Alphas Season Finale Review: A New Direction

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For all the flack I have given Alphas since the premiere, "Original Sin" was such a game-changer for the show and its direction that almost all of my original reservations have been laid to rest.

Could Alphas have done a better job of mixing procedural and serial elements? Absolutely. But the characters are enjoyable, the stakes have been heightened considerably and this new direction is so fantastic and compelling that all of that seems trivial now.

Nina vs. Rosen

It would have been enough had it just been Anna that was killed in the raid. She was the puppet all along, spreading the word of Stanton Parish, an Alpha who has dropped his humanity in favor of using his knowledge to begin building a new world of Alphas because they aren’t sick and the diseased but the future.

All of sudden, Red Flag is back to being a true nemesis to our Alphas. Before, they were interested in the same goals, but were going down different paths to accomplish them. Now, Red Flag isn’t interested in humanity and what makes both Alphas and humans unique from the rest of nature; they’re interested in reshaping the world in their own image.

Parish’s manipulation was so deep and cunning he was able to reinsert Rosen’s own daughter, Danielle, back into his life. He effectively used Rosen’s own humanity against him. Hell, Parish might actually manipulating Danielle, too, because they have a relationship together. There doesn’t seem to be any low to which he won’t stoop.

In fact, “Original Sin” ended up changing its second season in so many different ways the only relation it may end up having to season one is in name only. Dr. Rosen’s last desperate move before getting a checkmate was incredible. It would have been enough had he just hinted that Alphas existed to the masses in his incredibly risky speech, but then he called out everyone as he saw them. Rosen had no problem referring to the government and their “hospital” and warned of the looming war with Red Flag if things are changed quickly and for the better, not for worse.

An Alphas Smooch

Not only did Rosen call out the different sides in the potential war, he basically isolated his own Alphas team. The government probably doesn’t want them now and Red Flag wants to kill them because they’re the only real, credible threat standing in the way of their goals.

Finally, the acting has to be given its due: Ryan Cartwright’s performance when Gary realized Anna was dead was heartbreaking to watch, as was seeing Dr. Rosen “feel” through Danielle’s power how much he hurt her.

While Alphas has had some ups and downs over the season, the complete game-changer of a season finale has finally made me a true fan of the series. Does anyone know when season two starts? Not soon enough, that's the answer.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I loved the season finale.
Anna's death was truly heartbreaking. The bond developed between her and Gary, as autistic individuals that first conversed in a secret language, was truly adorable and sweet, which made the death all the more tragic. Not to mention the moment-to-moment tension that one of their own could have died... I was holding my breath during the entire raid scene. I feel the sadness-sharing scene between Dr. Rosen and his daughter could have used some hazy visions to better convey what was being felt. But otherwise, that scene was well-done too. The final scene with Dr. Rosen broadcasting the entire hearing into the public eye was truly touching and really spoke to me. I suppose it spoke to all of us; I'm sure everyone, at one point or another, has felt the world didn't feel right and needed more transparency. The plot-twist of the nature of the raid on red flag, the loss of gary's first true friend, the sharing of experience between Dr. Rosen and her daughter, the appearance of Mr.Perish, the final broadcast, it all amounted to a overwhelming swell of emotions that cry out: "Give us more!" Season 2 can't come fast enough.

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Season finale was its best episode yet but the final 5 minutes felt a little premature for the series and it feels like it was added incase it didnt get a second season. They should of done Dr. Rosens move in a few seasons time. Develop the team more and introduce other characters and stories first. It was a risky move to keep it in after being renewed and will look forward to watching season 2. The is the biggest game change in a series i can think of as said in the review it was a procedural, surely it can no longer be a procedural with the whole world discovering Alphas. Was a good episode in all and we were introduced to the true villain in Red Flag and that will be good for season 2 whatever happens.
Ryan Cartwright needs an emmy nod next year for Alphas he has remained consistant, Both "Bill and Garys excellent adventure" and this episode made him shine through and he deserves an emmy. A little syfy programme, getting an emmy, who would think of it but it should happen!

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Surprising finale. Anna's death/Gary's reaction and just about every scene Rosen was in were great. It'll be nice to see Rosen's team with a clear direction, purpose, and hopefully a cool base/vehicle next season. Hopefully Glau's character will return.

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I like the turn of bringing the phenomenon out in the open this makes it different from such shows as heroes i just wanna see what they do with it, i think the doctor has a deeper secret and it has got to be more to stanton than just youth. Kinda up set that doctor sonic had to die over blindspot but he was pretty damn powerful which was a good idea lower power mutants teaming up to take down the bigger ones is a pretty good premise i guess that justifies keeping blind spot alive over him, i think the finale coulda had some better highlight i believe i coulda directed a better one they definetely shoulda saved doc sonic for the end!

Alphas Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

You're drinking pills.

Gary

And one time he pushed me over instead of me taking a bullet.

Gary
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