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Falling Skies Review: A Ruined Reunion

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This episode of Falling Skies most definitely did not do it for me.

Whereas last Sunday's "Compass" delved into the relationship between the show's most interesting characters, Tom Mason and John Pope, "Young Bloods" focused on ancillary individuals, trying way too hard to make us care about them through contrived storylines and forced emotional moments.

Captain Weaver

I'm a big fan of Will Patton and his Captain Dan Weaver. And I'm all for softening the character a bit, although I'd argue the show has already accomplished this feat via last year's return to his former apartment in Boston, last week's farewell to Jimmy and just Weaver's overall reaction to being in charge of the Second Mass.

We didn't need yet another blatant attempt here to depict Weaver as more than just a gruff leader. The reunion with his daughter felt shoved down our throat and anything but natural to the ongoing storyline.

Sure, it makes sense to slow down the action sometimes. Every scene in every episode can't be based around Skitter attacks or Mach ambushes. The characters at the heart of the story will always serve as more of a pull than the bullets they fire.

But this was just too much and, more importantly, too random. It was too transparent on the part of the writers, as if we were inside their offices and could hear their debate: Hmmm... how can we tug at the heartstrings of viewers? Let's reunite Weaver with his daughter! And then pull them apart again! No one will see it coming!

At least we're familiar with Weaver, though, and are aware of his plight. The same certainly can't be said for Lourdes. I'm sorry, but the scenes between her and Jamil were simply laughable. The show can't make me care about a character we scarcely know - and, in Jamil, a character we don't know at all - simply because she learns her family is dead and then cries a lot. That's just lazy writing.

Really, is anyone out there on Team Jourdes? See, they don't even have a fun couple nickname!

Overall, a clunker of an episode. That's allowed, especially following three terrific hours to kick off Falling Skies Season 2. I can at least end this review on a positive note: the special effects team is on fire.

First, the bug operation on Tom's eye. Now, the up-close look at how the harnesses are formed. Very cool, very grotesque shots. They'll be staying with me for awhile. I just hope to forget about everything else from this overwrought hour of television.

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Editor Rating: 2.4 / 5.0
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I can't stand Will Patton. I would love to see him killed off. His voice is incedibly annoying and he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag. Please, please, please send Tom's second son back to the skitters. The one good scene in this new season was the harness factory. I'm probably going to watch one more episode and if the writing and acting don't improve, I'm going to start rooting for the Mechs.

Beverly-brooks

I did not like this reunion. I did like the factory showing how the Skitters attach the harnesses. I like Pope and how he will be back soon.

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the episode sucked royally - sorry Mr. Spielberg.. The reunion was rushed and fake (maybe just the acting sucked). The kids going off on their own after being raided and nearly all harnessed? WHATEVER! Those kids would be BEGGING to join the 2nd Mass. So stupid on that count. Finally, if I want to watch a show in freaking spanish, I'll watch one of the 50 mexican channels on cable. Leave it in English!! The spanish speaking part sucked hugely!! If you need the mexican demographic freakin advertise tostitos and beans during the breaks OK??

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I love this show! And I liked this episode. As a Mom, I was relieved when the group of hungry kids was 'rescued' by the Second Mass. But they didn't want to be rescued and go back to the old ways, they want to go forward to a new way. I felt that this episode was about changing attitudes in what's left of society. They still get together in small groups, sing and joke around. We still have our lowly sanitation people, and our elite fighting forces. But as human beings, we can't help but evolve along with our environment. We have to keep moving forward as part of our survival. And at the end, the conversation with "Jourdes" (I agree silly, and lazy writing) he said it was a time to make new families. So that's what I got out of this episode. And definatly, the harness factory was some of the best effects I've seen in a while! That was cool!

Watchestoomuch

@Dee: "It didn't take long before the disgusting progressives included interracial sex into the show." LOL! Isn't it cheering to know such people still exist?

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I worry about intergalactic sex, you know alien on human sex ewwww!

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I have to laugh at these reviews. The things this reviewer criticizes in this episode, "contrived storylines and forced emotional moments," are the same things we see in every episode. Everything about this show is contrived: Tom gets invite to alien ship... aliens kill all but him... Tom kicks ass on the resident tough guy... Tom's son and the "tough" girl from Pope's squad are falling in love... Tom's teenage sons are rebellious... the aliens are as easy to fool and kill puppies...
The alien's technology as easy to defeat as an entry in robot wars. This is a show about melodrama, not aliens. There's not one person on this show I would follow as a leader - they all suck.

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I must have missed the portion of the episode where the "interracial sex" took place. All I saw was a couple learning to support and relate to one another.

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Honestly, the things that the reviewer hated about this episode were the only things I liked about it. I find all the gore and killing of skitters and either chasing aliens or rescuing someone from them to be tremendously boring and not worth my time. What is interesting to me are the characters and their development. Relationships are what make any show worthwhile, and I found the opening bit with Matt getting spattered in skitter/alien gore truly disgusting.
I find this show difficult to watch for the most part, but this episode gave me hope that they won't be focusing on death and killing as much.

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It didn't take long before the disgusting progressives included interracial sex into the show. I'll pass

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