Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Season 2 Episode 5: Homecoming

Weaver's Bite Spreads
I don't think any viewers were too surprised to see Weaver's harness bite take a turn for the worse, though I must admit I did think they'd draw out the symptoms for a bit longer.  With Weaver being out of commission at the start of the episode, we got to see how well Tom would do in charge.  It doesn't take long for him to drop the ball a bit with a lover's spat with Dr. Glass over whether or not they should move out right away or give her time to try and treat Weaver.  She wins the argument in the end which does wind up being the right one as she does save Weaver.

Homecoming #1: Karen
The first homecoming of the episode is suspicious one from the start as Hal and Maggie find a deharnessed Karen next to a bunch of dead deharnessed kids in a mass grave.  Everybody is suspicious of her except for Hal, who instantly takes Karen's side over Ben's.  A little one on one time between Ben and Karen causes their spikes to glow which somehow causes Ben to instantly change his mind and decide to not only trust Karen, but to break her out.  He and Karen run off at the end, probably toward the renegade skitters, which we soon find out is likely what Karen wanted the whole time.

Homecoming #2: Pope
Pope finally makes his return to the 2nd Mass but brings with him some dire news.  Not only is there a group of aliens about to his the hospital where the 2nd Mass is holding out, but they are also especially interested in finding Ben due to his ties with the renegade skitters.  This revelation confirms two things.  First, that Ben was right in trusting the red-eyed skitter about a skitter revolt.  Second, that Karen was still working with the aliens and that her main objective was to get close to Ben so that she could discover the wherebouts of the renegade aliens.  Pope isn't in the episode long, but he does make a huge entrance.  It will be interesting to see how he is welcomed back into the 2nd Mass.

Charleston or Ben?
The 2nd Mass has a pretty big decision ahead of them, and it's one they will have to make soon with the aliens about to attack the hospital.  They either head off toward Charleston right away or they go after Ben and potentially meet up with the renegades.  Just about the entire 2nd Mass will opt for Charleston as we already saw how they reacted to the red-eyed skitter.  However, we know that they are low on food and fuel, so perhaps Charleston isn't even a valid option.  My guess is that Hal and Tom, and Maggie if she heals up, will take off toward Ben while the rest of the 2nd Mass takes off toward Charleston.  If Weaver is still injured though, who would lead?  Could Pope be put in charge?  Obviously I'm making a lot of guesses there, but I wouldn't be too surprised to see them come true. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Falling Skies Renewed For a Third Season

Falling Skies fans everywhere rejoice as TNT announces that they have ordered a third season for Falling Skies.  It shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Falling Skies is one of the network's top shows.  Some worried that a third season was in jeopardy with the initial ratings slips for season 2, but as I've pointed out repeatedly, the ratings have actually been pretty good considering it's been up again shows like the NBA finals and the Olympic trials.

As long as the ratings hold steady - as they did this week - I'm fairly certain Falling Skies has a bright future ahead of it. 

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Get Harnessed at San Diego Comic-Con

TNT and Dark Horse Comics have recreated the harness factory we saw a couple episodes ago and are bringing it to the San Diego Comic-Con this week.  If you happen to be going, be sure to stop by the Dark Horse booth and get your picture taken with the contraption.

Not able to make the convention?  Head here to see a short clip from the episode "Young Bloods" that demonstrates what will be in store for fans attending Comic-Con.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Season 2 Episode 4 Ratings: Holding Steady

It looks as though the ratings slide for Falling Skies may be over as episode 4's ratings hold steady with a 1.2 adult 18-49 rating.  Total viewership was actually up a bit to 3.6 million from last weeks 3.4 million.

It will be interesting to see if the 1.2 adult rating (the one that advertisers care about most) is where this season settles.  The last few weeks had Falling Skies up against heavy hitters such as the NBA Finals, Olypmic Trials and the BET awards show.  This week didn't really pose any similar threats, so I would have actually liked to see the ratings bump up a bit. 

For a full list of the cable ratings for Sunday, click here.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Season 2 Episode 4: Love and Other Acts of Courage

So We Meet Again One Eyed Willy
One thing I've been worried about with the show this season was how long they were going to draw out Ben's glowing spikes and their impact on his relationship with the skitters.  Luckily this episode answered quite a few questions regarding those spikes as well as giving us some new info on the red-eyed skitter.  I'm incredibly excited to learn about the supposed skitter resistance.  I do feel the red-eyed skitter was genuine and look forward to seeing if/when the 2nd Mass will join up with the skitters.  I'm also glad to see Ricki dead, as I very much hated his character in season 1. 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
While the 2nd Mass deals with the red-eyed skitter, Hal and Maggie move their relationship right along.  I really don't know what it is about those two, but I really enjoy their banter and their playfulness with eachother.  As such, I'm relieved that it looks like they are finally going to start exploring the romantic side of their relationship.  Love's a roller coaster though, so I fully expect things to turn sour one way or another fairly soon because I'm sure the writers won't let them stay truly happy for too long.  My guess is the return of Karen.

Ankle Biter
Looks like the harness bite from the previous episode is going to cause a lot more problems that Weaver initially thought.  Whether it's a simple infection or something worse is anyone's guess, but I will take a shot in the dark and say that the red-eyed skitter will be able to prove his intentions by showing the humans how to treat/cure Weaver's leg bite infection.  If the infection gets much worse, we may see Weaver out of action for an episode or two which will let us see Tom in action as the head honcho for a bit.

Two Weeks to Charleston
Tom mentions at one point during the episode that they are about two weeks away from Charleston.  They are currently held up at a hospital and need rest, so we don't know how long it will be before they hit the road again, but knowing they are that close to Charleston likely means we'll be able to see what's really going on at Charleston fairly soon.  I hope they don't leave it as a cliffhanger for this season, though that would make sense.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Season 2 Episode 3 Ratings Continue to Slide

The third episode of this second season of Falling Skies continues the downward ratings trend as the 18-49 rating dropped to 1.2 from last week's 1.3.  Total viewers fell as well to 3.4 million from last week's 3.8 million.

While dropping ratings are never a good sign, it should be noted that Falling Skies was up against not only the Olympic Trials but also the BET Awards Show.  I know I seem to keep making excuses for the dropping Falling Skies Ratings, but the truth is, the show has been going up against some stiff (and temporary) competition so far this season.  While the Olympic Trials may be over, the Olympics themselves start pretty soon and will likely prove to hurt the Falling Skies ratings as well.

If you're interested in seeing the other cable shows Falling Skies was up against last weekend, check the listing here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Season 2 Episode 3: Young Bloods

Matt Mason, The Next Jimmy?

With Jimmy dead, it looks like Matt Mason has stepped up to be the new annoying kid in the group.  The opening scene with him being used as bait for the skitters was pretty fun, but the aftermath that followed was frustrating to watch.  First off, it was painfully obvious Matt was going to continue to disobey his father until something bad happens to put him in his place.  Second, I'm not sure if it was the writing or the acting or what, but watching Matt throw temper tantrums at his father was annoying.  Maybe some viewers enjoyed Matt's adventures in this episode, I, however, am hopeful the kid got enough sense scared into him at the end of the episode that we won't have to deal with his lashing out much longer

Ben Mason, The Glowing Statue

I'm not sure what it was about this episode, but Ben continued my frustrations with the Mason boys as his very bland/expressionless acting really started to get on my nerves this episode.  I've bought into it for awhile and just attributed it to being a side effect of his harnessing, but as he gets more and more screen time, his lack of expression during scenes starts standing out, and not in a good way.  I'm glad Hal has already discovered something's up with the glowing spikes, and hopefully that will lead to some new discoveries on that front soon. 

Hal Mason, Maggie's Man

I continue to enjoy the interactions between Hal and Maggie.  It's fun to watch two young adults stumble around in love without even knowing what they have.  The contrast of their happiness together with the hardships of the world around them makes it that much more special.  I'm also glad that they aren't rushing that plot line either as it's fun to see it develop slowly.  I do fear the obvious future conflict that will occur with a potential return of Karen. 

The Young Bloods Themselves

Diego and crew brought a fun new perspective to the situation.  We have a group of kids that have survived without adults and have done so fairly well.  Part of me was annoyed at the idea that they would choose to leave at the end rather than stay with the 2nd Mass.  At first I thought it made no sense for them to not want the security of the larger group.  But as the kids said at the beginning of the episode, adults kept putting them in danger.  A smaller more focused group who's sole purpose is to hide and survive is definitely a smaller target and does make their decision to remain on their own a valid one - even if I still don't agree with it. 

Weaver's Got a Kid!

I guess I can't go without mentioning Weaver's daughter.  She played a pretty significant role in the episode, but I honestly didn't care about her much either way.  I definitely do feel sorry for Weaver as he had finally gotten over losing his family just in time for those wounds to be reopened again.  Now he has to deal with his daughter leaving again, though he at least knows she's alive.

No Pope?

I'm pretty surprised we didn't see any Pope this episode.  I would have thought they'd have shown what he's up to a little.  You know, tease just enough for us to know he's still around.  I'm actually glad they didn't show anything though, as that will make anything they do show us in the future that much more satisfying. 

Daddy Issues Be Dammed

While I was definitely disappointed by the younger Mason brothers, the episode as a whole was pretty good.  I hope they don't have Weaver get another nervous breakdown with the re-loss of his daughter.  I doubt they will go there, but you never know. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Season 2 Episode 2 Ratings Dip Slightly

The ratings for the second episode of this second Falling Skies season of have dipped a bit as the key 18-49 demo fell to 1.3 from the 1.5 the season premiere pulled in.  Total viewers were 3.8 million, down from the 4.5 million the premiere had.

While the ratings did drop a bit, it isn't uncommon for the season premieres to have stronger ratings that following episodes.  Last year's ratings seemed to flatten out at around a 1.4 raiting for the 18-49 demo and around 4 million total viewers.  So this second episode is still a bit lower than last year's ratings, but with last year's season considered a pretty big success, I think it's safe to say this season is definitely doing alright.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Season 2 Episode 2: Compass

Note: I will no longer be doing recaps of each episode.  Instead, I will do a more lengthy review and focus more on my opions.  I figure that if you're reading this then you've already watched the episode so you don't need me recapping what you've just watched.

So Long and Farewell

So I guess I should start off with the big shocker in last night's episode... the death of Jimmy.  I gotta say I'm glad to see him go.  Yeah, I know that's cruel but he's rubbed me the wrong way since early in the first season.  He didn't seem to have much of a purpose other than to show young kids are fighting.  I guess he did have an impact on Weaver, but that's about it.  Jimmy's death did prove to be a catalyst for two important twists - Pope leaving the 2nd Mass and Weaver deciding to take the survivors to South Carolina.

Pope Leaves... Again

While Jimmy's death meant little to me, seeing Pope leave the 2nd Mass definitely broke my heart a little.  He's definitely one of my favorite characters and knowing he won't be around for awhile will definitely be sad.  However, he's left and returned a few times before, so I'm sure it won't be too long until he comes back and I'm guessing his return will be quite entertaining.

South Carolina or Bust

It's not all doom and gloom with the 2nd Mass however, as a pilot by the name of Avery Churchill reveals a new capitol with thousands of fighters, a newly formed government, and even hot water.  I'm thrilled that the 2nd Mass now has a more concrete goal as the "just survive" theme was in need of boost.  The promise of hope in South Carolina also lends quite a bit of suspense as we can't be sure Churchill was being completely upfront and honest. 

One-Red-Eyed-Willy

It's amazing how much depth the one-eyed skitter has by just having a red eye.  By being able to tell the difference between him and other skitters, we are able to follow his story and get a better feel for his motivations.  Until the red-eyed skitter, the enemy has basically just been "the aliens".  Our villain now has a face... somebody to try and understand.  Of course, we don't really know his what he's up to just yet, except that he's tracking Tom and the 2nd Mass for some reason. 

Kryptonite Spikes

So apparently super-powered Ben has a bit of an archilles heel.  The spikes that are likely the source of his added capabilities also seems to allow the red-eyed skitter to control him.  Actually, we don't know if he was controlling Ben or just able to freeze him.  Also, my guess is that he was basically downloading information from Ben during their last encounter.  This would obviously be incredibly bad since the skitters would then know about South Carolina.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

The fact that it's only the second episode (or third depending on how you count the premiere), this season has already delivered many new twists and plot developments.  I don't think anybody can claim things are moving too slowly, what with the death of Jimmy (a semi-major character), Pope's departure, news of a new capitol in South Carolina, revelations about Ben's spikes, and the intrigue of the red-eyed skitter.  This season is turning out to be a great one.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Season 2 Premiere Ratings Strong But Down From Last Year

The Falling Skies season 2 premiere opened strong, but not as strong as last year's premiere as it pulled in 4.5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.  Last year's premiere drew a 2.0 rating among the key adults 18-49 demographic.

While dropping from a 2.0 to a 1.5 in the key demographic is a decent drop, it's also not too surprising considering it was up against the NBA finals as well as golf.