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Alphas 2 Seasons 2011

Season 1
4.3 out of 5 stars (1,009) IMDb 7.3/10

Syfy enters the world of super heroes with Alphas, from the mind of writer Zak Penn and starring acclaimed actor and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn. Alphas introduces us to a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely group, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (Strathairn), investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and save the world.

Starring:
David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright

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1. Alphas Pilot

Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn) and his team of Alphas, extraordinary individuals who can stretch the capabilities of the human mind, investigate an implausible murder at the behest of the Department of Defense.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes Release date: July 11, 2011
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2. Cause and Effect

When a former patient of Dr. Rosen's (David Strathairn) with the ability to set off a chain reaction of events with a predetermined outcome escapes, Rosen is forced to examine the tenuous relationship between Alphas and the government.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 18, 2011
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3. Anger Management

Dr. Rosen's team of Alphas relocates to new offices in Queens after the attack on his life while investigating the cause of violent riots that are breaking out across the eastern seaboard.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: July 25, 2011
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4. Rosetta

Moving in on a Red Flag stranglehold, Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and his team encounter a group of Alphas plotting a large scale terrorist attack that might change the existence of Alphas as we know it.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 1, 2011
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5. Never Let Me Go

Agent Sullivan (guest star Valerie Cruz) credentials Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and his team as members of the Defense Criminal Investigation Service and their first case takes them to Pennsylvania where an outbreak of sudden deaths involving a local high school are suspected to be the work of an Alpha.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 8, 2011
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6. Bill and Gary's Excellent Adventure

Bill and Gary pursue an outside case, putting their Alpha powers to the ultimate test. Featuring guest star Alaina Huffman.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 15, 2011
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7. Catch and Release

Agent Sullivan (Valerie Cruz) charges Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and the Alphas team with tracking down and protecting Skylar (guest star Summer Glau), an Alpha and technology whiz with a penchant for amazing inventions which, in the wrong hands, could prove highly dangerous.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 22, 2011
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8. A Short Time in Paradise

Hicks (Warren Christie) and Nina (Laura Mennell) fall under the spell of Jonas (guest star Garret Dillahunt) an Alpha and charismatic cult leader willing to lead his followers to their deaths.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 29, 2011
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9. Blind Spot

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

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 12, 2011
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10. The Unusual Suspects

When a member of the team is suspected of being an agent for Red Flag, Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and the Alphas are abducted and held against their will in the Binghamton facility until the traitor is revealed.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 19, 2011
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11. Original Sin

Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) and his team must decide who to trust when Red Flag, led by Stanton Parish (guest star John Pyper-Ferguson), escalates the war on the Department of Defense.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: September 26, 2011
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Bonus: Alphas -- Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek

Impossible crime calls for extraordinary crime fighters. Meet the team of Syfy's all-new original series Alphas. They're seemingly normal people born with extraordinary physical and mental abilities. And impossible is what they do best.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 8 minutes Release date: June 13, 2011
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By The Blue Thunder Bomb VINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
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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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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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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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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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