It’s amazing and also kind of terrifying to watch aliens land in the city you currently call home. That, not Dr. Carter, Steven Spielberg, or even the notion of “harnessing” children (kidding!) is what initially pulled me into Falling Skies.
The show has had its ups and downs, suffering at times from the same type of talkiness as The Walking Dead, but on the whole it’s been fun alien invasion television. And it’ll be back for a fourth season.
TNT, in conjunction with DreamWorks Television, has ordered a 10-episode fourth season of the show. Turns out Falling Skies, which I didn’t expect to make it past one season given its summertime TNT status (and, honestly, I have trouble watching Noah Wyle), is the most watched non-reality summer TV show on basic cable for adults. People love aliens! Especially when they attack!
Falling Skies is currently five episodes into its third season, and seems to be righting the course from an underwhelming sophomore season. See, we’ve now got a whole bunch of alien races who seem to be bent on wreaking havoc on Earth. We’ve got the Skitters, the six-legged beings that did the damage in the first place; their drones, the mechs, whom they control; the Espheni, also referred to as the Overlords (someone’s been reading Arthur Clarke) who ostensibly masterminded the Skitters’ invasion and who have mega mechs; and now the Volm, the latest arrivals who claim to be freedom fighters who enjoy undoing whatever the Espheni do and generally helping out the people.
After seeing all these aliens screwing with humans, it’s kind of nice to see aliens who like to screw with each other. Oh, and Noah Wyle is President of the N.U.S. (New United States). Well, shit. There goes humanity. Unless there are other human groups out there with other, better presidents…
Although the trailer says that in this season, “To the victors goes the planet,” the ordering of a fourth season suggests that, yet again, no one will be definitively victorious in season 3. Except maybe President Noah and Anne’s possibly alien baby.
If you have some catching up to do, check out the video recap of seasons 1 and 2 below. Given that season four will start in the summer of 2014, you’ve got plenty of time.