In addition to my interest in history, I am also a bit of a nerd in other, more traditional ways (shocking, I know). Specifically, I’m a fan of several science fiction shows. Today, I was catching up on a few episodes of the SyFy television show Alphas. For non-nerds, Alphas is a TV show about people who have superhuman abilities. It’s essentially X-Men but with more realistic and believable abilities. Recently, the good Alphas have been trying to track and capture the leader of the bad Alphas. He is a man by the name of Stanton Parish. His Alpha ability is perfect control of his brain which manifests in his ability to slow down his aging process and heal his body. The team was able to find images of him dating back to the Civil War and how old he really is has yet to be determined:
While watching it today, there was a second when the leader of the good Alphas, Dr. Rosen, was flipping through his materials on Stanton Parish. There was a quick shot of an image that looked strangely familiar. I rewound the video (you got to love the “On Demand” feature), and paused it. I could see then that the producers of the show had taken the head of the Stanton Parish character and had Photoshopped it onto the body of the Lincoln assassination conspirator, David Herold:
I had a good chuckle over this strange cameo appearance by Davy Herold. References to the assassination can be found in the most unlikeliest of places.