Just putting an article up to see if anyone has been checking out TNT’s new show “Falling Skies”. Next Sunday night will be the Season 1 finale, but it will be preceded by an all day marathon starting at 1:00, so if you’re looking for some DVR fodder, there you go. The show has already been renewed for Season 2, and I’m ready to say it’s worth signing up for.
“Skies” is set in modern day Massachusetts after an alien invasion has defeated the world’s conventional forces. The remnants of humanity have grouped themselves into vagabond bands and paramilitary units. They scrounge for survival and equipment, all the while hiding from the “skitters”. Of course there’s plenty of human conflict as well.
The show has a sort of a “Battlestar Galactica” on Earth feel to it. There’s a relatively high degree of realism… You know, a “what would people really do if this happened” sensibility. They have to find ways to survive, they have to forage food to eat, they have to pick and scavenge for medicine and gas. There’s lots of debates as to what they should do, where they should go, challenging authority, etc.
The Aliens are TV CGI (read: don’t expect awesome special effects) and come in two varieties. The “Skitters”, the arachnid looking lizards, and the Mechs, which are the walking alien armaments. The season has been full of small scale skirmishes, but the season finale appears to be building to a larger conflict.
In addition to conquering the planet militarily, the Aliens have been capturing human children and fitting them with “harnesses”, bio collars that fuse themselves to the children’s spines. The children are then reduced to a zombie-like state, and used as slave labor by the invaders. There’s also strange symbiosis which develops between the kids and the creatures… one that is still being explored by the show.
“Skies” is produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Colin Cunnigham and Moon Bloodgood. I wouldn’t call the cast exceptional or anything, but they’re doing alright. Patton is good in a narrow (so far at least) role as the gruff unit commander. Cunnigham’s character may be my favorite… He’s the ex con given a fresh start who has trouble changing his stripes. Can’t have a post apocalyptic form of entertainment without one of those! And Moon Bloodgood is decent enough I almost forget she was in “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li”.
Wyle is the star of the show, without a doubt. He plays the father of three boys of various ages. Their mother was killed in the invasion. He plays not only a father, but a soldier and one of leaders of the group of people he’s fallen in with. He’s doing a decent job. He plays the role of the common sense everyman pretty well.
If you can stomach all the “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Franklin and Bash” promos, it’s worth catching up on and checking out, especially seeing as it’ll be back for sure next season!