Thursday, August 23, 2012

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

Falling Skies: Season 2, Episode 10 “A More Perfect Union” (B-)

It’s about time we finally saw some alien action again. With the status of the 2nd Mass constantly changing within Charleston’s borders, it’s a wonder that Tom and Weaver got anything done at all, let alone got General Bressler to agree to let them go out in search of the ship that they so wanted to destroy in order to affirm their alliance with the rebel skitters. Ben acting as the mouthpiece of the rebel skitters finally gives him a proper sense of purpose, and it’s fun to see him go to war with Karen when she represents the big evil aliens. It’s no surprise that Anne is pregnant, but what a way for Tom to find out. Aboard the ship, Karen had a wonderful time tormenting everyone before, for lack of a better word, skittering off along the ceiling and declaring that they’d meet again. Implanting Hal, who previously tried to bolster morale by proclaiming “We’re gonna make it, we always do,” with a parasite in his eye was a smart move, and one that’s sure to hurt the humans in the near future. Skitter-on-skitter combat is fantastic, and I enjoyed the rebel skitter rescue mission. Tom and Arthur waxing philosophic about governmental authority was entertaining in a pretentious sort of way, and I happen to disagree with Arthur, believing him to be a far superior theoretical leader than Tom. The arrival of a new humanoid alien changes things considerably, I suppose, even though it’s an eerily similar ending to that of the first season. I had thought that this show had yet to be renewed, but it’s been on tap for a third season since July. Let’s hope for more action, more Arthur, and much, much better writing next year.

Season grade: C+
Season MVP: Terry O’Quinn as Arthur Manchester

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