Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What I’m Watching: Falling Skies

Falling Skies: Season 1, Episode 7 “Sanctuary, Part 2” (B-)

Here’s an important question: what is this supposedly monumental episode that nearly changes the game entirely missing? The answer: aliens! Without even one skitter or other alien in sight, it’s all about the human interactions in this episode, which just can’t hope to be as exciting. Mike so easily finding out what Clayton was up to managed to greatly accelerate events, prompting an attempted escape by most of the children and them eventually being cornered by Clayton. Pope’s escape was hardly a surprise, and I like that he came back to defend the kids not because he cared about them but because he so reviles anyone who would think about teaming up with the aliens. Tom encountering him and demanding that he put down his weapon was a sign that there’s too much human-on-human violence, and things really need to be sorted out so that the humans can take on their enemy invaders with a united front. Tom giving up to save the kids’ lives seemed like a poor idea, but Weaver was just around the corner to save the day. I’m glad that Tom shot Clayton without any hesitation, since excessive kindness and compassion in this war won’t do anyone any good. The episode’s big casualty is Mike, who serves more as an emblem of heroism and somehow deserves a big, fancy funeral complete with a history lesson from Tom while most of the soldiers likely die in the midst of battle and don’t get that kind of heavily organized and quite public sendoff.

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