Alphas "Gaslight" Review: Gary's Anatomy

Alphas S02E05: "Gaslight"

There were lots of little things to like in last night's episode of Alphas, "Gaslight," mostly related to the show's big picture. But I was less enthused that "Gaslight" was a haunted-hospital episode that departed from the series' regular tone; it was basically an amateur horror movie, complete with plenty of blinking fluorescent bulbs. But in this "take the good with the bad" scenario, we can dismiss the bad (and really, it wasn't all THAT bad) as confined to the episode and not a sign that Alphas as a whole is in trouble. Just don't make it a habit, Alphas.

I'm a bad-news-first kind of guy, so let's start with the case of the week. "Gaslight" started off with an Alpha named Adam identifying his sister's body as she was stuffed into the wall cabinets of a hospital morgue. But as he was walking away, he heard sis call out and then twitched, freaked out a bit, and crawled along the walls trying to escape from some handsy hospital workers. It was immediately distressing as we were all like, "Excuse me, Alphas, but what exactly is going on here?" But what was clear to me was that someone was messing with Adam's mind. And as our team of Alphas investigated the hospital, things started messing with their minds, too.

I'm all for horror and Alphas giving it a shot, but I don't think the payoff (or lack thereof) was worth it. I'm sure that Adam was planted in the story to be a diversion and that we were supposed to believe he was somehow connected to all the mind tricks affecting Rachel, Gary, Bill, and Hicks, but I always saw Adam as another victim. In fact, there was so little forward progress with answers and so much attention on mind-f*ckery that these hallucinations lingered a bit too long. Alphas is normally great at moving things along, but the midsection of "Gaslight" ran in place and was more concerned with maintaining an already loose horror theme. I could have done with less being freaked out over Cameron's visions of his son and Gary locking Rosen out of the room where the real culprit was, and I would have loved more answers or more time spent on the explanation of the infrasound haunting. As far as I could tell, there was a comatose Alpha who was transmitting infrasound messages that scrambled the brains of Alphas, but not regular people. That's a pretty lousy Alpha ability, if you ask me.

However, what was revealed through these "hauntings" was pretty cool, especially with regard to Gary. Our favorite character saw visions of his old flame Anna, and coupled with Gary's visit to her way-too-late tombstone-unveiling, it had a much bigger emotional impact than the visions the others had (like keeping the memory of her alive through a bogus account that pays homage to her). And though it wasn't clearly explained whether these visions were of people the characters needed to confront, be afraid of, or help (Rosen's theory), it was interesting to see how Gary's manifestation of Anna compared to the others. Anna was almost a dream to Gary, while the others were nightmares. Hicks had visions of his son in trouble, Bill had to fight himself, and Rachel saw Nina at the bottom of a pool. That last one carries a lot of weight, given Rachel and Nina's current relationship status. Does Rachel, who shut out Nina, secretly long to save her? It's all open to interpretation, but it feels like that's what was going on because nothing was clearly explained.

What did work for me was the way the episode continued Alphas' commitment to deliver for its fans over the casual viewer. The continuation of Nina's story from last week's very strong episode showed a lot of respect for the character. Sometimes, especially with shows labeled "procedurals," there's a rush to bring things back to normal at the end of every episode, but Nina still has a lot of recovery to do and her relationship with the rest of the team is brittle at best. And it's not just about repairing her fractured friendships. Alphas is finding realistic ways to keep her in the loop, and Rosen has found good uses for her power (helping out Kat, helping him learn more about Stanton Parish) to keep her effectively separated from the more investigative portion of the team. Many shows have a problem with finding uses for all their characters and will sometimes force situations to validate characters, but Alphas doesn't.

The show even gave us a realistic heads-up for the next episode. Rosen discovered that the photic stimulators used in the hospital were made by August Medical, which he traced back to Stanton Parish. It's not clear what these photic stimulators do, but Rosen delighted Summer Glau fans everywhere when he asked Gary to call up Skyler (the machine whiz from last season) in hopes she can figure out why Parish has distributed these devices to 2,700 hospitals across the country.

"Gaslight" did touch on a lot of things Alphas does well and sufficiently took the next step in season-long plotting, but the self-contained case wasn't as sharp as others. Thankfully the cases aren't actually vital to the series, as its strengths are with its characters and the bigger story.



NOTES

– Rachel's "I'm not a dog" probably got the biggest laugh from me, mostly because it was Rachel saying it, which made it that much funnier. But Hicks talking about black guys in horror movies was a close second.

– I do think the show did a nice job with the mood and atmosphere of horror, but it just went on a bit too long when it felt unnecessary.

– What kind of terrible memories is Kat going to unearth? I'm scared, guys!

– Oh, hi Lauren Holly (she played the senator)! You're looking... kinda old. Was Dumb & Dumber that long ago?


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This and the previous one were epic episodes which I watched almost breathless.. I am trying to catch up on Alphas, and so far, it is far better than the previous season, which I already liked a lot.. this season is obviously darker, sadder, more serious and more grounded.. the characters seem more real than fiction, with more dimensions; and we are able to see the good and bad in everyone, so they are not cartoonish personalities anymore.. The only part is, I kinda began to resent Rosen: he is not the ultimately cool, in control, holding everyone up team leader but is more likely a power hungry, obssesed, distant person.. he sadly evolves into stanton parish himself, in the chase for him and probably due to splendid writing, I kinda cannot be sure anymore if he does it to stop a promised war, or that he finds stanton as a threat to his ultimate power over the fates of alphas.. and I guess this newly born resentment is also good as Rosen became more of a human being too..



the horror feeling was a great add into this episode and it spiced up the flaw of the show.. Gary's reactions were heartbreaking; almost as sad as Nina's suicide attempt of last week.. I still like her and weirdly emphatise her: if I were that sad and powerful, I would have probably done very similar things.. while her spoiled actions made me very angry, I can kinda feel for her too.. that is a multilayered character, and it is good to have her back..



and lastly, I am pretty scared of what Kat may remember and how that would effect her.. the look on her face was so sad..
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Rosen annoys me. There, I've said it. I'll probably get someone riled up bc of this, but during this episode and almost all the others, I keep thinking no one in their right minds would let this guy near mentally fragile people, much less people (mentally fragile people) with powers! Half the time I just wanna shake him. Okay, I will not rant further...



I liked the horror feel. :) And it was so nice to see Anna. She was the coolest hallucination.



I hope Kat doesn't get anything too bad, but of course it's gonna be bad. And then we'll have to hear Bill (was it Bill?) say that the bad memories are worth having because of the good ones... Dude, depends on how bad the memories are, and how good the good ones are. I mean, a gun shoved in my face is the only thing I remember from an otherwise perfect day at the beach, so... poor example, I know, but I think we're all just waiting to see how bad Kat's stuff is...



Oh, and Lauren Holly! NCIS!!
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The Senator was Lauren Holly? Seriously? I didn't recognize her. What has she done to her face. She isn't that old to be in need of such major facial alterations. She was a terrible sight to behold.

I liked the horror element good enough. For Gary it was a way to say his goodbye to Anna, that was nice for him. I do hope he won't turn his back on his team.

I do hope that Rachel won't give in on Nina's poor and pathetic attempts to get closer to her. I was so hoping that she would fry her brain when trying to pull on Kat's. Was she remembering her mother? It was kind of creepier than the hospital scene when Kat painted her in every detail. It was a nice drawing that shouldn't scare anyone but it did anyway. I get the feelint that something bad is linguering there. I want more Kat and less Nina!

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I totally agree this was no clever homage to B horror movies. I was pretty dumb in places. But my growing beef (The 4400/Alphas comparisons aside), we are also getting into Parish/Bishop territory. Or perhaps Stanton Parish is more like William Bell. The point is, been there, done that. Yes, it is nifty to try to piece together the means of Parish's end game, but I am seeing too many familiar parallels with several other shows that are on the air or recently left the air waves.



Feel bad for Kat, hope she isn't repressing something horrible. I like the little rug rat.
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Turning Gary into some kind of a secret leader of some sort of a resistance would be something I'd really dig. There is a lot to Gary's character and a lot more, I presume. I hope the show runners have tonnes of plans with him. As for the whole show, I really think it is going toward the right direction. Season one was absolutely OK and I feel season 2 even stronger. I do hope it is going to be renewed for like 10 more seasons even if it doesn't seem likely for any show with this theme in these days' television entertainment.
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Was it just me or did anyone else get a bad feeling at the end? Like maybe the feeling that Gary might be slowly turning evil as a result of everything that's happened to him?
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maybe not evil, but yeah, i got the feeling he might try to work both sides of this alpha coin.
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I agree Nina was in no condition to work the way she did, especially when she went solo and had to Push that senator on her own. For a moment I even doubted Nina would come back from that mission. It also was obvious she was distressed when pushing Kat, and it almost seemed like Rosen was faking his surprise to the fact that Nina was struggling to comply with Rosen's request. How oblivious would he have to be?



But on a more important issue, when are Rachel and Nina going to kiss again?
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as far as i understood, the boy`s powers worked on normal humans too just not to the same extent as for alphas.

i had no problems with the horror story (it had no real chance to be horror anyways with Gary and his pleasant meeting with Anna so i never took it as such) but Rosen`s choice to use Nina and Adam`s death were impossible to understand for me... BTW, where`s Rachel`s new boyfriend?
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Don't the normals have desks on a different floor now?
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But the blond guy was their tactical leader or something so he should have been in this ep.
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This episode felt so much like it wanted to be a Halloween episode that it became distracting and stupid at the same time, right up until it started having real effects on people beyond just jumping at nothing, then it got back on track.



It seems like every week, this new season of Alphas gets another pass from TV.com after pointing out how it doesn't fit with last season so well, one way or another. At what point are we going to admit that Siffy changing horses midstream by switching showrunners for season 2 was a mistake and season 2 is suffering for it? Characters aren't as deep, they aren't making choices that are as organic as they used to, and we're getting tripped up in a lot of gimmick episodes. If it wasn't for last week's excellent digging into Nina's damage it, this season would have nothing going for it.



Gary is really the hook in this episode, everybody else went and did stupid crap that made no sense both inside the hospital and out - Dr. Rosen's using Nina as a weapon didn't seem very theraputic at all, it just seemed user-y, is that what we're supposed to take away from this guy when he's the main character? Anyway, Gary seems to have his autism eroding away so he's just a little weird, but his autism seems to have hade him immune to the negative effects of the psychic transmissions of the freak of the week character, aside from visualizing his dead friend and giving her voice and purpose to him after her departure, and he was able to use that to make something bigger out of it... um, with a twitter account? Anyway, whatever, it's something interesting.



Lauren Holly got surgery on her face not too long ago, it made me sad, it was right after NCIS I think and it just took away from her natural appeal. Here it made her almost unrecognizable since so many shots were close to her face, I kept feeling like it was her but maybe a Canadian actress who just looks like her, not a great sign.
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I totally disagree.. this season is different than last season obviously, but that doesn't mean it is bad.. it actually is better in my opinion.. last season was pretty good for a first season but if that continued, it would be probably very boring.. and on the contrary, the characters are much deeper than last season, we know more about them, and they are more like real people than a bunch of way too good and predictable people fighting together against villains..
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Agree. Last season the characters (weirdness aside) really felt like the dysfunctional 'family' you have at the office. At least it felt genuine to me. Now, not so much.
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Actually I disagree. I like the way the characters are developing. Dr Rosen has been so freaked out by his previous encounters thay he has become more militant, less concerned about helping and more about stopping Stanton no matter what the cost. It will be interesting to see what dark path this takes him on. I think the twitter account was a nice way to honour Anna and may lead to something else in the future. For me all the alphas seem to have evolved a bit more since the first season and have their own thing going on apart from just chasing down other alphas. Rachel is more assertive - there is no way she would have confronted that agent last season. She is embarking on a relationship which is a big step for her. Bill is getting more in control of hus power and seems more calm and at peace - he doesn't lose jis temper as easily. He has also helped develop the group (as he had to take charge while Rosen was away) to the extent that it is more professional and methodical, just like he wanted it to be in the first season. Although I do think the whole fight club may blow up in his face. Hicks is also more in control of his powers and seems to be in a better place. I do agree that the halloween plot overall didn't do it for me either. But I like the show so much overall that I'm not fussed.
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Oops left out Gary - moving out of home = big step. Not to mention dealing with the trauma of Bingham and losing Anna. Nina's arc is fairly obvious.
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Alphas gets away with episodes like this because the premiss, the actors, and the overall writing is pretty good on this show.



But it was a bit meh. We got no closure on the alpha's ability, the other spider-man fella we barely knew and cared for died for no reason, rachel conveniently got resurrected in an anti-climatic scene, and Anna/Gary interactions aside, pretty average episode. Oh and nina jumps from psychiatric ward to work in like... no time? And Dr. Rosen just trusts her to work asap because she's mentally stable now? So much stuff bundled together with a stapler.



Still, I enjoyed it 'cause alphas rocks.
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This review means absolutely poop if you watched the episode stoned out of your mind. More awesome like this please, Alphas.
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I think by "kinda old", you meant "still kinda hot".



Come on, man. Give Lauren Holly the love. She's a beautiful woman.
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She's still got it. Just 4 years ago in NCIS she was still looking great and surprisingly close to "Dumber and Dumber" version despite the age.

A lot's changed in those 4 years though: between the hair and facial structure (weight or surgery) she doesn't look exactly the same. I did a double take and had to see if it was here in Lost Girl because I wasn't 100% sure. Heck, maybe it was just the hair.

But she's still lovely. I guess some people only define hot as 18yo-29yo
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I enjoyed this episode a lot, in fact I'm enjoying Alphas even more this season than last. It just keeps getting better. I like that they put more importance on the characters than the alpha of the week procedural aspect of the show.
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Lauren Holly was a regular on NCIS from 2005-2008. She had obviously aged since Dumber and Dumber at that point, but still looked very similar to her old self.

But in the last 4 years has changed even more. When she guest starred on Lost Girl I had to pause the DVR to see if that was really her... it still looked like her but the last 4 years have done a bunch. I don't know if it's just age / weight change / surgery / etc but she has changed.
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Is there anyone else who thinks Dr. Rosen is a bit of centre lately. Pushing Nina (npi) in doing stuff she shouldn't be doing right now. I know he gave the option to her to say no, but one of those "I know you can't say no options"

then let Nina poke around in Kat's memories and leaving her there. "Leave the money on the dresser" shows that the way they left her there left Kat somewhat violated.

Dr. Rosen is getting a bit to obsessive. Losing sight on the needs of his team.
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I noted that his hair is a mess, his clothes looked slept in and he seems off his game more and more. Just to look at him, the man looks like he needs help, not like he should be dispensing it.



I wonder if he isn't burning out or has something else going on related to his obsession with Stanton Parish that we aren't privy to yet.
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Everybody is off centre this season. They're retconning characters and the whole show left and right. New show-runner's clumsy work is painfully obvious.
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no, on the contrary, it is the new show-runner's excellent work that everyone is off center.. that is the whole point: how could it be meaningful if everyone just went ahead from where they left, as if nothing has happened.. the whole period was a trauma for everyone and they are adjusting just as anyone else..
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True, but as Rosen is a shrink, it's like:

Asking a recovering Coke addict that JUST almost OD'ed, to investigate a Coke ring where he/she might be forced to partake to prove their worth.

Or asking a recovering alcoholic to drink a shot of whiskey.
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I'm pretty sure that twelve-step nonsense is largely an American myth. Abstinence doesn't work for sex and it doesn't work for addiction (check the recidivism rates). He's decided to stop doing something that has proven to not work, and chosen instead to make her a functioning user, which is something that has worked, at least since the invention of distillation. Basically, when something doesn't work, he learns and adapts, because he's smart, unlike the American court system, which still forces people into the AA cult to this day in spite of its inefficacy.
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It doesn't work if you are weak. Going cold-turkey and never looking back does work for a lot of people.
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Needs must, I guess.
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Nah, I'm not talking twelve steps or something. I mean she literally JUST stopped going all crazy with her powers and mezzing everyone in sight. Seriously, what was it... a couple of days ago?

And now he's asking her to do it again... and to do it stronger than before. Really?

It's the "doing it harder" and "immediately after" thing that puzzled me. It would be one thing to mezz a hotel clerk to believe her credentials... it's another to push someone as hard as Lauren Holly and the new / blonde chick. When you're JUST trying to get yourself under control.
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well, since they've pretty much given up on consistency (character- or story-wise), nothing anybody does surprises me anymore. Won't be surprised to tune in next week (though I'm slowly losing the will to and that was once one of my favourite new shows) only to find Rosen being revealed as the bad guy...
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I think Nina realized it when he asked as she made a sad face when he asked. She's "just" started to come down off abusing her abilities... and Rosen wants her to use them again AND to push harder.

But it's a tough call: they're trying to stop a war. Nina's abilities are probably one of the best tools in their arsenal right now, second only to Gary, in trying to figure this out and end it before it begins.

So the question is: is Rosen spiraling into obsession over this whole war? Or is it all justifiable command decisions.
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Loved this episode from beginning to end. The horror scenes were well done to me, addressing each Alphas fears/worries. From Bill fighting himself (which Kat smartly recognized before) to Hicks trying to save his son, to Rachel attempting to save Nina from drowning, their psyches are more complex than expected to me. I love it!!!



I'm also wondering where Kat's past memories will take her. Addressing the past can be good for her, and is truly necessary, but at the same time, there are some things that are better left untold, and if any of that is in her past, Kat is in for a world of trouble that I would absolutely hate for her to get into. I really like this character.



I'm very happy about the way Rosen is using Nina, as well as Nina's progression. Parrish is planning something big, and while part of me feels his pain, at the same time, his methods are way too dangerous and have to be stopped by any means necessary to me.
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you must be magic, man. i in no way was certain that what adam was experiencing with his sister was false. i recognize that in at least one time past you seemed to have made an exceptional premonition in regard to where the script was heading *not certain it was this show* but truth be told there's no way to know that said premonition was made all on you own. i feel as though i have a pretty reasonable tendency when it come to plot course and yet felt that it was possible that the unusual occurrences bases solely on stanton manipulation.



i also feel like it was worth it. i'm far from an avid horror fan but when a new representational one comes along i give it a shot (saw 1, 2). also anything we craven as dude is the shit. rob zombie as honorable mention. anyway, again i felt the attempt by an otherwise unassociated show was pulled of successfully.



i really must ask and yes i feel it is appropriate; how old are you writers!? originally based on the small photographs i'd assume you're my age but more and more lately i'm inclined to assume are discrepancies are based on age difference.



i'll be 29 next month with a supposed graduation date of i think 2001 or 2002. not sure as i graduated in 1999. born 1983 with a tendency to be amongst the youngest in my class.



again if you are all younger than me i understand. if not then fail for you.



post script ...i blame my poor written english skills on not having completed more than the ninth grade. though that's all it took to receive my diploma *or equivalent* at 16 so suck it.
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Am the only one that Gary is getting on my nerves. I really hate that thing he's doing with his hand and i find his character quite annoying
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FYI, Anna's tombstone unveiling wasn't way-too-late. in Jewish tradition the unveiling is a year after the funeral.
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I thought this was a terrible episode. I've never really liked Alphas, but this episode was so bad that it really irritated me. I think it started out OK, with the scenes at their office. As I was listening to the dialogue, I was thinking that these writers must have a much better understanding of how to write for TV than the ones who write Falling Skies. I especially liked it when Rachel and Nina both said "You look great" to Gary, and he answered them both with "Yeah, I know". But then it all turned to shit. Everything at the hospital was painfully bad.
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I don't understand why u would continue to watch a show u don't really like?
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Does someone really have to ask that every time someone posts a negative opinion?



A partial answer is that I though I needed to give it more than half a season before I decide that it's not good enough, and by then I figured I might as well watch the end of the season. (It only had 11 episodes).. The big reveal at the end made me curious about how season 2 would start.



The start of season 2 was terrible. The big reveal was conveniently swept under the rug, everyone had sold out, and no one (on the show) is even talking about that. Not sure why I saw two more episodes after that, but the second one (the fight club episode) was a bit better, and introduced a character I liked (Kat). I also got curious about where they were going with Nina's story.



This episode was so bad that I'm seriously thinking about giving it up for good. It depends on how bored I will be around this time next week.
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Just so u know. It was a genuine question. I really wasn't trying to sarcastic. :-) it makes sense though when u put it like that as thinking back on it there have shows that I wasn't fond of at first and kept watching to see if they improved (luckily they did grow on me) i quite like the mix of positive & negative reviews as it's always interesting to get another perspective and interesting to how people interpret the same scene in different ways.
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exactly!!!
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Hands down one of my favorite episodes of Alphas.
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I'm not sure how much I liked the "horror" aspect of the episode, but all in all, I had a really entertaining time watching it. At the very least, I never felt bored for a second while watching.



Also, where's the new guy? Was he just chilling in the office the whole episode?



Rachel's "I'm not a dog" line made me laugh, but I think I laughed a bit harder when Gary said it right after, especially with Hicks' subtle groan.



I'd hoped Kat would've had a bigger role by now instead of just being Dr. Rosen's subject... but I can also understand it. She's still new... and they're all technically his subjects, not just gov't agents.
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I think your review was mostly spot on, but I will make one comment. Not all super powers in a designated fantasy world (Alphas and alpha powers, in this case) have to be extraordinary. In fact they shouldn't be. So I thought the infrasound alpha was fine. You have to have a dud or a power that's purely cosmetic thrown in every once in a while to add to the realism. Its like writing about two characters that have the same name. Eventually in the real world, you do run into people with your name. The world is a big place. Surely not all alpha powers should be omg amazing. And in a similar vein, those alphas from building 7 that share powers with our team are also fine. I like that the writers are actually doing these things instead of making everyone unique and amazing.
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I was thinking the flashing light thingy was jacking up, enhancing or otherwise altering whatever alpha ability that kid had. So maybe his alpha ability was latent and/or low functioning and this is what happened when it got tweaked or maybe it was something completely different, but again, manifested as something twisted because of the strobe.
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Even in stuff like Marvel comics, you have super heroes who's super power really isn't that super or special. Especially some low-tier X-Men.

Though, heroes/villains with relatively weak powers often learn to use them to do interesting things and/or get stronger as they train.

In this case: Infrasound-Boy has a decent power. He can cause hallucinations based on people's fears... that's already a B-class hero/villain right there. And who knows what else he could do.
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Both of Syfy's shows bummed me out last night. First Gary sees Anna a girl he deeply cared about, then we see Pete's biological clock ticking on Warehouse 13. And do I sense a revisit of the possible Pete/Myka relationship from Season One?
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Warehouse 13: Mrs. Fredrick hinted at her own demise is what depressed me.

This show, pretty much the whole things. Running in place sums it up, but only with regard to Kat did it get anywhere, and that was sad, too.
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Does Gary remind anyone of Jim from The Newsroom?
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I'm still sticking to my theory about Newsroom Jim and The Office Jim being too similar to be able to distinguish!
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Come on! Nobody? They're basically the same person.
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Actually, no, sorry. His looks maybe a little bit. But Gary is character like no other on TV right now.
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They're both autistic stereotypes?
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Haha! Exactly.
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I liked Rosen/Nina/Stanton storyline more than their attempt at horror i guess it was ok.
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-Hilarious. I actually did laugh out loud.

-I agree with that. There was, as you said, little progression, and it was fairly obvious pretty early that these were no more than illusions to be rectified at a later time.

-I am EAGER to see what's up with Kat. Her character is awesome. Okay, TOTALLY off the wall here, but who thinks it would be hilarious/awesome to see her crushing on Gary at a later time?

-Never saw that movie. But the senator was played well... for such a short character.



As for the relationship between Infrasound and ghosts, Tim, go look up the paper by Vic Tandy called "The Ghost in the Machine". It covers quite a lot of what realistically is responsible for many so-called "ghost sightings".
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Great eppy i though! The end totally tripped me up. I literally started yelling at the TV. Loved the Kat moment drawing the women and I got freaked out when Adam drowned. There was an AHS feel to this episode which I loved!
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See I liked the episode. Infrasound aside. (which is actually a thing and can at certain levels if I remember a study I read once induce fear, anxiety and also potentially another explanations for people seeing ghosts, it is pretty cool and I think is a being developed into a weapon by the DOD). But I think this was another episode to evolve one of the alphas. We have had Nina and Bill, we still need Hicks and Rachel.



I think this was Gary's, or at least the start of Gary evolving his powers. Now if the last scene was kind of subjective. We don't know if he wrote that message or not. If he wrote it then maybe he is moving towards being able to control a signal and him typing that tweet. So if that is developing I think that is scary. Because if you couple that with Gary acting out and wanting to keep the alpha in his state so that he could continue conversing with Anna. Then that is leading him to become more powerful and leading him to follow his own sense of justice. Which again from last weeks notes. In my opinion makes him the most dangerous alpha. Now I might be reaching with that. But I think it is plausible, and I think it was a pretty good episode.



Also I enjoyed the metaphors of Bill and Hicks hallucinations. Bill fighting himself as was pointed out by Kat. And Hick's heartache from not being able to spend time with his son. Now Rachel, that could be that she wants to help Nina or it could be a residual effect from the kiss and her senses. (or maybe I just thinking about the kiss again.)



The one thing that I am not liking is the use, or well misuse, rather, of Kat. I think she is a fun and exciting character and think she is currently being wasted as Rosen's experiment. it seems a little soon for her specific origin story considering her being a new member. But lets hope it progresses well. As for Nina, I think she might be getting mixed signals from Rosen as to the use of her Power. it seemed a little reckless so soon after her going crazy with her power.



But great episode.
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I thought this episode was not only awesome, it was the best thus far. It was very well paced and filmed,plus every character had time to contribute. It didn't feel like an amateur horror movie at all. It felt like a professional (Thanks Gary) one.
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I certainly interpreted the Rachel/Nina pool scene as being Rachel's feelings about recent events - it's hard to watch your friends self-destruct (and treat you horribly on their decline), and feel powerless to help them.



Re Hicks "nightmare" visions ... I think being separated from his son, having no control over visiting with him, etc ... is akin to having his heart ripped/cut out of his chest. (Just a thought)



And maybe Bill fighting himself has something to do with his internal struggles regarding the use of his Alpha power .. with Kat's help/influence he's recently been able to use them without the strain on his heart (apparently) and he recently joined that fight club...
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Did anyone else think at the end of this episode that gary might get "roped"in to fighting on the side of stanton parrish? When he finally let rosen into the room it was because he realized that alphas have to stick together; he even says it out loud. Also, his memorial looked alot like he was honoring her memory by taking up her cause.
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Keep in mind that Stanton set up Red Flag to be killed by the government. I could see Gary helping or taking over Red Flag, but that would put him at odds with Stanton.
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