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The 'Alphas' Track Down an Unerring Sharpshooter in Syfy Series Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2011 3:44AM
'Alphas' - 'Pilot'Syfy wrapped up its night-of-a-million-three premieres with the series launch of 'Alphas' (Mon., 10PM ET on Syfy). The idea is to tap into that same sense of joy and wonder that fans got when they watched the first season of 'Heroes.' Remember when that show was great?

The Alphas may not be the unassuming everymen who comprised the 'Heroes' crew, but they do harness normal human capabilities for their powers. And they have the advantage of already being organized as a team under an eccentric doctor, like so many comic book teams that have existed over the years.

To help ease us into this reality and these people, we're introduced to who will become the fifth member of the team. And in classic comic book fashion, they had to fight before they could all decide to get along. But that scene showcased everyone's abilities beautifully.

And, in the team's defense, Cameron had already shot and killed someone. They didn't know yet that he was under the mind control of someone else. That's usually Nina's thing, only she does suggestion and not specific planted instructions as "The Ghost" did.

All of their abilities are mental and a little closer to the realm of possibility. Just expand reality slightly and it's easy to imagine Rachel's ability to focus on and enhance one of her senses. In doing so, she tends to lose the others.

In fact, it was her inability to hear Cameron returning to his apartment when she was focusing on super-vision that led to the confrontation and chase in the first place. Bill is a former FBI agent with law enforcement connections who can trigger adrenaline rushes on command.

Rounding out the core group is Gary, whose ability is the most visually fascinating. He can see data streams floating in the air, and even manipulate them to some extent. This is a group with tremendous potential, and it was a lot of fun watching this modern-day 'Misfits of Science' come together to take down the bad guy.

We suspect things will stay lighter like this, more along the lines of 'Warehouse 13' than 'Battlestar Galactica,' or even 'Heroes,' but with such a likable bunch and an intriguing set of powers, we imagine things could get very creative and interesting. Plus, there's always something else lurking around the next corner.

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Eludium Q36

"...but with such a likable bunch and an intriguing set of powers, we imagine things could get very creative and interesting."

I was hoping that was sarcasm but you were serious. I found most of our "Heroes" to be very annoying characters that don't engender empathy. This must've been the producers' pitch to the network: "Let's develop a Heroes meets Fringe procedural with quirky, even annoying characters." Nope, gave it a 1/2 hr of my life and it didn't give anything back of use to me.

July 12 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BC

Well, unlike, 'Heroes', I didn't change the channel out of boredom halfway through the pilot.

July 12 2011 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC

Gary's power was actually described as being able to see the entire electromagnetic spectrum. But it is portrayed more the way you describe; otherwise, just because he can see a modulated FM carrier wave doesn't mean he should be able to hear the radio broadcast, and just because he can see an ATSC broadcast doesn't mean he should be able to decode the picture and sound. Broadcast means exactly that; the space around him should be saturated with EM radiation as it is with light visible to others, not distinct and conveniently identifiable beams. OTOH, the fact that he has been effectively 'listening' to thousands of conversations at once since childhood would explain his psychological problems.

July 12 2011 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
margievasicek

My son likes the show, but I just couldn't get into it.

July 12 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
margievasicek

My son likes the show, but I just couldn't get into it.

July 12 2011 at 10:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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