Alias is an American action thriller television series created by J. J. Abrams, that was broadcast on ABC for five seasons from September 30, 2001 to May 22, 2006.
The series was well received among critics and was included in several “best of” lists, including the American Film Institute’s top ten list for television programs in 2003. The show also received numerous awards and nominations.
If you ask any enthusiast of the Action/Thriller/Drama genre of the time span 2001-2006, most wouldn’t have missed Alias which would have been high on the list of their must-sees. This reception is no wonder given the accolades below (32 wins and 145 nominations, some of which follow):
In the 19th episode of the first season, the villainous director of SD-6 Sloane is talking to Noah and Sydney’s co-worker and lover, sending him on another mission to kill the newfound passion between him and Sydney, so that he can look into her more deeply and act on his suspicions about her true allegiances.
The plot offers a thrilling complexity of mysterious layered characters and numerous revelations and twists in a category of its own. We don’t need to concern ourselves further with the details of the plot, but with the fact that an important character (Noah) in the series who had key personal and professional links to the leading character (Sydney) is set to go to Baku to start a PhD on petrol geoscience at Khazar University; this holds up the image of Khazar University as the prime center for higher education in Azerbaijan that is cited by the series screen writer, associating Khazar University with the image of the primary example of serious postgraduate study that comes to mind when someone comes to Azerbaijan for this purpose. It becomes clear that Khazar University provides the best higher education scenario about which few would have any doubt, when it comes to pursuing such a paramount educational goal in Azerbaijan.
We are all happy that this association is evoked at the mention of Khazar University and are all but committed to preserving the image that gave rise to it.
This part of the series can be viewed on the following page: