Friday, March 26, 2021

What I’m Watching: Resident Alien

Resident Alien: Season 1, Episode 9 “Welcome Aliens” (B+)

I wasn’t sure what the opening scene was going to have to do with the main content of this episode, but I really like that its universe exists in one that also involves a variation of all the alien mythology people have come to know over the years. Harry laughing off ridiculous notions and confirming for Asta what was real was extremely helpful, and it got much more dramatic when he was face-to-face with the Alien Tracker, who begged him not to cut out the alien technology in him because it was the only link he had to the child who had been taken. That’s not what I would have expected from a role played by Terry O’Quinn, but it was good to see him even in a small part. The way that Asta is approaching her newfound knowledge is very entertaining, holding his device and threatening to push the button unless he said thank you, and what she shared about her alien experience was actually quite touching. The warning she got about his true intentions is one she should heed, especially since Harry doesn’t have noble aims. Sahar observing that aliens were also put off by strong women and Harry affirming that he loves soap and eats it all the time were amusing moments in a dynamic that I’m really enjoying. Kate went ahead and invited Lisa and David right into her house, and fortunately Max caught Lisa’s snooping on camera even if Kate believed her excuse. Mike’s karaoke badge proposal to Liv was sweet, and it’s good to see them back together professionally again. Darcy is always underestimated by people, and now she’s the first one to find out about Harry in the wrong way, something that he and Asta are going to have a tough time explaining if they manage to find her before she reports it.

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