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Alan Tudyk Returns For Another Quirky Season of ‘Resident Alien’

Everyone’s favorite stranded alien disguised as a human on a mission destroy all of humanity is back for another season in Resident Alien which airs tonight at 9pm EST on both SYFY and USA Network. This time around Harry (Alan Tudyk) has a very different goal after the events of last season.

According to its official description from last month’s NBCUniversal’s Virtual Press, “In Season 2, Harry is once again stranded on Earth where he must confront the consequences of having failed his people’s mission to destroy the human race.  On his new quest to protect the people of Earth, Harry struggles to hold on to his alien identity as his human emotions grow stronger by the day.”

Returning with Harry will certainly be the series’ dark sense of humor, some human drama, and mystery that showcase Tudyk’s versatility as an actor. The Resident Alien television series originated as an American comic book series created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. While

Executive Producer/Creator Chris Sheridan, explained the continued connection between the series and the comics.”It took off in its own direction early on in Season 1, not that we don’t still pay homage to the novels.  We even look for different framing of some shots and some different shots from the graphic novels that we try to use in the show.” explained Sheridan.  “That first graphic novel was about the murder of Sam Hodges, which is continuing into the second season.  So that is still alive for us.”  

The Sam Hodges murder mystery is just one of the storylines fan can expect to see more of, while we witness Harry’s human/alien journey change the character identity. “Harry’s growing emotional state and ability to process human emotions where, in the first season, he learns to love and learns what friendship is,” Sheridan said.  “I think his journey in Season 2 is, sort of, extending that humanity to people outside of Asta (Sara Tomko). So, learning empathy and trying to realize that maybe there’s other people in this world — at the beginning of it anyway, other people in the world who he can maybe care about as well in addition to Asta.  So that definitely continues into the second season.”

At its core Resident Alien is essentially a fish out of water story with much bigger stakes than usual. Corey Reynolds, who plays Sheriff Mike Thompson had an amusing perspective on the question if aliens do exist that may make you change how you think of the phrase fish-out-of-water. “If you think about it like this for a second, if you think about, to fish, we live in outer space, right?  And to fish, sometimes they get caught.  And you weigh them, and you measure them and this and that, and then you throw them back into the water.  And that fish probably swims down to other fish.  He’s, like, ‘Holy shit.  You are not going to believe this.  I was just abducted by these humans, and they probed me, they measured me, they took my weight, and then they just returned me.’  Like, ‘Dude, shut the fuck up.  You didn’t get taken into space or anything like that.'”  

Resident Alien and Harry’s intergalactic fish-out-of-water story continues with season two, tonight on SYFY and USA Network before airing exclusively on SYFY.

RESIDENT ALIEN — Pictured: “Resident Alien” Key Art — (Photo by: E! Entertainment)


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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