August 22, 2012

Alphas: "Gaslight"

It’s clear that a show is working if even the lesser episodes are compelling. After last week’s stunning look at Nina’s tormented past, there was almost certainly going to be drop-off for Alphas this time. Thankfully, it’s just a small misstep and retains the emotional strength that drove that story. The main plot of "Gaslight" concerns an Alpha with the ability to induce dangerous hallucinations that seem very real. Rachel dives into the water to save a drowning Nina who isn’t there. Bill has a fist fight with a doppelganger, Cameron has a disturbing vision of his son, and Gary sees his friend Anna. The danger seems believable, and these scenes are effective. However, this type of episode feels very familiar. This plot has been recycled so much because it’s an effective way to depict the characters’ emotional turmoil. Each person is dealing with subconscious fears and regrets that manifest in physical forms in this destructive environment. Dealing with this type of enemy is no joke. For more details, check out my full review of this episode for Sound on Sight.

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