Alphas

EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Original Sin" (Episode 11, Season Finale)

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In his novel The Boat of a Million Years, Poul Anderson explored the idea of select humans in history being born with natural immortality. Unlike the Highlanders of movies and television, Poul Anderson's immortals were people who simply did not get old and die; they were as prone to death by lethal accident or violence as the rest of us. Therefore, death for an immortal is a strict Poisson process, and if 2% of an immortal population dies each year due to accident or violence, then less than 2% of that population will live longer than 200 years.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "The Unusual Suspects" (Episode 10)

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On the day that I write this review, it has been 10 years and 9 days since September 11, 2001. In that period of time, we have seen airline passengers viewed by their government as common criminals and terrorists. Because a Muslim terrorist can, theoretically, look like anyone, all passengers are screened with X-rays or patted down like inmates. This type of paranoia was explored in this episode by featuring a shape-shifter Alpha who impersonated Dr. Rosen for most of the episode and even impersonated Gary for a short time.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Blind Spot" (Episode 9)

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Before I start the actual review of this episode, I would like to note that this episode featured Brent Spiner as a guest star. Brent Spiner (Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation) was, by far, the best actor on TNG, and I would like to see him more often in movies and television.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "A Short Time In Paradise" (Episode 8)

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Before I start in the actual review of this episode, I would like to state the following facts about myself. I believe in one triune God. I trust Jesus Christ as my personal lord and savior. I believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Biblical monographs. I believe that the Westminster Standards are the best available summary of the Christian faith.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Catch and Release" (Episode 7)

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According to Wikipedia, "Anarchism has been variously defined by sources. Most often, the term describes the political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy, while others have defined it as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations." During this episode, two guest actors played roles where the second definition of anarchism was operative in either the characters' speech, as by the non-Alpha welder, or in the character's actions, the genius Alpha played by Summer Glau (River Tam on Firefly).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure" (Episode 6)

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This episode involves an kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy business man who was played by Peter Wingfield (Methos on Highlander: The Series, Tanith on Stargate SG-1). This episode is not so much science fiction or fantasy as it is a conventional police procedural. Bill and Gary catch the perpetrators of a kidnapping using a combination of their Alpha talents (Bill - amazing strength, Gary - ability to read cell phone and wireless internet signals) and conventional police detective work. Alaina Huffman (Black Canary on Smallville, 1st Lt.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Rosetta" (Episode 4)

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This episode involves a terrorist network that intends to explode a gasoline tanker truck at a pharmaceutical company that produces a drug that it believes will either stop or reduce the number of children born with Alpha talents. Like most terrorist organizations, the group, called Red Flag, naively believes that it has the power to stop companies and corporations from undertaking an undesirable action. The underlying motivation for Red Flag is that they believe that being an Alpha is not a curse but a blessing. A similar motivation is also present among members of Deaf culture.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Anger Management" (Episode 3)

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This episode involves an Alpha with the ability to spread pheromones at will. Unlike normal pheromones that are said to encourage romantic thoughts and behaviors in humans, these pheromones can cause human beings to become extremely violent, even murderous. In order to capture the Alpha, all of the team members on the capture effort, except for the Alpha with super strength, had to take injections of serotonin to prevent a reaction to the pheromones produced by the antagonist.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Cause and Effect" (Episode 2)

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This episode involves an escaped mental patient who is both an Alpha and is a paranoid. He is paranoid because he does not quite understand that other people do not also have his ability to set into motion complex chains of cause and effect that have the desired effect.

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