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‘Resident Alien’ season 2 episode 13 review: Absent parents and a threatening new big bad

Harry finds out who the other extraterrestrial threat is on tonight’s Resident Alien

This season of Resident Alien referenced a more dangerous cosmic danger to Earth. After Harry goes on a little time traveling adventure, that sheds light on the mysterious Goliath, he is now ready to determine which extraterrestrial race is gunning for his new home.

The biggest clue Harry has to work with is the time traveling technology he experienced, and he his able to narrow down the possible threats. It’s odd that he takes it upon himself to speak on behalf of an entire planet without any consultation, but it’s funny to see him “talk trash” and warn any would be conquerors. There is even a nice little tie in to crop circles.

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It is a little underwhelming once we meet the new baddies, since they don’t have that imposing and intimidating presence. But that plays with the comedy since it’s the ones you would least expect. Their representative has a little of a Napoleonic complex, and Resident Alien did get a beloved actor with geek credibility to do the voice work. They can pull off and switch between humor and menacing with ease. They even poke a little fun at themselves regarding one of their signature catchphrases.

“Harry, a Parent” has Asta meet her mother for the first time. It’s crushing to see her disappointment during their interactions and how indifferent her biological mom is. It puts her own relationship with Jay in perspective, but at least Asta is different. More interestingly, it brings up Harry’s own perceptions of parenthood. Normally, he would be as detached and unenthused towards his progeny, but witnessing the effects it has on his friend, he begins to reconsider if they are ever reunited.

'Resident Alien' season 2 episode 13 review: Absent parents and a threatening new big bad
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More laughs come from the Liv and Mike subplot. Liv and Mike’s dad gossiping about Mike’s crush creates a little mischievous glee. We also see a candid moment between Patience’s main law enforcement officers, which is one of the few times the sheriff actually opens up and shows vulnerability. Liv is a great partner never giving up on her friend but it would mean more if their relationship wasn’t as one-sided.

The D’Arcy Renaissance continues as she makes a comeback in skiing. For someone who’s been a hot mess, it’s been pleasant to watch the character reach a better place. She might not compete at the levels she was at prior to her injury, but she is pursuing something she loves. Speaking of love, D’Arcy makes her romance official by introducing her boyfriend to those closest to her. You want her life change to be permanent, but the series is laying the groundwork for an addict fueled fall that may be too much for us to watch happen to one of Resident Alien’s lovable characters.

“Harry, a Parent” has great comedic moments in addition to exploring the philosophies of parenthood and revealing the new antagonists.

New episodes of Resident Alien air Wednesdays nights on Syfy.

'Resident Alien' season 2 episode 13 review: Absent parents and a threatening new big bad
Resident Alien S 2 E 13 review: 'Harry, a Parent'
"Harry, a Parent" has great comedic moments in addition to exploring the philosophies of parenthood and revealing the new antagonists.
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The comedy and humor are exceptionally good this episode.
A fitting alien big bad for the type of show Resident Alien is.
Though Liv and Sheriff Mike have a candid moment together, I wish the relationship wasn't so one-sided.
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