First look at Syfy's new superhero series, Alphas

Last night Syfy premiered their brand new TV line up, including a first look at their new superhero drama Alphas. We've got an exclusive interview with two of the cast members, and the first ever teaser trailer!


Here's the first teaser trailer (above).

We got the chance to see a few (very short) moments in an extended version of the trailer last night. It was all very brief, but we did manage to catch a few glimpses of the team's therapist and leader, David Strathairn, telling his new gang of supers to chill the hell out. Besides that, there were mere flashes of storyline. One character was getting getting "triggered" after his cellphone rang and he heard an odd noise. Moments later, everyone and everything (including the front page of newspapers) were telling him it was "Time To Kill." Meanwhile, a female Alpha looks a cop directly in the eyes while he's writing her a ticket, and tells him to "eat the ticket" — which he promptly does. So apparently one of the Alpha gifts is mind control.


Here's a much more detailed synopsis:

When a witness is inexplicably murdered in a locked room at a federal courthouse, Section 8 (under the auspices of the National Security Agency) is put on the case. Led by Dr. Leigh Rosen, the team has but one mandate - locate and assess the threats posed by "alphas," human beings "with enhanced abilities due to differences in their brain structure." Joining Rosen in his quest are four such alphas - Gary Bell, a highly functioning autistic with an ability to process information that rivals most computers; Bill Harken, a former FBI agent who can amp up his "fight or flight" reflex, giving him extraordinary strength for a brief period of time; Nina Theroux, a beautiful woman who can reprogram other people's minds to do as she bids; and Rachel Myers, an orthodox Jew who can shatter glass with but a whisper. However with said powers comes a price - for Gary, autism which makes him a child for all intents and purposes; for Harken, severe anger issues that cost him his job and family; for Rachel, living life as a near mute and being forced to wear an electronic device against her larynx; and Nina, never really knowing how those close to her actually feel. In any case, they've all come together for the common good with Rosen as their mentor, teaching them to further control their abilities with each passing day. As for the courthouse murder, it's not long before the team uncovers that one of their own kind was responsible - Christian Hicks, a former Marine sharpshooter with supernatural balance and aim (he guided the bullet through a ventilation duct). After bringing him in though, they realize someone even more powerful was pulling the strings... someone with a new technology that can be used to mimic one of the team's gifts.

Thankfully, Alphas actors Malik Yoba and Azita Ghanizada were on hand to answer a few more questions about the series. Here's our video interview. We apologize about the audio, there were some technical difficulties, so we've transcribed the whole thing below.

Azita Ghanizada: Alphas is not a glossy superhero show. Alphas is like X-Files meets X-Men, it's gritty. It's like The Wire. You have real character actors conveying real human, emotional stories. They're kind of really struggling with these superpowers, and I don't necessarily know...

Malik Yoba: They're not really superpowers. [They're] Abilities.

Azita: We'll they're extraordinary abilities.

Malik: Sometimes people have abilities and they don't realize that they fall within... If you're growing up in your house with ADD or you're autistic, you wouldn't necessarily know that until people discover that you're part of a larger group of people that have a similar ability. Then, within that ability, you might have some extraordinarily capabilities. And even though you can't function like most people in 99% of other situations, this one little thing you can do gives you an edge.


Azita: I think the thing that David Strathairn does so well as Dr. Rosen...

Malik: Who plays the therapist [the group's leader].

Azita: He [Dr. Rosen] really helps us deal with the things that come along with having extraordinary abilities. You have to understand these characters are dealing with anxiety, depression. There are all these things that are happening that you need a therapist there to help us grow as people with these extraordinary abilities. Or else we could potentially become rogue human beings and go off and do crazy things with these abilities. And he's trying to kind of reign us in and use what we do to work with these different government agencies to help solve crimes. To seek out these other alphas and find these other X-File type crimes [because] the FBI and the CIA are worthless.

And if you STILL haven't had your fill of Alphas, check out this behind-the-scenes video Malik uploaded of him trying (and failing) to kick in a door on set.


Video by G. Jesse Martinez

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