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,