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"Alphas" on SyFy

Anyone here watching this? It's pretty much an X-Men Lite show. Not bad but not particularly good either.%0D %0D Poor David Strathairn, reduced to this. Guess a paycheck is a paycheck.

by Anonymousreply 6308/11/2013

The first few episodes were horrible. In the last couple of episodes they've finally hit their stride. I just wonder how many people have bothered to stick around that long.

by Anonymousreply 108/18/2011

I like Rachel, Gary, and Cameron best. Hate the rest.

I especially hate the character played by Strathairn who is so fake at pretending to care what the alphas have to endure in that special prison.

by Anonymousreply 208/18/2011

I like the autistic guy. I want to see himm naked.

by Anonymousreply 308/18/2011

Ryan Cartwright is adorable. I miss his British accent though.

by Anonymousreply 408/18/2011

I bet the autistic guy gives one mean handjob.

by Anonymousreply 508/19/2011

I downloaded the pilot (free from iTunes) and was thought it was dull. The only cute guy was Warren Christie (Cameron).

I doubt I will watch it again

by Anonymousreply 608/19/2011

My BF, being the adorable geek that he is, loves this show.%0D %0D I think it's ridiculous however, especially the annoying 30-something actor attempting to play a "genius" autistic teenager who walks about speaking in a yell and fluttering his fingers in the air (you know, because he saw it on RainMan and it looks "brilliant") as he "sees" electronic transmissions in the air which lead him to the bad guys. %0D %0D He needs to be kidnapped and head-hacked by the Taliban.

by Anonymousreply 708/19/2011

I can't watch the show because the autistic guy seriously bugs. %0D %0D I keep hoping one of the others will kill him "accidentally" or something.

by Anonymousreply 808/19/2011

I like Strathairn's character and don't think his concern is fake at all. But he's trying to play many shades of gray in a show that can't really support it well.%0D %0D The show is just meh.

by Anonymousreply 908/19/2011

meh.. Warehouse 13 is much better imo. WH13 even has some gay content!

by Anonymousreply 1008/19/2011

I would pay-per-view if they would show the autistic kid blowing up after having a stick of dynamite shoved in his mouth.

by Anonymousreply 1108/19/2011

I initially found the austistic guy annoying beyond belief in the first few episodes, but with the one where he's with the austistic girl showed more to his character and he was almost charming at points.%0D %0D The character that gets on my nerves the most is the one played by Malik Yoba. He's all testosterone and not much else.%0D %0D As for Strathairn, he's slumming and trying to be slightly eccentric in a show that's mostly broad strokes and silly plots. I will say that for a 62 year old man, he looked pretty good in a speedo at the beginning of the pilot episode - he clearly keeps in shape.

by Anonymousreply 1208/19/2011

FAIL R12.%0D %0D The episode with the austistic girl was the most absurd thus far.%0D %0D She 'communicated' by rubbing a hair brush and a bean counter and could summon electrical waves to disable the austistic 'hero' kid?%0D %0D It's so completely stupid that it's almost fun, seeing the "kid" (yes, at least 27 years old if not in his early 30s) walking around speaking in choppy sentences and twisting his head while fluttering his fingers out in front of him.%0D %0D What acting school taught him THAT?!?

by Anonymousreply 1308/19/2011

Why is this crappy show getting so much attention on here? There's no love for WH13, even though WH13 actually has an openly gay character, unlike Alphas..

by Anonymousreply 1408/19/2011

Well I suppose if you want to promote the show, R14, you could at least spell out its name.

by Anonymousreply 1508/19/2011

Anyone who wants to watch this type of show and see it well done, watch the far, far superior Misfits on Hulu. It's a British show and one of the best dramedies ever made. Robert Sheehan is fantastic. Hulu has the entire first season and should finish putting up season two soon.

by Anonymousreply 1608/19/2011

I have posted about Warehouse 13 already. It's the highest rated show on SyFy. Here's Steve's coming out to Claudia in episode 2 of Warehouse 13, it was a very low-key coming out scene too. Really awesome.

by Anonymousreply 1708/19/2011

R13, I wasn't talking about the quality of the overall episode - I referred to the additional qualities depicted in Gary's character. That fact that you disagree is simply your opinion.%0D %0D The plots are generally silly as I note in my post - clearly you have some reading comprehension problems.%0D %0D So you're the one that FAILS.

by Anonymousreply 1808/19/2011

R12%0D %0D I agree. Straitharn looks good for 62. I would do him. However, I think he must need the paycheck as well. I still think that piece of fecal matter "The Univited" brought him to a depth that not even the Chilean Miners could identify with.

by Anonymousreply 1908/19/2011

I actually like Malik Yoba's character.

by Anonymousreply 2008/19/2011

"Straitharn looks good for 62. I would do him. However, I think he must need the paycheck as well. I still think that piece of fecal matter "The Univited" brought him to a depth that not even the Chilean Miners could identify with."%0D %0D You would think he would have gotten better roles after GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, but it didn't happen. I guess once Hollywood pegs you as a supporting character actor for hire, it's impossible to shake off. Plus he was well in his 50s at the time, so that didn't help.%0D %0D I also think he's never worked hard to do typical Hollywood networking, and after a while you really don't have a lot to choose from. He doesn't seem to be on many people's radar screen.%0D %0D He did some big-budget films in the 90's like SNEAKERS with Robert Redford and RIVER WILD, and yet his career never really got any momentum. Very odd.

by Anonymousreply 2108/21/2011

How does this show do in the ratings vs. Warehouse 13 or Eureka?

by Anonymousreply 2208/22/2011

Jesus this show is fucking stupid. We've been watching it a few weeks and it's just idiotic.

And yeah, the asinine "rain man" kid needs to be bashed in the head with a mallet then set on fire.

by Anonymousreply 2308/30/2011

R23, Gary is hot and sweet. Bite your tongue.

by Anonymousreply 2408/30/2011

R24, are you a middle aged female by chance?

by Anonymousreply 2508/30/2011

No, I am a middle-aged man.

by Anonymousreply 2608/30/2011

Agreed with others here, the scene-chewing retard makes the show completely unwatchable.%0D %0D Not sure if it's the absurd character, the actor or both.%0D %0D I just can't see this show being renewed.%0D %0D Oh, and it's very close to even with Warehouse 13. WH13 has a .08 and Alphas a .07 in the ratings so, they both pretty much suck as far as that goes.

by Anonymousreply 2708/31/2011

Warehouse 13 just got rid of their newly introduced gay character (or, did they?) who if that's really his whole run didn't serve any purpose story plot wise at all.

by Anonymousreply 2808/31/2011

I've watched a couple episodes and think the guy with the amazing powers with a gun is hot. In one episode I saw, he was going to have sex with some woman on the team, but then they "came to their senses". Yes, he has a hot body and handsome face. %0D %0D But the show is dull. Just another cop show where the characters have some additional tools. Why are cop shows so popular on TV? Do Americans really want a police state? %0D %0D Has SyFy ever done a good TV show other than TEEN WOLF? Their original movies are just attrocious (giant alligators chasing people, poorly CGI'd dinasaurs chasing people, people chasing people, etc.). %0D %0D One show that got renewed on TNT was FALLING SKIES. I was really shocked. Except for a handsome lead and his gorgeous 16 year old son, the show is incredibly dull. Mostly it's dialogue in an abandoned highschool. Who watches that awful soap opera with aliens to give it a twist?

by Anonymousreply 2908/31/2011

Oops! TEEN WOLF is on MTV. How silly of me. However, SyFy did have a show I enjoyed for the eye candy and plotline: BEING HUMAN.

by Anonymousreply 3008/31/2011

r29, I agree with you on Falling Skies (Lamest Sci Fi Show ever), but I think Alphas has potential to be interesting. Yes, it's difficult to see so far, but I still have hope for it to become great. A potential I never saw in Falling Skies.

by Anonymousreply 3108/31/2011

Falling Skies is a major suck fest, IMO. We watched two episodes and even my geeky boyfriend who loves almost everything refuses to watch it again.%0D %0D Alphas is just as bad, but said boyfriend loves it.%0D %0D It's just a giant snoozefest and trying to rip off X-Men I think. And the powers of the stupid kid and the girl who apparently can hear heart beats are just lame, like Meg on Family Guy when the entire family got super powers and Meg's was that she could grow her fingernails on command. Yep, that bad.

by Anonymousreply 3208/31/2011

"Retard"? "Stupid kid"? So nice to see junior high school level epithets being tossed around to describe an autistic person.

by Anonymousreply 3308/31/2011

I eat shit! I like it!

by Anonymousreply 3408/31/2011

[quote]I think it's ridiculous however, especially the annoying 30-something actor attempting to play a "genius" autistic teenager

The actor just turned 30, and he's playing a 20-year-old.

He acts almost exactly like two young people I know who have Asperger's, though one of them tends to keep his arms close by his sides, a little like the Jerry Espenson character on "Boston Legal."

by Anonymousreply 3508/31/2011

Well this week's episode was a big improvement on the previous ones, so there may be hope yet. %0D %0D Some of it was silly, but the look and tone was very different: heavy on the claustrophobia and tension. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 3609/14/2011

R34 is stupider than the stupid kid.

by Anonymousreply 3709/14/2011

I am happy Straitharn has a steady paycheck, decades of featured roles would not make him a wealthy man, just a working actor. He and other film actors with a steady gig, like Laurence Fishburne, make television better.

by Anonymousreply 3809/14/2011

Agree with others that the man playing the young guy with Asbergers (or whatever he's supposed to be afflicted with)is over the top and his scenes boardering on the unwatchable.%0D %0D The rest of the show is just meh, but it holds my attention well enough. They could do with a little less of the touchy-feeling way they end each episode though.%0D %0D I suppose it seemed like a good shtick to have a young guy who was both ill and brilliant as a main character, but the asbergers guy just gets in the way and doesn't have the acting ability to really play the role. Plus, his role is just stupid. Waving his hands in the air supposedly able to obtain the exact amount of informaiton they're needing from all the radio and other electronic waves in the air swirling around him.

by Anonymousreply 3909/14/2011

I think the actor in the role of Gary is playing the role quite well, but the character seems to have been conceived to be as grating as possible. Must be the writers idea of what a functioning austistic person is like in real life.%0D %0D Clare Danes played Temple Grandin very well, but I suspect a weekly dose of that character on a show would get the same reaction from people here.%0D %0D Also agree that this week's episode was head and shoulders better than all the others so far.

by Anonymousreply 4009/14/2011

The autistic guy needs to be fucked. I really think he'd love it and embarrass the rest of the team by constantly talking about how good it felt. Just think! With his powers, he can watch free gay porn whenever he wants to! I'd do him.

by Anonymousreply 4109/14/2011

I'd fuck the autistic guy until the cows came home.

by Anonymousreply 4209/14/2011

This week's episode was pretty decent, but the writers would be smart not to pull these surprise twists out of the air near the end. Better to provide a few clues along the way.

by Anonymousreply 4309/24/2011

Who cares about the plot. I just wanna fuck the autistic guy. Maybe after Alphas is cancelled he can do gay porn?

by Anonymousreply 4409/24/2011

Not a bad twist for the last episode. Wonder if the show will get another season. It started to get better in the last 2-3 episodes.

Strathairn must like to show off his body - another scene with him getting out of the pool wearing a Speedo. At least he's in good shape for 62 - nice legs, actually.

by Anonymousreply 4510/02/2011

I thought the same thing R42. I want to be that well preserved at 62.

by Anonymousreply 4610/02/2011

I'm liking this show more and more. I think it's getting better. The writing is still a bit cheesy but the characters are starting to get a little more complex.

I like the Alpha-Daddy Rosen.

by Anonymousreply 4711/09/2011

Ryan Cartwright / Gary is British... or Irish, maybe (I think?). He was on Bones the year before this. Terribly cute.

They had an episode recently where a shapeshifter took on Gary's form and Cartwright got to show off his real voice and normal mannerism. It was too brief a scene, I'd like to see more of that kind of thing. This guy is a really good actor.

by Anonymousreply 4811/09/2011

r45, that was an odd scene with him by the pool. Not a bad body but not really that exciting. I wonder if it's the producers trying to show him off. Maybe they're trying to stir up some romantic interest in him, but that scene by the pool was completely Slash-fic fodder.

I seriously believe that t.v. writers intentionally stir up slash subtext for their younger teens and fraus.

by Anonymousreply 4911/09/2011

Is the

show back on tv?

by Anonymousreply 5011/09/2011

They had their finale for the year, but It has been renewed for another season. You can find some episodes on hulu.

by Anonymousreply 5111/09/2011

After watching a few episodes of this I think I see it's biggest problem. None of the characters are really like able to the point of investing in emotionally, and they are almost ALL blatant cultural stereotypes.

The head Doctor, Rosen, came off as a whiney, schlub who breathed every line through his nose. His "distracted professor" type with bad hair and wrinkled clothes was not inspiring. He needs more focus and drive to get us interested in what he's doing. And he needs more of a dark side. One thing they DID get right with him is the psychologist / therapist speak he has and ... the latent or not so latent manipulative side he uses (all psychologists do) to get people to work for him.

Of course the Indian Girl, Rachel, is The exotic Sensory one, right? She is a mousy pushover nice girl who wears mini-skirts while chasing down subjects.

The Mind Pusher, Nina, is just a "bossy girl" man-eater prototype. I'm not seeing much development there and it make absolutely no sense that she would be sent into tactical situations-- let alone wearing the sexy tanktop she does.

Then there's generic white guy who can pitch, a former addict who gets hooked up with the "pusher".

The generic black guy stereotype who can push things around a perfect "aggressive stereotype" .

Gary, the autistic, was the most annoying in the beginning. In the last episodes he was less annoying and more human. He has gotten to be the least predictable.

Finally, they spent the first three episodes explaining how most of these people have no police or FBI training, then the show these people carrying guns and going into hostage situations?

All that said, I actually like the show. It has potential. The Bingamton/Guantanamo prison storyline has some potential for some deep stuff. I hope they spend some time expanding these characters' past and flesh out their paper thin motivations.

by Anonymousreply 5211/11/2011

"The head Doctor, Rosen, came off as a whiney, schlub who breathed every line through his nose. His "distracted professor" type with bad hair and wrinkled clothes was not inspiring. He needs more focus and drive to get us interested in what he's doing. And he needs more of a dark side."

I don't compeltely agree as I find that character one of the few that are interesting and, at times, nuanced. That's largely due to Strathairn as an actor. I would also say that the later episodes do show him with more focus and drive, particularly the final episode.

by Anonymousreply 5311/12/2011

I've been watching the series over again and I agree, r53, that the later episodes bring out more degrees in Rosen.

I hav to say after the 2nd viewing I get more of what they're trying to do. I think I needed to see it from the beginning. They're trying to show these are real people with everyday human problems and real human flaws, (family drama, insecurities, etc.) while their special abilities are being used by the Feds against other Alphas. All the while the Feds aren't really respecting them and literally won't acknowledge their existence.

I do like what they're trying to do with the who moral debate on Extremist Alphas and the Prison. The metaphor for terrorism vs. torture and how humanity plays into this could be exploited much more. Rosen's dilemma about sending former patients to what he thought was a hospital was really interesting.

They could flesh out a bit more the problems these Alphas had BEFORE they came to Dr. Rosen. They make reference to their 'issues' but never explained them. For instance... I get that the Pusher, Nina, got her abusive boyfriend to kill himself. This is quite dark but they don't explore it much. They could deal more with her experience and how it came to be that someone who can "Push" people actually got into an abusive relationship in the first place. I get that the Hyper-sensory girl, Rachel, might have OCD -which would make total sense if you can literally see every speck of dirt and smell things from three blocks away. It's amazing this girl isn't a complete OCD freak. They also touched on her "assertiveness" issues and showed how Bill-the strong man who eats her food right off her desk- would be kinda rude and almost bullying of her, but they just dropped that and she never really stood up to Bill.

They mentioned that Bill has "boundary" issues, but in the real world this translates to sexual harassment and bullying- so why not just say it? The only one they showed this issue with is Rachel, so it boils down to his respect for women. In the first couple of episodes he apparently just treads all over Rachel's space, eats her food, and drinks from her coffee cup and yet- they just let it go. Like the producers were afraid to show he has real flaws as well. They could make some interesting story lines if they showed him as the occasional thoughtless & insecure bully who learns about how it affects people and starts to get better about these things.

We'll have to see where it goes. Again, I think I get what they're trying to do but I hope they allow the characters to flesh out a bit more.

by Anonymousreply 5411/18/2011

Of course, they killed Steve off. I was furious.

by Anonymousreply 5511/18/2011

r55, who's "Steve"?

by Anonymousreply 5611/19/2011

Oh sorry...the gay character on Warehouse 13. Fantastic character, and they killed him off after just a few episodes. it was really offensive.

by Anonymousreply 5711/19/2011

Didn't Claudia get some artifact dohickey that could bring him back? She basically told the Regent to shove it and said "This is for Steve."

by Anonymousreply 5811/19/2011

Are they going to renew this show or not?

by Anonymousreply 5912/31/2012

It's been cancelled by SyFy.

Good. I couldn't take the stupid guy pretending to be the "genius" autistic teenager who has special powers of 'seeing' all electronic communications. I had to stop watching at the third episode of Season 2. It was just so absurd.

by Anonymousreply 6001/17/2013

I liked it. I can't say I'm surprised. The could have done more with it but fell back on clichés too often.

by Anonymousreply 6101/17/2013

Season 2 is now available on Netflix. Strathairn butches it up a little bit, grows his hair out and gets badass- or rather tries to before he goes a little nuts.

I do wish someone would have bought this show out from Scyfy.

by Anonymousreply 6208/11/2013

I'm pretty sure Gary wasn't a teenager, r60. I love the show and still hope it shows up somewhere. Being on the spectrum, I loved Gary's character, btw.

by Anonymousreply 6308/11/2013
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