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4 big questions we have going into 'Resident Alien' Season 2

Need a refresher on the biggest mysteries left before we dig into a batch of new episodes?

By Caitlin Busch
Resident Alien Season 2

What happened after the alien Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk) discovered Max Hawthorne (Judah Prehn) had caught a ride on his spaceship at the end of Resident Alien Season 1? Luckily for us terrestrials, SYFY's Resident Alien Season 2 premieres on Jan. 26 at 9/8c, and anticipation is high for answers to many, many questions left after the first season's finale.

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Need a refresher on the biggest mysteries left before we dig into a batch of new episodes? We've got the lowdown here for you on the four biggest questions we have going into Season 2 ahead of the premiere.

1. What will General McAllister do next?

More than ever, no-nonsense Gen. McCallister (played by genre legend Linda Hamilton) has proof that aliens walk among us. Her agents Lisa Casper (Mandell Maughan) and David Logan (Alex Barima) were hot on Harry's tail in Season 1; Lisa proved she wasn't above killing people to get results, and the unlikely pair ended the season by kidnapping Dr. Ethan Stone (Michael Cassidy) after they were led to believe he was the alien.

As we saw in Season 1, Gen. McCallister will stop at nothing to get her hands on A) an alien and, more importantly, B) alien technology. We shudder to think what someone as ambitious as her might accomplish with Harry's advanced tech at her fingertips, and given that Harry is going to be returning to Earth at the very least to return Max (Judah Prehn) home, she'll have the opportunity.

2. What happened in Sheriff Mike's past?

Sheriff Mike Thompson (Corey Reynolds) is a relatively new face in Patience, Colorado, when compared to most of the other townies. Unlike his second-in-command Deputy Liv Baker (Elizabeth Bowen), verbal sparring partner Mayor Ben Hawthorne (Levi Fiehler), and just about everyone else besides Harry, Mike's a transplant. He moved to Patience from Washington, D.C., where a tragedy seems to have unfolded. We know he lost someone, and his father Lewis (Alvin Sanders) loves to criticize his son for being unwilling to accept help or let other people in.

Was the good sheriff always so closed off and controlling with a quick temper? His apology to Liv and their resulting repaired relationship hints at an ability to acknowledge when he's wrong and a propensity for kindness buried deep down. How much of his behavior is a defense mechanism? We know he lost someone in his past, and we're hoping to get some more insight into what makes Sheriff Mike tick in Season 2.

Resident Alien Season 1, Episode 9: "Welcome Aliens"

3. Will Jay forgive Asta?

Fan-favorite character Asta Twelvetrees (Sara Tomko) had a busy first season. Not only was she babysitting the new town doctor after her mentor Dr. Sam Hodges (Jan Bos) was found dead at the clinic where they both worked, but she then discovered the new town doctor was an alien. Not only was the town doctor an alien — he was here to destroy Earth.

But using the power of friendship to keep an alien from destroying her planet wasn't the only challenge Asta faced in Season 1. Throughout the season, audiences learned that as a teenager, Asta had given birth to a baby girl but given her up for adoption. That baby girl was none other than Jay (Kaylayla Raine), who Asta had been working with at the clinic and slowly bonding with. Upon finding out the truth, Jay was understandably upset by the ruse, and as of the end of the season, she was shying away from Asta's attempts to connect.

Not all hope is lost, though. Jay also ends the season by taking a job at Asta's adopted father Dan's (Gary Farmer) diner and has befriended Asta's best friend D'Arcy (Alice Wetterlund). There are no two better people to bring Asta and Jay back together in Season 2.

Resident Alien Season 1, Episode 10: "Heroes of Patience"

4. How long can Harry keep his secrets?

Harry spent all of Season 1 digging himself a deeper and deeper hole — and we're not talking about the crevasse he fell into. Between killing the real Harry, hiding the body, taking over his life, ruining the relationship between him and his wife, barely stopping others in Patience from finding out his true (read: alien) identity, and somehow managing to escape government agents set on capturing him and his advanced technology, it's a wonder Harry's life isn't messier than it already is.

All of this begs the question: How long before things start to unravel for Harry? Sure, he's still convinced of his mental superiority over humans, but his ever-growing human emotions are bound to continue throwing him for a loop. Right now, only Asta, Dan, Max, and Sahar (Gracelyn Awad Rinke) know Harry's true identity, but with Harry's initial mission having failed, his people are none too pleased. Will more people in Patience have to be brought in on his secret in order to help? Or will Harry manage to keep his inner circle small even as he works to save them all?

Resident Alien Season 2 premieres on SYFY on Jan. 26 at 9/8c.