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A Dangerous Method, Alias Season 4

A Dangerous Method

Freud, Jung, and some chick. What more could you want?

I really wanted to love this movie. After all, it stars Viggo “I’m a total badass” Mortesen as Sigmund Freud, Michael F. Assbender as Carl Jung, and Keira Knightley as Some Chick I’ve Never Heard Of. The cast is great. The director, David Cronenberg, has made some incredible films including Naked Lunch and Christmas-favorite Eastern Promises. Also, with this being about the friendship-to-adversaries relationship between Freud and Jung, I thought I was in for quite a cinematic treat. Something on par with Obi Wan and Darth Vader or Professor X and Magneto starting out as friends and then becoming enemies. Unfortunately, there were no lightsaber duels or mutant powers.

The problem with this movie wasn’t the acting (which was great), wasn’t the directing (which was quite good), and wasn’t the production values (which were excellent). The problem came from the script. There was no real climax to the movie. In fact, there was no real conflict. Yes, Freud and Jung had differing opinions about the fledgling field of psychoanalysis, but it was portrayed rather matter-of-factly with very little conflict or drama. The side drama of Jung’s affair with Spielrein (Knightley) was interesting but lacked punch. The whole thing seemed very dull in what could have been a psychological and emotional showdown. At least the positive and negative aspects of both Freud and Jung were explored. I know they were going for accuracy and realism, but it’s a movie, we need to have at least some kind of drama and climax. Oh well, at least everyone involved did a good job. Oh, and Keira Knightley got naked.

Verdict: Average

Alias Season 4

Alias season 4 cast.

After the complete trainwreck that was season 3, this season gets things back on track. Everything is vastly improved from the previous year. The writing is better, the acting has improved, and the overall insanity has been toned way way way down. The most noticeable difference between season 4 and all other seasons is that it is the most plausible. Obviously, it’s a TV spy show, and there is no way it is going to be realistic. However, in terms of believability in how the agents operate, what they do, the missions they go on, etc., everything is at least within the realm of reason. The overall story structure has a slower pace, a lot more episodes are self-contained, and there are far fewer ZOMG cliffhanger endings. Why bother with a cliffhanger ending if it’s just there to tease the audience? It also has two of the series best episodes: the one where Sydney and Vaughn infiltrate a Russian spy training camp that looks just like an American suburb, and the one where everyone is essentially incapacitated and Marshall single-handedly saves the world. Oh, and the stuff with Arvin Clone was pretty cool. While it still isn’t good enough to reach Awesome status, season 4 of Alias is probably the best the show has to offer.

Verdict: Good

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8 Responses to “A Dangerous Method, Alias Season 4”


  1. March 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry you didn’t like “A Dangerous Method” more. I loved it at first, and while I still really like it, it hasn’t stood out in my mind as much as I’d hoped.

  2. March 22, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Does Season 4 make Alias worth wasting any time on at all? Serious question. Because I don’t think I ever watched that far. I bailed after episode #3489 of Rambauldi bullshit.

  3. March 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    If you already bailed on the show, then I’d say it’s probably not worth it. Although, season 4 was the lightest on all the Rambaldi stuff.

  4. 4 Jack Human
    August 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I liked A Dangerous Method quite a bit. Although I’m still not clear on what method the title refers to. Talking? Spanking? Talking about spanking? Spanking while talking? Smoking gigantic cigars all the time?

    If you want to see a truly shitty Keira Knightley movie, try Anna Karenina. I mean, Knightley’s excellent as usual, and the only reason I sat through the damn thing, but good Lord, what a piece-of-crap flick.


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