Resident Alien: An Alien In New York
March 3, 2022 4:26 PM - Season 2, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Harry and Asta travel to New York looking for one of his people, but things go horribly wrong.
posted by oh yeah! (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm still loving the title cards.

Ok, I do love that Harry ate 49.

Ha! At about 14:20, the Howe St. street sign is clearly visible. And they're just recycling the "New York" street set that gets moved around downtown Vancouver all the time. I've totally seen that pretzel-cart set on other shows (no, street pretzels do not exist in Vancouver). Are street pretzels still $2.00 (and hotdogs $1) in New York these days?

Based on the neon sign across the street from the pizza shop (Browns Crafthouse), the shop is 'Pizza 2001' and their phone number isn't 212-067-0142, it's 604-689-8847 BUT they dressed the window to show 067-0142. Neat detail!

That parkade across the street really is still $5/ hour (plus taxes), which is pretty darned reasonable.

Harry wanting to "see all the murals" smacks of the 'Assassin's Creed' games, and specifically 'Cyberpunk 2077's Tarot murals - but nice turn for the mural locations to be a map.

I'm really hating Sheriff Thompson, even after opening up. I really want a blossom arc completion for Liv Baker.

I thought this was an excellent episode. Lea Thompson directed this one (she also directed a couple of Star Trek: Picard episodes this season). She directed the last episode (s02e05) too.
posted by porpoise at 9:37 PM on March 3, 2022

Oh 49! I guess they couldn't keep Nathan Fillion any longer, but I hope there's a in-show reason for its death. 49's insult banter with Aster was great.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 5:24 AM on March 4, 2022

I'm curious about the art that Goliath created - was it done specifically for the show? It is interesting.

And watching Harry eat 42 - flashback to Homer eating Pinchy!
posted by davidmsc at 9:17 AM on March 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Yeah, I thought its name was 42 but IMDb lists it as 49...
posted by porpoise at 1:50 PM on March 4, 2022

Alan Tudyk tweeted "RIP 42" (link)
posted by davidmsc at 2:03 PM on March 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Bad dog. I believe that mouth to maw resuscitation is no longer the fashion and that direct pulpo compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive, by the Bee Gees are what the cool kids are into these days.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 4:15 PM on March 4, 2022 [1 favorite]

Harry used "42" in the episode, which is a nice geek easter egg in itself. Apparently IMDb didn't catch that. It wouldn't be the first time.

The conversation between Mike and Ben was hilarious, but it was nice seeing Ben and D'Arcy hanging out, being so comfortable with each other.

We haven't seen Harry kick anyone's ass in a while. I hope/suspect that at some point these folk threatening Harry are going to back him into a corner and it's not going to be pretty. I hope Goliath gets a few licks in as well.
posted by Ber at 10:43 AM on March 5, 2022

I enjoyed the octopus death scene and flashback montage!
posted by Pronoiac at 5:55 PM on March 6, 2022

I like how Darcy has become sensitized to glimpses of how others see her. In the last episode Darcy said something about how she's an adult, and Jaye said "No you're not!" And this episode Ben telling her he tried to think of what she'd do in the hostage situation, and how both of those comments landed with her. I really enjoy Harry and Asta, but Darcy is really the center of the show for me.

I don't begrudge Sheriff Mike his arc, but I feel like they were building toward more of a Deputy Liz focus, then they just used that as leverage to get into Mike's story. Bit of a bait and switch. I think Mike's story is interesting, but it seems like a meta example of Liv taking a back seat to Mike like the character does in the show, and I don't think Mike has earned the deference.

BTW, Corey Reynolds who plays Mike played Danner's dad (a cop, of course) on The Afterparty.

I love what the actors who play secondary characters are doing. Asta's dad and Mike's dad both add a lot of great subtext and depth with their performances.

I wonder if Alan Tudyk annoys his family and friends by practicing weird ways of saying things. I'd love to see alternate takes of his lines.
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 8:22 PM on March 6, 2022 [1 favorite]

Harry wanting to "see all the murals" smacks of the 'Assassin's Creed' games

When they saw there were a bunch of murals and for some reason had to see all of them in person the first thing that popped in my head was 'there's gotta be a website gallery, save the cab fare' but I guess characters squinting at jpgs on their phones would be a lot less engaging television
posted by FatherDagon at 12:21 PM on March 8, 2022 [2 favorites]

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