I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been nothing short of addicted to TNT’s Falling Skies since it premired in June of 2011. Sure, the show doesn’t have top notch graphics that you would expect to see in something of this scale, but you have to remember that this is on TV and not in the movies. What it does have is a great storyline, along with a set of great actors that keep me glued to the screen each time it’s on. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this is a Steven Spielberg backed show.
Here’s a brief synopsis courtesy of the Falling Skies Wikipedia page:
Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called "mechs", a race of green-skinned six-legged beings known as "skitters" that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious race known as overlords, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the skitters). Within a few days the invaders neutralize the world's power grid and technology, destroy the militaries of all the world's countries, and apparently kill over 90% of the human population.
The aliens' objectives are not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a "harness". The harness controls the child's mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child.
The story picks up six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by retired Captain Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.
During the end run of Season 2 last year, we had a lot of unanswered questions:
- What’s up with Anne’s baby that is growing inside of her? Since she has been getting it on with Tom, and he was abducted by the aliens and had tests run on him by them, does this mean she may have an alien/human hybrid baby inside of her?
- Hal’s ex Karen has been working under the alien’s control for a while now, and at the end of season 2 she infected him with some alien device. How will this new evil version of Hal affect the group?
- Who are the new aliens that arrived in the Season 2 finale? Are they friend or foe? Is the new aliens' arrival somehow linked to the 2nd Mass taking down the Overlord’s cannon?
For that last question, here is what the show’s writer, Remi Aubuchon had to say:
Well, it seems to be a big coincidence that they took down this huge weapon, and all of the sudden these guys landed. So I would say that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that there must be some kind of connection between the two of them.
One of the things that I hope the fans will see is that of course this is an alien that doesn’t look anything like the aliens we’ve been confronted with since the beginning of the series. And in fact there’s a certain benign-ness. It’s uncertain as to whether or not he’s friendly or unfriendly, but the one thing that we can definitely determine is he kind of looks a little like us in a way. His eyes do not seem as shark eye-like as the overlords’ eyes did or even the skitters, who have a frightening look to them. So I’m hoping that some of the speculation will be “Wow, this is not only a game changer, this could be a game changer for the good.” And then that begs the question of “is it too good to be true?” I’m hoping that there’s a lot of questions running around the blogosphere and the Internet world because I think that that’s certainly what we had intended.
Check out the promo video below that goes a little deeper into what we may find out this season. Be sure to leave your thoughts about the show in the comments. Falling Skies Season 3 is set to premiere in Summer 2013 (more than likely around June).