timeline 2-years and taking the series in a new direction (though it comes back around by the end). Sydney returns to the CIA to find that everything has changed during her two years of missing time, Dixon is now head of her department, Sloane has been pardoned and is running a world health organization, her father is in prison for treason, and Vaugh is married, however a rising new terrorist group called The Covenant may hold the key to where she was and what happened to her. Melissa George joins the cast as Vaugh's wife, Lauren Reed, and becomes one of the more interesting characters of the series. Also, the season features an impressive roster of guest stars, including Djimon Hounsou, David Cronenberg, Richard Roundtree, Quentin Tarantino, Vivica A. Fox, Ricky Gervais, and Peggy Lipton. And the writers do a pretty good job at teasing out the mystery of where Sydney was and what she was doing during her missing time, and at building onto the Rambaldi mystery. However, their attempts to explain away the absence of Sydney's mother (covering up Lena Olin's exit from the show) are piss-poor job. Yet the fight scenes and chases are extraordinarily well-done, as always, and add a lot of energy and excitement to the series. While it doesn't quite reach the highs of last season, Season 3 of Alias is incredibly daring and action-packed.
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  • Jul 24, 2020
    The fast foreword gives Garner a chance to act her heart out and gives the series new life. It's great!

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