Alan Tudyk

Viewers keep finding a wondrous “Alien” world

Gradually, it seems, people are finding “Resident Alien.”
They’re finding it on Syfy (10 p.m. Wednesdays) and Peacock and Netflix. They’re finding that it’s odd and funny … and really quite busy. “I started re-watching the show from the beginning,” Chris Sheridan, the show’s writer-producer, told the Television Critics Association. “And I’m reminded at how much story we’ve done up to this point.”
And that’s in barely 30 episodes. “Resident Alien” (shown here) aired 10 in 2021, 16 in 2022 and zero in 2023, before returning on Valentine’s Day of 2024. Read more…

There’s another “Alien” oddity: a happy Asta

When you hang around with an outer-space alien, you can expect some changes in your life.
Now Asta Twelvetrees has experienced huge ones. In the next “Resident Alien” episode (10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17), she even feels joy.
“I was a little shocked with the ‘Happy Asta’ segment,” said Sara Tomko, who plays her. “I had to talk to Chris (Sheridan, the showrunner), like, ‘What does Asta look like when she’s happy?’”
Don’t worry; that phase won’t last long. Nothing does in the Harry Vanderspeigle world. Read more…

A sci-fi (or Syfy) gem is overlooked

One of TV’s best shows is nearing its “mid-season finale,” getting a fraction of the attention it deserves.
“Resident Alien” (9 p.m. Wednesdays on Syfy) has it all – droll humor, zestful science-fiction, intriguing characters and a talking octopus. Its March 2 episode is another good one, with two more before the show rests after March 16.
Our hero (well, our protagonist) had a simple assignment: Secretly land on Earth, trigger a device to destroy all humans, then return home.
That started smoothly, when he killed a cabin-dwelling loner and assumed his body (shown here). Then the problems began: Part of his kill-everyone device was lost in the crash; he must find or replace it.  Also, Harry (the guy whose body he has) was a doctor who suddenly is needed in town. The new “Harry,” a fast learner, had to take over the clinic. Read more…

It’s an alien world of wit, weirdness and a talking octopus

It’s probably safe to assume the people of Ladysmith are sane souls, living normal lives. They are, after all, Canadian.
So they may not get many sights like this: “Running down the streets of Ladysmith with an octopus was fun to do,” Alan Tudyk told the Television Critics Association. “I think it was popular with the local residents as well.”
We should probably explain that this was a talking octopus in “Resident Alien” (9 p.m. Wednesdays on Syfy, with the second season starting Jan. 26). We should also explain that Tudyk (shown here) plays an alien who came to Earth, killed a doctor and took his human form. He’s supposed to kill all Earthlings, but …
Well, the show requires a lot of explaining. Suffice it to say that it made sense for Tudyk to run through downtown Ladysmith (a Vancouver Island town of 8,500) with a talking octopus, Read more…