Review: Resident Alien season 1, episode 9 – “Welcome Aliens”

RESIDENT ALIEN -- "Welcome Aliens" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle, Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees -- (Photo by: James Dittiger/SYFY)
RESIDENT ALIEN -- "Welcome Aliens" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle, Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees -- (Photo by: James Dittiger/SYFY) /

This week’s Resident Alien is called “Welcome Aliens” and starts off with a literal horror scene as a pregnant woman gets her baby stolen from her womb in front of her husband. So that’s what this episode is going to be. Obviously, this scene sets up for something later on.

The main arch of the episode sees our Resident Alien Harry being nursed back to health by Asta after Asta’s father chopped off Harry’s infected leg. It’s growing back because Harry’s people are descendants of octopuses. Sure, that checks out. The two discover that Harry’s “radio” (Destroy All Humans device) isn’t working and Harry needs alien technology to repair it. After discovering from Max and Sahar that there’s an alien convention in two, he and Asta go to the event; mainly due to Harry being high on pain killers and needing a ride.

It’s there we find out that the aliens of the universe are unique in a hilarious montage of Harry describing them to Asta. It makes the entire episode, go watch it. Eventually, Harry meets The Alien Tracker, who in fact has a tracker from a “Grey” (alien species). Turns out, he was the opening scene husband who is holding out hope that the Grey’s will return his son to him.

The second big arc revolves around D’Arcy and her dealing with the overwhelming celebrity of being a hero, while also simultaneously being ignored by Asta and subsequently Harry, but he was going to ignore her anyway, regardless of the situation. D’Arcy spends the episode trying to find out why her friend is icing her out and ignoring her. This even sets up a scene with Asta’s daughter Jay, where Jay finds out her biological mother Asta nearly died during the whole glacier/crevasse ordeal.

Eventually, D’Arcy has had enough and goes to confront Asta, who she assumes is at Harry’s cabin. She breaks into his house, only to find the body of Harry in the freezer. That’s how the episode ends.


The secret agents who are tracking Harry have infiltrated the home of Mayor Ben and his wife Kate, under the pretense of a double-dinner-date. Lisa, the crazy, cold-blooded operative, steals Max’s alien tech that he stole from Harry, and then somehow sobbed her way into babysitting for Max. We also find out that Ben is under intense pressure from the city council due to the expense of the easiest “Who Done It” murder investigation of all time. This is clearly bleeding over to his home life but he’s not telling his wife, who’s assuming nothing is wrong.

This went hand in hand with Sheriff Mike “Big Black” Thompson making an arrest in the death of the good doctor Sam Hodges. No spoiler, but come one, you know who it is. The sheriff used his former’s deputy board to help make the arrest and then sang a duet with his former deputy and offered her the position once again.

The trailer for next week sets up a wild season finale, with us the viewer asking one question; will Harry kill all human life on Earth? There will be a second season of the series, so expect a cliffhanger.

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