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Title: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 24, 2011, 08:24:53 am

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Promos

Extended Promo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqzRx9WhgxY

Episodes

Episode 1: Pilot (http://www.hulu.com/watch/257259#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc)

Episode 2: Cause And Effect (http://www.hulu.com/watch/259721/alphas-cause-and-effect#s-p1-so-i0)

Episode 3: Anger Management (http://www.hulu.com/watch/262380/alphas-anger-management?c=Science-Fiction#s-p1-so-i0)

Episode 4: Rosetta (http://www.hulu.com/watch/264668/alphas-rosetta#s-p1-so-i0)

Episode 5: Never Let Me Go (http://www.hulu.com/watch/268236/alphas-never-let-me-go#s-p1-so-i0)

Episode 6: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure (http://www.hulu.com/watch/268386/alphas-bill-and-garys-excellent-adventure)

Episode 7: Catch And Release (http://www.hulu.com/watch/270457/alphas-catch-and-release#s-p1-so-i0)

Episode 8: A Short Time In Paradise (http://www.hulu.com/watch/272945/alphas-a-short-time-in-paradise#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc)

Episode 9: Blind Spot (http://www.hulu.com/watch/277777/alphas-blind-spot#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc)

Episode 10: The Unusual Suspects (http://www.hulu.com/watch/281559/alphas-the-unusual-suspects#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc)

Episode 11: Original Sin (http://www.hulu.com/watch/283188/alphas-original-sin#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc)


Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 24, 2011, 08:28:17 am
Added Episode 2: Cause And Effect

I'm so late this series that I've already missed my chance at catching Episode 1 on Hulu. I didn't hear any kind of promotion about this show. It wasn't until I did research on Lindsay Wagner that I discover that she plays the same character here as she does on Warehouse 13. Watching the Promo, I'm very intrigued. I will watch Episode 2 and see what it has to offer. But first, I'm gonna hunt down Episode 1 on YouTube. Hopefully someone has it up.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 24, 2011, 10:39:25 am
Cause And Effect

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Well, I couldn't find Episode 1 anywhere on YouTube so I went ahead and jumped into Episode 2 instead. What I saw, I liked. It does have that X-File-ish quality to the show from what I can tell based on this lone episode. I liked it enough that I'm gonna run through the next few episodes and see what else it has to offer. It's nothing original here for sure, but with David Strathairn leading the way, I'm hopeful they can find their voice.

As for this episode, it centers around another "bad" Alpha who's ability is that of the Butterfly Effect, where he can use any object around him and make it kill his victim in a series of events leading to their demise. The ending had a clever twist.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 26, 2011, 08:29:49 pm
Added Episode 3: Anger Management
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 26, 2011, 09:38:27 pm
Anger Management

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Well, after having watched Anger Management which focus' on an Alpha who can cause rage riots, much like that of Army Ants attacking an intruder, simply by releasing pheremones into a crowd, I'm definitely on board here for the rest of this season. This episode was really good. The fight that goes down at the Alpha Headquarters was brutal. The editing and film tint really added to the chaos to give it that heighten sense of blood curdling anger.

I like the cast a lot and their abilities that each brings to the group is pretty cool, if not original. I really wish I could find Episode 1 on YouTube.

Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 29, 2011, 01:22:58 pm
Added Episode 4: Rosetta
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 29, 2011, 03:53:34 pm
Rosetta

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The Alpha in question here is Anna (Liane Balaban), who's ability is that she can translate any and all languages, and ones that don't even exist. Thus the name of the episode: Rosetta. As in Rosetta Stone. Get it? This looks to be ground zero for a much larger story arc involving the Red Flag organization, a sort of Alpha movement looking to take over and control whatever within the US. What their end game is, I don't know. Have to see what future episodes have in store.

I've only seen a handful of episodes so far, but I'd have to say that my favorite character is played by Ryan Cartwright as Gary Bell. I know him prior from his time on Bones and I was disappointed they killed his character off as he messed well with the cast of Bones. This is the first I have seen him in anything since last episode on that series.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 29, 2011, 05:04:13 pm
Added Episode 5: Never Let Me Go
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 29, 2011, 06:47:57 pm
Never Let Me Go

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Interesting Alpha power where she can touch her victims with "love" and then break contact from them by rejecting any more of that "love", which sends their bodies into withdrawals and eventually kills them. Also, this is the first epispde with Lindsay Wagner as Dr. Vanessa Calder, the sole reason why I even found out about this series in the first place.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 03, 2011, 06:18:25 pm
Added Episode 6: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 03, 2011, 07:46:55 pm
Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

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No Alpha case here, but a straight up Kidnapping and Ransom situation, involving a dirty cop. This is a standard, by-the-book episode that we have all seen time and again. But this has the one thing that others don't: Gary. The more I see Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright) the more I like his character. He is by far the most interesting and get's all the funny one liner's. Definitely the breakout star of the series.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 06, 2011, 08:31:37 am
Added Episode 7: Catch And Release
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 06, 2011, 10:08:18 am
Catch And Release

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Pretty cool to see Summer Glau pop up on this show. Always cool to see her pop anywhere for that matter. As for Catch And Release, her character of Skylar was interesting. But I felt that she wasn't utilized a bit more. The bright spot is that they definitely left it open for her character to return by giving Gary a Cell phone with direct access to her should the Alpha team need to reach her.

As before, Gary steals every scene he is in.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 06, 2011, 11:48:21 am
Added Episode 8: A Short Time In Paradise
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 06, 2011, 02:09:14 pm
A Short Time In Paradise

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I should have seen the ending coming right after hearing that Dr. Rosen had never fired, let alone held a gun in his hand. Sure enough, at the end he is force to shoot and kill by unloading into the guys face. I'm a little confused about this particular episode. How is it that Bill and Cameron's Alpha abilities are neutralized by what Jonas can do, yet Nina is still able to "push" people at will?
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 12, 2011, 12:28:08 pm
Added Episode 9: Blind Spot
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 12, 2011, 02:56:25 pm
Blind Spot

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Fantastic episode where we get not one, but two Alphas that are compliments of each other. On one hand we have a blind Alpha, Kern (Brent Spiner) that uses Sonar to "see" and on the other hand we have an Alpha that uses human blind spots as her source of invisibility, Griffin (Rebecca Mader) who is an Alpha Bounty HunterKern's , who is working for Red Flag, has created a drug supplement for Pregnant women. But they don't know that he has spiked the drug with Alpha DNA in the hopes of spawning a new generation of Alphas. Griffin is sent out to capture both him and the drug for an unnamed benefactor. It was cool to see Rebecca Mader again. Since LOST ended, she has gotten to play some pretty cool baddies on No Ordinary Family and now Alphas.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 18, 2011, 11:46:08 am
Added Episode 10: The Unusual Suspects
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 18, 2011, 06:10:41 pm
The Unusual Suspects

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Supposedly there is a mole within the Alpha group, one that is killing off those close to the project. The team itself is detained by Government Agents. So who is the mole? The finger lands on Dr. Rosen, who turns out to be an Alpha shape-shifter take tne form of the real Rosen who had been kidnapped and held prisoner. Looks like the team at the end is getting a new member, Eric who can detect who is lying. Is that really a "super power?" Anyway, at the end, Bill collapsed from an apparent heart attack, due to being amped up all the time, which gives him his power of super strength.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 26, 2011, 05:45:00 am
Added Episode 11: Original Sin
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 26, 2011, 06:46:59 am
Original Sin

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For a Season Finale, I was expecting a lot more. But the acting and the writing were painfully bad. It's one thing to get a poorly written episode, but it's another thing when seasoned actors can't deliver their lines. As for Original Sin, in spite of this hiccup, there were some moments to move the story forward. So, Dr. Rosen has a daughter who in turns is an Alpha, which is the catalyst for why he started this team in the first place, to find other Alphas. Also, he comes face to face with Stanton Parish, the leader of Red Flag. In the end, Dr. Rosen pulls the lid off regarding the secret society of Alphas by announcing to the world, via broadcast that Alphas exist among humans. The twist at the end is that Rosen's daughter, Danielle (Kathleen Munroe) is working with Parish.
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 06, 2012, 10:41:55 am
Added Episode 1: Pilot
Title: Re: Alphas (Season 1)
Post by: Chiprocks1 on July 06, 2012, 12:29:31 pm
Pilot
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It's really weird to finally see the first episode of the series after I've already watched the entire season. Knowing exactly what their abilities are and their personal relationships to each other now, there are no surprises for me watching the Pilot. That's the good thing about this episode. The bad thing is that it was weak. The pacing was very slow and there wasn't much to what I was watching. Had I started with the Pilot, I know very well that I would have not gone any further with the series.