Falling Skies 4 Seasons 2011

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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, a†former 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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Season 1
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    1. Live and Learn 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, a former 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.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 42min 2011
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    2. The Armory Tom and Hal lead a team to search for supplies but they are ambushed by a rogue gang of humans led by ex-con John Pope. Pope plans to use the hostages to gain control of the 2nd Mass' supply of weapons that they've stockpiled since the invasion began.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    3. Prisoner of War The 2nd Mass comes face to face with Skitters and Mechs when Tom and Hal lead a mission to finally attempt rescuing Ben and those held captive. Tom's search for answers to nagging questions could jeopardize the plan to save the teenagers from the harnesses that is presented by the 2nd Mass' latest recruit Dr. Michael Harris.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 40min 2011
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    4. Grace Tom and Hal lead a team to find more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass after Pope provides the location of where they can be found. Back at the high school where they've set up base, Dr. Harris and Anne disagree over the best tactic to gather more intelligence about the aliens.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    5. Silent Kill Hal devises a risky new plan to save the captured teenagers, but pulling it off could put someone in danger. Following a sudden tragedy, Anne discovers that could mean the difference between the success or failure of Hal's rescue plan.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    6. Sanctuary: Part 1 Lt. Terry Clayton of the 7th Mass arrives at the high school with disturbing news that Skitters and Mechs are on their way to attack the 2nd Mass headquarters. While Clayton claims to have a plan approved by Porter, his strategy to lead the children to safety while the adults remain to fend off the attack is met with strong disapproval by all the parents.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    7. Sanctuary: Part 2 Hal finds himself having to take control and fight when an unexpected threat against the children of the 2nd Mass arises. Anne faces her own problems when Sarah goes into labor, while the 2nd Mass is evacuated in anticipation of the alien attack on the headquarters.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    8. What Hides Beneath Captain Weaver's mental condition continues to deteriorate causing trouble for Tom and Hal when he joins them on a reconnaissance mission. Back at the high school, Pope constructs a strong weapon to use against the aliens. Meanwhile Anne makes a surprising discovery while performing an autopsy on a dead Skitter.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    9. Mutiny As the attack on the alien base draws closer, tension builds amongst the members of the 2nd Mass. Tom struggles to digest Anne's new discovery about the Skitters.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 41min 2011
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    10. Eight Hours Tom stays behind to protect the camp and its occupants, while the rest of the resistance launch an attack on the alien base. Information about the motive of the aliens arises.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 39min 2011
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    AGES_15_AND_OVER 30min 2012

Product Details

Genres Thriller, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cpt DeLancie on 22 July 2013
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I'm a geek who likes post-apocalyptic stories. I admit, I'm not a rarity. Terminator, Day After Tomorrow, Matrix and now Fallen Skies. (Don't worry there are no spoiler alerts for this review. Well sort of.)

Let me make one thing clear, this is not a full throttle action adventure. It really is a slow burn. Whatever your opinion of Spielberg, the guy knows what he's doing.

The action set pieces are good, but they are not the focus.

This is a series about people. It is extremely character driven. Noah Wyle is outstanding. Anyone who loved Carter in ER will know this. (A note: ER Season 10, Episode 2: The Lost, where Carter goes to Africa to find Luka, is probably one of the best pieces of television ever).

The characters and their relationships are the focus of each episode. The problem of an alien invasion of earth is approached with logic and thought. It is treated like any invasion, a small resistance fighting a powerful occupying force.

What I love about this series is that they have followed the Star Trek method. A sci-fi scenario which is accessible and real, thanks to real world problems. A single father trying to raise three sons, a man who has lost his family, young people forced by circumstance to grow up too quickly and people faced with overwhelming odds, struggling to hold on to their humanity.

In terms of action and the set up, there is something of Terminator Salvation about Fallen Skies. Normal people doing extraordinary things. A very familiar Earth, ravaged by war and real world places and real world people.

Moon Bloodgood is excellent. I loved Blair Williams in Terminator Salvation, who doesn't love a woman with a gun. But seriously. The same humanity in Blair is present in Fallen Skies Dr Glass.
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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).

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...

Amongst other members of 2nd Massachusets important for the story are Mason's two surviving sons (his wife was killed and his third son is missing), Hal and Matt. Hal is a precociously adult 16 years old soldier and squad leader, when Matt is still a, troubled and quite unhappy, little boy...
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By XJR on 10 July 2012
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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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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By K. Hynes on 31 May 2012
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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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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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