Were SG1, Atlantis, & SGU budgets that much higher than this shows budget? Don't get me wrong, the Stargate series had plenty of episodes which were dialog driven and limited in special effects, however Falling Skies seems to go from one extreme (replicators and alien encirclement) to another extreme (45min of poor night-time convoy dialog). The shift is pretty dramatic. If they're going to do a dialog episode it could at least be compelling.
-Captain Weaver's discussion with the Gunnery Seargent was ok but I really didn't care about the Sgt because it's the first time in 1.5 seasons that the guy has had more than 1 or 2 lines.
-The scenes with Lordes were terribly forced. It didn't seem authentic at all. She's hording Jamil's tools? Really? I'm not convinced that she can cry on camera. And what was with feeding water to the guy in the coma? They said earlier in the ep that he was on an IV.
- The Asian guy at the end had the worst line of the show when he shouted "Who Goes There?!" when they heard rustling in the woods caused by the approach of the Continential Army. Who talks like that? In WWII they used "thunder and lightning" as a challenge question. The problem here is that either they're human or they aren't. You see spider legs, you start shooting. The shows writers might as well have had him say "Hark! Who doth approach? Be you friend or foe?"
- I thought for sure that Pope had intentionally sabatoged the truck's radiator hose.
On the plus side I'm glad Tom and Ann are gonna get to bump uglies in the safe confines of the Palmetto State. I'm also pleased Hal realized he's not gonna do much better than Maggie. Her prior transgressions may have been unacceptable in a pre-alien invasion world but they're pretty much irrelevant at this point.
I have no idea how expensive special effects are but I really wish this show had twice the current budget. Weaver fired the only shot at the end of this episode and it was completely unnecessary. He could've just whistled as everyone in the 2nd mass was within 20yds of him anyway.