Resident Alien: Welcome Aliens
March 25, 2021 3:44 PM - Season 1, Episode 9 - Subscribe

Harry and Asta attend an alien convention, MiBs visit with the Hawthornes, Liv is vindicated.
posted by porpoise (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Oof, that Alien Hunter guy, right in the feels.

Also, I'm still holding out for human Harry to be the killer, since it seems a bit of a waste of screen time if it was just the wife.
posted by Marticus at 3:48 PM on March 25 [2 favorites]


Has "men in black"/ MiB been explicitly mentioned/ named in the show before now?

I think rednikki in e03 and Countess Elena (last ep) are spot on, lady MiB (Lisa Casper) definitely knows too much to be human.

A little clever to have Harry grow his leg back (to save on production costs) after raising the stakes of having to take it off last ep.

Liv's vindication was cheesy, but necessary. Marticus - Abigail Hodges (doctor's wife) didn't fight back nearly enough. I think that in order for humanHarry to have been the killer, it might have required a love triangle with an inconvenient fourth vertice (the dead doctor).

But yeah, botox - botulism poisoning is too obvious and was my immediate conjecture (although it's straight up botulinum toxin type A; natural botulism toxin spans A, B, C1, C2, D, E, F and G and are easily distinguishable, but I'm not sure a standard postmortem tox report will look that deep). I don't know in the US, but Botox is still a pharmaceutical so there must be records of receiving it/ dispensing it/ accidental losses - so we'll see! humanHarry could still be the killer/ mastermind.

Terry O'Quinn (Alien Hunter) had a one-off (and another different role) in a jokey 'The X-Files' episode (s09e06) as a MiB.

They were obvious, but I enjoyed the Alien Convention gags. I kind of loved that they got Giorgio A. Tsoukalos to play himself (the alien hair guy).

Naberius mentioned a weird trip to New Mexico in e03 - they're at it again, although Dulce, NM is just across the border from Colorado.
posted by porpoise at 4:09 PM on March 25 [1 favorite]


As I kind of "let go" of the show being what it's not, I could now at least appreciate what it is, which is goofy fun at moments, but that start was surprisingly horrific.

It's good Alice Wetterlund is getting to do more than hit those same notes over and over and that karaoke was the only way they could have ended that mishegoss and have it be in any way satisfying. I hope that fixes the sheriff, because he was a drag.

I'd be very happy at this point for the end to just not do something horrible.
posted by provoliminal at 7:50 PM on March 25 [2 favorites]


It started poorly, and wasn't as nearly as awesome as I'd hoped for, but it's proving to be competent.

That there's a second season already greenlit, I'm hoping the showrunners get to elaborate on the touches that they've managed to sneak in (like, the off-look'n'feel cold open flashbacks for supporting characters).

This has been really by-the-numbers and I'm assuming that it's corporate/ statistics that's forcing the show to be mediocre.

Like, I wouldn't have written the show as is, but given what there is to work with - I'd be temped to have Harry educate Astra, her daughter, and her dad about the greater universe if something broke/ freed Harry and made him go rogue.

Twelvetrees clan touring the galaxy.

I'd bring D'arcy with, but mostly on Wetterlund's performance.
posted by porpoise at 9:31 PM on March 25 [1 favorite]


I meant the baby-napping this episode, not even getting into the various face palms of the show.
posted by provoliminal at 3:29 PM on March 26


So the "grays" do the experimenting and baby-napping; but the whatever-Harry-is types are just straight-up exterminators?

Why is everyone who sees the locked freezer immediately compelled to unlock it? And then why was Darcy compelled to go BACK and paw through it to find the corpse? That has been the first thing that really annoyed me. They could have had it bust when she fell on it, or some other way.
posted by emjaybee at 6:19 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]


the "grays" do the experimenting and baby-napping; but the whatever-Harry-is types are just straight-up exterminators?

Halien (see what I did there?) could be just making shit up about the greys, the reptilians...fun.
posted by vrakatar at 11:27 AM on March 28


The exchange as Asta and Harry entered the convention was nice. Harry whines about his culture being appropriated and Asta says, "welcome to my world."
posted by Ber at 2:25 PM on March 28 [4 favorites]


Naberius mentioned a weird trip to New Mexico in e03 - they're at it again, although Dulce, NM is just across the border from Colorado.

So subsequent episodes have given us some more info and I think I've figured out the New Mexico business. Harry's ship got blasted over Patience (which must be pretty close to Colorado's southern border) and the bomb fell there, along with a couple other important bits. But the rest of the ship landed more intact that I'd originally assumed farther south in New Mexico. So harry leaves the ship (with the handy Star Trek IV cloaking device) where it came down and starts walking back north to find the doomsday device. That's when the cowboy encounter happens. Harry hasn't started looking human yet.

This trip presumably takes a couple days. Where I went off was I assumed from the first episode that he came down right there in the mountains and replaced Human Harry the same night he crashed. But it looks like he had a bit of an adventure before finding Harry.
posted by Naberius at 6:20 AM on March 31 [1 favorite]


Why is everyone who sees the locked freezer immediately compelled to unlock it?

Because you're curious as to why someone would want to lock a freezer. It's totally suspect. sus

You're (a, say teenager) at a new friend's house and you see a chest freezer in the unfinished basement. Completely normal.

Chest freezer has a padlock on it:

<What's in the box?!> /bradpitt
posted by porpoise at 1:41 AM on April 1


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