‘Resident Alien’ Season 2 Episode 3: Lead Female Characters Angrily Storm Into the Mayor’s House Over a Real-World Problem
While humanity possibly faces extinction on Syfy’s Resident Alien Season 2, the TV show tackles a bigger real-world issue. The women on Patience have had enough. They come to the shocking realization that the town has pay gap issues between male and female employees. Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 3 comically and realistically fleshes out how even a small town deals with a discrepancy in pay based on gender.
[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for Resident Alien Season 2.]
Asta, D’Arcy and the women of Patience demanding a change in ‘Resident Alien’ Season 2 Episode 3
The third episode of Resident Alien has many different storylines to explore besides Harry (Alan Tudyk) looking for ways to build his radio to contact his people. One of the storylines rooted in reality is how Asta (Sara Tomko), D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund), Liv (Elizabeth Bowen), and other female characters uncover their salaries are not what they should be.
In “Girls’ Night,” Asta, Liv, D’Arcy, Kate (Meredith Garretson), and others are having a night out on the town. They head to a part of the forest to listen to music and dance. When Liv’s car dies, D’Arcy comments Liv should buy a new one. There is one problem. Liv has never been given a raise. D’Arcy is baffled to learn Liv’s boyfriend gets paid more than Liv despite having the same job as D’Arcy.
Bitten by curiosity, the girls sneak into town hall to look up financial records of everyone’s salary in town. They soon learn a crossing guard is making more than Liv, a deputy. The new male science teacher makes more than Kate, a school teacher and former lawyer.
Angered by the blatant pay gap based on gender, the characters storm into Ben’s (Levi Fiehler) home while he is sleeping to demand a change. By the end of Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 3, Liv gets her car. But D’Arcy’s efforts to leak the information to the townspeople are thwarted. Instead, D’Arcy plasters town with flyers from a helicopter.
The deputy in charge of a murder case in ‘Resident Alien’ Season 2 Episode 3 makes less than everyone
In a SyFy Aftershow discussion between Jackie Jennings and Juan Cadavid, they tackle the pay gap issue in Resident Alien Season 2 Episode 3. Jennings exclaims the concept is mind-boggling, especially when it comes to Liv.
“She is making almost less than anyone who works in the town in any capacity. She is solving a murder!” said Jennings.
In the SyFy series, Liv stood her ground to be respected by Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds). She has a natural instinct for solving crime. Sheriff Mike often overlooked her for being a woman. While Resident Alien Season 2 has Sheriff Mike look more to Liv as a partner, he refuses to give her a raise when she brings up the topic.
In a behind-the-scenes video, Jenna Lamia, who wrote the episode, explains, “Young girls and women are encouraged, unfortunately, to be agreeable and soft-spoken. We need to be empowered to ask for what we deserve.” Actor Sarah Podemski explains women are often “villainized” for asking for equal rights.
Where to watch ‘Resident Alien’?
The hit 2021 series starring Tudyk centers on an extraterrestrial being who lands on Earth. He takes over as a human doctor named Harry. While his mission is clear, he starts to battle his alien upbringing and the human emotions he is experiencing on Earth.
Interwoven in the storyline of Resident Alien is a murder case that could lead back to Harry. Meanwhile, Harry relies on a select few humans who know his secret.
Resident Alien premieres new episodes every Wednesday on Syfy at 9 P.M. EST.