Alias, the TV show
I finally managed to put together a succinct explanation of why I disliked the Alias TV show so much. Beware, spoilers ahead.
It's like this. See, Sloan was a bad guy pretty much from the start. That would have been enough to make someone like me avoid him forever. But they didn't. As the seasons of the show went on, Sloan did more & more reprehensible things. There was a point in season 2 or 3 where I simply declared to my wife, "Well if I were in their shoes, I'd just kill him at this point. He's too dangerous & vile to keep around." And yet instead, they brought him into their organization as an ally and leader. This is the thing, this is where I split from the fans of the show. At that moment I felt that the heroes had gone off into stupid land.
Even so, I felt that the show could redeem itself. As the ending of the show neared, I found myself hoping that there would be a revelation, a mind-boggling turnabout that would prove the heroes were right for trusting him. But in the end, Sloan was just as bad as everyone had suspected all along. And that's my problem with the show. That's why I can't stand watching it. He proved they were fools to trust him. And whenever I watch it, I cannot help but think that I am watching idiots behave like idiots, and the shows dénouement will only confirm that they are, indeed, idiots.
On top of that, they kept repeating ideas over and over and over again. The spy wife? That was a plot point three times. Dead characters not being dead? Or live characters surviving lethal bullet wounds? Over and over and over again. When Vaughn died, you know exactly what I did. I turned to my wife and said, "he better really be dead!" But of course, he wasn't.