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'Warehouse 13' and 'Alphas' return to Syfy

By Mark Rappleye

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, July 22 2012 3:00 p.m. MDT

Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering and Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer.

Steve Wilkie, Syfy

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On Monday, July 23, two of Syfy's most popular television shows will return, starting with the season 4 premiere of “Warehouse 13” at 7 p.m. and following with the season 2 premiere of “Alphas” at 8 p.m.

“Warehouse 13,” the most-watched series in Syfy history, follows a small team of government agents tasked with recovering strange and fantastic artifacts from throughout history which have been imbued with even more strange, and quite often dangerous, magical properties and powers.

These supernatural artifacts are then stored in the government's massive, top-secret storage facility, Warehouse 13. Some of these artifacts are even used to help the team track other objects or to help them protect the warehouse from those who try to destroy or infiltrate its extensive contents.

Season 3 left the warehouse team reeling after the warehouse was destroyed in an artifact explosion and some of the team's closest allies were lost. In the premiere episode on Monday, the team must decide if it will use one last mysterious and possibly dangerous artifact to help it change the world and save the warehouse. Use of such an artifact could lead to deadly and even long-lasting consequences, however.

Brent Spiner (“Star Trek: Next Generation”) makes a brief but consequential guest appearance in Monday's episode.

“Alphas” takes place in a world where individuals are born with special abilities and supernatural powers. These powers include anything from super strength and enhanced senses to telepathy and the ability to change one's appearance at will.

The show stars Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn as Dr. Lee Rosen, a pre-eminent neurologist and psychiatrist who leads a team of Alphas, or persons born with special abilities, as they handle cases that other government agencies cannot. These cases usually involve stopping or helping to protect other Alphas.

Season 1 of “Alphas” concluded with the government starting a war with a rogue group of Alphas followed by Dr. Rosen publicly announcing their existence, which had previously been a carefully guarded secret.

Season 2 begins with Dr. Rosen imprisoned in disgrace and his team disbanded, many of them regressing into their old, destructive ways. When an incident occurs at the government's prison facility for criminal Alphas, however, Rosen and his team are brought back together to help deal with the situation.

Both “Warehouse 13” and “Alphas” offer entertainment which is much more family-friendly than many other shows currently on television; however, they do include many sequences of action-violence and some content which more sensitive viewers may find disturbing.

Viewers looking for a fun, exciting and clean way to fill their Monday evening will find these shows to be well worth their time.

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