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Falling Skies: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Noah Wylie , Moon Bloodgood  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,342 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: TNT
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: June 5, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 528 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,342 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LROMX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 as citizen soldiers work to protect the people while engaging in a campaign against the occupying alien force, whose purpose remains a mystery. Starring Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B to B plus. March 31, 2012
Format:DVD
Produced by Stephen Spielberg and teleplay contributions by a number of writers, including Robert Rodat (best known for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) and Mark Verheiden (who wrote 9 episodes for the new BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and will be an executive producer for the upcoming DARK TOWER series). First off, this is not INDEPENDENCE DAY, people. It's a grim survival tale of humans almost wiped out by an alien invasion some six months ago. The remnants we focus upon are roughly 300 men, women and children and most of them have no military experience.

There's an interesting opening in which the children explain an alien invasion of Earth through drawings to their teachers. Electricity and satellites are knocked out and something like over 90% of humanity is gone. About the only reason the humans are able to even mildly resist is simply that the alien force has left the planet with garrisons but you don't know what's happening over the rest of the world which leads to some intriguing presumptions and rumors. Said garrisons have giant bots helping them and the sinister means to mind control the human children through "harnesses" (alien membranes that attack from the neck all the way down to your lower back). Even when the children are freed from the harnesses there are surprises like the aliens finding ways to control those children at opportune times.

Noah Wyle, a military professor turned sub commander, is the main character in this tale who tries to give hope to the survivors even though his wife is dead and his middle child has been taken and harnessed by the invaders. Wyle is good enough in his role but
acting is all over the board.
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152 of 181 people found the following review helpful
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When the TNT network announced a Spielberg produced science fiction epic for its summer slate of programming, I was eager to sample the wares. With its massive advertising campaign, the network clearly had high expectations--and initial ratings were strong and instantaneous causing the show to receive an immediate second season order. Season One consists of ten episodes that weave a solid story of survivors in the aftermath of an alien invasion. Channeling a low key energy, as opposed to a pulse pounding tone, the show does a nice job establishing every day folks caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The piece's central theme is that we're all heroes in our own way and we're all stronger for standing together. It is a remarkably earnest presentation that remains mildly downbeat without ever seeming hopeless. This matter-of-fact feel is both one of the strongest elements of the show, but also one of the things that kept me from truly investing in the drama.

In truth, there is nothing particularly revelatory in the plotting of "Falling Skies." While I enjoyed the creature conception of the skitters (one of the alien life forms), admired the ambitious special effects, and was intrigued by some of the concepts (particularly the harnessed children)--I couldn't escape the general feeling that I'd seen it all before in countless similar variations. With a familiar feeling narrative, then, it is left to the screenwriters and the characterizations to make the show really pop. And I'm not sure that a memorable cast of characters has yet to evolve. Noah Wyle does most of the heavy lifting and makes an admirable every man hero. But many of the peripherals don't really stand out as interesting or fully developed individuals. When Steven Weber shows up for a few episodes, he creates real passion.
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137 of 170 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, mostly unrealized October 22, 2012
Format:DVD
With a premise like this, Falling Skies should have been a real winner. There should have been lots of tension, action, and philosophy. Instead, we have lots and lots and lots of quiet conversation, down time, and what is presumably meant as character development, but which just comes across as filler, meaningless chat, and stock characters. If the planet were really devastated by aliens and people were hunted by advanced machines, the remaining people would be desperate, frightened, and frazzled. But the characters here are relaxed, chatty, and might as well be on vacation. Other than the very infrequent moments when they are actively encountering the aliens, there is no sense at all that any aliens exist. And how is it that these advanced, interstellar travelers can't see a group of 300 people traveling together on foot? The production values are cheap and easy, and while the digital work on the aliens is at least acceptable, there is far too little of it. TV budgets are not movie budgets, of course, but look at what Spielberg can do with sounds and the implied presence of hostile aliens in a movie like War of the Worlds. Lack of money doesn't have to mean lack of effectiveness. This show should be much, much better than it is.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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It's not a masterpiece but it is very entertaining and a good summer show. I believe most of the hate is coming from scifi fans who were expecting this show to be some groundbreaking alien epic/masterpiece like Battlestar Galactica. I can understand how folks might have felt with such high standards when they finally watched this show at first. But if you still hated it after a few eps then why watch? I don't mean to sound rude but if you still don't like this show then go find something else to watch. There are quality scifi shows like Fringe & Awake on tv that desperately need ratings. Go help them out instead of spending time complaining about the ones that don't meet your standards.

Anyways...Falling Skies is a very compelling, if somewhat flawed, survival drama set in an alien post apocalypse. It's not groundbreaking but some of the ideas presented are good and with time may become amazing. The resistance fighters remind me of the group in the original V miniseries (the excellent one made in the 80s). The aliens have taken out the major cities & hit down the military in their first wave of attacks. Now it's up to non-military people to help fight. That means even teens will have to carry guns and fight.

Noah Wylie is a great lead and the actors playing his sons are good also. I like the father/son relationship between Tom and Hal. Most shows would have Hal being rebellious & hateful of his father. That is a cliché that this show actually avoids & in some ways subverts. Hal is supportive of his father most of the time and voices his opinions maturely instead of being a brat. The teen son on V (2009) was awful in comparison. Also, the teen son of Terra Nova was no better.

I also really like the female characters on the show.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic
Formulaic, predictable, two-dimensional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked
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One of the Best Si Fi on any screen. This show leaves you so you can't wait for the next episode ....... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun and edgy sci-fi
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My wife is the last person to enjoy the scifi genre and, although I'm more open-minded to it, I'm no "buff". Read more
Published 4 hours ago by M. E. Reed
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
Started watching this live when i first came on the air and lost interest at the time. I am revisiting the series and still find it a bit slow. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
This is a moving and thought provoking story.
Published 5 hours ago by Richard R. Bunbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show! Wish I had not waited so long to watch!
Excellent sci fi show bringing together great acting, plot lines, and special effects.
Published 5 hours ago by Big Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Feels like Wakking Dead, but with Aliens.
Published 9 hours ago by Liccy Fuentes
5.0 out of 5 stars survival is a must
I love this show I could see me reacting the same way if the situation ever went down 👇 at least I hope so lol all in all great freakin show
Published 10 hours ago by Richard
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