Syfy’s Resident Alien is the perfect combination of intriguing and refreshing television. Based on the original comic book, it’s a unique adaptation of the Dark Horse Comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, and it works really well.
When an alien crashes in the small town of Patience, Colorado, he loses the device he needs to accomplish his mission on earth, disguising himself as a doctor that he murders named Harry Vanderspeigle while he searches for it. He spends his time in isolation learning how to interact with humans through Law & Order episodes until he is needed for work because of a seperate murder of the town’s main doctor. That’s where he unpleasantly discovers a kid named Max with the rare ability to see his true form.
This witty show is an ongoing adventure from the start. It’s enticing to watch Harry navigate new experiences each day as he attempts to fit in as a doctor and normal guy, especially concerning human relationships. At his new job, the town’s nurse, Asta, invites him into her life and he becomes more comfortable with her as she begins to open up to him. Then he meets Darcy, the bartender who adds a bit of spice to his life. Yet his unnerving dilemma with the kid who knows he’s an alien is easily one of the highlights of the show.
It’s easy to get lost in the storyline because of the exceptionally talented cast. And the character development is so smooth that you can’t help but feel for them. Asta has a deep past that has made her into the strong woman she is today, and Darcy is her high-spirited best friend. Max feels completely helpless because nobody believes that the new doctor is really an alien. Meanwhile, Harry begins to feel overwhelming human emotions amidst these relationships—the very relationships that make up the heart of the show.
The unfortunate journey of this impulsive alien is a gift to watch. It’s an example of lighthearted TV at its best. Each episode is full of humor so that you can simply forget about your problems for an hour, and that’s what people need more of. The kind of show that brings pure joy to your day. Even more so, one that welcomes you in like a breath of fresh air.
There’s a little something in Resident Alien for everyone. It has mystery, discovery, and warmth all in one. And that’s something to really appreciate.