It signaled the beginning of the end for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now J.J. Abrams has pulled the writer’s last-ditch trick out of his hat for Alias. Sydney Bristow is about to meet the sister she never knew she had:
Mia Maestro is set to join the cast of ABC’s “Alias,” playing the sister of Jennifer Garner’s character. She will appear in the last three episodes of the spy drama this season and is expected to return as a regular next season, the show’s fourth. Her credits include the features “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “Frida” and HBO’s “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story.”
Jump the shark indeed. While Abrams and his staff of able writers have kept viewers’ disbelief adequately suspended in the most ridiculous and far-fetched of plots and twists for two-and-a-half seasons, this unfortunate development bodes ill for the future of one of prime time TV’s best shows.