BluRay Review: Falling Skies Season 2
Season 2 of Falling Skies picks up three months after Season 1’s dramatic cliffhanger that saw historian turned freedom fighter Tom Mason (ER’s Noah Wyle) walk into an alien mothership, leaving his fighting buddies in the 2nd Mass Regiment to fend for themselves.
Mason has a lot to prove to his fellow freedom fighters when he returns, sure they are glad to see him, but some have a non-to-healthy dose of suspicion towards him. Through flash back we get to see what happened during his time of voluntary captivity, and it’s a bit of a story twist that defines much of the season’s story-line.
If you haven’t seen Season 1 of Falling Skies, stop reading now, and go buy a copy. If you’re still reading, the basic premise is that Aliens have invaded earth and truly have the upper hand, enslaving children to do their work, a killing off everyone else. It is indeed dark days for humanity. But as is always the case, the human resistance is at work, running a guerilla campaign against the spider like skitters and their mech warrior protectors.
It’s a little cheesy, but a damn good sci-fi drama.
Season 2 amps up the action and drama and throws a number of curve balls, with the enemy no being restricted to the invaders.
The strength of the show, which is a very dark story – both visually and narratively – is that of the human angle of Tom Mason’s love of his sons that are growing up in a war zone. These moments of humanity give the show it’s passion, and a spark of light and hope in the darkness.
The only problem with Falling Skies is that it’s so god you won’t want to stop watching. I polished off the entire Season 2 over two nights and now have to endure the long wait for Season 3 to be released onto DVD.
Rating: M Violence.