I got sucked in to Falling Skies on TNT. ( I do like my sci fi.) It was highly promoted (since it’s executive producer is Steven Spielberg, who also likes his sci fi) so I decided to record it but did not plan to actually watch it. Then I found out it got renewed for a second season after the second episode , which is always a good sign, so I decide to check it out.
The pilot starts by showing drawings by small children (with the kids explaining the photos) explaining how aliens showed up one day, out of the blue, turned off all of the electricity and started killing people. A very creative way to start the show (I am not doing it justice). I kept watching.
There are some humans who survived. The attack appears to have happened pretty recently (like in the past month). They probably revealed that when I got up for a snack, because I should know that. The survivors are moving in packs, led by the military trying to find food, stay alive, and learn more about these aliens so they can try to fight back. The aliens are now living on earth with them and have a bunch of kids “harnessed” with some alien thing on their back that turns them in to zombie slaves. We really aren’t sure what this is all about. By episode three we learn the aliens can talk to people through the harnessed kids…interesting.
Now that I am writing this, its sounds similar to The Walking Dead, doesn’t it? A little different though since there are more layers to explore with another species and other planets involved (obviously).
There is also enough emotional drama between the humans to keep me interested.
The lead is Noah Wyle (aka Dr. Carter from ER..love him!). Dr. Carter is the #2 man in his resistance group. I believe he was chosen, even though he is a civilian, because he is a history professor who has a lot of knowledge about war, and of course, he was Dr. Carter (they don’t talk about that on the show, but they all know). He has some chemistry with the attractive pediatrician in the group but Dr. Carter’s wife was recently killed by aliens, so he won’t be able to move on for a few episodes. Dr. Carter has three sons, two are with the group and one has been harnessed by aliens. OOOoooo…drama!
Suspense, intrigue, romance, aliens. Pretty much all I need to keep me entertained for a while. We will see how long it keeps my attention.