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  • Awesome Music: The theme song.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Gary was easily the most popular character in the series due to his cool power, many funny moments and quotes, and for Ryan Cartwright's great depiction of a high functioning autistic adult.
    • Skylar was also very popular, and being played by Summer Glau sure helped.
  • Fridge Horror: Anna's DDoS attack on Gary was the equivalent of tasing his brain. No wonder he collapsed in sheer agony. If you pay attention to the screen, it was actually a Sensory Overload that she performed. Still Fridge Horror, but much worse because imagine what he deals with daily. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people every day use phones, laptops, TVs, and other such devices that he can detect and still function with minimal harm. Yet one laptop instantaneously caused worse pain than a satellite dish did over a couple days. It's the difference between living half a mile from the airport for 10 years, or standing on the runway right behind a 747 as it takes off. The former is annoying, but bearable; the latter, not so much.
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  • Les Yay: In "When Push Comes to Shove," Nina (Laura Mennell) uses her power to mentally force Rachel (Azita Ghanizada) to make out with her. Although it seems to be less about this than overloading Rachel's senses to incapacitate her.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Stanton Parish is an immortal Alpha who intends to create a civil war between Alphas and regular humans, believing his own kind to be in danger from the latter. Parish breaks out all but two inmates of Building Seven, without anybody but the main characters knowing he's involved. He has a lady hypnotize and brainwash anyone in his organization down to the lowest minion to ensure complete loyalty. He lectures the stupid guards as he escapes from custody, and then almost steals psychic's powers. He's had his counterpart's daughter spying for him since before he even knew he existed. When people finally become aware of his existence, after they foiled a terrorist attack of his that would have murdered an entire city Parish hijacks the counter-measures the heroes put in place, and manipulates it so that by defending themselves he can launch an attack that would kill off all non-Alpha humans in the country for what he feels is for the ultimate benefit of the greater good, with the only regular human he intends to survive being Dr. Lee Rosen, who Parish genuinely respects and believes will lead the Alphas into a golden age.
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  • Paranoia Fuel: So much of it! In just the first episode: The next time you answer your phone, you could end up brainwashed into killing someone. A random stranger can convince you to do anything she wants with just a few words and a little eye contact. A seemingly harmless autistic person can actually be reading all of your texts and e-mails right now.
  • Special Effects Failure: Though the show does an admirable job depicting the speedster Alpha alongside the normal-speed regulars, it drops the ball when Rosen is speaking to him at the office. The two are on-screen side by side, and the speedster is clearly not really in the shot with Rosen, an effect not helped by the fact that the Super Speed effect is being achieved by fast-forwarding his half of the scene slightly.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Shared Universe with Warehouse 13 and Eureka, in several ways:
    • All three series have their own Story Arcs that have far-reaching consequences, which could've had interesting effects on each other's arcs. They're rarely, if ever, mentioned.
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    • Warehouse 13's characters include Steve, a Living Lie Detector; Pete, who has Spider-Sense; Myka, who has Photographic Memory; Leena, who has Aura Vision; and Claudia, a Gadgeteer Genius. Which Warehouse 13 character crosses over? Dr. Vanessa, the completely ordinary side-character, whose sole appearance was only a cameo that only served to establish the shared universe. Especially odd in that Steve was introduced to Warehouse 13 the same day that Alphas premiered, practically foreshadowing a future crossover.
    • No crossover with Eureka ever happened.
  • What an Idiot!: In The Devil Will Drag You Under: Kimi ... You should've known confronting Bill Harken by yourself was not such a great idea.


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