Have you heard about TNT's new SciFi drama, Falling Skies. I had heard about it vaguely, and had been meaning to watch it, but totally forgot about it. I just don't watch a lot of TNT and Sunday night seems to be HBO night. This weekend, I caught all of the current episodes on demand. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the TNT SciFi outing. It is immediately clear that this is better than anything currently running on SyFy.
Why do the mechs only have two legs? asked in episode.
Plot- Aliens have invaded the Earth. They set off some kind of super EMP that has fried all the electronics all over the world. They capture kids and put a mind control devise on their backs. Adults they just kill. The aliens are called Skitters, because they all skitter around on 6 legs. there are also mechs. The mechs are hard to take down, but seem slow and combersome. The story follows a military outfit (the 2nd Mass) and the civilians that they are protecting. At this point, they are in retreat and defend mode and humanity has not developed a strategy for taking back anything that they have given up. The Skitters have us on the run and it all looks pretty bleak.
Hot, even after an Alien invasion!
Acting- The acting is pretty good. They have the delectible Moon Bloodgood and dependable Noah Wyles in the cast. While Bloodgood can act, her track record with success seams to leave a lot to be desired, but this could be the role that gets her over that hump.
Production- there are aliens and mechs so they have to do special effects. The effects are better than a made for Syfy movie, but are well below movie quality. I imagine that they are spending a huge portion of their budget on FX, and if the show isn't getting enough viewers then TNT will likely pull the plug for a lower costing alternative. It is TNT though and they tend to look at awards as well. They are really pushing themselves as a cable network with a full lineup of original dramas and not just showing NCIS in syndication five nights a week. This gives me hope.
This is a skitter
Overall-It is a fun serial drama that has already introduced some mysteries that have me thinking. The show pulls you in and takes you along for the ride. Political commentary and metaphor have not really shown up as yet, which I think is good. While it worked in BSG to some degree, BSG often came off as preachy. The show has tackled religion though. Odd considering the show takes place in Boston with the main character being from Cambridge. It handles it in a respectable manner and even puts it in a positive light. It comes off as part of one of the character's life that she is unashamed of. Bravo for getting this right.
I would highly recommend this show. It might be a little to scary, bloody, thematic for most younger children but kids around 10 and up should enjoy it. It comes on Sundays at 10/9 central on TNT (they know drama).
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