Alphas 2 Seasons 2011

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The team finds themselves under siege by an undetectable Alpha. Guest starring Brent Spiner and Rebecca Mader.

David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright
43 minutes
Original air date:
September 12, 2011

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Michael W. Watkins
Starring David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright
Supporting actors Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Rebecca Mader, Brent Spiner
Season year 2011
Network Syfy
Producers Ira Steven Behr, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Nick Copus, John Ganem, Michael Karnow, Kevin Lafferty, Paul M. Leonard, Brian Moraga, Zak Penn, Julie Siege, Gene Stein, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, Robert Hewitt Wolfe
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Alphas is good, not campy, fun.
I Teach Typing
We like the abilities of the characters and the story line.
Good plots, nice character development, great casting.
G. Childers

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By James Donnelly VINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
Format: DVD
For quite some time, I've considered Zak Penn to be an extraordinary hack. He's co-written or co-plotted some of the most embarrassing failures of the Superhero genre to date, such as ELEKTRA, and X-MEN: THE LAST STAND. He also wrote original drafts of both the first and second HULK films and what is widely considered the greatest superhero film of all time, THE AVENGERS. However the success of the second HULK film was largely due to star Edward Norton almost completely rewriting the script (under the name Edward Harrison, but was denied any credit by the Writer's Guild), and the gargantuan success of THE AVENGERS, script-wise, is credited wholly to the brilliant Joss Whedon (and rightfully so, since Penn was actually relegated to a co-plotter). So from this resume', one might assume that while Penn may be a fan of the Superhero genre, he's certainly no expert at it.

With his series ALPHAS, co-created with Michael Karnow, Penn has proved that not only can he craft a really clever "superhero" story, but a very tightly-constructed television show that's both action-packed and whip-smart.

From the outset of the show, we're treated to a number of superhero archetypes: First is Bill Harken (Malik Yoba, the mini-series THIEF, NIKITA) as a gruff former federal agent who has the ability to throw his mental "fight-or-flight" response into overdrive and gain temporary super-strength. Next up is Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell, SUPERNATURAL, FRINGE, SMALLVILLE) as a beautiful young woman who can slightly exert her will on other people mentally. Then we have Rachel Pirzad (Azita Ghanizada, bit parts on shows like CASTLE, BONES, PSYCH, etc.), a very pretty girl from a Middle Eastern family who can enhance her five senses.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2012
Format: DVD
There seem to have been a lot of movies and TV shows in recent years that try to depict more "realistic" superhero stories. You know, less spandex and magical powers, more "regular" people.

The latest example is "Alphas," a TV series that focuses on otherwise ordinary people with strange evolutionary quirks like supersenses, influencing minds and "seeing" electronic signals. It's one of those series that is solid and fun, but it feels like it hasn't fully grown into itself just yet -- but the last episode does imply that big things are coming.

The CIA is stumped when a key witness is shot... in an empty room with no windows. The case is handed over to Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn), a scientist who has a special team of "Alphas" -- and they soon determine that the shooter is also an Alpha, Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie), who is being controlled by someone else.

Among the problems the team encounters are: a kid with rage pheromones, a bunch of mystery deaths at a high school, a kidnapped heiress who can only be found with Gary's abilities, a woman who can MacGuyver almost any device from scraps, a cult leader who is slowly destroying his followers, a shape-shifter, and an invisible menace who is stalking a prisoner.

But the biggest problem comes not from Alphas, but from regular humans. A terrorist cell known as Red Flag reveals that our dear government is trying to surreptitiously stamp out or imprison all Alphas, and the tenuous relationship between Dr. Rosen's group and the government becomes more fragile with time. If they can't stop it, war will be the next step.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sherman on January 21, 2012
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Two of the most compelling characters in this show are autistic. In fact, autism is really the basis of this entire show: a group of folks whose brains and bodies work in slightly different ways than the rest of us. There are some things they can do with remarkable--even super-human--ability. But the trade-off is often severe.

This show renders the idea of neurodiversity--that autism and other "mental disorders" are not diseases so much as they are completely different sets of wiring--through the lens of the super-hero narrative. I'm totally hooked. The characters are complicated and the whole setup is just so smart.

This is not the X-Men: nobody can shoot lasers out of their faces. The powers themselves are much more subtle: incredible aim, heightened senses, almost-prescient ability to predict cause and effect. But the show itself is all the more powerful because it doesn't try to pull out the "big guns." Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Johnson on June 17, 2012
Format: DVD
Alphas is a well written show with superb performances. Many people will choose to focus on the fact that it does in one season what "Heroes" was never able to accomplish; show people with extraordinary powers use them for good, and still be entertaining. That is a valid point and definitely worth noting, but the thing that makes this show shine is its overall quality. The writing is fantastic; in a genre as bloated as this one, the stories are enjoyable and feel fresh.

The crux of the story is about psychologist Lee Rosen, played to perfection by David Strathairn, and his team of government sanctioned Alphas, people with amazing powers, trying to keep both humans and alphas safe. His team is made up of wonderful characters who are startlingly organic. When they interact with each other, it never comes off as dialogue, but instead natural interaction. You could imagine yourself having theses same conversations with those around you. Writing doesn't get much better than that.

No matter how great the script and dialogue is though, if the performances aren't there to support it, the scripts brilliance can't shine through. Thankfully, the entire cast of Alphas is phenomenal. From Dr. Rosen's constant lectures, to Gary's quirky personality (Ryan Cartwright), Rachel's sensitivity (Azita Ghanizada), Nina's doubt (Laura Mennell), Bill's professional turmoil (Malik Yoba), and Hick's struggle for acceptance (Warren Christie), every emotion and situation the script calls for is flawlessly executed by these talented actors.

Alphas boasts the most impressive first season of any show I have seen since the fantastic "
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