T.V. Review: “Falling Skies” – An Invasion for the Ages

Written by Alex Bowman July 08, 2013

I remember when I first fell in love with science fiction when my dad sat me down beside him and he showed me the original Star Wars trilogy for the first time. Since then I have always been fascinated with the idea of aliens and what the concept of the alien means to us as humans living on planet Earth. “ Falling Skies ” is a sci-fi series that cannot be missed because it tackles that question competently with bombastic gravitas. Sci-fi television can be overwhelming at times but this is one show that is both easy to watch and constantly entertaining.

The Price of Greatness

“Falling Skies” centers around Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and his sons who are struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic America fighting with a resistance group called the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment. They are fighting a group of aliens, which they’ve nicknamed “Skitters,” who are trying to take over the planet by brainwashing children and turning them into mindless slaves.

A More Perfect Union

I have been with this show since the very beginning and it’s displayed zero signs of slowing down. Steven Spielberg is the executive producer and that should be a good sign because Stevie is a genius when it comes to all things alien. All of the trademark Spielberg sci-fi elements are present and accounted for which assists in the brilliant pacing of this show.

The writing is very well done and surprisingly watchable thanks to Wyle’s character being able to explain how our own history reflects the modern fight being fought against the aliens. Wyle and a large majority of the other actors in “Falling Skies” are all memorable and play a very prominent role throughout the series. Mason’s sons each serve a unique and distinctive purpose to the overall plot of the story and each reflect a different attitude regarding the alien war due to their own respective points of view. Moon Bloodgood and Will Patton both play excellent foils for Mason’s decisions while Colin Cunningham, who plays the anti-hero John Pope, is one of the slickest and funniest rogues to ever grace the small screen. Spielberg loves to promote the theme of brotherhood throughout his bodies of work and “Falling Skies” is no exception with a brilliant  group of protagonists that you’ll really love rooting for.

Live and Learn

The only real complaint I have with the series up to this point is the fact that we are still unaware of what the aliens’ intentions are and why they need human children specifically for their slave labor. I understand that this is part of good story telling because it keeps us guessing as to what the answer might be but with three seasons (and a fourth one announced for next year) it’s getting a little annoying when the villains of the story keep side stepping around their evil plans just for the sake of creating more suspense. This no longer becomes entertaining. The show now forces you to watch it which takes away from any kind of enjoyment. I’m hoping that this new season decides to answer at least some questions so we are not being sucked into a void of unanswerable questions and repetitive cliff-hangers. Besides that one little annoyance, this show is still entertaining and worth a watch. I just hope “Falling Skies” doesn’t become another “LOST” rip-off where it confuses good story telling with throwing 500 questions at the viewer before the credits roll.

Molon Labe

I highly recommend “Falling Skies” because, in the age of SyFy schlock, it is one of the best sci-fi programs you will ever see. The action is intense, the alien menace is spooky and nerve-racking and the protagonists are all heroes you want to root for on a weekly basis. All the ingredients have been mixed together to create a memorable program that will make you think twice about whether or not we are alone in the universe.

My Rating: 8/10

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