Falling Skies Review: Does Freedom Mean Death?

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Falling Skies season 3 on the whole was disappointing, but the finale, "Brazil," may have been the biggest letdown.

After the build up of the Volm device and its supposed ability to save Earth from the Espheni, there wasn't much to it, especially after the attack in last Sunday night's episode. They dug the device out, transported it and get it ready all off-screen. That challenge would have been a more compelling hour than several of the dragged out episodes this past month. Instead, we saw the device activated, initially appear to fail and then the Espheni shield destroyed.


A Surprising Visitor

And the remainder of the hour wasn't much better. It was way too predictable. After trusting Cochise and partnering with him on the Volm device, the Volm mother ship landed and Cochise's father took control. Of course Cochise wasn't entirely honest with Tom. However, I do believe his intentions were noble since without the Volm device, the Espheni would have killed the Human race entirely.

The Volm's history led them to believe that the humans would willingly go to Brazil and be thankful to the Volm. Humans, though, are natural fighters and aren't willing to give up their freedom for their lives. That was the Volm's mistake. Given the conversation between Cochise and his father, we'll have to wait until season 4 to find out if they should have gone to Brazil. Is it possible that by fighting they are killing themselves for nothing?

I doubt that will be the case, but I do expect that lives will be lost due to their stubborn resolve for independence. I hope the greater question will then become what price are people willing to pay to maintain their freedom. And is life under protection a better life than one of struggle and the continual risk of life?

At least the Volm realized it was better to let Tom and his people go of their own free will rather than to force them to Brazil. The last thing the Volm need is to be fighting two separate battles against both the Espheni and the Humans.

In addition to the Volm reveal, Tom and his family had a final face down against Karen - and she lost. She brought a gift to Tom and he gave her a bullet in the chest in return. It will be intriguing to see if his action will come back to haunt him. She fought against him for so long, could he have trusted her at all? Unlikely. 

Ultimately, Tom wasn't the one who killed Karen, it was Maggie. She let out all her frustrations over Karen and Hal by putting a bunch of bullets in nemesis. Maggie had a satisfied look on her face, while Hal had one of horror. It's highly likely that her action will create a divide in their romance.

As expected, both Anne and Lexi were alive and Tom was reunited with them. A tiny surprise, but not entirely unexpected was Lexi's growth. In a short amount of time, she went from a baby to the size of a 6-year old. She's also a smart one. Her uniqueness was further explored when she was able to rid Lourdes of the eye worms. 

That final moment when Lexi turned the eye worms into dust was a decent conclusion to an otherwise underwhelming finale. Despite that, the finale has set up season 4 nicely.

Will some Humans be relocated? Or, will they all be left to fight on their own? And why did Cochise's father say they would die if they didn't go to Brazil? There's a mystery there. And, of course, Lexi. What is she capable? Will the hybrid bring the sides together?

Were you underwhelmed by the Falling Skies Season 3 finale? What, if anything, surprised you? Glad that Anne and Lexi are still alive? Should Maggie have killed Karen?


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I like Falling Skies. Is not THAT bad, but the main reason I watch it's, Hal and Maggie. I love Hal he is so hot but in some moments I just hate him. And Maggie I just love her. They make a hell of a couple. They are made to be. Hopefuly they will end up together. I except that Lourdes wont be such a pain in the ass.


Why didn't the Volm cure Lourdes like they cured Hal? I'm sure it was so Lexi could do it, but it doesn't make sense that the Volm did nothing when they had the ability. And why were they so quick to kill Karen? It seems like Hal is the only one that remembered she was in fact Human under Eshpheni control. Or we're they saying she was too far gone once she became an overlord?


Simply put, this was one of the worst season finales I’ve ever watched, of any show in existence. In fact the only good thing about it is that they could end it right there, which is pretty much where it all began with a hybrid added to the lot.
I don’t know what happened to Noah Wile, did he get a cold mid-season? His gruff voice came out of nowhere and it’s bleeping annoying. Dude, you’re not Batman!
Also in the beginning of the series, he would use his knowledge of history to figure things out (which is actually what got me interested in this show in the first place), yet he can’t see that what is happening to humans happened to Native Americans 300 years ago (two strange people came from a distant place and relocated them in reserves and took control of the Land, fought their stupid war, etc.)?
Falling Skies was a guilty pleasure for me but after this very anticlimactic finale I think I’m done. It’s like the producers took the “How Not to Make Battlestar Galactica Bad� book but forgot to read the “Not� part. I swear it’s mostly plagiarized from that great show but in a bad way. Even the glowing spine during s*x! COME ON!
The supposed super-powerful-overkilling Volm weapon shoots one ball of light and can’t fire for 10 minutes, AND they’re all out on a boat, on a lake, NO COVER! Go home Espheni pilots, you’re drunk!
Maybe I was spoiled by much better shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Walking Dead, I don’t know. But this was a terrible waste of air time imo.


Getting a little nervous about this show. I am still hooked (as is the rest of my family) but I am still looking for some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Will the battle go on indefinitely? Will the same little core group of characters continue with their various soap opera relationships? This season was a bit weak with a number of "filler" episodes, I am hoping for more in 2014.


I thought the volm weapon was weak. After all the speculation of this weapon and how much power it needed. That's all it did! Lol is there any concern with Ann and Lexi being with Karen for so long! Also what ever happened to the girl Ben use to hang with? And they should of had Karen go out with a fight! Instead they try to make us feel bad for her at the end. Plus it's not considered cold for Tom to shoot Karen but Maggie finishes the job Tom starts and she's considered cold. Did we forget that Karen put all these people through hell and seemed to embrace being harnessed and even admitting liking it! For all we know she could of been trying play Al to the very end and getting him to come closer so she could plant another bug on him! Maggie as been shown to be a hero who put others before herself and now she's saying selfish things like we might need to kill Lourdes. This is not the same character that's redeemed herself the past 2 seasons.


Not a great episode, Tom turns out to be a cold blooded killer (they can save all the other harnessed kids, but have to kill Karen, just because ?). The V style child and the general feeling of sloth about the episode were just so predictable. The way the alien bad guys are, just how did they manage to invade us so well in the first place ? Their "commander" just walks into a betrayal with the slowest reacting robot to exist and a couple of the skitters, yet managed to coordinate the logistics of a planetary domination ? The writers seem to have become born again dumb in the rush to celibrate 'merica.


Boring just about sums it up. What actually happened in this episode? Nothing but what we expected all along. As for the kid aging, anyone who saw what she did hours after her birth could have told you that would happen. Oh, also anyone who saw the original "V" series. Oh good. The setup for more Hal/Maggie soap opera. They had a nice conclusion to that junk in the lst episode but chose to do the fanfiction thing and just keep the squealing fatfans happy.


I, too, have the feeling we've seen the rapidly growing child plot in dozens of other shows. And I agree this finale was rather underwhelming. What I liked this season, though, was that Weaver and Pope got more screentime apart from hanging around with Tom. Lourdes got to do some other stuff than handing out bandages. I also liked the dark turn in Hal's relationship with Maggie. While he was willing to sit at Karen's side while she was dying, his girlfriend put several bullets in his ex. Just like Maggie was willing to kill Lourdes, whom Hal tried to comfort mere seconds ago. So my hope for next season is for the focus to wander away from the Mason family a bit more and to show a darker Maggie, Lourdes hopefully being stronger after what she's been through and overall more action. I get the main focus is family, but a faster pace wouldn't hurt imo.


It wasn't a GREAT episode. But I'm glad that the Volm didn't turn out to be worse than the Espheni. They didn't view the relocation to Brazil to be evil at all. They genuinely felt it was in humanity's best interest. And I am also pleased that we didn't have a bona fide season cliffhanger. On the other hand, I'm really unhappy about the rapidly aging Mason daughter. Haven't we seen that kind of plot point beaten to death in other shows? Overall, I give the episode a modest thumbs up.

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Falling Skies Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Thank you my friend. I hope I see you again soon.


The Volm have done what the fishheads never could ... brought us to our knees.