Heads-up: Summer will also be doing her first live-tweet during tonight's episode (8/7c, Syfy) at @AlphasSyfy.
To sum up about tonight’s season finale, Miller said, “It’s going to be great. But really, to tease it up, everything that you think we never actually go there, we go there. We’re actually going to do it. So I think it’s incredibly surprising and unpredictable.” - Fangirl Confessions
In tonight's electrifying season finale titled "God's Eye," Dr. Rosen frantically closes in on his arch nemesis Stanton Parish (played by John Pyper-Ferguson), spurred by hallucinations of his deceased daughter Dani (played by Kathleen Munroe). Meanwhile, the Alphas team race the clock to thwart Parish's murderous plans while contending with their mutual mistrust, bouyed by the invaluable help of genius-gadgeteer Skylar Adams (brilliantly portrayed by Summer Glau).
Having seen what happened to Glau's character last week (in "Need to Know"), fans are very curious how she fits into tonight's episode and what potential role Skylar has in Alphas future? Summer divulged, "In the finale she definitely integrates into the team more than she has in the past. In the last episode she was taken advantage of and needed help. It was a humbling and scary experience for her to realize that she's not always in control. It's a vulnerable position for her, but I think it's a key transition because now she sees that she does need help and that it can be beneficial to her to be part of a team." Adding, "I really, really enjoy that we're going to get to see her - very awkwardly at times - become part of the team in the finale, which is something that I've been wanting her to do for a while."
So is there anything you can tell us without giving too much away about how Skylar helps the team thwart the bad guys’ plans or tries to?
Summer Glau: Well she definitely integrates into the team more than she has in the past. I think it’s, you know, where Skylar left off in this last episode I think it was a humbling and scary experience for her to realize that she’s not always in control and she was taken advantage of and she needed help. And that she got that help from the other Alphas is a vulnerable position for her. But I think it’s a transition because now she sees that she does need help and that it can be beneficial to her to be a part of a team.And I really, really enjoy – in the finale you’re going to get to see her very awkwardly at times, become part of a team which is something that I’ve been wanting her to do for a while.
Bruce Miller: Well I guess Summer I’ll start with this. John is a wonderful actor. He’s terrific, generous and just, you know, optimistic and sunny personality, terrific. He makes everything we do turn out better and more interesting.And he really makes the best kind of adversary because he’s the adversary – or at least I feel like he often seems to be on the right side of the argument which is really the more interesting adversary. I always like Alan Rickman in Die Hard better than the other people. But he’s been terrific.And I think that when you have someone like David Strathairn and the rest of the team, if you’re going to have a foil on someone who they’re opposing you can’t just have a cardboard cutout. You have to someone with the acting ability and the depth that John Pyper-Ferguson brings to it.And also the – honestly the sympathy that he can engender in the audience, he’s got to bring something to the table. If he just wants to destroy the world that’s, you know, who wakes up in the morning and wants to destroy the world? I mean that doesn’t really seem very logical.So – and also to play that kind of character, his character, you know, has lived a very long time and I think that he brings a grace and a wisdom to that – to everything about that role. Everything from the way he dresses to the way he reads the newspaper, to the way he sits.There’s kind of a nostalgia in the whole way he plays the character that is just lovely. - Sci Fi Talk
Miller on new character Kat being added this season.
Summer Glau: Well I think I’m a pretty good actor because I really can barely – I can barely program my garage remote. I’m very gadget challenged. So it’s really fun for me when I put on my Skylar clothes and I go on set, I really pretend like I’m, you know, in control and like I know what I’m talking about.
And I definitely work – it’s funny, our – the man who puts together most of my props is named (Skylar) too. And I spend a lot of time under his supervision and guidance so that he can help me get really comfortable with my inventions so that I can really feel like I have a relationship with them.
Because they’re always amazing but I don’t – it doesn’t always come naturally to me. I’m always amazed. Like I’m on set and they hand it to me and say so this is what you built. And then I always take it apart so I know how to put it together and then we’re practicing that over and over again. - Nice Girls TV
"One of the most challenging things about Skylar is that she is a mother, but it doesn't come naturally to her. She, in my mind, in the backstory that I've created, she's been on her own for a long time. And she's used to just fending for herself," said Glau. "And then when it comes to her child, she's very conflicted because she has all of these new feelings that she's probably never experienced before about loving something so much more than she loves herself. And caring for something and protecting someone else and making unselfish decisions. And for me as an actor, it just was a very, very fertile story line for me creatively."
But after Firefly, The 4400, The Cape and even playing a Terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, why return to another sci-fi series?
"I've always found in sci-fi that the roles for women are really exciting and dynamic and outside the box. And the finale of Alphas is a perfect example. We were sitting and discussing a scene that involved all the girls. Bruce was there too," she said.
The girls are Azita Ghanizada, who plays Rachel, Lauren Mennell, who plays Nina, and Erin Way, who plays Kat.
"And I was sitting there looking at the girls, and it was so cool to get to do a scene that involved all of us. We were all four different, and our characters are, I feel, complicated and fleshed out and dynamic, and just it made me realize, 'I'm really happy to be here.' I'm really happy to be in a story that creates this opportunity for all four of us actresses. That's why I keep coming back to it. I just, I go for the character that I like." - Blastr