Synopsis: Lewis – a border guard manning the checkpoint of the alien ghetto known as Troy, has his life thrown into chaos after a chance meeting with Lilyhot – the webcam girl he has been lusting after.
Review: ‘The Aliens’ is a science fiction comedy set in an alternate version of our present day in which Aliens that look like us have been living on earth since the 1970’s.
The opening scene introduces us to Lewis (Michael Socha) a border control guard who is showing some school children around the check point, which separates the humans from the aliens. In this scene we learn quite a lot about the aliens. For example their hair can be used as a psychedelic recreational drug that human drug addicts crave.
We also learn that a few good aliens get to work on day release from Troy, but have to go back to Troy at 8pm.
The aliens are refereed to as MORKS by the humans.
This huge info dump in the opening few minutes of the episode allows us to get right into the story, which is fast paced, quite funny in parts and is a commentary on immigration, the drugs trade and institutionalised racism.
The fun fact though is Lewis and his obsession with webcam girl Lilyhot who turns out to be one of the Aliens. A fact, which strange disgusts Lewis, but also strangely attracts him.
But the real comedy of this first episode is Lewis’s dysfunctional family, which includes a brother in law who is addicted to the drug, which is manufactured via alien hair. A sister who is utterly selfish and pretty damn ruthless to the point of mugging her own husband for £3.000. A fact, which ultimately brings Lewis into contact with his dream webcam girl, who turns out to be much, much more than he could possibly imagine.
A lot of fun is had with the unlikely friendship that Lewis forms Dominic (Jim Howick) who he teams up with in order sneak into the alien ghetto of Troy in order to rescue his sister when her plan to rob her husband’s alien drug dealers backfires.
I also enjoyed how Lewis’s true nature was revealed and is something that will likely keep viewers coming back to learn more in the weeks to come.
Michaela Coel puts in a great performance and provides an air of mystery with her portrayal of Lilyhot.
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