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I like this show. It's of course not the best, but it is Summer and viewing choices are limited in Summer. If it were on in the regular viewing season I would probably still watch it but it would also depend on what other shows I'm watching.

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I'd like to see if an armed Abrams could stand up to the aliens Laser, and fire back.
You know someone will get a P51 Mustang or maybe a B25 and drop a few bombs. Then again the aliens might shoot them down, if they have the command and control to track them. 30 seconds over Aliens??? My Dad was in flight school with one of the Pilots on the Doolittle Raid.....
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I'd say that if there are more than two or three weekly dramas that you think are better than this one, I don't trust your taste.

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What a ridiculous statement. If you can't find three shows on television with better writing, acting or creativity then you don't pay enough attention ... Thrones just finished, Justified, FNL, The Good Wife, Fringe and those are just the ones I watched recently. When you get into other shows that I haven't kept up with like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, Dexter et al. I think you'll find a lot of people will be able to come up with a far greater list.

I don't know whether cwilson's claim that there aren't but two or three shows running that are better than Falling Skys is "ridiculous" but I will say that I don't trust his taste.

Virtually every actor in Falling Skys was painfully miscast, beginning with the easy going pretty boy from central casting, Noah Wylie, playing a hardbitten fighting man. Puhlease! The actor playing Wylie's son is 25, although Wylie was only 39 when the series began. To put it gently, that doesn't work. Finally, although Will Patton is one of my favorite actors, he is entirely wrong for the role of Captain Weaver, a man whose bitterness and anger have so destroyed his leadership ability, he is serially betrayed by his underlings. For Patton to be at his best he needs a role portraying men with subtlety and complexity, neither of which Weaver seems to possess.

All of the foregoing said, the show had its moments. I got a big kick out of the way Maggie, the girl who the criminals had kidnapped and sexually abused, got even when she had the chance. There was, alas, not much else in the first two hours that came close to being as good. I agree with what other posters have said, the show is average at best. I will stick around for another episode or two but if it isn't a lot better than the pilot by then, I will be deleting my season pass.
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It seems like the media is flooded with articles this week with fluff about how good "Falling Skies" is doing. I guess the Spielberg name and marketing machine are still an intimating factor among the Hollywood reporting media.

I saw a bunch of puff pieces touting Falling Skies, too. They left me wondering whether the critics who wrote them had actually seen the show. I saw what I thought was a far more accurate review here, though. Money quote:

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Within the first episode of Falling Skies, so many plot points, suitable for exploration or development, have been raised, rejected and resolved. Who knows where it will go next. I'm certainly not willing to find out.

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^I see we meet again on the field of cinematic nightmares......hmmmm.....

I predict this will be a very short-lived series.

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I just had a phone conversation with my brother.
He actually liked Falling Skies.
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I'd like to see if an armed Abrams could stand up to the aliens Laser, and fire back.

Isn't that something Mythbusters could tackle?

"Could Abrams armor withstand directed energy weapons?"


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'Caprica' Co-Creator To Helm 'Falling Skies' Season 2'

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8479/ca...-season-2.html

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^I see we meet again on the field of cinematic nightmares......hmmmm.....

I predict this will be a very short-lived series.

Yep, Newton Minow was right, television really is a vast wasteland. Why is it that so many TV series with talented ensemble casts and excellent production values are brought down by writing that is pedestrian or worse? What a waste of talent Falling Skies has been so far!
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I saw a bunch of puff pieces touting Falling Skies, too. They left me wondering whether the critics who wrote them had actually seen the show. I saw what I thought was a far more accurate review here, though. Money quote:

denofgeek.com .. ?? Come on now .. no true geek is gonna like this show .. come to think of it, maybe that's why some on the thread continue to slam it ..

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'Caprica' Co-Creator To Helm 'Falling Skies' Season 2'

http://airlockalpha.com/node/8479/ca...-season-2.html

Getting a little ahead of themselves, aren't they?

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Odd to pick a show runner before you even know if you have a 2nd season.

Or is that a sign they don't like what the 1st season show runner did?
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denofgeek.com .. ?? Come on now .. no true geek is gonna like this show .. come to think of it, maybe that's why some on the thread continue to slam it ..

I know nothing about the critic I quoted or who he writes for. I linked to his piece only because I though it was spot on. Why would "geeks" dislike the show? I confess I am one but my dislike of Falling Skies has nothing to do with its underlying scientific assumptions. But it has everything to do with serial miscasting of actors and writing that, so far at least, has mostly been bad.
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I know nothing about the critic I quoted or who he writes for. I linked to his piece only because I though it was spot on. Why would "geeks" dislike the show? I confess I am one but my dislike of Falling Skies has nothing to do with its underlying scientific assumptions. But it has everything to do with serial miscasting of actors and writing that, so far at least, has mostly been bad.

denofgeek.com seems like a really well known and respected spot for articulate and thoughtful material ..

as well, we are all entitled to our opinions .. I take the show for what it is .. there have been worse ..

Why would "geeks" dislike the show? underlying scientific assumptions .. you answered your own question ..

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Odd to pick a show runner before you even know if you have a 2nd season.

Or is that a sign they don't like what the 1st season show runner did?

The article said he was Spielberg's first choice to run "Falling Skies" but had other commitments. So he probably wanted to lock him in for season 2 while he had the chance. Plus they said most of the writers for Season 1 are on other projects now since it was such a long time from production to airing of the show.

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I liked it okay. Not enough aliens. Still, it didn't have that unrelenting unpleasantness that The Walking Dead had. Many around these parts thought that show was the greatest thing since pressed ham.

It did give you lots more monsters, but its monsters were easier to do than Falling Skies'.

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I liked it okay. Not enough aliens. Still, it didn't have that unrelenting unpleasantness that The Walking Dead had. Many around these parts thought that show was the greatest thing since pressed ham.

It did give you lots more monsters, but its monsters were easier to do than Falling Skies'.

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Dumb question of the night...

Why was it called "Falling Skies"?

The sky wasn't falling... nothing was even falling from the sky.

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I'll give it few more episodes, but I don't have much hope for it. The humans killing humans story line was just dumb.

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Dumb question of the night...

Why was it called "Falling Skies"?

The sky wasn't falling... nothing was even falling from the sky.
Chicken Little reference?

Although in this case the world actually is coming to an end.


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Dumb question of the night...

Why was it called "Falling Skies"?

The sky wasn't falling... nothing was even falling from the sky.

Maybe we're just running out of good show names .. ?

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Maybe we're just running out of good show names .. ?


Because Falling Rock was taken...


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I'll give it few more episodes, but I don't have much hope for it. The humans killing humans story line was just dumb.

Why? There would certainly be people doing that even if the human race was on the verge of extinction. There will always be people willing to kill other people to take what they want.

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Why? There would certainly be people doing that even if the human race was on the verge of extinction. There will always be people willing to kill other people to take what they want.

Not to mention that it happens in the World we live in right now ..

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Wouldn't all the bad/mean people get wiped out in the first wave?
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Why was it called "Falling Skies"?

Because "The Event" was already taken?
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A mediocre start to be sure. I'll give it more time as I felt the same way about SGU throughout most of the first season (it became quite good in S2). Some things FS needs:
  • Character Development: At present I couldn't care less about the fate of any of them save Maggie perhaps.
  • Increased Scope and Scale: To convey some innovation, perhaps show how humans in other parts of the world are dealing the with threat.
  • Alien Exploration: Who the heck are they? Why did they invade? What are their objectives? Perhaps this can be addressed in large part by occasionally viewing the conflict from the alien's perspective.
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Wouldn't all the bad/mean people get wiped out in the first wave?

Actually... the odds probably favor bad/mean people surviving the first wave... because the bad/mean people will already be stepping on people to save themselves at the expense of others.

So... unfortunately, in a disaster scenario that doesn't necessarily favor brain over brawn OR niceness over selfishness... it probably means the nice people surviving will be in the minority.

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