- Commentary by Kenneth Johnson on Alien Nation: The Movie (part 1 & 2)
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Alien Nation - The Complete Series
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As Newcomers -- fugitive slaves from the planet Tencton -- Detective George Francisco and his family face prejudice and intolerance as they struggle to assimilate to life on their adopted planet. Together with his human partner, hard-edged Detective Matt Sikes, George walks the beat in Slagtown, Los Angeles, a Newcomer slum teeming with vice and corruption. More than just another cop show or science fiction show, Alien Nation utilizes a unique and exciting blend of action, suspense, humor, and social drama to explore the sociology of what it means to be an outsider striving to fit in.
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We've just finished watching all the episodes and I was blown away by their quality. I really shouldn't be surprised by this it was developed by Kenneth Johnson; the same Kenneth Johnson who gave us the Incredible Hulk TV show with Bill Bixby. After the cliffhanger ending of the last episode, we immediately looked on youtube to see if we could see Alien Nation: Dark Horizon, the follow-up that was eventually made four years later. We were impressed by it as well.
I intend to get my wife the Alien Nation Ultimate Movie Collection which has all of the made-for-TV follow-up films at my next opportunity.
This series came out when I was a freshman. I never missed an episode. It was on the fledgling new Fox network. Fox was so great back in those days: Married with Children, Alien Nation, In Living Color, Tracy Ullman, the X-Files, you name it.
Alien Nation is about a ship that crashes in California's Mojave Desert. The ship is not a vessel full of hostile, evil aliens bent on conquest but rather a ship of SLAVES. They are taken into quarantine but unfortunately so are the Kleesanctsung (sp?), the slave master overseers (who usually provide the bad guy role in most epieosdes, look for the tattoo). The show is a parallel between America's immigrant history, slavery, the struggle to fit in, there are Brown v. Board of Education allusions, interracial relationships (in this case, inter-species!), and all sorts of moral quandries and struggles.
We see and learn more and more about the culture of the Tanctonese (the alien slaves) and come to see how much they have in common with humans and how much we can learn from them.
The show is loaded with great plots, strong characters, and just plain fun.
It's more of a morally-based, didactic, cultural study show than was the feature film of the same name. Alien Nation the movie, which I also like, is darker, more of a film noir type of thing. Both are fun but have little in common.
I hope you buy this series and the awesome mini series specials of it that followed. You won't regret it!
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