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Alien Nation (1989)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 18 September 1989
A bigoted human policeman in the L.A. of the future and his alien partner learn to live with each other's differences while attempting to solve a drug conspiracy hidden in the subculture of... See full summary »

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Kenneth Johnson

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Rockne S. O'Bannon (characters), Kenneth Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Graham ... Detective Matthew Sikes
Eric Pierpoint ... Detective George Francisco
Michele Scarabelli ... Susan Francisco
Lauren Woodland ... Emily Francisco
Sean Six Sean Six ... Buck Francisco
Terri Treas ... Cathy Frankel
Molly Morgan ... Jill Molaskey
Jeffrey Marcus ... Albert Einstein (as Jeff Marcus)
Jeff Doucette ... Burns
Ron Fassler ... Captain Bryon Grazer
Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs ... Sergeant Dobbs (as Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs)
L. Scott Caldwell ... Lyddie
Diane Cary ... Jill's Mother
William Frankfather ... Purist Leader
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Teacher
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A bigoted human policeman in the L.A. of the future and his alien partner learn to live with each other's differences while attempting to solve a drug conspiracy hidden in the subculture of Los Angeles' newest immigrant population: extraterrestrials. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1989 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The alien ship that lands is called the Gruza. "Gruza" is a Russian word that means "cargo". See more »

Quotes

[a group of human Purists have are protesting the admission of a Newcomer student by blocking the school door]
Ms. Purist: They're unnatural. They've already taking too many jobs, our jobs! If we let her in here now, there'll be a hundred more next week.
Protestor: We don't want them mixing with our kids. Their quarantine wasn't long enough. The ACLU got them released too soon. How do we know they're really safe?
Ms. Purist: I say we run them back to Slagtown!
[Matt fires his gun and the crowd falls silent]
Matt: Why stop with running ...
[...]
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Yet another example of a decent show being cancelled prematurely
7 May 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

'Alien Nation' was probably was one of the best sci-fi shows of its time, taking the buddy cop idea and adding in aliens.

A television series, based on the 1988 James Caan film, revolves around Detective Matt Sikes and his alien partner George Francisco. George's people were slaves who managed to escape their masters and are now making a new life for themselves on Earth, where they sought refuge. The aliens' arrival not only bring about much bemusement as human struggle to adapt to their new guests, who have many quirks such as getting drunk on soured milk and the fact it takes three for them to have a child, but there is much prejudices between the two races.

'Alien Nation' had the humour and action that you'd expect of any cop series but with the added intrigue of how humans would cope with such an event, touching upon racial tensions between the two races that are clearly analogy of what America was like in the Sixties as black people fought for their right to equality. That said, the serious issues raised doesn't detract from this being a fun and entertaining show as we see the situations reckless Matt gets into with the calmer, family man George.

It's just a shame it was cancelled only after one series (although Fox obviously realised their idiotic mistake as they revived the characters in the Nineties with a number of made-for-TV films). Why do decent shows never get a chance to prove themselves?


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