Alphas Review: An Average Series Premiere

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Everything Alphas brought to the table has been done before.

A band of special individuals coming together, while fighting a group of evil superheroes? Sounds like X-Men. The use of these abilities to solve crimes? Hello, Heroes.

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I suppose the X-Men tilt is to be expected because Alphas is from X-Men: The Last Stand writer, Zak Penn.

For the most part, the "pilot" was middling, but there was just enough from the characters to at least warrant sticking around for a few more episodes. Because if certain flaws can be corrected, SyFy has the potential for another hit.

Let's start with the characters. The best among them is easily David Strathairn’s Dr. Lee Rosen, the leader of the group. He juggles the intricacies of babysitting and work as a therapist with leading and getting results from his Alphas.

I hope some of Rosen’s home life will begin seeping into his work life. Watching him interact with Don offered bits of comedy that were lacking throughout the rest of the episode. It's something I hope can be translated into a better working chemistry for the Alphas.

Bill Harken as the strength-enhanced leader of the group? He felt mostly like the jock who just does what he wants. His chemistry with the team was lacking. That's what happens when you're more concerned with eating their food and ordering everyone around.

Gary’s power of reading wireless transmissions is a pretty cool. I hope to see more of it.

Nina and Rachel are easily a couple of my favorites of the team and probably have the best powers of all. Nina’s ability to influence people is awesome, if only because it’s basically a Jedi Mind Trick, while without Rachel's senses, the procedural elements wouldn’t work.

Finally, Cameron has the most potential. Consider the troubled past, a problem following orders and the impressive talent of possessing a mind and body in perfect harmony.

The average parts of the premiere were the story and overall mythology. Not much happened. I understand the need to take your time and introduce the characters and their interactions, but the interactions they had when they weren’t crime solving were mostly boring.

Granted, the case was fun, but I lost any interest as to why the villain was controlling them.

Overall, if Alphas can improve upon some of its core storytelling themes, it has definite potential. The cases need to be smoothed out and connected to the overall mythology in a more cohesive manner. The characters need to find a better rhythm for those moments when they aren’t crime solving, or perhaps those down moments should just be skipped.

Other thoughts:

  • They can’t afford a better minivan? Just how poor is this division? Can’t Nina mind bend someone into loaning them an SUV or cooler minivan?
  • Gary fixed the TV. I think he deserves the chance to drive.

What did everyone else think of the premiere? Is Alphas worth another shot next week?


Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (86 Votes)

I was not thrilled with the Alphas TV show, quite mediocre and boring. I thought the characters did not blend well and they were annoying. I would rather see the new tv show Three Inches, there cast are a good match. I also would like for the three Inches show to be the originally planned 1 hour show. I read it would be reduced to a 1/2 hour show, which is a big mistake. Haven't heard when the Three Inches tv show will be viewed.


Was expecting this to be on par with Heroes, but it just falls short on so many points. It's painful to watch when you feel like the characters are dumber than yourself, and you just want them to act differently. It's like the show needs them to be dumb for it to work. Dr Lee Rosen should have been intelligent, he didn't seem clever at all. Why wasn't Nina's case comparable to the assassin's case? It's like nothing of what he said needed backing up, and it just made him seem stupid. As for the powers, they all seemed poor to me, except the mind-bending ability. If you are going to give people super powers then give them something really useful and visually satisifying. Don't ruin it all by making them dull and giving them major weaknesses. Everyone wants to see people flying, telekinetic movement, control of elements and so forth, why not? It's not like they are less believeable than what the series already has. A relatively smart average person could off all of them, easily, because their powers give them ridiculous weaknesses. I'm hugely dissapointed, maybe because I was a big fan of Heroes and this just fails to meet those expectations on so many levels. If you haven't seen Heroes yet and you want a series better than this, there's 4 seasons right there and I bet this one won't see a second.


it really felt like x-men to me! but im still watching!


The pilot was only so-so. I'll give it one, possibly two more episodes to get on the ball and become significantly more interesting ..... in both plot and characters.


I have to agree with Autumn. I am really glad Alphas is the way it is. I think people get all caught up in all the cool "stuff" that happens in shows and they just use the story as back up to the cool stuff. I am glad Alphas is a show about people with super abilities who are really just normal at the end of the day. Without all the stuff maybe we can actually pay attention to the nuances of a show like the interaction between the group and what they do. The premiere made me look at things I would not have so I am looking forward to see what happens next.


I enjoyed the premier. but DONT LET HIM DRIVE! i don't know if this is a "must see" on my watch list, but definately a DVR and watch later one. and Bachir, the sweat is what happens when you have the "flight or fight" response, which is part of his power, the adrenlin rush. And also why they stopped him from chasing the shooter since he was "going" for 5 minutes straight at that point. all that adrenlin isn't good for the heart.


Pilot was a 7/10. Will watch for improvements.
Let him drive.


There is no denying Alphas has a lot of potential. If you put a group of talented people such as these together the options are limitless. Let's hope the writers have enough imagination to utilize the characters in ways that are both entertaining and original. Bill does seem to be a bit of a drag. I'm thinking that the fact that he has a history in law enforcement makes him feel like he's the de facto leader working with a group of amateurs. He'll come around once he learns to appreciate the talents of the others in the group. I paused the show when Bill's talent card was flashed on screen. In the small print at the bottom there was reference to his powers causing anger control issues. This might be another reason he's not fully engaging with the group. I'd really like to see how each member of the team was recruited or when they first became aware of their abilities.


It wasn't wat I expected. The guy with the strengh power suck. I didn't see the potential of that power. And what's with the sweat. The girl with the forensic ability is the most amazing of them. The doctor was amazing at controlling people. Overall I give it a 6/10. The bad guy focus on the doctor wasn't explained


I'm still pissed with Syfy for cancelling Stargate Universe, but I will say Alphas was watchable, though at points it dragged on.

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Alphas Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

If I fix it, I can get to drive the car.


Take this ticket and eat it. Take the carbon copy too.