TV Series Review
Chicken Little has been scorned for generations for being an alarmist, mistaking a falling nut for the end of all things. "The sky is falling!" Little would holler over and over.
'Course, there's always a chance that Chicken Little might turn out to be right.
In TNT's sci-fi series Falling Skies, it does look as though the end of the world—or at least the end of the world as we know it—was pretty close to a reality. Nasty aliens invaded, slaughtered most of us earthlings and were in the midst of mop-up operations, hunting down the last remnants of humanity and pilfering children.
The Cost of Victory
But we humans are a feisty lot. Thanks to a little derring-do, a touch of alien help and a lot of sacrifice, humanity has fought back and seems on the brink of reclaiming what's left of the world from its alien invaders. But the toll has been high—physically, emotionally, perhaps even spiritually. And while viewers know that the cost of losing the war would've been unthinkable, Falling Skies also asks in its reportedly final season, What's the cost of winning it?
As the resistance goes on, the battlefield grows more complex. Another alien race is working shoulder to shoulder with us. And sometimes it seems as though we humans fight among ourselves as much as we do with the enemy. No one, it seems, is safe—and no one's absolutely positive about what new challenges might wait around the corner.
"In the last two years I've been kidnapped, tortured, shot, implanted with an eye worm," said Tom Mason, the show's prime human hero, a few seasons ago. "Last week I was almost torn apart ... and contaminated by a nuclear reactor. I think we can count on something happening. Don't you?"
A "Family Show"?
In the midst of all that carnage, Falling Skies still manages to seem more interested in picking up pieces than in breaking them. "The setting is very dark and gritty, but the wonderful thing about this show is that the tone is very uplifting and inspiring," Drew Roy, who plays Hal Mason (Tom's son), told nbcnewyork.com. "It's people at their worst trying to come together, all from different backgrounds, and having to focus on one thing."
Falling Skies is also a little cleaner than some of the other freak-fare we've seen lately. The aliens aren't pretty (though they might beg to differ). And they have these weird harness-like things they plaster on the spines of captured children that remind me of the "face huggers" from the Alien movies. There's blood. And guts. But we don't see the same kind of fawning fascination with gore that's evident on, say, The Walking Dead.
The show also has issues with foul language that seem to have gotten progressively worse, but some secular reviewers have actually called Falling Skies a "family show." I wouldn't go that far. It skitters (as it were) over the line a few too many times to deserve that kind of compliment.
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Noah Wyle as Tom Mason; Moon Bloodgood as Anne Glass; Drew Roy as Hal Mason; Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes; Colin Cunningham as John Pope; Bruce Gray as Uncle Scott; Will Patton as Captain Weaver; Sarah Carter as Margaret; Scarlett Byrne as Lexi; Mira Sorvino as Sara
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