Thursday, August 11, 2022

What I’m Watching: Resident Alien

Resident Alien: Season 2, Episode 9 “Autopsy” (B+)

It’s great to have this show back, and I was thrilled to see that, during its hiatus, it got renewed for a third season. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Alan Tudyk and a few other members of the cast, and so it’s fun to see them in this context after hearing just how much of a blast it is to make this show. This episode was slightly more serious than others given that it was fixated on Asta having shot a man to death, and even Harry was starting to experience the human effects of having witnessed the fatal incident. Ensuring that he was the one to do the autopsy proved to be more difficult than expected given Ben’s desire to have Patience be painted as a wonderful town and neighboring Jessup to be seen in a negative light, and the arrival of Detective Lina Torres should make for more secrecy and deception. But ultimately, the biggest development is that Asta couldn’t live with what she had done and Harry chose to help her forget the pain, something that also caused her to forget to go meet Jaye for her birthday, something that is going to negatively impact that relationship in an irreparable way. I did enjoy Judy Cooper’s audio book enthusiasm and her overacting in the “dead human soup” and Mike’s misuse of the term “flesh light,” thinking that it helped show someone’s skin for an Instagram video. I’m also thrilled to see that General McCallister and David are now going to have their own storyline, one where they’re fighting against this evil alien race and maybe even eventually teaming up with their original targets to save the planet.

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