Our resident alien, Harry, dug himself a pretty big hole with Asta when he forcibly removed her memories without her consent. Unlike other times they have had disagreements, this one looks to have really fractured the relationship.
While Harry is in Asta’s doghouse, he continues his search to find the baby alien. After discovering the young one has taken human form, Harry enlists Max’s help to see through the disguise. The interactions between one-time foes lead to funny bits, especially when the mayor’s son does odd jobs to earn money for a drum set. On a sidenote, there is some great Dark Horse synergy with Max reading an issue of B.P.R.D.
More importantly, Harry learns the real meaning of being a friend after seeing the fallout between Max and Sahar. It provides him that much more empathy and leads him to make amends with Asta. It’s difficult, human or not, to open up and ask for forgiveness and their reconciliation is moving. However, the quirkiness of the apology does take away from the emotional impact of the scene. Resident Alien could learn to tone down the forced comedy in these moments.
Elsewhere, D’arcy’s storyline brings in more positive vibes. It’s a breakthrough in the character that she can realize good things can happen to her. The fact that she wants to competitively ski is another huge step in her progression. The former Olympian seems ready to conquer her fear and get back into the saddle years after her catastrophic accident.
It’s also nice to see Deputy Liv bounce back after the shameful material the character was given last week. Rather than being the butt of jokes, she proves herself through good old fashioned police work. By following the clues and interviewing people, she surmises what the Galvan/Powell group could be up to in Patience.
The most intriguing developments in this episode of Resident Alien are with regards to General McCallister. There are many moving parts in this storyline from the mole within her organization to the healing powers of the orb. Not that there was any doubt, but Linda Hamilton proves how hardcore, cold, and calculating she can be. Poor Ethan Stone. The general now finds herself in town, which could spell big trouble for our crew. Or a powerful ally once the other extraterrestrial threat appears?
“The Weight” places many of the main cast on positive trajectories, but Linda Hamilton’s General McCallister steals the episode with her overall badassery.
New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesdays nights on Syfy.
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