If you haven’t seen the latest promos for Syfy’s newest hit, Alphas, they recently gave a sneak peek at upcoming episodes which included a tantalizing glimpse of a familiar face. With the announcement made at last week’s Comic-Con panel, it’s now official that the great Summer Glau herself will be making an appearance on the freshman series (and hopefully leaving her curse at home).
Executive producer Ira Steven Behr announced Glau’s (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) guest role in addition to Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Garret Dillahunt (Sarah Connor), and Lindsay Wagner (Bionic Woman, Warehouse 13).
This is an impressive roster for a show that’s just starting out, and hopefully it means that the material is really good and not that the showrunners feel they need to inundate the audience with sci-fi veterans just to keep their attention.
Spiner hasn’t had a major television presence since Threshold bit the bullet in 2006, and the thought of seeing him in the world of the Alphas is quite enticing. Dillahunt has been showing off his comedic talents on Fox’s Raising Hope, and this will be his first major sci-fi outing since Sarah Connor. Wagner of course has been popping up occasionally on Alphas’s lead-in, Warehouse 13, and if Syfy is smart they’ll leave those two shows in separate television universes.
Glau is likely the most well-known and popular of this quartet of guest stars, but her presence on the show comes with a risk. As previously mentioned, Glau carries with her a curse in which every show she has ever had a steady presence in, with the possible exception of The Unit, has been cancelled shortly after her appearance on the program.
So far it seems that Glau’s guest spot is exactly that, and if the cast and crew value their jobs they should keep it that way. Glau is an extremely talented actress, and she more than deserves to have a steady presence in television or film, but her track record speaks for itself, especially after the disaster that was The Cape.
Curse or no curse, there’s no doubt that Glau and the other guest stars this season will help draw much deserved attention to Alphas, and with any luck their appearances will signal the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.
Alphas airs in Boston Mondays at 10 p.m. on Syfy.