Seeking the Alphas: “Cause and Effect”

25 Jul

Summary: A problematic former patient of Rosen’s escapes as Rosen is getting acquainted with his Department of Defense liaison, and the rest of the team tries to balance their normal lives with their work as Alphas. (Source: IMDB)  This episode was Dr. Rosen-Centric, with a focus on his past work with Alphas.  We did learn more about Rachel’s background troubles, though.

Notes: This episode created one of the more unique characters.  The antagonist, named Marcus Ayers, has the ability to control and analyze his environment, in order to create sequences of events that are under his control.  This kind of control is a unique concept, for it also entails the ability to predict time.  This concept in powers has unusual potential.  Ayers’ ability seems to be based in his ability to start a cause, and fully understand the effects that this would have.  His mind has the ability to understand the angles, energies, and directions of movement, and how they will interact with other movements, to create a total form of energy.  This kind of perspective has a unique angle.  It asks the question of our ability to track everything.  Is that possible?  Can all of reality be brought into a simple understanding of equations?

It’s worth noting in this conversation that while Ayers can predict and control environments, he cannot control human wills like Rachel.  This is an interesting perspective.  It attempts to add to the idea of “The human element”.  Humans are not able to be controlled by simple equations.  We are, by nature, a complex living system.  While much of our choices are led by incentives and costs, the overall picture is not that simple.

Another unique question of this episode was the contrasting perspective of Ayers, and our newest Alpha, Cameron Hicks.  Rosen sees a similarity in ability between these two individuals.  They both can directly control their environments, though Hicks’ focus is on his own physical abilities, while Ayers’ focus is on that outside of himself.  This perspective of abilities also applies to their troubles.  Ayers personally places all causes of trouble outside of himself, on others.  Hicks takes all of his grief and focuses it on himself, being introspective on his character, and his future.  Both of these perspectives are an overextension of themselves.  They emphasize only one part of their perspective, instead of moderating, and confirming the mixture of both focus on self, and understanding of those around them.

Finally, at the end of the episode, the show began to establish a X-men esque plot line, where the entire story may go in the direction of “Alphas Vs. Humans”.  It’s unknown as to whether this will continue, but I’m sure it will play into the future.

In conclusion, this episode created an interesting concept, and explored it to it’s depth.  We saw more of Hicks, of Rosen, and of his past work with Alphas.  This episode had some unique philosophical concepts to explore,

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