Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I’m Watching: Alphas

Alphas: Season 2, Episode 9 “The Devil Will Drag You Under” (B+)

This episode didn’t waste any time, jumping right into the story and fast-forwarding to the point where Cameron was already operating on his own trying to get Dani back in whatever way he could. It was good to see Kandyse McClure, best known as Dee from “Battlestar Galactica,” staying true to her sci-fi roots as the mysterious Scipio, whose powers mirrored Dani’s but were far more harmful to those around her. Her fascination with Cameron and his ability to hide his plan, courtesy of Nina, from her, was truly interesting, and it’s always great to see a supposed villain who can’t quite decide which side she’s on. Dani’s grand gesture to call and distract Stanton while Gary worked to disarm the devastating effects of the explosion was a harbinger of doom, and it ended up being all the more melancholy since Gary did succeed in dampening the effects of the explosion but Dani died anyway. Stanton pulling the trigger knowing that she was inside and then telling his associate that their plan worked is bad news, because it assumes that a weakening of Dr. Rosen and his team is crucial to his plot. Nina telling Dani not to die made for an intense but ultimate unsuccessful moment. Dani was never quite central to the plot, but I suspect that, in death, her role will only increase, as both Dr. Rosen and Cameron are infinitely more motivated to take down Stanton now that he has taken away someone that they both loved.

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