Monday, July 18, 2011

Come Monday...Syfy's Alphas

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about,  websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

[Alphas] is a new series on Syfy, and the first few times I saw a promo for the show, I thought of [Wanted]. For in the Alphas pilot episode, an assassin makes what appears to be an impossible shot.

While watching the pilot episode, comparisons to the [X-Men] started coming to mind. For Alphas has [Dr. Lee Rosen], who could be their [Professor Xavier].

The rest of the Alphas cast is a mix of X-Men strengths and weaknesses. For [Bill Harken] becomes super-strong when under duress while having to be monitored by the others in order to guard against him having a complete meltdown—both physically and mentally. [Cameron Hicks] is the one who made that apparently impossible shot while under the hypnotic control of the bad guys, and suffers from an assortment of psychological problems. [Nina Theroux] can get most men (and probably quite a few ladies) to do whatever she wants on just her looks alone, and adding to that is the ability to take the power of suggestion off the scale, which also greatly enhances her ability to be a manipulative (insert b-word here). [Gary Bell] can see and manipulate electro-magnetic currents without the use of any people skills whatsoever. Finally, [Rachel Pirzad] possesses super-enhanced senses, which also makes her all the more sensitive to just how insensitive everyone else is.

Yes, Alphas is the Syfy version of the X-Men, and I have a theory on how they can keep coming up with the programs they do. Granted, I may be way off, but I suspect that the powers that be at Syfy regularly hangout in haunts where the purple haze in the air is more than just a color.

No, I will not be tuning in again. In fact, I only made it through the first 20 minutes or so of the pilot.

How could I have expected anything different, considering all of the ranting and raving I have done about the quality of Syfy programming lately? Next question, please.

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  1. Looks like I'll be giving this a miss, the only sci-fi program that I ever really followed was Red Dwarf. Heard of it?

  2. "but I suspect that the powers that be at Syfy regularly hangout in haunts where the purple haze in the air is more than just a color." Major LOL...

  3. sci-fi is not my thing and Duke says I have enough things that keep me from cooking bacon already

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ryan!!! No, I haven't heard of Red Dwarf, but I'll be checking it out. In all fairness, the Syfy Channel has picked up "Being Human," which started out as a British series, and they haven't messed it up much yet. Well, since I have never seen the British version, I suppose I can't really say that they haven't messed it up much yet, but the first season on Syfy kept my attention.

    Speaking of a British series going American, my wife and I were both enamored by "Life On Mars" when it was on ABC a couple of years ago, and when they ended it the way they did, we both looked at each other and said, "Oh no, they did-int!?!" Then we got sucked in to watching the "Lost" finale after we had quit watching the show 2-3 seasons before. No, Lost wasn't a converted British series, but it sure ended like Life On Mars.

  5. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Grace!!! I suppose I would feel differently if I took a hit before trying to watch. Then again, it might be worse.

  6. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! Alas, if you would only listen...

  7. I loved life on mars. Another series that was adapted by the yanks was The Office, I watched both versions with the original by far the best in my humble opinion. Did you manage to catch any of it?

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ryan!!! No, I have not actually seen an episode of either version of "The Office," but I am very familiar with the American one because of there being so many promos for it on (seemingly) almost every channel. My wife and I like to draw a line between silly and stupid, and from what we have seen of the show, it sure looked stupid. Of course, I am well aware of there being millions of rabid fans of the show who would not hesitate to say that our opinion is beyond stupid.


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