14 July 2011

Alphas: Pilot (2011) - Quickie Review

Recommended For: TV junkies desperate for a fix of superheroes on television, in any form.

Heroes: The Alphas are a government sponsored team of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities composed of:
Dr. Rosen - Powerless Leader
Bill - Enhanced Fight or Flight Response Giving Power Surges
Hicks - Expert Marksman (Think Bullseye)
Nina- Power of Persuasion
Gary- Reads and Interprets Electromagnetic Waves (also has Asperger Syndrome)
Rachel- Enhanced Senses of Sight, Smell, Hearing, Touch, Taste (and possibly Humor)

Villains: A guy with a grey suit that could hypnotize people.

Diabolical Scheme: Grey suit dude (sorry I forgot his name) basically worked for an anti-Alpha team (sorry I forgot their name, Team Omega?) who were trying to take out the Alphas.

Coolest Moment(s): Hicks made a couple of pretty remarkable shots involving firearms.

Worst Moment: Nothing too egregious.

Review in 50 Words or Less: Attempting to strip mine well-trod territory, Alphas is more grounded than Heroes, less campy than The Cape, less "ABC Family" than No Ordinary Family, and plays more like a tricked out CSI than X-Men on a budget. Good enough to sell the next episode but not season pass worthy yet.

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