I hated Alphas. So many unlikeable characters and i didnt care if either of them lived or died. The ratings were so awful it had to be cancelled. The last few eps of that show were around 1 million viewers.
Second episode was indeed better. The writing needs to be more tighter. This is my 3rd favorite new show this fall behind Sleepy Hollow and The Blacklist. I dont know why some people are expecting so many superpowers. SHIELD is a government agency and this is about them NOT Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor and The Hulk popping up every week. The producers already said that they cant use the word "mutant" on this show and cant access certain heroes/villains. Plus Joss Whedon shows always have the cheese.