Falling Skies Review: A Blonde Bombshell

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So, does Ben really trust Karen all of a sudden? Or is it quite the opposite, is he on to her as an alien agent and taking what steps possible to separate her from the Second Mass?

Those are just some of the questions on my mind following "Homecoming," another terrific episode of Falling Skies, one that furthered Weaver's bond with Tom; featured another gruesome, unexpected scene; and proved that Jamil is one genius engineer.

Tom Mason in Action

From Tom's eye surgery to the focus on the harness facility a couple weeks ago to this installment's mass grave of kids and teenagers, Falling Skies has felt like a completely different show on Season 2. I mean that in the best way possible.

There really are shocks, twists and turns on a weekly basis and many of them are centered on impressive nausea-inducing moments and close-ups. Full props to the special effects department.

But back to Karen and Ben. The latter appeared on to the former from the outset, insisting he keep an eye on his brother's ex and then sitting across from her in one of the more tense moments of the episode. Could she really convince him that she was free from the effects of the harness?

I, for one, never bought it, considering Karen's oddly excited reaction to her newfound physical prowess. She never came across as disturbed or freaked out by experience. But I've also never been harnessed (really, you have to believe me!) and can't relate to the loneliness Ben must be feeling. He's a constant outcast, even more so now than Rick is dead. Might Ben really have fallen for Karen's act, might he really believe that Maggie attacked her, because he's so desperate to bond with someone who can relate to all he's been through?

I still say no. I still believe Ben is trying to protect his fellow survivors, but the episode did an excellent job of making his motives unclear.

It also excelled at combining mystery and suspense with personal moments for various relationships. Hal's reaction to Karen's return was made all the more interesting because we've seen how he's grown close to Maggie. Weaver's illness was especially noteworthy because it offered the possibility of more than just the Second Mass losing its leader; Tom couldn't help but react to his fallen captain from the viewpoint of a friend, as well.

He also referred to Anne by his wife's name. Ouch. Awkward! But I'm glad the show is neither treating this relationship as if both halves never had a spouseā€¦ nor making either upset when that spouse is mentioned. The exchange that opened the hour was perfect: each possesses a painful history, the other is aware of it, but what is there to do now but make the best of the (sometimes naked) situation in front of them?

Other pressing questions from the episode: Is Weaver really out of the woods? What does Karen actually want with Ben? Is she still connected to the aliens despite being unharnessed? Or is she now simply brainwashed into being a follower?

Where the heck is Red Eye?

Overall, yet another strong Falling Skies Season 2 outing. The stakes continue to be raised, the mysteries continue to unfold and, as the relationships continue to evolve and story lines shift, I continue to be more invested than ever.


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Once again my favorite character Maggie thinking the most logically. Putting together how close to camp Karen was and her believing Ben that you can't trust her. Yes Maggie might of been a little jealous of Karen being back and Hal not seeing the possibility that she's tying to trick them. But Maggie has no fear and confronts Karen only to get thrown against the wall! At least she was the only one willing to do what needed to be done.


just caught up with new episodes and was not so sure in the beginning of show. now its more impact full.
it reminded me of a stephan king in the start. where the earth just sops moving i would have loved to see a recap on the lives all before and then during invasion. i hate to sound like the fan club but i like the charactors and ben getting harnesed as one of the main drives to survive and build the 2nd mass and save the children. I love how the 2nd mass just grows its all good. can't take the harnessing table too way sick. It does seem that charleston is a trap but there has to be others it may end up in alaska if not . I wouldn't care.


I'm thinking the beasties want Karen and Ben to breed :(


Sorry but they should have killed her on spot. Only person surviving in a field of bodies, that just happens to be the girl who was being controlled by the "overlords" or what ever they are called Yeah right give me a break, bunch of gullible idiots. How the hell they survived that long is beyond my comprehension.


@Pope Fan not to mention the woman delivering the Charleston message was called Churchill. Except Hal everyone should have realised that it was not really Karen. How she acted was completely out of character, admittedly we didnt hear much from her before the harness but still, it didnt feel right. 2 episodes running Maggie nearly dies, thought she was meant to be the strong female character in the show? Disappointing that we havent seen that for a while.


It was a very interesting episode, giving the lead to Tom for a while was good, it made more real the problems they have on a daily basis. But the best part of the episode was the Karen and Ben thing, I don't think Ben is that naive to truly believe her, when they kissed, they both said they knew each other feelings, it's not like reading minds, but... Anyway, he's already talked about leaving before, for his on protection and for the 2nd mass. Now for what Pope said, her propose has something to do with the skitters rebellion, it will be interesting seeing how that turns out, Ben wants to follow Red Eye and she's probable working for the "giant" beings, the result of their escape should gives more info on this rebellion things, so I'm looking forward to it ;)


Am I alone in wishing Weaver would die? Sooo close I had my fingers crossed. The Chipmunk in Chief just annoys me with that bad Bogart impersonation. Okay My Three Sons has improved a lot this season but it came off a low, low base. I thought the Karen thing quite good but did they really need her to look at Son#1 (is that Chip?) leave and then snigger and whisper "*sucker*".


Very Good but the handling of Karen was pathetic. Prisoner 101: Post 2 guards, lock up, and don't talk to the prisoner! Idiots!


You forgot to mention that the Savior of the 2nd Mass is back!! POPE!! He was the only one other than Weaver who said yo we gotta get outta here and Karen is bad news..... I heard Falling Skies is renewed for a 3rd season which is cool. Hopefully Professor Mason and company will wise up and realize Charleston is a trap. After all it was captured by the British in the American Revolution. So that really cant be a good thing for the 2nd Mass. Will see where the fun leaves us and with Leverage back my Sunday is full!


I want them to get Karen back to normal like they did with Ben I don't like her as a bad guy I want her to be good again.

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