First Full Trailer For Syfy’s Alphas

Syfy has unveiled the first trailer for Alphas, the upcoming Heroes-esque superhuman thriller co-created by X:Men: The Last Stand screenwriter Zak Penn.

Starring Emmy Award winner David Strathairn, the series follows five people with extraordinary abilities — they’re detailed in the trailer — brought together to investigate cases that point to others with superhuman abilities. “They don’t know that they’re being brought in as a potential S.W.A.T. team member,” Strathairn reveals in the video. As they work together to solve these new types of crimes, they have prevent their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds from interfering with their mission.

In other words, a super-powered cop show. The cable channel apparently thinks the series has potential, though, as Entertainment Weekly says it’s rolling out this trailer with movies like The Hangover Part II, X-Men: First Class, Super 8 and Green Lantern.

Alphas, which premieres July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, also stars Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Why Did I Get Married?), Warren Christie (October Road), Laura Mennell (Watchmen), Ryan Cartwright  (Mad Men, Bones) and Azita Ghanizada (Castle).

(via Underwire)

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  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    So there cops with powers, interesting concepts so i’ll give the show a chance.

  • Anonymous

    Otherwise, Bendis’ “Powers” series. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    Hey we need more superhero series and if they wait to mix it with cops shows, then i’m all for it.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt it will be as “noir” as Powers. Or as satirical.

  • Drhiphop85

    Looks interesting…But why the stereotypical power/personality pairings? I guess it might have something to do with neurology connected to their powers. But I mean c’mon, the black guy is the Hulk? So one of my favorite police officers on TV has the power of being the Super Angry Black guy? Great…LOL

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible you’re the one seeing race and not the people who did the casting?

  • Drhiphop85

    First, let me say that the first part of my comment was talking about the actual personalities of the characters and their power pairing (geek=electronics, sexy woman=controlling men), very cliche’ (and for the women alil sexist). 
    Second, my last comment was really moreso joking, I guess a white guy with hip-hop in his name can’t make a joke LOL. I’m actually happy anytime a black actor gets any shine on television not in the role of a criminal or malcontent (something any serious study of television will reveal…but I’m sure you’ve never noticed right? You’re colorblind right? LOL). I assume you’re trying to bait me or perhaps be condescending right? Well I’m up fixing my deejay equipment, so lets humor the argument for a second.

    It’s not at all possible that like every other person in the world, the people behind this show, have been bombarded with the image of the scary, angry black guy. An image that becomes so pervasive and normalized that when a black man actually isn’t scary or angry he’s considered “new” or”different” or even have his blackness called into question. And of course it’s not like that the majority of portrayals of black men on television tend to only show them as the angry black man (or slight variation of). 
    When it doesn’t fit that mold, the role is seen as ground-breaking (I remember when Hardison on Leverage was hailed on geek sites as being “ground-breaking” for being a black guy who wasn’t violent). So when a new television show is being developed and its doing the good ol’ “powers=personality” trope, and the one black  main character on the entire show literally has the superpower of being super angry black man, things seem kinda fishy.Now of course I’m not in any way calling any of the people behind the series racist. In fact, I’m sure they felt they were making a “diverse” cast having Malik Yoba on it. But the fact is it would be ridiculous to ignore the historical and cultural legacy of the media portraying black men in this light. And as normalized as this image is, it could easily have affected the writers, casting, etc of this show. And now this show, will perpetuate the normalization of that image. But of course all of that is false right? I mean that’s just crazy talk…I mean what’s next? TV shows about Hillybilly’s reinforcing the negative imagery of poor whites or a new show about an Asian dude who’s super good at math and karate? I mean that wouldn’t be wrong right LOL…

  • Drhiphop85

    I just re-read that and I apologize for the snark. I’ve been on this site far too long reading comments. Some of the snide negativity is rubbing off on me.