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2 items from 2011

Alphas S1E1 review

25 October 2011 11:26 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Alphas, from Michael Karnow and comic book movie veteran Zak Penn (X-Men 2, Elektra, The Incredible Hulk), is a relatively realistic show about people with superpowers, though given this description, it’s less gritty (at least initially) than you might expect. It’s not like Jason Bourne with superpowers (or Battlestar Galactica, despite the presence of Callum Keith Rennie). And the realism doesn’t stop the show from having some cool special effects.

It’s broadly similar to Warehouse 13 (another SyFy show also scored by Edward Rogers) in tone and visual style, though Alphas’ pilot is better. Since Warehouse 13 was relatively slow to start, but got really good in the second half of Season 1, then hopefully Alphas could be even better, if it shows the same level of improvement. The characters aren’t as good as in Warehouse 13, though it’s early days yet, though most of them are quite good, »

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Warehouse 13: Season Two review

31 August 2011 7:53 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

[Possible mild spoilers]

A self-styled “Thrilleromedy" (via Jack Kenny, executive producer), Warehouse 13 serves up a scintillating mix of fantasy hijinks, humour and family drama. It is the most successful Syfy show ever, with a fourth installment already set for our screens next year, and it’s not hard to see why.

This, the second season, picks up immediately after the debut’s cliff-hanger (via a rather unhelpful “previously on...”).  If you haven’t seen the first series, don’t let this put you off. Forty-five minutes later you’ll be fully clued as to who’s who and just what the heck is going on. Twelve episodes later you’ll be ordering season one, but simply because you want more.

Broadly, the set-up is thus: we follow the travails of Us secret service agents Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) and Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly), together with team-leader/exposition-dispenser Artie (Saul Rubinek) and teen »

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