It wasn’t the season finale, but it sure felt like one. ALPHAS: The Devil Will Drag You Under was a thrill a moment episode with some nice twists and an ‘Electrifying’ climax. If you’re new to ALPHAS, don’t go seeing this episode ’til you’ve at least seen the beginning of season 2 (if you’re not patient enough to start with season 1).
In this episode, Hick awol’s over to Stanton Parish’s side because he’s upset that Dr. Rosen turned in his daughter to the NSA. Parish tests his loyalties and probes his mind with the use of his resident telepath Agnes. Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica) guest stars as the psychic probing alpha that painfully extrudes information from your brain.
In a nutshell, Stanton’s plan all along was to disrupt societies current state of technology, and set things back to a simpler less destructive time. In conjunction to creating more powerful Alphas, Parish also wanted to cause major anarchy with the terroristic killing of millions of people. I like how the plot played out, but it definitely reminded me of HEROES and their .7% plan to get man to stop all the infighting across the world. Really this goes all the way back to Alan Moore’s plot of THE WATCHMEN if you’ve noticed.
To all intent and purposes, Hicks looks like he’s become a traitor to his Alphas team. He even passed Agnes’ mind probe as proof to Parish that he was done with the Alphas. But as the episode revealed, it was a desperate plan to rescue Dani from Parish and stop whatever act of terrorism he was going to do.
The episode was awesome because of the several things it accomplished. We saw what kind of resources Parish had at his disposal, and we saw to what extent he was willing to go to accomplish his goals. Not only killing a million New Yorkers, but be willing to sacrifice those he held dear. The audience also got an example of how formidable the Alpha team is when they really put their powers together with desperate determination. Finally, it was a turning point for Dr. Rosen to take the gloves off because the war just got personal.
There are only 4 episodes left for the season. If they reach a higher level of drama than this past episode, then we fans are in for a thrill ride, and Alphas will be one of the best Scifi dramas on TV right now (as if it’s not already). ALPHAS comes on Monday nights at 8pm, 10pm and 12pm on Syfy, so you have no excuse to miss it.