Last night's Alphas — "Catch and Release" — gave us a brief appearance by Summer Glau as Skylar, Nina's partying buddy turned government fugitive. In this episode, Skylar's a technosavant who can invent futuristic devices using household devices within minutes. In short, she's a modern Ada Lovelace with Siouxsie Sioux's hairdresser.
And unlike Dr. Rosen's cadre of Alphas, Skylar's ability has no apparent drawbacks...except for the fact that the American government wants her on permanent retainer. Here, Alphas offers us an interesting hypothetical — what happens when your powers are too good to be true?
Unlike some of the more sociopathic Alphas we've seen before, Skylar's deemed dangerous because of her potential (ditto goes for her daughter, who's a mathematical superprocessor in the form of a kindergartner). After all, we see her build a machine that can convert eight hours of sleep into a mere ten-minute snooze. What if Skylar decided to hook up with the disgruntled Alphas of Red Flag, who are willing to harm normals to achieve their goals?