And I was not disappointed. Which is crazy, since we’re talking about Syfy, here.
Last season ended with Dr. Rosen testifying at a clandestine congressional hearing and using the opportunity to broadcast it and the truth about Alphas to the world. With Show being as good as it is, Rosen faced consequences for that (institutionalized as a mental patient) and those rippled out to effect his team.
Nina and Rachel have left the team and reverted. Nina’s back to using her power of suggestion for fabulous free shoes, while Rachel is holed up in her room, unable to face a world that’s overwhelming to her senses.
Clay is continuing to work with Bill and Hicks to apprehend rogue Alphas, but it’s not going well. The intel is bad and they’re frequently outnumbered and over powered.
Gary has been shanghai’d to work for the NSA, which also doesn’t go well. No one there gives a poop about Gary’s need for routine and dislike for being touched, so he reached a breaking point and got violent.
This is why every workplace should train employees on how to interact with co-workers who have autism. 1 in 88 kids right now are somewhere on the autism spectrum. They’re going to come into the workforce. They shouldn’t have to adapt to the incoherent world of so-called normies; we need to adapt to them.
If you’re thinking about how hard that sounds, think about how hard it is for an individual with autism to adapt to our general world where people ask how you are without actually meaning it and we’re expected to say, “I’m fine,” even though we’re not. I don’t even have autism, and I don’t bloody understand it half the time. This is why I don’t have many friends at my job. Everyone thinks I’m angry all the time because I don’t use smileys in my work email and that’s just not true. I’m angry all the time the world is disappointing and I’m always having to correct apostrophe usage.
The season two premiere was pretty much a “let’s get the team back together” episode, but it wasn’t tiresome. There was a real sense of falling apart, which is a testament to the writing and the acting. There was also a genuine need to come back together, which in turn introduced the big problem of the season (or at least, the instigator for it): the mass break out from Binghamton.
So, Rosen’s satchel full of baddies from last season has been unleashed on the world. They’re apex predators, they’ve been mistreated, and they’re pissed. A blowed up train is just start of the havoc.
As always, in the end, Alphas brought it back down to our team. They’re all back together and in the office, only they’re trying to – for lack of a better term – reboot Gary. The NSA/prison debacle has completely torn his routine asunder and he’s lost.
What I liked most about that ending scene was that no one was annoyed with him. They made real efforts to reach him. They wanted their Gary back, as he was.
That’s an awesome work environment for anyone.