Previously, Isabelle finally had enough of our resident alien’s behavior and headed back to New York giving up on their marriage. With one distraction out of the way, Harry can refocus on finding his device and utilizes Max’s ability to detect alien technology to determine where it’s located. When he finally heads up to the glacier to retrieve it, D’arcy and Asta try to warn him of the dangers but they all fall into a crevasse.
Asta and D’arcy come out a little shook but relatively unscathed. On the other hand, Harry is bleeding with his leg stuck beneath a boulder. The crevasse opens up even more separating D’arcy from her friends. Harry’s injuries prevent him from maintaining his human state and begins reverting to his natural form. This obviously frightens Asta but after the initial shock, she composes herself. The secret is out of the bag.
Resident Alien has not only been building the pair’s relationship all season but also Asta in general as a very open minded, kind soul. It’s no surprise that she can quickly get over the disbelief of seeing an extraterrestrial right in front of her. They share compassionate moments and encouraging words together. Harry comforting his friend over giving up her daughter and Asta reaffirmating her colleague will survive. The series regularly analyzes the human condition and Harry’s experiences inform his perceptive thoughts on the burden of carrying a secret and our preference to see what we want to see with regards to those closest to us.
“End of the World as We Know It” also gives D’arcy a moment to shine as the hero. We witness the grit and determination that made her an Olympic hopeful. A flashback to when Asta visited her in the hospital after her career ending injury inspires and fuels her to reach the top of the glacier. Despite her own baggage, Asta is the glue that helps keep all her broken friends together.
Harry may have survived the glacier, but now he has another threat approaching. The army is closing in on him and they have the cunning fixer, Lisa Casper, leading the charge. Mandell Maughan instills her unnerving character with cold hardcoreness. She doesn’t hesitate to kill her partner (though she doesn’t) but is still shrewd enough to extract vital information without people even knowing it.
If there is one storyline that doesn’t resonate in the episode, it’s the one with Mayor Hawthorne. His too nice, overly eager to please character has been a weak point of the series so far and his attempts at being more assertive doesn’t change that. From a puerile verbal fight with the sheriff to his ordering of dinner for his wife, he isn’t really likeable. The irony is the behavior that makes him so unpleasant is the same behavior he’s trying to change.
“End of the World as We Know It” focuses on the drama of Harry revealing his true self to his closest friend and it only further solidifies their bond. There are also great character moments including D’arcy’s heroics and Lisa Casper’s cunningness.
New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesday nights on Syfy.
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