Episodes: 24 (hour)
TV show dates: July 11, 2011 — October 22, 2012
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: David Strathairn, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, Malik Yoba, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, and Erin Way.
TV show description:
In this TV show, five ordinary people are brought together to form one extraordinary team of Alphas. They have the unique power to stretch the capabilities of the human mind which gives them superhuman physical and mental abilities — Alpha Skills. They operate within the Defense Criminal Investigation Service of the U.S. Department of Defense and investigate cases that point to others using Alpha abilities for questionable or illegal reasons.
The team is led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Doctor Lee Rosen (David Strathairn). He has a long history of working with patients suffering from neurological disorders. Though not an Alpha himself, Doctor Rosen has become the unconventional leader of the team and his nurturing personality and fatherly wisdom are instrumental in holding the group together — particularly when stresses and personality conflicts threaten to tear them apart.
A former FBI agent, Bill Harken (Malik Yoba) adheres strictly to procedure and protocol. He’s also a hyperadrenal Alpha who’s able to summon amazing strength by consciously activating the “fight-or-flight” response. With a flood of adrenaline, pain receptors are subdued and for a short bursts of time, he experiences super-human strength and a resistance to harm that borders on invulnerability.
Cameron Hicks (Warren Christie) has lived a hard life and the scars are evident in his personality. His run-ins with the law and the medical and military establishment have created a deep sense of distrust in authority. A former Army sniper and minor league baseball pitcher, Hicks has an unusual condition called “hyperkinesis.” His mind’s imaging systems and muscle control are perfectly in tune with the motor skills center of his brain. As a result he possesses flawless aim, perfect balance, and greatly enhanced motor skills.
Nina Theroux (Laura Mennell) is many things — worldly and sophisticated, attractive and intelligent, complex and manipulative. Her Alpha skill is called “influencing” and it involves the disruption of specific neural pathways in the cerebral cortex that leave the brain vulnerable to suggestion. It’s Nina’s curse to know that those aware of her ability, can’t distinguish if she’s being genuine or if she’s controlling them.
Gary Bell (Ryan Cartwright) is in his twenties and is sensitive to many factors of his environment. Dependent on a rigorous routine, Gary is also a “transducer” — otherwise known as a human antennae. His neural synapses have the ability to “read” a wide range of frequencies including television, radio, and cell phone signals. Gary’s Alpha skill allows him to intercept communications and encrypted messages but it can also be overwhelming for him when he’s unable to turn the signals off.
And finally, Rachel Pizad (Azita Ghanizada) is a pretty, timid girl in her early twenties. She’s been sheltered from society by her protective parents. Rachel is a “synesthete” and this allows her to enhance one sense while rendering her remaining senses temporarily useless. This often leaves her vulnerable to danger.
Episode #24 — God’s Eye
Wounded but determined, Dr. Rosen struggles across town, urged on by hallucinations of his dead daughter Dani. In order to stop the bleeding, Dr. Rosen visits an Alpha who can help and then forces himself to keep moving. All he has to go on is the clue he got from Mitchell: That Parish wants to watch the explosions with a “God’s eye view.”
With time running out, Dr. Rosen visits Gary at the hospital where he is taking care of his mother. Gary finds out that Parish was responsible for construction of the Empire State Building and Dr. Rosen thinks this must be the God’s eye view Parish mentioned. He jumps on a train and plans to transfer at Grand Central Station.
Back at the office, tensions are high. Bill is concerned about Dr. Rosen but he won’t allow that concern to override his main priority: Stopping Parish’s imminent attack. Meanwhile, Kat is still livid that the Alpha team put her in harms way—a fact that makes it hard to focus on the matters at hand.
Deep underground, a few electrical works accidentally trigger an explosion. The workers die instantly but a homeless man finds that the explosion has turned his voice into a weapon. Rachel uses her senses and discovers that the “surge protectors” the government just installed all over the country are actually miniature photic stimulators. After consulting with Skylar, Agent Cley and Bill agree to do the only thing they can: Shut down the power to the national grid. Unfortunately, that solution won’t work in NYC. Skylar will have to build a work-around.
At the hospital, Gary’s mom wakes up from her coma long enough to tell Gary to help Dr. Rosen. Gary tracks Dr. Rosen to Grand Central Station where Dr. Rosen has realized that the ceiling of Grand Central Station is the “God’s eye view” that Parish meant, not the Empire State Building.
At Alpha Headquarters, Skylar’s new device does indeed kill the power in New York City but Grand Central Station has a separate generator to keep the trains running—Gary and Dr. Rosen are right in the belly of the beast! Worried, the rest of the team rushes to Grand Central to help. Parish, however, has anticipated this and set a trap for them. Bill and Kat take the Red Flag terrorists down while Rachel and Skylar attack the generator. Elsewhere, Dr. Rosen confronts Stanton Parish but refuses to kill him. Cameron, however, has no such compunction: He shoots Parish, killing him—at least for the moment.
Skylar hits a snag with the generator. She’s able to shut down power to the rest of New York but she can’t cut the power to Grand Central. In the following explosion, everyone falls to the ground, Alphas and humans alike, except for Gary who was somehow unaffected. Is the whole team dead, or will they awake with even stronger Alpha powers?
First aired: October 22, 2012.
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