Alphas: Life After Death

 Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm  Alphas
Oct 022012

Alphas - Life After Death - Cameron grieves

I expected that Life After Death would be a contemplative episode of Alphas, exploring the feelings aroused by last week’s action-packed shock-ending bonanza, and I was right. The heart of the episode was Dr. Rosen’s slow exploration of grief. Warren Christie (Cameron Hicks) is not the actor David Strathairn (Rosen) is, so his grief, while profound, was not as complicated or as compelling. In Rosen we saw sorrow, anger, confusion, determination, composure, nostalgia, and guilt, all warring within a body bent by the burden it carries.

The adventure of the week involved an infant, whose name, despite Gary’s protestations, is Adam. Maybe it’s a cliché, but I think it was the right move. Life always has to follow death, and a baby is universally how we symbolize that. Obviously, the name “Adam” means a new beginning, and perhaps that’s heavy-handed, but Gary doing his Benjamin/Kyle overlay on it made it palatable, not to mention fun.

Adam also ties into the Stanton Parrish storyline, as we now know that medical experiments extend to infants. Parrish wasn’t mentioned specifically in conjunction with the lab, but it seems pretty clear to me, since he’s already messing around with scientific experimentation on Alpha subjects, and without regard to ethics or safety.

It was unexpected for Bill and his wife to bring home Adam. I thought there was going to be some kind of Circle of Life thing, and either Dr. Rosen or Cameron would end up with him. The actual result was sweet.

Another thing that makes sense, that is real, and grounded in how people respond to death, is Rachel choosing that particular day to make her move on John. Honestly, I’ve really liked this romance. But her sensory overload stuff is a reality for her, and depicting her sex life as being more or less like anyone else’s really breaks the premise of the show. If she can come to orgasm from a kiss (as has been established), then her kisses should be softer, gentler, less, ‘here are my wet yummy lips.’ Everything for her needs to be slowed down, and a certain amount of shut-down may be inevitable; the cutesy way it was handled was a mistake. On the other hand, Dad giving them privacy was adorable.

I’m going to call foul on one thing, and that is Evil Not-Mother calling Nina “bitch,” and then Nina later calling her “bitch.” I remember when I was reading reviews of Die Another Day, one reviewer complained about how old and sexist it was, that every time two women fight, “bitch” has to be uttered. That was ten years ago.

Despite small misgivings, this was another excellent episode. I feel like this is a show I can count on to deliver.


  3 Responses to “Alphas: Life After Death”

  1. The build up to Rachel being able to develop a tolerance for intimacy was interesting and well done, and then they dropped the ball. She uses the old Mask technique of focusing on one thing to drown everything else out, and then what happened? Had she been successful with that in the past in other situations? I wasn’t expecting softcore porn, but that was it? Everything after that moment with the music was rushed and trite. I agree that the scene with her father was endearing, but is it in line with everything else we know about her home life and with her relationship with her father? I understand that she was ready to break loose and challenge herself and her relationships, but it was all glossed over with a four-inch oil brush; one swipe, and all was fine. If there was an epiphany, or breakthrough moment, in-between round 1 and round 2, what was it? And that line “I think I discovered your Alpha ability” was completely hokey. It felt like the writers were bored with that part of her character development, and instead of working through it with a little dedication, they went the lazy route and got it out of the way. Okay. Okay. Practice makes perfect, but really? That’s all they felt it deserved? It didn’t need to be an additional 6-episode struggle, but I thought it deserved more than it got. I’m not looking forward to the quick, predictable, and cheesy conversation she’s going to have with Nina at the office.

    I liked the rest of the episode well enough, just like I do with most of the series. I don’t mean to harp on that situation, but it was the thing that shocked me out of my involvement in the episode. The characters and story were shortchanged, and it bugs me. I guess we now know why they don’t spend a lot of time on this aspect of the characters.

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