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Don't miss this!,
This review is from: Falling Skies - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
At first i was sceptical about this having read some reviews that slated it. However, being a massive fan of Speilberg and science fiction i thought i'd give it a go. And boy am i glad i did. Falling Skies is a brilliant show and by the last episode and its awesome cliffhanger i was desperate for season 2.
The shows concept is intriguing, rather than depicting an actual alien invasion, this tells the story of the survivors of an invasion that has already occured; one where the aliens have annhialated the government and military and now its ordinary people, families, who are fighting back and forming a resistance. At the heart of this resistance is the protagonist, played by Noah Wyle, and his three sons. Will Patton plays the leader of their group (the second massachussets) as they formulate plans to fight against the aliens and basically try to survive.
What has this show got going for it? Well, there is plenty to keep science fiction fans enthralled and everybody else for that matter. There are three different types of aliens, Skitters, Mechs and an unamed race that seem to rule the other two. There are plenty of twists and turns regarding the origins of one particular group of the aliens which i did not see coming and makes for a unique and shocking plot device for further seasons. For a tv show the special effects are stunning, and the episode stories and over arcing storyline is intriguing and well developed. The acting, on Wyle, Patton and Moon Bloodgood's (playing a doctor/pedeatrician and love interest for Wyle) are great, some of the kids and other regulars are admittedly rather average but they don't detract from this show at all.
You'll be happy to know that Spielberg's fingerprints are all over this show, from the design of the aliens to the fact that it's got kids as one of the central plot devices (E.T, Jurassic Park, Goonies etc). But by no means has this gone down the route that it could have in the sense that it is overly family friendly and censored. There is violence, action, danger and the settings and atmosphere are gritty and apocalyptic. Yes, there are some tender family moments between Wyle and his sons but other than that this is a serious show (with some humour). We see a thirteen year old toting a gun and fighting alongside soldiers three times his age, aliens that show no mercy, and a devestated Boston setting- so don't be put off by thinking this is a family show (though families can enjoy it).
I can't understand what problems people have with this show. Its thrilling, action packed, has excellent special effects and alien design, the plot is intriguing and opens up many possibilities for future seasons and the quality of the production is very high: movie quality in fact. Please give this show a chance, it gets better with every episode and the second season is even better. For £15 you can't grumble either.
- A couple of featurettes on the design of the aliens.
- A documentary video of the shows panel at comic con
- Audio commentaries
- a sneak preview of the second season