Resident Alien is a sci-fi comedy that works as well as it does because of the incredible cast, including Alan Tudyk.
Resident Alien is a mix of science fiction and comedy that works perfectly. The show stars Alan Tudyk, Sara Tomko, Judah Prehn, Levi Fiehler, and many more talented actors. This SyFy show will have most viewers cracking up at the alien’s reactions to simple human life. The longer he stays in town, the more people he gets to know, and the stronger his relationships become.
In the show Resident Alien, Alan Tudyk plays an alien that has crashed on Earth. His orders are to destroy the whole planet with a doomsday device, which he lost in the crash. While searching for it, he needs to blend in, so he takes the form of a local man, Harry, that he killed in order to blend in. Unfortunately for him, the man turns out to be a doctor, who is needed in town. Due to this “Harry” spends a lot of time in town with the residents — and quickly discovers a boy in town can see him for what he really is.
Alan Tudyk is the perfect casting choice for so many reasons. His facial expressions, his mannerisms, and just, well, everything he does, is absolutely hilarious. Because he is an alien, he is experiencing many human things for the first time. He is also extremely blunt, in a way reminiscent of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. This delivery works every single time — and that is not an exaggeration. There was not one time where a joke didn’t land for me.
The entire cast really works in this show, not just Alan. They have a lot of chemistry on screen which really makes the story believable. While I enjoy the comedy aspects, there is some serious drama as well that helps propel the story forward, and makes the hour long episode programming make sense. While some episodes do drag here and there, or feel like fillers, that is not uncommon in the first season of a show.
This series is based on the Dark Horse Comic that, embarrassingly, I have not yet read. However, being a huge fan of comics I have since added this to my list and will be reading it soon. If it is even remotely as good as the show, I know I will love it.
About Resident Alien
An alien crashes on Earth and hides in a remote Colorado mountain town; after assuming the identity of the town doctor, his nefarious mission is threatened when he realizes one of the townspeople, a 9-year-old boy, can see his true alien form.
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