The show focuses on a group of mutants (who are known as alphas in this universe) that work for the government in dealing with dangers posed by other alphas. Here’s the 2012 Comic Con reel, with some spoilers for the first season’s plot (as it was made to promote the second season):
When I first started watching the series, I liked it well enough. It was another mutant show, but a well done one, with interesting characters. And then it started taking bigger risks, changing the game at the end of the first season, and from that point I had to keep watching. Also, Summer Glau guest starred, which was awesome.
I genuinely like most of the characters on this one, as it’s got a pretty diverse cast. Overall, I’d definitely say the characters are less quirky than other Syfy series like Eureka and Warehouse 13, though granted, I’ve only seen two episodes of Warehouse thus far. I’d say on Alphas, Rachel, an endearing but nervous character who’s often irritated due to her super senses powers, is the most quirky. And of course, this show has Gary, an autistic character who’s pretty endearing and quirky in his own right. Here’s an article dealing with the research for the portrayal of autism on the show.
I’d say the most fun part of the show is seeing the main cast play off each other.
Additionally, the conflict between the team and their employers steadily grows, and while the people they legitimately go up also do something wrong, it becomes increasingly obvious that both extremes are questionable. Therefore the group is also dealing with moral questions. And one team member especially has some serious moral issues to work through, given the type of powers she has and how she’s used them in the past (and present). The things she does are treated as being wrong, though personally I sometimes think there’s still a bit of under-reacting. But then, the show does tends to err on the side of sympathy, in general. Maybe because the team leader’s a psychologist?
Now that the second season’s playing, we can see how things play out now that the show has nominally gone back to the status quo. But nothing is ever quite the same, hard feelings linger, and going back to before is hard if not impossible. I can already see some of those dynamics in place in the first few episodes of season two. Here’s hoping we’ll get to see things fall apart in the later part of the season. I believe we will, if the previous season is any indication.