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Falling Skies - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Noah Wyle , Moon Bloodgood    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Will Patton
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008VSI2BW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There was no shortage of movies and TV shows about aliens invading Earth before Falling Skies came along; in fact, Steven Spielberg, executive producer of TNT's sci-fi/drama show (which debuts on DVD with the 10 first-season episodes, plus some short bonus featurettes, on three discs), was involved in a good many of them. But this one takes a different tack: when the pilot episode begins, the invasion has already happened… and we lost, big time. Sure, not depicting the nasty aliens' arrival and decimation of the world as we knew it saved someone a pile of special effects money--but it also makes for an interesting show dynamic. When we catch up to Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a history professor and one of the unexpected leaders of the human insurgency, and the chief soldier, hard-ass Captain Weaver (Will Patton), they're already deep into trying to figure out how to protect the few remaining humans and how to fight back against a vastly superior alien force of spider-like, Alien-faced "skitters" and giant, stomping robot "mechs." Then there's this: the alien leaders are especially interested in teenagers, whom they seize and enslave by fusing living, spine-like "harnesses" to the kids' backs. Tom knows that one of the captured teens is his son, and he devotes much of his energy to rescuing the boy. But what neither he nor anyone else can figure out is exactly what the aliens' agenda might be, and it isn't until the 10th and final episode (a cliffhanger, of course), when the "2nd Mass" (i.e., Tom and Weaver's Boston-based militia) are ready to launch an all-out attack on the invaders, that we finally get some clarity.

Falling Skies has plenty going for it: good acting, some intriguing story ideas, nice (if limited) effects. What it doesn't have is much action (a fight scene between Tom and a skitter is an exception), or the kind of ramped-up tension one expects from a project with Spielberg's name attached. Episodes tend to be talky and somewhat dull; earnest conversation about the future of humanity and the importance of sticking together in the face of impending disaster is all well and good, but a few extra dollops of excitement (something Spielberg provided in his 2005 version of War of the Worlds) would have helped. Here's hoping for bigger and better in season two. --Sam Graham

Product Description

All ten episodes from the first season of the US sci-fi drama following the aftermath of an alien invasion. Six months previously the Earth suffered an extraterrestrial attack on a global scale, which left only ten percent of the human population alive. Now soldiers and civilians are banding together in an attempt to fight back. Former university professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) is made second-in-command of the Second Massachusetts and must put all his knowledge of military history to the test to aid the cause. Meanwhile, he hopes to find his 14-year-old son, Ben (Connor Jessup), who has been taken by the enemy and fitted with a 'harness', a device that enables the aliens to control children. The episodes comprise: 'Live and Learn', 'The Armory', 'Prisoner of War', 'Grace', 'Silent Kill', 'Sanctuary: Part One', 'Sanctuary: Part Two', 'What Hides Beneath', 'Mutiny' and 'Eight Hours'.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burn that gets under your skin 22 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm... could do better 10 July 2012
By XJR
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rooting for the Aliens 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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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Family Greatness 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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