Alphas Season 2 Review “God’s Eye”

In the Alphas season two finale, “God’s Eye,” Dr. Rosen managed to wander the streets of New York hunting down Stanton Parish for at least ten hours despite profound blood loss from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

After being shot by one of Stanton Parish’s goons, Rosen entered into a delirium filled with visions of his daughter, Dani. His visions motivated him to stay alive and continue on to find Parish despite his failing physical state. Naturally, the first stop on his hallucination journey was to visit an Alpha with a remarkable healing ability who was located nearby. At her alternative medicine shop, Rosen was able to have the bullet removed from his abdomen and have his wounds temporarily closed off by her Alpha superpower.

This was probably the only way that Rosen could move around New York without checking into a hospital, but this sort of all-too-convenient set up was just one of many frustrating plot devices that plagued tonight’s season finale. Right as a character would come up against a challenge, things would happen to fall conveniently into place. For example, despite the additional strain all that walking up and down stairs would put on his damaged body, Rosen decided to take the train to the Empire State building instead of a cab. Conveniently, Grand Central Station was precisely where the “God’s eye view” was. He didn’t have to successfully solve a mystery or even have to get all the way down to the Empire State building to realize he was wrong, he just happened to stumble into the right place at the right time.

Throughout the episode, logic only seemed to get in the way of the story. Even the previously established rules of certain Alpha abilities became flexible to facilitate the direction of the story. Kat had been established as someone who retained muscle memories but couldn’t retain other long term memories, so when she sputtered off a description of the layout of the station and explained that she couldn’t remember how she knew that, it went against what we had learned about her character’s ability this season. She might have been able to navigate her way around the station once she was physically there, but just like she wasn’t able to recall if she had ever had a hot dog or what her favorite color was, she shouldn’t have been able to recall a blueprint detail unless she had seen it in the last 30 days.

Perhaps the most irritating stretch was having Rosen mumble about Stanton Parish’s healing ability being voluntary. This seemed to be introduced simply so that Rosen could go after Stanton with a needle instead of a sword to chop off Parish’s head. Given how we were first introduced to Parish’s healing ability, it seems strange for his Alpha ability to be considered voluntary. Back when Rosen first theorized on Parish’s ability he suspected it was a form of rapid cell regeneration which allowed Parish to appear young and heal abnormally quickly. When Parish first discovered his ability, it was because it brought him back from the dead. His autonomous functions did not work – no breathing, no heart pumping, no pupil dilation – but now we were being asked to ignore that and believe that his voluntary healing ability functioned despite his autonomous functions failing. We were expected to believe that his voluntary functions would continue even when he was, by most definitions, dead. That’s a real tough sell and it takes half the fun out of Parish as a character if this whole time, all he had to do was choose to die instead of suffering the loneliness of being a virtually immortal character.

Clearly this episode was trying to wrap up all this season’s loose ends because there were a handful of moments that seemed like they came out of nowhere. The romantic stuff was probably the most jarring. I’m happy that John is in love with Rachel, but did we really need to go the cliche route of “wait, what did you just say?” with his first admission of love?

At this point, having Cam romantically tied to Nina in any way sort of undermines his mourning and motivation. Nina and Cam have a history so I would understand if Nina simply told Cam to come back safe, but it was awkward and rather poorly timed to have her kiss him right before he was about to go kill a man for killing the other woman he loved.

What also blew my mind was how poorly these “professionals” managed the threat of a terrorist flashing light attack. They knew exactly when the attack was going to happen, so why did they not issue an evacuation order and a warning for citizens to, oh, I don’t know, cover their eyes? Instead we have our Alphas team running through Grand Central hysterically screaming “get out!” instead of “get down, cover your eyes!” which might have been enough to save at least a handful of people.

Of course, then we wouldn’t have been able to get to the most moving and most effective part of tonight’s finale: Gary wandering around the station as “The Only Living Boy In New York” helplessly calling out to his friends, scattered among the heaps of bodies.

We already know that Alphas would survive these flashes and would revive with heightened abilities. We’ve got to wait until next season to find out what the final death toll will be for non-Alphas, what Stanton Parish’s fate will be, and to find out if Rosen will survive this attack or become a martyr for the cause.