Falling Skies

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FALLING SKIES opens in the aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. The few remaining survivors have banded together. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people while engaging in a campaign against the occupying alien force, whose purpose remains a mystery.
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  1. 1. Two-Hour Series Premiere - Part 1:"Live and Learn"
    June 19, 2011
    42min
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    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.
  2. 2. Two-Hour Series Premiere - Part 2:"The Armory"
    June 19, 2011
    42min
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    While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts' weapons.
  3. 3. Prisoner of War
    June 26, 2011
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    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.
  4. 4. Grace
    July 3, 2011
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    Tom and his team head out to track down more motorcycles for the 2nd Mass., relying on Pope to guide them to a good location.
  5. 5. Silent Kill
    July 10, 2011
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    Hal comes up with a risky new plan to rescue captured teenagers from the aliens, but it might require putting someone at risk.
  6. 6. Sanctuary, Part 1
    July 17, 2011
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    Lt. Terry Clayton (guest star Henry Czerny - The Tudors) of the 7th Mass arrives with word that the aliens are on their way to attack the 2nd Mass.
  7. 7. Sanctuary, Part 2
    July 24, 2011
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    Hal takes the lead fighting an unexpected threat against the children of the 2nd Mass.
  8. 8. What Hides Beneath
    July 31, 2011
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    The 2nd Mass. prepares to take the fight to the invaders with an assault on one of their bases.
  9. 9. Mutiny
    August 7, 2011
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    As the 2nd Mass. prepares for a major assault, divisions within the ranks threaten to tear the group apart. Tom has difficulty processing the profound implications of Anne's latest discovery.
  10. 10. Eight Hours
    August 7, 2011
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    With Weaver leading several squads of fighters against the aliens, Tom remains behind to help protect the civilians as they evacuate. But a major breach in security endangers both the soldiers and the civilians. Tom is confronted with a decision that may lead him to discovering what the aliens want with the captured teenagers, humankind and the planet.

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2011
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TNT
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M. AckermannReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling, interesting series & well worth the watch - but last 2 seasons stretch credulity
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It's hard to find good sci-fi! As a fan of the genre, I really enjoyed this series. As others have noted, it's a little slow the first season but that's because it's setting up what is ultimately its strength - this series is deeply invested in the personal relationships of the main characters, and less in the weapons, battles, CGI and aliens. The sustained focus and exploration of human connections, growth, strength, friendship and trust in the face of constant uncertainty, challenge and imminent disaster is what makes this series compelling.

I did not give Falling Skies 5 stars because, like many compelling TV series of any genre, in seasons 4 & 5 it succumbed more and more to "desperate writer plot syndrome". The main plot lines were mostly played out, so the plot twists became more and more ridiculous. Sci-fi fans always suspend disbelief to some degree, but truly good sci-fi always dances at the edge of "yeah, this could really happen". This series strayed pretty far from that path into situations that were laughable then conveniently resolved, tied up with a bow that just appeared out of nowhere time and time again (the moon...?)

All in all, an absorbing and compelling series and well worth your binge time. Just be ready to plunge off the cliff of disbelief in the last couple of seasons - but again, how many really good series have you watched where all of a sudden the plot lines turn crazy after a few good seasons? Happens all the time. Happy watching, sci-fi fans! :)
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PerfectionistReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Formulaic, disjointed, and increasingly difficult to suspend disbelieve as the seasons progress
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This show falls in the television equivalent of the "uncanny valley" - half-way between realism and fantasy, that achieves the allure of neither while realizing the flaws of both. If Falling Skies were more fantastical, say like Star Trek (pick your series or movie), I could suspend disbelieve and enjoy the magic of imagined futuristic technologies, however improbable they may be. On the other end of the spectrum, consider something like Gravity; I was willing to overlook the occasional stretch because it included such a uniquely-high dose of realism, forcing the characters to grapple with practical problems that other sci fi stories sweep under the rug.

Unfortunately, Falling Skies feels to me more like Jericho - a good premise with lots of potential, but too much perfect hair and convenient stashes of pre-apocalyptic supplies to distract me from the show's legitimate attempts to depict the hardships of life after an alien invasion. Stated another way, Falling Skies spends a lot of time - to their credit - trying to show what life might be like in the world they've created, yet repeatedly undermines those efforts by introducing new technology, incredible feats, and absurd coincidences on a continual basis. It's too real to be escapist, and too fanciful to be dramatic.

The above notwithstanding, I'm 2 episodes away from finishing the series. So, there's obviously something in Falling Skies that has kept me watching, lo these many hours. (That "something" is most likely the fact that my family was away on vacation for two weeks, and this show provided a suitable backdrop to reading the news on my phone while winding down at night; otherwise, I probably wouldn't have put in the time.) Based on the high star rating, I was expecting another Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, or even The Expanse. Sadly, Falling Skies misses that delicate and elusive balance of sci fi magic and human drama that compels me to watch the show on its merits. If you're looking to kill some time, and can tolerate a haphazard, cliche-ridden, shark-jumping plot, though, you could do worse.
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Ralph ChangReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Action-packed scifi and an original take on aliens
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An action-packed show with good character development and that even applies to giving a fuller characterization of the aliens than most movies or TV does. The accuracy of portraying Massachusetts from locations in Canada was good but not great. Amazon's X-ray comments were almost all correct, though not entirely. I live in a northwest suburb of Boston and have lived in MA for almost 44 years. An x-ray comment claimed that most people in Massachusetts call South Boston "Southie". That is Wrong. Most of Boston proper who've lived there for 10 years or so or more call it "Southie", but about a quarter of Boston residents are college/univ. students who have Not lived there 4 years--most are out of state and call it South Boston. Among my current friends who mostly live in metro Boston (includes Cambridge), I do not recall any of them using the term "Southie."
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mary crismondReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Fell for Falling Skies!!
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I love Science Fiction and Fantasy, thus being such a buff this story has a little of everything to captivate the viewer. My 9 year old grand daughter was being oppositional about watching the show until she actually watched an episode and she is now a fan! The fact that Matt (Tom's son ) is her age and so cute helped too! This story line has so many elements it keeps you engaged. Alien forces come to capture Earth and enslave the youth is immediately captivating to the imagination. The resistance of the survivors and the formation of the 2nd Mass is mindful of the American Revolution combined with the lead character Tom (Noah Wiley) as a former History Professor. The relationships between the sons is heartwarming and raises the viewers emotions as the aliens threaten the resistance fighters at every turn. We also have a budding romance between the doctor serving the survivors and our lead character, Tom Mason. The final episode where Tom faces a decision to board an Alien spacecraft is riveting. Second season here I come!!!
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Caleb HawnReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty cool alien invasion show
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I have really enjoyed watching Falling Skies on my Fire TV. The story is great, even though it's pretty much just another alien invasion show. This one's a bit different though, traking place far after the invasion has commenced, and is during the time where people are trying to survive and resist the aliens. Falling Skies is one of those shows that have a LOT of characters that live within a large group of people, so it's pretty hard to tell who exactly which ones are the main characters and what their names are, but they eventually become prominently known as the episodes go by. Another awesome thing about this show is that there are no inappropriate scenes like other shows have, which is good. I have really enjoyed this show, and if you like sci-fi shows that involve alien invasions, you probably will too. Thanks, and I hope I could help!
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GandalfReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very well done
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A bit of a slow start, but picked up quickly. Post alien-invasion band of fighters and civilians dealing with both the collapse of society and the ongoing alien threat. Well handled, and while I am not a huge Noah Wyle fan, he does a good job and is joined by a range of solid character actors (notably, this continues and gains strength in season 2, with quite a number of actors that are generally know to TV fans, especially science fiction and fantasy fans). The key to the series is that the writers walk the fine line between wallowing in what is a pretty depressing situation and having everything be sunshine and ponies - bad, scary, and ugly things happen, but so do hopeful and reassuring things. Final note - lots of good stuff on the difficulties of leadership and parenting, which in many cases highlights the overlap between the two.
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Nolan MuncieReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The 'Alien' version of 'The Walking Dead'... kinda.
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This is a series I had been looking forward to watching. The thought of alien life visiting us has always been able to grab my attention and the idea that such visitors could be hostile is something to be taken seriously. Disclaimer: I'm not into that conspiracy stuff, so dont judge. :)
I beleive falling skies does well to capture how the scenario would likely play out had such an encounter been hostile. It skips the whole first contact, alien technology whips our but, timeframe and jumps straight into the aftermath. Much like the Walking Dead, the post invasion world is well represented and believable. People schrounging around in small groups spending most of their time simply trying to survive, and then their free time is to put up resistance.
Now, there are a couple things that could have helped out quite a bit. Flashbacks: There are attempts to elaborate on the characters past via real time dialogue, but I think brief flashbacks to pre invasion would have done wonders to help you relate to the characters and explain their current behaviors. Acting: Not bad, but certainly nothing to win an award. Part of this isn't the fault of the actor but more the fault of the story line (next point). Writing: While the general storyline of the show is solid. There are just too many decisions that defy common sense, thus making it hard to relate to. Also, to many of the storylines are short lived and resolved in one episode, just to start something new in the next. It would be better to maybe have fewer story lines, but allow them to progress through more episodes.
Anyway, all in all... it's a very entertaining show and should be watched by anyone with the slightest interest in alien contact... or just for fun.
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BoomTownReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fell in Love with Falling Skies
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I am a big SCI FI buff and had not been following this show. It came out when I was in Afghanistan and saw a few episodes of the second season but couldn't piece together what was happening and relationships with the characters so I didn't follow it. I just got my Amazon Fire Stick (Love it) and this was one of the Prime shows, so I decided to watch the first episode of the first season. I ended up watching the entire first season in one setting. After I cleared the pizza boxes and empty wine bottles out of the way and stumbled into bed at 300am I couldn't believe that it took me this long to check this show out. Great characters, great story, great production. I will say it's difficult to binge watch. In a weekly episodic sci fi adventure the writers have to reawaken your sense of despair and turmoil the characters are in after the audience (normally) has been removed from it for a week. So, watching it back to back to back, after awhile it seems almost too hopeless to watch. Sure you just defeated an enemy that was twice as strong and bad while dealing with internal issues of a fallen humanity, but don't get too happy or hopeful at any victory because here it comes again. Not a criticism, as this was not designed or written to be watched back to back in a sci fi bender .. but if you do that just be aware that the writers have to reawaken and reintroduce the conflict of this storyline and seeing it so much makes you a bit callous to their perils after awhile. I started binge watching season two and had to stop. Never catching a break is just too damn exhausting and I wasn't liking some of the character development from the first season. I was actually going to check to see if they had new writers for the second season to account for some of the divergence in character development, but haven't got around to it. But seriously all in all, great series so far!! Season 1 is worth your time.
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