Friday, September 23, 2022

What I’m Watching: Resident Alien

Resident Alien: Season 2, Episode 13 “Harry, a Parent” (B+)

It’s entertaining to be reminded just how infantile Harry can be, and how Asta and D’Arcy were able to entice him to come to her qualifier by baiting him with churros. He’s also easily intimidated by D’Arcy, hence his willingness to keep propping up her physical health, something Asta is going to be furious to learn about when it eventually comes to light. But she had more pressing soul-crushing encounters to deal with in this episode, as a casual trip to find a clue to the identity of her birth mother put her face-to-face with a woman who didn’t care at all about her. Even Harry was more attuned to the social cues of the situation and how she should have at least feigned interest and politeness. Hopefully, that devastating interaction will just inspire Asta to show Jay that she feels a completely different way, and that she’s determined to fix things before Jay grows to truly resent her. I like that Liv got Mike a Patience snowglobe and enlisted his father to encourage him to stay, while Mike just redirected the conversation to how Liv would make a good sheriff someday, provided she gives up that silly UFO hobby. It’s unpleasant to watch Ben decide to stand his ground with Kate after she tried to convince him to abandon the resort idea, and her next legal move is sure to be a shock to him, though he does deserve it given his boneheaded nature. It’s helpful to learn that crop circles are basically alien emojis, but Harry isn’t doing a great job of advocating for peaceful interspecies relations, or great ones with the humans whose noses he keeps picking to see if they’re really human.

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