August 15, 2012

Alphas: "When Push Comes to Shove"


During its first 15 episodes, Alphas has consistently depicted the fine line that exists between using the super powers for good or evil. Even the villainous Stanton Parrish (John Pyper-Ferguson) isn’t a one-note character who wants to destroy everyone for no reason. He’s responding to the way Alphas have been treated by the authorities and realizes they’ll never be accepted for what they are. A much-different threat comes from Nina (Laura Mennell), a former member of Rosen’s team who’s using her talents in the worst possible manner. Her ability to “push” others is nearly impossible to stop and can turn even the most logical thinkers into servile automatons. It’s a helpful tool if used for good, but it’s also an addictive crutch that’s so easy to use.“When Push Comes to Shove” provides essential back story to reveal why Nina struggles to function. It's easily the best episode of the season and shows how high a genre show can rise under the right circumstances. For more details, check out my review of this remarkable episode for the fine folks at Sound on Sight.

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