Syfy Releases Trailer For Kooky Dramedy Mystery Resident Alien

The show adapted from the Dark Horse comic will premiere on Jan. 27, 2021.

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Syfy has dropped a trailer for its upcoming series Resident Alien. It follows an alien who crash lands on our planet in Patience, Colorado and poses as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle while he awaits a rescue after carrying out his mission to kill all humans. It's actually a bit more complicated than that, as the alien gets sidelined after being roped into solving a local murder--meaning he must assimilate into his new world before destroying it. It's hard to convey the humor that's infused through the high-stakes tone the show trucks in, so see for yourself in the new clip below.

Due to premiere on January 27 on SyFy, the show is an adaptation of the Dark Horse comic series co-created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, which ran from 2012 through to 2018. The trailer looks promising and strikes a fun balance between humor and drama, which isn't a shock given its star Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One), and the fact that the show is executive produced by Chris Sheridan (Family Guy). The show's cast also includes Sara Tomko (Once Upon a Time), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), and Levi Fiehler (Mars).

A SyFy release further telegraphs the show's emphasis on balancing comedy and drama, explaining Vanderspeigle's struggle to assimilate sees him "wrestl[ing] with the moral dilemma of his mission and asking the big life questions like: 'Are human beings worth saving?' and 'Why do they fold their pizza before eating it?'"

Based on the trailer, though, most of the show's laughs will be mined from Tudyk's pitch-perfect embodiment of an alien exerting great effort to seem not only normal, but human.

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