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Falling Skies: Season 1 (2011)

Noah Wyle , Moon Bloodgood  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,496 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • 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 (3,496 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LROMWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,300 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Falling Skies: Season 1" on IMDb

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There was no shortage of movies and TV shows about aliens invading Earth before Falling Skies came along; in fact, Steven Spielberg, executive producer of TNT's sci-fi/drama show (which debuts on DVD with the 10 first-season episodes, plus some short bonus featurettes, on three discs), was involved in a good many of them. But this one takes a different tack: when the pilot episode begins, the invasion has already happened… and we lost, big time. Sure, not depicting the nasty aliens' arrival and decimation of the world as we knew it saved someone a pile of special effects money--but it also makes for an interesting show dynamic. When we catch up to Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a history professor and one of the unexpected leaders of the human insurgency, and the chief soldier, hard-ass Captain Weaver (Will Patton), they're already deep into trying to figure out how to protect the few remaining humans and how to fight back against a vastly superior alien force of spider-like, Alien-faced "skitters" and giant, stomping robot "mechs." Then there's this: the alien leaders are especially interested in teenagers, whom they seize and enslave by fusing living, spine-like "harnesses" to the kids' backs. Tom knows that one of the captured teens is his son, and he devotes much of his energy to rescuing the boy. But what neither he nor anyone else can figure out is exactly what the aliens' agenda might be, and it isn't until the 10th and final episode (a cliffhanger, of course), when the "2nd Mass" (i.e., Tom and Weaver's Boston-based militia) are ready to launch an all-out attack on the invaders, that we finally get some clarity.

Falling Skies has plenty going for it: good acting, some intriguing story ideas, nice (if limited) effects. What it doesn't have is much action (a fight scene between Tom and a skitter is an exception), or the kind of ramped-up tension one expects from a project with Spielberg's name attached. Episodes tend to be talky and somewhat dull; earnest conversation about the future of humanity and the importance of sticking together in the face of impending disaster is all well and good, but a few extra dollops of excitement (something Spielberg provided in his 2005 version of War of the Worlds) would have helped. Here's hoping for bigger and better in season two. --Sam Graham

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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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145 of 173 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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55 of 65 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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110 of 142 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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78 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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The first episodes drew me in, and I stuck with it longer than should have (to the first episode in second series). It gets worse and worse. Don't get sucked in like I did! RUN AWAY!

It becomes clear that this is geared for young adolescent males. It is a 15 year old boy's fantasy. A teen boy and his dad are the focus. They shoot guns, play war together, bond, never bathe, strike rugged poses, walk through a vaguely war-torn suburbia (war-torn for the most part is over-grown bushes and litter). The girls are hot. Both love-interests for the teen-boy are blonde. One is girl-next-door, the other is trashy. They may have smudges of dirt here and there, but their pants are skin-tight and they walk like models. The main teen is, of course, a star lacrosse player.

Most of the first season takes place in a school building, a place every teen-boy would love to see shut down, then converted to a war headquarters so they could strut down the halls with an automatic weapon casually strapped to their chest.

As in a teen-boy's fantasy, there isn't much realism. More like convenience-ism. SO many plot holes. Really, the aliens use earth ammunition in their advanced weapons?

The high school biology lab is the hospital. It always has one or two patients at a time- usually the principal characters. The hot doctor in boots has no problem being grubby as she works on patients. They made one raid on a drug store and never seem to run out of medications after that.

Others have noted how hundreds of people in "the resistance" hang out in open fields, highways, public buildings with lit fires and all kinds of activities, yet the aliens with their superior technology can't see them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!!!
I am a big fan of the "What if?," genre. This story presents much of what we are familiar with with the twists presented by the differing alien life forms. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Richard Goodlette
3.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful scifi invasion movie.
My 9 year old loves this and it has pulled his parents in as well. The plot and reveals are usually pretty obvious and take a few episodes for the characters to see it, but it is... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by J. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars good show
liked the characters and story developement. never got boring. stock monster/aliens. for sci fi i thought it was really good.
Published 4 hours ago by SNELCAMP
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show in this genre
A bit dark, but that is to be expected.
Good stories, well developed characters and decent dialogue.
Worth the rent.
Published 7 hours ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and intense!
I was looking for a new Sci-Fi show to watch after finishing Fringe and Continuum and this show did not disappoint! Read more
Published 1 day ago by Phillip McCoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I watched three episodes and quit watching it. Concept of show is interesting. Maybe I need to give it more time to develop.
Published 2 days ago by T. Olszewski
4.0 out of 5 stars Invoking and well done
If you are looking for pure entertainment that has family values this fits the bill. On par with Under the Dome.
Published 2 days ago by Mark H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Skies Season 1
I was looking all over for this show. When I saw Amazon had it, I was elated. Then to see 3 seasons were available made my membership with Amazon worth while. :)
Published 2 days ago by Alena
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed It
I really liked the Season One. The show did a nice job of mixing today personal views with yesterdays patriotism. I have started season Two and I hope it is as fun as Season One.
Published 2 days ago by Jeff Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for yourself.
Totally loved it. Season 1 is good, season 2 is great but left on a cliffhanger so I now have season 3 on a pre order ....... It's going to be awesome.
Published 2 days ago by Selena
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