I have deduced that there are two kinds of people in this world: people who love aliens and people who hate them. I have yet to find indifference or anyone in between. I, personally, love anything alien related. I spent long nights on the weekends watching my dad play XCOM: UFO Defense as a young child. I remember Friday nights ordering pizza and watching new episodes of The X-Files. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen that series from beginning to end. I lost my damn mind when I saw they were putting out a special six-episode comeback. Imagine my schoolgirl-like glee when I heard about a new show on TBS. It was called People of Earth (2016) and immediately, I was all about that noise.
At first, all they would show were snippets of a strange-looking new show. There were various aliens and a random talking deer (which happens to be one of the best characters in the show). I was SO excited. People of Earth just wrapped up its first season, and let me tell you, it was amazing.
People of Earth follows Ozzie (Wyatt Cenac), a well-respected journalist that travels to the small town Beacon, NY to research a group led by psychiatrist Gina (Ana Gasteyer) called StarCrossed for a fluff piece. They meet in a Catholic church run by Father Doug (Oscar Nunez). StarCrossed is a therapy group for “experiencers,” people who believe they have been abducted by aliens. Ozzie, being a serious journalist, thinks they are all crazy but is forced to investigate further by his editor. Just prior to investigating for his article, Ozzie totals his car by hitting a deer. He seems to suffer memory loss, hallucinations and loss of time. He thinks it’s just a consequence of the accident but the members of StarCrossed believe it is more than that.
I had really high expectations for People of Earth and I wasn’t disappointed. Anyone who knows me or has read my other articles knows I’m quite the sucker for horror-comedy. Drop a SciFi-Comedy in my lap and if I had a tail, it would be wagging like crazy. Normally, the character personalities in shows and movies like this are over the top and unrealistic. The character development in this first season was nicely paced and realistic. The aliens themselves (yes, Virginia, there are aliens) are hilarious and snarky. You meet a Gray (a small big-headed big-eyed gray guy), a Reptilian (green guys that mask as humans) and a White (attractive Orlando Bloom from LOTR look-alike with silvery hair). None of them have their stuff together and they bicker like teenage girls.
The acting is dynamic and right on target. The effects are simple and flawless and it truly was a hidden little gem among Monday night TV. They have been renewed for a second season and I absolutely can’t wait. Do yourself a favor and watch People of Earth. It’s fun, light-hearted and you’ll have a good time trying to piece Ozzie’s memories together along with him. You find early on that not everyone is what they seem. You can watch all eight episodes on www.tbs.com And remember, “You are special.”