I just rewatched the pilot after my last viewing of Alias and its finale 4 years ago. For me, this show was at its best in its first 3 seasons and then went downhill onwards. Ah, JJ, you were always brilliant in creating/making shows. But you tend to abandon them when new ideas come up.
SYDNEY: "Write this down. E. M. E. T. I. B. Got it? Now, read it backwards.”