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Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
Just what the doctor ordered. It's so stressful at work right now and I just sat there and laughed:) I watched both episodes twice. Soooo, why is the third episode not released here yet? I thought it was supposed to come out yesterday. I have also just discovered that there is no way to ask a question to someone at Amazon.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
This is so funny. Watching the alien learn to use a human body had me laughing until I almost couldn’t breathe. This is the best comedy I have watched in ages. The confusion over emotions and common slang in conversation and his hilarious sense of superiority while he is doing or thinking or saying seriously stupid things is just the sort of humor I needed after the continual crisis that was 2020.
Honestly the only thing this show has in common with the comic are the character's names. The characters, the location, and even the plot, although somewhat similar, are completely different. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. If you wanted the story of Harry Vandespeigle, the friendly alien hiding out in Patience Washington until his rescue arrives in seven or so years, you might as well just read the comic. This show, so far, is actually pretty good as long as you judge it on its own merits and not how it relates to its "source material".
One does wonder why the writers even bothered slapping the Resident Alien name on this show, however. This show would have held up just fine on its own without the brand recognition.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
I've just watched the first 4 episodes and it's easily one of the funniest things I can ever remember seeing on television. I've had too many laugh out loud moments, sitting in a room all by myself. I may have even laughed out some tears. WOW, is this show entertaining! If you ever even slightly enjoyed the flavor of Northern Exposure, then you're going to LOVE this! Try to imagine Northern Exposure meets Doogie Howser meets Starman. Such a fresh and inventive perspective for such heavy, true-to-life, real world material. So much heart and so much comedy. I don't think I want this series to ever end. Alan Tudyk should be the lead in every tv show and movie from now on! Let it be so!!
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
I love this show! I bought the whole season and I’m excitedly waiting for each new episode to come out.
The show follows Harry Vanderspeigel as an alien who crash landed on earth and stole the identIty of a doctor after killing him.
A murder of the town doctor, totally unrelated, brings the sheriff to Harry’s door asking him for his help.
Alan Tudyk plays perfectly the quirky, unmannered alien who tries to fit into being a normal human. His ability to act with just the emotions in his face is amazing.
In the later episodes, you’ll see how Harry changes through his interactions with the townspeople, even confiding in Asta Twelvetrees, the dead doctor’s assistant, of why he came to earth. Harry even begins to dream.
I’m a huge fan of Supernatural and the fourth episode of Resident Alien reminded me of a few episodes where Supernatural broke the fourth wall and it was brilliant.
The audience also learns that Harry didn’t kill people just because. He met a cowboy and didn’t kill him. He killed the doctor to defend himself. We also see that same cowboy being killed by humans just because. That’s the harsh reality of life, that people just aren’t nice.
The little boy that can see Harry’s real face is also a talented child actor.
The entire cast is fun, witty, and multidimensional. Everyone has issues, from the kind deputy who needs to stop being a pushover to the bar tender who lost her dreams when she tore her leg up to the doctor’s assistant who is a strong woman but struggles with an abusive ex. In a world full of people who have their own traumas going on, Harry isn’t so alien.
People might find the humor crass and the show dark, but I feel like people have a problem with recognizing reality. Humans are jerks, and although we idealize a small town to be full of heartwarming, loving, neighborly normal people, we’re just deluding ourselves.
I like the dark sarcasm and after Insatiable ended on Netflix after only two seasons, I’m very happy that Resident Alien can fill that space.