Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I’m Watching: Falling Skies

Falling Skies: Season 2, Episode 6 “Molon Labe” (C+)

With every episode, this show is continuing to head nowhere. It’s the same old story, that not everyone thinks waiting for Tom and Ben is the best idea, and Maggie and Weaver are the worst patients ever since they refuse to rest and actually heal before some more intense running and combat. This episode felt particularly odd because it turned into a horror movie halfway through, as the skitter spiders started crawling out of Jamil’s mouth and Lourdes started freaking out because she thought they were all going to die. After that, the standoff in the snow ended up just being the aliens gunning down a defenseless fighter to prove a point, making the body count in this hour considerably higher and more serious than usual. Karen has turned into the most detestable character on the show thanks to her bragging to Hal about being able to predict his every move, and as a result it was satisfying to see the Mason boys get the upper hand on her when she came to see her master. Hal and Maggie making out after talking about Karen was a completely unnecessary development, and its arbitrary nature was best illustrated by Maggie in her claim that she changed her mind, just like that. I’d hope that this is the final time that Ben leaves, and that maybe his departure will finally allow this rebellion to kick into gear. The fact that Tom believes the rebellion is real is the most crucial thing, and let’s hope he can convince Weaver and the rest of the Second Mass before more stupid decisions are made.

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