Falling Skies Review: Papa, Can You Hear Me?

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The last few minutes of Falling Skies Season 4 Episode 5 provided the biggest surprise, which is saying a lot considering how much happened in this episode.

Family Isn't Always Blood

I have to say that I'm really enjoying the nomadic, broken apart aspect of Falling Skies Season 4. Nearly everyone has been split up, brought back together and split up again. It happened once again in this episode after Tom, Dan and Matt had been on the road for a few days.

In desperate need of food, especially after Matt refused to let his father kill the bunny, they came across a couple brothers. They were nice, they thought Tom was a celebrity and they had food. What could go wrong?

I knew something was up with those guys almost from the beginning and though Tom caught on too, he did it too late. I thought maybe they were harnessed in some new, invisible way but it turned out that Nick was just a greedy bastard intent on doing whatever it took to keep himself safe.

He even sold his nephews to the Espheni. He was a real class act and, no, I didn't weep when Dan blew him away.

What Do You Do With All the Hate?

The part that did get to me about Dan blowing away Nick was the fact that Matt wanted to do it. One minute he's Mr. We Can't Eat Bunnies and the next minute he acted like he was ready to kill a man with his own bare hands. Not that I can blame the poor kid after what he's been through, but it was a shock.

Dan's speech to Matt was perfect. If anyone would know how hatred can eat you from the inside out and make you do crazy things, it would be him. At first it didn't seem like Matt had listened, but when he decided he actually couldn't kill a man, I hoped that meant he had. I know an alien war can change people, but I really don't want little Matt to be one of them.

Shaq Attack

Hal's new buddy Shaq is quickly turning into one of my favorite people... er Volm. He's got that inadvertent wit that comes from being a creature who doesn't quite understand humans, which is the best. Shaq's and Hal's interactions have been great and I loved his "highly irregular" suggestion to take down the mech. It was a little Star Wars (the rope on the ground reminded me of Luke taking down the AT-AT Walkers on Hoth) and a lot crazy, but damned if it didn't work.

Daddy Dearest

I'll be the first to admit that I haven't been the biggest fan of Lexi's storyline this season. This whole thing with her aging 20 years, growing white-blond hear and spouting speeches of peace and love usually makes me want to turn the channel or surf Facebook during the scenes that take place in the land of peace.

Now that her mother has found her, things are finally starting to get more interesting and I was very surprised when she said the monk was her father. It opens the door to so many more questions. Why did he do it? Was he really hoping to create peace among their people? Also, is Lexi done growing older or could there be more transformations coming?

Suddenly, I'm very interested in her story, which is not something I thought I would say this season.

My favorite bits:

  • Matt refusing to eat a little bunny, no matter how hungry they were. Kind of stupid, but also, aw.
  • Pope remarking that he'd forgotten his crystal ball. I hate it when that happens.
  • Annie promising not to be so gentle the next time she talked to the Espheni.
  • Tom finding out that he was a celebrity.
  • Tom telling the guys that a gut ache was exactly what Matt needed.
  • Lexi totally choking her mom with her mind. Whoa.
  • Tom dragging his foot, obviously to leave some sort of trail. Such a genius.
  • Sara saying that she wanted to take her end-of-the-world anger out on something other than someone like Pope. Good for her!
  • Shaq's highly irregular plan to take down the mech. That was awesome.
  • Dan telling Matt that he couldn't afford to let the hate take control. Too bad the kid was still furious when it was over. It was a great speech.
  • Tom remarking that he should have known that Nick was dirty, because he worked on Wall Street. Ha!
  • Tom telling Cooper over and over again that his son's name was Matt.
  • Matt asking Dan to let him take the shot. Whoa.
  • Dan reassuring Matt that he wasn't sorry, he was just human.
  • Nearly fainting with relief when Dan shot Cooper before he could kill Tom.

Were you surprised to find out that the monk was Lexi's father?

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Falling Skies Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

Hal: So, are you going to tell me what you have in mind or are we going to stare at each other until the sun comes up?
Shaq: That would be a terribly inefficient use of our time.

Sara: Do you think that there's any way, anytime soon, that you might be able to give me some pointers on how to stick it to the enemy?
Pope: Is that some sort of euphemism?