Originally Posted by archiguy
Or that, more likely, the series wanted to be done with her. Not because she's a bad actor; she was a fine & dandy villain. But because killing her was a "shocking moment" and they needed one of those to leave viewers anticipating next season and to show that Tom wasn't a total wuss. And they weren't going to kill off Moon or her kid or any of the principal protagonists. Dammit man, they needed to kill some
I always LOVE
the way you think (and write) Archie! That last sentence sounded like something Scottie from the original "Star Trek" would have said, LMAO!
Frankly, after having had 3.5 nights to think about it, I agree with youl; they needed to kill somebody,
but that somebody happens to be the writer or producer or whoever it was who decided to finish the season with such a half-baked episode!
I seriously doubt a bigger sci-fi fan than I has ever existed. Nor are there many fans more willing to suspend disbelief than me. But the final episode of Season 3 of Falling Skies
seriously stretched credulity so far beyond my expectations I continuously had to fight the urge to make sure I wasn't actually watching one of the SyFy channel's "original" Saturday Night movies. I mean, geesh, even flicks like Sharknado
have more believability (or at least attempt to explain how their ridiculous things happen) than did this final episode! To begin with, Tom Mason simply "sails" all the way back to Charleston on a small skiff... some 800 miles from Boston -- without being noticed by all the "fishheads" and "skitters" between Boston and there??? And then, even with the limited vehicles and fuel they have, they manage to drive all the way back to Boston without any resistance from the Espheni -- and not only that, they find an entirely intact RR track that goes all the way to CHICAGO AND a working RR train WITH fuel to get there to use as a diversion while they somehow move that previously mentioned HUGE Volm machine from Charleston to Boston... On WHAT??? I didn't see any vehicles in their fleet that looked like they were built for moving rockets or space shuttles or anything else of a similar size (their weapon looked to be in that size range).
And THEN, when they fire the weapon and it appears, at first, that it wasn't effective, Cochise says it takes 10 minutes to recharge?!?!? LMAO!!! First of all, I heartily agree with the comment that an interstellar/galactic race that's been chasing the Espheni from one planet to the other for centuries would be highly unlikely to have as its primary weapon against a force field something that could be fired only once without a long wait for a recharge. Second, "10 minutes" is a HUMAN time construct. Time, as WE know it, means NOTHING to anyone not from Earth. Certainly aliens would have some means of measuring time, but I seriously doubt they'd have their weapon calibrated for a "10-minute recharge!" Of course they could say it takes that long because we don't know their time units, so I guess I can "swallow" that one litle thing.
As for them having a "fatherly" view of the races they protect from the Espheni, well, perhaps they do. Perhaps they truly are altruistic. Even so, we don't know what the ultimate end of that may be. They could consider their fair compensation for saving an indigenous intelligent species the harvesting of much of that planet's natural resources and/or technology for their voyage to the next planet the Espheni plan to decimate. And they could be flabbergasted when and if the indigenous citizens don't agree they should give up, say, half their fresh water, etc., feeling their help hasn't been appreciated.
All the same, that sort of question is to be answered, if ever, NEXT season. But if they don't do a better job than they did by suddenly just "magically" making all sorts of things happen to finish Season 3, will anyone really care?
As for killing Karen, I didn't think it was necessary, and I didn't like it. I thought even if she was beyond saving -- and even if nobody wanted to try saving her at this point -- the "Karen" they'd been dealing with for the past couple of years could have been a tremendous source of intelligence as a prisoner. Shooting her dead when she was already surrendering was a pretty senseless act I failed to understand (I know Tom thought she'd killed his wife and daughter, but she was in the process of telling him she had them, although he didn't let her finish). Still, that was NOT an intelligent strategic act and frankly I thought it detracted from the story.