Behind-The-Scenes Falling Skies Footage Introduces The Berserkers

By David Wharton | 9 years ago

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that whole fiasco happened over a decade ago, so the dunder-headed TNT executives responsible have more than likely been replaced by an entirely new generation of dunder-headed executives.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…

Created by Robert Rodat, who penned Saving Private Ryan and worked on the script for the upcoming Thor sequel, Falling Skies stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Colin Cunningham, and Sarah Carter as the harried folk of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment. It is also produced by Steven Spielberg, and is thankfully a lot more entertaining than his most recent TV science fiction outing, Terra Nova. The Saving Private Ryan connection makes more sense than you might think, because just as that movie was about a war often fought by people who weren’t professional soldiers, Falling Skies follows a group of regular people forced to join forces with the surviving military to help keep humanity alive. If you missed the show last summer and want to catch up, all 10 episodes are available on iTunes for two bucks a pop, or you can pick up the whole first season on Blu-ray or DVD.

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