Falling Skies is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic drama where aliens have attacked our planet and killed the vast majority of humanity. The remnants band together to fight a guerrilla style resistance, trying to survive in the shattered remains of our civilization. Noah Wyle plays Tom Mason, a history professor, father of three boys and now part of the Second Massachusetts, a ragtag “regiment” named in honor of one in the American Revolution. Their leader is Col. Weaver, played by one of my favorite underrated actors, Will Patton, whom I absolutely fell in love with in Armageddon. The aliens are well thought out and complex, and just what do they really want? Actually the whole thing is creatively inspired, forcing the viewer to think about how you would go about rebuilding society. Would the U.S. Constitution still apply? What changes might be necessary for a government to be effective? And is it even important to think about this stuff when you’re fighting just to stay alive? The world might be all but destroyed but life goes on and it’s fascinating to watch how each character deals with the new reality. Tom Mason’s youngest son Matt, played by Maxim Knight, breaks your heart as he bravely totes around a gun bigger than he is. The show addresses a lot of issues while still being entertaining and engrossing. The special effects are top notch, on the level with big Hollywood movie productions, which allows for a totally immersive experience that feels very real. Dark without losing hope and gritty without dwelling on the negative, Falling Skies celebrates the human will to live. Ordinary people put in extraordinary circumstances; some exemplify grace under pressure and others let their baser natures take over. A vast assortment of interesting characters and creative plots make this one of my favorite summer shows and I love it despite the cliffhanger season finales that make you wait a whole year to resolve the bombshell and believe me, each one is a doozy! – BETHANY
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This is a mechanical robot, dubbed Mechs. I think this denotes a lack of creativity on the part of the silly people who are focusing more on survival than on naming their alien invaders.
Just what one needs to give your city’s skyline just the right touch of Post-Apocalyptic Chic.
Left to right: Alexander Pope (Colin Cunningham), Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), and Will Patton as Captain Weaver.
The alien invaders, nicknamed ‘Skitters’. No idea what they call themselves.
Adorable little boy Matt Mason (Maxim Knight)
Hal Mason, Tom Mason, Matt Mason, Anne Glass and Ben Mason
Hal (Drew Roy) and a Skitter
Ryan Robbins as Tector
Skitters attach organic harnesses to the children, turning them into subservient zombies. Super creepy!
So much for the property values in this neighborhood …
Photos courtesy of Dreamworks Television, Amblin Television, Invasion Productions, TNT Original Productions and Warner Bros. Television