1.01 - Falling Skies - Live and Learn


weaver of the unseen
Aug 21, 2007
The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet's remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose. Directed: Carl Franklin Written: Robert Rodat (creator)

As you very well know there has been an influx of Alien invasion series ranging from The Event to the remake of V plus few others. However, the thing is that they all haven't been all that serious in the front of adapting a big name Hollywood producer, or even taking account the seriousness of the humanity meeting their alien counterparts and getting their [deleted] wiped.

The thing that the Falling Skies promises is creating on creating an apocalyptic situation and showing how the humans (in this case Americans) are surviving in the aftermath. Which makes this all so much interesting as in the V, the humanity was kind of welcoming the visitors and the series never ventured into that bleakness that the Falling Skies portrays. And the situation in this new series is much closer to the Walking Dead series minus the zombies. But then again it hasn't gone as far as the BBC's remade Survivors, where the whole world population had gone in ashtray. So what you can expect to see in this series a real fight for the survival. But then again, this isn't going to be something that you have seen in the Band of Brothers or in the Pacific. However, you can expect that like in those two series all the drama is based around the characters.
The first episode or first half of the pilot shows well how bad the situation has become when the enemy took hold of the urban areas and forced the former occupants at the edge of the cities. What they don't talk about there is the lack of electricity and all the creature comforts that the modern citizens would be missing in that time. It is almost as if the survivors has already accepted that there's no immediate return to the world of yesterday. However, it hasn't disappeared from their minds and the situation isn't as bleak as what was shown in the BSG, where there was almost no hope of any kind. Instead, in this situation, the survivors create their own hope by going back and doing what they needed to do, or else...

As I don't want to spoil, I leave out the details, and in the mean time, if you watched leave a comment, cos I'm certainly going to be watching this series close in the near future.

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