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Falling Skies Review: Boston, New York, Chicago, Jacksonville, Oh My!

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"Strange Brew" must be what the writers were drinking when they wrote this incredibly odd and ultimately uninformative Falling Skies episode.

It wasn't entirely without value, but given the series short 10-episode season, this was a waste of an hour that could have been used to move the story forward.

Back to Charleston

The first 20 minutes of alternative reality was presented without context. Why would Tom wake up with his wife in the pre-invasion world? While it provided some insight into the Masons' pre-invasion life, it did little else. If their life had unexpected elements, perhaps it would have worked. Instead, it was just as I and I'm sure most viewers imagined it to be: a typical loving American family living in a college town.

When Tom first "woke up" and shot Karen in the head, I did gasp.

For Tom to kill someone without any thought and out of frustration and anger was out of character for him. Karen may be controlled by the aliens, but she's still a human. After having his mind invaded by tentacles attached to his eyes, I gave him the benefit of the doubt despite the shock of the killing. Only that again wasn't reality.

I was fooled. The double dose of dreams surprised me. The reveal that Karen knows about the four potential target towns was further proof of the information provided by the mole. At the same time, Tom wasn't fooled and once again disconnected from the alien mind control. His escape from the Espheni was a bit too easy. If he's still under their mind control, that would be taking that plot device too far.

If he isn't, then why was he dreaming about his dead wife after returning to his pre-attack home? A residual effect, perhaps? I hope that's the case and that Tom now has a renewed interest in bringing down the Espheni and then going after Anne and Alexis. Tom's desperately needed in Charleston.

With the Espheni grid being up put, will the Humans be able to bring it down with the Volm device? Even though Weaver doesn't trust the new President, he tells her he's going along with the plan. Though, at this point, Weaver could be planning a revolt against using the Volm device as well. His true intentions and partnership with Pope could undermine the plan.

Tom's return would provide the leadership that's necessary to complete the mission using the Volm device to protect the entire Human race. 

Did you enjoy this dream-based episode? Should Weaver go along with the Volm device plan? Or try to sabotage it? 

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There are multitudes of unexplained situations and happenings. Tom's escape, how did he get from Charlston to Boston....guess he power walked! The season finale....where did they comondere the train? Then Tom with folks in tow are walking presumably on a road out of Boston as per the Vome'as request...next shot, there are motor vehicles and trucks! Where's the continuity? I guess we're supposed to guess they found these vehicles abandoned on the road.Things seem to come out of nowhere in this show! Also, in the first season, all the mayhem took place under sunny skies and I liked that natural contrast....now, even though there's been no nuclear ussage or fallout every episode is filmed in a hazy gray, cloudy atmosphere. I still enjoy the show because I like the concept and there are some interesting and intrigueing elements to keep my interest sparked...just wish the writer's would clean a few things up.

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When the show first aired I was taken in. But as the show progressed this season, there were so many things that are uncredible. For instance: All the active duty military personel take a backseat to civilians running things. (2)The total lose in chain in command; The real President is found to be alive...no one knew this? Didn't the real President have any military left to keep order and defenses ongoing, you mean to tell me the only 2 official active military leaders had no intel...on anything domestic? What happened? Why is this lone group of civilians (cololn Weaver, Tom Mason) privy to everything? And electing Tom Mason as "The President of The New United States"....comon, such a farce! Don't ruin a good show with nonsense!

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I agree, it was a filler episode. Somewhat interesting in the beginning but it did nothing to advance the season's story line. I am still hooked but I hope for more from the last two episodes.

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I found the episode to be a huge disappointment. It reminded me of the stand-alone episodes that 'X Files' used to have - El Chupacabra for example. Where it may be interesting viewing on its own, but doesn't make any progress in the overall story arc. Considering, as you mention above, that we only get 10 episodes per season, it came off as a waste of time and little more than filler. The entire episode can be summed up, at least in terms of the overall plot progressing, as 'Tom was captured, then escaped. And the aliens flipped the on switch on the grid.' And don't get me started on the lazy dream-within-a-dream bullcrap. Oy vey!

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My first thought at the end of the episode was Tom has to walk all the way back to Charleston?? How did the aliens get him from Charleston to Boston - space ship? They need to find out about Lourdes soon.
Can't believe the season is almost over already.

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