It happened before I realized what I had done. I had just finished watching season 4 of Switched at Birth and nothing on my Netflix list was really grabbing me. I had been itching to watch some Alias, as you do when you’re a J.J. Abrams fan. So, thinking I would just watch an episode or two while I decided what my next binge watch would be, I pushed play on the pilot episode.
Two and a half season later, I find myself in the middle of an accidental series re-watch. How does that even happen? It’s as easy as falling down a rabbit hole. The premise, the characters, the script and the acting just suck me in every single time. I’m completely defenseless when it comes to this show. I knew I was in trouble when I realized I watched five episodes without leaving the couch.
Sydney Bristow is probably my all-time favorite kick-ass female character on television. She is the one who gets sent in on missions, while the boys play supporting roles and act as her backup. Yes, Dixon and Vaughn take on their share of the bad guys, but Sydney is the one who ends up fighting three or more thugs solo.
The thing is, it’s not just Alias. Sure, it was my introduction to J.J. Abrams. (I never watched Felicity.) But, after Alias, it was LOST and then Fringe and Person of Interest. In between the successful shows, there are the ones that had potential but just didn’t quite catch on, like Alcatraz and Undercovers and more. I haven’t even gotten to the movies. All of these shows, all of the movies point to one thing J.J. Abrams is a genius. I will watch anything he touches. He’s just that good.
J.J. is extremely talented in his own right, but he also surrounds himself with talented people. In my house, we call them the JJ Minions and there are many of them. And many of them have moved on to their own projects. Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz worked on LOST. They are the minds behind Once Upon a Time. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci worked on Alias and Fringe. Since then they have worked on other shows and movies, including the new Star Trek movies. One of my favorites of the JJ Minions is Michael Giacchino. He is a composer who has scored almost, if not everything, that J.J. Abrams has directed and produced. The main theme for the new Star Trek movies is one of favorites. For me it ranks up with the Star Wars and Superman themes by John Williams. When someone as talented as J.J. Abrams works with all of these talented people, magic happens. We, the fans, reap the rewards when we watch the television shows and movies created by all of these talented people.
Next up for me from the mind of J.J. Abrams – the Cloverfield movies. Somehow, I manged to not see them and it’s time for me to rectify that.