The June 19th Falling Skies premiere introduced the survivors, the aliens, and more with the first two episodes, “Live and Learn” and “The Armory.” The aliens may have invaded, but the survivors weren’t going down without a fight.
As the children explained, the aliens came to Earth and took over, cutting off communication, destroying military bases and major cities, killing adults, and harnessing children. While Matt Mason was back at camp with Anne and the other children, Tom and Hal were out on a supply run when skitters attacked. They lost their food and found out the aliens were up to Back Bay and took South Boston – they had the city. The survivors returned to camp to report their losses. Porter called Tom in and reported they were on the move and splitting up into units of 300. Weaver was to lead the 2nd Mass with Tom as his second. They were also working on un-harnessing the children without killing them. Tom schooled the others about taking down the giant structure over the city with historical military strategy.
Scott was able to get a car going as Anne brought out medical supplies, and Tom grabbed a book from a stack as they set out. The markets they came across were all cleaned out, and Tom said he’d go back for food. Weaver agreed, but didn’t give him much. Hal and Karen went ahead to scout the scene. While waiting, Tom stumbled across a dead boy – someone tried to remove the harness. While scouting, Hal spotted mechs leading the harnessed children and saw Ben. When they got back to the others, Hal wanted to go get Ben, but Tom said they had to stick to the mission first. They couldn’t risk dying and leaving Matt alone. They planned, but there was the risk that it was a trap. Tom gave a rousing speech with historical references to invading armies leaving to boost morale.
Tom, Dai, and Hal went into the market first to scout before the others brought in the pickup truck. As they loaded up supplies, Tom and Hal wound up fighting a skitter and a mech. Tom made a bomb to take out the mech and Dai got the skitter. They returned to the others with the supplies. Tom told Weaver Hal saw Ben alive and his plan was to weapon up and go back for him after scouting the armory. In a touching moment, Matt got a quick birthday celebration before they had to move on.
At the armory, they came across a mech and had to retreat. The next morning, Tom reported to Weaver, who was disappointed they didn’t bring any weapons and told them to go back. Tom wanted to go after Ben, but Weaver didn’t listen. Anne turned to Weaver about dissatisfaction about sleeping in tents while the fighters slept in houses, but he didn’t care. Tom said that civilians were their best motivation to fight. Even on the move, the children still had school. After giving a lesson, Scott talked to Tom about the differences between mechs and skitters. Karen expressed jealousy about Lourdes’ behavior towards Hal, but he reassured her. Tom interrupted them and told him about the change of plans to return to the armory.
Back at the armory, they ran into another group of survivors, who led them to an auditorium. Their leader, John Pope, asked who they were and when he threatened Tom’s life, Hal spoke up, John had been watching them for two days and sent Hal back to cut a deal – they wanted weapons. John asked Tom what he did before the invasion; he was a BU history professor. John said the aliens arriving was the best thing that happened to him; he’s been having a blast.
As Maggie led Hal back, he tried to get the jump on her, but it was futile and she pinned him. John told Tom that by taking out a couple of legs on skitters, it weakens them so they can take the headshot. Maggie put Hal on his way and reminded him he had one hour. Anne returned to Weaver with thoughts on housing, but Hal interrupted to tell him what happened. John said Tom should find Ben and put him out of his misery. Tom suggested he join the resistance, but John didn’t care. Meanwhile, Weaver wasn’t willing to make the trade and made the call to get moving. He refused to let Hal go after his father, but Mike and Anne helped him escape. Anne went with him as a doctor to help their wounded man. After Anne helped Billy, John set out with others, leaving Maggie, Billy, and Cueball behind, to rob the 2nd Mass.
John faced off against Weaver and threatened the civilians if they didn’t put their weapons down. He pointed out that their flares would alert the ships, and with no choice, Weaver took the deal. After Billy fixated on Karen, Maggie killed him and Cueball for what they did to her after they found her. They got back to the others and started shooting at John and his people, while Anne told Weaver to have everyone follow her. Tom pointed out they were in the middle of the flares, which the aliens would fixate on, and gave him an option: join or die. John drove off and left his people behind when the ships attacked, but Weaver got him.
The survivors holed up at a school, and Weaver told Tom they were reckless and it proved why the chain of command was necessary. Weaver gave Tom three days to go search for his son. First, he led John to his cell because he still refused to join. Tom joined Matt for a game of catch before leaving to find Ben.
Falling Skies moves to its usual time slot of 10PM on TNT next week with “Prisoner of War.” What did you think of the two-hour series premiere?
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