A good many of us are still reeling from the burn of NBC’s “Heroes,” a show that started off brilliantly and then declined into an incoherent, repetitive mess. I know when I first heard about SyFy developing its own version of an everyman superhero drama, I immediately wrote it off with a mental been there—done that note. But, you know how it is; you start reading about the frighteningly awful array of new shows being readied for fall and you get a little desperate. What I thought would be the most exciting of the new science fiction crop, Ron Moore’s “17th Precinct,” wasn’t picked up and thus far, not much else has caught my eye. So at this point, what can it hurt to watch a trailer or two?
Created by Zak Penn (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers), is about a group of crime-fighting humans with extraordinary abilities, gathered, studied and led by Dr. Leigh Rosen (Academy Award nominated/Emmy winning actor, David Strathairn, Good Night and Good Luck). While the trailer might not blow you away, along with its pedigreed creators and actors, there is potential. I like the idea that they are functioning as an extended arm of law enforcement, rather than individuals being persecuted (as in “Heroes”).
“Alphas” premieres July 11th on SyFy and also stars Ryan Cartwright (“Bones, Mad Men”), Callum Keith Rennie (“The Killing, Battlestar Galactica”), Christie (“Happy Town,” October Road), Laura Mennell (Watchmen, “Smallville, Supernatural”), Azita Ghanizada (“Friends with Benefits, NCIS, Castle”) and Malik Yoba (“Defying Gravity, Girlfriends”).