Falling Skies - 6/19/11

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  1. Jun 20, 2011 #21 of 118

    Hoffer Eat Lightning ----- Poo Thunder TCF Club

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    I was wondering about this as well. I'm assuming they send the dog out to flush out any aliens. Do the dogs typically run away if aliens do show up? Do the aliens usually kill dogs for some reason? If not, why did the kid freak out about wanting the dog to come back.
  2. Jun 20, 2011 #22 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Well, I don't think that a study has been done on that yet.

  3. Jun 20, 2011 #23 of 118

    ElJay Active Member

    Apr 6, 2005
    Decent production values, but I lost complete interest during the second hour. It was way too early for a show's characters to be offering up volumes of dialog about nothing.
  4. Jun 20, 2011 #24 of 118

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

    Feb 23, 2006
    Salt Lake...
    I was under the impression this was just a miniseries, so talk of cancellation is moo point.

    (moo- the opinion of a cow, doesn't matter to the rest of the world :) )

  5. Jun 20, 2011 #25 of 118

    jbernardis Active Member

    Oct 21, 2003
    Princeton NJ
    I haven't watched it yet, but now I'm curious :)
  6. Jun 20, 2011 #26 of 118
    Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

    Mar 24, 2000
    Sinnoh region
    Do they address how the groups of people feed themselves or handle sanitation? In the previews they all seemed well-fed.
  7. Jun 20, 2011 #27 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Yeah, there seems to be plentiful amounts of food stored in different locations.
  8. Jun 20, 2011 #28 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Yeah, you can't miss it. Standing loud and proud against the sky.

  9. Jun 20, 2011 #29 of 118

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    It's a 10 episode miniseries.

    At first, the picture quality seemed really really bad to me.. I don't mean macroblocking or anything, it just looked really bad -- maybe posterization. But either it got better or I got used to it. (Don't have anywhere near enough hard drive space to record it on TNT HD.)

    Thought it was fairly interesting, though it seemed kind of slow at first.

    Noah Wyle with a teenage kid!! and he was the young doctor.. (tangentially, I saw that Wesley Crusher, err, Wil Wheaton, has a college age kid!!)
  10. Jun 21, 2011 #30 of 118

    DouglasPHill Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    St Louis, MO
    Put me to sleep.
  11. Jun 21, 2011 #31 of 118

    fmowry Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Who didn't she sleep with in Hollywood to have the Ted McGinley curse follow her around?

    Forgot to set the season pass for this. Here's hoping I can catch one of the 100 replays this week. :)
  12. Jun 21, 2011 #32 of 118

    Timbeau Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2002
    I thought it was pretty good, but there were parts I didn't like.

    The overall feeling of it was good -- drama rather than comedy, fairly realistic and not given to the absurdities that some sci-fi shows have fallen prey to.

    Since the show is only 10 episodes, I'm hoping they structure it so the overall arc is the humans fighting to get their planet back and that there are subplots in each episode such as the outlaw band in the 2nd episode. What I'm hoping we don't see is exactly what ElJay wrote concerning the 2nd episode -- characters offering up volumes of dialog about nothing.
  13. Jun 21, 2011 #33 of 118

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I liked it. My wife decided it was too dark and violent.

    I also had issues with the fact that apparently it's OK for these people to move around en masse in broad daylight. I caught the bit about how the aliens could only detect groups bigger than a certain size, but that just doesn't make much sense.
  14. Jun 21, 2011 #34 of 118

    omnibus cowboy, yee-ha

    Sep 25, 2001
    Lost in Wyoming
    That's the beauty or curse of sci-fi, when dealing with aliens ANYTHING is possible.
  15. Jun 21, 2011 #35 of 118
    That Don Guy

    That Don Guy Now with more GB

    Mar 13, 2003
    Benicia, CA
    I was expecting something more along the lines of Space: Above and Beyond. When I realized that most of the "action" took place in the first minute - and only through children's statements and drawings - the first thing I thought was (David Spade mode on), "I didn't like it that much the first time...when it was called V."
  16. Jun 21, 2011 #36 of 118
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    But it kind of does make sense. Exterminating seven billion pests in your new home can be difficult and time-consuming if you don't want to do too much damage to your new home. (Assuming they're prepping Earth for colonization, which is just a guess.) Since the pests are more dangerous when they get together, you want to exterminate groups of pests first. Start with million-pest groups (large cities). Then 100,000 pest groups (large towns). And just keep working your way down the ladder until (as they said on the show) you're left with individual pests.

    The story happens to start when they're down to 300 pest groups.

    Also note that when the Vs come across small groups, they attack them. The 300 pest limit seems to only apply to the fly-over drones; they still have to avoid patrols.
  17. Jun 21, 2011 #37 of 118

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    But that whole premise was thrown out the window when we saw that alien ship fly over and drop that bomb on Southie. Whether it was a nuke or some other kind of WMD, it clearly did significant damage. If the aliens are willing to do that to one area of town, why don't they just do it everywhere and be done with these pesky rebels?
  18. Jun 21, 2011 #38 of 118

    philw1776 Active Member

    Jan 19, 2002
    Seacoast NH
    Consider this, perhaps the Skittles or whatever are enslaved by the Robot Killer (Mech) thingies who are the true masters, here ready to put those Heinlein "Puppet Master" thingies on the spinal chords of humans to add them to the slave zoo. The poor misunderstood enslaved Skittles are just trying to communicate their status to us and we're reacting xenophobicly to their repulsive looks.

    That said, having lived in the town next to Acton for over a quarter century, it sure did get itself forested over in the 7 years I've been in New Hampster. :D
  19. Jun 21, 2011 #39 of 118

    robojerk Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Laguna Hills CA
    I thought it was good for sci fi. Hopefully as the story arc unfolds it doesn't turn to crap, so far we've only been introduced to some facts about their situation and characters and I'm still on board to see what the story will turn out to be.
  20. Jun 21, 2011 #40 of 118

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    Thanks Uncrew, I would like to write one of these things or see the script before it was shot. I am not an expert but there are books out on this and they are serious.
    This was written by former DoD people.

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