Wednesday, May 18, 2022

‘Resident Alien’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 1 “Old Friends”

The wait is finally over; the season 2 Resident Alien premiere is here!

Last we saw Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk), he admitted to Asta (Sara Tomko) that he changed and decided to spare the human race because of her. Oh, and the pizza leftover in his freezer she can have. He was on his way back to his home planet, leaving Earth behind him. Well, that is until he discovered a stowaway. When Asta told Max (Judah Prehn) to hide, he chose to hide on “Harry’s” spaceship. Fans were left wondering what would happen as the alien said his favorite response: “This is some bullshit.”

I Am An Alien

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They have gone from wanting to kill each other to becoming frenemies. Choosing to bring Max back to Earth, the alien crashes again. Back in the human form of Harry, he wakes up in the hospital after being found walking naked down the road with a head injury. When the attending nurse asks him questions and asks if he knows who he is, Harry is a bit too honest: “I am an alien. I am here to kill everyone.”

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By the time Asta gets the call that he is in the hospital, he knows who he is. He is Detective Briscoe, Jerry Orbach’s character from Law & Order. This was after he drew where to find his planet on the whiteboard for the doctors and nurses, stole a stuffed octopus from a little girl, and tried to escape thinking it was his relative, and then was tackled and sedated.

The Excitement of Danger

After fending off intruders attempting to kidnap their son, Kate (Meredith Garretson) and her husband are both experiencing the emotional after-effects. Mayor Ben (Levi Fiehler) relishes having the townpeople praise and clap for him, giving him a masculine ego boost with confidence to stand up to the Sheriff. Back at their home, Kate cleans up the broken items and blood on the wall remembering the fight. She pushes a vase with flowers off the kitchen island, letting it break. The adrenaline from being in danger and having her husband take charge and fight to protect her turns her on. When the couple tells the Sheriff and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) what happened, hearing how her husband took control of the situation brings those feelings back. They talk dirty to each other and make out, forgetting they are in the Sheriff’s office.

Secrets

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There seems to be quite a bit of secret in Patience. This episode gives a further glimpse into Sheriff Thompson (Corey Reynolds) and what may have brought him to the town. Plus, we see Asta keep a big secret from D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) while admitting to another.

The sheriff’s father (Alvin Sanders) comes to visit his son because he knows that today will be hard on him. He tells Mike that he cannot run from it forever and that it has been six years since he died. At the same time, commenting on the second cup of coffee purchased for and in memory of that person.

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Asta and D’Arcy ride “The Beast,” a tandem bike, laughing and having fun while reconnecting. D’Arcy says that she knows Asta’s secret. In a moment of panic, thinking it has to do with Harry, she calms slightly when D’Arcy says that she knows Jade (Kaylayla Raine) is her daughter. They have a beautiful heart-to-heart ending with Asta feeling guilt that she is still holding a big secret from her best friend.

Runaway Octopus

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In hopes of jogging Harry’s memory, Asta takes him to the restaurant they go to for noodles. While there, his octopus (Nathan Fillion) cousin calls out to him. Realizing that he has lost his memory, the octopus brings Harry’s memory back in a mind-meld type connection and tells him that his people will be here soon to kill everyone. Wanting to protect Asta, he grabs the octopus in a panic and runs out of the restaurant. At least this one is not a stuffed animal.

It looks like the human race is not in the clear just yet.

You can watch Resident Alien every Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on SYFY. Check out our other Resident Alien coverage here.

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