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Falling Skies Adds Hellboy’s Doug Jones As A New Alien Character

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Most of the genre TV talk these days surrounds The Walking Dead or the looooooooooooong hiatus before NBC’s Revolution finally comes back in March. But we’re also only a few months away from the return of TNT’s Falling Skies, a show that is often fun, but just as often frustrating for not living up to its potential. If nothing else, Falling Skies watchers have at least one thing to look forward to this summer: Hellboy’s Doug Jones is joining the show in the role of an important alien character.

Doug Jones shares his excitement over the role.

Doug Jones shares his excitement over the role.

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TNT’s Falling Skies Signs Robert Sean Leonard And Gloria Reuben For Season 3

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There will be new faces joining the cast of TNT’s hit sci-fi drama Falling Skies when it returns for season three in 2013. Actor Robert Sean Leonard has signed on to the post-apocalyptic alien invasion series for a five-episode arc and former ER star Gloria Reuben will be re-united with her ER co-star, Falling Skies lead Noah Wyle.

Deadline says after appearing on the TV series House on Fox for eight seasons, Robert Sean Leonard will join the cast of Falling Skies to play Dr. Roger Kadar, an obsessive scientist who controls Charleston’s power grid and lives underground with a slew of pet rats. The children of New Charleston have dubbed him “The Rat King.”

This will be a return to the network TNT for Gloria Reuben. She starred in their legal drama Raising The Bar in 2008. Reuben will join Falling Skies to play the character of Marina Perlata, an assistant to Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and one of the leaders of the human resistance movement against the invading alien force. Reuben’s character is described as an attractive woman, who is mentally and emotionally well put together. The character of Marina Perlata is also extremely intelligent and she has political knowledge and experience that could prove extremely useful to Tom Mason.

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Falling Skies Showrunner Dishes On The Season Finale, The New Arrivals, And Skitter Biology

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TNT’s alien-invasion drama Falling Skies just wrapped up its second season, leaving fans with just as many questions as answers and the introduction of a new element that could have a huge impact on the third season next year. In the aftermath of the finale, showrunner Remi Aubuchon took a page from the Lost producers and sat down to do a retrospective interview and shine a teensy-tiny bit of clarity on some of the show’s mysteries.

Spoiler warning if you haven’t watched the season finale of Falling Skies yet.

Speaking with EW, Aubuchon said that the second season unfolded for the most part just as they planned it at the beginning, adding that “70 percent” of what the writers discussed at the beginning of the season was realized as the episodes played out. One element that to be downsized a bit was the climactic battle where the rebel skitters come to the rescue of the captured 2nd Mass, a battle that ultimately ends with the deaths of both the red-eyed skitter leader and the fish-head overlord. The filmed version didn’t change the concept, just the size of the execution. Aubuchon recalls pitching a version of the scene to Steven Spielberg and TNT’s head of programming:

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Falling Skies Season 2 Finale Review

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After 10 episodes, Falling Skies finished up a second season that was largely an improvement over the first. While the paper-thin characters seem to be as much of a problem as they’ve been since the show’s beginning, the plot has had a semblance of forward momentum that the first season lacked. Unfortunately, any possibility of this show rising to another level has been shortchanged by Falling Skies’ writing staff yet again as they wasted obvious opportunities for emotionally gripping television and decided to instead fill the show with completely baffling character actions and “wow” moments that never really have a chance to wow us due to a lack of tension building and setup.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Falling Skies Renewed For A Third Season

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Good news Noah Wyle fans! If you just can’t get enough of the history professor turned freedom fighter living in a world conquered by space crabs, then you’re in luck. TNT has renewed Falling Skies for a third season. That means at least one more season of Tom Mason looking constantly bewildered, one more season of Pope being the bad guy then the good guy, then the bad guy again, and one more season of Captain Weaver making really bad military decisions.

According to Variety, the season 2 premiere of Falling Skies pulled in a whopping 5.5 million viewers. The Stephen Spielberg produced TV show has managed to pull an audience by dangling the mystery of why the aliens invaded Earth like a half-eaten carrot without giving any real clues as to what is going on for the entire first season. Ratings indicate that the audience is still trotting along waiting to take a bite. While the first episode this season didn’t really deliver on the promise of a big revelation that the season 1 finale set up, the subsequent episodes have introduced some interesting story developments which promise to widen the scope of the conflict (such as a Skitter rebellion and a new American Government).

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Falling Skies Returns And The Season 2 Premiere Sets Up For More Of The Same

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Falling Skies returned to TNT tonight and while fans may have been hoping the big cliffhanger season one left us with might lead to a bold new direction for the show, it seems their writers had something else in mind. Or rather, they had more of the same in mind.

Season 1 ended with with Tom Mason (Noah Wylie) willingly boarding an alien ship, with promises of help for his alien-perverted son Ben swimming in his head. Season 2 begins three months later and tells us in flashbacks what happened to Tom. The show offers no update at all on what everyone else has been doing, because apparently, they’ve just been doing the same old stuff. This means lots of hanging out in tents, shooting at skitters, growing beards, and generally just not showering. No big deal, it’s not like the planet’s been taken over by aliens or anything.

What happened to Tom on the other hand, should have been a big deal, and Falling Skies deserves a lot of credit for shooting it all in way that makes it seem like it is. The special effects are already much better than what we saw in the first season and we’re treated early on in the season 2 premiere to some pretty great, mostly CGI shot alien ship interiors. It all looks very important, unfortunately,