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Resident Alien (Alan Tudyk show)
« on: April 10, 2021, 10:33:20 PM »
The first season (ten episodes, it's also been renewed) is over, but there hasn't been any thread about the show here, while it could be of some interest to a few people, as it's a sci-fi dramedy with a rather original concept.

Resident Alien, originally on Syfy, is about an alien, a squid-like creature, stuck in America after his spaceship crashed. He then stole the appearance and identity of some human, a doctor called Harry Vanderspeigle, he accidentally killed, spent months in his house (in a remote area) discovering humanity through Law & Order reruns, until he's called in the closest town to replace the local doctor who just died and has to blend in with other actual humans.

Alan Tudyk plays the alien, and he is predictably a blast in the part of a tone-deaf weirdo. It's based on some comics, but the adaptation puts the emphasis on the main character being an asshole towards everybody, especially as his mission (revealed at the end of the pilot) is to wipe all human life on Earth. He displays a lot of pettiness and arrogance, especially in his narration, which is always delightful.
The rest of the show is more hit and miss, but it finds its stride towards the eighth episode, where they change the dynamics between a few characters.
The stuff with the mayor's kid who, due to a genetic anomaly, is able to see through Harry's disguise (and whom Harry fails to kill repeatedly due to his own ineptitude) is usually very good. So is Alice Wetterlund's character, as a former Winter Olympics hopeful with low self-esteem (Wetterlund was previously on People of Earth, another sci-fi comedy-drama about alien intruders). Or the sheriff's assistant, who's been doing the most of the job but gets no recognition from her boss.
Not good: the stuff with the mayor or his wife, which gets quirky and tedious, the total lack of prejudice in rural America (it's shot in Canada, and the place definitely feels Canadian), the side plot about the army trying to find the alien. This one hurts, as, in addition to Linda Hamilton, it has Mandell Maughan, who was great on Bazillion Dollar Propertie$. She's mostly asked to played a plain sociopath, while it was her desperate need for validation that made her character work on BDP.
Hit and miss: Asta Twelvetrees, the Native American who's also the doctor's assistant. Her backstory turns melodramatic early on, but when they get the character focused on her interactions with Harry, the actress works quite well as the straight woman to Tudyk's antics.

If you can overlook some of the dull moments (ie. whenever Tudyk, the kid, the deputy sheriff or Wetterlund aren't on screen), it's very entertaining.

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Re: Resident Alien (Alan Tudyk show)
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 11:23:12 PM »
I liked the show, but did feel it faded towards the end of the season. The army plot was totally arse and it would have been a far better show without the forced melodrama in the last few episodes as well. Hopefully it can get over that bollocks and get back to Tudyk's fish out of water antics. Sometimes smaller is better.

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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 12:14:13 AM »
Capcom considers a rewrite.

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2021, 04:35:58 PM »
I enjoyed it more than I expected as I'm not normally a fan of Tudyk, but I do feel this role suits him particularly well. Kept meaning to start a thread while it was on and then forgetting, so I'm glad someone else has been less flaky than me.

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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 11:25:57 AM »
He was channelling the aliens in Galaxy Quest a lot in his portrayal I think, which is no bad thing

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Re: Resident Alien (Alan Tudyk show)
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 11:38:32 AM »
Is this streaming anywhere in the UK, or do I need to get my tricorne hat?

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2021, 12:40:02 PM »
I enjoyed the earlier episodes but it kind of petered out for me. I only kept watching because of Sara Tomko who I'm sweet on.

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2021, 01:41:11 PM »
Is this streaming anywhere in the UK, or do I need to get my tricorne hat?

It's on Now TV.

Have had it saved in my 'to watch' list for a while but haven't started it yet.

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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2021, 01:43:11 PM »
Alice Wetterlund is great in this, and was great in People of Earth. She should be in more things

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2021, 09:05:58 AM »
I liked it but agree it sort of petered out along the line. Pity, it was initially nicely quirky and made me laugh. Later on, not so much....

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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2021, 09:12:58 AM »
I thought it got better as it went on. I was a bit bored to start with but as the characters developed and actors like Wetterlund got the let their weird loose a bit more it became more interesting.

A good cliffhanger going into season 2 as well

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2021, 11:15:08 AM »
I enjoyed the first 5 or 6 but once the scope got bigger and now Sarah Connor's involved I'm wavering.

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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2021, 04:34:20 PM »
I automatically assume that anything on Sky One is going to be shit, but Tudyk is normally worth watching, so maybe I'll have to readjust my prejudices once I've watched every episode of the Magnum reboot.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2021, 12:56:05 PM »
I enjoyed the first 5 or 6 but once the scope got bigger and now Sarah Connor's involved I'm wavering.

It turns out I'd seen 9 episodes of this so we watched the last one last night. It was quite good. It did feel about 3 episodes too long.

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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2021, 10:40:04 AM »


I thought Alice Wetterlund was good in it but her stand-up comedy routine is a bit lame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edm_8ZO5FP8


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« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2021, 10:45:09 AM »
I enjoyed the first 5 or 6 but once the scope got bigger and now Sarah Connor's involved I'm wavering.
Same for me - liked it a lot at first and I watched up to the episode where they were trapped up in the mountains and nurse lady found out he was an alien and found I had gotten bored of it. A lot of the smalltown stuff earlier on was fun, though I didn't like at all the stuff with Harry's wife..

I keep meaning to back to finish the series, but there's not much motivation to do so at the moment

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« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2021, 03:49:48 PM »
Episode 9, for no good reason, was a total filler episode where Harry and Asta meet Giorgio Tsoukalos from "Ancient Aliens" at an alien convention. Oh, and the Mayor now seems indifferent to welcoming new people to his town, and he and his wife are completely fooled by the two agents. When you've only got ten episodes, you really shouldn't need to have lulls like this.

I've enjoyed it, and will wrap up season 1 tonight. I'm rooting for Harry to blow up the Earth, honestly.

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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2021, 04:10:49 PM »


I thought Alice Wetterlund was good in it but her stand-up comedy routine is a bit lame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edm_8ZO5FP8



Yes, she should stick to acting

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« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 02:59:28 PM »
Here's an article from the showrunner about season 2

I finished it last night, and the feeling it was padding things out was hard to shake. Yet that article complains about them not being able to give enough screen time to Linda Hamilton. What about the entire episode at the alien convention? Why not cut that shit?

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« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 03:43:38 PM »
She probably cost too much and they only had her for a day or two of shooting.

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« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 05:12:49 PM »
I'm sure that was the case, but the way the showrunner phrased it seemed to me, to be more like they just couldn't find the time for her character.

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