RESIDENT ALIEN Recap: (S02E15) Better of Enemies


DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Resident Alien episode “Better of Enemies” has spoilers. Microwave that day-old pizza, cue up the Regulation & Order reruns and proceed at your peril. 

Welcome again, residents of Persistence! We’ve reached penultimate territory with this week’s episode of Resident Alien. “Better of Enemies” is, palms down, one of many present’s greatest outings thus far. I take again every thing I mentioned final week. It’s a ravishing mix of pulsating, white-knuckled motion and heartwarming “consolation meals” moments. The writers undoubtedly hit that candy spot. Moreover, they tie some unfastened ends whereas leaving just a few narrative threads for exploration within the season finale.

Able to delve into “Better of Enemies”? Let’s get to it. 

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Alien Speaking and Sleepwalking

We open with a flashback that includes younger Peter Bach and his spouse two years after aliens kidnapped their child. They rejoice their son’s would-be second birthday, full with an ornate cake. Immediately, Peter’s spouse disappears, reappearing seconds later, trying raveled and out of kinds. She tearfully claims she noticed their son, who’s now among the many extraterrestrials who stole him. 

Now, we’re within the current, whereby Kate (Meredith Garretson) finds Ben (Levi Fiehler) on the doorstep of their house after an evening of sleepwalking. Ben explains that he sleepwalked just a few instances as a toddler and would at all times have the identical dream whereas doing so. His household looms above him whereas he lies in mattress with a damaged leg. Ben tries to ask for assist, however no sound comes out of his mouth. Scary.

Kayla and Kate enjoy some wine in The 59 pub while Deputy Liv walks in during Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 15, "Best of Enemies."

RESIDENT ALIEN — “Better of Enemies” Season 2 Episode 15 — Pictured: (l-r) Sarah Podemski as Kayla, Elizabeth Bowen as Deputy Liv Baker, Meredith Garretson as Kate Hawthorne — (Photograph by: SYFY)

In the meantime, D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) whips up some breakfast for Dan (Gary Farmer) and Asta (Sara Tomko) as a “thanks” for letting her stick with them. Asta forgoes scrumptious blueberry pancakes in favor of espresso. We study that D’Arcy underwent detox from prescription capsules whereas staying with the Twelvetrees household and now attends group conferences to help her in her restoration. I’m glad she received assist!

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After D’Arcy departs momentarily, Asta urges Dan to kindly give D’Arcy the boot, asserting her BFF will solely develop if she experiences the true world, i.e., return to work. D’Arcy appears hesitant to return to The 59, and understandably so. Asta feels if D’Arcy continues staying with them, they’re enabling her. 

Harry Has a Hostage

Subsequent, Harry (Alan Tudyk) goes about his day whereas holding Peter Bach (Terry O’Quinn) captive in his bunker. We see the trapped alien tracker on Harry’s child monitor. Hey, not less than Peter survived! I can admit once I supply a misinformed RIP. 

Asta barges into Harry’s cabin, informing him that it’s secure to return to the clinic. In accordance with Liv, Peter skipped city. Harry makes an attempt to hide the reality from his greatest good friend, however, sadly, his mendacity expertise are in dire want of refining. A bewildered and shocked Asta finds Peter in Harry’s bunker. Peter reveals how Harry extracted the monitoring chip from his neck. Over 20-some years, Peter and his spouse may go to their son periodically. Now that Peter’s chip is gone, he can’t see his child. 

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After all, Asta empathizes with Peter, so she unties his restraints, a lot to Harry’s dismay. Asta believes they need to work collectively. Peter vows to not kill Harry if the latter refrains from killing him. 

Peter Bach gestures with his arms while sitting in a chair in Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 15, "Best of Enemies."

RESIDENT ALIEN — “Better of Enemies” Season 2 Episode 15 — Pictured: Terry O’Quinn as Peter Bach — (Photograph by: James Dittger/SYFY)

Sleeping Ben and Hatching a Plan

In the meantime, Mike (Corey Reynolds) finds Ben asleep at his desk. Ben reveals his sleeping troubles to the sheriff, who tries to information the mayor. Harry makes meals for himself and Peter. Our resident alien rubs his eyes after reducing onions. This temporary second between Harry and Peter cracked me up. Peter learns about Harry’s alien youngster, who the federal government kidnapped. Peter mentions McCallister and her group and the way they’re not a federally sanctioned org. It’s all hush-hush. 

The alien tracker additionally tells Harry about McCallister’s individuals rejecting him when he tried to contact her. Harry muses that if Peter introduced one thing of worth to the bottom, i.e., him, maybe McCallister will grant Peter entry to the ability. It’s team-up time, of us! Now, Harry can study every thing he must find out about The Greys and rescue his alien son. Not that he cares about AB (Alien Child). 

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Later, Asta finds a observe within the wake of Harry and Peter’s hasty departure for McCallister’s base, revealing in the event that they fail this mission, everybody will die. However it’s okay as a result of she will watch stuff on Harry’s TV! Simply know that it’s almost definitely all Regulation & Order.

In the meantime, Mike particulars the professionals and cons of relationship Lena Torres to Liv (Elizabeth Bowen), who’s mentally preoccupied in the mean time. She’s frightened about Peter, who hasn’t up to date his website lately. Maybe the alien he was monitoring kidnapped him and is holding him hostage! Phew, if solely you knew how proper you might be, Liv. 

Video Sport Occasion

Asta arrives house to seek out D’Arcy and Dan enjoying video video games, which is the alternative of “kindly asking D’Arcy to go away.” Asta reveals her dad Harry’s letter. They will’t do something about it now, so Dan returns to his gaming celebration with D’Arcy. Judy (Jenna Lamia) bursts into the home with snacks aplenty, a lot to D’Arcy and Dan’s delight. This seems like a superb time to me. 

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Subsequent, Peter and Harry pull into the entrance gate of McCallister’s secret facility. The final (Linda Hamilton) peeks at Peter’s bargaining chip. We see Harry in a cage, shrieking and rattling its bars in his alien kind. McCallister grants Peter 20 minutes to make his case whereas her troopers take Harry to a cell. 

Alien Harry holds General McCallister by the throat in Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 15, "Best of Enemies."

RESIDENT ALIEN — “Better of Enemies” Season 2 Episode 15 — Pictured: (l-r) Linda Hamilton as Basic Eleanor Wright, Alan Tudyk as Alien Harry — (Photograph by: James Dittger/SYFY)

Then, Harry breaks freed from his cell, wreaking havoc on the army base. Peter handcuffs McCallister to a desk, and he scrolls by her group’s database, hoping for information on The Greys, Harry’s youngster and his son. In the meantime, Kayla (Sarah Podemski) and Kate toast to their non permanent restraining order towards the resort getting accredited. Liv hangs with them on the pub whereas ready for her husband John to reach. Liv discloses the severity of Ben’s sleepwalking as a toddler, initially unbeknownst to Kate. 

Harry Leads the Horde

Later, whereas storming the ability, Harry finds the group of troopers he took on final time laying unconscious on beds. He wakes them by touching considered one of their ankles, forming a singular connection between them along with his alien powers. After they all encounter McCallister’s guards in a single darkened hall, Harry unleashes his newly obtained, previously unconscious forces on them. 

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In the meantime, Harry encounters Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, who McCallister additionally captured. Small world! Harry reintroduces himself to Tsoukalos, reminding the latter that they met at that alien conference. Harry releases Tsoukalos from his cell. This scene is considered one of my favorites within the episode. Having the Historic Aliens man, well-known alone in meme kind, cameo on this present twice is a stroke of genius. 

Subsequent, Harry finds AB sitting in a toddler’s playroom. Alien Child, comfortable to see his papa, hops onto Harry’s head and reconnects him with the message he gave to himself after touring in time from the long run. Harry feels inexplicable love for the cute extraterrestrial, a burgeoning attachment to one thing he didn’t care about earlier than. A montage performs out that includes Harry loving on his sort. It’s 50 shades of cute. 

Dan Offers Asta the Boot 

Then, Ben nods off behind the wheel, and we see his automobile swerve off the highway. Uh-oh. Asta pulls Dan apart for a heart-to-heart, hoping he’ll lastly discuss to D’Arcy about transferring out. Nevertheless, Dan turns the tables on his daughter, ordering her to go away. In spite of everything, she’s an grownup. Dan coming in with the sudden transfer!

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Peter learns his son, Robert (Paul Piaskowski), is amongst these imprisoned on McCallister’s base and leaves in the hunt for him. He finds Robert among the many melee. The pair lock eyes, with Peter calling out for his son.

Asta and D’Arcy lie in mattress collectively whereas in reminiscing mode. D’Arcy compares her life to the staticky, blurry photographs on her grandma’s TV, whereas Asta vows to at all times maintain D’Arcy’s antenna. It’s a metaphor, of us. The besties resolve to maneuver in collectively. Their friendship is so healthful and candy. 

Asta and D'Arcy lay in bed together while smiling in Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 15, "Best of Enemies."

RESIDENT ALIEN — “Better of Enemies” Season 2 Episode 15 — Pictured: (l-r) Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees, Alice Wetterlund as D’Arcy Bloom — (Photograph by: SYFY)

Homicide and Mayhem 

In the meantime, Joseph (Enver Gjokaj) spots Robert, ordering him to show away from his father. Whereas it hasn’t been explicitly said, I nonetheless consider Joseph is of the Alpha Draconian species. 

Anyway, Robert refuses to take heed to Joseph, reuniting along with his father. Joseph brandishes his gun and fires on Robert, however Peter takes the bullet as an alternative. Then, Harry angrily chokes Joseph, holding him excessive within the air. That is for Peter, you Draconian douchebag! Harry drops Joseph, and we see Harry’s newly minted followers descend upon the alien. 

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Subsequent, Harry, AB and Robert encircle Peter whereas he dies. Peter makes Harry promise to avoid wasting Robert. That sucks; Peter solely spent a couple of minutes along with his son earlier than perishing. RIP, Alien Tracker Man.

After Peter’s premature demise, Harry, AB and Robert run into McCallister, who trains her weapon on them. Harry, apparently in a choking temper, lifts McCallister off the ground by the throat earlier than dropping her. 

Life Flashes

In the meantime, we see Ellen (Diana Bang) caring for Ben after his accident. Kate frantically arrives on the scene, relieved on the sight of her residing, respiration husband. Kate believes one thing’s gotta give, so she vows to step away from the resort enterprise and wholeheartedly assist Ben. However Ben needs Kate to observe her coronary heart. His life flashed earlier than his eyes throughout his accident, and all of his most treasured reminiscences came about in Persistence. Ben decides to desert the resort factor. Yay!

Liv checks out digital camera footage for proof of Peter’s disappearance. She spots him in a black van with a mysterious somebody. We solely see the arm, however the plaid sleeve is undoubtedly Harry’s. Talking of which, Harry drives AB and Robert away from the ability. Aw, I like that he’s honoring Peter’s final want by caring for his son. 

Asta and D'Arcy ride along with Dan in his truck in Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 15, "Best of Enemies."

RESIDENT ALIEN — “Better of Enemies” Season 2 Episode 15 — Pictured: (l-r) Sara Tomko as Asta Twelvetrees, Alice Wetterlund as D’Arcy Bloom, Gary Farmer as Dan Twelvetrees — (Photograph by: James Dittger/SYFY)

Then, the entire city reveals as much as assist Ben on the clinic. Ben, who didn’t consider anybody really cared about him save his spouse, acquired an onslaught of holiday makers, with D’Arcy, Asta, Dan, Judy, Kayla, Mike, Liv and extra checking in on their mayor. How candy!

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“Better of Enemies” would possibly showcase Harry in his alien kind for half the episode, however we see extra of his humanity than his extraterrestrial eccentricities. He bonds along with his former enemy, seeks vengeance when Joseph kills Peter and vows to make sure the security of Peter’s son. As well as, Harry rescues his personal youngster, forming a parental attachment to cute lil AB.

This season, we’ve watched Harry forge connections with people exterior of Asta, and “Better of Enemies” yields the fruit of his endeavors. He’s turning into extra human! Even the proficient costume division has made Alien Harry seem extra expressive and human-like. 

Will McCallister retaliate towards Harry? Will Liv uncover Harry’s secret since she noticed his arm in that footage? Can we please get one other montage of Harry being a guardian? Please, and thanks. 

The Resident Alien season finale debuts on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 10/9c in your Syfy affiliate. 

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