Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Alpha" Preview, Review - Get Your "Heroes" Fix

If you're still longing for the departed "Heroes," you might find your humans-with-special-abilities fix in the upcoming SyFy series "Alphas." For some of you - ahem! - older readers, throw in a touch of "Mission Impossible," too.

Alphas is a team of five people with a variety of the aforementioned abilities. Bill Harken (Malik Yoba), for example, can control his adrenalin; he can summon super-strength for short periods of time. Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell) can control the actions of other people through her power of suggestion. And so on.

In the premiere - due to air at 10 p.m. July 11 on SyFy - the team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), encounters another of their kind while investigating a mysterious murder. Somehow, a suspect in police custody has been shot to death while alone with a police officer in a windowless room. Security cameras capture the shooting on film, but provide no clues.

Enter the Alphas.

The pilot is a pleasing - and promising - introduction to the series, its premise and its characters (and yes, some of them are real "characters"). It's hard to tell after a single episode, of course, but "Alphas" seems to be a darker cousin of "Warehouse 13" - and there's nothing wrong with that.

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