WARNING – THE VIDEO CONTAINS SPOILERS
“Alien Like You” by The Pigott Brothers
(In Order of First Appearance):
- The Killing: Linden (Mireille Enos) and Holder (Joel Kinnaman)
- The Age of Adaline: Adaline (Blake Lively) and Ellis (Michiel Huisman)
- Persuasion (2007): Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins) and Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones)
- Being Erica: Erica (Erin Karpluk) and Kai (Sebastian Pigott)
- The X-Files: Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny)
- The Originals: Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Camille (Leah Pipes)
- Chasing Life: April (Italia Ricci) and Leo (Scott Michael Foster)
- Doctor Who: The Doctor (David Tennant/Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper)
- Roswell: Max (Jason Behr) and Liz (Shiri Appleby)
- The Lake House: Alex (Keanu Reeves) and Kate (Sandra Bullock)
VIDEO MONTAGE EDITED BY:
Amber and Autumn/Silver Vintage Videos
VIDEO DESCRIPTION/THEME, STORY AND CHARACTER DISCUSSION
The idea for the video first originated from watching the underrated and underappreciated Canadian time travel series, Being Erica. One of the characters, Kai (played by the singer and actual writer of this song – Sebastian Pigott), sings the song “Alien Like You” to Erica at the end of season two. It’s a wonderful, emotional moment where Erica comes to the realization that she has feelings for Kai – even if they are separated by time. We fell in love with the song and thought it would make for a wonderful transformative montage. Thankfully, the song was available to buy in complete form on Amazon! Go ahead and buy it HERE!
In the end, “Alien Like You” turned into rather a strange video with a few interconnected themes rather than just one. On a surface level, we attempt to show a deep romantic connection that develops between various Movie and TV couples in kindred spirit form. It’s this kindred spirit connection that brings these characters back to life when previously they had felt alone or even dead inside – stagnant. Basically, each character feels different or lonely in some way which causes them to recognize this “sameness” in someone else.
Of course, the term “alien” is used as a metaphor – which at times we show literally. We made that choice because in the end we felt that these relationships went beyond being “alien” even if there is something actually alien (or not) about them. Max is an alien in Roswell – but he also represents what it means to feel different and alone. Scully and Mulder track down “aliens,” if you will, but it’s more about how they connect in an “alien” or unique way. They are kindred spirits – two souls so alike they are one! The same with The Doctor and Rose. He is technically an alien – but it is more about their deep connection and similar spirits. And because they are so connected – the loss of her is heartbreaking for the Doctor.
The Age of Adaline, on the other hand, becomes less about the characters and more about what they represent. Adaline is frozen in time – unable to move her life forward because she cannot age. When she meets Ellis – her life starts again. She is the metaphor for remaining still while Ellis represents the actual present and force of life itself. He propels her back to life and, in the end, she can age again and therefore move forward.
In another connected “sub” theme, there is the theme of waiting. Some of these kindred spirits have become lost to each other – whether through the passage of time itself, death, time travel (being in 2 different time periods – look at The Lake House and Being Erica). But because of their “alien-ness,” ultimately they will find a way to prevail and be together– even if it hasn’t happened yet. April and Leo will reunite in death. As will Klaus and Cami. The Doctor and Rose are together but they aren’t. However, there’s still that window open that time will be on their side and they will find each other again. The same can be said for Erica and Kai in Being Erica. They are two characters living in two different time periods – ten years apart. Eventually, Erica will be on the same time as Kai – and we like to believe that in the future they reunite. While she’s stuck in the present and he goes back to the future, who knows what’s waiting for him there?
Some of them no longer have to wait and are reunited and/or come to life metaphorically by the end of the video – The Lake House (by changing time), Persuasion, The Age of Adaline, Roswell (while time travel temporarily separates them – ultimately it is this change that allows them to be together in a better future), The Killing (Linden finally chooses to “live” and be with Holder even if many years has passed), etc…
In short, this is a video about how people connect and fall in love in the most meaningful way and nothing can keep them permanently apart – no matter the obstacle. We apologize for the climax of the video being a little bit sad! Enjoy.
Have you seen any of these movies or TV Shows? Do you think these characters are kindred spirits? Thoughts on the song, Alien Like You? Let us know in the comments?