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‘Resident Alien’ episode 7 review: Coping with being a failure

Harry gets high in more than one way.

When we last left Resident Alien, it looked like the military was closing in on Harry. They commandeered his ship and staked out its location to see who would show up for it. When Harry returned, snipers were at the ready and a mysterious car approached. Back in town, the new doctor arrives to take over the clinic and the authorities receive a lead on the murderer.

The stalking car is a misdirect with his frustrated wife confronting him over the drugging and sneaking away. She’s finally had enough of his erratic behavior and heads back to New York. It could have been argued that the storyline should have been resolved earlier since they pretty much punted on it last episode, but they stretched it out just a little bit longer for a fake out. At least we receive closure early on into “The Green Glow”.

With the loss of his ship and the rejection by Isabelle, Harry spirals into depression with the realization that he is a failure. He might as well accept a lifetime on Earth and cycles through his head the new jobs he can take up in a funny montage that mostly plays to stereotypes. The resident alien turns to human methods to cope such as booze and pills to no avail.

Luckily, he has Asta and D’arcy (who is very forgiving) to help him out of his funk with even more drugs. Their bonds are reaffirmed and built upon showing Harry has indeed, made some friends during his time on the planet. He also receives a nice pep talk from a distant relative that ties into the show’s introduction. It provides some more insight on why his people want to destroy Earth as well.

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Photo: James Dittinger/SYFY

Harry has even become closer to his one-time nemesis, Max. He enlists the mayor’s son to help him find his lost device in the mountains. Resident Alien uses the boy’s visual abilities in another way than to create conflict between the two earlier in the season. Max not only sees through the human disguise but he can also detect the titular “green glow” around alien technology. You can see how their relationship has evolved with Max’s warning about the dangers of the glacier, where the device is. If only, Harry listened because he puts himself and Asta and D’arcy in peril in the cliffhanger.

We thought Sheriff Thompson and Deputy Sheriff Baker were making some progress together but like Isabelle’s car at the start, it was only a tease. Thompson continues to berate and insult his partner so you can’t help but cheer for Baker when she finally has enough of the disrespect and stands up to her boss. At the same time, the army determine Harry’s plan for destroying the world and have finally pinpointed his location. This adds some urgency to the story and more trouble for Doctor Vanderspeigel. That is if he survives falling into a crevice.

Other than concluding the marriage storyline, “The Green Glow” is a filler episode with exposition and does more to set up the narrative as we enter the series’ final episodes.

New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesday nights on Syfy.

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Resident Alien E 7: 'The Green Glow'
Other than concluding the marriage storyline, “The Green Glow” is a filler episode with exposition and does more to set up the narrative as we enter the series’ final episodes.
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The montage of Harry taking different jobs.
Further developing the relationships between Harry and Asta, D'arcy, and Max.
A cliffhanger ending that can't be a fake out.
No real progress with regards to the murder and army investigations; just some set up for later.
6.5
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