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FALL TV: Aliens in America

This is a very brave new show; and it’s on The CW. Who would’ve thunk?

Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan) and Justin Tolchuck (Dan Byrd)

In a nutshell, Aliens in America is about the Tolchucks and the Pakistani exchange student they just took in named Raja. Justin Tolchuck couldn’t imagine how much more of a loser he will be with Raja walking beside him in the halls; but the two develop a friendship because of a shared affinity for being outsiders in their own way.

The pilot is definitely entertaining. It’s the usual high school setting with the bullies, the popular sister and the high school crush. But what I give this show credit for is their bravery for showing just how ignorant some Americans are about other countries and cultures. The scene in the classroom where Raja’s new classmates and new teacher express how angry they are because his people blew up the buildings in New York is classic. It had me cracking up. It may be a bit exaggerated; but is it, really? Okay, I kid. I kid.

Surprise, surprise!

Still, the show has heart. Despite laughing at how clueless these students are, at some point you feel bad for Raja at how merciless people could be just because of your race. This held especially true when Justin’s mother decides that they should get rid of Raja and fly him back to where he belongs. At the end, though, when Raja talks about how he lost his parents a year ago, she sees him as just another kid. Awww…

I was pleasantly surprised at how this show made me laugh. It’s a promising new show that I would definitely watch out for this fall.


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Jul. 26th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
It's cute!

I've a funny feeling though that Raja lied about his parents. I wish that would be a funny twist in the episodes to come. ;)

- Mindy
Jul. 27th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
have you seen the interview with these two leads? Raja sounds so different in person. his voice is really nice and low... hehe... anyway, if he did lie about his parents, it would be interesting to see how the Tolchucks would react.
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