Falling Skies - 6/19/11

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  1. Jun 21, 2011 #41 of 118

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    This makes me hope that we humans can be as resilient and fruitful as other pests - roaches, termites or ants and such.
  2. Jun 21, 2011 #42 of 118

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Including the ShopSmart warehouse.

    For reasons of realism, I actually wish they'd gotten product placement from Stop & Shop, or (more likely), Target, Walmart, or Costco, instead of using a fake store name. But I guess I can understand that real stores wouldn't want to be associated with the collapse of civilization. :D
  3. Jun 21, 2011 #43 of 118

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    My issue with them raiding the food warehouse: Didn't the alien invasion take place several months previous, like 4-6 months? Are we really supposed to believe that in 4-6 months, a warehouse full of food in the Boston metro area was left untouched, despite the fact that thousands of humans in the area are starving? I could see if they established that this warehouse had been heavily guarded by the aliens until recently, but that wasn't the case, and the actual aliens guarding the warehouse were easily defeated. Seems to me that many other teams of humans would have tried to loot the warehouse in the previous months. Some would have been unsuccessful and others would have succeeded, but the chances of that warehouse still having anything left after all this time is very remote.
  4. Jun 21, 2011 #44 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Yeah, that's the place I was thinking of but I couldn't remember the nondescript name.

    It's handy, having a store so well stocked after the initial invasion. :)
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #45 of 118

    stellie93 Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    I think I remember hearing somewhere that a huge percentage of the population is gone at this point, so the supplies should last longer. It seems odd that other than the bad guys they ran into, no other stray people seemed to come out and join them--putting their number over 300....

    I'm confused by the different aliens. The cootie things are like the one we saw die? That's a robot? It was pretty lifelike. Then what are the things that make big loud bangs as they walk? Those look like robots. Are those the ones with the death rays or whatever? So have they never really seen the aliens at all? In a whole 6 month invasion they never left the mother ship? If that's the case, I don't see the annoy them into leaving plan working. :(
  6. Jun 21, 2011 #46 of 118

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    As far as we know, the "Skitters" are the aliens. Those are the ones with multiple legs that kind of look like an octopus. That's the one they shot point blank in the warehouse and watched it die as they all stood over it.

    The "Mechs" are the big robots that walk on two feet and have the laser sights showing where they're going to shoot.

    The assumption is that the Skitters are the biological entities that created the non-biological Mechs, but I'm guessing that we'll find out at some point that this assumption is wrong. Either there is another type of entity that's stayed in the ship that the survivors have never seen, or the Mechs are actually the real "aliens" and the Skitters are just their "attack dogs."
  7. Jun 21, 2011 #47 of 118

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    What couldn't they air this in DD5.1? Geesh...
  8. Jun 21, 2011 #48 of 118

    tgrim1 New Member

    Sep 11, 2006
    Reminded me of Walking Dead, with aliens instead of zombies. Kinda like "they are here, kicking our ass, and we just have to stay out of their way so they dont find us with no real objective"
  9. Jun 21, 2011 #49 of 118

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

    Jun 1, 2001
    Twin Cities, MN
    Easily defeated? They used C4 to blow up the mech. I don't think C4 is easily come by. Not to mention they had machine guns, shotguns, etc...

    When they were planning on going to this grocery store, they did comment that the aliens kinda use them as traps. That they needed to be careful.

    I think they explained well enough why these places still had food.
  10. Jun 21, 2011 #50 of 118

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Speaking of product placement.. was the weird skateboard-like-thing-with-one-wheel-on-each-end product placement?

    It sure SEEMED like it. (They also seemed to essentially move without pushing, so maybe it was special effects..)
  11. Jun 21, 2011 #51 of 118

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    The RipStick is a real product and works just as shown in the show.

  12. Jun 21, 2011 #52 of 118
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    But probably not product placement, or somebody would have given a sales pitch. :D
  13. Jun 22, 2011 #53 of 118

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    That's what I was expecting going into it. But I actually ended up getting a Jericho vibe, except with Aliens added in.
  14. Jun 22, 2011 #54 of 118

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    Well it was aired in DD 5.1 (at least that is what my receiver said), but it was obvious they didn't make much use of it. That was one of my thoughts watching this. The sound was really dulll. Sounded like stereo from the 80s. There was one scene, maybe in the warehouse where they used a bit of speaker separation in the front, but nothing from the rears.

    Anyway, I thought it was pretty good. Kind of like a lot of Spielberg things where there's a lot of family orientation. The vibe it gave me was something in between the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds and Jericho. I'm not a big wonk when it comes to "realizm" and "this could never happen stuff" so a lot of those details didn't bother me. I liked the characters, except I wasn't too into the outlaw gang. But I get the feeling the gang leader is going to play some important role. I think he's going to be the "Sawyer" of this series (for those that didn't watch Lost, Sawyer was the "outlaw" survivor, who had a hard time conforming to the main group early on). Unfortunately, pretty much all the shows like this have started out interesting and intriguing and then, by episode five or so, we are left scratching our heads.

    On the aliens, I get the feeling that the survivors don't really know much about them. What they do know is just based on what they've learned so far. They don't know who the real life forms are, how they are adapting or what they even want on earth. We are thrust into this in the middle of the beginning of the story, and I think over the next weeks, we'll find out their purpose and how they tick. At least that's the part the most intrigues me. So thinking things are kind of stupid based on the actions of both the characters and the aliens at this point is, well, kind of stupid. I think we need to learn a LOT more of the story of the aliens and the back story before we can judge their thought process.
  15. Jun 22, 2011 #55 of 118

    magaggie Limabean Fransisco

    Apr 9, 2002
    Houston, TX
    I said this exact same thing to my husband as we were watching it last night. Has that "scavenging for what we can get," post-apocalyptic, "banding together" feel of Jericho. I like it!
  16. Jun 22, 2011 #56 of 118

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    That's strange, because my receiver could only pull it in as PLII. And my audio settings were correct; I checked other live broadcasts at the time and they were DD5.1. But you are certainly correct -- they made VERY little use of the rears...
  17. Jun 22, 2011 #57 of 118

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    Not being of the right demographic - coordinated and unde 30, I had never heard of a ripi-stick until seeing this show. Low and behold I saw a kid using one yesterday. Pretty cool skateboard. That was weird product placement. I mean the entire scene was unneccessary. Or they could have done the birthday differently with a gift of something useful, like a gun or a knife or some other survival gear.
  18. Jun 22, 2011 #58 of 118

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    I had a different take. I thought it was actually one of the more powerful and necessary scenes of the hour. And giving him a "practical" survivalist birthday present would have totally defeated the point of the scene. The point of the scene was to show how the survivors have had, by necessity, to give up the padding that makes life fun. Parties, and presents, and the simple pleasure of a kid playing in the street on a skateboard, are no longer a part of their existence. They all miss it. Everyone was very wistful and melancholy, watching him skate for those few minutes. But they were also happy for him getting to experience it, and were vicariously living through him. It was a slice of what life had been, and a recognition that that life is no more.

    I suppose the same point could have been made in other ways (e.g. "Happy birthday, kid. Here's another clip for your gun. And a flint, too!" would also show how dramatically life has changed), but IMHO makes for a less powerful scene as the former lets the viewing audience identify with the survivors while the latter would just distance us further from them.
  19. Jun 22, 2011 #59 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    This. I thought the sense of loss and hope was palpable.

    Maybe I'm just projecting, but it took me back to the days after Katrina. Everyone was getting by on canned foods, MRE's, what have you. About 8 or 9 days after the storm, a lone Dominos opened up and was selling just pepperoni pizzas for $10 each. People stood, happily, in long lines to get them.

    In the midst of all that devastation, a small sign of normalcy.
  20. Jun 22, 2011 #60 of 118

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Totally agree with this; it was a magnificent scene depicting many emotions...

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