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‘Resident Alien’ season 2 episode 8 review: A dangerous threat on the loose

Resident Alien delivers an “Alien Dinner Party” in more than one way.

Previously on Resident Alien, Harry and Asta head back from New York after their search to find one of Harry’s people. They do in a sense, in the form of an egg, and they barely survive an attack from General McCallister’s agent, Lisa Casper, before making it back home to Patience. As they enter Harry’s home, they are greeted by a surprise birthday party just as the egg begins to hatch.

“Alien Dinner Party” works on two levels referencing the birthday celebration the mayor holds for Harry along with the potential of the voracious baby alien dining on the festivities’ guests. The search for the missing baby is executed sloppily. We see how quickly it can devour the forest critters but a real sense of danger is never established. The episode doesn’t fully commit to the horror aspect of the little alien stalking its prey so there’s no urgency or concern during the close calls.

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Resident Alien also continues the complicated relationship between the mayor, his wife, and D’Arcy. The series does a good job developing the closeness and friendship of Kate and the former Olympian highlighting the support, advice, and other things they do for each other. However, when all the secrets begin to bubble up between this awkward trio, things turn melodramatic. What’s more disappointing is when the Hawthorne’s actually confront their issues, instead of advancing their characters and marriage, they go back to having wild passionate sex. Rather than present real progress and growth for the couple, the show goes back to a recycled cheap gag.

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There are some interesting developments that occur on this episode. We learn of an even greater threat to Earth other than Harry’s people and they might already be in conflict with General McCallister. The Galvan/Powell Group are still out there and could they be the big New York Company wanting to build a resort in Patience? They all bring up some interesting questions and provide nice set up to explore when Resident Alien returns this summer.

Despite establishing some intriguing threads to pursue when the show returns, the midseason finale is bogged down by poor execution and its commitment to a running joke rather than developing some of its other characters.

Catch up on Resident Alien on Syfy.

'Resident Alien' season 2 episode 8 review: A dangerous threat on the loose
Resident Alien S 2 E 8 Review: 'Alien Dinner Party'
Despite establishing some intriguing threads to pursue when the show returns, the midseason finale is bogged down by poor execution and its commitment to a running joke rather than developing some of its other characters.
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Develops some interesting storylines to pursue in the future.
Squanders a good opportunity to do a little horror with a lackluster effort.
The Hawthorne resolution falls flat with a cheap gag.
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