Consider this an addendum to the previous post. If you're like me, you have watched a ton of cartoons as a kid. In some cases, you've never grown up and continue to watch cartoons, or would if you had cable. Anyway, you'll of course know that older cartoons reused the same backgrounds during extended chase sequences.
The analogue of cartoon backgrounds for Alias is the repeated plot devices: SD-6, male-female (particularly married/related) betrayals, Rambaldi doodads and voodoo. Except, like I mentioned in the prior post, having cartoonish elements in an otherwise straight, serious context is dooming the show to suckness.
Indie rating: My Bloody Valentine - "You Made Me Realise"