The stunning season finale of Revenge brought us so many twists, so many turns, so many new revelations that they left our heads spinning.
Perhaps the biggest twist of all was Emily Thorne learning her mother, long presumed dead, is actually still alive and somehow involved in the conspiracy that ended up taking down her father.
The development made us think of Alias, another show with a "your mother is actually alive and maybe kinda sorta evil" revelation. And Emily's knockdown, dragout with the White-Haired Man was eerily reminiscent of Sydney Bristow kicking butt.
So are Revenge and Alias basically the same show? Let us count the ways.
Revenge: Emily Thorne, a butt-kicking, super smart babe who infiltrates Hamptons high society to avenge her father's death. The occasional disguise helps with her takedowns.
Alias: Sydney Bristow, a butt-kciking, super smart babe who infiltrates her own black ops organization as a double agent to avenge her fiance's death. Many disguises help with her takedowns.
Revenge: Americon, a shadowy group who orchestrated her father's death and other nefarious plots
Alias: SD-6, a shadowy group who orchestrated her fiance's death and other nefarious plots
Revenge: David Clarke, misunderstood by the world; unknown mother, presumed dead, but still alive
Alias: Jack Bristow, misunderstood by Sydney; mother Irina Derevko, presumed dead, but still alive
Revenge: Cold-hearted, manipulative Victoria Grayson, who almost became Emily's mother-in-law
Alias: Cold, calculating Arvin Sloane, who was at one time Sydney's second father
Revenge: Emily is caught between her childhood sweetheart, Jack Porter, and a man who's part of the life she's chosen, Daniel Grayson
Alias: Sydney is caught between an old friend, Will Tippin, and a man who's part of the life she's chosen, handler Michael Vaughn
Revenge: Nolan Ross, a brilliant tech geek, but not really, uh, field-ready
Alias: Marshall Flinkman, a brillian tech support geek. Also not very field-ready
Revenge: Ashley, one-time friend who ends up betraying Emily
Alias: Francie, one-time best friend who ends up betraying Sydney (well, after her identity is stolen by a doppelganger)