It’s interesting how, in the years since Star Trek, Brent Spiner’s niche, more and more, is malevolent. He’s definitely got the “Lore” side down pat. (Trekker reference.) In the latest episode of Alphas, Blind Spot, Spiner had a fine guest turn and an interesting ability. Both guest alphas had interesting abilities (I was so sick of variations on “push”), and we’re getting a nice illustration of the complexity of factions. SPOILERS AHOY: It’s not “us versus them” when two different enemies are also fighting each other.
I love how the basics of the team stay the same, but they keep changing the game. The cracks in the building seem kind of…you can’t fix that by cleaning up, so we could have a new office soon; maybe for S2. Certainly this episode showed us that the DOD is interested in giving the team a more secure location, although eliminating “holding cell” as part of their function is a good idea.
I love how the romance between Cameron and Nina is progressing for the same reason; that it’s being allowed to progress in ways that will change the show’s mix.
I’m intrigued by Bill losing his power and getting it back. On the surface it appears cheesy, but I don’t think so. “Cheesy” like, as long as I’m being a Trek nerd, how every woman Kirk loved would die: You have to maintain the status quo for the lead characters, so she’s doomed. But we could easily have opened this episode with, “Well, Jonas’s affect on my ability finally wore off, la-de-dah.” We didn’t, and I suspect that means some complex character exploration for Bill.
I’m only sorry that the episode seemed to have been built around the final line, Rachel’s “It’s not going to get any easier, is it?” That one seems to have been written with Duh-duh-DUMMMMMMM in mind, and it was too trite. But otherwise, this was a rocking good episode with a lot of tension and intrigue.