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Alphas' Season 2 Finale: When the Lights Go Down in the City

Alphas S02E12: "God's Eye"

Disclaimer: I based this review on an advanced screener full of unfinished audio and special effects. In the past, Alphas screeners have been pretty close to what ended up airing, but I do want to acknowledge that my viewing experience may've been a little different than yours. That's all!

After blowing our lids off last year with a big Season 1 finale, Alphas went into tonight's Season 2 finale with a lot to live up to. The show had been setting up for the big fight against Stanton Parish all season long, and Parish's plan to create a superpowered army of overcharged Alphas—oh, and also to kill a bunch of us normal folks—was just a thumbs up away from becoming the world's largest terrorist attack. There was a lot more at stake tonight in "God's Eye" than there was a year ago, but bigger stakes do not always mean better entertainment. And, uhhh, that's pretty much what happened with "God's Eye," which had Defcon 5 stakes but sputtered out when it tried to deliver a satisfying ending.

"God's Eye" was split into two parts, one involving Rosen hunting down Parish and the other following his co-workers as they tried to unplug Parish's big idea to zap the country into a permanent nap while Alphas swelled up with bonus abilities. Though Rosen was the highlight of the Season 1 finale, his journey in the Season 2 finale was what caused most of the episode's problems. As for the other story, well, that was difficult to follow without a degree from Electrician College. And when you consider everything that's been staged, "God's Eye" didn't close any doors, preferring a super-duper-mega-cliffhanger that disobeyed the rules laid out by previous episodes without any explanation.

We'll start with Rosen's journey as a shot-up rambling bum walking the streets of Toronto-wearing-a-New-York-City-costume. Bleeding and way too sweaty, Rosen needed some inspiration to get off his ass and save the day, so the writers resurrected Dani in his mind to serve as his spirit animal and help guide him to Parish. Okay, let's stop right there for a second. Introducing Ghost Dani in the final episode of the season was a damn ballsy move, and a big one to swallow. I'm guessing it was supposed to be blood loss plus grief causing some pretty convincing hallucinations, convincing enough to help Rosen solve the case of the missing Parish. And excuse me while I jump ahead here, but there was a bit of inconsistency when Ghost Dani was begging Rosen to shoot and kill and stab Parish at the end of the episode, and Rosen declared that that wasn't what his daughter would want, and then Ghost Dani shut up and smiled in agreement. I suppose it makes sense if we accept the fact that Ghost Dani was a product of Rosen's view of her, but then why would she tell Rosen to kill Parish only to have Rosen say that wasn't what she wanted? Me confusey. When it comes to imaginary people inside of people's heads in television, my advice is NO. Yet sci-fi television keeps insisting on it as of late, and I think it's only fun for the guest actor who gets to come back for another paycheck. YEAH I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU, MARK PELLEGRINO! (I love Pellegrino though, so I tolerate ghosting when he does it.)

In searching for Stanton, Rosen had very little to go on except for one clue he got from Mitchell's Parish-memory-spill from last week: that Parish was going to watch his plan go down from a "God's-eye view." Immediately, we thought he'd be perched atop a New York skyscraper like Spider-Man, and Rosen came to that conclusion too. Gary told Rosen that Parish was on the board of directors for an architectural firm, and that firm built the Empire State Building, so the logical step was that Parish was setting up his fold-out Yankees chair on the observation deck. Still with me? Okay. Ghost Dani told Rosen that it was time to go, they stole some drugs from a hospital to kill Parish, and then Dani suggested tubin' it to Grand Central station to get to the Empire State Building. Erroneous New York public transportation advice aside (I don't think taking a subway through Grand Central station was as necessary as they made it sound), Rosen arrived at Grand Central with the intent on hopping over to the Empire State Building when he noticed the ceiling of Grand Central Station, and how the mural up there was all the constellations drawn backward, so as to mimic God's view of the stars as he looked down upon us. God's-eye view! Voila! That's where Parish would be watching his plan of destruction slaughter everyone. And voila! There was Parish—no joke—getting his shoes shined with a big fat grin on his face, just a few steps away from Rosen. Nothing like the show's hero accidentally stumbling upon the main bad guy—just moments before the big plan to kill millions of people goes into action—while on his way to the wrong place after taking advice from the ghost of his murdered daughter and following a vague clue that was spoken to another guy a few days ago for a satisfying hero's quest.

The rest of the team was busy trying to foil Parish's plan, which had gotten so complicated over the last few weeks that I was resigned to just trusting that what they were saying made sense. Parish's plan involved flashing super-lights to amp up Alphas and fry humans by using the national power grid at 8:18pm, I think? And Parish networked the city with mini-photic stimulators inside the power inhibitors that were being used to stop Parish's photic stimulators, I think? So then the plan to stop Parish's plan became turn off the power all over the country, I think? And then everyone realized New York City was on a series of transformers designed to keep running because of 9/11, I think? So Skyler made a contraption to turn off all the transformers, but then the power came back on because of a backup power generator that was located underneath Grand Central Station, I think? It was the equivalent of watching a cartoon character stick his finger in a dam only to have another leak spring up, over and over. And nothing slows down momentum than a bunch of dialogue that sounds like it's being read from an operating manual.

Eventually the team did make it to the Grand Central Station backup generator and had a fight with Parish's men. Yay! And my description won't do it justice, but Bill THREW Kat into the fight, which was hecka-awesome. But even though they spent so much time trying to get there and beat up a few dudes along the way, Skyler and Kat still couldn't shut down the generator, meaning everyone still powered up by the backup generator would DIE.

All this built up to the episode's final moments, in which Hicks shot Parish on a train platform and his life lay in the balance. All Rosen had to do was inject Parish with the blood-thinning agents he'd stolen from the hospital to counteract Parish's Alpha ability to heal, and Parish would be dead. But Rosen, who'd been awfully firm in his stance to get justice for Dani's murder under any circumstance, pulled back and had a change of heart, saying that killing Parish wasn't what Dani would've wanted and if he killed Parish he'd be just as bad as Parish and all that silly reasoning writers come up with to take their characters off the hook.

This was disappointing to say the least.

It was the exact opposite of what made the Season 1 finale so badass. In that episode, Rosen showed what kind of man he was by letting out a potentially dangerous secret to Congress and the entire world. Here, I have to say he pussed out. And after spending so many episodes turning Rosen into a man so committed to avenging his daughter's death that he was willing to break every rule in the book, put members of his team in danger (Kat and Nina), and burn down an old cabin, Alphas totally undid all of that in a second. Last week I praised the show for taking Rosen to such a dark place and sticking with it, this week I have to sigh because it refused to go all the way. I wanted Rosen to shoot up Parish so badly. I wanted him to stick that needle right into Parish's eyeball and say, "FILL 'ER UP!" while he cackled and hopefully kicked Parish in the balls for good measure. First there was the Rosen who'd been written ever since Dani got blown up by Parish, and it was good. Then there was the Rosen who suddenly changed his mind, and it was bad.

But things weren't done, nope! Kat and Skylar couldn't stop the generator, the clock struck 8:18pm, and the lights strobed. It's unclear how much of New York was affected. Earlier Clay said the generator wasn't even capable of powering half of the city, but the episode kept the focus on Grand Central Station so let's just assume the photo-stim shock or whatever wasn't as widespread as we feared. Everyone inside collapsed, and maybe Parish forgot to carry a 1 somewhere, because all the Alphas collapsed, too. All except Gary, who was the only one left standing and walked through the station to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York," which lyrically suited the scene but tonally? Perhaps something a little more somber—say, The Smiths—would have been better? Either way, it was a pretty fantastic thing to watch Gary step over supine people wondering what hell just happened. And that's pretty much how it ended, with Gary standing over his friends and Parish, all knocked out (or worse) from Parish's flashing lights.

I'm all for cliffhangers when they're used in conjunction with some form of closure. But in "God's Eye," the season just ended with nothing for us to ponder during the break except for, "Why?" Everyone sort of won. The team successfully stopped Parish's plan from destroying the country and Parish got to kill (maybe) a bunch of people. But neither Rosen nor Hicks got their revenge for Dani's death, and that's what's sticking out not that the season is done. Let's not forget that Alphas hasn't yet been renewed for Season 3, so the show's just dangling out there and may never mop up anything.

This was a confusing end to a season that had shown signs of improvement and daring storytelling. Why it spent so much time going in one direction only to take it all back in the finale is boggling.



NOTES

– Here's a funny Summer Glau pic for your Summer Glau fan blog.

– I really liked Parish singing the Johnny Appleseed song. I have no idea why I liked it, but I liked it.

– A couple scenes that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the episode: Gary's continuing trouble with his hospitalized mother and Kat's pissiness. Both situations had emotional weight to them, particularly Gary's, but neither of them were resolved and neither one added a thing to the rest of the hour. What was the point?

– A couple other scenes that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the episode but didn't have any emotional weight: the quick romantic cuts to Nina and Hicks and Rachel and John. Where did these come from?

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And also Rosen didn't kill Parish because he realized that even though his hallucination of his daughter was demanding Parrish be killed (which was his mind portraying what Rosen truly wanted to do through a hallucination of his dead daughter) his daughter wouldn't have wanted that. What he realized and helped hicks to realize is that instead of killing him Dani would have rather Parrish have to live with the feelings of regret for the rest of his life. And Rosen knew about these feeling from when he watched all Parrish's memory through another Alpha. Parish had once told that Alpha he's never made a mistake but then when the Alpha says that he talks about how he regrets Dani's death and he wished he didn't do it and it's the only mistake he's made...
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Just wanted to point out that this review is trash. It seems as if the writer doesn't understand one thing going on in this episode. He shouldn't have written a review because most of what he said makes no sense. For instance they didn't put the power inhibitors in to stop the photic simulators... They put the power inhibitors in to stop Parish from blowing up any more power junctions, wich was Parrish's plan all along because he had the mini phobic simulators built into the power inhibitors and set on a timer. So they used the National power grid to shut off power to the areas of the country where they had been installed, but there just happened to be a extremely old generator under grand central station which was Parrish's back up plan of the discovery his plans. Anyone with half a brain could of understood that.
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You shouldn't even be qualified to review these shows if you couldn't understand what was going on. If you don't understand what's going on, then you should leave the f***ing review to someone who did understand it. IDIOT!
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I cannot believe you get paid to write reviews. Al the while I was reading your review all I could think was "GET TO THE F***ING POINT!!!! Please if you have a review and /or something to say please keep it short sweet relevent and to the point I think you will find it stops people falling asleep while reading your article or just coming out of your page all together.
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And now you know the reason he gets paid to do it and you don't. Also, you may be interested to know there is a direct link between reading comprehension and intelligence. You clearly lack at least one of them. so the other is a given.
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OH..Yes! You are the idiot that reviews Revolution. I never watched the show, but your reviews are so stupid, that it hurts. Well no wonder you wanted Rosen to do somwething evil to a man who was trying to get justice for his kind, and didn't even kill Danni. he simply didn't put off his plan to save her. Why would he? Danni just betrayed Parrish. Danni killed herself. But now this review makes sense. is there any way that you could stop reviewing shows all together? You suck. And I base this on reviews of shows I don't even watch. You are not informative, not objective, not funny, not knowledgeable, not ever going to amount to much. Please live in peace but never write anything again.
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All good except that Parrish is only a tiny bit responsible for Dannis death. She could have simply stepped out of that truck. I don't see why she should risk her life to prevent a black out. I certainly don't see why she would think Parrish could forgive her for betraying him enough to stop his plans because she did that diva act and figured she was soooo special he would forget his plans to make sure her stupid ass stayed alive.

Danni killed herself after Rosen put her in a dangerous situation. And why did Danni change her mind about Parrish being right? Its not like he was killing normal humans for fun. He was doing it because they treat alphas like animals and put chips in their heads when they commit crimes. When humans commit robberies they get out in a maximum of ten years. When alphas do it, they get a lobotomy and end of their life. I doubt that there is a peaceful way to change things. So why is Parrish such a bad guy exactly? Because he does to humasn what Clay does to Alphas? And why is Rosen now completely fine with building seven after risking everything in season one to stop it? In fact Rosen is only free because of Parrish.

I am sorry but the whole idea of a team of alphas that help Clay to hurt their own kind is about as nice as say a group of black people in segregated South Africa that help put away other black people because the whites think they are dangerous.

Of course Alphas are dangerous, but so is every regular human. Rosen uses people, he used his own daughter, and he no longer cares is alphas are treated fairly or not. He failed his daughter, and the reason alphas follow Parrish is sound. All the evil music in the world isn't going to make him anything but a straw bad guy. Think of how popular this show was in season one? Why do you think people have stopped watching?
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I kinda like the idea that Rosen is an Alpha. It might explain Dani's powers, and the possibility of some powers being genetic (like with Skylar and her daughter).



I also like the idea that maybe the reason he devoted his life to researching Alphas might be a more personal reason than just his daughter, maybe he killed a parent for example and he was trying to justify himself.



Overall, I believe that season 3, if it exists, will be great and I can't wait to see what they are going to do with it.
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This didn't have quite the wham impact of the last season's finale, and it did have some flaws, but I still think it was better then you seem to think.

A couple of clarifications:

-Skylar and Kat couldn't shut down the generator but they cut the output lines to the rest of the city, so only the station was still powered up.

-The Alphas on the team collapsed because that's one of the side effects on alphas, it's a big shock to their systems. But when they wake up, and they will, their powers will be magnified. Not sure about Rachel though, since she's already been powered up. All the rest of the people in the station aren't so lucky. Unless they have the latent genes for being an Alpha, they're dead.

-The power inhibitors weren't to stop the mini photo stims, the good guys didn't know about them until right up to the end. They were to stop Parish from continuing his attacks on the powergrid a la when Dani died.

-The big cliff-hanger is whether or not Rosen is an alpha. If he's not, then he's dead (unless they cop-out); if he is, well, that opens up a whole different kettle of fish. Either result will seriously shake up the next season providing it happens.
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Gary is easily my favorite character in this show with his off-beat comments during important situations, it's so hilarious. "Rosen broke his phone, but he got the extended warranty so it's ok." That made me almost cry laughing considering the situation.



It's so awesome that Gary was left standing and it's probably due to his link with technology and his autism/alpha making is brain chemistry different. It would be sweet to see a show just with Gary's character.



All in all I'm satisfied with the ending to the degree that I won't be upset if there's not a season 3 or made for tv film to finish it off.
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I have been really disappointed in this season/ past couple of episodes. I thought many of the characters' plotlines were generic and this season finale was literally the equivalent of "everybody dies". If it comes back, I really hope that the team survives and that they r given a boost of abilities or new ones. It would be like them having to readjust to having Alpha abilities all over again.
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I think Rosen's faith in what he wanted to do (kill Parish) received a strong blow while talking to Gary in the middle of the episode. Gary put things bluntly into a perspective Rosen, at that point ,didn't want to fully acknowledge but the weight of what he was really doing slowly sunk into his brain till the end of the show. But the over used "i don't kill him because then i'll become like him" was not needed and it was as cheesy as it could get. Anyway, Hicks giving up was a surprise...i was expecting him to take the syringe from Rosen's hand and stab Parish with it or pass out from the lights before succeeding (if the writers wanted to keep Parish alive in the series)



Also...Rosen concluded that the healing was voluntary?? Parish needed to command his axons(?) to heal him? i find it hard to believe that the first time Parish died (head shot) and even now, his brain had the time to formulate a command to his neurons before shutting down... or did i hear wrong?
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Was the drug cocktail really necessary? I've watched enough Highlander and Heroes to know the quickest, easiest way to kill an immortal is decapitation.
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Since almost the start of the series I thought that it was obvious that Doc Rosen was an Alpha. He could so easily convince people to just agree to his way of thinking.
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I actually quite liked the song choice at the end. I don't know the lyrics, but the tone of it somehow worked okay with an idea of an apocalypse (of sorts -- I know it was just Grand Central Station, not the whole city or world or whatever). It also kind of worked well with Gary calling Dr. Rosen's name a few times. But there are probably plenty of songs that could have worked well with that scene, so maybe something more somber may have worked better.

I liked the episode overall. I didn't mind the Dani hallucination, especially since part of me thinks she was more than just an in-shock-hallucination. There were subtle things in the acting from Rosen and Stanton that suggests Stanton created the hallucination so that he could, through Dani, push Rosen into killing him. So when Rosen refused, Stanton kind of looked in Dani's direction with a bit of a surprised look on his face. It's a bit of a stretch and for now, I'm just inclined to take it for what it was, but I think it's a good possibility.

I'm on the fence about Rosen not killing Stanton, and I think the way I stand is dependent on the theory I just presented (as have others): whether the hallucination of Dani was Stanton's doing or not. If she wasn't his doing and was just a product of Rosen being in shock, I think Rosen's refusal to kill Stanton kind of sucks. "I don't want to be like you" and its variations is too common a cop-out for TV characters that it makes me groan every time I hear and see it. But if she was Stanton's doing, then I'm okay with Rosen's choice because it's a victory of sorts, basically just going against what Stanton wanted.
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"I suppose it makes sense if we accept the fact that Ghost Dani was a product of Rosen's view of her, but then why would she tell Rosen to kill Parish only to have Rosen say that wasn't what she wanted?"



I think the idea was to show that Rozen was conflicted, so his make-believe Dani was *also* conflicted.



As for how many people got whacked in the end, there was a line when they were working with the generator where one of the girls says they could just unplug the generator itself from the outgoing cables, meaning they could isolate the effect to Grand Central. So the only people who got zapped were in the station (probably a couple hundred, tops).



Finally, the Alphas falling down after being zapped is totally consistent with what's been shown before: Rachel was knocked flat when she accidentally got strobed in the episode "Alphaville", and it also fit with earlier in this episode, when the new screamy bum alpha was in the subway tunnel flash -- he and the workers fell down, and an unspecified number of minutes later, the bum got up.



Why Gary wasn't effected, may be related to the reason Nina can't push him -- his neurological characteristics are structured differently (either caused by, or the cause of, his autism spectrum disorder). That was mentioned in season 1.
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That song is the tune off of "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" that Paul wrote when Art was in California shooting his part in "Catch 22". Love that song.
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Dr. Rosen is an Alpha and doesn't know it. The dude who gained Alpha powers at the accidental grid explosion is foreshadowing of that.



I know that's been covered, I just couldn't find it in the comments.



Fun series...I understand why it hasn't been renewed. I believe it ended as it did from a business standpoint. If they don't get the season 3 renew, they're set up to at least get a made for TV film to clear out the plot of what happened.



Stanton Parrish is an excellent villain, probably the best written character on the show because we're close to being on his side. Except for Gary's dialog, they must have so much fun with that.
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i hope there is a 3 season Alphas is one of the best shows around
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Well I did like the ending... Rosen killing Parrish was basically what Parrish wanted no? When he says: "I want you to lead them..." Maybe Parrish wanted to die... But dying is easy... It is much more difficult to live.

I also liked the song at the end... it was eerie watching Gary wondering around...

I hope they get another season! If Haven & Warehouse 13 got another season and Alphas doesn't it would be so unfair!!!
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No it would be fair. They changed a working formula. And why should Parrish want a guy who exploits alphas to lead them? Lead them where? To where they are more useful to humans? Like a tool?
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Dr Rosen seems to be an Alpha, and his ability is to speak to dead people. Im suprised no one is saying this in the comments. His obviously not dead, he is a key to making the show good. That's the only way not to kill him off, being a Alpha. We haven't seen this ability in the show as no one he cares about has died yet.
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He doesn't care about anyone, so that should be easy. And you can't talk to dead people. As they no longer exist.
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I'm hoping for a season 3; I thought this season was great overall.

- haha I weirdly liked the whole johnny appleseed song too...I actually weirdly like Parish overall....hmm

- MARK PELLEGRINO! (sorry I just had to get that out of my system)

- I think Rosen will come back as some sort of alpha - they can\t kill his character

Overall me likey
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WIth all the comparisons people have made between Alphas and X-Men, it was nice to see Bill and Kat do a Fastball Special.
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Series Finale
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Gary was unaffected due to looking out away from the light or at his phone. Also his autism could be the reason. The team will rise in season 3 and Rosen will be an Alpha. That is the only reason that they showed the homeless guy getting an ability. Parish will be obtained again and questioned but some other bad guy will show. Remember the main team guys for Parish did not die. On Rosens ability, maybe something to do with his daughter.
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the way season 3 is gonna go down is so obvious that it wont even be a shock.... the light is supposed to kill everything that isnt an alpha (well all humans anyway)... dr rosen was hit... hes like the charles xavier of the team so I know they wont kill him off, especially not this early considering no one on the team seems to have the qualificattions (or mental prowess) to lead the team.... which means the big "shock" of season 3 will be Rosen waking up and thus being revealed to be an alpha
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Except the photostim isnt supposed to kill every non-Alpha. It was made quite clear that some of them will die while some of them will actually become Alphas. So Dr Rosen waking up as an Alpha is quite possible. Only it wouldnt be the cop-out you seem to imply it would be.
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This was such a great show when it started, But when the new writers took over in season 2 it has steadily gone downhill. My sincere hope is that they either give it another season with another set of new writers or if they won't do that, at least do a movie to tie up loose ends.
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the ending was cut methinks



what should of happened is rosen wakes up or at least moves slightly a bit like gary's mum.



gary being autistic/alpha means his brain chemistry is different form both human / alpha a hybrid if you will so he was immune.



so if parish 'ability is under his control maybe since he got knocked out he will grow extra limbs and be a freak ?



rosen seeing danny was defo something to do with danny touching him as she died like leaving her 'final wish' to avenge her. i reckon rosen could be a 'sleeper/dormant alpha' how else be that smart and raise a daughter who is ? oh wait right out of left field we meet danny's mother..



other wise how has the memory girl not forgotten stuff by now ? other than the 'iphone'
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Add your comment...I don't usually hold television shows to as high of standards as feature-length films with regards to scientific/factual minutiae, or the congruence between characters' relationships/emotional turmoils and episodic plots. Those are, and forever will be, the bane to viewers' enjoyment in most television series, especially science fiction. I like Alphas for the same reasons I like Eureka, Chuck, The Avatar saga, and Dexter- being adventurous, giving life to novel or classic science fiction ideas/powers, and having unique action/drama scenarios that provokes viewers' minds to think about the "if's" and the "but's" to things that may not have ever existed in one's thoughts at all.
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I liked the final - I hope the show is going to be renew for season 3. So Rosen is now an Alpha (Ghost Dani is his ability). That's interesting twist.

I think Erin Way and Summer Glau should join the main cast. I really like their characters.
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Omg omg.. PLEASE PLEASE... RENEW ALPHAS FOR A SEASON 3!!!.. Any one knows a petition site? Does petitions works?? I love this show.. and the finale was so heart breaking! ... Boo!!!
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I'm told mailing food works...anybody got any pudding?
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A sequel is almost not probable: imagine all Alphas in that station getting buffed x5. Gary's autism is now under control, and Rosen gets a mind meld with Dani's mind. Danielle made Rosen an Alpha. This show is over?
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While Danielle lay dying she was told not to die. What was that light when she touched Rosen's face? I am guessing this manifestation is linked to that instance.
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I stopped watching 1 episode into this season. Personally, I find this show very underwhelming.... I have kept up w/ the reviews though, and it seems like I didnt miss anything too spectacular!
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If you didn't care to watch it anymore, then why are you bothering to comment? It is such a useless comment, as are all such comments, based on the opinions of others, without firsthand information, as in actually watching it. You can't find something underwhelming, that you haven't watched. You speak in the present tense. You should have used past tense, concerning only the first season.

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You know, not to be overly rude, but I think the explanation for why you seem to express a difficulty in following the story of the episode has nothing to do with the episode itself. I think perhaps you are just dumb, or maybe, to be more charitable, you weren't actually paying attention. Nothing about the episode was confusing, it never broke previously established rules(except for Gary seeming to be immune to the photostims, but that's more of an addendum than a break) and the Dani ghost thing was made very clear that it was just Rosen's current medical state causing him to hallucinate. I'm not sure why the major electrical grid stuff was confusing to you, it was pretty straightforward. If you had payed any attention at all at the end you would have known exactly how much of the city was affected because they told you. It was only the station, because they couldn't shut down the generator, they could only sever it's connection to the rest of the city. Also, we already knew that photostims knocked out everyone affected. We've seen it in previous situations, specifically with Nina. Even if it doesn't kill you, it does put you out. Presumably Gary was not rendered unconscious because his brain is so different. Finally, they needed Rosen to make some kind of choice similar to the one he did. The last few episodes Rosen has slowly become just as bad as Parish. They only had two choices. They could either let him keep sliding and essentially just become another villain, or they could give him a redemption moment and show us he is still capable of being the Rosen he used to be. I am very glad they chose the latter. Honestly Tim, nothing about this episode was even kind of confusing and the fact that you were claiming confusion by it is only explainable as either a ploy for the sake of the tone of the article, your stupidity, or just you not paying any attention. No matter which explanation is the truth, it still speaks ill of you.
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Totally agree. Tim wasn't paying attention!
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I kinda have to agree with most of this. Well mainly about the confusing plot, because it really was pretty clear all the way.

However, I do agree with Tim on the fact that Rosen turning back was not good. Perhaps him getting to that point was even unnecessary. Writers wrote themselves into a corner. After all this anger and convincing us that Parish needs to die by Hicks' and Rosen's hand - a copout. Normally it would not bother me that much, but Homeland has rose the bar on "writers with balls". Rosen needed to change his mind either one or two episodes ago, or actually kill Parish or be stopped by outside factors (Clay, Bill, whatever) - anything that is in all means capable of doing that and then show Rosen trying to kill Stanton up until he loses conscience due to blood loss. Then he still would have showed his conviction and could be redeemed during the season break.

Also Dani hallucination was not a good choice as well. They rarely are. It's nice to see Dani, but hallucinations are a TV gimmick. They are a tool to move plot or bring out manufactured drama or whatever. Not extremely bad but could have been better.
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I wouldnt put it quite as insulting and rude as you but in general you were right. Nothing about this episode was confusing. They made it very clear why everything was happening they way it did (except maybe for Gary - but its kinda easy to figure out). And Im glad they pulled Rosen back from the brink instead of turning him into a villain. Because that was basically the only other alternative. He simply decided to honor the memory of his daughter by not becoming a ruthless killer.



But again...you didnt have to be quite as insulting and rude about it.
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Ghost Dani: Dumb. I can't think of a hallucination I've liked.

Rosen's "If we kill him, what would that make us?": Even dumber. Yes, the man has a point, but it makes no sense that he should just realize that *now:

Rosen's strategy: What the hell? At least call Hicks!

Simon & Garfunkel: Excellent choice. Seeing the device go off and knock everybody out, and then have Gary walk around there while that song was playing was great. It was by far my favorite moment ever on Alphas.

The episode: Bad, with some awesomeness at the end. Too much time wasted on a harmless old man with hallucinations and an idiotic plan.

The show: Not good enough. I don't think I will watch next season. I'm not sure why I watched this one.
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I think the significance of the ending has to do with a fact that people are either overlooking or just not understanding. The Alphas are not just "passed out" at the end because of some miscalculation in Parish's plan. But in the episode where Rachel powers were amplified it was stated that "IF" she survived the flashing lights then her powers would be stronger. So the cliffhanger is big either way: either some of the Alpha team is dead or some of their powers have been amplified. Either way it makes for an interesting Season 3.
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For me Alphas went into shambles mood after Dani's unnecessary death. After that stunt all remains of plausibility and sofistication left the building and show went into only one wacky direction for whole three (or more don't remember) episodes - Dr.Rosen got unstable seeking revenge for her dead daughter (that's pretty much it for the rest of season after that idiotic action-packed episode when Dani died). I wonder what happened with writers that day? till that rushed episode everything was fine and pace was smart and nicely detailed (dramatic value was solid) all seemed logical. and then they decided to rush over Dani going undercover thing and got her killed quickly in the end of that same episode.

and then many many action-packed episodes of running around like chickens with no heads trying desparately find Parish. Only good thing that came out of this doubtful decision (of rushing through Dani's undercover story and Rosen's emotional struggle) is Rosen's torturing alpha douche in previous episode. That's all.

And please kill off Kat. or send her away for classy chicks school. she's so annoying. why she needs to do all her stunts with so much pretense? and all that bitching around?

and Rachel should be alone. period. she's would be nagging girlfriend. she's saying aloud things that shouldn't be said at all. she's awful in relationships. and when she said to her boyfriend (forget his name) - I must stay after he said he loves her, I imagined she would say then coz writers told me so))) it was so forced and painful to watch.

Where did all sofistication and elegance of this series go?
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I really liked the episode. I thought it was great. It isn't the first time on television that a character is dead set on doing something and then doesn't. I never expected Rosen to kill Parish. Would you really want your hero to be a cold blooded killer? Except for Dexter of course. I don't think it was overly complicated. First a couple of cities were affected, then just New York, then just a part of New York and then just Grand Central Station. Also, is it weird that i call Bill and Kat for best couple on tv right now? The end was executed almost perfectly imo. The only thing missing from the episode was that Parish didn't get a chance to react to the Teams effort to stop the Flashlights. In fact, he didn't even know that his plan was completely thwarted. What was missing from your review was the conclusion that we finally found out what Parish wants for Rosen. He wanted him to lead the Alphas, to build the world he thought envisioned. Great finale. I can't wait for season 3.
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Gary has to best the best character on TV right now and the actor playing him deserves some recognition... "How's your mother doing? Oh, she's BORING!" priceless.
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I love what the actor has done to this character, but I hate his superpower. It doesn't make any sense. (Yes, it makes less sense than most other other superpowers).
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He is flawless in his character from the moment he step up with this role. I don't believe he acts and I said that before too. He doesn't do much, he doesn't show emotions much and the way he reacts to the situation by not involving is toughest part of acting.
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My take on Ghost Dani and "her" change of mind: When Rosen first saw her, he commented that he had to be in shock because he was seeing hallucinations, so he knew all along that she wasn't real. She was the relay for information deep in mind to get past the pain to where he could actually use it - but she also carried some of his deep emotions, like his desire to kill Parish. When he was in that mode, his "inner" Dani was urging him on because she was reflecting his own feelings, just as she had been reflecting his own knowledge past the pain so he could find Parish. When finally confronted with Parish, however, he realized that the real Dani would not want him to do that, his "inner" Dani was able to reflect that truth to him as well, to let him know he was right to hold back and spare Parish.



You often see scenes where someone is bound and determined to kill someone, and as they're holding the gun they're issuing threats until their conscience breaks through and reminds them that they're not that kind of person, and they back off. That's basically what happened here, but we saw the realization played out in Dani's responses rather than on Rosen's face.
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If he is in shock and that's the reason why he sees Dani. How come he sees more then one Dani when he is handed the mobile phone at the subway station? (And who was the dude giving him the mobile in the first place...)
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The guy with the phone was one of Stanton's men.
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I liked it :)



role on season 3
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I actually liked the finale, despite all of it's shortcomings. I did wish that Parish got his comeuppance, but think of it this way, the Rosen/Parish dynamic is one of the best relationships on TV. The two actors have buckets of talent and chemistry between them. It would be a shame to kill off Parish only to have another less awesome baddie step forward to take his place. I'm looking forward to see how their relationship will change in S3 (Alphas is gonna be renewed, let's not kid ourselves).

I didn't like the Kat pissiness parts, but I enjoyed the Hallucination Dani. From what I got, she acted sort of as Rosen's subconscious. She yelled at him to kill Parish so that he would realize how wrong it was. Twisted logic, but psychology never is straightforward.

What I'm looking forward to next season is an explanation of how Rosen can survive the photostims. I'm pretty sure the show isn't THAT rebellious as to kill off it's best actor, but unless Rosen is secretly an Alpha (and there are plenty of internet theorists out there that believe this), I don't see how he can survive unless they give him GodMode power or something.
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Didn't like it at all really, felt ,like the part one of finale. Agree with it feeling like a filler episode. I didn't want to spend the majority of the episode with Rosen and Dani only to be let down. I wasn't surprised by the fact that Rosen didn't want to kill Parish in the end. I think Hicks agreeing was a little more out of character. It take Hicks to actually recognize that Stanton loved and cared about Dani for him to see it as a punishment to live with the guilt of killing her. I dislike the closing scene all together, the cliffhanger doesn't leave me with any questions really except "WTF that's it?"



I always feel like if there are loads to nitpick about that the episode didn't do that great at keeping focused on the more important things. Like Rosen being shot, but semi healed getting around NY into a hospital and stealing drugs. Him pulling this off while healthy seems a little risky let alone being weak from being shot, lack of energy, rest, food, etc. How was he able to even stand when he reached the station. I know the woman healed him some, but if she wanted him to go to the ER if he wasn't going to stay there says she healed very little. But him being delusional and talking to hid imaginary dead daughter, lets just throw it all out the window.



Only favorite bit was when Rachel corrected Kat saying "we" did it. And Skylar was all like "well, i did it..." haha



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While I agree that this finale is a bit disappointing, it is not as bad as you said.



And it's not actually that hard to follow the story :



Parish tried to kill millions with the electric bombs in the episode when Dani was killed. Then our team installed the grid protectors to prevent another incident of electric bombs but Parish's plan B was to use the grid protectors to create the photostim. Since it was impossible to put to remove all the grid protectors, our team tried shut down the electricity and therefore headed to the generator.



And I like that Rosen didn't kill Parish because Rosen is NOT a murderer. He wanted to be a killer (The ghost Dani in his subconscious was pushing him) but he chose to resist the urge to kill. This IS the Rosen we know, a man who always wants to distinguish the good from the bad.



BTW, I'm surprised that no one talked about Parish's plan of letting Rosen in charge of the new world.
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Some minor typo in my post :



*it was impossible to remove all the grid protectors
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You might be right about it not being as bad I said. I guess I expected a lot out of it, and was pretty disappointed.
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Why wasn't Gary affected?



I didn't warm up to Kat much, but I enjoyed when she asked to be thrown during the gun fight.
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My theory is that Gary wasn't affected because of his autism. Just like he's push resistant, he isn't affected by the photo stims. It's just a theory though.
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I want to touch on some things you said, Mr. Surette.



You said,



1. "... there was a bit of inconsistency when Ghost Dani was begging Rosen to shoot and kill and stab Parish at the end of the episode, and Rosen declared that that wasn't what his daughter would want, and then Ghost Dani shut up and smiled in agreement. I suppose it makes sense if we accept the fact that Ghost Dani was a product of Rosen's view of her, but then why would she tell Rosen to kill Parish only to have Rosen say that wasn't what she wanted? Me confusey." Actually, there wasn't any inconsistency. Rosen wanted revenge and he was still grieving over Dani's death. Ghost Dani was a manifestation of Rosen's desire for revenge and his grief. He knew Dani wouldn't have wanted him to kill Parish, but he had convinced HIMSELF that that's what she wanted. Then he came back to his senses and realized he had been lying to himself. Oh and Dani wasn't a ghost. She was an hallucination. Big difference.



2. "And nothing slows down momentum than a bunch of dialogue that sounds like it's being read from an operating manual." What the hell are you talking about? There was no such type of dialogue.



3. "Parish's plan involved flashing super-lights to amp up Alphas and fry humans by using the national power grid at 8:18pm, I think?" Parish's plan did certainly involve that.



4."And Parish networked the city with mini-photic stimulators inside the power inhibitors that were being used to stop Parish's photic stimulators, I think?" He, in fact, did.



5. " So then the plan to stop Parish's plan became turn off the power all over the country, I think?" That was most certainly the plan.



6. "And then everyone realized New York City was on a series of transformers designed to keep running because of 9/11, I think?" That's what the characters said.



7. "So Skyler made a contraption to turn off all the transformers, but then the power came back on because of a backup power generator that was located underneath Grand Central Station, I think?" She did and the power did come back on because of a backup generator under Grand Central Station.



8. " All Rosen had to do was inject Parish with the blood-thinning agents he'd stolen from the hospital to counteract Parish's Alpha ability to heal, and Parish would be dead. But Rosen, who'd been awfully firm in his stance to get justice for Dani's murder under any circumstance, pulled back and had a change of heart, saying that killing Parish wasn't what Dani would've wanted and if he killed Parish he'd be just as bad as Parish and all that silly reasoning writers come up with to take their characters off the hook. This was disappointing to say the least." Actually it wasn't. It was unexpected, but not disappointing. Rosen had been blinded by his grief, then he came around and realized this and realized revenge was wrong. It wasn't silly reasoning. Happens all the time, dude.



9. "It was the exact opposite of what made the Season 1 finale so badass." The Season 2 finale was still "badass" just not in the same way the Season 1 finale was and that was a good thing. I for one don't want season finales that are just carbon copies of each other. Each season finale should be different than the last. The Alphas Season 2 finale hit that mark.



10. "Here, I have to say he pussed out." No he didn't, unless you think not killing someone makes a person a pussy. If so then God help you.



11. "And after spending so many episodes turning Rosen into a man so committed to avenging his daughter's death that he was willing to break every rule in the book, put members of his team in danger (Kat and Nina), and burn down an old cabin, Alphas totally undid all of that in a second." That was the direction all along. It was a sort of story of someone wanting revenge and doing everything they have to to draw the person they want revenge on out, but then realizing that revenge is not the answer. It was great.



12. "First there was the Rosen who'd been written ever since Dani got blown up by Parish, and it was good. Then there was the Rosen who suddenly changed his mind, and it was bad." Both Rosens were good, bozo!



13. " Everyone inside collapsed, and maybe Parish forgot to carry a 1 somewhere, because all the Alphas collapsed, too. All except Gary, who was the only one left standing..." Yea, I don't disagree here, but I do want to know why Gary wasn't affected. Can someone else possibly answer that for me?



14. "...and walked through the station to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York," which lyrically suited the scene but tonally? Perhaps something a little more sombersay, The Smithswould have been better?" No, I don't think so. I think the music fit perfectly with the ending scene.



15. " I'm all for cliffhangers when they're used in conjunction with some form of closure. But in "God's Eye," the season just ended with nothing for us to ponder during the break except for, "Why?" Everyone sort of won. The team successfully stopped Parish's plan from destroying the country and Parish got to kill (maybe) a bunch of people." It wasn't about who would win. It was about who would survive. Whether we wanted Rosen to win or not, we all knew Stanton's plan was going to happen in some way. It did leave us asking "why?" It left us asking why Gary was the only one in Grand Central Station who wasn't affected. It also left us asking "what?", as in what's going to happen in Season 3 if Alphas is renewed? It also left us asking "who?" and "how?", as in who's dead and who's going to get up and how come those who get up can get up and aren't dead.



16. "...But neither Rosen nor Hicks got their revenge for Dani's death, and that's what's sticking out not that the season is done." That was what was great about it. I mean really, did they really need to get revenge? Also, that's definitely not what's sticking out.



17. "This was a confusing end to a season that had shown signs of improvement and daring storytelling. Why it spent so much time going in one direction only to take it all back in the finale is boggling." It wasn't at all "boggling"...well, maybe for you, but I mean you sound like the type of guy who'd be confused by an episode of 'The Looney Tunes Show'.



18. "A couple scenes that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the episode: Gary's continuing trouble with his hospitalized mother and Kat's pissiness. Both situations had emotional weight to them, particularly Gary's, but neither of them were resolved and neither one added a thing to the rest of the hour. What was the point?" They fit. I don't know about Kat's problem, but Gary's trouble was resolved. Gary's mother did come out of her blankness or whatever, so that was resolved. The point of both Kat's pissiness and Gary's mother trouble was to let us know that even though they were superpowered super agents, they still had their problems like everyone else.



19. "A couple other scenes that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the episode but didn't have any emotional weight: the quick romantic cuts to Nina and Hicks and Rachel and John. Where did these come from?" Totally made sense if you had watched the previous episodes, which obviously you didn't.



So, yes, I did think this was a great Season 2 finale for Alphas. I hope Syfy renews the show, but I'm pretty sure they will. It's too good of a show for then not to.
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I couldn't have said it better I was pretty much this review made me laugh. I'm thinking they need to hire someone new to do reviews and get rid of this guy
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I generally agree with all of your arguments, except for your very last sentence. Good shows get cancelled all the time, hehe. But yes, I also hope that it is renewed.
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I see your points. I think the difference between our feelings on Rosen's decision not to kill Parish and say, "That's not what Dani would have wanted" comes down what you say: "Happens all the time, dude." I didn't want something that happened all the time, I wanted the writers to continue him on this path that they daringly put him on.



Anyway, great comments!
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Huh, that was a weird (slightly melancholy) ending to a really boring finale. The entire hour had the same level of excitement as a filler episode.

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I disagree with you on this episode, I thought it was fantastic and though the end was Confusing and maybe not cohesive with the rest of the season. I really need this to get renewed
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A couple other scenes that didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the episode but didn't have any emotional weight: the quick romantic cuts to Nina and Hicks and Rachel and John. Where did these come from?



This makes me think you didn't watch last season or this one. They all think they're about to die. Dani is dead, so Nina obviously is Hicks' potential love interest again. As for Rachel and John, same thing. they think they're going to die. The fact that they all are involved, and they all are in the same place, working with each other, with unresolved relationship issues, it fit that those scenes were in there.



What you're suggesting is like if the world was about to end and you were locked in your house with your wife and just said, "Well, we better find shelter, or we're fucked." You wouldn't say that you love her, or that she meant anything to you?



You're a cold motherf***er Tom...
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Wasn't the best season finale I've seen. I was hoping the Dani hallucinations were the affects of an Alpha, Stanton was using on Rosen in order to get him to kill him. Like the most complicated suicide in the World. I liked that Gary wasn't affected by the strobes, I wish there was another season finale following this one, might tie things up more nicely.
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I had the same thought regarding Rosen's hallucinations of Dani. When Rosen declined Parish's wish that he take over, while Dani was yelling at Rosen to kill him, Parish kind of looked over at where Dani was standing and had a look on his face of... slight surprise? And Rosen had a look of triumph of some sort. It made it all seem like Rosen was proud of himself for going against the hallucination that Stanton somehow created, and Stanton was surprised that Rosen knew what was going on...

But it all seems a little convoluted, and Dani's smile as Rosen refused doesn't really fit that theory either, so I'm inclined to go with the more simple answer and figure she was just a run-of-the-mill going-into-shock hallucination.
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There seemed to be a shot during the final confrontation with Stanton where Danielle was standing next to Rosen, then they cut immediately to what appeared to be a reverse shot of Danielle standing alone. As if Rosen were looking at her even though she was standing next to him a second ago. Made it look like there were two Danielles.
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I thought that the Dani in this episode was planted somehow by the memory hobbit, and at the end, Rosen realizes that bloodthirsty Dani is out of character for her. This is also why ghost-Dani seemed to know so much about Parrish's plan, whereas if ghost-Dani is a figment of Rosen's psyche, he wouldn't know all those details. Parrish thinks that culling the herd is necessary and is willing to do it, but ideologically it isn't for him, and the only way to prove that is to not stick around for the aftermath. This also explains why he was so ticked off that his henchman didn't follow his order to keep Rosen alive... Rosen is supposed to kill him.



One thing this cliffhanger SHOULD settle right away in season 3, episode 1(assuming season 3, episode 1 comes to exist, of course) is whether or not Rosen actually has an Alpha ability or not. I think he does, and I think Parrish suspects that he does, too.
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So, Rosen might be an alpha after all!
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