With superhero series coming and going, and those like Arrow done for the season, it’s good to be able to stop and think about all those that have passed. So here we are breaking down the a series which was basically screwed by SyFy, Alphas.
What Is Alphas
Alphas is basically a series about a group of five ordinary people who are brought together to form an extraordinary team of Alphas, the Alphas are people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities. The Alphas team investigate cases that point to others with Alpha abilities. As they work against the clock to solve this new brand of crime, they must prevent their own personality differences and different backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission to catch the enemy. It is one of those cases where it’s “our problem, our solution”, a personal theme that is constantly said throughout the X-Men comics as they say “Mutant problems, mutant solutions”.
What They Did Right
What they did great with this series is that they did not go the route Heroes went, you can say that it’s just another show about people with “powers”, but you forget that what these people display are superhuman abilities. They made it a phenomenon that is worth being explained, not only did they make the characters relatable, they tide those human characteristics and flaws to impact how they use their powers. No one in this show is perfect and what they did constantly was show how they are able to get the job done while dealing with whatever personal issues it is that the doctor seeked them out to fix. each episode pushed the characters to the limit because overall their biggest enemy is themselves and to be able to use their abilities to the fullest potential they had to overcome their pasts. What they did better that heroes failed with was avoiding messing with peoples powers, it was a constant thing Heroes did throughout the series that threw many off and was unnecessary. Because this series is only in it’s first season there isn’t a problem as to what they could have done better or what was wrong just yet, they overall have done great in avoiding the mistakes of others just like it.
What Separates Them
What truly separates this series from the rest is the use of abilities. They aren’t seen as super powers, but more of an extension of human capabilities. Nina has the ability to push thoughts into people, or in other words persuasion, now whats cool about this is that she has to have eye contact and unless she truly pushes the thought she has to keep doing it over and over. Rachael has extreme superhuman senses, she can see things on a molecular level, hear things miles away, taste everything in foods and more. The only flaw to this is that because these senses are so strong, she has to shut off the rest which leaves her vulnerable, this includes her going blind to be able to smell or hear, and with each sense used Rachael is also sensitive to anything beyond those limits. Gary can read any and all electromagnetic waves, he can read GPS, access satellites, watch TV, security cameras, radios, and any vocal frequency, his flaw is that he has aspergers which makes it hard for him to interact with others. Bill can actively access his fight or flight response which gives him a boost of all physical capabilities to superhuman levels, though at the risk of overuse destroying his body from the inside. Cameron has perfect hand-eye coordination, his ability only works when he is able to focus which is his problem due to his anger and past.