Partially conceived and produced by Steven Spielberg, TNT’s post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies follows a group of survivors in the aftermath of a massive alien invasion as they evade and fight back against the creatures who have overtaken the planet. If you’re never seen the show or are just looking to catch up with Falling Skies before the new season premieres, this DVD release will definitely get the job done. Fans who tuned in through the first season and want to dig deeper into the show’s production or world, however, will find little to get excited about beyond the episodes themselves.
There’s nothing particularly deep or subtle about Falling Skies. You won’t get the multi-faceted examination of religion, identity, or the meaning of “humanity” like in Battlestar Galactica. Neither does Falling Stars have the quick pace and clever, pop culture-laden dialogue of the Whedon generation of sci-fi and fantasy. Instead, it’s a very sincere show about family and survival in the face of crisis. Sometimes Falling Skies‘s earnestness works against it, resulting in cheesy speeches and confrontations. The intentional and frequent invocation of the American Revolution to describe the situation of the survivors wears thin very quickly.