Alphas Review: An Average Series Premiere

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Everything Alphas brought to the table has been done before.

A band of special individuals coming together, while fighting a group of evil superheroes? Sounds like X-Men. The use of these abilities to solve crimes? Hello, Heroes.

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I suppose the X-Men tilt is to be expected because Alphas is from X-Men: The Last Stand writer, Zak Penn.

For the most part, the "pilot" was middling, but there was just enough from the characters to at least warrant sticking around for a few more episodes. Because if certain flaws can be corrected, SyFy has the potential for another hit.


Let's start with the characters. The best among them is easily David Strathairn’s Dr. Lee Rosen, the leader of the group. He juggles the intricacies of babysitting and work as a therapist with leading and getting results from his Alphas.

I hope some of Rosen’s home life will begin seeping into his work life. Watching him interact with Don offered bits of comedy that were lacking throughout the rest of the episode. It's something I hope can be translated into a better working chemistry for the Alphas.

Bill Harken as the strength-enhanced leader of the group? He felt mostly like the jock who just does what he wants. His chemistry with the team was lacking. That's what happens when you're more concerned with eating their food and ordering everyone around.

Gary’s power of reading wireless transmissions is a pretty cool. I hope to see more of it.

Nina and Rachel are easily a couple of my favorites of the team and probably have the best powers of all. Nina’s ability to influence people is awesome, if only because it’s basically a Jedi Mind Trick, while without Rachel's senses, the procedural elements wouldn’t work.

Finally, Cameron has the most potential. Consider the troubled past, a problem following orders and the impressive talent of possessing a mind and body in perfect harmony.

The average parts of the premiere were the story and overall mythology. Not much happened. I understand the need to take your time and introduce the characters and their interactions, but the interactions they had when they weren’t crime solving were mostly boring.

Granted, the case was fun, but I lost any interest as to why the villain was controlling them.

Overall, if Alphas can improve upon some of its core storytelling themes, it has definite potential. The cases need to be smoothed out and connected to the overall mythology in a more cohesive manner. The characters need to find a better rhythm for those moments when they aren’t crime solving, or perhaps those down moments should just be skipped.

Other thoughts:

  • They can’t afford a better minivan? Just how poor is this division? Can’t Nina mind bend someone into loaning them an SUV or cooler minivan?
  • Gary fixed the TV. I think he deserves the chance to drive.

What did everyone else think of the premiere? Is Alphas worth another shot next week?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (86 Votes)

Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I love Alphas. I discovered season one on Netflicks, and checked out the first episode. It was okay - different. And having David Strathairn as Dr. Rosen made me think the show might have potential. So I watched the next episode, and then the next, and the next. After devouring season one, I've been downloading episodes of season 2 - so that I can catch up before watching the next current episode on TV. I really like the show. It's interesting and has a lot of different things going for it. The premise is interesting. And, personally, I have grown to really like the characters - especially Gary. I LOVE Gary. And I think the actor is doing an excellent job of portraying him. It took a while for Bill to grow on me. But he's become a likable guy through his interactions with Gary and now Kat. I've never felt the need to fast forward. I like the interplay between the characters - even during the calmer moments of the show. And I enjoy the action as well. Overall, it's an interesting show, and I'm glad I found it.

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Not a big fan of the syfy channel but I like this show.Gary is the best character on the show he is so funny!!!

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Just watching alphas back to back weekender on 5 star. its drainin 2 watch the boring bits but if you use fast forward button then the 11 episodes can be reduced in half the time. im on episode 3 and its taken 50mins to watch all 3 so far.

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the character Gary is irritating enough that if they do not fix his character so he does not talk & act like he has so far they should just kill him off he makes me want to skip over parts he is in NOT because he has autistic issues but the way he portrays the part is disgusting his out bursts i understand BUT in real world the part is too unbelievable to watch with out disgust worse than a wonder woman rerun

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this alphas show is dumb,,, 1- the old guy in charge cannot act and mumbles- should be replaced with some better acting 2- autistic character inconsistent acting. annoying to be watched 3- Prasad-very boring to watch.

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I have to say i really liked it, ok its not going to win awards or anything for acting( but it may get awards for special effects (garys power is very visual and brilliant)). Sci-fi fans complain with over mythology shows such as the event and flashforward, so subtle mythology "red flag", "alphas" and ninas background are going to be explored in due time (i reckon she told someone to jump off a bridge). Going to tune in for sure. It certainly has potential, and its not the worst show on TV!

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Great show. Really liked the character "Don Wilson". Is he based on the real FBI agent Don Wilson?

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Reminds me of the 4400 so I am looking forward to more episodes

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I liked it. The characters overall seemed believable and interesting. And they all seemed to have personalities beyond "dude with power X". As a parent of an autistic child, Gary is dead on. Dr. Rosen is a great character - obviously he's not a hero. He just seems like a therapist and researcher who is trying to do the right thing. He's very subtly played.

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Blah! I'll give it a few episodes. I liked Gary, Nina, and Rachel. Nina's power reminded me of the Maenad on True Blood. Gary can't listen in on Nokia! LOL.

Alphas Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

If I fix it, I can get to drive the car.

Gary

Take this ticket and eat it. Take the carbon copy too.

Nina
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