Falling Skies Review: Threats From Within the Rebellion

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Falling Skies season 3 picked up seven months after Cochise - a leader from the alien race Volm - landed in Charleston. While the show's world hasn't changed, the time jump introduced in "On Thin Ice" allowed for advancement and a bigger picture of the story.

Tom Mason has been elected President and leader of Charleston. However, Tom just wants to be known as Tom and not called President. He refuses to sit in an office to lead and instead continues to go out on missions and fight against the aliens. He's remained true to himself and the cause.

Ready For Baby

The conflict with his leadership comes with his trust in Cochise and the Volms as allies. Tom trusted Red Eye and now has put his faith in the assistance of the Volm. He has attributed their victories and the shift in the war to their alliance. Tom is a man of history and isn't naive. He openly compared the Volm to the American and British's alliance with Stalin during World War II.

Pope is one of the most vocal in his opposition to the alliance, but at the same time he kept the discord in check. He allowed his men to voice their opinions, while he maintained control. And, they continued to assist on missions.

The opening fight sequence, as well as, the attack at the nuclear plant were well done with the appropriate explosions, injuries, and killings. With the unknown mole at play and after Arthur's death, Tom's fake out was brilliantly executed. It led to deaths, especially within the diversion force, but it was necessary in order to complete the mission.

Tom's committed to saving and protecting the innocents, which includes his men and the harnessed kids. Though, even Tom with his gentle heart realized that sacrifices have to be made in order to win the war. In "Collateral Damage," that included both his own fighters and kids that were fighting against them.

Cochise was only briefly introduced, so his intentions are difficult to figure out at this point, but the technology that the Volm have provided has helped the rebellion immensely. Anne was able to remove a harness without any trouble. And their superior weapon won the opening fight to free the harnessed kids. Without that technology, the rebellion wouldn't be making nearly the dent in the alien's force.

Searching For the Mole

And with Kadar's help, they were able to bring down the nuclear plant and disrupt the alien force and power supply. Tom's decision to have Kadar look into the supposed new weapon that Cochise is building will help determine if the Volm have a secret ulterior motive for helping them or not. It seems likely that there is more to their appearance on earth than just benevolent assistance in killing the alien invaders.

The mole isn't the only threat to the rebellion. The aliens have recruited a human, Karen, as their Overlord, which complicates the situation. She has gained control over Hal through the eye worm. 

His paralysis provides an intriguing look into the control. While Karen's connected to him, he's able to fully function. Could he be the mole? While he definitely is being used by Karen, he doesn't seem to be the mole that killed Arthur or took the photos of the nuclear plant attack. He was with his family during the first and preparing for the fight during the later.

Hal loved Karen before she was taken by the aliens, but does he still love her? He's with Maggie now, but he must still have some feelings for Karen too. This love triangle is odd, but was a highlight of the premiere. It's unclear where it's going, which makes it an engaging and compelling story. As much as Hal and Maggie are great together, is it possible that he can bring the old human Karen back? Or, is he destined to be used by her to hurt those he loves?

The two-hour premiere set up the new world well, though it probably wasn't necessary to remind the viewers so many times that it had been seven months. The rebels finally have an upper hand on the aliens and the fixed location in Charleston provides a better base for the fight. The traveling of the 2nd Mass was great in the beginning, but now they have a real compound from which to fight from. The community of Charleston will also allow the show to highlight the human cost of the fight and provide some semblance of normalcy if only slight.

With the threat from the aliens, the search for the mole, and the new questionable alliance with the Volm, the remaining eight episodes are sure to be filled with drama, fighting and heartache.

Odds and Ends

  • Tom's speech as President was inspirational and motivated the fighters, but it felt too much like a rip-off of Bill Pullman's epic speech from Independence Day.
  • The baby! What is going on with her? She's definitely developing much too quick. She's a week old and saying "Mommy?" It's creepy!
  • Monopoly! The Mason family game makes a return. A little bit of normalcy in their crazy world.
  • Matt's actions as a normal kid were refreshing to see. He's just a kid even though it's a dangerous world. He acted like a kid. Tom's reaction was nice to see too. Instead of getting mad, he punished his son and took some responsibility for Matt's actions.
  • Matt telling Anne she's not his mother seemed normal. It was then surprising when he asked if he could call her "Mom." That seemed out of place, but another sign of people looking for normalcy in their life. Is that the theme of the season?
  • Kadar is such an intriguing character. He remained in the catacombs for years and now is coming out. How will the scientist be able to help the rebellion? He'll be in 7 of the remaining 8 episodes, so there's plenty of time for him to make a difference in the fight.
Did you enjoy the premiere? Are you as intrigued by the Hal-Maggie-Karen triangle as I am? Who do you think is the mole?


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Carla Day is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.


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I too think it is Gloria Ruebens character that is the mole. I also got to say i loved the rebel skitters tribute to red eye, really surprised no-one mentioned it earlier. With the obsession of not having single characters on TV i presume that Bens new friend will become romantic. I really want to know why Karen is sleeping with Hal. Yes she controls him but why would she want to sleep with him? Wondering if we going to end up with a pregnant Karen and a weird human alien baby. Although with all the crazy that is the new Mason baby that theory is probably wrong


Great eps, the baby saying "mommy" was super creepy, but I don't think it is in the Doc's head since Tom and son remarked how the baby never cries. I think all that exposure while being pregnant to the tech that the Volme provided but no one understands is the root cause. The mole is a woman for sure based on the body structure shown, and it's not Maggie, because the former pres that was killed knew here well I am going with Gloria Ruebens character, though not sure why. The Karen thing with Hal is also just super creepy not interesting, they should just let that go. Love that Robert Sean Leonard is around, super fan of his from House

Carla day

@WatchesTooMuch Good point about the dreams. I can't blame him for not telling his current girlfriend that he was having sexual dreams about someone else. It's not like he was actively pursuing Karen.


Best episode EVER !! The show is really improving. Good sign now as most show got down after second season ! For the first time in 3 seasons, I do not feel like I am watching Sci-fi version of Walking Dead. This is a real sci-fi show unlike Defiance !


the mole will be hal controlled by Karen or Tom's chief of staff sounds like a good idea 8 episode season wow hope they pack alot in that season. The triangle would be great if we find out the secret Maggie is hiding about her alien self.triangle is good and when will Pope do another revolt? who is the other girl with Ben is that a romance too?


@Carla: I don't think he knew he was physically getting up and heading to the woods, but he did know that he was meeting Karen in his dreams. Whether he should have shared at least some of the content of those dreams with Maggie is debatable, but he clearly lied to her about them. Also, when Maggie thought he was waking up in agony from his nightmare, was he actually waking up in ecstasy from a wet dream? Or was Karen torturing him at the same time she was sexing him up? BTW, how the heck is he sneaking out of an armed camp every night when everybody knows him and knows he can't walk?

Carla day

@Watches Too Much - I don't think Hal knew what was happening, so he wasn't really keeping a secret from Maggie. He seemed to be in a trance like state when he was meeting with Karen. The first sign was when they found the muddy boots.


I was kinda disappointed that Karen still looks like her old self despite the "transformation" she claims to have gone through while harnessed kids are now looking all alien. If Karen isn't changing physiologically, how can she have the mental computing capacity that the Eshpheni supposedly need to run their operations?


@gatvfan: That the baby only seems to be acting weird when mom is around leaves open the possibility that this behavior is only in mom's head. Most likely we'll find one way or the other very soon. If it's true that it only acts weird with her -- and we know that others have been caring for it as much as she has and haven't seen anything strange -- that points to an evil plot to drive mom crazy, and that would suck. Had way more than enough of that sort of thing. @Carla: I am not "intrigued" by the "Hal-Maggie-Karen triangle," even though there is a certain amount of authenticity to it. If Hal and Karen had something real in the old days, it's not out of place for Hal to be susceptible to Karen's now-evil and strangely gonzo alien lust for him. It doesn't make him any less of a dick for not telling Maggie what's happening, but we know that he will next week. I was kinda disappointed that Karen still looks like her old self despite the "transformation" she claims to have gone through while harnessed kids are now looking all alien. If Karen isn't changing physiologically, how can she have the mental computing capacity that the Eshpheni supposedly need to run their operations?

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Falling Skies Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

Girl: Nice one, Benji.
Ben: Stop calling me that.

Karen: Glad you came Hal. I wasn't sure you got my message.
Hal: Loud and clear.