Falling Skies‘ series premiere certainly lived up to all the hype, as the first two episodes gave some more information about the harnesses, plenty of special effects, and some survivor adversity in a way that had quite the move feel.
Falling Skies series premiere recap: A supply run and other survivors.
“Live and Learn” and “The Armory” set the scene for the rest of the season, introducing the survivors ad aliens and providing a bit more information about what they’re dealing with. They showed the survivors setting out from the city after the aliens had taken it and established just how different Weaver and his second-in-command of the 2nd Mass, Tom Mason, are in their thought process. Weaver is very militaristic, unhappy about having civilians with him and refusing to listen about Anne’s problems with their housing. Meanwhile, Tom agrees that civilians are a liability, but admits they’re also a great motivation for the fighters. He’s not military, but instead is using his knowledge as a BU history professor to strategize and points to great battles in history (and even uses a baseball analogy) to rally the troops.
Weaver and Tom have already clashed a few times, especially over Tom’s desire to find Ben after Hal saw him, and in the end, Weaver gave him a few days to take up the search. However, the premiere also revealed that they can’t just remove the mind-controlling devices because the children die soon after. The question remains about just what these harnesses are being used for. John Pope, the leader of another group of survivors, told Tom he would be best off putting his son out of his misery, but Tom’s determined to find a way to detach the harness safely. Will they be able to do so before the season ends? Will they be able to separate Ben from the aliens?
In a situation like the one they’re in, it’s no surprise that they wound up also fighting other survivors for supplies, specifically, their food and heavy weaponry. It also wasn’t a surprise that Weaver refused to trade with them, but in the end, John Pope gave him no choice because he sent up flares, which alerted the aliens to their location. The civilians were definitely a liability then since he had to think about them while dealing. However, it was because Margaret turned out to not be on their side and took out Billy and Cueball in time for Tom’s group to return to the others that they were able to subdue John Pope, though he’s still refusing to join the resistance.
Amidst all the action and running from aliens, a touching moment for Matt’s birthday revealed what the show is also about: family. Though Hal picks on him like an older brother does to a younger brother, he came through with a birthday gift (which he said was from Tom, who had had no time to get one), and Matt had a few minutes to just be a kid, which he shared with the other children. The theme of family was also evident in Anne’s interactions with her aunt as they watched her uncle try to fix a car. And though Tom and Hal are both now soldiers, that doesn’t mean they’re not still family out there while fighting.
Falling Skies moves to its usual time slot of 10PM on Sundays on TNT next week with “Prisoner of War.” What did you think of the series premiere?
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