Are we responsible for discerning fact from fiction when we watch television? I believe the answer is yes. I will continue to watch Alias and be intrigued and even entertained by the flashy covert operations and fantastical story lines. But I will continue to feel guilty about it, because I know that it is a farce and a lie, an inexcusable misrepresentation of a deplorable organization.
So concludes a nice piece about one of the handful of TV shows that I think are worth watching, Alias. I wholeheartedly agree with the column. As an Alias fan, I do sometimes get that feeling of irony whenever a character talks about how they are the "good guys." I also found it a little ironic in the show's early days that the fake-CIA covert organization SD-6 was actually more like the real CIA in terms of ethics than the CIA in the show.
But I don't watch the show for a lesson in patriotism, I watch it because it is tremendously fun, smartly written, and has a great cast. Besides, they only mention the CIA's alleged goodness once a season or so. And it would be a little silly to expect super-spies to think the organization they work for sucks, right? It's fiction.