I admit I’m a jaded TV watcher. I’ve seen so many of these post-apocalyptic shows like “Falling Skies” and then I get disappointed when they hold back their punches or take the easy way out. “Falling Skies” has been my favorite since season 1 because it hasn’t been mushy. The season 2 finale on August 19th looked like it might wimp out but the cliffhanger blew me away. I can’t wait for season 3 next summer.
“Falling Skies” debuted in 2011 and they don’t waste any time in their 10 episode seasons. There isn’t any obvious filler. The show isn’t shy about killing off a cast member to serve the story. The deaths aren’t the usual Red Shirt deaths either – guy shows up in an episode and everyone knows him then he dies a terrible death and the next episode it’s as if he never existed. The show also likes to paint itself into a corner. You wonder how will they get out of it.
THAT is what I love about a good drama – taking the risks and raising the stakes.
I thought I might be disappointed by the end of the season finale. The major arc was tied up and after the final commercial it all had the sense of being over. I speculated the show was filmed before they knew they were picked up for a 3rd season and unlike some shows the producers wanted to tie up all the loose ends some what in case it didn’t come back.
The TV promo said watch for the last five minutes and it didn’t lie. The twist/cliffhanger was excellent and it even shocked my jaded heart.
“Falling Skies” is what FOX’s defunct “Terra Nova” could’ve been if that show had taken more risks. This is why the better TV is on the cable networks.
Falling Skies 2×10 Extended Promo “A More Perfect Union” Season Finale
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