Falling Skies – Is It Worth An Hour Of Your Life Each Week?Posted: July 11, 2011
Falling Skies, is the latest sci-fi drama to hit out television screens. New, and as an exclusive to channel FX, Falling Skies, is set after a huge alien invasion on Earth, leaving many dead, and massive global destruction. As much as it sounds just like any other typical alien invasion programme, don’t shy away just yet. There seems to be a little more to this than your generic alien invasion gun-fest.
Although I have only seen the first episode so far, it seems pretty promising. Created by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot), along with a lending hand from Steven Spielberg as executive producer, the first episode sees a group of survivors, left amidst the destruction caused by the invaders. Instantly, the programme jumps into the main aspect of the programme, rather than providing an uninteresting introduction.
One thing I like about this programme, is that they actually show the invaders in some detail, rather than at little glimpses, like many other programmes/movies. The special effects are pretty impressive too, especially considering that it’s on FX. There also seems to be a good emotional aspect to the programme too, adding enjoyment and emphasis on the sub-plots which will most likely run through the episodes. At some points, however, some of the dialogue scenes did seem to get somewhat boring. However, they were in pretty short bursts, and did appear reasonably relevant, and so were manageable – and I feel the dialogue scenes will become more interesting and integral throughout the series, as they did towards the end of the episode, hopefully leading the programme to a very interesting outcome. The action scenes are also tense and enjoyable, and not just some crappy generic crap scene like you get in many TV series.
Although in many aspects it does seem quite similar to any other alien invasion programme, I’m going to give this one a chance. The characters seem to have a lot to them, and I think this will be explored further in the later episodes, giving an interesting sub-plot to the main storyline. And it may just be me, but there seems to be a bit of a ‘Terminator Salvation’-type feel to it; although I’m not necessarily complaining about this – it just seems quite familiar.
It may not necessarily seem like the best programme to have hit our television screens, but I think it will be worth the watch (it has already been scheduled to return for a second season). Falling Skies, stars Noah Wyle (ER, Donnie Darko) and Moon Bloodgood, who, ironically, stars in Terminator Salvation. Skies is on channel FX Uk, every Tuesday at 9pm. Give it a watch and decide whether it will be worth sticking to or not.
I’ll be posting a couple more updates on the programme as it progresses, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested!
By Manpreet Singh
- ‘Falling Skies’: Colin Cunningham talks about breakout turn as biker/baker baddie John Pope (insidetv.ew.com)
- “Falling Skies” Gets Second Season! (ghostradio.wordpress.com)
- TNT Renews ‘Falling Skies’ (aoltv.com)