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, 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.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Falling Skies Season 2 Date Set

Those eagerly awaiting the second season of Falling Skies now have a date to focus their energies on as TNT has announced that June 17 at 9 PM will be the date and time we get to see the 2nd Mass pick up the fight again.  The season opener is going to be a two hour premiere just like the first season with the season consisting of 10 episodes in total.

Only a few more months until we get to see what has become of Tom and how well the 2nd Mass will cope without him.  I'm sure he won't be gone soon, but the ramifications of his run-in with the aliens will likely echo throughout the entire resistance.