Alphas Review: One Final Stand

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The ultimate sacrifice was made in "The Devil Will Drag You Under."

Dani.

HIck's True Intentions

I’ve worried at times that Alphas hasn’t progressed as quickly as it should to begin crafting Stanton Parish into less of a cartoon character villain and more into the Magneto-esque antagonist that Dr. Rosen and our Alphas need to elevate the story trying to be told.

In order to really drive the message home, and elevate Parish from this murky middle he's been occupying for the past two seasons, something had to be done that shocked the characters to their cores and sent Parish on to a route with a clear goal.

Dani was the right way to remedy that, and in watching her heroically save a city and sacrifice her own life we learned just where Stanton stood and right where the Alphas wanted to be.

Stanton has finally morphed into the man we all want to despise: not only is Dani’s blood on his hands, but he’s willing to cover them in far more if it means he can enact genocides over entire areas of the human population. Stanton believes that Alphas are the new world order, that Alphas are the future, and that only Alphas can cure a sickened world of its overpopulation and dwindling resources. If he was willing to murder the one woman who stood by him when all he had was blind ambition, imagine what he’s willing to do to those he doesn’t know.

Perhaps the strongest moment of the episode was the final, somber scene as the team hovered over Dani’s quickly failing body after the EMP. No matter how super human they are, and the amazing things they can do, death is still knocking on all of their doorsteps. It’s the one great equalizer, and the one thing they can't hop, skip, or push out of the way (unless you're Stanton Parrish).

Other thoughts:

  • What feeling did Dani transfer to Nina near the end?
  • The small moments are truly some of the better things to watch on Alphas, and the tonight was no exception. Bill and Gary, Nina and Gary, Nina and Cameron all had nice, small moments between them.
  • I was happy to finally see Nina be given something other than Dr. Rosen’s role in the group. Hopefully that continues as the season comes to a close.
  • Stanton didn't seem worried that his EMP didn't go off as planned, and I wonder if all he really wanted to do with rattle the Alpha team. Forcing them to make rash decisions and allow him to further his own cause.

What did you think of tonight’s Alphas?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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i hated this episode. i hated the reset with no continuity of how Dani was not imprisoned.
and i hated that the dr. rosin, or any of his team for that matter, can continue after the
murder of dani. i don't think any loving father would have sent his daughter to an almost
sure death, and i after doing, i don't see how that person could continue acting the same
way and doing simular things. hate it.

Deann

BTW, this episode gets its title from "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" from the musical "Guys and Dolls" and I think it was appropriate, considering how various characters were rocking the boat for various reasons.
I also think it is interesting that both Stanton Parrish and Dr Rosen look to be around the same age (though we know Parrish is much older), so it is like two smart old silver foxes doing battle for earth, just like mythological gods. One is the god of reason, order, and compassion while the other is the god of misrule, fear, chaos and death.

Deann

I agree with the reviewer in that the subtle moments on this show are very powerful and wonderful to behold. I think that speaks to the quality of the actors and the writing.
I was distressed to see the end of Dani, but, as was pointed out, she served to galvanize both Parish and the Alphas in their stance, one to destroy the world, the other to save it. This show can really highlight how those who are different are treated, and how they choose to use their differences. I found that final scene with Rosen and Cam both grief-stricken to be particularly gut-wrenching. I hope Nina is able to use whatever Dani gave her at the end. And I hope that Nina and Cam get back together, they were good for each other. Gary and Bill have a lot of fun banter, and I also enjoy the gal with the super senses and her new beau, though we don't get to see much of them.

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Relieved to see that they killed off an annoying character. Enough of Cameron, what ever happened to Bill and his life? Or Gary`s private life? Nina become a bit dull. She needs to get involved with a bad boy.
More Bill; more Gary; more Parish; more Farsi chick (with a new suitor. The other guy is such a pussy. She could do better.).
Less Rosen hand wringing and Cameron whining about his son, life etc. Thankfully, they left out the squeaky girl. Kill her off please!
Alphas is at a crossroads: it could get back on track and be interesting or get bogged down in dull inter-play between dull characters (Cameron/Dani et al) This last episode gives me hope.

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Parish is a master strategist and moves the chess pieces on the board accordingly, it seemed like this was his contingency plan if his Plan A didn't work out. He didn't get to let off a bomb yet still got his point across as to how committed he is to his cause. Maybe Nina gained Dani's ability!? Kind of far fetched but how cool would that be, having two Alpha powers. I like the season so far.

Fortyseven

"I'm busy" "What are you doing Gary?" "I'm saving the world Bill"
"Gary, it's not the time you eat your pudding" "I can eat my pudding whenever I want. It's my pudding"
"Haha, that's gross Bill"
It was obvious that Dani was going to die (by suicide, murder, etc). Cam dieing would too would have been more original/exciting.
Parrish is finally Magneto-like (in his megalomania but not in stature)
Agnes is cool.

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Am glad they Cameron such a strong episode really improved his character am wondering also what she gave Nina...

Marissa

I liked this episode. I can't wait to see what happens next. I was sad when Dani died but it had to happen so the team go through that and not think what to do and just go out and do it because there upset and it also showed us what Parish is capable of and how bad he really is. Can't wait till the next episode.

Alphas Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

Sometimes people do things for complicated reasons. I know it's painful, believe me.

Nina

Darpa makes neat things.

Gary
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