Falling Skies 4 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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1. Live and Learn AGES_12_AND_OVER

A devastating and unwelcomed alien invasion has left Earth in tatters and the humans who survived have to learn how to work together and fight off the aliens to ensure their further existence. Tom Mason, aformer History professor is the Second in Command and he has to juggle his duties as father and leader. But to make matters worse, the aliens are holding one of his three sons captive.

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42 minutes

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Live and Learn

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Carl Franklin
Season year 2011
Network TNT
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Coach on 7 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
A bunch of suburban Americans defying Aliens that can conquer a planet but seem incapable of air strikes or tracking people in buses and trucks. Kids have things stuck to their spines that enable them to be controlled and to perform street cleaning duties and scrap metal collection. The stupidity of it sinks in quickly. I got through the series but it was hard. The characters are boring and you end up wanting them to get disintegrated or have their brains sucked out, which would be more interesting than all the hugging, crying and flag saluting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mme Judith Young on 25 Dec 2013
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If you like soap opera style science fiction then you may like this show.

If you like science or realism in your science fiction then look elsewhere.

There is a total lack of scientific and military protocol, children are given guns whilst adults sit on their hands. Realistic problems are forgotten, such as lack of electricity effecting water supplies, food collection etc, and like most bad science fiction, aliens came from outer space but have trouble tracking 300 humans....just No.

This spends too much time concentrating on teens. You'd be better off watching the original V mini series or Day of the Triffids.
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This first season of initially promising new SF series about human resistance against mysterious alien invaders is, to my considerable regret, a globally failed attempt. Which is a pity, because it had potential and some characters (and actors playing them) are reasonably good. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

In a very near future (like tomorrow) Earth was invaded by aliens and almost the whole planet was conquered, with almost all the major cities around the globe ruined by massive bombardment. In the first episode, on the East Coast of USA some last remnants of military, completed by a hastily organised militia of all able bodied men and women who can and want to fight, still resist alien mopping operations. Those series follow the tribulations of one such militia unit, the 2nd Massachusetts, a roughly 250 fighters strong outfit, led by Captain Dan Weaver (Will Patton) and his second in command, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). Casting Patton as the leader of a "good guys" post-apocalyptic militia is actually a pretty nice goof, as much earlier in his career he played an abominable leader of "bad guys" post apocalyptic militia (in "Postman")...)))

Weaver used to be a professional soldier before retiring and becoming a businessman - he was recalled to duty and promoted to captain of militia after most of regular army was destroyed in initial alien attack. Mason used to be a history teacher and even if he is second in command he doesn't seem to have a military rank, but he is obeyed and respected, because of his natural charisma, great bravery in combat - and also absolute honesty...
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful By K. Hynes on 31 May 2012
Format: DVD
I generally love sci-fi, books, movies, and TV. I approached 'Falling Skies' with every bit of excitement only a Spielberg conception could produce, and was pleasantly rewarded.
The show uses carefully woven plotlines and engaging characters to create a post-apocalyptic world helmed by aliens, nicknamed 'Mechs' and 'Skitters' by humans. While it's true dystopian worlds are a dime a dozen these days, 'Falling Skies' does the smart thing, and approaches the genre with a new angle: Family.
It was refreshing, to say the least, and made the story seem all the more threatening when the characters were in jeopardy. I like this new spin on an age old concept, and I eagerly await season 2!!!!
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By XJR on 10 July 2012
Format: DVD
Let's be clear: this isn't a bad show, but it sure ain't great either. It has its moments, and it kept me watching... mainly waiting for something a bit special to happen. I'm still waiting TBH so here's hoping Season 2 steps it up a gear and delivers.

As has been said elsewhere it's full of cliches, but that in itself isn't a problem when it's done well: see the reimagined Battlestar Galactica for the benchmark of how to turn cliched material into something spectacularly unmissable.

Falling Skies is enjoyable up to a point, but probably best approached with low expectations. Everything's merely OK, but I feel we've a right to expect more than that from projects waving the Spielberg banner.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SNS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Sep 2012
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I bought the entire series on blue ray because I had wanted to watch this on TV, but it seemed to run at weird times and wasn't very well advertised.

Finally I had a chance with the box set and it has been a mixed bag.

This is a show which shows massive potential and I can see it going great places in later seasons, but the first seasons is a bit questionable.

1) The visual effects.

The main aliens which you see throughout the entire show are very well animated, but the mech. units are absolutely awful and in most scenes they are badly positioned, badly animated and move weirdly and have no real life.

A perfect example is the final episode, where a large number of mech. units are on screen at one time, and they all move in sync without any independence and no life to them. Yet on the other hand, other scenes are amazing and the aliens look alive. Its a mixed bag!

2) The very strange plot holes.

A lot of people have talked about the strange idea of having the children collect scrap metal. This is actually explained later down the line and as a plot idea, I didn't mind it. The bad aspect is the way in which it is shown on screen. You see a shot of children walking across a roof top and throwing small bits of metal to the ground for more to collect. Unfortunately the scene is underwhelming, badly shot, badly acted and just has NO impact for what is meant to be a mass-scale operation by the aliens.

Then you have the idea that 200-300 humans are just casually walking through the countryside to a newer and safer location! None of the aliens saw them??? They are camped out in a massive field where other humans can see them, and yet the aliens don't?
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