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Resident Alien: Alan Tudyk is out of this world in first footage from SYFY's newest show

By Josh Weiss
Alan Tudyk

Meet the latest citizen of this blue marble we call Earth. He's not from around here. In fact, he's not even from here!

SYFY has dropped the first trailer for its TV adaptation of Resident Alien, a Dark Horse comic of the same name about an alien who crashes on our planet and impersonates a doctor. The newcomer (played by Doom Patrol's Alan Tudyk) is benevolent enough, but he does struggle with the philosophical question of whether or not humanity deserves to be saved.

Watch below:

As you can see, the new Doctor Harry Vanderspeigle does an alright job of fitting in, although his true form can be seen by a young boy in the small Colorado town in which the titular character makes his new home. The pilot episode wastes no time in kicking off the action when "Harry," fresh off his impersonation transformation, is forced to interact with his fellow flesh bags in order to solve a mysterious murder.

"The longer he is on Earth, it starts to play upon him. He starts to feel emotions," Tudyk said over the weekend at the Winter Television Critic's Association Press Tour.

"I love the humor in the comic and try to preserve all that," creator Chris Sheridan said of the comic book source material by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse at NYCC 2019. "I felt like there’s a lot of optimism in the comics. I wanted to capture that [too]. There’s a lot of great stuff on TV, but a lot of dark stuff [as well]. I didn’t want it to be one of those."

Resident Alien premieres on SYFY this summer. The show also features the acting talents of Sara Tomko (Sneaky Pete), Corey Reynolds (The Closer), Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley), and Levi Fiehler (Mars).