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Madwelshboy
January 21st, 2010, 03:32 PM
TNT partners with Spielberg for alien-invasion TV series

Basic cable network TNT is going into the sci-fi business with Steven Spielberg and ER's Noah Wyle in an as-yet-untitled alien-invasion series set for 2011. The network has given the green light to 10 episodes of the new show, which will star Wyle, who has made a mark on TNT in the fantasy Librarian series of movies.

Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg (Syfy's Taken), and it was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move). Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) also stars.

The series takes place after an apocalyptic invasion of Earth and focuses on a ragtag group of survivors; Wyle plays a former teacher who finds himself caught up in the rebellion.

Following ABC's V, NBC's Day One and the canceled Invasion among similarly themed series, the TNT show will have a lot to live up to. Do you think it will?

Read more in the edited version of TNT's announcement:
http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/tnt-partners-with-spielbe.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

SaberBlade
January 21st, 2010, 03:45 PM
If Spielberg just "co-conceived" the idea, my interest in this would fail a lot. Not too fond of the idea, survivors on an apocalyptic Earth. Definitely need more news.

Replicator Todd
January 21st, 2010, 03:45 PM
Hmmm, well it is Steven Speilberg. TNT has shown the Speilberg movies Minority Report and War of the Worlds quite often so I assume there is a audience (maybe not the best example). So, if this isn't successful I will be surprised.

the fifth man
January 21st, 2010, 07:48 PM
I will probably at least give this a shot. There is no harm in that.

maneth
January 22nd, 2010, 03:29 AM
Hmmm. I'm not convinced yet. It could be good, but it could also fail abysmally.

Sp!der
January 23rd, 2010, 04:09 AM
isnt spielberg done with alien invasion?

Replicator Todd
January 23rd, 2010, 11:09 AM
isnt spielberg done with alien invasion?

Apparently not. :P

Madwelshboy
July 2nd, 2010, 01:49 AM
TNT’s Official Description For Falling Skies

Here’s that description:

FALLING SKIES is an exciting new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies) stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) will play a recurring role as a fierce resistance fighter. FALLING SKIES is slated to premiere in 2011.

http://www.ksitetv.com/tnts-official-description-for-falling-skies/


15 images for Falling Skies

http://ksitetv.com/falling/fallingskies1.htm

magictrick
July 2nd, 2010, 11:33 AM
Another end of the world/ invasion series? Has to be something special to be successful, this has been done and redone too many times.

knowles2
July 3rd, 2010, 06:16 AM
Might be good.
I just hope we get a original alien design, an something that is really alien.

There has not been a alien invasion story lately that had the chance to complete its story. They end way before there stories are finish an usually just when they are about to become interesting. Like Invasion.
Hope it better than V it should not be to hard to achieve through.

The pictures on the link above, show to me that this may have the scale to succeed.

It seem to show a travelling convoy which could be a interesting idea to have, instead of having it all base in one city or town.

mr_kennedy
July 3rd, 2010, 08:07 AM
I already watch V which isnt post-apocalyptic but its about alien invasion, unless V gets cancelled after season 2 i think ill pass

I never watched NBC's Day One and im not going to watch this just because Spielberg is attatched it has to have something quite unique for me to watch it

Madwelshboy
July 15th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Falling Skies - Pilot - New Promotional Photos featuring Moon Bloodgood

http://www.spoilertv.com/2010/07/falling-skies-pilot-new-promotional.html

knowles2
July 18th, 2010, 03:30 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1462059/

one of the comments claim to have seen the pilot episode. Not sure if that reliable. But I do like the sound of it.
A brick of C4 to take down a alien, I am cool with that. Mechs, an aliens that looks like a ant only more vicious, I am very cool with that.
If this true an accurate then I think I am gonna love this series.
Aliens controling kids to do there evil deeds, I am all up for that, that could be a pretty sad event especially if the parents have to kill them.

A child reacting the war, sound like something out of Spielberg book.

Madwelshboy
July 23rd, 2010, 11:52 PM
Sarah Carter joins TNT's 'Falling Skies'

Sarah Carter has reportedly joined the upcoming TNT/DreamWorks series Falling Skies.

The Shark actress has signed to play a motorcycle gang member in the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series.

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/news/a249333/sarah-carter-joins-tnts-falling-skies.html

Madwelshboy
July 25th, 2010, 12:53 AM
SDCC 10: Falling Skies Attacks Comic-Con

Terminator Salvation's Moon Bloodgood and ER's Noah Wyle took the stage to provide significant Q & A for their new sci-fi show on TNT, Falling Skies, which made its debut at Comic-Con today.

continues:
http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/110/1107095p1.html

KEK
December 28th, 2010, 09:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe2Jvw5j5YE

Replicator Todd
December 28th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Cooooooooooool.

mr_kennedy
December 28th, 2010, 03:18 PM
WOW looks good

The Mighty 6 platoon
December 28th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Looks intresting. At the very least it will be nice to have a big budget scifi series on tv again.

the fifth man
December 28th, 2010, 06:57 PM
I will definitely be watching this when it premieres.

BayGateScape
December 29th, 2010, 06:31 PM
I'll probably watch, but I'm tired of this sort of concept.

1. Alien Invasion
2. Apocalyptic situation.

Need better stories :(

the fifth man
December 29th, 2010, 09:06 PM
I'll probably watch, but I'm tired of this sort of concept.

1. Alien Invasion
2. Apocalyptic situation.

Need better stories :(

It is a pretty basic concept. How good it ends up is in the execution.

Aerilon
January 1st, 2011, 03:12 AM
It looks good from what I've seen of the trailer, though it's more a survival story I think, than it is about an invasion. Think of the Walking Dead, but instead of zombies, we have aliens. :)

Steelbox
January 17th, 2011, 03:41 AM
I'm so anxious about this. I love post-apocaliptic series like Jeremiah.
There is also a trailer and short comic book:
http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/;jsessionid=F3F52232AF14FD55D89CF381AA4880A1?cid=75702

Homer 120
January 17th, 2011, 06:27 AM
Looks pretty sweet. Glad this isn't on SyFy i.e. looks like it has quite a big budget. Anyone know what the release date is? I know it's in Summer, but when? My guess would be May-June time.

RJLCyberPunk
January 18th, 2011, 09:16 AM
isnt spielberg done with alien invasion?

When did he said that? He after all has made his money with aliens or big toothed creatures from Encounters of the Third kind to the amazing miniseries Taken and from Jaws to Jurassic Park.

the fifth man
January 19th, 2011, 10:19 PM
When did he said that? He after all has made his money with aliens or big toothed creatures from Encounters of the Third kind to the amazing miniseries Taken and from Jaws to Jurassic Park.

Besides, he should stick with what he does best.

knowles2
January 27th, 2011, 02:41 PM
The trailer does look wicked, an I look forward to seeing which stories they will tackle in the future.

It already looking several times better than V ever looked.

I am not sure why everyone calling this unoriginal, I cannot recall a series which dealt with a full frontal assault by aliens before usually it all cloak an dagger stuff, like V, Earth Final Conflict, First Wave, Threshhold.

Although I could change my mind if Steven ever delivers on his promise of a sequel for Taken.

the fifth man
January 27th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Personally, I hope this show is as good as it looks. We can use all the good science fiction we can get on television.

knowles2
March 16th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Anyone been reading with the Fallen Skies comic on the TNT.

http://www.tnt.tv/series/fallingskies/webcomic/?oid=74248

The story line is sounding pretty good to me so far. Also found a website for Mass 2 that seems part of the show as well

http://2ndmass.com/

the fifth man
March 24th, 2011, 07:12 PM
I am really looking forward to this show. I really hope it ends up being a success.

Sp!der
March 25th, 2011, 10:30 AM
I think the Trailer looks awesome, and as much as I like Elizabeth Mitchell it looks better than V.

knowles2
March 25th, 2011, 01:23 PM
I think the Trailer looks awesome, and as much as I like Elizabeth Mitchell it looks better than V.
To be honest, from the clips I have seen in season two of V it not going to be hard to make this look better.

An Spielberg knows special effects as well and how to make a show look good.

VampyreWraith
March 27th, 2011, 07:16 PM
This looks good, I'm looking forward to it. :)

the fifth man
March 27th, 2011, 07:22 PM
It can't come soon enough for me. I am always looking for another good show to watch.

Sp!der
March 28th, 2011, 07:33 AM
It can't come soon enough for me. I am always looking for another good show to watch.

yes... I think these days there are very few real good shows out there so I hope Falling Skies will rock my tv...

LtColCarter
May 30th, 2011, 06:28 AM
I saw a preview for this when I went to see Thor this past weekend. I was surprised to see a TV show trailer in a movie theater. Looked pretty good.

KEK
May 30th, 2011, 06:32 AM
Pretty sure they ran the SGU trailer in theatres too.

pisces27
May 30th, 2011, 07:46 AM
I'm going to give it a try. It starts June 19th, 2 eps on that night. Colin Cunningham (Major Davis SGI) is also in it.

LtColCarter
May 30th, 2011, 10:48 AM
I'm going to give it a try. It starts June 19th, 2 eps on that night. Colin Cunningham (Major Davis SGI) is also in it.

I thought that was him in the preview. He just looks different with long hair.

the fifth man
May 30th, 2011, 06:51 PM
I thought that was him in the preview. He just looks different with long hair.

Hmm, I totally missed him.

LtColCarter
May 30th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Hmm, I totally missed him.

He has long hair in this show...and it was only a quick glimpse.

RJLCyberPunk
June 19th, 2011, 10:42 AM
It airs tonight! :D

Sp!der
June 19th, 2011, 11:05 AM
I am excited for this. Is it a finished mini series like taken or is it with an open end with hope for more seasons? With stories like this I would be fine with a mini series

Hyndara71
June 19th, 2011, 11:49 AM
I am excited for this. Is it a finished mini series like taken or is it with an open end with hope for more seasons? With stories like this I would be fine with a mini series

Check out the news on the GW-mainpage: Aubuchen would be exe if FS would make it to a second season *pets poor show*. So I would say there will be some form of an open end.

Tanith0709
June 19th, 2011, 07:16 PM
So is anyone watching this at the moment?

LtColCarter
June 19th, 2011, 07:22 PM
So is anyone watching this at the moment?

I already have two shows recording at 8:00pm cst on my DVR. So, I'm recording a later showing. I hope to watch it tomorrow.

blueray
June 19th, 2011, 08:08 PM
just finished watching. i'll put my comments in spoilers for those who haven't seen it.

they jumped right in to the action, which while is exciting not knowing who the characters are, makes it hard to care. the father trying to find his kid would be more emotional if you knew anything about him.

for the most part it was kind of predictable, they have a jerk military officer, a doctor who reminded me of wray (even though shes not a doctor), and your stereo typical hero (o'neill, shepherd), and the criminal who you know is going to end up helping them a lot down the road.

that being said it did hold my interest for the most part, and i definetly will be tuning in next week. i just can't help but wonder how long this show has before it gets cancelled (as it seems is the fate for most sci-fi shows today).

VampyreWraith
June 19th, 2011, 08:32 PM
I dvr'd it; planning on watching by tomorrow.

boxvic
June 20th, 2011, 01:08 AM
This draws a lot of parallels to the Walking Dead in my mind. It feels more like a movie than a TV show. It also seems, based on the initial two premier episodes, that each episode is going to be a "mission of the week" type episode with an underlying story that ties it all together. I actually like that. I don't like shows that are entirely one off episodes, or shows that are entirely arc based. I like a show that follows an arc, but can be easily watched over again in a stand alone format.

I'm also surprised at how much I like Noah Wyle in this... I hope I'm not the only one that got a slight "Malcolm Reynolds" vibe from him at times.

What I don't like is how cookie cutter most of the characters seem to be; they all fit into classic sci-fi molds. I mean in the end that isn't an entirely bad thing, because those molds were set for a reason, but I was kind of hoping for something entirely original. That said, as far as being a traditional sci-fi show Falling Skies seems pretty good. It combines the traditional sci-fi roles with the newer apocalyptic survival of humanity style; and it combines them very well.

I think this might be the show that most sci-fi fans have been waiting for. Even if you don't personally like it, it is the first true sci-fi show in recent memory that has what it takes to attract a wider audience. And even if it doesn't attract a wider audience, I like it.

Lahela
June 20th, 2011, 04:14 AM
Looking forward to watching this tomorrow (tonight is my watch of the last Game of Thrones ep). Reviews look good so far, from what I've read. High hopes. :)

Girlbot
June 20th, 2011, 05:57 AM
I watched this last night.
It deserves another look next week.
I haven't fully committed to it.

Perelandra
June 20th, 2011, 08:05 AM
just finished watching. i'll put my comments in spoilers for those who haven't seen it.

they jumped right in to the action, which while is exciting not knowing who the characters are, makes it hard to care. the father trying to find his kid would be more emotional if you knew anything about him.

for the most part it was kind of predictable, they have a jerk military officer, a doctor who reminded me of wray (even though shes not a doctor), and your stereo typical hero (o'neill, shepherd), and the criminal who you know is going to end up helping them a lot down the road.

that being said it did hold my interest for the most part, and i definetly will be tuning in next week. i just can't help but wonder how long this show has before it gets cancelled (as it seems is the fate for most sci-fi shows today).
I agree completley with your synopsis.
I did enjoy it,though. Yes, that is Colin Cunningham:)

pisces27
June 20th, 2011, 09:33 AM
It didn't blow me away like Walking Dead did but it was interesting enough, I'll tune in again next week.

I love Colin Cunningham's character, he spiced it up nicely. Noah Wyle did a good job.

I wonder when the ratings will be in.

OutandAboot
June 20th, 2011, 11:44 AM
I wonder when the ratings will be in.

Now

TNT's 'Falling Skies' Off To Strong Start
http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/tnts-falling-skies-off-to-strong-start/

The series starring Noah Wyle drew 5.9 million viewers for its 9-11 PM opener to become the most-watched cable premiere since TNT's Rizzoli & Isles (7.6 million) last summer, outpacing the October debut of AMC's The Walking Dead (5.3 million).

LoneStar1836
June 20th, 2011, 11:56 AM
Nice that it got good ratings. Hope they don't drop off too much.

I enjoyed it for what it was. It wasn't spectacular but entertaining enough that I'll stick with it to see where it goes with the story.

major davis
June 20th, 2011, 12:13 PM
Wow. More than I thought.

KEK
June 20th, 2011, 01:02 PM
I enjoyed it, wasn't blown away, but I'm looking forward to the next episode. So far on what little I've seen, I'm liking it better than The Walking Dead and a lot better than V.

KEK
June 20th, 2011, 01:08 PM
On a side note, a two hour pilot with different names for each half? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

blueray
June 20th, 2011, 02:03 PM
On a side note, a two hour pilot with different names for each half? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

unlike most two parters of shows, there was a distinct ending to the first part, which makes me think that they were different episodes.

KEK
June 20th, 2011, 03:16 PM
I think most shows do that these days, they usually keep one name for both though.

The Mighty 6 platoon
June 20th, 2011, 04:02 PM
It was good, entertaining scifi gun porn. Not brilliant, I thought everyone was perhaps a little too cheery for what is essentially a post apocalypse situation, their child actors certainly aren't as good as other shows like Game of Thrones, and their cgi, while it isn't horrible was distinctly average. Still as I said it was entraining and I remember reading a review on io9 a little while back that said the show picks up a lot several episodes in, so I'm going to stick with. Worth it just to see Colin Cunningham in a good role.

the fifth man
June 20th, 2011, 08:26 PM
I thought this was a very good premiere. I can definitely see myself getting into this show. I really hope it does well.

mr_kennedy
June 20th, 2011, 09:53 PM
I quite Enjoyed it, im going to continue watching :)

Starsaber
June 21st, 2011, 07:16 AM
I think most shows do that these days, they usually keep one name for both though.

Well, BSG season 3 did the same thing. Maybe they didn't expect it to be a 2 hour premiere when writing, then TNT decided to air the first two episodes together as a special premiere event.

I know BSG did the same thing at the start of Season 3.0

VampyreWraith
June 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
I liked it a lot, I found it entertaining. :) I'm glad it got good ratings for its premiere. I know it was really heavily advertised(I don't watch much tv and I saw several commercials for it), so a lot of viewers may have just tuned in out of curiosity, hopefully it doesn't drop too much in ratings, and that enough viewers liked it enough to want to watch it next week. :)

mr_kennedy
June 21st, 2011, 07:21 AM
I liked it a lot, I found it entertaining. :) I'm glad it got good ratings for its premiere. I know it was really heavily advertised(I don't watch much tv and I saw several commercials for it), so a lot of viewers may have just tuned in out of curiosity, hopefully it doesn't drop too much in ratings, and that enough viewers liked it enough to want to watch it next week. :)

Lets hope but ive seen a few people bashing it on the other sites so i think its bound to lose some numbers :(

LtColCarter
June 21st, 2011, 08:25 AM
Hmmm...I had high hopes for the show, but each time I tried to watch the DVRed show...I fell asleep. I made 3 attempts and finally said enough. I just don't know what was off, I just couldn't make it through the first episode and this was at 2:00 in the afternoon!

TheRandomOne
June 21st, 2011, 08:36 AM
Does anyone know if this will be on Amazon / Hulu ?

Snookie16
June 21st, 2011, 12:06 PM
I really enjoyed it...have watched the pilot 2 times already. And next weeks episode looks good too. :) I hope TNT keeps this one. Loved Colin Cunningham as the psycho ex-con what a good role for him. According to my dad they did well with the Boston geopgraphy (he's from there and he would have nitpicked if they didn't). Hopefully the ratings will stay high.

MediaSavant
June 21st, 2011, 12:57 PM
Not amazing, but very watchable.

It really livened up when they introduced the bad guy ex-con. I didn't know who the actor was but the character had lots of charisma.

I was shocked when I found out it was Colin Cunningham and I should have recognized him from Stargate. It's really a break-out role for him.

blueray
June 21st, 2011, 01:14 PM
Not amazing, but very watchable.

It really livened up when they introduced the bad guy ex-con. I didn't know who the actor was but the character had lots of charisma.

I was shocked when I found out it was Colin Cunningham and I should have recognized him from Stargate. It's really a break-out role for him.

the whole time he was on screen i was trying to figure out where i knew him from. then i saw that he was in stargate :)

the fifth man
June 21st, 2011, 06:13 PM
Not amazing, but very watchable.

It really livened up when they introduced the bad guy ex-con. I didn't know who the actor was but the character had lots of charisma.

I was shocked when I found out it was Colin Cunningham and I should have recognized him from Stargate. It's really a break-out role for him.

Definitely a different role for him, isn't it? Nice to see him though.

Skywise
June 21st, 2011, 06:37 PM
Okay, here's the deal. Alien invasion, with the skitters coming down in the mud with us lowly humans makes no sense. If you can build interstellar spaceships, robots, etc..., you don't fight upstart monkeys with machine guns. You'd do something like nukes from orbit, intelligent viruses, drop asteroids on us until we were dead, almost anything other than climb down here with us and our kinetic weapons. So, what's going on? My guess is they are something from much closer home, future humans from a dying Earth maybe. The 'aliens' might not be the skitters at all, they might be in the mechs. If they are the skitters, my guess is they are genetically modified humans clinging to life on the future poluted or plague-ridden Earth and have come back here to stop us from destroying the planet. Makes a lot more sense than suicidal aliens coming many light years to fight with monkeys.

RJLCyberPunk
June 22nd, 2011, 05:12 AM
Okay, here's the deal. Alien invasion, with the skitters coming down in the mud with us lowly humans makes no sense. If you can build interstellar spaceships, robots, etc..., you don't fight upstart monkeys with machine guns. You'd do something like nukes from orbit, intelligent viruses, drop asteroids on us until we were dead, almost anything other than climb down here with us and our kinetic weapons. So, what's going on? My guess is they are something from much closer home, future humans from a dying Earth maybe. The 'aliens' might not be the skitters at all, they might be in the mechs. If they are the skitters, my guess is they are genetically modified humans clinging to life on the future poluted or plague-ridden Earth and have come back here to stop us from destroying the planet. Makes a lot more sense than suicidal aliens coming many light years to fight with monkeys.

It depends on what the end game is, if the end game was extermination then yes your way would be the way to go, but who says it is? Just asking...

The Mighty 6 platoon
June 22nd, 2011, 06:43 AM
Okay, here's the deal. Alien invasion, with the skitters coming down in the mud with us lowly humans makes no sense. If you can build interstellar spaceships, robots, etc..., you don't fight upstart monkeys with machine guns. You'd do something like nukes from orbit, intelligent viruses, drop asteroids on us until we were dead, almost anything other than climb down here with us and our kinetic weapons. So, what's going on? My guess is they are something from much closer home, future humans from a dying Earth maybe. The 'aliens' might not be the skitters at all, they might be in the mechs. If they are the skitters, my guess is they are genetically modified humans clinging to life on the future poluted or plague-ridden Earth and have come back here to stop us from destroying the planet. Makes a lot more sense than suicidal aliens coming many light years to fight with monkeys.
They've already nuked most the major cities, and killed a large percentage, if not the majority of the population, as well as destroying any large build up of military units, that's already established early in the show. It's also shown when a resistance group get hold of heavy weapons, they get nuked, we actually see that at the start of the first episode.

The whole "future human" thing doesn't really hold up then, because the aliens have done a lot of damage to the planet. The reason why they are now fighting the humans on the ground is because it seems they want the children, and you can't get at them when you've burnt them to a cinder. :P

LtColCarter
June 22nd, 2011, 09:08 AM
Definitely a different role for him, isn't it? Nice to see him though.

Very different role, but it was very good to see him. I plan on trying to watch the pilot one more time when it airs on Friday. I hope I don't fall asleep this time! ;)

Skywise
June 22nd, 2011, 03:51 PM
It doesn't make sense from an alien invasion perspective. Why take children as slaves when you have robots? Why take children to use up and spend the trouble to fix them? And why did the series preview allude to how human the skitters look internally? No, they are related to us in some way, either by a common future or possibly genetic engineering to fit on Earth. That might make some sense, take the kids for breeding stock. But again, think about it, a human male carries millions of sperm. You don't need the whole person, just a test tube. Ditto with eggs from females. Why children, it has to be a grander scheme involving saving us from ourselves.

VampyreWraith
June 22nd, 2011, 04:18 PM
I would think that humans from the future wouldn't want to go back in time and wipe out their (possible)ancestors.

the fifth man
June 22nd, 2011, 07:26 PM
I would think that humans from the future wouldn't want to go back in time and wipe out their (possible)ancestors.

While I do agree with that, I do think that there is some connection between them and us. We shall see.

Commander Zelix
June 22nd, 2011, 07:42 PM
Fun series thus far. The storylines will probably be more interesting and offer better diversity than the Walking Dead (both series were in pre-production at the same time) since the enemies are not one dimensional zombies but aliens which can be fleshed out or not depending on the writers orientation. So it gives the writers a bit more storylines possibilities.

VampyreWraith
June 22nd, 2011, 08:26 PM
While I do agree with that, I do think that there is some connection between them and us. We shall see.


I can see there being some kind of connection, but I just don't really see it being future humans going back in time in order to save the planet, and save us from ourselves by nuking the planet, killing large portions of the population, and turning any children they find into what looks like mindless zombies. They haven't gone into what exactly is up with the kids so far, so who knows. :)

Lahela
June 22nd, 2011, 10:41 PM
It was enjoyable - I've always liked Noah Wyle, and Colin Cunningham was just bloody brilliant. The characters are, for the most part, cookie-cutter stereotypes, but they're watchable enough. Looking forward to seeing where they take the story.

The Mighty 6 platoon
June 23rd, 2011, 07:26 AM
It doesn't make sense from an alien invasion perspective. Why take children as slaves when you have robots? Why take children to use up and spend the trouble to fix them? And why did the series preview allude to how human the skitters look internally? No, they are related to us in some way, either by a common future or possibly genetic engineering to fit on Earth. That might make some sense, take the kids for breeding stock. But again, think about it, a human male carries millions of sperm. You don't need the whole person, just a test tube. Ditto with eggs from females. Why children, it has to be a grander scheme involving saving us from ourselves.
Whether or not the aliens desire for the children is bad writing, your idea is hardly better. In fact it's worse, if they're from the "future" and here to save us then they're doing a piss poor job. Not unless you're idea of being saved is having all major cities wiped out, and the remaining population rounded up into camps for easy nuking by the aliens as well.

The aliens seem to treat the children as a resource, not as something that needs saving. Yes they try and obtain as many as possible, but when it becomes too much bother, as when one resistance group breaks out heavy weapons at the start of the first episode, they have no compunction about nuking them and moving on.

The aliens use the children for something, though in my mind it seems to be more to do with the mechs, as the children seem to follow them around and they are bi pedal, unlike the skitters. As for the preview, it's a preview, they are often misleading, and that line seems to be a voiceover they may have quite possibly lifted from another scene or even episode.

The whole "future humans" thing takes the show in a completely different direction, away from the alien invasion theme that is present, towards time travel and environmental damage, and rather closer to the other series Spielberg has in development, Terra Nova. Since a major theme in that show is time travel and humans from the future trying to save civilisation from an over polluted planet, I doubt Spielberg would develop two series that would end up having such close central premises.

Fun series thus far. The storylines will probably be more interesting and offer better diversity than the Walking Dead (both series were in pre-production at the same time) since the enemies are not one dimensional zombies but aliens which can be fleshed out or not depending on the writers orientation. So it gives the writers a bit more storylines possibilities.
Possibly, but The Walking Dead has the advantage of much better writers like Frank Darabont, a bigger budget and being on AMC, so it's allowed to be much more darker and daring. And on a more subjective note, I think the actors were better on the Walking Dead as well.

As it is though I think they're strengths lie in different areas. Falling Skies is best when it's focused on the fight against the aliens, the more military scenes are where it's strongest, and I found the character drama often fell flat on its face. By contrast, the Walking Dead may not be able to have much variety with zombies, but it is more of a character focused show anyway. The zombies are the backdrop, but more often it is the conflict between the character and the group dynamic that is the most interesting thing.

Snookie16
June 23rd, 2011, 08:31 AM
Not amazing, but very watchable.

It really livened up when they introduced the bad guy ex-con. I didn't know who the actor was but the character had lots of charisma.

I was shocked when I found out it was Colin Cunningham and I should have recognized him from Stargate. It's really a break-out role for him.

I knew it was cunningham from the previews...great to see a fine actor in a nice breakout and rather "main stream" (from the viewpoint of being on TNT) role. Maybe we will see a lot more of the actor in other roles. :)

I found the characters very LIKEABLE unlike the characters of that other show which shall remain nameless. Being able to root for a good guy matters to me in a tv show. when i watch show with only the hope that everyone dies- i prefer to move on. :)

there are many questions to be answered about the skitters, the mechs, and the children. i have my own theory based in part on the preview for next week, but I am interested in how the show will develope. TNT has done some really good shows- Rizzoli & Isles and the Closer to name just two. :)

edit- they changed the spoilers tag- rats.

knowles2
June 23rd, 2011, 09:39 AM
I am looking forward to watching this next week, all three episodes that will be out by then. It sound pretty good.

magictrick
June 23rd, 2011, 09:45 PM
Just watched the first episode. I'm hoping there's a grander purpose to the invasion that will be slowly revealed. Assuming that taking children and mind controlling them has a large part to play in the endgame plan.

Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead. I don't think this was as good, but I see the potential. I also hope the characters won't continue to be as one-dimensional as the pilot portrayed them to be.

I did not get any O'neill, Sheppard or Reynolds vibe from Noah Wyle's character. Those are military characters and he's just a civilian who's thrown into the situation. He's going to end up combining his smarts with the military part he's picking up. If anything he's a John Crichton minus the craziness.

Rosehawk
June 23rd, 2011, 09:54 PM
It doesn't make sense from an alien invasion perspective. Why take children as slaves when you have robots? Why take children to use up and spend the trouble to fix them? And why did the series preview allude to how human the skitters look internally? No, they are related to us in some way, either by a common future or possibly genetic engineering to fit on Earth. That might make some sense, take the kids for breeding stock. But again, think about it, a human male carries millions of sperm. You don't need the whole person, just a test tube. Ditto with eggs from females. Why children, it has to be a grander scheme involving saving us from ourselves.
Maybe they use the children as incubators or somehow the children are transformed into skitters?

Lahela
June 24th, 2011, 12:43 AM
I'm guessing the children are somehow part of the mech's construction, kind of like the Cybermen. It would fit with the bipedal thing.

LtColCarter
June 24th, 2011, 04:56 AM
Ok...its re-airing tonight. I'm planning on watching it (or at least attempting to).

the fifth man
June 24th, 2011, 07:53 PM
Ok...its re-airing tonight. I'm planning on watching it (or at least attempting to).

I am glad you are going to give it another shot.

LtColCarter
June 24th, 2011, 10:45 PM
I am glad you are going to give it another shot.

Its recorded. So, now after some sleep...I'll watch it in the morning.

mr_kennedy
June 25th, 2011, 04:07 AM
I'm guessing the children are somehow part of the mech's construction, kind of like the Cybermen. It would fit with the bipedal thing.

I have a theory that the species that invaded earth was originally looked like us, but somehow mutated into what we saw in the premier, maybe the children are the most compatible with those mechanised weapons

kind of far fetched i know, but this is a sci fi show with steven spielberg attached

Commander Zelix
June 25th, 2011, 04:53 AM
kind of far fetched i know, but this is a sci fi show with steven spielberg attached
I may be wrong but I'm not sure he's the kind of "writers" with that kind of plot twists. But your theory may as well be true (since he's not the only one involved in the show).

mr_kennedy
June 25th, 2011, 04:56 AM
I may be wrong but I'm not sure he's the kind of "writers" with that kind of plot twists. But your theory may as well be true (since he's not the only one involved in the show).

Nevertheless I look forward to seeing if im right or wrong :)

The Mighty 6 platoon
June 25th, 2011, 07:54 AM
I may be wrong but I'm not sure he's the kind of "writers" with that kind of plot twists. But your theory may as well be true (since he's not the only one involved in the show).

I believe that he serves as executive producer on the show, and the writing is done by other people, such as Robert Rodat (who wrote Saving Private Ryan amount other things). However the various press relases about the show do state that Spielberg helped co create the concept of the show with Rodat, although how much participation that actually means is anyone's guess. He could have helped plot out the central ideas and arcs of the show, or just simply have said "hey lets make an alien invasion show", your guess is as good as mine.

LtColCarter
June 25th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Well, I did it! I stayed awake and watched it! ;) It was ok. It wasn't by any means a "blow my socks" off type of show. I'll see what happens tomorrow.

Snookie16
June 25th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Just watched the first episode. I'm hoping there's a grander purpose to the invasion that will be slowly revealed. Assuming that taking children and mind controlling them has a large part to play in the endgame plan.

Reminded me a lot of The Walking Dead. I don't think this was as good, but I see the potential. I also hope the characters won't continue to be as one-dimensional as the pilot portrayed them to be.

I did not get any O'neill, Sheppard or Reynolds vibe from Noah Wyle's character. Those are military characters and he's just a civilian who's thrown into the situation. He's going to end up combining his smarts with the military part he's picking up. If anything he's a John Crichton minus the craziness.

he struck me more as later-season's Daniel Jackson-- bookish, geeky, but learning to be a soldier. (i think some call the character Action Jackson at that point in the series. )

blueray
June 25th, 2011, 06:48 PM
he struck me more as later-season's Daniel Jackson-- bookish, geeky, but learning to be a soldier. (i think some call the character Action Jackson at that point in the series. )

he did remind me of later seasons daniel. he still knows his books and nerdy stuff but can kick ass!

the fifth man
June 25th, 2011, 10:18 PM
he struck me more as later-season's Daniel Jackson-- bookish, geeky, but learning to be a soldier. (i think some call the character Action Jackson at that point in the series. )

Yeah, I can kind of see that.

Cairistiona
June 26th, 2011, 12:20 AM
Watched it yesterday. It had this 'I think I've seen this somewhere' feeling, but it was ok, and I'll go on watching, I'm curious about what they are doing with the children.

LtColCarter
June 26th, 2011, 06:51 AM
Watched it yesterday. It had this 'I think I've seen this somewhere' feeling, but it was ok, and I'll go on watching, I'm curious about what they are doing with the children.

You're right...there was a movie where aliens attached a creature like that. I can't remember the name of the movie, but in the movie it wasn't only children who had the thing attached to their necks.

Rosehawk
June 26th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Gotta say tonights episode is pretty good!

RJLCyberPunk
June 26th, 2011, 09:18 PM
You're right...there was a movie where aliens attached a creature like that. I can't remember the name of the movie, but in the movie it wasn't only children who had the thing attached to their necks.

Wasn't it the Puppet masters or something like that?

Anyway pretty darn good episode, they obviously use the children as cheap slave labor, cheap enough to kill a bunch of them just to make a point. The skitters only growl so they do not seem to have an spoken language, so they have to be telepathic or something like that. I want to see if they are able to save the children or if they are a lost cause.

Does anyone think that Maggie is still alive and what could the skitters want with her? That's a definite change in tactic since so far they had killed anybody older than 13 period

Rosehawk
June 26th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Wasn't it the Puppet masters or something like that?

Anyway pretty darn good episode, they obviously use the children as cheap slave labor, cheap enough to kill a bunch of them just to make a point. The skitters only growl so they do not seem to have an spoken language, so they have to be telepathic or something like that. I want to see if they are able to save the children or if they are a lost cause.

Well at the end, the alien opened his eyes and they had a dramatic shot with the kid they brought back and his eyes...like a connection was made between the two so I suspect we may know more about any telepahtic connection next week.


Does anyone think that Maggie is still alive and what could the skitters want with her? That's a definite change in tactic since so far they had killed anybody older than 13 period
Do you mean Karen, Tom's son's girlfriend?
so far I think she is still alive, if anything the writers are going to want to do something dramatic with Tom, his son and her.

DigiFluid
June 26th, 2011, 11:21 PM
I find this show can be a bit hard to watch mainly because this is pretty much the most inept resistance group I've ever seen in a show/movie.

Esquin
June 27th, 2011, 02:26 AM
I find this show can be a bit hard to watch mainly because this is pretty much the most inept resistance group I've ever seen in a show/movie.

How do you mean?

Also I heard an interesting comment from someone about this show. That they were waiting for the "hook" the thing that makes it different from other invasion shows. I think the hook is that it doesn't have one. V was all about subtle invasions, as was Earth Final Conflict and plenty of others have their own little twists. This is exactly what it is, a show about humanity fighting a war against an invading race. Nothing going on in the background that will change everything. I like that, it's refreshing to find a show that isn't afraid to just put all it's cards on the table and not try to keep some mystery just for the sake of having a mystery.

Not saying they can't introduce new things, the aliens, the war, the reasons for the invasion. All that is good stuff that I hope gets revealed as time goes on. But there doesn't need to be some big thing like "Oh they were human all along" or some junk like that. Anyway thats all.

KEK
June 27th, 2011, 02:29 AM
I find this show can be a bit hard to watch mainly because this is pretty much the most inept resistance group I've ever seen in a show/movie.

More inept than the guys in V? I agree many of the fighters are idiots at times, but I don't believe it's to the point of breaking believability. I'm guessing many if not most of the ones we've seen are just civilians that have been handed a gun.

Commander Zelix
June 27th, 2011, 06:35 AM
You're right...there was a movie where aliens attached a creature like that. I can't remember the name of the movie, but in the movie it wasn't only children who had the thing attached to their necks.
What do you mean? Invasion of the body snatcher? That's a classic. Ultimate paranoid sci-fi.

Ok episode. Nothing spectacular, but it's always fun to have scripted TV shows that are not sitcom or cop drama (which I like). I think sci-fi fans tend to nitpick their sci-fi shows and movie on the internet too much. But in general, I would hope to have some great more episodic sci-fi instead of the constant battling for survival serialized format. Those type of serialized shows episodes almost all become one of the same after a few episodes. I prefer diversity in my plots, adventures, explorations, more imagination.

When you watch a show like SG1 or Star Trek TNG or Fringe, etc, you don't know what the next episode will be about. In those shows, its always the same thing. "I lost my wife/child, sniff sniff". You will say that an episode like Fringe and even SG1 and TNG to some degree has some serialized elements. Its true, but it's ok that way, it's the perfect balance. Between diversified plots and serialized elements.

The only shows that did serialized format right was Lost because there were many mysteries and plot twists. It wasn't just a long season long episode about people crying about their lost ones and surviving. There was a whole mythology behind it (even if the ending would have needed more work). Its the mystery that was driving it for me.

blueray
June 27th, 2011, 07:53 AM
watched the ep yesterday, i liked it though it wasn't anything super exciting. its interesting that they captured one alive, not sure if that was such a great idea. and i have to say the ending with the kids eyes open felt like lost. overall held my interest.

LoneStar1836
June 27th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Last night's was okay, but I'm hoping it gets better. Don't like some of the writing or a number of the actors. Most of the actors just aren't compelling so neither are their characters. Right now Noah Wyle is carrying the show for me. And CC if they give him more to do.

As far as the writing goes, I hate to nitpick this early on but where could they have possibly gotten chicken at this point in time. Much less enough to feed 300 people. You're not going to be feeding chicken to the prisoner who tried to kill some of your people. He'd be the last one to get anything but rice. They need to kill off a bunch of those people or leave them behind or something to get rid of most of them, because logistically they should be too easy to find and too hard to feed.

RJLCyberPunk
June 27th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Last night's was okay, but I'm hoping it gets better. Don't like some of the writing or a number of the actors. Most of the actors just aren't compelling so neither are their characters. Right now Noah Wyle is carrying the show for me. And CC if they give him more to do.

As far as the writing goes, I hate to nitpick this early on but where could they have possibly gotten chicken at this point in time. Much less enough to feed 300 people. You're not going to be feeding chicken to the prisoner who tried to kill some of your people. He'd be the last one to get anything but rice. They need to kill off a bunch of those people or leave them behind or something to get rid of most of them, because logistically they should be too easy to find and too hard to feed.

They could have killed a few chickens for fresh meat. Why the hell not? And as for the rest I'm glad you do not run FEMA!!!!

knowles2
June 27th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I watched the first 3 episodes. I think the story is alright and I did not mind the acting or the characters.

It was the editing and the flow of the story in each episode it did not work for me, the episode seem to lack structure. I expect better from a project which has Spielberg as a guiding hand. May be it will improve as time goes on.


The thing that really annoy me is that they seem to have backed away from scenes which could have been made so much more power full and could have had a bigger impact impact on the audience than it actually did . such as the children being killed.

My favourite character so far is the leader of that gang they are keeping prisoner. He has the most dept to any of the character shown so far. An I am pretty sure he know more about the aliens than any of the current resistance fighters.

I did like the look of the alien and the mech it nice to have proper aliens on a show and ones which are not bipedal (may be they using the scrap metal to build there mechs)
Of cause the show introduce several mysteries, what the towers, why do the aliens keep the children alive (my own theory is that there something in a adult brain that prevent them from taking control of a human but so they are targeting children so that they can take complete control of there brains before they grow into adults, I expect to see children use as weapons sooner or later against the more annoying parts of the human resistence). What did they want with Maggie. Where did there mother ships go. Why are they here. To me there something suspicious about the doctor as well.


They could have killed a few chickens for fresh meat. Why the hell not?

Well the fact that chickens produce eggs may be a valid reason for not eating them. An as long as they are fed they will keep producing eggs. which would provide more protein in the long term.


As far as the writing goes, I hate to nitpick this early on but where could they have possibly gotten chicken at this point in time. Much less enough to feed 300 people. You're not going to be feeding chicken to the prisoner who tried to kill some of your people. He'd be the last one to get anything but rice.

It the civilians that seem to control the food and who gets it, a point made by the doctor, and it a old couple who seem to be looking out for him, they convince the commander to let him help in the kitchen. They are also cooking in bulk, everyone gets the same meal, it quicker and easier to cook like that than to make a seperate meal for a single person just to punished him. An I am betting the current resistance commander would do exactly the same if he could gain a weapon to use against the aliens, so I personally do not blame him for his actions.


More inept than the guys in V? I agree many of the fighters are idiots at times, but I don't believe it's to the point of breaking believability. I'm guessing many if not most of the ones we've seen are just civilians that have been handed a gun.To me they look perfectly believable and acted believably. Just look at how inept the Libyans fighters were when they were trying to overthrow Gadaffis forces, compare to those the 2nd Mas look like a professionally trained army.



I find this show can be a bit hard to watch mainly because this is pretty much the most inept resistance group I've ever seen in a show/movin army that been waging war for years.


I got to say nobody can be more inept than the resistance fighters in the modern V, and they has train FBI agents, Mercenairies, and several Vs helping them. These guy have got one general was preparing to retirement, one bloke who did 6 years in the army and left and who was place in the reserves. i say given there situation they are doing perfect fine. An I find it more strange if I sure them acting like special force guys killing aliens by the bucket load. How would you have them act.


The skitters only growl so they do not seem to have an spoken language, To me it sounded like they made a rage of different sounds and noises. Which suggest that they have some form of verbal communications. But they may no longer use this as there primary means of communications.

pisces27
June 27th, 2011, 04:14 PM
According to TVbythenumbers, ratings drop 25% for adults 18-49...not a good sign.

John Pope is now my favorite character.

the fifth man
June 27th, 2011, 06:35 PM
I really enjoyed last night's episode. I hope that the ratings rebound a little bit.

mr_kennedy
June 28th, 2011, 04:20 AM
I really enjoyed last night's episode. I hope that the ratings rebound a little bit.

Me 2 i dont mind this show at all, and would like to see this show continue beyond season 1

Ian-S
June 28th, 2011, 07:30 AM
I went against better judgement and watched the first 3, quiet enjoyed it, especially the ninja cook, but tbh I can't see this lasting, it's like a TV series version of Battle LA, I hope they start ramping up the back stories a bit more.

I wonder if the skitter is going to use the kid to communicate?

Did anybody else get a Robocop 2 flashback on the alien machines?

All in though it was pretty good, I'll carry on watching :)

Commander Zelix
June 28th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Me 2 i dont mind this show at all, and would like to see this show continue beyond season 1
I've criticized the general state of Sci-fi shows above a bit. But this show is certainly on my must watch list, which is a good thing compared to 80% of what else is on TV (my only saving grace is that I love cop/detective shows).

I'm entertained by it and have fun watching it.

LoneStar1836
June 28th, 2011, 11:15 AM
They could have killed a few chickens for fresh meat. Why the hell not? And as for the rest I'm glad you do not run FEMA!!!!Get a grip already. :rolleyes:

Yeah a few chickens is going to stretch to feed 300 hundred people. :rolleyes: If anything you'd hang on to them for eggs.

And I'm talking story wise knock off some of that group (as in the aliens discovering them) or find some reason to leave a bunch of them behind. Duh.



It the civilians that seem to control the food and who gets it, a point made by the doctor, and it a old couple who seem to be looking out for him, they convince the commander to let him help in the kitchen. They are also cooking in bulk, everyone gets the same meal, it quicker and easier to cook like that than to make a seperate meal for a single person just to punished him. An I am betting the current resistance commander would do exactly the same if he could gain a weapon to use against the aliens, so I personally do not blame him for his actions. I get that they are cooking in bulk, but even when cooking like that you still make smaller batches to feed people from. It's not all cooked at once together. Rice gets cooked. Chicken (which magically is enough to stretch to feed 300 people) gets cooked. Then you mix them together in batches, and dole it out. My nitpick comes with the unbelievable possibility that they'd have access to that much chicken to feed that many people and still have some by the time they got around to feeding the prisoner. You run out of chicken before you run out of rice. Civilians may be doing that task but surely they hold some resentment towards this guy for killing one of their own. I'm not going to be feeding this guy chicken when other people in the group need it more. Yeah it's a stupid nitpick, but I didn't write that chicken conversation into the episode which made me go wtf.

As far as what Pope did, yeah the guy heading this resistant group might would do the same to get his hands on weapons. Though this show seems a bit too nice and not really willing to go to such lengths with these "good guy" characters.


It was the editing and the flow of the story in each episode it did not work for me, the episode seem to lack structure. I expect better from a project which has Spielberg as a guiding hand. May be it will improve as time goes on. I have a bit of a problem with that as well. I wasn't expecting great things from this show. Mostly that it just entertain. And it's delivered that for the most part, but it still has things that are bothersome and irritating. I'll certainly continue to watch for now.

LizzieAnne
June 28th, 2011, 03:28 PM
Just watched the first three episodes. I'm really enjoying it.

It has characters I can empathise with and aliens which are just scary and nasty enough. They also look pretty good as well.

I love seeing Noah Wyle in the lead role...he's a good choice.

The chicken thing...unless I missed something...it wasn't mentioned where the chicken came from did it? It could be tinned..they seem be scavenging for most of their food that way. But even if they found some live chickens, I couldn't see them being kept for eggs, or kept at all. It's not that easy...not all chickens lay for a start. The survivors are hungry so, sorry, :P the chickens have to die! I'm sure it'll be the same if they come across any other livestock.

In fact thinking about it, I'm surprised thay don't go out hunting for animals for food. Maybe they do. There must be livestock scattered about the country as well as wild animals.

I like that, so far, the show's not gone down the overly dark route. It's just right. Relentless misery's something that I don't want to watch.

It's a bit unrealistic allowing Pope to live....but he's a great addition as a character and I'm sure he'll be fighting along side the others soon.

Ukko
June 28th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Just watched the first three episodes. I'm really enjoying it.

It has characters I can empathise with and aliens which are just scary and nasty enough. They also look pretty good as well.

I love seeing Noah Wyle in the lead role...he's a good choice.

The chicken thing...unless I missed something...it wasn't mentioned where the chicken came from did it? It could be tinned..they seem be scavenging for most of their food that way. But even if they found some live chickens, I couldn't see them being kept for eggs, or kept at all. It's not that easy...not all chickens lay for a start. The survivors are hungry so, sorry, :P the chickens have to die! I'm sure it'll be the same if they come across any other livestock.

In fact thinking about it, I'm surprised thay don't go out hunting for animals for food. Maybe they do. There must be livestock scattered about the country as well as wild animals.

I like that, so far, the show's not gone down the overly dark route. It's just right. Relentless misery's something that I don't want to watch.

It's a bit unrealistic allowing Pope to live....but he's a great addition as a character and I'm sure he'll be fighting along side the others soon.

I think Pope mentioned that he (or his guys) hunted for their food.

LizzieAnne
June 28th, 2011, 03:43 PM
I think Pope mentioned that he (or his guys) hunted for their food.

Yeah, I think you're right. So maybe he had a stock pile. He also had refrigeration... because he had the cold beers.

MIZA
June 28th, 2011, 08:33 PM
oh yes i have always liked Noah Wiley from ER to the Librarian movies , oh and he is so ageless !!! Has anyone noticed that, that man does not age !!!


I will definitely be checking out Falling Skies it's looks good :P

Sp!der
June 28th, 2011, 11:02 PM
oh yes i have always liked Noah Wiley from ER to the Librarian movies , oh and he is so ageless !!! Has anyone noticed that, that man does not age !!!


maybe he is a vampire?

Cairistiona
June 29th, 2011, 12:49 PM
maybe he is a vampire?

You mean, put a vampire in a show and get lots of viewers? ;)

Watched the third ep today and enjoyed it! I'm curious if there's something with the telepatic thing going on. Maybe the aliens knew that one of them was caught and therefore showed the killing of the children?

the fifth man
June 29th, 2011, 07:29 PM
I already can't wait for Sunday night to get here.

Ripley2012
June 29th, 2011, 10:25 PM
The show has some potential for sure but after getting through the first half of the third ep, it seems that some breakthroughs and intelligent discoveries about the aliens are needed, which seems the show is going that route:). although third ep, would be nice to get more details about the state of water and electricity BUT again, the state the characters are in seem to reflect in the story line, which is great. Personally still waiting for the wow (the "I so didn't see that coming" plot twist) but with all the good sci fi coming to an end (cough-SGU), its hard to bounce back: Expectations are ridiculous!!

Also

when Noah pummels the alien, that was a wow moment....looking forward for more bad-a## emotional vengeance!

LtColCarter
June 30th, 2011, 05:59 PM
I already can't wait for Sunday night to get here.

I know everyone seems to just love the show. For me, something is missing. I'm not quite certain what it is though. I liked the 2nd episode more than the pilot...so it is growing on me a bit.

the fifth man
June 30th, 2011, 06:54 PM
I know everyone seems to just love the show. For me, something is missing. I'm not quite certain what it is though. I liked the 2nd episode more than the pilot...so it is growing on me a bit.

As long as you don't hate it, just give it some time. Shows don't always hit their stride right away. Sometimes there are some growing pains.

Ian-S
June 30th, 2011, 07:34 PM
Watched the third ep today and enjoyed it! I'm curious if there's something with the telepatic thing going on. Maybe the aliens knew that one of them was caught and therefore showed the killing of the children?

I'm thinking that was what the pointing was about, you took one of ours, so we kill six of your's kind of thing.

I think it's pretty obvious that the captured alien is going to telepathically link to the boy and either use him as a weapon, spy or to communicate (just speculation, not seen any spoilers).

LtColCarter
July 1st, 2011, 04:46 AM
As long as you don't hate it, just give it some time. Shows don't always hit their stride right away. Sometimes there are some growing pains.

Oh no, I don't hate it by any means.

knowles2
July 1st, 2011, 06:20 PM
I'm thinking that was what the pointing was about, you took one of ours, so we kill six of your's kind of thing.

I think it's pretty obvious that the captured alien is going to telepathically link to the boy and either use him as a weapon, spy or to communicate (just speculation, not seen any spoilers).

I hope it to communicate. But I think it a bit soon in the show for that. I think escape is most likely, as that would create multiple storylines. Especially if the kid is never seen doing it and is kept on the camp but still control by the alien.

Ian-S
July 2nd, 2011, 08:22 PM
how many episodes is this? they may need to take some shortcuts time wise to move the story alonng.

mr_kennedy
July 2nd, 2011, 08:43 PM
how many episodes is this? they may need to take some shortcuts time wise to move the story alonng.

i think theres 13, but who knows we may get a season 2 if the ratings hold up

GWF
July 2nd, 2011, 08:49 PM
I'm watching the series right now. They're playing the first 2 episodes on TNT...I'm watching the Pilot. It seems OK so far...but I hope it gets better.

the fifth man
July 2nd, 2011, 10:09 PM
i think theres 13, but who knows we may get a season 2 if the ratings hold up

Only 13? I was hoping for more.

mr_kennedy
July 2nd, 2011, 10:10 PM
Only 13? I was hoping for more.

i believe i saw that on wikipedia, and yeah i would rather have a full season too

dosed150
July 3rd, 2011, 07:34 AM
their ammo situation must be pretty tricky, they seem to have a bunch of weapons that use different ammo, and were would they get hold of so many automatic ak47s or ak74s

TheRandomOne
July 3rd, 2011, 07:40 AM
Only 13? I was hoping for more.

It's a summer show. They are always 13 or so

jmoz
July 3rd, 2011, 08:47 AM
Any guesses what that big machine is in the city? I'm thinking either geothermal energy excavator or maybe some terraforming device or something. I hope we get a human sympathizer from the aliens, that one from the food warehouse seemed like it was going to be one.

RJLCyberPunk
July 3rd, 2011, 08:52 AM
Any guesses what that big machine is in the city? I'm thinking either geothermal energy excavator or maybe some terraforming device or something. I hope we get a human sympathizer from the aliens, that one from the food warehouse seemed like it was going to be one. Given the circumstances I doubt the aliens have any sympathizers except perhaps members from the human extinction movement if any of them survived that is... :D

jmoz
July 3rd, 2011, 08:55 AM
Meant aliens that are opposing their kind's treatment and destruction of the planet and its inhabitants. Like alien allies willing to fight for the humans.

RJLCyberPunk
July 3rd, 2011, 01:49 PM
Meant aliens that are opposing their kind's treatment and destruction of the planet and its inhabitants. Like alien allies willing to fight for the humans.


OH! My Bad!!!!

Gem of Tigress
July 3rd, 2011, 05:23 PM
will be interesting to see what happens tonight. :)

LtColCarter
July 3rd, 2011, 06:00 PM
will be interesting to see what happens tonight. :)

I concur! :D

morrismike
July 3rd, 2011, 06:13 PM
I'm wondering why we aren't seeing more IEDs. Those things seem pretty easy to kill. I wonder if they are trying to stay under the radar?

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 3rd, 2011, 06:57 PM
Only 13? I was hoping for more.

It's only 10 episodes actually. You tend to find these higher quality Cable dramas have only between 9 and 13 episode seasons. That allows them not only to have a greater budget per ep, but also stronger writing, without having to fill a 20 ep + season, the writing benefits from being tighter and more cohesive.

the fifth man
July 3rd, 2011, 06:59 PM
It's only 10 episodes actually. You tend to find these higher quality Cable dramas have only between 9 and 13 episode seasons. That allows them not only to have a greater budget per ep, but also stronger writing, without having to fill a 20 ep + season, the writing benefits from being tighter and more cohesive.

Only 10? That is worse than I thought.

knowles2
July 4th, 2011, 03:59 AM
It 13 episodes. But the first two was air as a single episode. 11 single episodes.

Watch the fourth episode, it was alright, not to clean on Pope being back out there, would have preferred him to stay with the rest of the group.

So our alien captive want to be killed.
I thought the skitters sleeping out in the open was a bit sloppy of them.

Them using the kids were great, got to wonder where they are taking this storyline.

the alien calling them ours was weird wording.

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 4th, 2011, 08:26 AM
It 13 episodes. But the first two was air as a single episode. 11 single episodes.

No it's 10 episodes, and the double length premier counts as two episodes. Further the last two episodes, 9 and 10, will also be shown in a another double bill, on August 7th. A 5 minute google search will confirm this for you.

DigiFluid
July 4th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Yeah M6P is right. Come on guys, all it takes is a quick look with either Google or Wikipedia.

Four episodes in and I'm still not totally sure what to make of this series. It clearly has a solid budget, the concepts are interesting, and it feels like it's aspiring to be more--but at the same time, it doesn't really feel like it's getting there either.

I'm intrigued enough that I keep coming back because I'm actually interested in the story (though not the characters), but at the same time I'm not too concerned if I don't get to it for a day or two after it airs.

...shrug ;)

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 4th, 2011, 11:01 AM
Yeah M6P is right. Come on guys, all it takes is a quick look with either Google or Wikipedia.

Four episodes in and I'm still not totally sure what to make of this series. It clearly has a solid budget, the concepts are interesting, and it feels like it's aspiring to be more--but at the same time, it doesn't really feel like it's getting there either.

I'm intrigued enough that I keep coming back because I'm actually interested in the story (though not the characters), but at the same time I'm not too concerned if I don't get to it for a day or two after it airs.

...shrug ;)

Well IO9 had a review back, said that it took a few epsiodes to click. To quote

We've all seen tons of shows where the first couple of episodes are kind of an ungainly mess, and then the show "clicks" and starts to find its groove. And Falling Skies seems to be one of those — the opening two-hour episode is clunky and annoying, and tries to do a lot of stuff that clearly doesn't work. And then the show gets a lot better in the following episodes, and continues to improve up through episodes five and six, which are a two-parter... By the time I finished the seventh hour of Falling Skies, I was fully hooked
You can read the full review here. http://io9.com/5798573/life-under-alien-occupation-is-one-scary-heartbreak-after-another-in-falling-skies

Me I'm probably going to keep up with it at least till episode 5 and 6 which they say is when it starts to take off. I'll give till then too woo me. :D

knowles2
July 4th, 2011, 12:15 PM
The majority of scifi shows take a few episodes to click together, some event take an entire season, some like next generation took 2, it takes time to build a new universe, establish characters and what going on, create new races and back stories for races.

I never expect everything to click into place in the first few episodes like some people seem to and virtually all of the media out there.

Sorry my mistake about the number of episodes. Just that I read a couple of months ago that there was 13 episodes. I am sad to fine out there only 10 now :(.

Lahela
July 4th, 2011, 01:14 PM
Hmmm, just watched ep 3 and hubby and kid have decided to give up. Too much stupid, not enough threat for them. I'll give it 2 more, but I'm not the slightest bit invested despite high hopes before it aired. :(

maxbo
July 4th, 2011, 01:30 PM
I'm not feeling it yet, but it's okay enough to continue watching. There's nothing particularly bad about it, it's just... well... there. So far the best thing about it is Colin Cunningham's character.

I've seen comments where some have compared this to V, but the only similarity is the invasion aspect, which happened before the show aired. So, we're left with watching these characters pick up the pieces and try to fight back against an enemy they can't communicate with yet.

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 4th, 2011, 02:48 PM
The majority of scifi shows take a few episodes to click together, some event take an entire season, some like next generation took 2, it takes time to build a new universe, establish characters and what going on, create new races or back stories for races.

I never expect everything to click into place in the first few episodes like some people seem to and virtually all of the media out there.

Some shows, like Game of Thrones, do click from the get go. Others need time, so I normally give a show time to develop and get better, unless it's utterly awful, which Failing Skies isn't.

I do wish the show had a better lead writer though, I hate Robert Rodat. It's quite clear for example that Noah Wyle's character, a supposed history professor, is written by someone who actually knows nothing about history.

KEK
July 5th, 2011, 07:36 AM
Is there any clear reasoning as to why the skitters haven't found them? Or are they just not looking? They seem to be out in the open somewhat.

Scottish_Girl
July 5th, 2011, 10:48 AM
I'm still not sure about this yet. I'm a sucker for anything concerning aliens / earth invasion but it just doesn't grip me as yet. Will probably stick with it until the end of the series though.

maxbo
July 5th, 2011, 01:43 PM
The majority of scifi shows take a few episodes to click together, some event take an entire season, some like next generation took 2, it takes time to build a new universe, establish characters and what going on, create new races and back stories for races.

I never expect everything to click into place in the first few episodes like some people seem to and virtually all of the media out there.

Sorry my mistake about the number of episodes. Just that I read a couple of months ago that there was 13 episodes. I am sad to fine out there only 10 now :(.

It's not about expecting a show to "click into place in the first few episodes" - it's about finding a show interesting enough to want to invest my time in. There are too few hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month, etc. to waste time on something that doesn't interest me.

Furthermore, having a show hook you immediately doesn't guarantee that you'll remain as interested as time goes on. I've lost count of the number of times I was drawn into to a show with just one episode only to be disappointed as I continued to watch. And, the reverse has also been true - a show that started out so-so became much more interesting as time went on.

Right now, Falling Skies is like many shows that I've watched over the years - it's okay, but not must-see TV for me. As long as it's easy to access and doesn't take up too much of my time, I'll probably continue to watch.

Rosehawk
July 5th, 2011, 04:09 PM
Is there any clear reasoning as to why the skitters haven't found them? Or are they just not looking? They seem to be out in the open somewhat.
Wasn't there a comment made that there was concern when skitters might start going after groups of 300 or so and then when they might start going after smaller groups until they start going after groups of one??

It's possible that the skitters aren't looking to hard for them, at least not yet as maybe they are more focused on gathering the scrap metal or whatever it is that they are gathering or cleaning out.

mrscopterdoc
July 5th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Four episodes in and I'm still not totally sure what to make of this series. It clearly has a solid budget, the concepts are interesting, and it feels like it's aspiring to be more--but at the same time, it doesn't really feel like it's getting there either.

I'm intrigued enough that I keep coming back because I'm actually interested in the story (though not the characters), but at the same time I'm not too concerned if I don't get to it for a day or two after it airs.

...shrug ;) I have to agree. I WANT to love this show, and I do like it.....but it is almost as if we are waiting for something.....and it's not there yet. I have high hopes that it picks up a bit and doesn't leave me utterly disappointed at the end.

the fifth man
July 5th, 2011, 07:24 PM
So far, I am liking this show. I will definitely continue to watch it.

Rosehawk
July 5th, 2011, 07:40 PM
So far, I am liking this show. I will definitely continue to watch it.
Me too! It's telling the story at a nice pace- giving you time to get to know the characters and telling the story a little bit at a time! It's keeping my interest.

RJLCyberPunk
July 5th, 2011, 11:49 PM
I hope to see what happened to Karen, I'm interested on that.

mr_kennedy
July 6th, 2011, 12:59 AM
Im interested in seeing what pope/poe? does next

Ian-S
July 6th, 2011, 05:21 AM
I thought he was going to come back at the end of the episode, there was quiet an obvious motorbike sound in the background, which appeared to get the attention of the actors in the scene in quiet a marked way, and then we go into the mess and they're eating bread - to me it felt like a scene had been deleted - cos last time I checked making bread doesn't involve using a motorbike engine :lol:

Maybe I've just been watching too much Doctor Who where strange things usually happen for a reason, to be revealed later.

the fifth man
July 6th, 2011, 09:50 PM
Im interested in seeing what pope/poe? does next

Same here. He is a great character IMO.

mr_kennedy
July 7th, 2011, 01:57 AM
Same here. He is a great character IMO.

:indeed: Totally didnt recognise him as Major Davis at first, he looks completely different

LizzieAnne
July 7th, 2011, 02:19 AM
It wasn't until a friend pointed it out to me that I realised who Pope was. I knew he looked familiar. :p

I see the viewing figures are holding up well. In fact they're really good, over 4 million (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/06/sunday-cable-ratings-true-blood-falls-far-falling-skies-doesnt-fall-much-leverage/97279/).
Not that viewing numbers mean much to me because I don't understand the general public's viewing habits!

I tend to watch a new show and if I like it, I cross my fingers and hope! :p

mr_kennedy
July 7th, 2011, 03:05 AM
It wasn't until a friend pointed it out to me that I realised who Pope was. I knew he looked familiar. :p

I see the viewing figures are holding up well. In fact they're really good, over 4 million (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/06/sunday-cable-ratings-true-blood-falls-far-falling-skies-doesnt-fall-much-leverage/97279/).
Not that viewing numbers mean much to me because I don't understand the general public's viewing habits!

I tend to watch a new show and if I like it, I cross my fingers and hope! :p

I was browsing on IMDB after the 3rd episode and i clicked on his name and they said he played Major Davis, it made my head spin i tell ya he looks so different

:lol:

LtColCarter
July 7th, 2011, 06:37 AM
I was browsing on IMDB after the 3rd episode and i clicked on his name and they said he played Major Davis, it made my head spin i tell ya he looks so different

:lol:

*Puts Mr. Kennedy's Stargate Membership Card in the paper shredder*

mr_kennedy
July 7th, 2011, 08:13 AM
*Puts Mr. Kennedy's Stargate Membership Card in the paper shredder*

:(

pisces27
July 7th, 2011, 04:07 PM
I just read that it was renewed for a second season. I figured they would wait till the end to decide.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/tnt-renews-falling-skies-for-a-second-season/97472/

mrscopterdoc
July 7th, 2011, 04:08 PM
that is awesome news! Thanks pisces!

pisces27
July 7th, 2011, 04:09 PM
YW, Hopefully the writers won't disappoint.

mr_kennedy
July 7th, 2011, 04:59 PM
Awesome news :D

mrscopterdoc
July 7th, 2011, 04:59 PM
no kidding. I am still holding my breath. I am so tired of good shows getting cancelled, or the writers taking a left turn and turning a great show into crap.

the fifth man
July 7th, 2011, 08:06 PM
Renewed already? That is great news.:)

Sp!der
July 8th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Renewed already? That is great news.:)

Great News indeed, although I have not managed to watch the pilot yet, great to see some scripted sci-fi shows get renewed sometimes! hope it sticks around for more than two seasons and get not the same trade as V.

LizzieAnne
July 8th, 2011, 12:59 PM
I just read that it was renewed for a second season. I figured they would wait till the end to decide.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/tnt-renews-falling-skies-for-a-second-season/97472/

Looks like crossing my fingers and hoping paid off! :p Great news...especially as there are only 10 eps a season. One season wouldn't have been nearly enough.

knowles2
July 8th, 2011, 02:38 PM
Brilliant news about the renewal. An with those numbers hopefully TNT will be encourage to invest in some more to quality scifi.

maxbo
July 8th, 2011, 03:20 PM
I just read that it was renewed for a second season. I figured they would wait till the end to decide.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/tnt-renews-falling-skies-for-a-second-season/97472/

That's good news. Now there isn't any concern about whether the show will be back next season.

Ripley2012
July 8th, 2011, 05:59 PM
Continuation is grand news...!!!

the fifth man
July 8th, 2011, 06:10 PM
That's good news. Now there isn't any concern about whether the show will be back next season.

And that is what really makes me happy. Now I can just sit back and enjoy what is left this season.

mrscopterdoc
July 8th, 2011, 08:48 PM
And that is what really makes me happy. Now I can just sit back and enjoy what is left this season.
I agree! Now I am not so worried "will they cancel? should I bother watching?" what a relief!

blueray
July 9th, 2011, 06:21 AM
i heard that it got renewed, i am kind of shocked, though i'm watching it i was sure it would be canceled. of course its the only thing on.

Scottish_Girl
July 9th, 2011, 07:06 AM
Good news this has been renewed. Now I won't have to worry about an end of season cliffhanger which won't be resolved. :)

LtColCarter
July 9th, 2011, 07:35 AM
I guess the ratings are really high for it to be renewed in so early in the season.

RJLCyberPunk
July 9th, 2011, 09:02 AM
I guess the ratings are really high for it to be renewed in so early in the season.

Or maybe they planned for at least 2 seasons before making that decision, either way is good news and I still want to know what happened to Karen after the skitters took her.

LtColCarter
July 9th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Or maybe they planned for at least 2 seasons before making that decision, either way is good news and I still want to know what happened to Karen after the skitters took her.

Are they skitters or skeeters? Because they sortta look like big mosquitos. ;)

Rosehawk
July 9th, 2011, 11:20 AM
Are they skitters or skeeters? Because they sortta look like big mosquitos. ;)

According to the website, they are skitters! :D :D

http://www.tnt.tv/series/fallingskies/

Sp!der
July 9th, 2011, 01:13 PM
I just watched the Live and Learn, The Armory and Prisoners of War...

...I liked it enough to continue to watch it! The Acting is sometimes a bit...weird, but I am glad it got picked up for a second season! I like Will Paton in it, he is awesome! The rest I
have to get used to, but I like the main actor... (keep forgotting his name) ..and Pope..
well not sure about him his acting "tries to be cool" hope he gets better! The Soundtrack is quite nice and this Karen Character (Jessy Schram) kinda reminds me of a young
starbuck!

Ian-S
July 9th, 2011, 08:10 PM
I still want to know what happened to Karen after the skitters took her.

Judging by the trailer I saw tonight during the Nascar we'll find out soon, pretty sure she was in one of the scenes.

the fifth man
July 9th, 2011, 09:00 PM
Judging by the trailer I saw tonight during the Nascar we'll find out soon, pretty sure she was in one of the scenes.

Good to know it will most likely be resolved.

LtColCarter
July 10th, 2011, 07:01 AM
According to the website, they are skitters! :D :D

http://www.tnt.tv/series/fallingskies/

:lol: they still look like "skeeters" though. ;)

Gem of Tigress
July 10th, 2011, 05:42 PM
Glad to hear about the renewal :) now i'm not scared that we'll get another "V" ( as in they leave us with the Aliens winning :rolleyes:)

RJLCyberPunk
July 10th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Well I saw tonight's episode and...
They managed to save Ben but no sign of Karen :(

DigiFluid
July 10th, 2011, 10:47 PM
One thing (among many) that I find odd in Falling Skies is that the skitter noises are quite obviously lifted velociraptor SFX from Jurassic Park....

mr_kennedy
July 11th, 2011, 02:13 AM
We'll when your the director of Jurassic Park and also of this series? why not reuse alot of the same effects? it cuts cost

another good episiode, tho something still seems abit off idk, i dont hate it....by any means but i think we need some more action, there a resistance cell but there not doing much resisting except for rescuing a bunch of kids,

knowles2
July 11th, 2011, 05:16 AM
Glad to hear about the renewal :) now i'm not scared that we'll get another "V" ( as in they leave us with the Aliens winning :rolleyes:)An what wrong with the aliens winning? Better than humans always winning.

KEK
July 11th, 2011, 01:58 PM
That was the noisiest silent kill I've ever heard :lol:

LizzieAnne
July 11th, 2011, 02:11 PM
Just watched Silent Kill. That was a bit of a heart thumper.


I was really surprised when Anne killed the skitter as she seemed to have the Doctor/patient thing going on there, so it made it all the more shocking when she did it. That and why she didn't have any qualms about doing it, has made her a much more interesting character .

And we see the skitter caressing the heads of the children as it settled down with them for the night. Now that was unexpected as well. So we're getting a parental vibe from them now? Interesting but seriously damn creepy. I did feel nervous for Hal has he had to play along in the 'nest' but when he was discovered, I thought for one minute that the others would come in with guns blazing....but Hal dispatched the thing nicely. It's a messy business but gets the job done. Anyone feeling sorry for the skitters yet? :P

Commander Zelix
July 11th, 2011, 04:00 PM
I just read that it was renewed for a second season. I figured they would wait till the end to decide.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/07/tnt-renews-falling-skies-for-a-second-season/97472/

Great news. I'm not in love with the series, but its a fun show thus far and there isn't much anything else sci-fi on TV.

Hyndara71
July 11th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Great news. I'm not in love with the series, but its a fun show thus far and there isn't much anything else sci-fi on TV.

I'm really sad about this decision. I love the show and wish it would continue in this high standard with interesting storylines and characters. But I fear the next wall will be straight ahead WHEN the rumours about the new executive for season 2 are true. With another (a better) exe producer I'm pretty sure FS will last even longer. So I really hoped it wouldn't pick up for a season 2 - now so sad about this decision. I only hope they will change their minds about who will be the showrunner for the next season.

knowles2
July 11th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Just watched Silent Kill. That was a bit of a heart thumper.


I was really surprised when Anne killed the skitter as she seemed to have the Doctor/patient thing going on there, so it made it all the more shocking when she did it. That and why she didn't have any qualms about doing it, has made her a much more interesting character .

And we see the skitter caressing the heads of the children as it settled down with them for the night. Now that was unexpected as well. So we're getting a parental vibe from them now? Interesting but seriously damn creepy. I did feel nervous for Hal has he had to play along in the 'nest' but when he was discovered, I thought for one minute that the others would come in with guns blazing....but Hal dispatched the thing nicely. It's a messy business but gets the job done. Anyone feeling sorry for the skitters yet? :P



I will admit, I did feel sorry for the Skitters in this episode.

An I did find it shocking how the doc could so easily kill the skitter in captivity. She certainly has a very dark side to her. Her character has gone from ordinary to interesting.

i am also puzzle by there behavior. Especially how the Skitter seemed to protect the kids. Even treat them as there own and yet use them as slaves and even weapons. The skitters even killed several of them without a second thought. Yet the Skitter with the kids look like he would kill anything which threaten those kids. May be there different groups with the Skitters culture or may be they are taking orders from someone else, and they will avoid those orders when and wherever they can.

I do like the way the show is adding depth to the aliens, it would be easy to make them out right evil, but they seem to be avoiding that. It will be interesting to see where they are heading with this story line. I am glad they have finally finished off the let rescue ben story line. Which was dragging the show down. Hopefully we will see the story move a bit quicker next week, may be a bit more action and more direct resistance it be nice to see what the other teams have been up to,.

the fifth man
July 11th, 2011, 08:59 PM
I really hope we learn more about the Skitters and what their motivations truly are. This was a really good episode IMO. This show is definitely keeping my interest.

RJLCyberPunk
July 11th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Just watched Silent Kill. That was a bit of a heart thumper.


I was really surprised when Anne killed the skitter as she seemed to have the Doctor/patient thing going on there, so it made it all the more shocking when she did it. That and why she didn't have any qualms about doing it, has made her a much more interesting character .

And we see the skitter caressing the heads of the children as it settled down with them for the night. Now that was unexpected as well. So we're getting a parental vibe from them now? Interesting but seriously damn creepy. I did feel nervous for Hal has he had to play along in the 'nest' but when he was discovered, I thought for one minute that the others would come in with guns blazing....but Hal dispatched the thing nicely. It's a messy business but gets the job done. Anyone feeling sorry for the skitters yet? :P




Feel sorry for the skitters? Nope not yet, they are beginning to show that they are multidimensional emotionally but with so much blood on their hands is hard to get past it.

mr_kennedy
July 12th, 2011, 03:53 AM
I really hope we learn more about the Skitters and what their motivations truly are. This was a really good episode IMO. This show is definitely keeping my interest.

:indeed: this weeks was the best one yet :)

morrismike
July 12th, 2011, 04:27 AM
I will admit, I did feel sorry for the Skitters in this episode.

An I did find it shocking how the doc could so easily kill the skitter in captivity. She certainly has a very dark side to her. Her character has gone from ordinary to interesting.

i am also puzzle by there behavior. Especially how the Skitter seemed to protect the kids. Even treat them as there own and yet use them as slaves and even weapons. The skitters even killed several of them without a second thought. Yet the Skitter with the kids look like he would kill anything which threaten those kids. May be there different groups with the Skitters culture or may be they are taking orders from someone else, and they will avoid those orders when and wherever they can.

I do like the way the show is adding depth to the aliens, it would be easy to make them out right evil, but they seem to be avoiding that. It will be interesting to see where they are heading with this story line. I am glad they have finally finished off the let rescue ben story line. Which was dragging the show down. Hopefully we will see the story move a bit quicker next week, may be a bit more action and more direct resistance it be nice to see what the other teams have been up to,.
I'm sure they were many slave owners in the 1800s and people running concentration camps that "loved" their slaves. No need to go all "helsinki syndrome" on us. just kidding

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 12th, 2011, 05:55 AM
I'm really sad about this decision. I love the show and wish it would continue in this high standard with interesting storylines and characters. But I fear the next wall will be straight ahead WHEN the rumours about the new executive for season 2 are true. With another (a better) exe producer I'm pretty sure FS will last even longer. So I really hoped it wouldn't pick up for a season 2 - now so sad about this decision. I only hope they will change their minds about who will be the showrunner for the next season.

Eh? You're sad the show has been picked up for a second season? I've heard rumours that Remi Aubuchon will take over the writing staff and show running for season 2, but I don't really see the problem with that, he's a far better writer than Robert Rodat. At the very least you should give him a chance.

If you’re worried about Spielberg being no longer attached to the project, don’t be. As far as I know he’ll still be an executive producer, but that doesn’t mean much anyway. Spielberg apparently had a hand in co creating the concept of the show, but the show runner, the main producer and writer, the guy who made the majority of creative decisions was Robert Rodat. Spielberg basically just has his name attached to the show, and it makes for good marketing, but he’s not one of the main show runners.

knowles2
July 12th, 2011, 08:31 AM
i'm sure they were many slave owners in the 1800s and people running concentration camps that "loved" their slaves. No need to go all "helsinki syndrome" on us. Just kidding lol

LizzieAnne
July 12th, 2011, 11:51 AM
I will admit, I did feel sorry for the Skitters in this episode.

An I did find it shocking how the doc could so easily kill the skitter in captivity. She certainly has a very dark side to her. Her character has gone from ordinary to interesting.

i am also puzzle by there behavior. Especially how the Skitter seemed to protect the kids. Even treat them as there own and yet use them as slaves and even weapons. The skitters even killed several of them without a second thought. Yet the Skitter with the kids look like he would kill anything which threaten those kids. May be there different groups with the Skitters culture or may be they are taking orders from someone else, and they will avoid those orders when and wherever they can.

I do like the way the show is adding depth to the aliens, it would be easy to make them out right evil, but they seem to be avoiding that. It will be interesting to see where they are heading with this story line. I am glad they have finally finished off the let rescue ben story line. Which was dragging the show down. Hopefully we will see the story move a bit quicker next week, may be a bit more action and more direct resistance it be nice to see what the other teams have been up to,.

I think it's likely that there could be disagreements in the Skitter ranks.


Maybe the one who was seemingly caring for the children is female (or if that's politically incorrect, some kind of sensitive section of the species :p) These may not have a say in what the other more agressive ones want...maybe.




Feel sorry for the skitters? Nope not yet, they are beginning to show that they are multidimensional emotionally but with so much blood on their hands is hard to get past it.

Same here...far too much blood on their hands. Although I think it's great if they make them so that we're tempted to feel for them. I can't see what they could come up with so I feel sorry for them.


I'm sure they were many slave owners in the 1800s and people running concentration camps that "loved" their slaves. No need to go all "helsinki syndrome" on us. just kidding

Good point. I'm now thinking more along the lines of them farming the children and some of them are not that bothered if they have to kill a few off now and again.

LizzieAnne
July 12th, 2011, 12:04 PM
And something else...was anyone surprised to see....


...Rick still alive? I could have sworn he died last week. :confused:

Rosehawk
July 12th, 2011, 04:35 PM
Check out Greg Beeman's blog - it's a bit long of a read but it's got some nice info and background stories about 'Silent Kill'. Also hints at what some of us have been speculating about the harness, kids and possible connection to skitter reproduction.

Also, Spielberg is still involved with some of the concepts with show!

http://gregbeeman.blogspot.com/

magictrick
July 13th, 2011, 07:28 AM
The show is OK so far. Can't say I'm blown away but will continue watching. I think the potential is there but I feel like its missing that extra level that distinguishes amazing shows from just plain good ones.

LtColCarter
July 13th, 2011, 07:35 AM
The show is OK so far. Can't say I'm blown away but will continue watching. I think the potential is there but I feel like its missing that extra level that distinguishes amazing shows from just plain good ones.

I know what you mean. I do enjoy it, but I DVR it and watch it later because I have other things I like on Sunday nights. When I do watch the show, I find myself falling asleep. It usually takes me three attempts before I can actually make it through an episode. Its sortta like when I went to see Green Lantern...it was good...but I felt something was missing.

Gem of Tigress
July 13th, 2011, 06:18 PM
was really creepy with the Skitter and the kids. :eek: ugh..*shakes off cold feeling* it will be interesting to find out why they do that :cool:

LtColCarter
July 13th, 2011, 07:33 PM
was really creepy with the Skitter and the kids. :eek: ugh..*shakes off cold feeling* it will be interesting to find out why they do that :cool:

Yes it was. But it was like an "awwww" moment...a creepy one albeit...

the fifth man
July 13th, 2011, 08:38 PM
Yes it was. But it was like an "awwww" moment...a creepy one albeit...

Yeah, quite creepy.

Sp!der
July 13th, 2011, 10:03 PM
I decided to skip on this show!... its good but its not that great that I want to watch it that much on a weekly basis! :( I really wanted to love this show.. oh well.

LtColCarter
July 14th, 2011, 07:04 AM
Yeah, quite creepy.

:lol: I think I would've freaked out if a skitter curled up with me to sleep...

magictrick
July 14th, 2011, 08:34 AM
:lol: I think I would've freaked out if a skitter curled up with me to sleep...

He looked so friendly though. Just a mutated ET with more arms :D

LtColCarter
July 14th, 2011, 09:10 AM
He looked so friendly though. Just a mutated ET with more arms :D

:lol: Except I didn't see ET putting mind-controlling harnesses on people. ;)

pisces27
July 14th, 2011, 09:40 AM
Great news. I'm not in love with the series, but its a fun show thus far and there isn't much anything else sci-fi on TV.

I'm not blown away or in love with it yet but I've got my fingers crossed.

the fifth man
July 14th, 2011, 06:51 PM
He looked so friendly though. Just a mutated ET with more arms :D

Yeah, friendly until something goes wrong, and he/she orders a Mech to take you out as an example.

LtColCarter
July 14th, 2011, 07:20 PM
Yeah, friendly until something goes wrong, and he/she orders a Mech to take you out as an example.

:lol:

VampyreWraith
July 14th, 2011, 08:01 PM
I'm glad this got renewed. I like the show well enough, but i don't completely love it(yet anyway)
I like Anne, Pope and Weaver the best, I also like the blond girl that came over with Pope(Margret?). Noah Wyle's character is ok, but I don't like Hal, his missing girlfriend, or the younger dark haired girl(I can't remember her name)that much.

the fifth man
July 16th, 2011, 07:27 PM
Bring on tomorrow night. I can't wait to see what happens next.

morrismike
July 17th, 2011, 08:52 AM
Wasn't there a comment made that there was concern when skitters might start going after groups of 300 or so and then when they might start going after smaller groups until they start going after groups of one??

It's possible that the skitters aren't looking to hard for them, at least not yet as maybe they are more focused on gathering the scrap metal or whatever it is that they are gathering or cleaning out.
What they said was the life sign detectors (probably ammonia detection) could find groups of 300 or more and as that technology was refined they would be able to find smaller and smaller groups.

morrismike
July 17th, 2011, 08:56 AM
Yeah, friendly until something goes wrong, and he/she orders a Mech to take you out as an example.
It seems like some well placed IEDs would solve that problem.

Rosehawk
July 17th, 2011, 08:22 PM
What they said was the life sign detectors (probably ammonia detection) could find groups of 300 or more and as that technology was refined they would be able to find smaller and smaller groups.
Thanks morrismike!

I am actually surprised that I am liking this show...I usually do not like dark shows but this one has me hooked. I am liking the characters. And as a parent, these storylines involving kids, really tug's at my emotional strings.

Tonight's episode was one that I was expecting but not in the manner that it happened. I was thinking more along the lines that the harnessed kids were still somehow connected to the skitters ( and they may still be, we just don't know at this point)...not that some jerk has decided that he's going to turn over everyone else's kids just so he can stay alive.

Snookie16
July 18th, 2011, 07:41 AM
was really creepy with the Skitter and the kids. :eek: ugh..*shakes off cold feeling* it will be interesting to find out why they do that :cool:


the current theory at my house is that the harnesses are turning the kids(mutating) into skitters...it's their way of procreation- that fits in with the "nesting" scene we saw.

This weeks ep was ok- liked seeing pope back and can't wait to see him and Hal take out the traitors! I am sure Hal won't sit calmly around and will do some snooping...OR one of the kids he recognizes (matt?)will be seen by Pope...next week looks very intriguing!

Commander Zelix
July 18th, 2011, 10:43 AM
I think the episode Sanctuary was one of the best episode of the series.

Am I the only one who knew right away (and all along) that general who came to take the kids was working with the skitters? Or do I watch too many Outer Limits episodes (twist endings). During all the other episode |I didn't buy it one second even when they arrived at the camp I was worried about the kids and (our) soldiers getting separated. Frankly, I thought that somehow he was harnessed.

Beside the first scene where there's no way the Dr would have gave up the real antibiotics(?) so easily. I thought the episode was good.

morrismike
July 18th, 2011, 05:41 PM
I think the episode Sanctuary was one of the best episode of the series.

Am I the only one who knew right away (and all along) that general who came to take the kids was working with the skitters? Or do I watch too many Outer Limits episodes (twist endings). During all the other episode |I didn't buy it one second even when they arrived at the camp I was worried about the kids and (our) soldiers getting separated. Frankly, I thought that somehow he was harnessed.

Beside the first scene where there's no way the Dr would have gave up the real antibiotics(?) so easily. I thought the episode was good.
I saw that too. Obvious set-up.

morrismike
July 18th, 2011, 05:56 PM
They seriously need to hit an armory and pick up some M32s for dealing with those "mechs"

the fifth man
July 18th, 2011, 08:54 PM
I definitely saw that type of ending coming last night. It was still a very nice episode though. I can't wait to see that guy get what is coming to him.

dosed150
July 19th, 2011, 01:12 AM
i knew it was a trap, but thought it wasnt that guys plan, when ben seemed so keen to go along i thought the skitters were gonna ambush them

magictrick
July 19th, 2011, 06:33 AM
So obvious from the start with that new general. I didn't predict exactly what the trap would be though. Nice to see Pope again.

knowles2
July 19th, 2011, 09:09 AM
They seriously need to hit an armory and pick up some M32s for dealing with those "mechs" As they explain, the Skitters not muck around when heavy weapons are being using, they nuke the place they are being use.

The Mighty 6 platoon
July 19th, 2011, 04:21 PM
They seriously need to hit an armory and pick up some M32s for dealing with those "mechs"

Well aside from the fact that, as already mentioned, when the Resistance start using heavy weapons, the Skitters nuke them, there is also the fact that the Resistance would probably have trouble obtaining any. They have scavenged their weapons from gun stores and police and National Guard armouries, none of which are likely to have new fancy grenade launchers that only the U.S Marines use anyway.

KEK
July 19th, 2011, 05:02 PM
Am I the only one who knew right away (and all along) that general who came to take the kids was working with the skitters?

Same. Was the first thing I thought of, but at least they added the Pope twist to it too.

morrismike
July 19th, 2011, 06:27 PM
Well aside from the fact that, as already mentioned, when the Resistance start using heavy weapons, the Skitters nuke them, there is also the fact that the Resistance would probably have trouble obtaining any. They have scavenged their weapons from gun stores and police and National Guard armouries, none of which are likely to have new fancy grenade launchers that only the U.S Marines use anyway.
Maybe something simpler like a ballistica booby trap.

LtColCarter
July 19th, 2011, 09:25 PM
I think this past episode will be my last. I've tried to enjoy the show...I really have...but it just doesn't keep me drawn in. I shouldn't have to "work" to watch a show. I wanted to like it, I really did...but its just not happening.

JTVaughn
July 20th, 2011, 04:48 AM
Same. Was the first thing I thought of, but at least they added the Pope twist to it too.

Agreed. Even though I saw it coming, it was still pretty brutal seeing humans turn on each other in such a way. It was pretty telegraphed, but the Pope twist made it more interesting (though I'm biased as I love the character).

Commander Zelix
July 20th, 2011, 05:55 AM
Same. Was the first thing I thought of, but at least they added the Pope twist to it too.
Thinking about it is normal, but I hold on to it all along during the episode. Good mysteries are those we can know from the start. Like a good detective novel where all the suspects are presented at the beginning of the episode. Not concocting something out of the left field as a plot twist (even if those are fun development too sometimes, when they makes some sense, even if you didn't have enough info to know about those twists beforehand).

the fifth man
July 20th, 2011, 10:58 PM
Agreed. Even though I saw it coming, it was still pretty brutal seeing humans turn on each other in such a way. It was pretty telegraphed, but the Pope twist made it more interesting (though I'm biased as I love the character).

I sure hope that Pope redeems himself a bit in this next episode.

magictrick
July 21st, 2011, 11:10 AM
I sure hope that Pope redeems himself a bit in this next episode.

He will probably make it up to them by cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

RJLCyberPunk
July 21st, 2011, 12:55 PM
Agreed. Even though I saw it coming, it was still pretty brutal seeing humans turn on each other in such a way. It was pretty telegraphed, but the Pope twist made it more interesting (though I'm biased as I love the character).

Agreed, at first I did not expect that some jerk would do that but alas they've decided to show the darker side of humanity as well.

LizzieAnne
July 22nd, 2011, 12:57 PM
Some great viewing figures for the last ep.

TV By the Numbers ratings: (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/07/19/ratings-notes-for-tbs-tnt-adult-swim-hln-trutv-including-falling-skies-the-closer-rizzoli-isles-leverage-more/98404/)

Falling Skies captured 4.3 million viewers, its best Live + Same Day performance since its June 19 premiere and up 9% over last weeks episode. Key adult demos marked their third consecutive week of growth, with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.1 million adults 25-54 each up 1% over last week.


I'm really enjoying this show now. It's getting to be a must see.

I liked that the group had to leave camp in this latest ep as I wouldn't have thought they'd be safe staying in one place too long. Although as it turned out, it was a set up.

Like most people here I took one look at the 7th Mass guy and thought don't trust you an inch. And definitely not with the children!

I did wonder though if he was going kidnap the kids to start up some new community and give them to parents who'd lost their own. Although I wasn't surprised but when the Skitter turned up, I wasn't expecting Pope either. Nice twist. Really looking forward to seeing how he redeems himself.

the fifth man
July 24th, 2011, 07:04 PM
I am off to watch tonight's episode right now.