Saturday, August 6, 2011

Heros + Numb3rs - math lecture = Alphas

Better late than never, is my take on Alphas, the new SyFy show. In a nutshell: Heroes + Numb3rs - math lectures = Alphas. I especially liked Gary's ability to see, organize and understand all wavelengths. He can surf the web, radio channels, cell traffic, TV, etc. without the benefit of any device. He uses his hands to pull what he's interested to the fore or rearrange the information he's analyzing. Each gifted individual also has a curse. For Gary, he's a bit special needs with poor impulse control.

Unlike Heroes, these people with abilities work for and help the government rather than getting chased down and locked up. The somewhat motley crew includes a married man who can spike his adrenaline on demand for super strength, a single woman who has super senses, and another single woman with expensive tastes who can manipulate the will of others (glad she's on our side). In the first episode, the gain a fifth member who exhibits an extraordinary sense of balance and sense of space and timing.

The banter between team members was pretty good. I just hope it doesn't become just another detective show with superheros. I'd like to see the down-side of their abilities cause problems for them more and see how they struggle to adjust. I especially want to see how it is that they're all willing to play nice and catch bad guys.

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Teresa Robeson said...

Alphas sounds intriguing...might have to Netflix a few episodes to check it out. :)

By the way, the code for Phoenix Pickings' free e-book of August doesn't seem to work. It'll only take an 8-digit code, and this one has 9 digits.

Ann Wilkes said...

Teresa, thanks for reading. I fixed the link, or rather fixed my mangling of it. It was my bad. I added an extra 9 in there by mistake. It should work now.

Teresa Robeson said...

Thanks, Ann! :)