Tonight’s Alphas provides mythology fans with their first real look inside the super-secret detention/research facility for ‘renegade’ Alphas — an overarching element we’ve been hoping to revisit.
The episode, titled “The Unusual Suspects,” sees the DoD imprison Rosen and his team after they suspect one of them is a Red Flag agent. It seems slightly contrived to me, but at this stage I’m just glad the overarching story is being serviced.
Ahead of the episode, co-creator Zak Penn has been talking about the inspiration behind Binghamton:
“Both (Executive Producer) Ira (Steven Behr) and I grew up in New York, and we didn’t want the location of this facility to be somewhere that seemed obvious or nefarious, We wanted to avoid the traditional tropes of the underground lair or being housed on a prison barge in New York Harbor.
I don’t know if it’s clear in the mythology of the show, but there’s a whole research and scientific aspect to the facility up there, so Binghamton was partly chosen because it’s connected to the university. I can’t tell you it was years of research for why it was Binghamton and not SUNY Purchase or somewhere else.”
The mythology will extend during the episode as the team learns about the facility’s mysterious “Building 7”.
With the business end of the season now upon us, it’s encouraging to see Alphas embrace more of its ongoing story elements — the type of stuff that both moves the story forward and deepens it. It’s acceptable to build towards mythology, but I feel they’ve been too ponderous about it up to now.
As we previously reported, the show already has a second season in the bank. But will they use it to explore those seriable elements? Penn offers the following hint:
“We have a whole idea for next season that will involve revealing a lot of what goes on there and who’s there and how things work and what some of the more unusual properties are. You’ll see there’s a lot more planned. It’s not like it’s going to drop off of the map. It’s a pretty important part of the mythology, and it will — if anything — grow next season until we destroy all of Binghamton!”
Source: Star Gazette
If you’re unsure whether or not this episode is worth your investment, have a look at the promo below: