Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What I’m Watching: Falling Skies (Season Premiere)

Falling Skies: Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2 “Worlds Apart” & “Shall We Gather at the River” (B-)

I had all but forgotten about this show since it aired last summer, and, now that it’s back, I think I feel exactly the same way about it. Unlike, say, “Terra Nova,” this show didn’t get bad and lose all focus after its pilot. Instead, this show has never managed to truly live up to its potential, offering mediocre writing and only a small sample of awesome action each episode. Tom getting some face time with the aliens is a pretty big thing, and I enjoyed Karen’s lofty comparisons to examples of oppression from history designed to sway Tom into believing. Seeing him spared while all of the others were mowed down on the field underscores his importance as a leader of the resistance, which is likely to be more determined than ever now that they know that all the aliens want them to be purely subservient. That parasite in Tom’s eye was pretty freaky, and seeing him scared almost most worrisome than anything else. In Tom’s absence, Hal has become bossy, Ben has had the opportunity to get annoying, and Matt has grown up enough to learn how to fire a gun. Pope’s as obnoxious as ever, and it’s a good thing that Weaver and Anne are bonding since they’re Tom’s number one allies. Brandon Jay McLaren, who played Bennett Ahmed last year on “The Killing,” is now a prominent player, one of several interchangeable supporting cast members without any crucial individual function. I want to like and anticipate this show much more than I do, and I’m hopeful that it will rein me in more over the next seven weeks.

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