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Falling Skies the Complete Second Season
Reviewed by
James Wright
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Falling Skies the Complete Second Season DVD Review What a brilliant series and if you're a fan of quality made sci-fi's than Falling Skies is a must see show.
Rating:
4.1

Feature 8.3
Video 8.9
Audio 8.7
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.3
Distributor: Warner Bros
Genre: Adventure
Running Time: 404 mins
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: M15+

8.3

 
Falling Skies the Complete Second Season
 

For fans of science fiction, the TV was once bristling with excellent sci-fi series such as Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Firefly and so many more, however somewhere along the line, this genre has tapered off. Fortunately there are still some great sci-fi series still around such as Haven and more importantly Falling Skies which is one of those great series.

For those who have not seen the first season of Falling Skies (Recommended), it revolves around the premise that mankind has been devastated by an alien attack. As a result, it has left Earth in a post apocalyptic world of chaos and this story is how humanity is trying to reclaim their inheritance. The star of Falling Skies is Noah Wyle who plays Tom Mason, a resistance fighter who is helping with this task but sometime things never go according to plan. The best part of Season 2 is that the stories are less clichéd and more engaging, especially the characterisation of the characters with more time given to the supporting cast.

Season 2 sees the return of Tom who was previously on board an alien spacecraft at the end of Season 1 in order to free his son, however when he returns to the 2nd Massachusetts (aka 2nd Mass) which was originally a 300 strong army is considerably much smaller. They are also on a mission to reach Charleston where a new government is believed to be established and may be the key to humanity. We also learn through some clever flashbacks that Tom met an alien Overlord and to the detriment of humans, they do not want peace.

Joining Tom is Captain Weaver (Will Patton) who is almost the polar opposite of Tom, however they both share a common purchase. Patton is excellent as the Captain and lends an element of military realism to the story. Another interesting character is Pope who has taken command of the Berserkers, a renegade splinter of the 2nd Mass which does create a large faction with the team. It is also good to see the relationship between Anne, the medic of the 2nd Mass and Tom move closer that does serve as a beacon of hope in the series.

Final Thoughts?

At times, Falling Skies is reminiscent of The Walking Dead with its gritty stories and grim characters, however there also elements of Battlestar Galactica and Stargate thrown into the mix as well. Needless to say as season 2 progresses, the 2nd Mass do take some huge causalities as it's great to see the battles between the skitters (the aliens) and the 2nd Mass which once again leaves the series on a huge cliff-hanger with a deadly threat just waiting around the corner.

What a brilliant series and if you're a fan of quality made sci-fi's than Falling Skies is a must see show.

Episode Listing

Worlds Apart
Shall we gather at the River
Compass
Young Bloods
Love and other Acts of Courage
Homecoming
Malon Labe
Death March
The Price of Greatness
A More Perfect Union

Special Features

One Page at a Time: Writing the 2nd American Revolution - The Skitter Evolution - A Fan's Perspective: Touring the set of Falling Skies - Behind the Scenes - Season 2 Animated Trailer, created by Dark Horse Comics - Season 3 Preview & Audio Commentaries






 
 



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