Alan Tudyk’s awkward alien is humanity’s only hope in Resident Alien S2 trailer

Alan Tudyk is back as an alien who crashes to Earth in the second season of SYFY. Alien resident.

An alien (Alan Tudyk) disguised as a small-town doctor must figure out how to rescue his new human friends from an invading army of his fellow aliens in the trailer for the second season of Alien resident, SYFY’s critically acclaimed drama based on the Dark Horse comics created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. This gem of the series facilitated our list of best tv shows of 2021.

(Some spoilers for S1 below).

As I’ve previously written, the alien from Tudyk (with an unpronounceable name) assumes the identity (and form) of a small-town doctor Harry Vanderspiegle, and is quickly forced to investigate a local murder. Harry’s mission is to wipe out the human race for the good of the planet, but he finds himself wavering in his resolve the more time he spends in the small town of Patience, Colorado.

Harry enlists the help of Asta Twelvetrees (Sara Tomko), who instructs him in basic social keys. He is haunted by a young man named Max (Judah Prehn), the only person in town who can see Harry’s true form. (Harry’s attempts to kill Max to protect his alien identity are hilariously inept, and their mutual teasing eventually gives way to a reluctant bloat.)

There’s also the highly insecure town sheriff, Mike (Corey Reynolds), who insists on being called Big Black, and his long-suffering deputy, Liv (Elizabeth Bowen), who is far more competent than Mike thinks. Local bar owner D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) is a former Olympic skier who returned home after a career-ending injury. She and the promiscuous Julia (Jenna Lamia), owner of the bowling alley, compete (to no avail) for Harry’s romantic attentions. And of course there are government agents who know that an alien ship has landed somewhere and are also looking for Harry.

Enlarge / An alien in New York

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In the last few episodes of S1, Asta discovered Harry’s secret when he was too injured to maintain his human disguise. (He was injured while trying to retrieve his doomsday device to kill humans.) She saved his life and, in the season finale, he returned the favor and rescued Asta and Max from government agents. Asta convinced him not to kill humanity, and he flew in his repaired spaceship to dispose of the device in space, only to discover that Max had been hiding aboard.

The S2 trailer begins with Harry waking up in the hospital, having suffered a severe head injury, no doubt the result of what happened to the device aboard his spaceship. When the doctor asks him who he is, he replies: “I am an alien. I am here to kill everyone.” That is technically a true statement, but it is not likely that the doctor will do well. He soon returns to Patience and is greeted by the townspeople with a surprise party, to which he responds with his usual lack of social finesse.

"You saved my life!  You are my boy!"
Enlarge / “You saved my life! You’re my boy!”

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Harry is dealing with the fact that he is becoming more human, possibly a little too human. Case in point: he saved Max’s life and now Max insists they are best friends. Harry tries to telepathically consult with his friend the octopus in a restaurant fish tank (voiced by Nathan Fillion); appear to be related species. Since Harry hasn’t been able to kill the humans, the octopus says, his alien companions will send others to do the job for him. That would include killing Asta, whom Harry now considers a friend. (“You’re the only one preventing that alien from eliminating us,” Asta’s father tells him). When he hears reinforcements are coming, Asta urges Harry to do something to prevent the massacre. “You are an alien. Call home!”

Mike and Liv are still on duty, and he is as dismissive as before about his theory that their memories have somehow been erased, and that they may have seen a UFO. Also, it looks like Harry and his friends will be leaving Patience and going to New York City at some point, and we’ll get another lovely cameo from Linda Hamilton as General McCallister, who once saw a UFO as a child and has been hunting like proof that aliens have existed ever since.

Alien resident S2 debuts on SYFY on January 26, 2022.

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