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Category Archives: Alphas TV Series
Tonight’s “Alphas” has the gang looking for an alpha that has been manipulating other alphas. That, of course, leads them to their wayward teammate Nina Theroux. That, in turn, leads to this scene where Hicks and Rachel go to a bar and locate Nina, who then eye-commands Rachel to … Well, see for yourself. Damn.
If there was ever a network designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Comic Con weekend in San Diego, it would have to be the Syfy Channel. Yes, even know, when the network’s sci-fi shows have to battle for space with reality TV junk and pointless “competition” shows. And so, this year the network held various panels, and during those panels, showed sizzle reels for their Comic Con friendly shows. Season 2 of “Alphas” premieres later next week: “Being Human” heads into its third season next year: And “Warehouse 13″ is gearing up for its fourth season, starting next week:
The best new sci-fi show of last year is back, kids. The Syfy Channel’s “Alphas” makes its Season 2 premiere next week with the episode “Wake up Call”, which I suppose is appropriate given the revelations at the end of last season. Until then, take a look at a sneak peek clip at the premiere episode and a swanky new poster. The new season picks up eight months after last year’s stunning season finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen, having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his stunning revelation. Some of the team have disbanded and without Dr. Rosen’s care and guidance, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons, reunite and try to save… Continue Reading »
The second season of “Alphas”, the Syfy Channel’s “X-Men”/”Heroes” show, doesn’t return until Monday, July 23rd (yes, just a few weeks away), but the network has announced a full slate of big-name guest stars that will appearing on the superhero show in its upcoming season. There are lots of familiar Syfy names, and some new, big names as well. And yes, also a new trailer. Guest stars and returning players will include: Sean Astin plays Roland, an Alpha who has a bizarrely absorptive brain, which allows him to assume the memories of anyone close to him and then replay them like a tape recorder. C. Thomas Howell portrays Eli Aquino, an intense Alpha with super-speed who is bent on revenge. Lauren Holly guests as Senator Charlotte Burton, a government official with mysterious ties to a member of the Alphas team. Summer Glau reprises her season one role as Skylar Adams, an Alpha who possesses a 200+ IQ and is an… Continue Reading »
Going to Comic Con this year? Like sci-fi? (Or, sci-fi-ish, as the Syfy Channel has become known nowadays?) Well here’s Syfy’s full line-up of panels and the like at the upcoming San Diego shindig. Basically, it’s three existing shows (“Alphas”, “Being Human” and “Warehouse 13″) and one new show (“Defiance”). What, no wrasslin’ or paranormal huntin’ reality TV shows? FRIDAY, JULY 13: DEFIANCE PANEL: 6:45 PM- 7:45 PM ROOM 6DE Syfy and Trion unite television and gaming in the biggest entertainment event of 2013: Defiance. Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Mia Kirshner (Kenya), Kevin Murphy (Executive Producer), Nick Beliaeff (SVP, Development, Trion Worlds), Rob Hill (Senior Producer, Trion Worlds) and Mark Stern (President, Syfy Original Content & Co-Head UCP) discuss how Defiance defies everything you know about conventional storytelling. Moderated by Geoff Boucher (Los Angeles Times). SATURDAY, JULY 14: WAREHOUSE 13 PANEL: 10:00 AM-10:45 AM BALLROOM 20… Continue Reading »
The gang’s all back! If you didn’t know the Syfy Channel has a new show called “Alphas” on the air and that it’s one of the better superhero shows to come around in a long while (moderate budget and less-than-slick visuals notwithstanding — hey, it is working with a cable budget, after all), you best recognize. (It would help if Syfy promoted it more, like with reruns and such, but whatever.) “Alphas” is coming back for it second season next month, but until then, check out your first look at the trailer for Season 2. As you’ll recall, at the end of last season the existence of Alphas, that is, people with superpowers, were exposed to the world by Doctor Lee Rosen (the show’s Professor X), played by David Strathairn. It’ll be interesting to see if the Government managed to cover that up, or if it actually got out into the public. Season 2 is set for July 23rd, 2012,… Continue Reading »
The Syfy Channel is gearing up for their Summer premieres, which means a new (second) season of their original show “Alphas” and a fourth season of “Warehouse 13″. “Alphas”, the cable net’s “X-Men”-esque show, had a great first season, ending with a major revelation. So what’s next? Says Syfy: Season 2 picks up eight months after last year’s finale with the stage set for an explosive turn of events at the Binghamton facility (the Guantanamo of the Alpha world) that could have devastating, far-reaching consequences. Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), having exposed the existence of Alphas to the unsuspecting public, finds himself discredited and imprisoned by a government desperate to cover up his revelation. The rest of the core team has disbanded and some, without Rosen’s guidance and care, have regressed to their old, destructive ways. They must now battle their individual demons in order to reunite and try to save their own. The show… Continue Reading »
Ding ding ding! We have a winner! It’s official: the Syfy channel’s “Alphas” is my new favorite show on TV after last night’s stellar Season 1 finale, which blew the lid on the show’s universe with a trip to the U.S. Senate. A fantastic, chaotic battle between Alphas and Government shooters in a warehouse caps off the episode, which also introduced two major new characters — Lee Rosen’s estranged daughter and a new Big Bad who should prove to have staying power. Literally. The guy is like an immortal, apparently. What I’ve always appreciated about Zak Penn’s “Alphas” is that it has zero interest in the status quo. Penn seems to be running the show like he has a limited amount of time to tell his story, so each episode moves the storyline along at a pretty satisfactory clip. There were a couple of filler episodes here and there in the show’s 11-episode first season, but for the most part… Continue Reading »
Looks like I’ve found a new show to add to my DVR list, and it’s the Syfy Channel’s original show “Alphas” from writer Zak Penn. I had my doubts about the show from all the commercials (the production looked somewhat cheap), and overall the promotion Syfy was doing for the show really left me underwhelmed. The show itself, though, is much better than I had expected. The 90-minute pilot does a very fine job of introducing us to the core characters, their issues, and their world. In “Alphas”, Rosen, one of those do-gooder doctors played by David Strathairn have gathered together a select group of individuals with unique abilities (the Alphas). They are Rachel (Azita Ghanizada), who can heighten her senses to superhuman levels; FBI agent Bill (Malik Yoba), who can harness super strength; Gary (Ryan Cartwright), who can “read” electronics (or something — I’m not really sure what he does); and Nina (Laura Mennell), who can “push” thoughts into… Continue Reading »
Gotta admit, this show has me intrigued, even though it looks a bit cheap in places. It premieres on Syfy July 11 at 10/9c. Alphas was created by comic book movie writer Zak Penn (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers) and Michael Karnow, directed by Jack Bender (Lost), and executively produced by Ira Steven Behr (The 4400, Deep Space Nine, Dark Angel). The series is a procedural thriller about ordinary people with extraordinary mental and physical abilities that operate within a special branch of the Department of Defense and are tasked to investigate cases committed by others with Alpha abilities. Emmy® winner and Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin/Good Night, and Good Luck) headlines a cast of both familiar and new faces including Warren Christie (October Road), Malik Yoba (New York Undercover), Laura Mennell (Watchmen), Ryan Cartwright (Bones) and Azita Ghanizada (Castle). Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica/24) guest stars in the pilot.
The only reason I can see the SyFy Channel’s new superhero show “Alphas” working out is because it’s on the SyFy Channel, so the need to get major ratings quickly isn’t there. This is good news, especially if you’re a fan of other superhero shows that have come and gone like “Heroes”, “The Cape”, or “No Ordinary Family”. What do all three shows have in common? They were on major networks, and had to bring in the ratings or else. “Alphas” won’t have that problem, though of course, it probably needs to do SOME business or it, too, might get yank pretty fast. In any case, here’s the first short TV spot for the show. It doesn’t look all that impressive, unfortunately, but maybe we just need to see more. When a witness is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse, Section 8 (under the auspices of the National Security Agency) is put on the case. Lead… Continue Reading »
Zak Penn’s “Alphas” has the makings of an “X-Men” movie on the small screen. That is, if it survives its backdoor pilot and goes to series. To accomplish that task, the SyFy Channel has assigned genre vet Jack Bender (“Lost”) to helm the show’s 90-minute pilot. “Alphas” has no set production or premiere date yet on the cable net, but the premise is pretty killer if you’re into comic book or sci-fi: it’s about a group of people with psychic abilities who team up to take the law into their own hands. I haven’t a clue why they would be taking the law into their own hands, but I suspect bad guys with powers might have something to do with it. Or evil Government folks. This is the SyFy Channel (aka the Sci Fi Channel) after all. Evil Government characters and their Evil Government ways in movies about Evil Government types have essentially built this channel from the ground up.
Zak Penn has been writing superhero movies for a while now, so it probably makes perfect sense that he would also pen a TV series about people with superpowers. Or, actually, superpower. The premise behind Penn’s Alphas (originally called Section 8 when it was being sold around town 2 years ago) needs a little explaining. THR describes the premise this way: …a team of ordinary citizens who possess hyperdeveloped neurological abilities… SyFy president Mark Stern, who recently added the show to the cable net’s lineup, adds about the premise: “What we loved about this idea is that it played into a new way of approaching the superhero genre: the idea of ordinary people who have one slightly extraordinary feature about them and are singularly not so special but together can do extraordinary things was very attractive.” So, it’s like Heroes, about people with powers, expect each person only has one specific power, or ability, and they have to use their… Continue Reading »