26 January 2003 | Manth_Sigdaw
This TV show to the movie wasn't bad at all. It wasn't stellar, but it was fairly interesting, and sometimes cool. I used to be very pumped to watch this show back in 1986 when I was in 3rd grade. Here's the gist of the TV series---The Alien returns to Earth and takes up a new human form, this time the body of a dead photographer named Paul Forrester. Paul/The Alien then finds his son Scott. Though how his son aged 14 years in 2 years is beyond me. The movie took place in 1984, this TV series took place in 1986, so the age difference in the kid always baffled me. For a while I thought the kid just aged quickly, being half alien and all. But it was clear that the TV series ignored some key elements of the movie and constantly says the Alien's first visit as happening "14 years ago", aka 1972, not 1984.
Anyway, this was a good show. Though why Paul/The Alien was always searching for Jenny/His wife was confusing to me. So you find the mom and then what? I don't remember all the details of the series, but I do know that it ended on a boring note. They find the mother, and the show ended bam like that. After just one year. Very depressing. I thought this series had a lot more potential, but it never lived up to it. "Starman" basically worked like "The Incredible Hulk", with Paul/The Alien and his son Scott going from town to town looking for Jenny and helping out some strange goobers along the ways.
By the way, I heard Sci-Fi Channel has started airing this series at night on the weekends. Check your local listings.