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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "A Short Time In Paradise" (Episode 8)

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Before I start in the actual review of this episode, I would like to state the following facts about myself. I believe in one triune God. I trust Jesus Christ as my personal lord and savior. I believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Biblical monographs. I believe that the Westminster Standards are the best available summary of the Christian faith.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "This One Time In Space Camp" (Season 4, Episode 18)

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It is six weeks before Astraeus takes off for Titan and the trip’s aspiring crew members need to pass one more hurdle before the final list is done. Senator Wen heads a panel that interviews each aspirant separately, asking a variation of the question “What makes you want to go to Titan so bad that you are willing to let us use a brain interface that lets us watch your deepest memories?”

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Catch and Release" (Episode 7)

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According to Wikipedia, "Anarchism has been variously defined by sources. Most often, the term describes the political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy, while others have defined it as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations." During this episode, two guest actors played roles where the second definition of anarchism was operative in either the characters' speech, as by the non-Alpha welder, or in the character's actions, the genius Alpha played by Summer Glau (River Tam on Firefly).

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "Clash of the Titans" (Season 4, Episode 17)

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So we are four episodes out to the end of Season 4 (4.5?) and the Astraeus mission is getting close to crunch time. But not without a minor hitch or two. The return of Tiny from her Titan prep mission and her rapid demise soon after she reaches Earth starts a series of investigations that culminate in a massive red cloud of doom hovering over the town and threatening to kill everyone. But even worse, a government bureaucrat descends on Eureka to assess the "intimate alliance" of two of Eureka's top personnel. Oh, noes!

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "Of Mites and Men" (Season 4, Episode 16)

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"Of Mites and Men" starts with the Astraeus countdown clock at 91 days and change.

The set up: It’s about two weeks after the affair with Beverly Barlowe brainjacking Allison, and Allison is raring to get back to work. Carter is not convinced that she is ready, and neither is Senator Wen who refuses to reinstate her in any position of responsibility. She is not even welcomed back to her medical office, with a new doctor literally taking her chair.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure" (Episode 6)

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This episode involves an kidnapping of the daughter of a wealthy business man who was played by Peter Wingfield (Methos on Highlander: The Series, Tanith on Stargate SG-1). This episode is not so much science fiction or fantasy as it is a conventional police procedural. Bill and Gary catch the perpetrators of a kidnapping using a combination of their Alpha talents (Bill - amazing strength, Gary - ability to read cell phone and wireless internet signals) and conventional police detective work. Alaina Huffman (Black Canary on Smallville, 1st Lt.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Rosetta" (Episode 4)

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This episode involves a terrorist network that intends to explode a gasoline tanker truck at a pharmaceutical company that produces a drug that it believes will either stop or reduce the number of children born with Alpha talents. Like most terrorist organizations, the group, called Red Flag, naively believes that it has the power to stop companies and corporations from undertaking an undesirable action. The underlying motivation for Red Flag is that they believe that being an Alpha is not a curse but a blessing. A similar motivation is also present among members of Deaf culture.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Anger Management" (Episode 3)

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This episode involves an Alpha with the ability to spread pheromones at will. Unlike normal pheromones that are said to encourage romantic thoughts and behaviors in humans, these pheromones can cause human beings to become extremely violent, even murderous. In order to capture the Alpha, all of the team members on the capture effort, except for the Alpha with super strength, had to take injections of serotonin to prevent a reaction to the pheromones produced by the antagonist.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Alphas: "Cause and Effect" (Episode 2)

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This episode involves an escaped mental patient who is both an Alpha and is a paranoid. He is paranoid because he does not quite understand that other people do not also have his ability to set into motion complex chains of cause and effect that have the desired effect.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Eureka: "Reprise" (Season 4, Episode 12)

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I have to wonder how Comcast purchased a controlling stake in NBC at the beginning of the year and I not notice it until now.  I was looking for ways to view this episode of Eureka in case I missed it when I discovered that July will only be airing all SyFy shows after they've finished their season runs.  Enough complaining though, we should get on to the review.

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