Alphas on Syfy premiered on Monday July 11th at 10pm on its new Monday line-up of sci-fi awesome. As this was the pilot episode, the pacing of it was at times slow, interspered with moments of awesome.
The show is also reminiscent of other hero-type shows including Heroes. Unlike that show, Alphas is being presented with its cast already meshed together as a unit of heroes though each Alpha has some type of neurosis as well as a downside to their powers that sets them further apart from the regular humans.
This actually makes the show worth watching because while they are a unit out to battle the forces of evil, they have their mentor/therapist helping them cope with everyday life, including the after effects of using their powers. These heroes don’t have capes and may live in the everyday world, but they are not just ordinary people but gifted ones, who must make their way through life.
This pilot episode was basically all about the introduction of the Alphas, from their powers and apparent neorisis that seemed to be associated with their powers.
- Rachel Pirzad – has the uncanny ability to enhance her senses, but only one at a time, which can be a weakness without someone looking out for her. In her heightned state she can see (or whaterever sense she is using) what is left behind or sees things that other people miss. In the episode she was caught by Cameron Hicks in his apt, because she was immersed in her sense of seeing, which shut down her hearing.
- Cameron Hicks – has the ability to be very focused on things, well when he can focus. In the episode he kills a prisoner in an impossible shot. When he is focused and his level of confidence is high he can be the perfect athlete, but the downside to his powers is his lack of discipline in regards to his powers. He is also coerced into the group, because he did kill a man, though it was because his mind was hi-jacked by another Alpha with OCD.
- Gary – has the ability to see every single electromagnetic wavelength which allows him to watch TV, play on the internety even make calls. If you are too see him use his ability, it would look like he was staring off into space. he is also a high-functiing autistic and he does not like Bill Harken. He lives with his mom and is always trying to drive, which may be bad thing if he can see electro-waves in the air around him.
- Bill Harken – has the fight or flight ability, which allows him to tap into his adrenaline and not only sweat buckets, but also become super strong, but paired with this ability is his anger that spikes super-high once he triggers his power. And when he is in normal mode, he also loves to egg on Gary.
- Nina Theroux – has the ability to make anyone with the exception of a few people, do anything she asks. She does use her power to get things such as free rent and so far no downside to her power.
- Dr. Rosen – is the therapist, leader of the ragtag group, who also has government ties. No word yet on if he has an ability or not, but he is always working his therapist voice in his actions with his Alphas, sometimes to the point where Bill actually hangs up on him.
Overall, while slow in parts, this first episode should be followed by more interesting concepts and storylines. While the storyline may seem a tad familiar, the writers have changed the abilities slighty enough that it feels fresh and new.
For those on getglue, did you unlock the awesome sticker? There are a total of 15 stickers and the one from the July 11th episode is Hyperadrenal Alpha which is the official name for Bill’s power.
This first show gets a B.
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