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.