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And that's probably the end of that topic until next year.

More on television: We finished the first (and so far only) season of Alphas last night and I'm going with a whole-hearted rec for it if you enjoy that category of genre TV. The setup: A psychiatrist is working with a group of human beings with special abilities, called Alphas, to solve crimes committed by other superhumans. He is loosely affiliated with the US government, which has an interest in using and understanding Alpha abilities that might or might not be benign. Meanwhile, other Alphas are working together in a group called Red Flag that the government describes as a terrorist organization. And since they tried to assassinate the doctor, he tends to agree. Complications ensue.

So it's a riff on the same theme as X-Men, Heroes, and classic SF like Slan. It's character-driven rather than explosion-driven. The team doesn't necessarily get along with each other or even cooperate when they should. Expect a grittier feel than Warehouse 13 or Eureka; people do get killed and the protagonists will make mistakes & fail sometimes. It's got good writing, good acting, some fun guest stars (Brent Spiner, Summer Glau). I wasn't once tempted to throw anything at the TV screen over epic plot stupidities, which is unusual.

It's a Skiffy Channel original series. Should be streamable in high quality online from all the usual services as well as watchable on the Skiffy Channel's site.

I don't feel particularly fannish in the creative sense about this one, but I'll be watching the second season as it airs.
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I really enjoyed Alphas, too. Maybe this is strange, but it kind of reminded me of the original Mod Squad TV show. It's got the self-consciously modern gloss on what's really a pretty traditional show, a purposely diverse team (and they've actually done the diversity thing quite well), and a similar "outsiders working with the government" theme. Also it's a dream role for David Strathairn, who's spent so much of his career playing slightly weaselly husbands and boyfriends.
He's fantastic in the role. He feels like a slightly offbeat choice for a main character: nerdy rather than action-heavy, into self-actualization and therapist-talk, and as committed to non-violence as he can be in the circumstances. A deeply moral man, I think, though not a perfect one.

Gary is another amazing character. I expected him to annoy me but instead that portrayal has charmed me. His interactions with Bill win.

I think Nina needs a little more development. I liked her character development episode (the one with Summer Glau) but there was too much else going on there.

Rachel has probably changed more than the rest of them aside from Rosen. Definite character movement there.

Just about the only off note for me was the predictable romantic subplot. "Really? Are you really going to go there?" I said at the first hint of it.
I watched half of the first episode way back when, but turned it off because their talking all at the same time annoyed me. Just rewatched the whole thing and will watch more tomorrow. You and I tend to share the same taste in most TV shows, so figure I might as well give it a chance.
Yeah, give it a shot! I liked the dialog style. It felt natural to me, part of the way that team starts off stepping on each other's toes all the time.

Edited at 2011-10-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yep, and he's better without the beard, I think.

I'm only on the 4th episode, but what I like so far is that each of characters are complicated, real people without their flaws being cheesy, if that makes sense. I mean, we can see Rosen's denial about stuff regarding the alphas and the whole treating them differently thing, but it comes off very genuine and his conflict seems real and not forced. Even the FBI agent guy kinda irritates me, but then he's just quirky enough to offset it before I start really disliking him, lol. Same with super-trajectory guy. I'm a bit lukewarm about the girls so far, but maybe that will get better.