Falling Skies – Season 1

Falling Skies is a scifi series dealing with an earth post a hostile alien invasion. Set six months into a world devastated by an alien invasion, the series focuses on the  2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston. Produced by Dreamworks television, the show is broadcast by TNT on cable. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Collin Cunnigham, Sara Carter & Will Patton leads a large cast.

The pilot tells us about the aftermath of the alien invasion in which mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a race of green-skinned six-legged beings known as “skitters” that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious race known as overlords, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the skitters. In just a few days the world’s power sources, technologies & militaries are all but destroyed along with almost 90% of the human population. the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness”. The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. 6 months after the invasion is where the season starts, focusing on the survivors who aim to strike back, and specifically the  Second Massachusetts  led by retired Captain Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, who is under control of the aliens, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

Tom and his eldest son Hal are often out on missions and seek permission from Captain Dan Weaver to go searching for where the critters keep & use the young humans for various jobs, in hopes of rescuing Ben. Meanwhile the group has to find shelter and a base of operations, food & water to keep their population safe and medicines to heal the sick and the wounded. While some fortify the base, an old school building, Weaver has his men go on raids for supplies while watching out for the aliens and listening to instructions from Col.Porter who is in command and elsewhere. They are able to get Ben and another boy from the aliens and remove the harness with the use of a blow torch. While Ben settles back with his father and two brothers, the other boy is reluctantly staying with the humans. It is later discovered that the critters themselves have the same harnesses meaning that the mysterious race have taken the critters by force from some where else and are controlling them just as the young humans were under control when hitched to the organic harnesses. The second mass must survive attacks and even a traitorous attempt by another unit, who agreed to give the 2nd mass kids to the critters in exchange for their own safety, and numerous attacks by the mechs.

Mason & the other tangle with John Pope, a former convict and rebel who does things his own way but also comes up with a bullet made out of Mech armor can penetrate the Mech itself. We also come to terms with the possibility of humans who have collaborated with the aliens in exchange for food, shelter & safety. The 2nd mass goes to destroy a large alien construction from a lot of their ships seems to be coming & going. On the way back to the 2nd Mass Tom and Weaver are blocked by Karen who has been captured and now wears a harness. She tells them the aliens had not expected such a high level of resistance and this had intrigued them; they want to talk. Weaver and Tom are furious that the aliens have the nerve to try negotiation after everything they have done now that Earth is proving not the easy target they thought. An alien ship lands and Tom is asked to come aboard. He agrees only after being told it is the only way to save Ben from the transition that is befalling him. The episode ends with Tom taking Karen’s hand and leaving a shocked Weaver behind.

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