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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: Eureka: "One Giant Leap" (Season 4, Episode 20) Season Finale

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I tried to guess how the season is going to end, knowing the Eureka writers’ penchant for cliffhangers, and boy, my guesses are nowhere near the mark and what a hanger this cliff turned out to be.

Or maybe not so much, since within minutes of the episode’s ending, we get a sneak preview of next season that kind of kills off some of the suspense of who will be back or not. (I hate you, SyFy!)

To summarize the season-ender:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "One Small Step" (Season 4, Episode 19)

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A freak accident with the FTL drive causes Deputy Andy to be stranded on Titan, and the Eureka folks race to get him back before the extreme environmental conditions do permanent damage on him. Meanwhile, Taggart is back, and when Taggart is around, some crazy scheme that may involve pretty much anything is bound to go out of control. In this case, it’s genetically-manipulated bats that literally crap acid. Of course, the bats cause this week’s mayhem in GD.

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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: Eureka: "This One Time In Space Camp" (Season 4, Episode 18)

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It is six weeks before Astraeus takes off for Titan and the trip’s aspiring crew members need to pass one more hurdle before the final list is done. Senator Wen heads a panel that interviews each aspirant separately, asking a variation of the question “What makes you want to go to Titan so bad that you are willing to let us use a brain interface that lets us watch your deepest memories?”

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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: Eureka: "Of Mites and Men" (Season 4, Episode 16)

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"Of Mites and Men" starts with the Astraeus countdown clock at 91 days and change.

The set up: It’s about two weeks after the affair with Beverly Barlowe brainjacking Allison, and Allison is raring to get back to work. Carter is not convinced that she is ready, and neither is Senator Wen who refuses to reinstate her in any position of responsibility. She is not even welcomed back to her medical office, with a new doctor literally taking her chair.

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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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