Alphas: God’s Eye View (Season Finale)

 Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm  Alphas  4 Responses »
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This has been an outstanding season of Alphas, and a real improvement over Season 1, but it hasn’t been perfect. There were gaps in last night’s season finale, God’s Eye, pacing problems, and moments of tension that simply weren’t all that tense. It was, nonetheless, exciting, and smart, and I’ll be back for next season (if it’s renewed, that is). Continue reading »

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Alphas: Need to Know

 Posted by on October 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm  Alphas  Comments Off
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Alphas - Need to Know - Dr. Rosen and Scipio

First of all, sorry for the confusion. Next week is the Alphas season finale. Last week’s “scenes from next week” said “Countdown to the Season Finale,” and I couldn’t find anything on syfy.com about the finale date, and I finally just assumed. The season finale is God’s Eye and airs on October 22.

This week we had Need to Know, another mostly stellar episode which did many things that Alphas always does well, but which fell down on a number of nitpicky details. Continue reading »

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