1 August 2009

A is for Alien Nation

'Alien Nation' was a 1988 SF film written by Rockne S. O'Bannon and directed by Graham Baker. The concept was used as the basis for a subsequent TV series.

The initial premise of both film and TV series is the crash-landing of a spaceship in the Mojave Desert - a ship that was carrying enslaved aliens. The story starts some three years later, by which time Los Angeles has become a new home for the aliens or 'newcomers'. The LA police assign detective Matthew Sykes (James Caan) with a newly-promoted Newcomer detective called Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin). The main villain of the film is an ambitious Newcomer businessman (Terence Stamp) who is dealing in drugs. The TV series followed more or less the same premise and starred Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint (pictured).

Although essentially a police detective series with an SF premise, the show's storylines gave room to develop modern-day morality plays on the evils of racism and bigotry.

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