Falling Skies Summer Finale Thoughts
So “Falling Skies” is over until the 4th season airs next summer. We ended up much where we began, with the 2nd Mass back on the road . . .
The human’s, with the aid of the Volm weapon, managed to take down the Eshveti tower in Boston and deal a major blow to them. Then in came the mother Volm ship, with Cochise’s father onboard as their supreme leader. He basically felt the humans were not needed now that they were here, and wanted to relocate them to Brazil. When Tom said no, he was taken down by Volm guards and told this wasn’t a discussion, they would be relocated.
Tom, Weaver, Pope and the others weren’t going to be shipped off to some prison camp, and Pope gloated and loved saying “told you so” about the Volm. They all snuck out of Boston and found themselves refugees once more.
Tom and the others met with Karen and some Eshveti on the road. She told him the Volm weren’t who they claimed to be, and more nasty truths would come out soon, and they may want to strike a deal. She had something for him, and he had something for her. He shot her, and as she lay dying and tried to apologize to Hal, Maggie shot her two more times to finish her off.
Tom soon discovered Anne and Lexie in the nearby woods, but Lexie was now a toddler. Would she keep aging at this rate? Nobody had the answer. She definitely has powers though. She was able to call out the bugs in Lordes, they poured out of her eyes into Lexie’s hands and then Lexie turned them to dust and smiled.
… So Lexie is totally creepy, and we still have no answers how and why she ended up this way. I am guessing it was the Eshveti, why else would they want her? They must have altered Tom’s DNA when they had him.
Karen’s warning about the Volm were intriguing. What if the story Cochise was actually backwards? What if the Volm chased the Eshveti away, destroyed their home planet, etc . . .
I feel like Karen was going to say something important when Maggie put a bullet in her. Hmmmm . . .
Falling Skies: The True Mole!
So last week I was disappointed that Hal seemed to be the mole, and was hoping there would be a second one to be revealed. Well this week the show delivered just that. We found out that the true mole is Lourdes! She ended up shooting and killing the real President, so now the new President and Weaver have realized there is a second mole, and maybe Hal was never the leak. Wow, never would I have suspected Lourdes. Her face is crawling with the eye bug things, so I don’t think they will safely get all of them out of her like they got the one out of Hal.
Cochise returned the president safely to Charleston, but he didn’t make it to the end of the episode thanks to Lourdes. We did learn what the weapon does and why it needs so much power. It creates a grid to destroy the Eshvetti, but also protect the earth because the weapon the potential to destroy everything on earth. So the grid has to be constantly destroyed and refreshed, which is why it needs so much power. Tom knew this, the Old President knew it, now the New President and Weaver know it. They all agreed to reveal this to the masses as it would cause widespread panic.
Finally the Masons traveled around looking for Anne and the baby, ran into a backwoods family, and eventually Tom and the boys got separated. At the end the boys went on to look for Anne, while Tom tried to help the family and only got himself caught by the aliens. Uh oh!
There are only three more episodes left this season. The previews said the most shocking reveal is yet to come, and it seems to involve Tom somehow. What did the aliens do to Tom all that time they had him?
Falling Skies: Back To The Beginning?
So I watched the previous weeks “Falling Skies” fairly late in the week. Actually I couldn’t get myself to pay attention to it the first two times it was on, and when I finally got through it on the third attempt I knew why. Tom and Pope’s adventure in the woods was a fairly boring episode!
This week’s episode dealt mainly with exposing Karen’s control of Hal and finding out how to get the bug out of him. The rebel Skidders helped them and Dr. Lourdes (I can’t get over that she’s now a doctor) worked to cure Hal. They succeeded in the end, and I was a bit disappointed that they seemed to go with the obvious and made Hal the mole. I hope there is another twist when we find out it was actually someone else.
Gloria Rueben’s character ended up digging into the Volm’s weapon, asking crazy reclusive scientist what he thought they were building. He didn’t know, but whatever it was the power-source was far more powerful than it needed to be. Hmmmmm. Are the Volm double-crossing the humans? Right now it seems like it.
The real President and Cochise are still MIA.
Tom decided to resign as President and go looking for Anne and Lexie, who were taken by Karen. His three boys went with him, and it was basically back to the beginning with the Mason family on their own. Gloria Rueben’s character took over control as President. There is something about her that I just don’t trust, I don’t know why.
Oh and some good news, the show has been renewed for a fourth season!
Falling Skies Thoughts: All Hail The Reverend President!
So “Falling Skies” was pretty eventful this week. I was late watching last week’s episode because as usual, Sunday seems to be the only day TV producers feel people watch TV, so every show is piled on Sunday night. Grrrrrr!
Reverend Camden from “7th Heaven” joined the show as the rightful President of the United States. He’s been in hiding, but all the time working to try and reunite all the militias that have popped up around the place. Tom planned a meeting with him to talk about the Volm and the new weapons they’ve given them in their fight against the Ashvetti (I’m guessing on these spellings).
Pope, somehow, had gotten himself and hidden a giant silver plane from the 30s (or around there). It worked, and it was his way out if things went to hell . . . though he didn’t know how to fly. General Max Headrom did and offered to fly Tom and Cochise to meet the President. Pope insisted on going since it was his plane, but he didn’t like any of this. President Reverend Camden (I just can’t seem to remember their names on this show) wasn’t exactly pleased that Tom brought an alien, but was won over it seemed during a moving speech about why Cochise was helping them. Unfortunately somehow the enemy was tipped off to their location, and they suspected Cochise. Looks like the traitor struck again, but who is it? Few people knew where they were going, and I’m pretty sure Hal did NOT know, as he went to talk to his father only to learn he was gone and Weaver was left in charge. Tom, Pope and General Headrom fled in their plane, while the President and his men demanded to take Cochise with them in the President’s plane . . . Yeah I’m getting the feeling Reverend President Camden is not going to turn out to be a good guy at all! I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a deal with the bad aliens actually.
Pope and Tom’s plane ended up getting shot down and they crashed. The previews show only Pope and Tom struggling to survive in the wilderness. I’m thinking General Max Headrom is a goner? If so, that probably counts him out as the traitor.
Hal meanwhile seems to have developed a multiple personality. Is this the result of the alien control, or has the pressure just made him crack? I can’t tell. His other personality stopped him from telling people he thought he may be the traitor, which again I am thinking he’s not.
Meanwhile Anne and Lourdes, using Volm technology, figured out how to remove the spikes from the harness kids’ backs. The choice was theirs to make, but Lourdes stressed that they felt the spikes could drastically shorten their lives. However losing them would also cause their above normal strength and whatever medical alinements they had that the spikes cured to return. In the end the kids, including Ben, chose to have the spikes taken out.
Anne also convinced the crazy guy under the city to help her devise DNA tests for the spiked kids to test for what implications the spikes had and yada yada . . . really she needed the test to figure out what is going on with baby Alexis. He figured that out and told her the results of the test indicated her child is not fully human, alien DNA is mixed in.
Anne flipped and conked crazy guy on the head, then knocked Lourdes out with drugs, and took off with the alien baby. She didn’t make it very far before a hardnessed girl and skidder showed up for the baby . . . as well as Hal ?!?!?
Falling Skies Season 3 Premier Thoughts
So “Falling Skies” season 3 began last night with a huge 2-hour premier. I am not gunna do a huge recap, but just a brief set-up and then talk about some major plot points and what I thought.
The show takes place 7 months after the events of the season 2 finale. I think I spent the first hour trying to remember all that happened actually, and everyone’s name. All I remembered was a new alien showed up at the end. It seems Tom has been elected President of South Carolina/Charleston, and he’s made it a place for rebel skidders and humans alike to live. They are also working with the new alien, whose name is Cochise. He is helping them to try and defeat the Overlords, who apparently are called Efreti (sp?). Unfortunately as much progress as they’ve been making with his help, it seems they have a spy in their midst. Someone keeps tipping the Efreti off on their major moves.
Also at the end of last season, Karen and Hal faced off and she ended up putting one of those bug things in his eye after almost killing him. This made it seem like he was the spy. However by the end of hour two, we still didn’t know who the spy way. I don’t think it’s Hal though. Hal is now paralyzed, and still with the other blonde (Margaret) who looks a lot like Karen but isn’t Karen. Karen however has been taking over Hal at night and making him meet her in the woods for sexy time. It seems Karen has not let go of Hal and wants him back. By the end of the show Margaret found Hal walking in the woods in a zombie state. She knew Karen had done something to him, but they still doesn’t know what. They do know that Hal isn’t paralyzed, something Margaret kept telling him all along. She thought Karen was only making him think he was.
In spite of the progress in the war, some are not happy that Tom is so inviting of these new aliens. Pope doesn’t trust anything human, and Weaver has his doubts too. Conchise is helping Tom build a giant gun, the construction of which is very top secret. Tom finally let Weaver in on it, which didn’t ease his mind. What is the gun for? Even Tom doesn’t know, but feels it’s time to ask that.
One of the probable reasons for the 7 month advance in time was so Anne could have her baby. Anne went into labor and gave birth to a little girl. However Anne soon found herself baffled by her child’s amazing abilities. The kid can already say “mama” and seems to be able to track Anne and others around the room, as if she understands things. Creepy alien hybrid baby! Something definitely was done to her embryo, but who did it and why? Or is this just a result of some kind of chemical exposure that has lead to a superhuman? From the previews it definitely seems the aliens want her kid.
Tom learned via Ben’s connection with the Skidders that a new Overlord has replaced the one he killed, and this one is a human. Tom knew it was Karen. At one point we saw Karen’s spine beginning to glow oddly. I think she may be morphing into an Efreti? We already know the other human kids morphed into Skidders, and we saw some others in this episode who seemed to be some kind of mutants gone wrong.
As for the traitor, I’m not sure who it is. The old president and Tom’s old professor narrowed it down to about 12 people, but the traitor killed him first. I’m wondering if it could be the Max Hedrom guy?
Falling Skies Season Finale Thoughts!
Perhaps it was because I was really tired, and ready to just pass out, but I felt like the season finale of “Falling Skies” was a bit jumbled. A lot was going on, but I didn’t feel like I was getting many answers.
For instance, Military Leader Max Headrom (I still don’t know his name) kept locking people up, and then letting them out, every five minutes. I was confused!
Nothing much bad happened with Arthur either. He was locked up, then let out, apparently asked to step down as leader, but asked Tom to take his place. Tom however said no. If he had a deal with the aliens, it didn’t come out in this episode.
Tom was told to meet with the Rebel Skidders, but then he was locked up, then he was let go, then the entire 2nd Mass was held at gun point after the Skidders and Ben showed up in Charleston to deliver a message. It was just nuts! I think the power went to Max Headrom’s head and fast.
The Skidders and Ben showed up with a message, and the 2nd Mass surrounded them to protect them from Max Headrom’s men. They told of a new weapon being built that had to be destroyed. They also told Tom that it’s unfortunate that he had the Overlord he did and let him go, he didn’t know what he really was holding. It seems this was the Overlord who oversaw all the plans for the eastern part of the U.S., and all the plans were held in his head. If they had killed him, everything would have been thrown into chaos for awhile. It seems the fish head overlords are all psychically linked or something.
Tom and the 2nd Mass, after being locked up and let go a few times, went out to destroy the weapon. The weapon was a huge gun pointed at the sky, and Ben made a comment that it wasn’t for them . . . Hmmmm. During the fight Red Eye got killed, which was a sad moment. Tom bashed the Overlord’s head in, which was a great moment. Karen got away, and I kept wondering why nobody just shot her instead of watching her climb up and over a huge wall. Something happened to Hal and he collapsed. Oh and Tom found out that the Doc was pregnant with his child, which she hadn’t yet told him. He was happy of course.
As the show came to a close, Hal was in some kind of a coma. The Doc didn’t know what was wrong, but they’d keep monitoring him. Ben told his family that he would be sticking around for awhile, he didn’t need to run off to the rebellion again just yet. However Tom and Weaver felt maybe Charleston wasn’t for them, and they should pack it up and head out.
Then in the final moments all hell broke loose. Hal woke up, looked very creepy, and one of those implants crawled out of his eye and into his ear. Gross! Meanwhile outside they heard explosions and everyone ran to see what was going on. Ships were raining down to earth, and out of one walked an entire new species of alien in full metal body armor.
Bloody hell! Is this a good alien or a bad alien? My guess is this is what the cannon was aimed at. The minute they destroyed that cannon, the new aliens could then land. Will they be on the side of humans, or are they even worse than the overlords? At the beginning of the season the overlords did tell Tom that he really didn’t know what was going on, and as soon as they accomplished their mission then they would leave this planet. Could this be a huge twist? Are the overlords not the real enemy? Could the humans just have gotten caught in the aliens battle with each other?
Falling Skies: Charleston and One More Episode Left!
So there is only ONE more episode left of “Falling Skies” this season. How will they wrap this up? Apparently the last five minutes of the next episode are going to be a game changer. The sneak peak seemed to show hundreds of ships? falling to earth. Oh dear!
In the latest episode the 2nd Mass finally made it to Charleston where one of Captain Weaver’s old friends was (Jim I think? They met him on the road awhile back). Weaver’s daughter Jeannie had made it too, but she was none to pleased with how things were going there. She wanted to fight the aliens and work to rescue others, but the leader was against this. The dude who played “Max Headrom” was the military leader in charge, but the real leader was Tom’s old college professor Arthur (Lock from “Lost”).
Arthur seemed completely opposed to military action at all against the aliens. He felt they were safe, the aliens thought Charleston was dead, and if they laid low it would be okay. Tom disagreed with him publicly, which he did not approve of. He then went on a fishing expedition for anything he could use against Tom, and of course found it. HE learned about the implant in Tom, and Ben being harnessed. All this, and a de-harnessed kid showing up with a message from Red-Eye was too much for Arthur. He had Tom and his men jailed, then anyone from the 2nd Mass quarantined and guns pointed at them . . . even the kids. This was the last straw for Max Headrom, who declared Marshall Law and put Arthur in jail! He then suggested Tom and his men make that rendezvous with Red-Eye . . . he was on their side and wanted to fight!
I think it’s pretty clear that Arthur has a deal with the aliens. He kept making mention how HE and his people, civilians, built this entire compound . . . not the army. That is why he was in charge. He was clearly not willing to challenge the aliens at all, he kept saying they didn’t know they were here and wanted it kept that way . . . Really? Advanced aliens with scanning technology don’t see an entire city of people? I don’t think so! I think Charleston IS the camp the Overlord told Tom about. I think that Arthur was told to find Tom and lead him and the 2nd Mass there, as well as all the other armies fighting the aliens. He has a deal to keep humans safe, as long as they don’t pose a risk. I think this must mean he knows what the bigger plan is too.
How they will wrap this up, I still am unclear about. Something huge has to happen though, really shocking. A rebellion, or a new alien threat?
Falling Skies: Fish Head Overlords and Spiders!
This is another catch-up post as I didn’t post about “Falling Skies” last week. Basically both of these weeks were very Karen focus, as Hal’s harnessed ex returned. Last week she was found alive with a bunch of dumped de-harnassed kids, but she had not lost her link. Her soul purpose was to lure Ben away. She did so under the guise that they’d join the rebellion, and were a danger to the 2nd Mass because of their link to the aliens. However once away, Karen showed her true colors. She was luring Ben away because they wanted to use him to find Red-Eye and the rebels. Fortunately, Hal and others showed up to save him before they could re-harness him. The fish head overlord was taken into custody by Tom and the others. This sent Karen to negotiate for his release. Tom and the 2nd Mass tried to use this to get them time to make it south to Charleston, but then a new alien showed up . . . spider aliens! Tom talked with the Overlord, through Ben, who told him that they go from planet to planet, usually ones whose population have squandered their planets. What they do, we don’t know yet. The Overlord assured Tom just like the other places they go, they do their work and leave, they weren’t there to conquer them. Tom wasn’t sure he was getting the truth, and ended up shooting the Fish Head! They used his wounding to make a real deal with Karen to buy them time to flee, as they knew they couldn’t trust Karen. The show ended with the 2nd Mass moving south, and Ben saying goodbye to strike out on his own. Ben knew his leaving would keep them safe, and he had to join the rebellion and try and pull other de-harnessed kids into it.
So those spiders were horrific! It was like sci-fi horror meets urban legend, with them spawning inside of you. Poor Jamal though, that actor can’t get a break. Killed off on ‘Harper’s Island’ and wrongly accused and nearly beaten to death on ‘The Killing,’ and now an alien spider’s nest! I have a feeling Captain Weaver’s death is imminent at this point.
I don’t know what to make of what the Overlord Fish Head revealed to Tom. I’m wondering if what they want is some kind of energy source or mineral? Their towers do look like drills. Maybe they target worlds where their inhabitants have already destroyed the ecosystem to a point that the Fish Heads feel it’s doomed anyways?
I have a feeling Charleston is either going to be a huge trap, or they are going to arrive there and find the Doctor’s husband and son alive and waiting there. I think she claimed she saw them shot down? But Weaver thought his family was dead too. I found it odd that her husband and son were brought up in this episode by Lourdes just as Tom and her have finally started, you know, touching each other . . . and by touching I mean hugging and acknowledging what they are feeling. A monkey wrench is coming for them, I am sure.
Falling Skies: Rebel Rebel!
So I am just writing some quick recaps and general thoughts here on the last two episodes of “Falling Skies.” I didn’t see last week’s episode until the other day, which is why I didn’t blog about it before.
Last week mainly centered around the return of Captain Weaver’s daughter Jeanie. She thought he was dead, and he thought she, her mother and little sister were dead. She had been living with a group of teens and kids who were on their own without any adults, which is how they wanted it. They ended up getting themselves all kidnapped by the skitters and taken to the harness factory. During the rescue Ben’s big brother saw his spikes glowing and realized Ben had been lying . . . . Jeanie meanwhile decided not to stay with her dad’s group and rejoined the kids.
This week was primarily about Ben and his spikes. They ended up finding the other kid Ben was friends with who was also harnessed (I can’t remember his name) and taking the red eyed skitter hostage. The friend talked for Red-Eye. It was Red-Eye who apparently saved Tom on the ship and helped him get free, he did so because they saw something in Tom. He says he’s part of a resistance movement that has been working for over 100 years to over throw the real threat to them all. When their planet was conquered, their children were taken an harnessed much like what has happened on earth. However they were too weak to fight back on their own. They believe with Tom’s help, the humans can team up with them and they can overthrow their masters. Tom didn’t know why they needed their help. Red Eye said their technology was no match for the oppressors, but with the Skitter Rebels’ help they can supply them with technology and intel on how the oppressors work.
My Thoughts . . .
So Red-Eye did in fact turn out to be good. I don’t think any of us were shocked by this. However Tom doesn’t think he can trust him, and it appears Ben is going to run off as he was saying goodbye to Matt at the very end. I guess he’s going to join the Skitter Rebels? He could also maybe going to join Jeanie’s group? I’m assuming we’ll eventually see Jeanie again, otherwise what was the point of having her show up? Pope is also still MIA, so I wonder when we’ll see him again.
There was a side story where we learned Hal’s gal-pal Margaret had some kind of brain tumors she was slowly dying from. Oh no! I wonder where this is going to lead? His old girlfriend is still harnessed and working for “the oppressors.” I guess this could be a way for them to eventually reunite? However, I have a suspicion that Red-Eye will offer a way to save Margaret in order to prove he is on the up-n-up.
Falling Skies: Creepy Red Eyed Skidder!
So last night on “Falling Skies,” a woman in a plane landed in camp with a message. A new continental congress has been established in Charleston, and they have been in contact with survivor groups in Europe. She asks them to head to Charleston and join up. She then had to head out, leaving the choice to Weaver. After consulting with Tom, it seems they will be heading south.
Pope continued to become too big for his britches, and still didn’t trust Tom. Tom asked to be assigned to the Berserkers so he could watch Pope, and Pope could keep an eye on him. However Tom proved to be a great asset and leader, so when Pope threatened to ditch the 2nd Mass . . . well he expected his men to follow him and they didn’t! So he went off on his own, and another guy offered to go with him (but really just to look out after him).
Finally Ben and his friend Jeremy killed a bunch of skidders, but then Jeremy got himself killed. The skidder with the red eye then activated Ben’s spikes and made them glow. Later the skidder met up with Ben again in the woods and did the same thing, seemingly telling him something?
My thoughts . . .
I’m wondering if the red-eye is not bad, but is trying to warn Ben in some way? Or give him a message? Again it seems the skidders are enslaved, and I think this one may be trying to help Ben and the humans.
I can’t help but wonder if the woman in the plane is a trap. The aliens wanted Tom to take his group to a camp where they would be allowed to live in peace. The pilot could have been harnessed and simply directing them to the camp so that the aliens could trap them.