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Azita Ghanizada Alphas’ Rachel Pirzad “synesthete”, which allows her to enhance one sense while rendering her remaining senses temporarily useless.

“Alphas”

The easiest way to describe “Alphas” is “XMen Light”.  Don’t misinterpret my X-Men reference as saying it is even close to being as good as X-Men. The word “mutant” is conspicuously absent and when I wandered into “Rosetta Stone” I found the story confusing.

The only reason I watch “Alphas” was because it was on after “Warehouse 13” and Ryan Cartwright (Vincent Nigel-Murray, Bones) pulled me into the episode. He plays Gary Bell  an “autistic,very socially awkward alpha who is able to read any and all waves in the electromagnetic field. This includes television broadcasts, radio signals, and phone texts.” It took reading the info on the website and watching  the episode a second time to understand it.

When I say I didn’t understand and had to watch it again I don’t mean in that wonderful  “that was soo complex I have to watch it again” kinda way. “Alphas” is sci-fi fluff. It’s interesting but isn’t going to tax your brain. You can watch “Alphas” while you play on FB without losing track of the storyline.

The last episode “Never Let Me Go” was an OK episode, fairly good story line and kept my attention up to a point. Azita Ghanizada, alpha Rachel Pirzad, did an excellent job falling into the clutches of an alpha mom with a broken heart.

Spoilers….I am channeling River Song.

In “Never Let Me Go” the alphas go to a town to find out why people are dying from an mysterious illness. It is an good plot not taxing on the brain but entertaining, right up to the point where Gary Bell shows up. I appreciate that they want to realistically portray autism but his role was distracting. It is like when there is a sex scene for no apparent reason. Gary’s over the top actions just made you wonder, “Why?”. Gary in the high school was when FB came into the picture. The character was obviously autistic in “Rosetta Stone” but not as distracting/annoying like he was in this episode.

Watch it.  It is pleasant. It has potential.

This is the explanation of the show from the SyFy “Alphaswebsite.

Alphas is an action-packed thriller from writers Zak Penn (The Avengers, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Karnow. In the series, five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas — people with the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind giving them superhuman physical and mental abilities.

Operating within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense and led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), an expert in Alpha phenomena, the team investigates 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 disparate backgrounds from interfering with their ultimate mission to catch the enemy.

In addition to Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Temple Grandin, Good Night, and Good Luck), the ensemble cast stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Laura Mennell (Watchmen), Ryan Cartwright (Mad Men, Bones) and Azita Ghanizada (Castle).

Watch full/free episodes of “Alphas” here.