Long before Mandy Patinkin became an endearingly obnoxious doctor in Chicago Hope, he was a mottle-headed space creature in Alien Nation. He sensibly chose not to take his creation to the small screen when it became a TV series.
In Los Angeles, three years after thousands of aliens known as “newcomers” are uncomfortably integrated into Californian society, the uneasy co-existence between the people from space and humans is tested when an Earthling detective (James Caan) joins forces with a “newcomer” cop (Patinkin) to track down a murderous gang who killed Caan’s old partner.
Director Graham Baker expertly combines the sci-fi and thriller elements and is well served by his two leads, particularly Patinkin, who manages to create a moving character while operating under a ton of latex.
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