Alan Tudyk as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Firefly {image via Fox}

Tudyk’s back, and the SyFy Channel’s got him! Fan favorite Alan Tudyk (Wash in Firefly. Sonny in I, Robot, K-2SO in Rogue One and Andor, Bruce’s cousin Van Wayne in Powerless, Wray Nerely in Con Man, Mr. Nobody in Doom Patrol, and more Disney voices than most people who can count) will be starring in Resident Alien, a new dramedy which debuts on the Syfy Channel January 27, 2021.

We’ve got the trailer for it right here. Check it out. If you’ve got the stream playing as you read this, you might want to pause it for a bit while you watch.

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Alan Tudyk stars as an alien who has crash landed on Earth. He has disguised himself as a human, Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, a small town doctor. Loosely based on a Dark Horse comic book, Resident Alien focuses on the stranger in a strange land theme [Exodus 2:22] that has been so popular in Science Fiction since Heinlein’s Michael Valentine Smith, Roddenberry’s Spock, and Harve Bennett’s Matthew Star. However, Tudyk’s Harry has a major difference. Like Ray Walston’s Uncle Martin in My Favorite Martian, Harry is both intrigued by and confused by Earthlings. Unlike Uncle Martin, he is under orders to exterminate humanity. The more time he spends on Earth with Earthlings, the more he begins to question his orders.

Resident Alien co-stars Corey Reynolds (Cliff Mosley on All American, Sgt. David Gabriel on The Closer) as the tall, dark, and handsome Sheriff Mike Thompson. Will Sheriff Thompson suss out the mystery behind Dr. Vanderspeigle?

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Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.