Summer Glau, Nerd Goddess

Posted on July 31, 2012

There’s not a lot for us to say about this look except she looks really pretty.

Summer Glau attends the 2012 Dizzy Feet Foundation Celebration of Dance Gala in Los Angeles.

Trésor Mosaico Collection Earrings

Love the earrings.

Usually, we tend to skip over looks if we don’t have a lot to say about them. But since the former River Tam has never been featured here (as far as we can remember, except for one pic in a Comic-Con post), we figured we’d throw the nerds a bone (pun intended), since she’s become something of a Nerd Goddess in the years since she freaked out the crew of Serenity.

And since the nerd doors have been opened…

Anyone watching Alphas on SyFy? Great little show. She had a notable guest appearance last season, with the implication that she would be a recurring character.  We don’t think there’s quite enough there to recap it regularly, but it’s a surprisingly polished and well-written series, considering it’s on SyFy. Of course, anything with David Strathairn in it is instantly elevated, but check out Ryan Cartwright as an autistic mutant. You might remember him as the officious and repulsive Mr. Hooker on season 3 of Mad Men (Lane Pryce’s male assistant, who famously clashed with Joan several times and declared Sterling Cooper a “gynocracy”), but he’s doing Emmy nom-level work here. A truly brilliant and oddly charming performance.

Sadly, Warehouse 13 is kind of sucking since the new season started. There’s nothing worse than a show (literally) blowing up the status quo in a season finale, only to push the reset button in the next season premiere. But hey, Data’s on the show now! And no matter how much Brent Spiner works to make us all forget his android persona, the second he opens his mouth, Data comes out. Evil Claudia has some legs as a concept, but we hope we don’t spend the whole season watching her do the lite version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and waiting for her to kill Artie.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, tresorcollection.com]

    • Super_Red

      Love Summer Glau! Loved her turn in Dollhouse- so freaking adorable. In a I-can-kill-you-with-my-brain kind of way. But seriously– her and Fran Kranz together was like nerdsplosion of adorableness. 

      Oh.. sorry, is my nerd showing? Yeah- she looks great. The dress is super pretty, even if it does match her skin tone, but her hair/makeup/jewelry is all fabulous. 

    • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Krysta

      What did Summer Glau do to freak out the crew of Serenity? I missed that.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Oh, you know… little things like hanging from the ceiling like a spider, screaming at inappropriate times, threatening to kill people with her brain, and taking out 40 people singlehandedly in under 3 minutes because she saw a Fruity Oaty Bar commercial.

        Nerd Bona Fides: ESTABLISHED.

        • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

           “He looks better in red.”

        • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Krysta

          OH. River Tam freaked out the crew of the SHIP Serenity–I thought it meant Summer Glau freaked out the crew of the MOVIE Serenity.  Gottit.

          • NNgela

             Yes, the movie as well. The movie wraps up the show.

        • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

          Plus, her hair was always stringy. Truly frightening! :)

        • sherrietee

           and yet Book freaked her out to no end when he took his hair out of his ponytail.

          • theblondette

             too . much. hair.

          • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

            “His brains are in terrible, terrible danger.”

          • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.in/ Cassie

            “Sweetie, he’s putting the hair away now.”

            “Doesn’t matter. It’ll still be there. Waiting.”

          • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

            (Of course the deep-dyed media nerds answer that with “Sharp as a tack, Barney”)

        • carolynmo

          And she beat up Jayne, which was fantastic!

        • KathKo

           you do know people absolutely LOVE you for your Nerd side, don’t you ?

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        Oh, prescience, occasional bouts of violence, weirdly intuitive statements. For starters.

        • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

          Shooting three people dead (with three bullets) all the while muttering “can’t look, can’t look”. And indeed, she wasn’t looking. 

          “She just did the math.” 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Thanks for giving us Serenity nerds something to gaze at. I mean, since we can’t have Nathan Fillion. (sighing)

      • TropiCarla

        I faithfully watch the super corny Castle purely out of devotion to him.

        • formerlyAnon

           Oh, I find the corny Castle very soothing. Supremely undemanding television.

        • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

           I am totally with you. Nathan is adorable! And seems like a really cool person, too.

          • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

             Three feet away from me in Pasadena one day.
            Three. Feet.

            And I was Not Allowed to lick him.

            *tears*

        • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

           And I thought I was the only one who did that! Glad to know I’m not alone.

        • Call me Bee

          Yes!  Very watchable but yes–so corny.  Also, I love how references to Firefly/Serenity are thrown in now and again.  I love a good “easter egg” while watching TV. 

      • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

        Mmmm, Nathan Fillion. *wanders off into dream territory*

        I’m sorry, were we discussing something else? 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

          Check out You Tube for a little show called “Cocktails with Stan (Lee) “. Nathan Fillion was a darling guest.

          • tallgirl1204

            And don’t forget Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/lenoradody Lenora Dody

         Did you see the picture of Nathan Fillion and John Barrowman from Comic-con this year? The best picture of the con, IMHO!

    • Sobaika

      So pretty and light. Like a grown up ballerina (appropriately).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630191954 Adina Miller Holmes

      Aaaaaand now I need to go watch Firefly for the gazillionth time.

      Very, very pretty. I love those earrings!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Krumel/774655640 Jennifer Krumel

      It’s amazing how different she looks in Firefly/Serenity vs real life. Really shows you how even basic makeup/hair can transform an actress. (Of course, her performance helped too)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

        I think it’s more that she’s a few years older and smiling (though I don’t think she looks that different).

      • twocee

         Wasn’t she a teenager when they filmed Firefly as well?  My first thought was to think how much little River Tam had grown up.

        • mshesterp

          Me too, and I think she looks better and better as she gets older. She’s lost that teen-girl softness from firefly. She’s just so pretty.

          • Jill Roberts

             Agreed, she’s much more beautiful now.  I love it when that happens.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Krumel/774655640 Jennifer Krumel

          I met her at DragonCon shortly after Serenity premiered – trust me, hair and make up, and acting count for a lot in that transformation. 

    • Wrenaria

      Gorgeous. Love the whole look. More nerd gods and goddesses, please! :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFD4YODYT6N2NNTE7ZAHJWQXCM Deirdre

      She looks gorgeous! And you guys are such nerds! I love you all the more for it! <3

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        To be accurate: Tom is a big ol’ nerd. Lorenzo is, like all non-nerd spouses of nerds, resigned to his little obsessions. Although he’s as much a Firefly fan as Tom is, but half of that is due to his Nathan Fillion crush.

        • MilaXX

           Do you follow him on twitter? He’s hilarious.

          • Super_Red

            he retweeted me once… at that moment, my life was complete and I felt I could die happy. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

           Is Lorenzo slowly turning into a nerd?  That’s what’s happened to every couple like that I know — eventually you start to actually like the nerd stuff, though never to the same degree.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KFD4YODYT6N2NNTE7ZAHJWQXCM Deirdre

            I know how that is. I’m into tons of nerdy things, but never comic books until I started dating my husband. Our powers combined, we are an unstoppable nerd force!

          • amf0001

            Hey,  I got my husband into Game of Thrones… and my son started to read them…  nerd nirvanna…

          • carolynmo

            That’s exactly what happened to me. When I started watching Battlestar Galactica, my husband gloated like crazy.

            I love this dress (she said, trying to stay on topic)

          • TieDye64

            It’s not happening in my household, unfortunately. I’m definitely the nerd in the family, along with my daughter, but my husband just shakes his head. Poor guy doesn’t know what he’s missing, although he did take me to see The Avengers. It was his idea, shocked the hell out of me. 

        • Hermione_Granger

          I love your nerd self, Tom.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

          The Firefly dvd set was the first purchase my husband and I made together when we started dating.  It’s a special thing for us – we even chose Malcolm for our son’s middle name.  Yay nerd love!

    • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

      I’ve been watching Firefly for the gazillionth time, since they started recapping/reviewing over at AV Club (finally!) and it is still awesome. I recommend the articles over there for any Serenity fans here, they are written by two of the writers, and really get in depth.

      • Super_Red

        awesome!! I didn’t know that- I can’t wait to check it out! :) 

      • SapphoPoet

        Thanks for the info. Will check it out. 

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.in/ Cassie

        I second that recommendation! I just rewatched the show, too, since I was showing it to a friend of mine who was a Firefly virgin. Good times!

    • janetjb

      So pretty.  Why doesn’t it bother me that it’s so close to her skin tone?

      • http://twitter.com/enuma enuma

         I think these neutral colors work better on brunettes.  The dress might match her skin, but thanks to her hair we still get some visual contrast.  Put the same dress on a blonde, and it would just be a sea of pale.

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      Did y’all watch the Firefly 10th Anniversary panel from Comic-Con (you can find it on youtube)?  So good!  There needs to be a new Jossverse show on TV.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        And how about that Fillion money fling/kiss attack at the fundraiser? Fantastic!

        • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

          Yes, did you see Trailer Park Heroes that they did leading up to Comic Con?  I squee-d.  You can find it here:  http://youtu.be/cu17yNsg7YM 

      • http://twitter.com/MajorBedhead MajorBedhead

         Yes! It was awesome!

      • SapphoPoet

        Thanks for the reminder; will go find it and watch. Except my husband will not watch with me because he hates knowing about actors in real life, especially the ones from his favorite shows. 

    • call_me_schmeg

      this is so pretty and goddess-y, she looks like she should be emerging from a shell in an ocean.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Brent Spiner was on Alphas as well. The guy needs to get some serious voice lessons or facial surgery to remove the Data character from himself. At least when he is not-Data we do not have to listen to his purposeful pretending-to-be-human breaths.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        For some reason, his Alphas character didn’t remind us as much of Data; maybe because the character was kind of morose and slightly threatening. But he can’t say one word on Warehouse13 without making us think of his signature character. Then again, that could be because “The Astrolabe must be destroyed in order to return to the proper timeline” pretty much sounds EXACTLY like something Data would say.

        • http://twitter.com/DresswithAplomb Aplomb Pomilio

          He doesn’t sound like Data in person. I know him from school and saw him again at a reunion recently. He’s warm  and funny. I think it’s just the roles he gets offered because he’ll always be Data. Watch his Fresh Hell [
          http://freshhellseries.com/  series. Quite good, and free!

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          His Alphas character was rather like Lore, being manipulative, which to me is just another side of Data. Plus there was all the stuff he did in the holodeck… I know he’s a great actor. It’s just too difficult to detach from his Star Trek work.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

        I thought he was pulling off not-Data on Alphas quite well.  He was hilarious on Big Bang Theory, as a sarcastic/ Star Wars jaded Bret Spinner.

      • tereliz

        I didn’t think he was too Data on Alphas once I got over my mini-Lt.Cmndr.Data-is-on-Alphas-freakout-moment. He was intense in a way that Data almost never was. My husband and I joke that some actors are famous, and some actors are sci-fi (or should I say Syfy?) famous. Poor Brent is relegated to only being sci-fi famous.  

    • AudreysMom

      OK, Audrey and I are SyFy deprived so we aren’t part of this discussion of Serenity (we’ll just get our nerd on over here waiting for talk about old eps of Dr Who….) but I will say this girl looks lovely and very appropriate for the summer and the dance-event she’s attending. Only, help me here – is she really tall? Because these shots make her look like she’s a good 6 feet+.

      • Call me Bee

        I don’t think so.  I think she’s actually a little slip of a thing…

      • Amy Ellinger

        she’s about 5’6″, but she also was a dancer, so her posture is insane. makes her look taller.

    • kimmeister

      Whoever did her makeup gets three gold stars.  So soft and lovely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234087433 Jen Freeman

      Random but…I LOVE Ryan Cartwright. I’ve seen Alphas a few times because he’s in it.  He was a recurring character on Bones as Vincent Nigel-Murray and was BRILLIANT in that role. Until he was killed off.  

      • formerlyAnon

         Yeah. I have to say that Bones has had some excellent intern/assistant recurring characters. Many of whom come to unfortunate ends, though guess you can’t stay an intern forever.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        He was my favourite Squint.  I stopped watching Bones after Mr Nigel-Murray was shot but that was mostly because of my FOX boycott.  Very happy to see him doing so brilliantly in Alphas.

    • MilaXX

       Summer looks great here, although the color is a bit blah. Wasn’t her comic con dress pretty similar but in a different shade? I have to admit, she really doesn’t do much for me. Everytime I see her, her acting is pretty much the same character as on; Serenity/Firefly, Sarah Chronicles, Dollhouse, even on Chuck she came off as a bit stilted and robotic to me.

      I like Alphas but don’t watch regualry. She wasn’t the woman who spoke in clicks and things was she? Gary was the one to figure out how she communicates. I haven’t watched this season, maybe I’ll On Demand and catch up. At this point anything is better than NBC’s sucky coverage of the Olympics.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        She played a different Alpha MilaXX, you might have missed her episode.  Her talent is with technology; inventing things no one has ever even thought of with whatever is lying around.  Kind of like Macgyver then…

        • MilaXX

          oh I missed that ep. Definitely need to On Demand and catch up

    • mhleta

      I don’t know who she is and I have no idea wtf any of you are talking about. But I don’t care. This girl is perfect. Hair, makeup, the dress, all of it in service to her immense and natural beauty, which is as it should be. 

    • Super_Red

      Okay, so reading all the comments on this thread is making my little geek heart so happy. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

      Love Alphas and love 
      Mr. Hooker in it! It took me a while to place him in the first few episodes, he looked so familiar.

    • http://summerglauwiki.com/ chrisdvanne

      Since you have nice words for Summer Glau, i won’t blame you for repeating stereotype like “Nerd Goddess”, which is maybe true but so reductive in regards of Summer Glau’s career and talent.
      She recently guest starred in two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and filmed a drama pilot for TNT “Scent of the Missing” (sadly not picked up as  a serie).
      Thank you for mentioning her guest appearance in Alphas season one; Summer Glau had a pivotal role and her episode registered a ratings bump; this is maybe why she’ll come back in the second season of Alphas for a THREE-EPISODE run, starting in episode 2.06.
      @summerglauwiki:twitter 

    • CozyCat

      I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the work you boys do.  To have a place I can go where I can chat with other people who have the same obsessions I do (fashion, sci fi, Mad Men, cats) is very special.  In the “real world” most people would laugh at you for trying to have a conversation which includes how stunning an actress looks in a beautiful dress AND the relative merits of the current shows on the sy fy (or however they spell it) channel!

      The wonders of the internet!  Truly bringing people together!

      • Call me Bee

        Amen!  Well, except for the cats part.  I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.  Now, dogs… 

        • CozyCat

          I used to like dogs.  I grew up with a really great dog.  But I’ve lived with cats so long that I’ve been indoctrinated–it’s kind of like Stockholm Syndrome….

    • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

      Thank you, TLo, for featuring Summer Glau! I loved her in Firefly and have followed her career since. She is an excellent actress, and truly beautiful. We need more Summer Glau both on television and in movies! And that is a gorgeous dress, too.

    • SapphoPoet

      We’re rewatching Firefly at the moment. She sure has grown up–I wouldn’t have recognized her without the caption. 

    • sherrietee

      I still have to ask.  When did Summer Glau become Tia Carrere?

      • julnyes

         Oh my. I read that and saw Tila Tequila in my head and wondered why you were insulting such a lovely woman :)

      • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

        I was just thinking how much she looks like Nina Dobrev in this picture, myself?

    • Judy_J

      Pretty girl, pretty dress, pretty earrings.  Not loving the messy hair, though.

    • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

      Ah, the Nerd Empress! Two of Joss’s repertory players came from SMU’s ballet program: Summer Glau and Amy Acker (who will be Beatrix opposite Alexis Denisoff’s Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” if it ever gets wide release).(My kids got me a signed, personalized photo of Summer Glau for my 60th birthday this year: yes, I am just that much of a nerd).

      I stopped watching Alpha’s when they killed off Callum Keith Rennie. It was a good show, but I was hoping he and Straithcairn would keep snarking at each other for years and generate the Next Great Slash Fandom. Now there would be a reality show.

      • out for a walk

        I am SO looking forward to Much Ado About Nothing. Also, pretty hilarious (and exciting) how much of a Whedon nerdgasm it will be: in addition to Amy Acker and Alexis Denisoff, it has Fran Kranz from Dollhouse, Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher from Firefly, Tom Lenk from Buffy, and Clark Gregg aka Agent Phil Coulson from The Avengers.

        It will be insane seeing all of them in one Shakespeare play.

        • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

          Clark Gregg was a last minute replacement for Tony Head (Giles, of course, as your nick indicates you know perfectly well :D) who got a role in London. You’d think, what with two Joss movies on the top twenty box-office movies at once earlier in the season, that his little hand-made Shakespeare movie would have distribution.

          To haul this back on topic: the costume design for Much Ado should be interesting, since the designer basically picked the best from the actors’ personal wardrobes and then filled in with Melrose district shopping.

        • twocee

           I had not heard about this upcoming Nerd-fest.  I demand full red carpet coverage when it’s released :)

      • Maggie_Mae

        What! They should have told me CKR was on Alphas.  Well, I may check in for the sake of David Straithairn.  And because Tom & Lorenzo recommend the show….

        I remember CKR from Due South days.  In recent appearances, I notice how he’s aged.  Until he smiles!  He needs more roles that let him do that….

        • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

          CKR’s only there in the first few episodes of s! Alpha’s alas, and doesn’t smile much.

          Do yourself a favor, if you’re a Due South fan, and get your hands on a copy of “Gunless” otherwise known as “Paul and his buddies go to the Okanagon and make a silly cowboy movie” where Paul Gross is a gunfighter named The Montana Kid and CKR is his nemesis, with “better hair and a very excellent hat.” 

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      I **LOVE** her! And she looks absolutely beautiful here. If one is going to go with ethereal flesh-toned, THIS is the way to do it!

      Have Firefly (the series) on DVD, and it never gets old. Plus, every once in a while you can catch Serenity (the movie) on TV, and it always makes my day. :)

    • Call me Bee

      Wow–is this River, our favorite little sister??  She looks HOT!  One of the few on which a neutral color gown works well!  
       
      Re: Brent Spiner–I never watched STNG regularly (hangs her head in shame, for she was, in her youth, a great and loyal ST Original fan…) but I loved him in the movie “Independence Day.”  One of my fave characters in that film!

      • twocee

         Torchwood did another mini-series about 6-9 months ago on Starz.  They had it on Netflix streaming for a while, but I noticed a few weeks ago that it had disappeared again.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      I really adore Summer Glau with all my nerd heart – I even watched the horrific “Cape” because she was in it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      David Strathairn elevates anything-sigh.  BTW-she does look lovely

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1624741566 Penn Collins

      Please please please T’lo-= review Alphas- we need to get this gem some better ratings! (and Ryan Cartwright is….you want to hug him (but you dare not) charming in his performance (and I like the idea of ‘non super powered team’).
       
      As to the pic- can anyone see her? the color match just blends right in….she is almost wraithlike- perhaps a bit of non-pale color? Gods knows she is Fierce but…

    • http://twitter.com/Kamilaahh Kamil

      Is it wrong that I still have hope that someone somewhere is looking at the gazillion dollars Joss made for Marvel this summer and might yet think to themselves that they could spare some change to let him film a few eps of Firefly during hiatus each summer? 

      Maybe he could add that in as a rider, if he signs on to do Avengers2. Fine, I’ll do it, but you have to pay for more Firefly each summer. =D 

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

      Now if you really wanted to get the nerds all a-buzz, you would’ve thrown in a token picture of her with her “date” the event: Joss Whedon.

    • TVKimmy

      Soft and pretty, but I wish she had just a tad more color on her stunning face.

    • AltoRachel

      I adore Alphas! The autistic character Gary is my absolute favorite, and I agree that if this show were on a standard network he would be receiving Emmy talk.

      My husband is a super nerd, and I have nerdish tendencies, so we fit well. He goes to a convention, I make the costume fabulous, and I have perfected the art of “smile and nod.”

    • ChelseaNH

      Yes, I’m watching Alphas.  It will be interesting to see if they will let things get ugly this season — or maybe how ugly they will let things get is the question.  Because it was set up as more of a procedural last season, and I don’t know if they want to get all complicated with the politics.

      Summer is a tad colorless, but very pretty nonetheless.

    • Le_Sigh

      I’m not entirely sold on Alphas just yet – it seemed like it was trying a bit too hard when I saw the first couple episodes.  But if our River Tam is making an appearance, I’ll come back for another gander.  She was also fantastic in Terminator.

      Oh right!  The dress!  She looks super pretty.  Light and feminine. 

      ZOMG – Bret Spiner is on Warehouse 13????  Must catch up. 

    • suz72350

      I’m an Alphas fan. Very smartly written. David Strathairn gives the show a grounded feel.  And Ryan Cartwright?  WOW. Emmy-worthy is right. He steals every scene he’s in.

    • carolynmo

      I love how the bitter kittens are demonstrating that you can love fashion and be a nerd. Well done, fellow unborn fawns.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealSandraOh Sandra Oh

      Alphas is a good show but a total knock off of the X-Men series.  The acting varies but Straithern and Cartwright are truly stand-outs.  It’s a DVR show for sure.  Summer would be great on it.  She was great last year on her guest turn.

      • tereliz

        Frankly, what I love about Alphas is how different is feels from X-Men, or shows like Heroes. The abilities are not so powerful as to be unbelievable, and of course the government would be trying to track these people down in secret to use to their own ends (mostly to catch other Alphas, apparently), so I find it refreshingly realistic. 

        It’s sort of a cheap shot to call out any show with characters with “powers” a “total X-Men knockoff”. Marvel’s mutants could be considered knockoffs of ancient Greco-Roman demi-gods, if you want to get that nit-picky. The amazing acting is part of what elevates the show from its derivative premise (X-Men meets NYPD, so to speak), to something unique and, imo, wholly original. 

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

          To be fair, Alpha’s isn’t just about people with powers. It’s about mutants, the fact that the public reacts to them with fear and prejudice, and the fact that mutants are split fairly evenly along two philosophies, each with an accompanying charismatic leader; one that preaches assimilation and another that preaches war on humans.

          It’s clearly meant to be a non-spandex, powered-down version of the X-Men and I don’t think the creators of the show are even trying to hide it.

        • CozyCat

          One big difference is the sense of moral ambiguity on Alphas.  The “good guys” are not really sure they are on the side of “good,” only that somehow the “bad mutants” seem to be even worse.  And both sides are serverely troubled, so much so that they have to put a psychiatrist in charge of the “good mutants.”   So things are a lot more dark.

          Alphas to X Men is kind of like the new Battlestar Gallactica to the old….  

          • tereliz

            Exactly this. I’m sure they knew that X-Men comparisons would be made, but it seems to me they were really thoughtful with the nuances. Instead of a group of students led by arguably the most powerful mutant on the planet (whose mutant abilities completely make up for his inability to walk), Alphas gives us a cast of emotionally jaded adults and young adults who are led by their therapist. Talk about an ethical dilemma–your immediate superior is also privy to your most intimate thoughts and your emotional state. But they have to endure this if they want to use their abilities to contribute to society–and not be hauled off to Binghampton. Rosen himself must have issues with this, but he obviously has his own reasons that justify such a breach.  

            And I can’t help but think that any show that highlights the differences between people–whether they’re using sci-fi as a metaphor or not–is about fear and prejudice. The good sci-fi is, anyway.  

    • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com/ skadi1

      I’m so glad you guys love Alphas. I liked it last year, but I have to say, they took a GIANT step toward awesome with this year’s season premiere. I really hope they can keep it going.

      I still miss Firefly. Sigh.

    • tallgirl1204

      It’s so nice to see her looking like a normal person (with incredible genetic gifts and a stylist), and not the scared, psychotic River Tam.  Yep I’m a nerd mom, and I worried about poor River throughout the too-short series.  Seeing her kick butt in the movie still left me worried.  Yep, I have far too much time on my hands to obsess about my beloved Firefly. 

    • guest2visits

      Beautiful, ethereal.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scaponigro Sarah Caponigro

      The gold pattern looks like sperm.

    • KathKo

      Thank you for featuring her here.
      She so under used in the industry, it drives me crazy. I hope she gets to be a regular in a cast very, very soon.

    • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

      LOVE the earrings

      Yeah, agree completely on Warehouse 13…

      And Alphas- Mr. Cartwright was also on Bones, and last season it was back and forth (before they killed him off on Bones) and I was just gobsmacked how well he played a teenager.

      And they Emmy NEVER goes to Sci-Fi (Ask John Noble about that one, the most truly deserved if any- I don’t care if you like she show or not)

      • Presumptuous Insect

        OMFG I LOVE Walter. LOVE.

    • tereliz

      She’s always so fragile-looking… which I guess is why she made such a perfect River Tam. And yes, I loved her spot on Alphas, but the horrible wig they put her in almost killed it for me. 

      So glad I’m not the only one loving that show. I just hope I’m not the only one who guffawed when Gary said he wasn’t allowed to watch Rainman. And… “Partners get to drive, Bill.”The actor was also on Bones, fyi, with his Birmingham accent that we heard in Mad Men. 

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      she was great in serenity, but i loved her more in sarah connor chronicles.  she’s one of my fence jumpers.  she’s so pretty.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      I love it when you talk River and Data. Adore them both.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      LOVE David Strathairn so it’s great to see so much affection for him here.  Rewatched John Sayles’ Passion Fish the other day to get a hit of Alfre Woodard, Mary McDonnell and the fabulous Strathairn.

      Also love Alphas.  My six-year-old is on the autism spectrum so watching Ryan Cartwright do his thing is sweet and funny and sad and really very accurate.

      Ooh- River Tam/SUMMER! Glau, frock, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely.

    • Cali Sherwood

      I would love it if you guys rewatched and blogged Firefly, if only to talk about Inara’s wardrobe and Mal’s tight pants.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      I love love love Alphas. Warehouse 13 has never been my favorite because it’s too procedural, with its artifact of the week set up. I usually watch it anyway, because it’s not terrible. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      She does look really pretty.  In yet another skin-colored dress.  T-Lo is becoming lax on this issue.

    • kingderella

      well, theres not a lot for me to say about this post, except I LOVE SUMMER GLAU!!!!!!!

    • eight_of_nine

      Although the “reset” was a cop-out for sure, I don’t think Warehouse 13 has been sucking.  That show cannot suck as long as HG is still around!

    • Nolalala

      love Alphas! just got into it, watched all of season 1 within two weeks. i should have known Uncles T & L would be into it. 

    • sk8tfan

      I knew we had to be related and you were my favorite gay uncles for reasons other than fashion. I love “Alphas”; the second season is starting off as a stronger show than the first. And the actor who plays Gary is fantastic; he takes a character that could be annoying and one note and makes him interesting and also the emotional core of the team. Great acting. I also like “Warehouse 13″ but hope it doesn’t lose it’s silly humor. H.G. was too good a character to kill off (she even put memories of her Gaia character to rest) but I wouldn’t have minded them killing off Mrs. Frederic because of the earlier prophecy that Claudia would become the new caretaker-that would be an intriguing development. I’m not sold on “evil Claudia-Monkey’s Paw” storyline but I’ll watch it play out.

    • jjfg

      She was freaking awesome as Cameron (a Terminator) in The Sarah Connor Chronicles.  I also randomly caught one scene in Alphas where she was kicking ass and not bothering with names…  Gal has a superb stunt double or has mad fightin’ skilz.

    • Elisa_G

      Man, you guys are awesome. No pretentiousness, open-minds and a clear, critical eye. Also great sense of humor. It all lets you write about so many seemingly disparate cultural phenomena.

      Alphas has a solid premise, some quality actors and smart writing. It’s clear there are budget constraints, and they film in Canada, but they work around this and there’s a groundedness to the show that’s enjoyable. Episodes like the one with the blind spot villain were clever in execution – there were no real special effects but the fight sequences were ingenious. I’m hopeful for season 2. They need to flesh out some of the characters but Gary is compelling enough to keep me watching.

      Are you watching Lost Girl? It’s frustrating because I like the premise, which is novel and has legs, but the lo-budget feel drags the show down, along with some sloppy writing. I watched season 1 and started 2 but gave up.