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‘Resident Alien’ episode 5 review: ‘Love Language’

Harry deals with the meddling kids and his estranged wife.

On the previous episode of Resident Alien, Harry finds himself in a sticky situation. Max and his new friend snoop around his home. When Harry returns, he finds the juvenile pair unconscious after they fiddled with his doomsday device. As he is about to leave with the two children in duffel bags, the real Dr. Vanderspeigel’s wife shows up unexpected. Meanwhile, Asta’s secret about her daughter is revealed to her family.  

The introduction of Isabelle, Mrs. Vanderspeigel has the potential to greatly disrupt Harry’s plans and it’s interesting to see how he juggles her with the nosey kids along with all his other duties. She’s the only one on Resident Alien to actually call out his eccentric behavior in front of him. Although it doesn’t totally blow up in his face since the couple is estranged and in the middle of a divorce. All these new found idiosyncrasies to her are attributed to his being distant.

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Isabelle turns to the local watering hole to drink away her frustrations which leads to an ironic meeting with D’arcy, the woman who dated her husband. Yeah, they did break up after that weird kiss last episode. They comically bond over their grievances with the opposite sex and empower each other to work things out with their significant other. Little do they know they’re referencing the same man.

There is a nice build up with their relationship and the love triangle conflict in general. When D’arcy witnesses the Vanderspeigel reconciliation at their home, there’s no expected drama filled explosion. She quietly walks away leaving the couple to themselves and you feel some sympathy for the bar owner. Poor D’arcy. But it is curious to see what happens now that Isabelle is sticking around a little longer.

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Harry and Max’s rivalry comes to an end and their relationship even takes a charming turn. Harry takes a sneakier approach by safely returning the unconscious kids to their home undetected. When Max comes to and starts ranting about aliens again, he loses even more credibility. Furthermore, the doctor exploits his nemesis’ inability to see his disguise to make him seem unhinged and crazy to his parents. He then advises the Hawthornes to send him away for treatment.

It never gets that far and the adversaries eventually settle on a truce in maybe the stupidest way possible. But it is on brand on how their entire dispute has played out. Afterwards, it’s so pleasant to see the two, along with Sahar, approach each other with genuine curiosity about their ways and they find they might not be so different. Everyone poops. This new status quo is more bearable than when Resident Alien thought killing children was funny and in Max and Sahar, Harry finds someone he doesn’t need to put up a façade with and just be himself.

With Asta, it was only a matter of time when the other shoe would drop. Jay finally learns who her mother is and has trouble processing the information lashing out at Asta for all the lies. There is some hope with Jay coming around to her mother. She does accept the family discount from her grandfather at the diner. The subplot also provides a sweet moment where Harry is over protective of Asta when she meets up with her ex-husband Jimmy.

Resident Alien uses Harry as a lens into human nature. Through Asta, he sees our complexities and dualities. She pushes away Jay when she was born because she loves her. At the time, she wasn’t in the correct space and couldn’t provide her daughter everything she needed. Then as she grew up, Asta stayed close but hid behind lies because she was afraid to show who she really is.

“Love Language” has some pretty significant developments that relate to the characters’ relationships and Harry’s ultimate plans. It should be exciting to see their impact as we move forward.

New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesday nights on Syfy.

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Resident Alien E 5: 'Love Language'
“Love Language” has some pretty significant developments that relate to the characters’ relationships and Harry’s ultimate plans. It should be exciting to see their impact as we move forward.
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The love triangle plays out really well.
The shift in Harry and Max's relationship.
Though how Harry succumbs to Max's demands is pretty dumb.
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