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‘Alphas’ takes one of the most realistic looks at people with enhanced abilities of any show yet to air. The series has a very stylized low-key Aaron Sorkin quality to it, so if you are looking for spandex look elsewhere.
Powered people in this show are referred to as ‘Alphas’; a name taken from a particular gene that gives them their abilities. The main cast all have regular lives and try to keep the abilities a secret as much as they can to avoid the stigma that might come with being discovered, but they are not alone.
Other ‘Alphas’ use their abilities for personal gain, and that’s where the team steps in to handle business.
The new iteration or reboot of ‘Heroes’ comes some eight years after its predecessor went off the air on a biting cliffhanger, and this show starts off with a mystery. From the beginning, I see that the world’s population of super powered people is growing and that the legacy of the last group of heroes from the first series is falling on a whole new group of people.
Unfortunately, they have to save the world while being hunted by society that fears them, other homicidal superheroes, a corporation that wants to use them as batteries, and apparently a cranky sentient supernova that plans to wipe out the world.
A spinoff from the MCU or Marvel cinematic universe, ‘Agents of Shield’ is not like any show you have seen before even though a lot of it is familiar. The show is based on the S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division) from the Avengers movie, which monitors and deals with superpowered threats that include superheroes and aliens.
The main protagonist is Phil Coulson, head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a formerly dead Avenger. Coulson builds his team out of high-level intelligence agents and a few of the powered people he can trust or at least control. One of the biggest treats of the show is the occasional addition of a well know Marvel Hero or Villain such as the Terrifying lash or Quake AKA Daisy Johnson.
Moving away from the team titled superhero shows I find ‘The Flash’. This show was an instant breakout hit even before its official release as the pilot was leaked a full year before it was due to air.
The show centers on young Barry Allen, a handsome yet awkward crime scene investigator who spends his day searching for particular offender, the man who murdered his mother.
One night while he isworking late with a particle accelerator at Starlabs lightning strikes Barry and he falls into a coma. When he wakes up, Barry finds that he has the power of super-speed. After some weeks of running around and saving people he discovers that he’s not the only one.
‘Powers’ is a show set in a world where superheroes exist, and they are superstars and they are numerous. In fact, they have become entitled and a bit reckless causing them to become a bit resented by a certain member of the non-powered public.
All of this leads to a lot of murders of, and by powered people. This kind of crime is why the Powers special homicide division exists to both apprehend and protect powered people from those looking to hurt them.
The division is headed by Christian Walker a formerly powered person with a dark past. This show is a great look at what it feels like living in a world of the fantastic.
The following shows deal with powered people very differently than ‘Alphas’. In one show, people without powers are training themselves to be effective heroes in a superpowered world and in the other I see people afraid of their abilities due to a lack of understanding and control.
The Arrow (Green Arrow) has no powers, but the world he lives in is built for them. Residing in Starling City, he and his group of mostly nonpowered compatriots use martial arts training and an array of gadgets to keep common criminals from ruining their dying city. And to stand on equal playing field with some of the new superpowered characters popping up.
Of course, the Arrow was not always a hero, he was once Oliver Queen and his arc is the majority of the show, along with tons of flashbacks. Consequently, the mystical and the magical creep into the edges of the show over time making things more interesting.
If you have a negative sensibility, then ‘Haven’ is the show for you. This show takes place in a special town called Haven, Maine where special people have special abilities they do not appreciate at all.
You can tell how the people of ‘Haven’ feel about the powered people, by the fact that they refer to them as ‘the troubled.’
FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker has a special knack for making sure that troubled people don’t wipe out their town. And with people who can make a shadow that will eat the flesh off your bones she has her work cut out for her.
When people with powers try to live normal lives, things can get complicated. Still I think that some hide for a reason.
If you had super powers would you hide or display them?
Let me know in the comments down below.