Last week on Resident Alien, the sudden appearance of the real Dr. Vanderspeigel’s estranged wife threw a monkey wrench in Harry’s plans, especially when she arrived looking to repair their strained relationship. Despite his best efforts, the couple reconcile and she sticks around even longer. At least Harry resolves one conflict by forming a truce with his child tormentor, Max.
One of the bigger developments in “Sexy Beast” is the closer look into the government agents investigating the crash landing. Not only do we see how they were assigned to the case but we are introduced to their boss, General McCallister (Linda Hamilton). The opening flashes back to a young girl and her dad who are visited by an unidentifiable spacecraft at a lighthouse.
It’s no surprise when the little girl is shown to be McCallister later in the episode. The character is a determined individual and is frustrated by the military burying the truth. Ever since her experience as a child, she’s spent most of her life seeking evidence of extraterrestrial existence. Now, she’s closer than ever after the exciting cliffhanger that places our resident alien in danger.
However, before Harry finds himself in trouble, so much occurs back in Patience. First, his replacement at the clinic arrives and many would think he’s how the episode title received its name. Everyone becomes enamored with the new guy causing Harry to feel the emotion of jealousy, which is not a suit that looks good on him. The subplot is good for a few laughs but is a little drawn out making Harry’s commentary as uncomfortably awkward for the characters as it is to watch.
With Dr Vanderspeigel no longer needed in town, his wife uses the opportunity to express her desire to move back to New York. This is pretty much the progress with this storyline as the episode pretty much punts it for a later time with Harry drugging her so she won’t bother him. It seems like a cop out but it does allow the main character to carry on searching for his missing pieces in the snow.
It is nice to further the murder investigation since it seemed such a big deal after the premiere. Corey Reynolds continues to shine as Sheriff Thompson and is especially hilarious when he plays good cop and bad cop at the same time during an interrogation. He also comes off as less of a jerk when he finally acknowledges Deputy Sheriff Baker’s good police work on the case. Probably his first kind gesture to his partner all season. Somewhat related, though it doesn’t mean he’s the killer, Asta has a pretty good idea who stole the missing prescription pad and it reinforces her poor choice in men.
“Sexy Beast” tries to address too many storylines resulting in a little muddled and fragmented episode. It could have benefited from a better way to interconnect and transition between them. Although there are some significant and fascinating developments, especially the cliffhanger ending.
New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesday nights on Syfy.
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