Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I’m Watching: Falling Skies

Falling Skies: Season 1, Episode 5 “Silent Kill” (B+)

This episode is a strong recovery from last week’s lackluster installment. It rectifies the problem of not having anywhere specific to go and not including that much action. Even if there’s not too much happening in this episode, there are two particularly big developments, one involving the alien prisoner and the other involving the rescue of the harnessed kids. It’s about time the alien prisoner of war fought back, and strangling the rather rude and obnoxious Dr. Harris to death with its tentacle is a pretty memorable show of force. There’s nothing like a good bit of fatalism to get the blood pumping, as Rick shares a warm message of “They’ll kill you all” with Hal. The noble son taking charge and telling his father that he’s going on the mission instead of him is an appreciated step. The idea to go in with a harness on so that the aliens don’t take notice of him was smart, and it’s great that the mission actually worked out quite well, with Hal taking out the guard alien with one very targeted shot. Margaret proved to be a useful asset, and she even has an interesting back story! It’s understandable that emotional center Anne would be upset about saving five of the harnessed kids but still losing one. The very best news, of course, is that Ben, finally, is back. Having him die on the operating table would be a bit too devastating for this show, and his return should hopefully set this show on a properly exciting path in the coming weeks. Also, this show has been renewed for a second season, which isn't much of a surprise!

1 comment:

Greg Boyd said...

Hmm. I have some serious issues with the direction this show is heading in, which I discuss in my review. I will agree that this episode was an inprovement over last week's, though. Good pace, some good ideas... but some things just aren't working for me. The overwhelming amount of optimism is really starting to annoy me, for instance. When it works, it's great. But the last two weeks, it's felt unearned and forced.

I don't know, maybe "BSG" has spoiled most other sci-fi programs for me. But I really don't think that's it.