August 1, 2012

Alphas: "The Quick and the Dead"

It’s refreshing to see Alphas roll back into a character-driven show this week. Stanton Parish and his band of super villains are still driving the serial arc, but the team dynamics take center stage. Even the “Alpha of the week” receives limited attention compared to the group relationships. This week’s threat is Eli (C. Thomas Howell), an Alpha who can move with lightning speed. He’s like the Flash, but with more personal issues. The major subplot is Nina’s progression from a valued team member towards a possible foe. Her ability to “push” anyone towards her will could be a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands. Is all the angst an act to convince them she’s a legitimate ally? While reverting from that progression might offer good short-term drama, it could ultimately be disappointing for the show on the whole. For more details, check out my review of "The Quick and the Dead" for Sound on Sight.

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