For this reflection, I chose to watch Alias and Spy Kids. Alias is a show I had never heard of before but I became interested in when I saw the cast. I watched episode one of the first season, which in most spy stories gives the background if who, what, where, when, and why? In this episode, we learn that Sydney has been contracted by the CIA to work as a spy. She falls in love and tells her boyfriend, and he ends up being murdered by the DS-6, the agency she works for. After the devastating loss, Sydney learns about DS-6 and that it is not all that it seems to be and she must then decide whether or not she wants to continue work as a double agent. Spy Kids is the story of two siblings, Carmen and Juni, who are the children of two previously rivaled spies. The children are unaware of their parents’ past until one day they go missing and the children inevitably have to go and save their parents, becoming spies themselves.
I don’t think that these stories necessarily have a similar theme, other than a tragedy drawing them into becoming a spy, and even that isn’t totally accurate. I do feel like that theme is present in many of the films and shows about spies, however. There always seems to be a reason that a person becomes a spy, and rarely is it ever something they’re born into. There’s a tragedy, some need to avenge, and the job arises for them to become spies.
The term “spy” or ” secret agent” is so broad as well. Even when given these two as examples, what the children do versus what Sydney does is very drastic. The children’s spy world is much more fictional feeling, while Alias seems much more realistic. I don’t think “spy” or “secret agent” can mean one thing, but more so varies on the story line, character, and plot of the show or movie.