Mar 252011
 

Heroes Ripoff?

This is the first trailer from Syfy’s upcoming summer show Alphas. Syfy has picked up Alphas for a 13 episodes (90 minute pilot + 11 episodes) for a release in July this summer.

It is easy to think of this is yet another superhero show but it has some redeeming features, with the connection to CIA, FBI and Pentagon, the quirky members and the different kind of superpowers the heroes have. On the other hand it is just another plain-cloth superhero drama and the trailer reminds me of Heroes. The first season of Heroes was great even if I usually don’t go for superheroes shows. I am reluctantly positive to what they are doing here and it looks a bit more action oriented which I like. I will watch it, will you?

Alphas started life as Section 8 which went to ABC after a bidding war in 2007 but there it cooled off during the writer’s strike and now Syfy has dusted it off and renamed it.  Will the writer behind  X-Men: The Last Stand make this a great show? The pilot was directed by Jack Bender (Lost).

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Using physical feats and uniquely advanced mental abilities, this unlikely team takes the law into their own hands and uncovers what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy

Cast


The following contains spoilers!

  • David Strathairn as Leigh Rosen the overseer/team leader/prescribing doctor and all around mother hen to the team: an eccentric, absent-minded professor at times, who is also a cunning and manipulative power-player willing to bend the rules in pursuit of his objectives.
  • Ryan Cartwright (Bones) as Gary Bell a member of the team who has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. His Alpha ability allows him to “read” wireless transmissions passing through the ether – e-mails, cell phone communications, television signals, etc.
  • Warren Christie (Happy Town, October Road) as Christian Hicks a new recruit on the team with a history of psychological problems, drug abuse and an anti-authoritarian streak whose Alpha skill is hyperkinesis – near-perfect dexterity and hand/eye coordination.
  • Malik Yoba (Defying Gravity, New York Undercover) as Bill Harken a former FBI agent from working class roots. Harken’s Alpha skill allows him to intentionally activate a “fight-or-flight mechanism” producing a power surge of adrenaline giving him increased strength, speed and immunity from pain.
  • Laura Mennell (Watchmen) as Nina Theroux a complicated team member, seductive, intelligent and confident, Nina’s Alpha ability allows her to influence people into doing whatever she wishes but her power can sometimes spin out of control. Her skill also comes with a personal drawback in that she can never be sure if anyone’s feelings for her are real. Nina was the first team member enlisted by Dr. Rosen to whom she remains extremely loyal.
  • Azita Ghanizada will have a regular role if the show goes forward as a series. She plays Rachel who, from an early age, has been able to “hyper-intensify” her senses, one at a time—vision, hearing, taste, and smell. Her mother and father—who are conservative parents—thought she was cursed and discouraged this unique and amazing ability. Overly sensitive—literally—Rachel has always felt ashamed and rejected. With Dr. Rosen’s help and encouragement, she’s learning to appreciate her skill and grow increasingly confident and adventurous.
  • Callum Keith Rennie plays Don Wilson, a Washington bureaucrat, and Lee Rosen’s superior and contact inside the Pentagon.
  • GrendelVS

    Since Heroes was a “rip-off” of every comic book that had similar storylines (example: DP7), who is to say which is ripping off whom? Enjoy the show or don’t – on its own merits. “Superpowers” fall into a few general categories and within the categories into a few dozen general types. Are similar abilities going to crop up in different shows/books/comics? Yes. Does that mean every hero that can fly is ripping off Superman? No.

  • http://www.cybermage.se Ove Jansson

    I suggest you read the whole article and not just the heading.

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  • http://geektwins.blogspot.com/ Maurice Mitchell

    This actually sound like a cool idea. Kind of like Heroes in the first season which was great. Hopefully, it won’t be Heroes in the last season which was horrid.

  • Anonymous

    I think the mix of action suspens and special abilities heva a chance to work. I’ll will certainly watch it.
    I have also cretaed a thread at the Summer Glau Wiki dedicated to the serie; those interested can stop by for more infos : Summer Glau Wiki – Alphas thread

  • Di

    I was not thrilled with the Alphas TV show, quite mediocre and boring. I thought the cast of characters did not blend well and they were annoying. The tv shows like Heroes, Santuary, Warehouse 13, Leverage, Fringe, Torchwood and others are superior in imagination, character casting and writing.  I would rather see the new tv show Three Inches, there cast sounds like an excellent match. I also would like for the three Inches show to be the originally planned 1 hour show. I read it would be reduced to a 1/2 hour show, which is a big mistake. Haven’t heard when the Three Inches tv show will be viewed. Maybe they should bring back Joss Whedon to write new tv shows. There’s a  talented guy who has imagination and originality.
    Di

  • http://www.cybermage.se Ove Jansson

    I am not saying you are wrong but I always tries to give new shows 3-6 episodes before I decide. So I’ll let you know in a few weeks.