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In the first part of our exclusive SYFY WIRE interview with Resident Alien's Alan Tudyk, the actor gave us an in-depth look back at the highlights of Season 1. In the meantime, it was revealed that Season 2 will be returning to SYFY in early 2022. With our excitement beyond piqued, this time around we asked Tudyk for some intel on what's to come, like how he prepped with showrunner/executive producer Chris Sheridan and what he's most excited for audiences to discover in Season 2.
Coming into Season 2, did you want to know about Harry's seasonal arc?
Yes, Chris let me see the scripts early. Tell no one. I see them early. I get to go through them and that's where I would, I guess, weigh in on any opinion on what's going on. I know where the season is going, so I have a sense of my arc and what's happening and all the relative knowledge I need there about what the overall character wants are and all of that stuff. He has a plan and it's great. I love the story that we're telling this season.
Did you pitch any stories for the new season, and is that something you've done before?
I had one pitch, but it was like an off on its own episode. I can't remember what it is now, so I guess it wasn't that important. I remember Chris going, "Yeah, that sounds like something that would be off on its own." [Laughs.]
And I used to always want shadow puppets in Firefly. Asking: 'Can I do a shadow puppet scene in Firefly? 'And then finally in one of the episodes, there was a shadow puppet scene but I wasn't involved in it. My constant haranguing about wanting to do Balinese shadow puppets in a camp for war veterans, I was heard, but it just happened without me.
What's got you excited about picking up where you all left off with Resident Alien Season 1?
As far as what's happening this season, Chris has a great idea of where it's going especially with the other characters. I'm just Harry, and the other characters are so important in this series. They all had something going on at the end of Season 1. There were so many cliffhangers, so what are they going to do now? D'Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) saw the dead body and she just kissed the mayor. That was not good! Max (Judah Prehn) is a stowaway. I'm going back to my planet. I didn't kill everyone. But I'm going back to my planet and I've got a kid on board. How am I going to explain that as carry-on luggage when I get there? "This is just my luggage." [Laughs.]
And the Sheriff (Corey Reynolds) and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen), they're starting to put it together that I'm maybe the killer. There are so many things, so Chris has a very big job. Just in the first episode [back], he takes all of those things and starts putting them together.
One of the delights of Season 1 was how fast the stories progressed. Will that continue?
I feel like the stories are still progressing fairly fast which I love about this show. Things keep moving. Chris doesn't give himself a break that way. Although you really do get into the other characters more. There's just so many storylines that are happening and the story is progressing, but it's progressing with each character as well. So I guess in that way, it feels a little bit different. Just it's not going to be wholly on Harry being the catalyst to everything. There are other things happening within the town of Patience that are affecting people's storylines.