Why Aren’t You Watching Falling Skies?
Fallings Skies is one of those shows that if you aren’t watching on a regular basis you really should be. It’s a great SciFi survivor story. You have modern day earth invaded by an Alien race that wipes out most of humanity. That all happens before the first episode of season one. The series starts off after the invasion and decimation of our society has already happened. We are kicked straight into the story of the 2nd Mass, a militia that has formed and is fighting the aliens in any way they can. They also have a group of civilians with them.
We follow this make shift little family of survivors as they move about looking for supplies, just trying to eke out an existence, while trying find out why the aliens have invaded and how they can be defeated. The aliens (Skitters) as the 2nd Mass calls them have also been capturing young children (13-20) and harnessing them, turning them into a slave labor force.
The Skitters place a Harness, which is another alien life form on the children’s backs making them completely loyal, and allowing the Skitters to control them telepathically. The harness cures any health problems the children might have had (Goa’uld Symbiote), and give them increased senses, strength, and stamina. What really makes this devious and kind of bizarre is that the Skitters not only use the kids as slave labor, but as human shields when under attack by the resistance; the Skitters also seem to genuinely care for their slaves, almost like loved pets.
Every episode of Falling Skies is action packed, usually at least 1 or 2 large battles; there are also a lot of good character moments. The series is produced by Steven Spielberg, stars Noah Wyle, and airs Sunday nights on TNT. They are taking the BBC/HBO/Showtime approach, with only 10 episodes per season, but each one of them are excellent. The Aliens, Skitters, harnesses and assorted others are all a mixture of CGI and practical effects.
At the time of writing this article we are well into season 2. At the end of season 1 we find out that the Skitters are not the main aliens, there is another species that uses the Skitters as their servants. They also have Mechs at their disposal. The Mechs remind me of the Zentraedi Battlepods from Robotech.
Falling Skies has been renewed for a 3rd season. Currently averaging 5.9 million viewers, the series ranks as basic cable’s #1 Summer drama with adults 18-49. With top notch special effects, extremely high production levels and an excellent cast; if you haven’t been watching Falling Skies you should give it a try. Season 1 is now available on DVD and Blu-ray and Season 2 is currently airing on TNT on Sundays at 10/9C.