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GateWorld
July 5th, 2011, 06:45 PM
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<FONT SIZE="1">EPISODE NUMBER - 101</FONT>
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A clandestine team of operatives with extraordinary abilities find a Cameron Hicks, man with incredible aim and balance who has become the pawn of a man using powers of mental manipulation to turn him into an assassin.

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Spimman
July 12th, 2011, 05:46 AM
It was ok, the first 30 minutes was losing me but it got better and by the end I was interested. I'm unsure about it still, but I'm hopeful...

blueray
July 12th, 2011, 07:41 AM
i liked it, its kind of like the 4400 meets human target, which i like. though somewhat predictable still held my interest.

Girlbot
July 12th, 2011, 12:17 PM
I must say I really enjoyed the show. I hadn't seen any spoilers about it, so I came in without any preconceived ideas. I look forward to the next ep:)

Spimman
July 12th, 2011, 12:41 PM
It ended on an interesting note and I like the new guy so I'll stick around for another week but Pilot episodes are usually more gripping.

The electromagnetic kid was really annoying, the strong guy was kind of lame breaking down a door, breaking drywall and straining really hard to slide a car (unimpressive) and the team leaders old minivan...

Hypno girl was kinda cool, but not very creative but I liked her character. The new guy was cool shooting the gun and his fight scene plus we're already seeing his family which gives us an emotional connection. I'm interested in the bad guys...

Krisz
July 12th, 2011, 06:22 PM
Thought I'd give this a go. I agree, as a pilot it wasn't that interesting. The only character I could say I sort of liked was the Doctor, the Marc Bolan T.Rex fan with the vinyl record collection. Yeah! (showing my age there! :P)

I did get a bit bored with the predictable things each character did with their particular 'talent', it did remind me a bit of 'Heroes'. However, there is something quirky enough about it for me to continue to watch to see how the characters develop and the things they can do could surprise me. :)

RJLCyberPunk
July 12th, 2011, 08:42 PM
It ended on an interesting note and I like the new guy so I'll stick around for another week but Pilot episodes are usually more gripping.

The electromagnetic kid was really annoying, the strong guy was kind of lame breaking down a door, breaking drywall and straining really hard to slide a car (unimpressive) and the team leaders old minivan...

Hypno girl was kinda cool, but not very creative but I liked her character. The new guy was cool shooting the gun and his fight scene plus we're already seeing his family which gives us an emotional connection. I'm interested in the bad guys...


Me too this show does show a lot of promise if they can keep up the tempo...

maxbo
July 13th, 2011, 04:49 AM
I enjoyed it and if the creators have the details mapped out, then I see long-term promise. Although there was nothing unique about the premise or the characters, I saw enough to want to continue watching.

IMO, the key to whether or not viewers continue to watch will be if we feel that the writers know where they're going with this show and don't leave things to chance the way the writers of Heroes, Lost and BSG did.

KEK
July 13th, 2011, 11:27 AM
It thought was OK, but I felt the show kept treading on it's own suspense. Why show us how he killed the guy in the interrogation room instead of letting us find out as the characters do? They did the same thing with the guy in the hotel. It seems like a waste to not make the most of those revelations, and instead they make us sit through the tedium of waiting for the characters to work out something we already know. A lot of cliches toward the end too, and I'm not sure about the soundtrack either. Very light and watchable though, so I think it'll do well in that bloc with W13 and Eureka. Not sure I'll bother tuning in again though, not unless I hear really good things about it online anyway.

Kilgharrah
July 13th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Let's see. Well, I'm not really a big fan of pilots, but on pilot standards, it was OK.
Most of the episode was boring. What kept me going was just the curiosity of what they can do or what can happen. I see potential, but I will have to wait for more episodes to be sure if it's worth going on.
I think the pest performance was that of the girl with enhanced senses, in addition to Gary.
Of course there is the hottie Nina. Maybe I'll keep watching this show.
I see this show as something similar to CSI:NY or maybe a cross-over between CSI:NY and the listener.
I don't really like the idea of those who do what they want without suffering consequences. I mean it does feel good, but it's not fair. They have to get some opposition some time (like Sanctuary for example) or I will lose interest in the show. Except for Nina. She can do whatever she wants. :)
Oh and the leader is so boring. I don't like him at all. Maybe my favorite characters are Nina and the one that recently joined them.
I think I'm gonna give it chance.

Something I didn't understand, maybe someone did. Are Alphas anyone with super powers? Or are the just the bad guys?
In other words, are alphas similar to abnormals of Sanctuary? I mean ones with powers. One who are different.

maxbo
July 13th, 2011, 04:18 PM
Alphas are anyone with enhanced abilities. Remember that conversation between the Dr. Rosen (the leader of the Alpha team) and Cameron (the new guy)? Rosen tried to convince Cameron that he was an Alpha and Cameron was very uncomfortable and disbelieving at first. That's why Rosen had Cameron attempt that coin move with the vending machine.

It seems like the group The Ghost was working for, Red Flag, uses Alphas for evil/questionable purposes.

Skydiver
July 14th, 2011, 05:44 PM
It has potential, but nothing OTT thrilling. The ladies were predictably skinny and with the expected short skirts. the guys' pros and cons for their powers were, well future plot devices.

far from horrible and a decent way to kill an hour (time will tell if this or rizzoli and isles gets my monday night viewing)

the black man and his persistent attitude got on my nerves but I'll reserve total judgement until we see more because things in pilots change. Gary, yes, is very annoying. But he's supposed to be like that. and since it's an actor playing autistic, i bet it'll be toned down a bit as time goes on simply because it'll be too difficult to keep it up.

VampyreWraith
July 15th, 2011, 01:29 PM
I just got around to watching this today, I thought it was pretty good, and I'm looking forward to more episodes. I found the characters interesting for the most part; but thought that the arguing between the autistic kid and the big guy was really, really annoying. The episode started off a bit slow, but I felt it picked up a bit later. One thing I kept wondering though, was if the series was purposefully based off the movie Push(but with a bit of a Warehouse13 vibe to it) Overall I like the series, and think it has potential, so I hope it does well enough to not get canceled.

gotthammer
July 16th, 2011, 03:31 AM
Interesting show. I'll look forward to future episodes. It's nice how the powers aren't 'superhero' level.

@skydiver: lol @ the skinny women in short skirts comment

constant thought while watching: that bad guy really looks like this fencing instructor I know...(but taller, I guess) :D

Skydiver
July 16th, 2011, 05:52 AM
the big guy arguing with Gary, yeah, got old too. I thought that his whole 'we should be doing real work' type of comments got really old really fast. His whole attitude was rather petulant at times.

Not gonna judge the whole show on that just yet. Things often change a lot from pilot to regular episode, but if i were the girls or the teacher i'd be smacking both of the guys and telling them to shut up. (gary can't help it, the other guy can)

Killdeer
July 16th, 2011, 09:16 PM
Finally got around to watching this. I'm not overly thrilled with it, but I'll give it another couple of episodes I think. As Skydiver says, things often change from the pilot.

I'm not really sure what I think. The first half hour it had a hard time holding my attention, but it did get a little better after that. I can't really say I care about any of these characters yet, but I don't hate any of them either so I guess that's a plus. They do need to cut out the squabbling/talking all at once stuff though - the fighting between Bill and Gary was getting really old.

The hints at some sort of background conspiracy were also far too thin to be of any interest. And no one really seems to have any sense of humor on the show either. I don't know - after Eureka and Warehouse 13 it just seems to take itself a bit too seriously. I could deal with that if it were more intriguing in a Fringe sort of way, but I'm not getting that so far. But as I said, I'll give it another couple of episodes.

Gollumpus
July 18th, 2011, 12:15 PM
I saw a whole lot of cliche plot lines forming up. Hopefully the show will get past these sooner rather than later.

The show struck me as being a bit of "X-Men" meets "Alias" meets "The Matrix" meets various other shows already mentioned.

The actors seem fine, but the they and the writers/directors are still developing their characters. It is interesting that they are limited in their use of gun play.

Callum Keith Rennie as Don Wilson looks to be a very interesting character, if he can ever get past caring about not caring. He'll be this show's "Cancer Man".

David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen is annoyingly passive/aggressive. Prof. X with hair. I'm assuming he's "normal" but there's always the chance he will have some kind of ability which will be dragged out when the writers have painted themselves into a corner.

Warren Christie as Cameron Hicks is the typical "Neo" character suddenly thrown into a whole new world. Look to see him become the object of infatuation for the female characters and the object of confrontation for the male characters. Eventually, he will be one of the gang, possibly even become the field leader.

Laura Mennell as Nina Theroux is a typical casting for a gal who is supposed to be an "alpha female", able to dominate others with her physique, appearance, smarts and the force of her personality. It might have been nice to have her character not be tall and attractive, but rather some kind of nebbish. It is interesting to see her take a protective/big sister role towards some of the other group members (Pirzad and Bell). I suspect there will be a story-line involving her not being able to get a date on Saturday night, or perhaps just not wanting to go out because she can have any guy she wants so there is no interest on her part (or something like that). Expect to her to be come interested in the Hicks character.

Ryan Cartwright as Gary Bell is an interesting character, in small doses. The actor does his job well, but that doesn't mean I want to see a lot of him, which, I guess means he's doing his job really well. His ability is interesting, but I could see this character's role being reduced to more of a stay-at-home rather than in the field operative.

Azita Ghanizada as Rachel Pirzad is a walking CSI lab. What gets me is that the group allows her to go anywhere, alone, when she might be using her hyper-senses (as seen in the pilot episode). Her character will develop over the season and she will do things to shape up her relationship with her father and her interactions with her co-workers (eg. Harken and his lack of boundary issues. Expect to see her "poison" some food which doesn't belong to Harken to help her establish these boundaries).

Malik Yoba as Bill Harken has perhaps the worst power of the group. If he revs up too soon and too much then he becomes a bag of jello. Not sure why the writers want him to taunt the Bell character. I suspect he will have continued animosity towards the Hicks character until they get it resolved after a mutual life-saving episode.

I think there is supposed to be a certain amount of uncertainty as to just who are the "good guys". Having the mind controlling alpha the group is hunting run some poor schmuck off the roof of the hotel kind of rules them out as being the good guys. When he says, just before dying, "You're on the wrong side", it more like a Magneto and his mutant brotherhood kind of side, rather than it being good vs. evil.

regards,
G.

Gollumpus
July 18th, 2011, 01:07 PM
And no one really seems to have any sense of humor on the show either. I don't know - after Eureka and Warehouse 13 it just seems to take itself a bit too seriously. I could deal with that if it were more intriguing in a Fringe sort of way, but I'm not getting that so far.

Yeah, come to think of it, I could have done with at least a little bit of off-beat humour. Maybe the writers think the early interactions between Dr. Rosen and Wilson (the swimming scene) was supposed to fill that humour component.

regards,
G.

Linda06
October 24th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Started watching the first ep the other day. Got bored after 15 minutes and turned it off :S

Delenn
November 26th, 2011, 06:24 AM
I watched the pilot last week & I found it a little boring. The story wasn't as original as I hoped but I think I'll watch the second & the third episodes because I'm curious. Maybe I'll have a good surprise!