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review by Suzanne
Premieres Monday, June 19, at 9/8c on TNT
I really wanted to love this show because I like scifi so much,
and they clearly put a lot of money into it, and into the publicity. TNT sent me
a DVD of the first 8 episodes, with a really cool carrying case.
It's very uneven, though. Parts of it I really liked, and other parts were
disappointing. In one sense it's like a lot of movies or shows we've seen about
aliens invading (V, War of the Worlds) or about life post-apocalypse (Jericho,
The Stand). There are many surprises, though, and those are the parts I like.
The characters are very well done, and interesting. I especially like the bad
guy Pope, and Steven Weber's doctor character.
Noah Wylie stars as the hero of the show. He's a former history professor with
three sons, helping to lead the human resistance against the aliens. He is
really good here, as is the rest of the cast. The special effects are also good.
However, a lot of the show is just too familiar and predictable. Also, a lot of
times the characters do really stupid things that make no sense.
It's not that the show is bad, it's just not as good as I'd hoped. Scifi shows
tend to get canceled even when they're very good, so I hope this one doesn't get
killed too quickly. It would be nice to see what happens to everyone, and why
the aliens are there.
If you do watch it, and it is well worth watching, make sure to hang on at least
until the July 10th episode. I think that one and the July 17th episode are the
best of all of them.
UPDATE: If you are still watching the show, then you must like
it. It is very popular and coming back next season. Good thing because the
finale has a helluva cliff-hanger. It is very Spielbergian and somewhat
I like the show ok, but it is still sometimes very dumb and
predictable. I hope it gets better next season.
The first hour of the finale has a lot of great conflict between
Tom and Weaver. More is confirmed about Ben and Rick turning into skitters. The
second hour has a lot more action, shooting, blowing things up, etc. and also a
little romance and laughs. It is a pretty good finale. I know you will enjoy it!
Falling Skies – Two-hour series premiere Sunday, June 19, at 9
p.m. (ET/PT); regular timeslot Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) – Season 1: 10
Noah Wyle (ER) stars in this gripping drama series from DreamWorks Television
and executive producer Steven Spielberg about the aftermath of an alien invasion
and the resistance movement formed by the survivors.
Heroes Emerge after Alien Invasion in FALLING SKIES, TNT’s
Powerful New Series Starring Noah Wyle, From DreamWorks Television and Executive
Producer Steven Spielberg
Eagerly Anticipated Series Set to Launch with Two-Hour Premiere Sunday, June 19,
at 9 p.m. (ET/PT);
Before Moving into Regular Timeslot Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
In the devastating wake of an all-out invasion of the planet by an alien
military force, ordinary people must do extraordinary things to survive in TNT’s
powerful new series FALLING SKIES. The show stars Noah Wyle (ER) and comes to
TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. FALLING
SKIES is slated to air over eight weeks, beginning with the two-hour premiere on
Sunday, June 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will then move into its regular
Sunday 10 p.m. (ET/PT) timeslot.
FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left
most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial
invasion, the few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities
to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as
citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in
an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and
purpose remains a mystery.
At the center of FALLING SKIES is Tom Mason (Wyle), a Boston history professor
whose family has been torn apart. His wife was killed shortly after the initial
attack, and one of his three sons has been taken captive by the aliens for some
unknown purpose. Tom must now put his extensive knowledge of military history to
the test as second in command of the 2nd Massachusetts, a regiment of resistance
fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. They are constantly
trying to gain intelligence about the aliens in order to one day outsmart and
overtake them and hopefully rebuild their lives.
Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) also stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician
who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic
upheaval in their lives. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) plays
Weaver, a fierce military leader of the resistance and Tom’s commanding officer.
FALLING SKIES also stars Drew Roy (Secretariat) as Hal, Tom’s oldest son and a
growing fighter in the resistance movement; Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as
Matt, Tom’s youngest son; Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club) as Ben, Tom’s son who
was captured by aliens; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned
teenager who helps Anne in the group’s makeshift medical clinic. Mpho Koaho
(Rookie Blue) and Peter Shinkoda (The L Word) play Anthony and Dai, two
resistance fighters in the 2nd Mass.; Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car) is
John Pope, the head of a gang of marauders; and Sarah Sanguin Carter (Shark) is
Margaret, a wary survivor from Pope’s gang.
FALLING SKIES is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday
people are called upon to become heroes. The series focuses on the resilience of
the survivors and their determination to maintain their humanity when all else
has been destroyed. It also explores the ties that bind people together in the
most difficult of circumstances, as well as the potential for humans to turn on
each other when the struggle to survive threatens to give way to desperation.
Through it all, there are moments of joy and happiness, including birthdays,
births, humor, romance and friendship. The survivors may be outmatched,
outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit.
“One of the most intriguing aspects of FALLING SKIES is that the invasion itself
has already occurred as we catch up with the human resistance,” said
co-executive producer and writer Mark Verheiden. “Six months in, shock has
turned to resolve as the survivors gather to form a plan of attack. The mystery
of the alien plan gradually becomes clearer over the course of the season, but
not in a way the human resistance could have predicted.”
The aliens in FALLING SKIES are as mysterious as they are merciless. They are
highly intelligent and use military-like tactics, which makes them an
overwhelming force against the 2nd Mass. They are fast, strong, extremely
intelligent and very difficult to kill. The survivors have encountered two types
of aliens in the invading force: “skitters,” so named for the way they move
about on spider-like legs, and “mechs,” heavily armed robot-like bi-peds.
Each week the survivors discover new pieces of information about the alien
force, but those discoveries often lead to more questions about the aliens’
existence and purpose. No matter what is learned about the invaders, the biggest
mystery of all remains: Why are they here, and what do they want?
FALLING SKIES is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks
Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, Graham Yost (Justified, The
Pacific) and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar® nomination
for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, wrote the pilot from an idea he
co-conceived with Spielberg. Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) and
Greg Beeman (Heroes, Smallville) are co-executive producers. The pilot was
directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move, Out of Time).
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama.
Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as
The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie
Harmon and Sasha Alexander; 2011 Peabody Award winner Men of a Certain Age, with
Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton;
Hawthorne, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland,
from Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling
Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and
Breckin Meyer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural,
Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting in 2011, The Mentalist;
broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen
Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the
NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs
branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on
television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
A bookish history professor from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tom Mason probably
never imagined he would one day be putting his extensive knowledge of military
tactics to use in an actual war, much less one being waged against an occupying
force from another world. His wife now dead and his son Ben captured by the
alien invaders, Tom does everything he can to protect his oldest son, Hal, and
his youngest son, Matt. Despite having only an academic understanding of
military history, Tom is named second in command of the 2nd Massachusetts, a
makeshift regiment assigned to protect several hundred survivors, with their
military commander, Weaver. Tom quickly proves himself a strong leader. Most of
all, though, Tom is determined to find and rescue his son Ben from captivity, no
matter what it takes.
Anne is a pediatrician who lost her only child in the initial attack, a tragedy
she has yet to face fully. She pours herself into her work as a doctor for the
2nd Mass, doing what she can to help the survivors cope both physically and
emotionally with their situation. Anne’s only remaining family members are her
aunt and uncle, who have also found refuge with the 2nd Mass. Anne develops a
close friendship with Tom as a result of their shared tragedy. She also takes
Lourdes, a young first-year med student, under her wing to help out in the
makeshift clinic. But beneath her sturdy exterior, Anne continues to be haunted
by the death of her son in ways few can understand.
Weaver is a tough rattlesnake of a soldier with a no-nonsense attitude. He has
little patience for babysitting civilians. As commander of the 2nd Mass, Weaver
puts his military skills and experience to good use. But in this war, he is
facing things for which no training could ever prepare him. Like many of the
survivors, Weaver has faced a personal loss, but he keeps that story buried
underneath a dogged determination to kill the enemy every chance he gets.
Tom’s oldest son, Hal, has made his father proud by growing quickly into manhood
during the six months since the invasion. Before their world was torn apart, Hal
was an athletic and popular kid destined for success. Now he fights alongside
his father as a member of the 2nd Mass. Although Hal can be impulsive under
fire, he proves himself both brave and confident in the field. With younger
brother Ben captured by the aliens and brother Matt struggling to cope with the
situation, Hal now appreciates how much his family truly means and steps up to
help any way he can. Hal also manages to find time for a new girlfriend, Karen.
But in a world occupied by hostile aliens, young love has to come second to
Tom’s youngest son, 8-year-old Matt, has been forced by circumstances to face
the kind of loss and upheaval no child should ever have to face. Matt
desperately wishes for everything to go back to normal. He struggles to
understand why he can’t have all the things his brothers had when they were his
age, like a birthday party or a new skateboard. Despite being too young to join
the fight alongside his father and brother, Matt wants to help, even if it means
going against his father’s wishes.
Tom’s middle son, Ben, has been missing for months until he is spotted among a
group of captive teenagers. Older brother Hal has always considered him a bit of
a brat, but he misses Ben just as much as Tom does. Before the invasion, Ben
took after his father and spent most of his time with his nose in his books.
Lourdes is a young college student whose pre-med education was cut short by the
alien invasion. She now helps out Anne as a medic for the 2nd Mass. Lourdes is a
devout Christian who finds her faith strengthened by the tragic circumstances
Dai is Tom’s right-hand man in the field. He is a strong, quick and highly
skilled soldier who doesn’t choke in the line of fire. He’s also a demon on a
motorcycle. Dai doesn’t have a wife or children, so in an odd way, he considers
himself a little lucky not to have lost a loved one during the attack.
Anthony is one of the best fighters in the 2nd Mass. He previously served as a
Boston police officer. Anthony is a crack shot with a rifle and always eager to
volunteer for even the most dangerous missions. But he’s also a good enough
soldier to know when it’s time to sit cool and wait for the enemy to make a
John Pope, the leader of a band of marauders, introduces himself to the 2nd Mass
by taking a group of hostages and offering to exchange their freedom for
weapons. For reasons known only to him, this smart, resourceful and charismatic
ex-con takes great pleasure in killing skitters, even hunting them like wild
game. A shameless opportunist, Pope considers the invasion the best thing that
ever happened to him. He also happens to be an excellent chef.
Sarah Sanguin Carter
Margaret comes to the 2nd Mass after spending a difficult time with Pope’s
misfit gang. But it’s just the latest emotional scar for a woman who has endured
and overcome all the worst life could throw at her. Margaret is strong, tough
and fearless. She remains cool under pressure and has impeccable aim with a gun.
But she’s also a good friend who offers a helping hand whenever needed.
Porter (Dale Dye) is the commander of the Massachusetts regiments, including the
2nd Mass. He is Weaver’s commanding officer. He chose Tom to be Weaver’s
second-in-command so that the civilians would have a voice in military
Scott & Kate Gordon (Bruce Gray and Lynne Deragon) are Anne’s uncle and aunt.
Although in their 70s, they keep themselves busy helping out in any way they
can. Uncle Scott is a whiz with machines, fixing cars, radios and other
equipment for the 2nd Mass. Both Uncle Scott and Aunt Kate worry that Anne is
not dealing with the loss of her son.
Mike (Martin Roach) is a fighter in the 2nd Mass and the father of a teenage
son, Rick, who has been taken captive by the aliens. Mike has a good heart, but
he sometimes loses control of his emotions and acts on impulse, putting himself
and others in danger.
Rick (Daniyah Ysrayl) is Mike’s teenage son who has been taken captive by the
aliens. Before the invasion, Rick spent more time with doctors than with friends
as a result of his being born with cystic fibrosis.
Jimmy Boland (Dylan Authors) is a teenager who sets out to prove he’s ready to
become a resistance fighter for the 2nd Mass. Little does he realize that
against skitters and mechs, even seasoned soldiers question their readiness.
Sarah (Melissa Kramer) is a civilian who became pregnant through artificial
insemination just six weeks before the invasion. She finds a good friend in
Margaret, who promises to be there to help when the baby is born.
Karen (Jessy Schram) joins Tom and his squad on reconnaissance missions and
supply runs. But her real interest lies in Tom’s son, Hal, who becomes her
Two-Hour Series Premiere – Part 1: “Live and Learn”
The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion
by aliens, leaving the planet’s remaining human population to fight for survival
against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle- ER) has been
named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three
sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.
Directed by Carl Franklin
Written by Robert Rodat
Created by Robert Rodat
Two-Hour Series Premiere – Part 2: “The Armory”
While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of
marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts’ weapons.
Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages
as bargaining material.
Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by Graham Yost
Created by Robert Rodat
“Prisoner of War”
Dr. Michael Harris (guest star Steven Weber – Happy Town) joins the 2nd Mass
with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But
the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that
have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. The 2nd Mass comes
face-to-face with skitters and mechs when they attempt to rescue Ben.
Directed by Greg Beeman
Written by Fred Golan
Created by Robert Rodat
Interview with Colin
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