Falling Skies 4 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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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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Season 1

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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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3 of 3 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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28 of 33 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The Coach on 7 Nov 2013
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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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55 of 67 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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