ALPHAS: 2.01 Wake Up Call — REVIEW

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As one of the most exciting shows on Syfy got underway Monday night, I wondered if the show’s creators decided to take Alphas in a different direction. It didn’t last long, but for a handful of minutes I thought I was being invited to watch a dramatic retelling of Season 1. You’ll be glad to hear it’s game-on in Season 2!

Season 2 starts right where the first season ended, which means there are no real gaffs in continuity. For those of you who didn’t watch Season 1 in its entirety prior to the new season, here’s a refresher.

In the final episode of season one, we learn about a lot of things surrounding the Alphas, family members, betrayals, and the two competing Alpha groups.

Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), leader of a government-funded do-good group of Alphas and government commandos, and his team are following a very dangerous Alpha by the name of Isaac (Evan Sabba). Isaac can kill people by clenching his fists and zapping their life forces. Rosen tells them not to engage Isaac. Famous last words, right? Isaac kills a man in an alley and is reaching for a woman just as Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie) kicks him away from her.

It’s clear Rosen knows the woman, as well he should. He refers to her as Danielle (Kathleen Munroe) and later fesses up that she’s his daughter. She’s an Alpha as well, with an ability to make people feel the way they want to feel just by touching them. She also has a secret.

The other group of Alphas, known as Red Flag, is a terrorist organization headed by Stanton Parish (John Pyper-Ferguson). Primarily, it is the crimes committed by members of this group that Rosen and his team investigate.

During their investigations, Rosen’s group discovers the location of a top secret Red Flag meeting, arranged by Parish, and he and his group descend on their location with the intent of apprehending the members of the group.

Just before the raid, Rosen puts the pieces together and discerns the meeting is a setup as he recounts how his group conveniently—too conveniently—discovered all the bits and pieces surrounding the time, date, and location of the Red Flag meeting.

Still, his government handler doesn’t believe him and sends the commandos, including some of Rosen’s Alphas, to storm their meeting location. Sure enough, it’s a setup and before too long one of Rosen’s commando team members catches a knife to the eye and all hell breaks loose. Much murder and mayhem takes place with each group eventually scattering and regrouping elsewhere.

Later that same night, Rosen is visited by Parish. This is the first time they’ve ever met. Parish, who is the ultimate Alpha as he never ages or even gets sick (and has  been around at least since the Civil War) wants Rosen’s help in exchange for the keys to the biology of Alphas and why they’re different from the rest of society. Rosen flatly turns him down, instantly forming a new plan for the Alphas in that moment.

After the Red Flag raid, Rosen has been invited to address a congressional subcommittee on the subject of Alphas, and in particular those currently being secretly held at Binghamton prison. Binghamton is a maximum security prison, and the Alphas being housed there have had brain-controlling microchips implanted into them.

Rosen is secretly broadcasting his speech to the committee, which instantly goes viral around the world as Rosen spills the beans about the existence of Alphas throughout the world. Fade to black on season one.

Season two picks up—in fact opens—with Rosen incarcerated at a mental health facility for the past eight months. He’s shackled and talking to a therapist about why he’s there. She just thinks he’s another schizophrenia patient.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch as it were, Hicks and Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), an ex-FBI agent and member of Rosen’s team, are busy trying to catch more criminal Alphas. They’re inside a grocery store just waiting for a Red Flag robbery to take place. It does, and after many cleanups on aisles four, five, and six, they are able to capture one of the three Red Flag Alphas committing the crime.

They take her to Binghamton for chip-implant procedures, and discover one of their own among the incarcerated. Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright) is a 20-something autistic man who can view and tap directly into wireless communication signals right out of thin air. He’s an important team member and Harken and his team need to get him back.

As good fortune would have it, the female Alpha from the robbery can control the electrical grid, and just before the implant causes all the power to fail at Binghamton. No power means the chip implants stop working and all the Alphas snap out of their chip-induced dazes, Gary included.

The feds spring Dr. Rosen from the psychiatric ward to go negotiate with the Alphas being held at Binghamton.

He enters the prison to negotiate some type of peaceful resolution, but instead winds up being taken hostage. The Binghamton Alphas stage an escape, all the while broadcasting—with the help of their extraordinary powers—something much different over the closed-circuit television system inside the prison.

Rosen and his team discovers the ruse, but by then the group has escaped, and are driving away from Binghamton in a convoy of black SUVs.  Hicks, armed with his sniper rifle, is able to take out the vehicle absconding with Rosen Bill and Gary, and the team is back together.

Rosen is given a full pardon and a massive consulting fee for the hassle of putting the team back together and to fix the Binghamton mistake.

In the final scene we see Parish meeting with Rosen’s daughter Danielle on a bridge overlooking a wide expanse of train tracks. It’s clear they had a hand in getting Rosen out of prison and his team back together. Just then, he and his team on the bridge, who come into view as the camera pans left, blow up the train that just passed beneath them.

7.5/10 Seriable Stars

Stephanie Cable is from Salt Lake City. She is a huge pop culture geek, runner, and gamer.

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Comments

  1. Corky says

    The black SUV leaving Binghamton didn’t have Rosen in it, rather it contained Bill and Gary. Rosen was left behind because he wasn’t “one of us”, meaning an Alpha. Rosen helped Hicks make the shot because his abilities were on the fritz again.

    I agree with Sam, this was definitely a recap, not a review.

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