Resident Alien is an American science fiction mystery comedy-drama television series developed by Chris Sheridan and based on the Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse comic book of the same name, which premiered on Syfy on January 27, 2021. Alan Tudyk plays the title character in the series. The series got renewed for a second season in March 2021.
Resident Alien Release Date
Syfy confirmed on February 13, 2020, that the series would launch in summer 2020. The debut was pushed back to January 2021, particularly January 27 in the United States, on October 9, 2020. On January 27, 2021, the series premiered in Canada on CTV Sci-Fi Channel, and the following day in the United Kingdom on Sky One.
Resident Alien Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Harry The protagonist of Syfy’s new dramedy Resident Alien, Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk of Firefly and Rogue One), doesn’t belong in Patience, Colorado. Everyone in the small, isolated village knows everyone else, and as the new town doctor, Harry must manage their peculiarities and tangled personal dramas when all he wants to do is get home. While Harry claims that New York City is his home, it is actually another planet.
Resident Extraterrestrial appears to be a science-fiction spinoff of the early 1990s dramedy Northern Exposure, with an actual alien playing Jewish doctor Joel Fleischman. It also bears a striking resemblance to wacky alien-themed comedy such as 3rd Rock from the Sun and Solar Opposites. While Tudyk is unquestionably the show’s leading man, Resident Alien creator Chris Sheridan has reversed the script on the fish-out-of-water story by exploring how anyone may feel like an outsider.
“Everyone needs to belong to something bigger than themselves,” Harry reflects at the end of one of the moralistic episodes, summarizing what he’s learned about humanity and himself over the previous 45 minutes. “Yes, there is power in numbers, but perhaps it is easier. Perhaps humans feel better knowing they are not alone on this planet.”
Resident Alien, based on Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Dark Horse Comics series of the same name, is very much about that. Sheridan shifted the focus of the series away from investigating murders and onto interpersonal connections, as well as changing the setting from Washington to Colorado. Harry, who learned English by watching a lot of Law & Order, is still captivated by mysteries, but the plot revolves around how the residents of Patience interact with one another, deal with their pasts, and try to make a better future for themselves and their loved ones.
Of course, none of this matters to Harry, who crashed on Earth while on a mission to exterminate all human life. He assassinated the actual Dr. Vanderspeigle, who had relocated to Patience from New York in pursuit of seclusion, and has been attempting to remain undetected while impersonating Vanderspeigle and searching for bits of his spacecraft buried beneath the snow. When Patience’s town doctor, Sam Hodges, dies under strange circumstances, Harry is tasked with both investigating the death and filling Sam’s old position until a successor is found.
This entails collaborating closely with Asta Twelvetrees (Sara Tomko), Sam’s nurse who regards him as a mentor and father figure. After Harry intervenes to defend Asta from her abusive ex-husband, Asta rapidly develops a close bond with him. Asta admits to him, “I’ve always been an outsider.” “Perhaps that’s why I get you. It’s just that you’re different. I understand how you feel. It’s not always easy for me to feel human.”
Tudyk and Tomko have natural chemistry, whether they’re talking about Harry’s awkward bluntness or discussing more serious topics like Asta’s decision to give up the kid she had as a teenager for adoption. It’s the kind of relationship that’ll almost certainly end in a will-they-won’t-they romance. However, considering that both characters are prone to make major mistakes and being forced to cope with them, the first seven episodes of the 10-episode season are fortunately just one of mutual respect, if not necessarily admiration.
The majority of the town’s citizens are similarly unsure of where they belong. D’arcy Bloom (Alice Wetterlund), Asta’s best friend, appears carefree when pouring drinks at the town’s bar, but she’s still grieving the loss of her Olympic skiing career due to injuries. Sheriff Mike Thompson (Corey Reynolds of The Closer) is envious of the activity in bigger towns and fantasizes about tracking down a serial murderer, while his deputy Liv Baker (Elizabeth Bowen) hopes he would listen to her suggestions so she can feel like she’s making a difference. Ben Hawthorne (Levi Fiehler), the youthful mayor, is simply attempting to keep things running smoothly while avoiding scandal.
Ben points to a plaque at the town’s tavern and tells a newcomer, “This is actually the oldest building in Patience.” Asta corrects him, “If you don’t count indigenous history since before recorded time.” “And we’re going to take that plaque down,” Ben says nervously as if he’s still learning to check his privilege.
Ben’s biggest issue is his son, Max (Judah Prehn), who possesses the unusual genetic ability to see Harry in his actual alien form and is urgently trying to persuade his family and anyone else who will listen that the new doctor is a deadly extraterrestrial. Max is a strange youngster with a hyperactive imagination, and Harry’s lack of human experience makes him infantile in his own way, making their rivalry unexpectedly balanced. The dynamic is a cross between Stranger Things and Invader Zim, with Max trying to expose Harry and Harry attempting to get this interfering youngster out of his way.
Harry hides his true nature in order to avoid capture, but he also craves the sensation of being noticed. Harry’s struggle to reconcile safety with a need for connection is especially relatable at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has left so many people feeling alienated and lonely. Harry is unquestionably the strangest person in town, but he also fits right in.
Resident Alien Cast
- Alan Tudyk as the titular alien with an unpronounceable birth name who crash-landed on Earth, Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle was assassinated, and I adopted his identity. He was sent to Earth to wipe off humanity in the hopes of saving the planet, but he spends the whole series grappling with the moral ambiguity of his mission. He is interested by people and has acquired English as well as how to impersonate a medical examiner by watching Law & Order reruns. Despite his best efforts to blend in, he always sticks out due to his misinterpretations of social cues. While in disguise, he learns more about human behavior and develops human feelings and connections as the narrative unfolds. Tudyk also takes on the role of the real Vanderspiegle. Keith Arbuthnot, stuntman
- Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees, a member of the Ute Native American tribe who works as an assistant to the town doctor She was trapped in an abusive relationship with Jimmy in high school, which led to the adoption of her daughter Jay. She is the first grown-up to discover Harry’s secret.
- Corey Reynolds as Mike Thompson, the town’s sheriff, who prefers to be known as Big Black. He hides his uncertainties by attempting to maintain complete control over all situations. His father stated that the death of a United States senator halted his career in Washington, D.C.
- Alice Wetterlund as D’Arcy Bloom, Asta’s best buddy, the proprietor of the town pub, a local climbing expert, and avalanche safety inspector. She returned to her hometown after a skiing injury at the Olympics, where she now works as a bartender and makes questionable life decisions. Harry has piqued her interest.
- Levi Fiehler as Ben Hawthorne, The mayor of the town is a young man. His wife, Kate, is the dominant figure in their relationship, and he is charming yet infantile. In junior high and high school, he dated D’Arcy.
- Judah Prehn as Max Hawthorne, The only Patience inhabitant who can see Harry in his full form is the mayor’s son. He can also see the alien technology’s “green light.” Harry threatens to murder him and attempts to get him to leave, but he finally warms up to him and believes he can assist him in his quest.
Resident Alien Wiki
- Created by Chris Sheridan
- Based on Resident Alien by Peter Hogan Steve Parkhouse
- Country of origin United States
- Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
- Executive producers
David Dobkin (pilot only)
Robert Duncan McNeill (remaining episodes)
- Production locations Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- Running time 43–46 minutes
- Production companies
Universal Content Productions
Dark Horse Entertainment
- Original network Syfy
- Original release January 27, 2021 –
Resident Alien Episodes
- Lightning strikes an alien spacecraft, which crashes near the little hamlet of Patience, Colorado. Its pilot, whose real name is unpronounceable by humans, was on a mission to extinguish all human life on the planet. Stranded, he must blend in by taking on the human shape of Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, whom he killed when they first met. Harry has spent months combing the mountains for his invention that will wipe humanity out, as well as fishing the lake for Dr. Vanderspeigle’s body.
- After Harry tries to behead Max with a bone saw, Max flees the clinic screaming. Max spreads hand-drawn posters showing Harry’s alien appearance with Liv’s approval, and Harry considers ways to kill him. The village bartender, D’Arcy Bloom, goes on a date with Harry and tells him about the injury that terminated her skiing career.
- To evade a DNA match, Harry submits a baby’s foreskin as a skin sample when a fisherman discovers the real Harry’s foot in the lake. After it washes up on the shore, Harry hides it in his freezer while the authorities search the lake for the remainder of the body.
4 “Birds of a Feather”
- To persuade Max that he is normal, Ben and Kate ask Harry to dinner. Unfortunately, Harry invites D’Arcy, who becomes inebriated and begins to talk about her childhood relationship with Ben.
5 “Love Language”
- In a flashback, the real Harry meets his wife Isabelle during an art show. Harry signs papers to divorce Isabelle after sneaking Max and Sahar back into their homes. Isabelle is hurt and perplexed by his actions. D’Arcy and Isabelle discuss their relationship difficulties, oblivious to the fact that they are discussing the same man. When Ben and Kate find out that Max broke into Harry’s cabin, Harry advises them to transfer him to an out-of-state facility.
6 “Sexy Beast”
- When Harry meets Ethan Stone, the attractive and virtuous new town doctor, he grows envious until he dislocates Ethan’s shoulder while arm-wrestling. Harry continually knocks Isabelle out so that he can look for his device. He informs Mike of the missing prescription pad, and Liv continues to work on the case while Mike makes a spectacle of himself questioning a teen suspect.
7 “The Green Glow”
- Isabelle, who has realized that Harry has been drugging her, is revealed to be the driver. When Harry realizes they’re being watched, he declares loudly that he needs distance from her and pushes Lisa and David away. Isabelle is enraged and returns to New York. Harry feels depressed as a result of this, as well as the loss of his job and his spaceship.
8 “End of the World As We Know It”
- As Asta and Harry find themselves deep in a glacier crevice, D’Arcy is knocked unconscious. Because Harry’s leg is injured, he is unable to conceal his identity, but Asta valiantly steps in to take care of his medical requirements while also searching for his misplaced device (which Harry says is a radio).
9 “Welcome Aliens”
- Harry realizes that his device is broken when his leg regenerates. He and Asta go to an alien experiencer convention in search of a metal needed to manufacture trackers that the gray alien’s implant in human abductees.
10 “Heroes of Patience”
- In a flashback, the real Harry poisons Sam’s insulin just hours before Harry kills him. Mike and Liv are informed about the real Harry’s body by D’Arcy, but Harry has already concealed it in the cabin’s loft.