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Falling Skies 5 Seasons 2011

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4.4 out of 5 stars (8,658) 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.

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Noah Wyle, Drew Roy

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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 18, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: June 18, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: June 25, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 2, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 9, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 16, 2011
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7. Sanctuary, Part 2

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

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 23, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 30, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: August 6, 2011
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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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 39 minutes Release date: August 6, 2011
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 18, 2011
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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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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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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In case of alien invasion here are a few things you should not do:

1) accidentally knock tiles off a roof during a reconnaissance mission;
2) twitch, look around, gawk, gape, and make a host of extraneous, LOUD movements, in other words, do everything possible to get discovered, when the enemy is passing by where you are lurking in a ditch;
3) send a dog out for reconnaissance and then stand in the middle of the road calling after him when the enemy emerges to kill him;
4) trust a guy like Pope on a mission to pick up motorcycles,
5) and THEN turn your back on him while you are fiddling with key chains that your girlfriend might like;
6) trust a guy like Pope with bombs and RPG's;
7) run down the the middle of a street during a skirmish, screaming at the top of your lungs: "South Boston! South Boston!"
8) interrogate a prisoner with a gun in a language he probably can not understand, in a room alone, using flat 2 dimensional photographs of the earth, and sheet of a calculus homework in ENGLISH with Arabic numerals as visual aids. And then EXPECT a response that makes sense;
9) when the enemy does start to communicate, sever the connection immediately. (Okay so the "communication" was the guy's kid, still, probably better not to let the guy STOP the communication, why didn't anybody?);
10) stand in a doorway when brain-washed combatant human children approach with guns;
11) sit in a school bus playing chess during your watch shift until an alien arrives and shoots at you and then, shout at the top of my lungs "Parker! Parker!
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