The Aliens, or What’s on British Television

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a fan of all things Britain. The accent, the people, the history – it was fascination bordering on obsession.
Unfortunately, I was limited to whatever I could find at the library, Entertainment Tonight or whatever PBS was offering at the time (‘Are You Being Served?’ or ‘Monty Python’ are two I remember) – not a whole lot to feed my passion.
Then the internet happened.
Along cable channels like BBC America.
And most recently, Hulu.
I love Hulu.
I was scrolling through the entertainment app this past weekend and discovered they have a British section. I was immediately intrigued.
Lots of good stuff.
Lots of British humor stuff, which is way different than American humor stuff.
And also weird stuff.
I stopped at a show called “The Aliens”, and being the Sci-Fi fan that I am, decided to give it a try. Forty years after aliens arrived, they have been segregated from the rest of society and forced to live in a walled area called Troy (think District 9 or Warsaw Ghetto). The aliens look and act like us, BUT (and here is the weird part), their hair is addictive to the point where it has become the next illegal narcotic to hit the streets called Fur.
<We’ll pause here so you can absorb that fact.>
In any case, the show centers around the human Lewis Garvey (played by Michael Socha) who works at the wall as border control and how his world is turned upside down when he discovers he is half alien.
Weird as the fur premise is, the show was actually pretty good. The story was well told and the characters were immediately likeable, or despicable, depending on who it was. Unfortunately, it was canceled earlier this year, due to scheduling, so there’s no Season 2. Which stinks, since Season 1 ended with a cliffhanger!
I mean, they even had their own website for the alien resistance!
Of course, given the US track-record of stealing…I mean borrowing… television series ideas from the UK (e.g. Being Human, Primeval, The Office, Da Ali G. Show, Three’s Company, Sanford and Son, Undercover Boss, Whose Like is it Anyway?, etc.), we just might be seeing this one pop up ‘across the pond’ in the next few years.
Until then, I’ll just get started on the Misfits. If nothing else, it’s got five seasons available.

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