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Falling Skies: The Complete First Season DVD Review

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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.

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Falling Skies Resume Falling This Week In Science Fiction

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Falling Skies
TNT, Sunday 9/8c

TNT’s apocalyptic alien-invasion show returns for a second season Sunday night with two back-to-back episodes. In the first, “Worlds Apart,” Pope takes charge of a renegade group within the Second Mass. called “The Berserkers” (you can see more about them right here). Meanwhile, Tom returns to the group, but some question his loyalty. The second episode, “Shall We Gather at the River” focuses on Tom’s memories of his time with the aliens, and he begins to wonder if they may have futzed around with his brain (to say nothing of the inevitable anal probery). If you missed out on the surprisingly good first season, you’ve still got a week to catch up. While the core concept of survivors in the aftermath of an alien invasion is hardly new, Falling Skies manages to refresh it with interesting characters, a solid cast, and the ongoing mystery surrounding the aliens’ motives and intentions toward both the Earth and the survivors’ children. It’s like V and The Walking Dead made a baby. If you watch only one Steven Spielberg-produced science fiction show from last year, make it Falling Skies. Not that you have much of a choice, because Terra Nova has gone the way of the dinosaurs…

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Wil Wheaton Will Host A Falling Skies Chat Show

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AMC has The Talking Dead, a talkshow following each new episode of The Walking Dead in which nerd icon Chris Hardwicke discusses the episode you just saw. Now TNT plans to copy that template and use it on Falling Skies. They’ve hired geek icon Wil Wheaton to host a Falling Skies themed talkshow called 2nd Watch.

The 15-minute show will air following each new Falling Skies episode. Scheduled guests include, well, the cast of Falling Skies of course. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton and the rest are all scheduled to appear. More important than the guests, I think, is Wil Wheaton. I’ve always thought him a better than average host, it’ll be nice to see him get a legitimate shot at something like this.

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Falling Skies Season Two Posters

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TNT is starting to push the two hour premiere of the second season of its alien invasion drama Falling Skies. A recent trailer is now joined by a collection of promotional posters.

The first season ended with Tom Mason (Noah Wylie) about to board an alien craft, which, lets be honest, is one hell of a cliffhanger. If you watched the extended trailer for season two, you know at least part of his ultimate fate. Much in unclear, including the direction season two of Falling Skies will take, but the posters hint at things to come.

The 2nd Mass, guns in hand and ready for trouble. The tagline would seem to indicate that there are continuing hostilities on the horizon. Expect fighting.

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Extended Trailer For Falling Skies Season Two

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The first season of TNT’s alien invasion drama Falling Skies was, let’s call it uneven, that sounds nice. The show has the potential to be something great, but the inaugural foray left something to be desired. Now Falling Skies is back and ready for season number two, with an extended trailer to help kick things off.

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Behind-The-Scenes Falling Skies Footage Introduces The Berserkers

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Since I’m one of the folks still bitter about TNT’s handling of the Babylon 5 spin-off Crusade, I was more than a little cynical at the prospect of a new TNT science fiction series. Sure, that whole fiasco happened over a decade ago, so the dunder-headed TNT executives responsible have more than likely been replaced by an entirely new generation of dunder-headed executives. Still, some wounds never heal entirely. Nevertheless, last summer I tuned in to TNT to give their new alien-invasion drama Falling Skies a shot…and was pleasantly surprised.

While the concept of an underdog human resistance fighting back against technologically superior invaders is at least as old as H.G. Wells, Falling Skies managed to offer up an interesting crop of characters and hint at a compelling mythology surrounding the true motivations of the so-called “Skitters.” Now the show is set to return on June 17th, and TNT has released a short behind-the-scenes clip focusing on one of the show’s more memorable characters, the roguish antihero John Pope. Here’s the clip…