Interview: Sara Tomko and Alice Wetterlund on Asta and D’Arcy’s Challenges and Breakthroughs in Season 2 of ‘Resident Alien’

Syfy’s Resident Alien is easily one of the most underappreciated shows currently on the air, following the misadventures of an alien (Alan Tudyk) who arrives on Earth and takes over the body of Harry Vanderspeigle, the doctor in small-town Patience, Colorado. The show has recently been renewed for a third season, in which two of its best characters, Asta (Sara Tomko) and D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund), will once again be featured as tangential elements to Harry’s story.

Awards Radar had the chance to check in with Tomko and Wetterlund, this time in separate conversations, about the direction of their characters’ storylines in the back half of season two and what might be next, as well as how the show’s fan base compares to that of their own beloved sci-fi classics, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek, respectively.

On portraying D’Arcy’s struggle with substance abuse, Wetterlund expressed:

“I think we’re pretty conscious of the tone of the show when we tackle more serious subjects. We need to be a little bit general. We’re not making Requiem for a Dream here. It’s a dramedy sci-fi show that has interesting subplots, but everything needs to be from Harry’s perspective. I think of it like, what can somebody who landed on earth and has only been here for a year absorb about society. It’s not going to be everything right away, so we have to layer it on very slowly, and that’s how I think of our audience.”

On the big Goliath reveal, Tomko shared her own reaction:

“I always found those kinds of scenes in television fascinating, when you have to take in information quickly and then put it together like a puzzle in front of everyone and then have a discovery. It was such a fun scene to shoot, and also so incredible, what a surprise for our audience. And for us when we were reading it! I kept guessing myself while we were shooting, who’s Goliath, who’s Goliath? And I was wrong the entire time. I don’t know if other audiences guessed that, but I never did.”

Watch the full conversations below:

The season two finale of Resident Alien premieres Wednesday, September 28th at 10pm on Syfy. Both seasons are available to stream on Peacock.


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