Alphas Review: Convince Yourself

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"When Push Comes to Shove" reveals a lot about Nina and the heavy baggage she carries with her every day.

Nina Has a Breakdown

It’s really no wonder that Nina pushes people the way she does, considering her past. She came from a home where her parents never stopped fighting, and eventually, when her powers manifested, her pushing got so painful that her father ended up slitting his wrists.

And, because of it, Nina has never really been herself. She has constantly surrounded herself with people that fit whatever image she decided she wanted to be at the time, and instead of sticking it out with the Alphas - where she was finally beginning to make progress - she splits and makes use of her pushing as a defense mechanism again.

In an effort to mask that pain, Nina turns to the one person who was able to break through her shell before she relied on pushing: her childhood friend Tommy.

Sadly, what’s old isn’t new again, and Nina pushes Tommy and his entire family into a story that mirrors her own family in a way, only this time Daddy gets to leave. The interesting twist from all of this actually comes from Nina herself: Nina’s powers work on her as well. She’s actually pushing herself to believe in this relationship, and whenever she’s having doubts or spiraling towards a depression Nina will push herself into a different headspace. She is literally convincing herself otherwise.

It’s no wonder the government fears her. Nina can do whatever she wants. She might now have the brawn, but she has the brains, and Nina had no problem playing the entire team on her terms: covertly pushing Rosen to get off her case, pushing Cameron to make her quick escape and forcing Rachel to make out with her.

I momentarily wondered if this was the end of Nina. This episode has been so painful for her, and it certainly looked like, to her, that her only option was to commit suicide. Thankfully, Cameron is quick on his feet.

Other thoughts:

  • Rachel and John’s relationship took a turn of the positive in record fashion. John is self-conscious about the burns he suffered from his tour of duty and therefore wants to take things slow. That sounds like the perfect pace for Rachel to me.
  • The ending scene with Rosen and Nina was wonderful. Nina can’t trust herself, but Rosen trusts her and takes off her bandages. In many ways, Rosen is the father that Nina hasn’t had in a very long time. The same case can be made for all of the Alphas.

What did you think of tonight’s Alphas?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (33 Votes)

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

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Fortyseven

Good episode. They need Skylar to make more contact lenses that prevent "pushing".

Deann

Reviewer, your two "other thoughts" were the best part of the episode for me, when Rachel and the new guy decided to give it a go and date one another, and Rosen's kindly trust of Nina, after all she'd done, at the end. What a good man he is! I just love his character. Oh, and I laughed so hard when Gary called his genitals his "fruit" I nearly wet myself! LOL!
And Cameron's catching Nina and saving her tells me that he really does love her, deep down, and has never gotten over their short 'affair'. I think the two of them belong together, and I'd bet anything they'd make some awesome Alpha babies together! Though their characters are not gay, I thought the kiss between Nina and Rachel was pretty screamin' hot, and I am not gay, either. Still, I felt so sorry for Nina, because she tried so hard to get everything she ever wanted by 'pushing' people into it, but in the end, she was left with the cruel result of her forcing a man with a family to love her.

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This episode had it all. Gary trying to live in the office, Rachel/Nia kiss, Kit assembling 2 carburetors in 10 minutes, the good Drs relationship with everyone and truly awesome was Cameron catch. Love this show although the sets seem so minamal that they are distracting.

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no mention of gary and his fruit?!

Marissa

I loved this episdode. I knew Cameron was going to catch Nina because they have a long way to go with her. I was glad to see Rachel and johns relationship start to turn into something and there great together because they both wan to take things slow. Kat made some good points in this episode like when she was talking to Rosen about they have to talk to him about there problems and he doesn't have to talk about his problems he gets to keep them to himself. I can't wait till the next episode it looks great.

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I think she needs a bare-bottom spanking with panties-down cornertime!

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Wow Cameron abilities are really impressive I thought Nina was going to die but he caught her and also, Alphas is a really well written show they always continue story lines for example Gary's screaming they don't leave it out and use it just for it to fit a particular story, I really love this show...

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