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The aliens landed six months ago, and it didn't go well for the residents of Earth. In Falling Skies, TNT's latest sci-fi series, Noah Wiley plays Tom Mason, a history professor who is forced to become a revolutionary hero in order to save his sons, his country and his world. He becomes the second in command to the 2nd Mass rebel group which is trying to fight its way out of post-invasion Boston.
Ever since the invasion of the combination of insect-like "skitters," the grey skinned overlord aliens and the robot Mechs, most of humanity has been wiped out. Cities have been destroyed and millions of people killed. Many surviving children have been captured and turned into slaves through the use of a biological harness that attaches through their skin on top of their spine.
Tom Mason's son Ben is one of the children fitted with a harness and kept in mental slavery by the skitters and their companions. Mason's main objective is to rescue his son from the aliens and try to remove the harness and restore his boy to his humanity. This may be Mason's main goal in life, but the leaders of the resistance have other plans.
Tom Mason's encyclopedic memory for history is of great use when planning campaigns against the enemy, and the resistance finds Mason a valuable second leader. Their one and only goal is to cause as much damage as possible to the aliens while finding safe haven for themselves and the civilian groups they gather along the way.
The surviving members of the human race are as diverse as you might expect, with not everyone being a good and noble human. There are members of a biker gang that are helpful as long as it suits their purpose, backstabbing collaborators who cooperate with the aliens for preferential treatment and selfish loaners who want nothing to do with the resistance, preferring instead to just hide out and be left alone.
Falling Skies was created by Robert Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan, and is produced by Steven Spielberg. The production quality is high and each episode looks more like a theater-quality film instead of a television series. It is filmed in Canada during the fall and winter, giving the mainly outdoor sets a chilled and serious look. Now in its second season, Falling Skies is garnering even bigger praise from critics than it did its first year.
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When the 2nd mass destroys a crucial Espheni base, a relentless enemy is taken down and the Mason family is reunited with those who had been lost.
Tom uncovers confidential intelligence about the heart of the alien operation. Meanwhile, Charleston prepares to mount an offensive against the Espheni, but a massive explosion brings the operation to a halt. And the identity of the mole is finally uncovered, but not before more blood has been shed.
Tom becomes suspicious of his surroundings because of the eery calmness. On his way back to Charleston, he is horrified by his discoveries. Meanwhile, Weaver and Pope clash over how to handle the suspected mole.
The Masons are intercepted by a family of outlaws. Meanwhile, looming doubts over the construction of a massive alien weapon ignite a conflict of interests. And an investigation to apprehend a killer on the loose is at a standstill.
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While the residents of Charleston bicker, the rebel skitters show up with Ben and offer an opportunity to get back at the Overlords. Things won't be quite that easy, however, because things never are in this show.
This history-heavy episode has the 2nd Mass adjusting to life in Charleston, which isn't as welcoming as they expected. Meanwhile, Tom has to play politics with the new leader of the country.
The 2nd Mass keeps marching to Charleston, but this is "Falling Skies," so of course things go wrong along the way. Will the group find salvation at their destination?
Ben's excursion with Kara takes a turn for the worse, but the 2nd Mass ends up with a prisoner out of the ordeal. The capture turns out to be a lot of trouble, though, and Tom finds himself in a standoff.
More problems for the 2nd Mass as Hal and Maggie find a de-harnessed Karen in the woods, and Weaver falls seriously ill. And, of course, everything else goes wrong.
In an episode that is finally eventful and not just an hour of schmaltz, the camp has to deal with a new skitter prisoner brought about by the return of Rick. Meanwhile, sparks fly between our resident Ross and Rachel, Hal and Maggie.
Another down week for "Falling Skies" it seems, as we seem to be pretty heavy on the sentiment lately and short on action. There was a bit to get excited about this week, but a lot of it was bogged down in emotion based, once again, on characters that we don't even care about, or barely even know.
It's cute how this show assumes that we care in the slightest about Jimmy, isn't it? Here's a tip, guys: if you want us to care about a character, you have to have them do something likeable first. You can't just have them nearly get everyone killed in season one because he wanted to save his dog and then assume we'll care what happens to him later.
In the second part of the two-part premiere, Tom wonders if the aliens did something to his mind while he was in their custody. Meanwhile, the company attempts to cross the river.
Welcome back, folks! It's summertime, and while our TV options might not be as plentiful as they are in the fall, there's still some good stuff to watch. "Falling Skies," as we learned last year, has the potential to be that good stuff. It also has the potential to be a real yawner. The season two premiere, a two-hour event that combined the first two episodes, was a bit of both.