Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Human Cop Woos Alien, Partner Dines on Weasel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Human Cop Woos Alien, Partner Dines on Weasel

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CALL IN the FBI. Fox just can't find a show to run before "The X-Files" that will attract half its audience.

This season, "The X-Files" is winning its 8 p.m. Friday time slot, plunging CBS' Emmy-winning "Picket Fences" toward the bottom of the Nielsen list.

But the bottom of the list is also where "Strange Luck," which looked like a promising "X-Files" lead-in, is winding up.

The irony is that way back in 1991, Fox had the perfect partner for "X-Files" (which then didn't exist), but dumped it just as it was building a following.

That show was "Alien Nation," which returns tonight with the second movie continuing the adventures of the Newcomers, who came to Earth in a slave ship from the planet Tecton and have since blended with the population - at least as well as spotted-headed humanoids with dual cardiovascular systems and a taste for raw meat can blend in.

"Alien Nation: Body and Soul" (7 tonight on Channel 2) is head and shoulders above last season's first reunion movie, which suffered from the need to wrap up a three-year-old cliffhanger.

"Body and Soul" has a sharp plot about secret genetic research, but it also has a hilarious and romantic love story, as human cop Matt (Gary Graham) and Newcomer doctor Cathy (Terri Treas) decide to take their relationship to "the next level."

Matt is shocked to learn, though, that going too far could be hazardous to his health.

"If a Tectonese woman is not in sync with her mate, she could cause him serious injury," Cathy warns. And so macho Matt is forced to take a sex class, with embarrassing results.

"Body and Soul" also offers a lot of timely satire; an orphanage, for example, is called Gingrich House.

And tidbits about the Newcomers' vividly conceived lifestyle abound. In my favorite, Newcomer Det. George Francisco (Eric Pierpoint), Matt's partner, is eating what looks like a doughnut.

"It's weasel, pressed into a ring," George explains. "You have your doughnuts and now I have mine. They make a jelly weasel, too."

The Newcomers, obviously, are a metaphor for any people who are different and so encounter prejudice and intolerance. If we look, we just might see something familiar. …

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