First there was Gort, then there was Harry Vanderspeigle.  Or at least the alien who took over Harry Vanderspeigle on Resident Alien, streaming now on Peacock.  That’s really all you need to know, other than the times have changed a bit since director Robert Wise premiered his landmark alien visitor movie The Day the Earth Stood Still on New Year’s Day 70 years ago.  Actually maybe the times haven’t changed at all.  For Alan Tudyk’s visiting resident alien and his town of newfound friends the stakes just keeping bigger and we need the laughs more than ever, as we learned at the midseason break this past March.

A new trailer reveals even more sci-fi comedy antics are coming for the residents of Patience this summer.  Check it out:

All your favorite characters are back, with Resident Alien co-star Sara Tomko’s Asta Twelvetrees, Alice Wetterlund’s town legend turned bartender D’Arcy, Corey Reynolds’s sheriff, Elizabeth Bowen’s deputy, Levi Fiehler’s mayor, and as his wife Kate, Meredith Garretson, fresh from playing Ali MacGraw in the year’s best drama, The Offer.  Plus Silver Bullet, Lost, The X-Files, and Star Trek’s Terry O’Quinn!

Adapted from the comic book of the same name, Resident Alien is sci-fi’s answer to Northern Exposure, but it’s much better than that.  Name any recurring cast of quirky townspeople, like Mayberry’s denizens in The Andy Griffith Show, the famous writer, sheriff and regulars of Cabot Cove solving mysteries in Murder, She Wrote, and the handyman and three oddball brothers practically living at the inn in Newhart.  Resident Alien′s town of Patience has a full slate of oddities that make the town feel real, like one of those places you stop for gas in Wyoming on your way out west.

The mid-season finale, “Alien Dinner Party,” a big episode for the series, was written by show creator Chris Sheridan.  From Star Trek Voyager fame but since then an outstanding director in his own right, Robert Duncan McNeill directed the first two episodes this season, and Back to the Future star Lea Thompson directed two others.

The rest of the season returns this August 10, 2022.  Until then, catch up on season 1 and the first eight episodes of season 2 of Resident Alien, a mix of the best of 2022’s science fiction and comedy, streaming on Peacock.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg