The complete DVD set of the 1989 TV Series “Alien Nation” is now available.
The series came as a result of the box office success of the movie of the same name which starred James Caan as bigoted Detective Matthew Sykes and Manny Patinkin as his alien partner Detective George Francisco.
In the television off-shoot Gary Graham took over Caan’s duties, while the Francisco role went to Eric Pierpoint. Both TV stars had excellent on-camera chemistry which accounted for the show’s popularity.
Graham and Pierpoint would later go on to appear on STAR TREK: Enterprise in recurring roles. Although they never had scenes together in STAR TREK it was ironic that their characters were reversed with Graham starring as a Vulcan Ambassador and Pierpoint a Human intelligence officer.
The Alien Nation characters were created by Farscape’s Rockne O’ Bannon and brought to the small screen by Kenneth Johnson. Johnson provides the commentary on the newly released DVD collection.
Alien Nation co-starred Michelle Scarabelli, Terri Treas, Sean Six and Lauren Woodland.
The story about alien slaves who crash land in the United States and become fully incorporated as a part of American society was so well received as a TV series that once its series run was over it spawned five highly watched TV Movies allowing Graham and Pierpoint to revise their famous detective roles.