Syfy’s ‘Alphas’ will get a big shake up tonight in the form of a petite blond named Kat. But don’t let her size fool you. She may be small but she has a very powerful ability!
Kat (who will be played by Erin Way) will be introduced in tonight’s episode ‘Alpha Dogs’ where Harken and Hicks go undercover in a secret underground Alpha’s only Fight Club and meet the diminutive girl. What makes her so special is that she has the ability to absorb any skill she reads or sees but with a catch.
As Way explains:
“… she basically learns any skill instantly, so that includes knowledge and muscle memory. It’s essentially like she can just download it almost instantly. And the only downside is that she has a bit of a memory problem. After about a month or so, she starts losing memories of the past. .. she can’t remember how she learned (the abilities) or who she knows or where she came from, which, you know, is a little problematic… She doesn’t remember that she knows how to do them. But if you put in the appropriate situation she can recall how to do them.”
This causes a bit of a problem as Kat has no memories of her past which includes where she came from, what she’s done in the past, how she got to where she is now. She is as much as a mystery to herself as she is to the team. Because of the downside to her ability, Kat is very spontaneous. She isn’t burdened by anything in the past because she forgets it all. She’s a very “live in the moment’ type of person and doesn’t care too much for rules. Kat’s personality doesn’t quite seem to fit the Alphas team as they tend to have a more serious nature. Of course, put her impulsiveness next to the autistic routine dependent Gary, and watch the sparks fly.
Way, a self-proclaimed sci-fi fan geek, is excited about her role. Although she has starred in the series ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ and did a guest stint on ‘Hawaii 5-0,’ ‘Alphas’ is her first foray into science fiction. “It was kind of a surreal experience. You name the sci-fi shows and I’m a huge sucker for them… I had to pinch myself on a couple of occasions that I was going to be a part of that genre finally.”
When asked what she would like to see of her character in the coming episodes, Way jokingly responded, “I think she needs to have a boyfriend, because I think it would just be hilarious, because she’d forget who he was all the time.”
Kat does seem to like she will be keeping the Alphas team on their toes and sounds like someone you’ll end up with if you mixed Claudia Donovan (from ‘Warehouse 13,’ also a Syfy network show) and Peter Petrelli (from ‘Heroes’) into one person. As for her ability, it seems very similar to the Marvel comic book superheroine Finese, who can copy any skill she sees and has memory problems because of it.
Check out the sneak peak of the new team member below! So what do you think of Kat and her superpower?
‘Alphas’ airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Syfy network.