- The Subject Matter
Probably the biggest reason I'm excited for this show is that it's a drama that takes place during an alien invasion. I'm definitely a sci-fi fan and this show looks to deliver on that front. I can't really think of any shows in recent history that have dealt with this kind of subject matter. Sure we have V and The Event that are sort of similar, but as you'll see in a future editorial, I don't really think those have much in common with Falling Skies. Imagining our planet being attacked and subsequently invaded by an superior alien force is a common hook in many movies and I think will be finally fully realized during Falling Skies.
Also, Falling Skies looks to be a lot more gritty and serious than most sci-fi related shows we've had in awhile. It seems like it's going to take that tone further even than shows like Battlestar Galactica which was praised for it's more serious take on the science fiction genre. Serious isn't always better of course, but in this case, I think it's going to be both refreshing and uniquely engaging.
- The Writers/Producers
Steven Spielberg being attached to the project is definitely reason to get excited. He's most known for amazing movies like "E.T." and "Saving Private Ryan" but that's not why I'm so excited that he's on board. I'm thinking of his more recent outings with the mini-series "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific". If Falling Skies ends up being anywhere near the quality of those two shows then we'll have one heck of a series on our hands. I doubt TNT is going to be spending anywhere near the money on Fallings Skies as HBO does with its shows, but I can definitely picture a "Band of Brothers" type show that takes place during an alien invasion.
Mark Verheiden may not be a recognizable name to most, but if you check out his past work, you'll definitely see why I'm thrilled he is a part of this show. He has some extensive sci-fi experience with more lighthearted shows like Smallville to more serious ones like Battlestar Galactica. Most of the television shows he's been a part of were shows that were favorites of mine while they were on the air - with Battlestar Galactica probably being one of my top two or three shows of the last ten or so years.
- The Cast
In my opinion, Falling Skies doesn't really have a lot of big named actors and actresses involved. There probably won't be too many tuning in based soley on the cast. With that said, Noah Wyle and Will Patton are the two clear standouts that most will know and I'm a huge fan of both. Actually, I wasn't really much of a Noah Wyle fan until I saw him in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (basically a cheesy version of Indiana Jones). He was very likeable in the movie (and the subsequent sequels) and I'm excited to see him take on what seems to be a more serious role in Falling Skies. Will Patton is just a solid actor all around and I've enjoyed him in pretty much every role he's been in.
Like many shows, you've also got those actors and actresses that you know you recognize from something but just can't place it. Bruce Gray, Dale Dye, Coling Cunningham, and Moon Bloodgood are all faces you've likely seen before and should probably have fond memories of whatever it is they've done in the past. We'll see how big of a role they each will play and if Falling Skies ends up being a platform for them to make a bigger name for themselves.
- The Network
I actually can't remember the last time I turned on TNT to watch anything. As such, you might then be thinking I'm rediculous for mentioning the network being a reason to be excited for Falling Skies. The thing is, one of my biggest fears when watching a new series isn't whether or not the show will be any good, but whether or not it will be cancelled. Too many shows that I've loved had been cancelled prematurely. Show like Jericho, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Caprica, and many others were all on just long enough to get me hooked before being yanked away.
TNT doesn't have many original shows. They have a lot of reruns, movies, and sports. They claim they "know drama" so I think they have a lot on the line with Falling Skies. I think the fact that it's not on one of the major networks means that TNT will give the show a chance even if it doesn't have huge numbers right out of the gate. Of course, I was hoping for a similar situation with the Blade Television Series on Spike, but I was sorely mistaken when it was cancelled after a single season. Let's hope TNT won't let me down on this one.
- The Summer Drought
So why does it matter if the show airs during the summer? Well, the first reason goes back to my fears from #4 in that one thing I hate most is when a show I really love gets cancelled. With Falling Skies airing during the summer, it should have a lot less competition and should mean TNT is more open to it not having huge ratings. The second reason is that there's not much else on. Yeah, I know that's not a good reason by itself, but with the summer TV drought, it's great to be getting a potentially unique and interesting new show to watch. There's not clue whether or not the show will remain a summer series or if it's just a one time thing, but I'm glad Falling Skies will be there to help fill the void.
So what are some of your main reasons for getting excited for the show? Any thing I missed from my list above? Anything you disagree with? Let me know if the comments below.