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Alphas in Need of Anger Management
If Alphas can continue delivering the kind of intensity that it brought for last night’s “Anger Management,” then the show might never have to worry about being dull. I’ve been strongly reminded of the early days of Fringe as I watched these first few episodes. They’re all very standalone, but that doesn’t mean something isn’t building behind the scenes. The shot at the end where Rosen placed Matthew Murray’s tape into another a box filled with tapes of other Alphas was a stiff reminder that this group of special people have brought down a lot of scary Alphas, most probably worse than Matthew. And then I remembered that last week there were hints of an approaching war. None of this is specifically brought up, but it’s there, just beneath the surface.
Matthew can release a pheromone that increases aggression in those close to his proximity. So much of how well the episode went depended on how Alphas displayed his ability. There comes a point when Matt lets loose his anger pheromone on the team and some government agents. The scene could have easily been mishandled and come off as silly. It was a fine line it had to walk, but it pulled it off. It was intense and frightening to see these good people brutally attack each other, to the point of actually killing someone. I won’t specify whom because it would ruin the scene, but I will say it’s not just some extra.
The show makes a point to visit a few of the main characters and check in to see how they’re doing mentally. Hicks and Rachel are the most in need of guidance from Rosen, and by the end of the episode they both have taken steps toward fixing their personal issues.
There’s not much else to say. This episode was the best so far I think, in terms of making me actually feel something. I’ve been mesmerized by the first two, not able to take my eyes off the screen, but always quiet. This is the first time I’ve been so affected by what was happening that I needed to say something out loud. We need more of stuff like this. Not the same, but with a similar emotional effect. I want to feel that intensity again.