Syfy has released a trailer for the upcoming season of its super hero drama, Alphas.
The trailer doesn’t really disclose any plot points, as it only offers up some new footage of the characters, along with a reminder about the themes of the show (normal vs. abnormal and the responsibilities of power).
There is a notable lack of any Summer Glau in this trailer which is disappointing. I was hoping that her character, Skylar, would become a regular, though the plot would have to be stretched a bit to make that work after what happened last time she appeared.
The first season ended with a great cliffhanger, so it’s good to see it return, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. The second season will primarily deal with the ramifications of Rosen’s announcement to the world at the end of season one. The world knows that Alphas exist now, and Red Flag can no longer use secrecy as a weapon against the team, but what unintended consequences will this produce?
My hope is that they do not completely abandon the individual cases. So often shows like this get bogged down with the sub plots, and stop introducing us to new cases and adventures. The "monster a week" format is working for Alphas, and the subplots can remain subplots. The worst thing that the writers could do for this show is stop introducing a new Alpha each episode. The characters are great, but they can’t support the plot without the weekly case.
The official synopsis is thus:
Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (Strathairn), investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.
The new season of Alphas begins July 23rd, 2012 on Syfy. If you need to catch up, the first season is available on Amazon Instant Video.