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In this futuristic cop show, the Newcomers are aliens from the planet Tencton whose spaceship, a slave ship, crash-landed in the Mojave desert in the early nineties. Now 1995 (the near future, as the show aired 1989-90), the plot of the series revolves around Newcomer George Francisco and his partner Matt Sikes, who are both detectives for the LAPD. They clash on several levels, the least of which is not Matt's propensity for rash decisions and violence vs. George's quiet, introspective analysis. Close
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review by . May 09, 2011
Timeless Social Commentary Loaded With SciFi Charm
   In the history of cinema, there are probably fewer than a dozen examples of television series that actually surpass the motion picture source material on which they are based.  Alien Nation is precisely such an achievement. Originally a modest 1988 science fiction/ cop drama film starring James Cann and Mandy Patinkin, the series mirrored the usual prime time cop show format of the 1980s in terms of its general dynamic and pacing.  Of course the caveat here is that the show …
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