LEGO Alpha Team is a LEGO Theme first released in 2001 and discontinued in 2005, revolving around a team of secret agents who foil the dastardly plans of Evil Ogel, who wants to Take Over the World.Unlike all other LEGO Themes, LEGO Alpha Team is unique in that its videogame adaptation was actually released in 2000, a full year prior to the first wave of sets. LEGO Alpha Team is a Puzzle Platformer with the premise that, in the search for Ogel's secret bases, the entire Alpha Team has been captured, and it's up to you to move Alpha Team equipment around Ogel's bases to help Dash Justice, the last remaining agent, open doors and rescue his teammates before foiling Ogel's latest plot.The first wave of sets, closest in premise to the videogame, revolved around Alpha Team's efforts to locate the Ogel Control Center and stop Ogel's production of Mind-Control Orbs, which he uses to turn innocent people into mindless zombie minions. The second wave of sets, with the subtitle Mission Deep Sea, moved the action to deep beneath the ocean as Alpha Team battled Ogel's army of mutant sea creatures in search of the Ogel Underwater Base.The third and final wave of sets was a Re Tool of the Alpha Team theme, with much of the cast receiving dramatic makeovers and Alpha Team's color scheme changing from yellow to blue. This time, Ogel plans to freeze time itself by spreading Ice Orbs across the globe, and Alpha Team must race against time to locate Ogel's Mountain Headquarters before it is too late.In 2008, LEGO Alpha Team received a Spiritual Successor called LEGO Agents.Not to be confused withThe A-Team, Rosen's Alpha Team, that other LEGO Alpha Team, or that other Alpha Team that has nothing to do with LEGO.
LEGO Alpha Team contains examples of:
Added Alliterative Appeal: Trouble Train, Sea Colony Seven Science Center, Tundra Tracker, Solar Speeder, and Blizzard Blaster.
Air-Vent Passageway: Dash uses one to sneak around Ogel's greenhouses in the intro cutscene of LEGO Alpha Team.
All Deserts Have Cacti: The frozen desert depicted in the online Mission Deep Freeze games is populated by cacti, although the desert's location is not specified.
Evil Ogel: "They may have foiled my plans to use music to control the world’s weather, and they may have destroyed my beautiful orb machine, freed the mutant sea creatures, and saved the ocean, and most annoyingly rented the last DVD copy ofJAWS, but my next plan is the most wickedly brilliant of all!"
The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of the November/December 2004 LEGO Magazine comic, the entire Alpha Team has been turned into Human Popsicles by Ogel's Ice Orbs, and Ogel fires his Time Freeze Ray, completely freezing World City and grinding time itself to a halt. The comic ends on a cliffhanger, as Zed receives Dash's emergency beacon.
Call Back: An article in LEGO Brickmaster magazine featured Evil Ogel giving facts about Antarctica. When discussing the orca, Ogel mentions that he is quite familiar with this species, having turned them into Mutant Killer Whales during the previous mission.
Chainsaw Good: One of the Ice Drones in Ogel's Mountain Fortress carries an ice saw. In Drones' Menace and Ogel's Fortress, each Ice Drone patrolling Ogel's bases is armed with one of these ice saws, which apparently electrocute Alpha Team agents.
In Dash Justice's online training mission, he has to fly the Alpha Team Helicopter over a volcano which is constantly erupting. So long as he doesn't actually get hit by any of the fireballs, he's safe.
Cool Boat: The Trouble Sub, plus most of Alpha Team's Mission Deep Sea vehicles.
Tee Vee in Into The Deep, who is first destroyed by a Mutant Killer Whale, and then gets captured by mutant sea creatures no less than a minute after being rebuilt. Although, in the Alpha Team Intelligence Database, Tee Vee denies that he was ever in danger.
Radia in pretty much every adaptation of Mission Deep Freeze. Whether it's in the LEGO sets, the LEGO Magazine comics, the Red Lens training missions, or the Drones' Menace online game, Radia is always turned into a Human Popsicle at one point and Alpha Team needs to rescue her.
Did You Actually Believe?: When Dash tries to shut down the D.O.O.M. machine in LEGO Alpha Team, Evil Ogel says the following:
Disc One Final Dungeon: Everything in LEGO Alpha Team builds up to shutting down the D.O.O.M. machine in the Deep Sea Orb Factory, but then you learn that there's actually a fourth headquarters, the Arctic Command Base.
Evil Ogel: "I call it the Device for Ominous Orb Manufacturing. That's D.O.O.M. Spells "doom"! Ingenious, no? Yes!"
Game-Breaking Bug: The looping audio glitch is bad enough to listen to, but unless you turn off dialogue in the setting menu, the game will freeze after the "Trouble Train Depot" level because Tee Vee's speech will keep looping and the game will not progress.note If you turn dialogue back on afterwards, this bug also applies to "Trouble Sub Rescue" and "The D.O.O.M. Room" for the same reasons.
Garden of Evil: Arguably the Ogel Island greenhouses, which grow "evil plants" used in the manufacturing of Evil Orbs.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: In the intro cutscene to LEGO Alpha Team, Dash easily distracts a zombie Guard by whistling. In the game itself, Guards will never leave their post and Troopers will never break formation, even if there is an Alpha Team agent in plain sight.
Genre Blind: Evil Ogel, who clearly wasn't catching on to the fact that Alpha Team was easily trumping every single challenge he threw at them or that every single one of his door locks was specifically catered to an Alpha Team agent's specialty.
Evil Ogel: "True, you've opened my plunger doors, my double plunger doors, the laser doors, gotten past all of my guards and sentries, opened the electric doors, and the motorized doors, and rescued the entire Alpha Team, but [evil laughter] you'll never get past my rope locks!"
Hollywood Hacking: In Drones' Menace and Ogel's Fortress, an Alpha Team agent can hack into one of Ogel's computers just by typing really quickly, and when they're finished, the computer screens display the word "HACKED". Only Dash Justice can hack computers with blue screens and only Arrow can hack computers with yellow screens, though.
Hook Hand: Starting with Mission Deep Sea, Evil Ogel's left hand is replaced by a hook.
Mini-Mecha: The Alpha Team Aquatic Mech and X-1 Snowbot Defender.
Misplaced Wildlife: Subverted. In a LEGO Brickmaster article, Ogel mentions that he had a plan to parachute polar bears onto Alpha Team headquarters, but did not go through with the plan because he remembered that there are no polar bears in Antarctica.
Elite Mooks: The Ogel Shark Sub is piloted by an unique Skeleton Drone wearing a badge. The Scorpion Orb Launcher is piloted by a Super Ice Drone, which looks like a normal Ice Drone with a black skull.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Dash pulls a switch on the D.O.O.M. machine, hoping to turn it off and end Evil Orb production. Instead, he inadvertently kicks it into high gear.
No Ending: The January/February 2005 LEGO Magazine comic ended with the final showdown between Zed's Blizzard Blaster and Ogel's Scorpion Orb Launcher beginning... and that's it. There was a submit-a-story contest challenge to determine how the battle ended, but for some reason, while the contest winners' names were published in a later LEGO Magazine, the winning entries themselves were never published anywhere.
Obliviously Evil: Dash Justice has a brief moment of this in Evil Music when he starts playing a tune on Ogel's pipe organ, unaware that he's spawning storms as a result.
Our Presidents Are Different: Dash Justice addresses the speaker of the World Council as "Madame President", though it's unclear whether she's president of a nation or president of the council. Either way, though, it falls under the President Minority category.
Pain Powered Leap: Dash, Crunch, and Radia will do this if they fall in the lava during the Goo Caverns levels.
Player Headquarters: Orbiting Satellite Headquarters, albeit it's not actually a level and just the backdrop of the main menu. However, training missions appear to take place in the Orbiting Satellite Headquarters.
Plucky Comic Relief: Flex in the videogame and first two waves. In Mission Deep Freeze... not so much.
Puzzle Platformer: The videogame adaptation can be best classified as this. You don't actually control any of the Alpha Team agents, but you place down tiles telling them where to go, and you set up equipment to help them get past obstacles or open locked doors.
Re Tool: Mission Deep Freeze, which gave a complete makeover to most of the cast, changed the color scheme, added a transforming feature to most Alpha Team vehicles, and gave an arachnid motif to Ogel's vehicles.
Sapient Cetaceans: In Into The Deep, if you don't stun enough mutant sea creatures before the timer runs out, a dolphin will start Animal Talking, with a provided translation telling players to try again and advising them not to shoot any dolphins.
Sdrawkcab Name: "Ogel" is "LEGO" spelled backwards. In an interview with the Great Redini, Ogel claimed that this was because everything he stood for was the opposite of LEGO.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Ogel accidentally activated the Arctic Command Base's mechanism in a fit of rage. He later intentionally self-destructed the Sector 5 headquarters.
Shark Pool: The second half of the Ogel Island greenhouse levels in LEGO Alpha Team are filled with these.
Evil Ogel: "I must say, it looks like you're in rare form. Excellent. That is how my sharks like their meals. Rare! Very rare!"
In the Alpha Team Intelligence Database, Crunch is going to rent a DVD of Jaws, Tee Vee tries to convince him to rent Lost in Space instead, and Ogel is furious that Crunch already rented the last copy of Jaws.
Show Some Leg: Invoked in Into The Deep, where Cam Attaway volunteers to distract Ogel with her "irresistible charms" while Dash sneaks in and destroys the orb machine.
Snow Means Cold: During Mission Deep Freeze, a few Ice Orbs could completely blanket an entire desert in snow.
Radia: "Hard to believe this was a desert an hour ago!"
Sonic Stunner: As shown in Flex's Mission Deep Sea training mission, the Alpha Team Sub-Surface Scooter is equipped with one of these. It doesn't actually stun the mutant sea creatures, but it breaks Ogel's control over them, reverting them to their natural, peaceful state.
Underwater Base: The Ogel Underwater Base and the Sea Colony 7 Science Center.
Villain Ball: If Ogel did not gloat over Alpha Team's failure to turn off the D.O.O.M. machine, they would never have found out about his secret Arctic Command Base. Lampshaded by Ogel immediately after the reveal.
Wire Dilemma: In Charge's online training mission, you have to memorize the correct order of colors presented on a blackboard, then diffuse a Time Bomb by cutting only those colored wires in that order.