Alphas Review: Dark and Twisty Redirects

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I’m really unsure of what to think about "Gaslight."

On one hand, I enjoyed how two separate plots tied together near the end, the callbacks to last season and the metaphors for our characters.

But the case was so - to borrow a Grey’s Anatomy phrase - dark and twisty that the elements that were superb ended up being dragged down by the mediocre.

Rachel's In Trouble

The case had an interesting premise, and one of the alphas of the week, Adam, was played by Noah Reid from Syfy’s never-picked-up pilot Three Inches (I’m still bitter Syfy passed on it).

The real Adam was actually comatose, but his ability could project through sound and those who came under its spell had to face one of their fears. It offered a great chance to reflect on what is driving the characters and their emotions.

For Bill, his greatest fear is himself. He’s still in the underground fight club (why he would break the rules and talk about it is beyond me), and I wonder if he’s afraid his ability will be the one to break him. That no matter how hard he tries to work his ability and have it come under his control that he will never be a match for it.

For Cameron, his past is his biggest regret, the time he lost with his son. His biggest fear is doing something that gets himself killed or puts his son in danger. For Rachel, it seems one of her fears is not being there for her friend Nina, that instead of trying to help her out of her current predicament, she let her drown. Both Cameron and Nina began to make amends with Cameron visiting Tyler and Rachel beginning to be cordial with Nina again.

Gary’s was slightly different. His interactions with a now talking Anna were sweet, and it helped remind him of the promise he made to her.

For all of that good, the case and getting to its conclusion was a test of patience. I really didn’t care for the constant turn arounds and misdirects. After five misdirects I stopped caring about who would end up catching the Alpha.

The other plot points revolved around Nina and Kat. Nina was already being sent back into the pushing fire instead of being treated by Rosen’s normal cold turkey course of action. Her and Rosen’s task of finding out what the Senator did for Stanton Parrish and his August Medical corporation was a great tie in to the comatose patient, and it brings an in back for Summer Glau’s Skylar character.

I love Nina’s new sense of repentance and humbleness. She truly has decided to make a change in her life, hopefully for good this time, and it really shows in her character and her actions. We’ve always known Nina is a sweet and gentle person at her core, and it’s nice to reminded that her ability can wreak havoc not the things that make her Nina.

Nina’s pushing of Kat to remember things about her past seems to have worked, too, as we’re left watching Kat draw a picture of a woman that I assume is her mom.

Other thoughts:

  • Rachel picking handcuffs with a needle using her enhanced senses. She is totally picking up her game this season, and I'm loving her new found sense of fight and independence. She's kicking major butt and the little mini-team she's formed with Bill and Cameron is awesome.
  • Gary putting a new spin on one my favorite quotes: We're not sick. We're here on official business so you have to respect the badge. | permalink
  • Is Kat beginning to unlock her memories? Did something traumatic happen to lock them away?

What did you think of tonight’s Alphas?

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Alphas Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

Yeah, I'm a professional.

Gary

That shouldn't be happening.

Gary