Falling Skies - 6/19/11

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by markz, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Jun 23, 2011 #81 of 118

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    Have we actually been shown the Harness thingies making the kids do anything...other then march around and not be able to respond to their families shouts? I know we have seen a few dead kids where they tried to get the harness off. One was in the park and one was in the military area and it sounded like the doctor's tried and failed. Does that mean they have some Harness kids or that they just caught one.

    Also, what about that stupid rule of Military in the houses and Civilians in the field. I mean, come on, there are houses all over, they could at least give up some of them and let the civilians have 30 to a house or something, even if it was just for sleeping. It seems very selfish that Noah's family got one house to themselves - I mean his youngest son had a whole room.
  2. Jun 23, 2011 #82 of 118

    brettatk Thread Killer

    Oct 11, 2002
    Not having cable I had forgotten about this show. I'll have to check it out to see if I agree with most of the reviews/opinions on here.
  3. Jun 23, 2011 #83 of 118

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    One of the characters explained this, somewhat. When the aliens arrived, they rounded humans up and sent them to centralized locations (aka concentration camps) which were then essentially "nuked." Well, destroyed with the alien equivalent, probably what we saw very early on in the first hour. We haven't seen any evidence of radiation sickness, so it isn't a conventional nuke, but there are lots of ways to make big explosions without radiation. It would be like if the Nazis had firebombed Auschwitz to kill the Jews inside.

    Other comments...
    I too loved the skateboarding scene. It was a reminder of what they are fighting for. Not just to survive, but to drive the aliens off the planet.

    A pet peeve of mine... you have super advanced aliens, capable of interstellar travel, tech like the mechs, etc, yet you have a need to enslave human children with harnesses? Perhaps there's a reason for this that will be explained.

    The rule about only fighters sleeping in houses was dumb, too. I think they just used it as a way to make the captain seem like more of an ass. This is Spielberg, after all. All military people are evil morons.
  4. Jun 23, 2011 #84 of 118
    Big Deficit

    Big Deficit Happy now?

    Jul 7, 2003
    For me? Very formula and predictable. My wife made a comment that it appears the aliens only hunt people at night, so why not scavenge during the day? It's also great strategy when hiding from an enemy with air support to hang out in the open on a bridge. No way that could go wrong now, could it? The adults are relatively clean, but the kids in "school" look like they were rooting around in an ash pile. Soldiers get to sleep in individual rooms of houses, but for "safety" the civilians sleep exposed a distance away down a ravine? I'm a scifi fan and want to like this one, but so far I am extremely unimpressed with the quality of writing.
  5. Jun 23, 2011 #85 of 118

    Gromit Well-Known Member

    Nov 4, 1999
    Atlanta, GA
    I thought it was decent enough to keep watching. But I wish I had not watched the preview they showed at the end about the rest of the season. I feel like I already know a lot of what's going to happen. Maybe it was intended to just make me think I know though.

    I hate TV shows that feel the need to constantly tell me not to go anywhere and then show scenes of what is coming up after the commercial break. They often give away too much and the season preview at the end was like a bigger version of that.
  6. Jun 23, 2011 #86 of 118

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    Like others have mentioned, I don't think we've seen the master aliens yet. It's definitely not the skitters. Perhaps the skitters are another alien race that the master aliens have enslaved and are now used as cheap, disposable, combat drones. ie cheaper and easier to produce than mechs. I think it would be a nice twist if at some point the humans realize the skitters are slaves, just like the human children in harnesses.
  7. Jun 23, 2011 #87 of 118

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    Hey, maybe during the last ep, a dying planet will appear between Earth and the moon and the Master Aliens will be there, ready to jump over to their new home world. After the Mechs and Skitters have cleared out the native human population, of course.

  8. Jun 23, 2011 #88 of 118

    BradJW Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Walking Dead or Jericho.

    Much better done than Jericho though.
  9. Jun 23, 2011 #89 of 118

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    The harnesses remind more more of Alien...

  10. Jun 23, 2011 #90 of 118

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Because in the day, it will be hard to see the laser sights from the Mechs that give you fair warning to jump out of the way. ;)
    I totally agree, but that's why I watch everything on TiVo. Even if I watch the same night, I watch on a delay so I can skip that crap. There is nothing worse than a channel/show/producer that thinks the only way to keep you through the commercial break is to spoil what's coming up. I really wish that hackery would stop.
  11. Jun 23, 2011 #91 of 118

    hapdrastic Swarley

    Mar 31, 2006
    Maybe the harnesses are the real aliens.
  12. Jun 23, 2011 #92 of 118

    Waldorf Super Duper Member

    Oct 4, 2002
    Phoenix, AZ

    For those wondering where they've seen Maggie before... I remembered her (Sarah Carter) from some really hot scenes in Smallville.

  13. Jun 25, 2011 #93 of 118

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002
    That does seem to be their primary purpose!
  14. Jun 25, 2011 #94 of 118
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Well no, because you see, they see in a different part of the spectrum! Yeah, THAT'S the ticket! They think the laser sights are INVISIBLE! And they're just FREAKING OUT that we keep dodging their blasts!

  15. Jun 25, 2011 #95 of 118

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    LOL!! I think they use the lazers to look cool.
  16. Jun 25, 2011 #96 of 118

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

    Jan 22, 2003
    Isn't this the Steven Spielberg show? I thought it would be good by association.
  17. Jun 25, 2011 #97 of 118

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    Just watched and enjoyed it although it took me a while to get over Noah Wylie having a grown son.

    The plot has been done before as someone said - resistance - aliens - outlaw resistance = V in the 80s.

    I'm in for the ride.
  18. Jun 25, 2011 #98 of 118
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I saw an interview where he expressed the same basic sentiment. :D
  19. Jun 26, 2011 #99 of 118

    EvilMidniteBombr what bomz at midnite

    May 25, 2006
    Two hours into the season, I'm liking it. Even thought it is retelling the same story that's been told before. It's fun TV. It'll definitely fill time while waiting for Walking Dead to come back on.
  20. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Noah just turned 40. No reason a character played by him couldn't have a 16-17 year-old kid.

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