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Falling Skies: "Evolve or Die" (Season 4, Episode 4)

This one wasn’t up to last week’s standard, and it saw the return of a bad old habit, but it was still better than the first episode of this season. It even had a relatively neat final sequence. Even if that sequence does come about a year too late.

The bad old habit? That would be having pivotal, interesting stuff occur off screen and then telling us about it. We got a big old dump of that this time around.     

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Falling Skies: "Exodus" (Season 4, Episode 3)

Well lo and behold. It’s still silly, but this episode was genuinely entertaining, at least the main arc. Say what you will about Falling Skies, but Helix it ain’t. (That’s a good thing.) So as long as we don’t follow this up with an episode titled "Leviticus," maybe we’ve got some momentum.   

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Falling Skies: "Ghost in the Machine" (Season 4, Episode 1)

 

 

Falling Skies is back for its fourth season. So please join me in welcoming it with a hearty round of WTF?

 

 

This is a show that had settled comfortably into a rut. It was sort of the couch potato of TV science fiction. Not particularly ambitious or original, but blessed with a good situation on FX that showered upon it the kind of ratings that SyFy would be harvesting kidneys off unsuspecting people on the street to get.

It’s still a couch potato. Except tonight it was one that had been snorting paint fumes.

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Falling Skies: "The Pickett Line" (Season 3, Episode 7) and "Strange Brew" (Season 3, Episode 8)

So what do you know? Just when I was about to give up all hope, along come two watchable episodes of Falling Skies. Not classic, or great, or deeply memorable. Don’t take me for an advocate at this point. But competently written and filmed, yes.

Hopefully it’s a start.

“The Pickett Line”

This episode does something neither the Espheni nor the Volm have done to date this season. It establishes actual narrative tension. And it involves mostly just humans. So, it’s like, you know, an actual story, not just a strip-mined collection of science fiction plot devices.

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