Falling Skies Review: Taking the Red Eye

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They're dropping like flies in Falling Skies.

Or like survivors trying to do battle with a well-armed foreign enemy.

Either way, "Love and Other Acts of Courage" featured the second human death in two weeks, but that's just about all this episode had in common with last week's letdown. As opposed to contrived emotional moments, this installment focused on a couple established relationships and one MAJOR plot twist.

Can Red Eye really be trusted?

Red Eye

In my interview with Colin Cunningham, the actor said to expect the alien storyline to "open up" and that nothing is ever "one-note" on this show. It's safe to say he wasn't lying.

The mere notion that the Skitters were once like Ben - harnessed life forms from another planet who were turned into their enemy and have been trying to fight back against the changes and the revolution ever since - is fascinating. And, in the context of a sci-fi show based on an alien invasion, absolutely believable.

Why wouldn't the lead aliens have attacked other planets before coming to Earth? It's a new angle on an old story.

As I've written about many times, the basic premise of Falling Skies has been done numerous times before. Viewers would quickly grow tired of survivors blasting away at these creatures every week. But having already established a couple interesting characters, led by Noah Wyle's reluctant, pained hero, Tom Mason, we now seem to entering even more unique territory.

Humans teaming up with aliens to fight other aliens. Simply put: very cool.

Tom is already torn between protecting his children and doing what's right for the Second Mass as whole. Now he'll be divided even more by actually taking Red Eye's side against his understandably cynical fellow soldiers. It all led to that nice moment between Tom and Weaver, a bonding scene that actually felt earned (contrasted with last Sunday's forced father/daughter reunion) and that set the scene for a choice Tom may need to someday make.

But there's no way he ever puts Ben down... is there? I don't see why he would even have to, if everything we discovered this week is actually true. That could be a major IF, of course.

Elsewhere, thank goodness Hal and Maggie appear to be finally giving in to their feelings. There's only so long this relationship could have been dragged out. I get that it takes awhile to get over your girlfriend being turned into an alien and all, but that was months ago! And Maggie is really hot! I'm sure Karen would understand, Hal. Go with your instincts on this one.

Same for Tom and Anne. Falling Skies is one of the more serious shows on TV, and Anne one of the more serious characters. We've seen her cry enough and we've seen these two share plenty of grave conversations. Sometimes, when there's an empty hospital room and a smidgeon of hope for the human race, you've gotta just get right in there and give each other a full-body checkup. If you know what I mean.

Overall, a very strong episode. Relationships were furthered, Rick was put out of his harnessed misery and a significant storyline shift took place. Based on the options it opens up, this is one Red Eye I'll be happy to take.


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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I've seen other shows drag out Characters feelings for each other then Hal and Maggie. It only took 2 seasons & the writers did it right with them. Maggie has closed herself off to others and it just made sense for not to totally give in to Hal. Two very good characters. Plus Maggie is awesome female character that kicks ass and is very believable when doing it.


Very good episode indeed. BUT I'm really missing Pope :-( The show feels just incomplete without his great snarky comments! Especially because I don't care at all for any couple on this show. They're boring and don't have any chemistry at all, but that's personal opinion.


We learned halfway through last season that the skitters were harnessed. The only reason to show that was to suggest that the skitters were not voluntary helpers and could be turned against their masters. The skitters are not necessarily good guys -- the could be as bad as their masters -- but it was inevitable that the humans form an alliance with them. This is a reasonable story line; there's no way humans stand a chance otherwise ... except ... why aren't human cyber warriors hacking the mechs? If the aliens' communications can be thrown off by radio jamming, surely their mechs can't be that difficult to hack. But, setting that aside, Humans and Skitters Unite and Fight! is the only way to go. @tati: Karen is definitely on her way back ... but probably as a double agent.

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Seems like the end lack something though.


Now cheesy would have been Hal saying to Meg "we might not make it out of this alive we should have sex." I don't waste my time watching shows I don't like.


I actually found this episode more enjoyable, and more watchable than previous episodes of Falling Skies. Perhaps it was because of the relationships, and the addition of the alien who speaks of a resistance movement, or it could be because there just wasn't as much gore as the previous ep, but for whatever reason, I'd give this episode an A. I hope that things continue to progress with Maggie and Hal, and Tom and Anne, because those hopeful pairings keep me rooting for the humans in this dystopian world occupied by merciless aliens.
And Kyle, I actually found the car scene amusing and realistic. If you hate the show so much, you simply change the channel and stop watching it. Sheez


Mechs walking by and the idiot kid is laying in the car with the girl and joking with her about why he so loves this piece of crap car... because he hooked up with other babes in it. Only the most puerile of idiots would say that to a woman. And if this woman was anything like the tough character she is portrayed to be, she would have let the mechs get him. And oh yeah, in additional to all the other forced drama, the blonde woman later reveals she had surgery for brain tumors. Not once, but THREE times! Jesus this show sucks ass. Only decent part of the show was when the alien spoke about collaborating. It was ruined quickly by "military" who fail to see the value in an enemy captive.


Now that Maggie and Hal have finally 'found' each other, I'm waiting for Karen to pop back into the picture.


A good episode for a change.

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