I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is nothing more frustrating then having a show end on a cliffhanger that is never resolved due to the show being cancelled. And Alphas is a prime example of this frustrating phenomenon.
Airing on the SyFy channel from 2011-2012, Alphas followed five individuals known as ‘Alphas’ who possess extraordinary abilities, such as hyperkinesis, the ability to see electromagnetic radiation, heightening one’s senses, and so on. These Alphas use their abilities to solve criminal cases involving other Alphas, and the story develops from this basis. The group is led by neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (David Strathairn). For the first season, the group consists of:
- Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright): an autistic young man who has the ability to see all electromagnetic radiation/wavelengths and process information as fast as a computer.
- Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie): A former Marine whose brain can process movement at a much faster rate than others. As a result, he has superhuman reflexes, amazing timing and perfect accuracy with firearms, as well as predicting trajectory by eyesight.
- Rachel Pirzad (Azita Ghanizada): A former CIA linguist who can extraordinarily heighten one of her five senses by disabling all of the others. She also has synesthesia.
- Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell): A young woman who can mentally “push” people into doing whatever she verbally asks of them. However, if a person is “pushed” too many times, it can permanently destroy their brain.
- Bill Harken (Malik Yoba): A former FBI agent who can engage the “fight or flight” instinct at will, giving him increased durability, endurance, speed and strength.
Kat (Erin Way) joins the group in season 2: A mysterious young woman who can pick up any skill at a glance though it comes at the cost of her long-term memory.
It’s a great concept, even if it is slightly overdone (remember Heroes?), but it seemed to be a hit and was promptly renewed for season 2. Fast forward to the end of the second season: the Alphas are racing to stop a villainous Alpha from setting off a series of devices that will lead to “the end of the world.” The end of the episode sees everyone in New York City laying on the ground, whether dead or merely unconscious, we don’t know. Oh and did I mention most of our heroes are unaccounted for too? Yes, that is where the episode ends, and that is where the SERIES ends too. SyFy cancelled any plans for season 3, meaning we will never, EVER know if everyone in New York City is dead or not, we will never know what happened to most of our heroes and thinking about it is enough to drive me insane!!
Seriously, there should be a law that doesn’t allow a season to end on a cliffhanger unless it is known that the show will be renewed (I know that’s not really feasible, but hey, I can dream).
Did you sit through Alphas and , like me, get unbearably frustrated by the unresolved conclusion?? Let me know about it in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it.
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