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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 (4,612 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • 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 (4,612 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LROMX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,839 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 72 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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150 of 179 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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142 of 175 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, mostly unrealized October 22, 2012
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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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling Skies September 13, 2011
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Falling Skies begins 6 months after an invasion of Earth by aliens from an unknown origin. It chronicles survivors' struggles to survive and their attempts to fight back the alien incursion. I've read a lot of criticism of the show as "too slow". I think that may be a result of the fact that the actual invasion is not depicted. This is not a rock-em/sock-em show. It's not about that. It's about 300 people trying to figure out how to stay alive (food, water, medical supplies...etc) in a world that no longer functions. No computers, no fuel injected cars, no TV, no radio. They have to have runners between groups of people. At the same time, they have to figure out how to fight back without the technology to which we have become accustomed.

Some people have written that they want to know who the aliens are, where they come from, what they want. The show focuses on the Mason family. Some people want more of the characters fleshed out more. That's all tough to do in 10 episodes. I say give it a chance. See what happens next summer. If I have a complaint about the show, it's that it WAS only 10 episodes. Most of the "summer" series are at least 13. Three more episodes might have given them time to silence some of the criticisms that I have mentioned. I hope they do more than 10 for next summer. I have thoroughly enjoyed what I've seen so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This series is great! Some of the scenarios are a little cheesy ...
This series is great! Some of the scenarios are a little cheesy and far fetched but overall, I love it. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Jeannie Guckeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Liked it
Published 1 day ago by YOJeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun show gets a bit repetitive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Takes a while to get in to it
Published 2 days ago by Edith Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this show
Published 2 days ago by Al Dzina
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling plot, complicated enough to require thinking with clues ...
Compelling plot, complicated enough to require thinking with clues enough to anticipate possible outcomes, adventures enough to keep one riveted to the screen.
Published 2 days ago by Arthur David Digby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great show now that I'm caught up I can watch the current season and understand what's going on.
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth Sandahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Still fun to watch but newest season is wearing thin on me
I liked the early shows better than the latest season. I'd like to see a little less aliens. Actually I think it would be cool if an episode or two explored life leading up to the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rick
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Some old story line. Lost interest after the 2nd episode.
Published 3 days ago by D. Latrimurti
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating!!
I'm binge watching this, which I seldom do, but I'm so hooked!!
Published 3 days ago by Barbara Clanton
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