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Falling Skies 5 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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4.4 out of 5 stars (7,637) IMDb 7.2/10

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
Original air date:
August 7, 2011

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Season 1
1. Two-Hour Series Premiere - Part 1: "Live and Learn"

The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet's remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers.

CC TV-14 June 18, 2011 42 minutes
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2. Two-Hour Series Premiere - Part 2: "The Armory"

While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts' weapons.

CC TV-14 June 18, 2011 41 minutes
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3. Prisoner of War

Dr. Michael Harris (guest star Steven Weber - Happy Town) joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens.

CC TV-14 June 25, 2011 40 minutes
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4. Grace

Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location.

CC TV-14 July 2, 2011 41 minutes
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5. Silent Kill

Hal comes up with a risky new plan to rescue captured teenagers from the aliens, but it might require putting someone at risk.

CC TV-14 July 9, 2011 41 minutes
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6. Sanctuary, Part 1

Lt. Terry Clayton (guest star Henry Czerny - The Tudors) of the 7th Mass arrives with word that the aliens are on their way to attack the 2nd Mass.

CC TV-14 July 16, 2011 41 minutes
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7. Sanctuary, Part 2

Hal takes the lead fighting an unexpected threat against the children of the 2nd Mass.

CC TV-14 July 23, 2011 41 minutes
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8. What Hides Beneath

The 2nd Mass. prepares to take the fight to the invaders with an assault on one of their bases.

CC TV-14 July 30, 2011 41 minutes
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9. Mutiny

As the 2nd Mass. prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart. Tom has difficulty processing the profound implications of Anne's latest discovery.

CC TV-14 August 6, 2011 41 minutes
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10. Eight Hours

With Weaver leading several squads of fighters against the aliens, Tom remains behind to help protect the civilians as they evacuate. But a major breach in security endangers both the soldiers and the civilians. Tom is confronted with a decision that may lead him to discovering what the aliens want with the captured teenagers, humankind and the planet.

CC TV-14 August 6, 2011 39 minutes
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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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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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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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I like the show but the writing is a little inconsistent and rehashed from other shows. How many times can you have some one Just run out and start yelling because they are emotional? Heat sources attract the airships like when they threw down some flares and it attracted an attack but every night they have fires in barrels to keep warm? they are on the run but manage to turn the generator on at a hospital so now all the lights are on and can be seen for miles? Same argument every show between the captain and tom. captain wants to do it one way but tom doesnt so they argue and end up doing it toms way. alot of these little details occur every episode and it becomes more and more noticeable.
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