Falling Skies

Falling Skies: "Death March" (Season 2, Episode 8) through "A More Perfect Union" (Season 2, Episode 10)

The 2nd Season has been better than the first, but I won’t lie. These last three episodes, taken together, are a bit of a disappointment. It feels lazy and tired, like they ran out of gas. The first episode is simply bad, the second one okay, and the last one more dumb than not. At times the writing this season the writing really pepped up, but the home stretch ain’t one of them.

“Death March”

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Falling Skies: Falling Skies: "Homecoming" (Season 2, Episode 6) and "Molon Labe" (Season 2, Episode 7)

As far as TV goes, things are moving along fine for Falling Skies. It’s nestled nicely at TNT with good ratings, the last two episodes reviewed her are certainly exciting enough in a TV sort of way, and the ending of the latest episode was actually touching. The writing is also still generally better than the first season. So it’s on firm footing even if it’s not the more demanding type of science fiction some of us might prefer.

We had a genuine two-parter this time as opposed to two different episodes spliced together. And we’re off…

“Homecoming”

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Falling Skies: "Young Bloods" (Season 2, Episode 4) and "Love and Other Acts of Courage" (Season 2, Episode 5)

So how’s Falling Skies holding up?

Well, I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say the last two episodes are a slight step back. Some of this stuff felt pretty formulaic, with a tendency toward talkiness and emoting for the sake of emoting. However, the plot is also moving forward and there’s still some momentum from the 2nd season premiere.

“Young Bloods”

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Falling Skies: "Compass" (Season 2, Episode 3)

So after last week’s narrow escape, the good old 2nd Mass is holed up in an airport hanger. With a lot of wide open space surrounding one big building, it doesn’t strike me as that great a place to hide. But then this is television, right?

Tom’s son Ben hates Skitters. We mentioned that last week, I believe. He kills a wounded one with his bare hands in the opening montage. It makes a nice squishy sound.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "Mutiny" and "Eight Hours" (Episodes 9 and 10)

So we end as we began, with two distinct episodes crammed together into a two-hour event. Alas, it felt like a bit of a step back. The finale seems all the more like a science fiction show written by people not very familiar with science fiction. Another thing of note is how many potentially interesting scenes happen off camera. Are they determined to prove this is a character drama first? Limited budget? Tunnel vision while writing? I don’t know, but it was very noticeable in the second hour.

But just to keep me in my place, here’s the ratings downlow:

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "What Hides Beneath" (Episode 8)

It did pick up some this week. That's a relief I'm actually curious to see what it's selling in the finale next week.

"What Hides Beneath"

What hid beneath last week was a crappy episode. How’s this week? Better. It even has some twists, although it’s still not going to be ground breaking to people who have read and/or watched a fair amount of science fiction.

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EPISODE REVIEW(S): Falling Skies: "Silent Kill," and "Sanctuary (Parts 1 & 2) (Episodes 5-7)

Today we’re covering the most recent three episodes of Falling Skies, which has been renewed:

“Falling Skies premiered in the U.S. on TNT Sunday, June 19, drawing an extraordinary Live + 7 audience of 8 million viewers and ranking it as cable's top series launch of 2011. The premiere also garnered an impressive 3.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.5 million adults 25-54. Through its first three installments, Falling Skies has averaged more than 6.4 million viewers through a blend of live and time-shifted viewing.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "Grace" (Episode 4)

Fourth Episode: “Grace.”

We open with the captured Skitter being transported down the high school halls in a cage. Sort of a big, makeshift chicken coop. It doesn’t like it, which I suppose is normal. We’re not even a space faring civilization, but if you stuck one of us in a chicken coop, we wouldn’t like it, either.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Falling Skies: "Live and Learn" (Episode 1)

Okay, let’s get the elephant in this room out of the way up front. Steven Spielberg is involved here (executive producer), so it’s not going to suck eggs. It’s going to meet minimum professional standards for television and not embarrass itself trying to go the bathroom. So there’s that.

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