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Falling Skies 5 Seasons 2011

FALLING SKIES opens in the aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. The few remaining survivors have banded together. Each day is a test of survival...

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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 Subtitles Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: 19 June 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 19 June 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 Subtitles Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: 26 June 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 3 July 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 10 July 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 17 July 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 24 July 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 31 July 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 Subtitles Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: 7 August 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 Subtitles Runtime: 39 minutes Release date: 7 August 2011
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Bonus: Season 1 Recap, Pt. B

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AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 30 minutes Release date: 6 June 2012
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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Season year 2011
Network TNT
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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By Call me Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2016
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The conceit behind this American SF post-apocalyptic television series is that aliens have invaded and conquered the Earth, destroying all of the world’s major cities, defeating all military opposition and neutralising global technology. Episode 1 starts six months since the invasion and follows a group of 300 survivor refugees fleeing what remains of Boston, which they are able to do because the main alien force has left the planet leaving behind garrisons who appear tasked to capture and enslave as many earth children as they can. The refugees are led by Will Patton’s hard-nosed, ponytailed Army vet and second-in-command Noah Wyle’s former history professor Tom Mason, both of whom give sound performances as contrasting characters but Colin Cunnigham effortlessly steals every scene he is in playing the dastardly unpredictable and selfish leather-clad biker gourmand (really) John Pope with a marvellous dry humour reminiscent of Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham. The tone of the narrative is generally grim (as you would expect) but not hopeless as we observe this particularly motley crew of human insurgence attempt to outwit and fight back against the alien ‘Skitters’ and their mechanical attack drones. The episodes are undoubtedly entertaining and full of tension while the special effects are effective in conveying a sense of dread and menace. The conclusion of the final episode bodes well for the next season.
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This was something new to me and whilst I remember seeing it advertised on Fox, it was something that I wasn't 100% sold on originally even though I knew that it starred the talented Noah Wyle (of Librarian fame.) What unfurled within is a story of human survival against an overwhelming alien foe. Its cleverly written, has a great overall arc and when added to the twists keeps the viewer emotionally engaged during each encounter as the humans try their best to figure out what's happening.

All round a solid, though provoking show and whilst there is an absolute plethora of other similar themed shows out there, this one has great acting talent backed up with descent scripts which is where the money needed to be spent to keep the viewers attention. Yes the effects are limited within but I'd rather have something that kept my attention and made me care about the cast than something that was all show and explosions with no real plot.

A solid series and one that I'll definitely be following from now on.
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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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I love science fiction stuff and so a show about an alien invasion of Earth is already a winner in my book.
I love US miniseries (Walking Dead, 24, Lost,Dexter, Sopranos) and so already the format suits me perfectly.
I LOVE Spielberg. He could release a 9 hour long documentary called 'Paint Drying' and I would watch it and enjoy it and so any link, however tenuous, with the great man is a seal of approval.
Hence it was with great anticipation, and no small ammount of willpower, that I sky-plussed 'Falling Skies'and waited until I had the full series before sitting back to indulge myself with a televisual orgy of Spielbergian, sci fi heaven...
What did I get - 'The Waltons' meets 'V' (the first series, not the revamp!) spiced up with CGI 'special' effects that look like they've been rendered on a Commodore 64 and a plot line that lifts from every science fiction movie or TV show from the last fifty years.
The aliens (borrowed from independence day, starship troopers and district 9)and their mech robots (styled on robocop,district 9 again and every video game or manga comic released since 1989)have taken over Earth despite there only being six of them (and never more than one on screen at any given time )
Their motive for this invasion is never revealed but the only thing they seem intent on doing is enslaving children to collect scrap metal - basically they are intergalactic scrap metal merchants!
Now if I was the leader of a race of highly advanced beings that had the capability for intergalactic travel I might have taken a different strategy towards meeting my planets need for metallic raw materials.I might have gathered mineral rich asteroids or extracted the iron core from our planet.
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