TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “On Thin Ice” / “Collateral Damage” – Season Premiere

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wylie, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Gloria Reuben, Matt Frewer Writer: Reme’ Aubuchon /  Bradley Thompson & David Weddell Director: Greg Beeman / James Marshall Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: June 9, 2013 FALLING SKIES took two hours to premiere its third season Sunday night, bifurcating its premiere into two episodes, titled “On Thin Ice” and “Collateral Damage,” respectively.  No doubt the show’s creators thought they’d need two hours to catch us up on all the new off-screen developments they dumped into the lives of the 2nd Mass during […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: Noah Wyle chats about FALLING SKIES and character development

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Young Bloods" | ©2012 TNT/James Dittiger

Fans of the TNT series FALLING SKIES may have wondered why there’s been such a slow burn with the budding romance between Tom (Noah Wyle) and Dr. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, Wyle shed some light on it while speaking to the press. “It’s very difficult to write an interpersonal romance relationship on the show when you’re always trying to establish a base level of threat being ever present,” says Wyle of the hit alien invasion series which just got renewed for Season 3. “So we write these scenes where I would be on […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “Love and Other Acts of Courage”

Connor Jessup in FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Love and Other Acts of Courage" | ©2012 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer:  Joe Weisberg Director:  John Dahl Network: TNT, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 8, 2012 Whereas last season of FALLING SKIES felt like the story meandered a little too much (but it was still pretty good), Season 2 is just one big ass-kicking episode after another. With “Love and Other Acts of Courage” the 2nd Mass learns more about the Skitters and what their possible plan is after a whole gaggle of visitors are wiped out mysteriously, but not by humans. It was in […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “Young Bloods”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Young Bloods" | ©2012 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Heather V. Regnier Director: Miguel Spaochnik Network: TNT, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 1, 2012 FALLING SKIES continues to improve on Season 1 in so many ways. There’s urgency to the Resistance, there’s more emotion and it feels like the series is heading toward something bigger. In many ways, the series feels like it’s also taken some cues from the similarly themed THE WALKING DEAD by parceling out just the right amount of character stuff with its “threat” stuff, and in this case […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “Compass”

Pope (Colin Cunnningham) quits the group in FALLING SKIES "Compass" | (c) 2012 James Dittiger/TNT

Cast: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Robert Rodat Director: Michael Katleman Network: TNT, airs Sundays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 24, 2012 As Admiral Akbar sowed the seeds of pop culture in STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI, I couldn’t help thinking “It’s a trap!” when the pilot just happened to find 2nd Mass and inform them about the sanctuary city of Charleston. Now, it could all be true and they are preparing viewers for what would be a larger, more intense fight against the aliens […]Read On »

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TV: FALLING SKIES review – Season 2 – “Shall We Gather at the River”

Will Patton commands on FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Shall We Gather Down by the River" | © 2012 James Dittiger/TNT

Cast: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 17, 2012 It hasn’t been a very good few days for Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) in the first two episodes of FALLING SKIES. So far he’s been: Abducted (voluntarily mind you) by aliens Tortured by aliens Shot Had some creature pulled from his eye Blow up Yet, he keeps on ticking. There are two things going on in “Shall We Gather at the River.” The first is […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “World’s Apart” – Season Premiere

Noah Wyle as Tom Mason in FALLING SKIES "World's Apart" | © 2012 James Dittiger/TNT

Cast: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Mark Verheiden Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 17, 2012 Full disclosure: I did not watch the first season of FALLING SKIES. I did not see it when it aired last year, I did not watch it on DVD. So I am a fresh face to all of this, so forgive me if something seems obvious but isn’t. Here’s what I got from the opening montage from Season One: Aliens pull an INDEPENDENCE DAY on us. Steal […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 Finale – “Mutiny”/”Eight Hours”

Connor Jessup and Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 - "Eight Hours" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter Writers: Joe Weisberg (“Mutiny”)/Mark Verheiden (“Eight Hours”) Directors: Holly Dale (“Mutiny”)/Greg Beeman (“Eight Hours”)August 7, 2011 After a strong start, a soft middle and a very cool homestretch, FALLING SKIES has proven to be the thinking man’s science-fiction TV series. It’s more about the strategy of combat and little victories and less about full-out weekly alien/human war. After all, the series began AFTER the aliens had already wiped out most of earth with only a small […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 – “Sanctuary Part 1”

A Mech attack in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 - "Sanctuary Part 1" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Joel Anderson Thompson Director: Sergio Mimica Gezzan Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 17, 2011 It looks like the first of an actual two-parter has finally jostled FALLING SKIES from its free-fall the last couple of weeks. After some pretty rote and by-the-numbers storytelling, “Sanctuary Part 1” actually shakes the show up a bit and does some interesting things that lead to a somewhat surprise ending. The episode gets started with the arrival […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 1 – “Silent Kill”

Sarah Carter in FALLING SKIES - Season 1 - "Silent Kill" | ©2011 TNT/Ken Woroner

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Sechelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Peter Shinkoda, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Sanguin Carter Writer: Joe Weisberg Director: Fred Toye Network: TNT, Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 10, 2011 In another major mis-step for the promising series FALLING SKIES, “Silent Kill” once again relies on the series standard formula of a bunch of world-weary dialogue at the beginning of the episode (usually about surviving), a dangerous mission, and a coda that offers hope. Of course, this formula, five episodes in, is wearing considerably thin. It also doesn’t help that […]Read On »

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