I recently finished season 2 of Alphas and am filled to the brim with a) my love for it, and b) frustration at the ending. Still, ending aside, this brilliant show deserves more viewers, so here’s my attempt at converting all of you to Alphas fans!
General synopsis: The world is filled with two types of people, regular people and Alphas – those with special abilities (e.g. super strength, mind control, etc.). Most of society doesn’t know about Alphas, which poses a problem, as sometimes these individuals use their powers for less-than-legal reasons. Therefore, the government put together a team of Alphas, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (actor: David Strathairn) in order to catch Alpha criminals and keep the existence of Alphas a secret.
What makes this show special:
1) Characters that are profoundly human… even if they are Alphas.
Over the course of the TV show, the characters truly grow on you (yes, even the bad guys, sometimes). Each of them have unique ways of seeing/using their powers, as well as a life outside of “the team”, which makes them 3 dimensional. Also, this show has one of my favourite characters – Gary Bell (actor: Ryan Cartwright) – an autistic young adult on Dr. Rosen’s team who has the ability to see different frequencies, allowing him to see radio waves, TV channels, and security footage. The character is so inspirational.
2) Large variety of science-backed superpowers!
There are many superpowers in the show that I had never heard of before, but once they were explained, I could see them as feasible. This is in contrast to a lot of other superpower shows that never explain what the powers are or how humans can accomplish it. It is also refreshing to see the logical side effects of some of these incredible feats.
3) Lack of plot holes!
As far as I could tell! And even though I will still enjoy a good show with plot holes, a good show without is just icing on the cake.
Available on Netflix now.