"Falling Skies" Review: City on Fire - Page 2
The female love interests include Moon Bloodgood as Dr. Anne Glass, physician to the front, and Jessy Schram as Karen Nadler. Glass is falling for Mason and Nadler is falling for Mason’s son, Hal, although that pairing might be short-lived since the Nadler character is listed at IMDB.com as appearing in only five of nine episodes. The wild-card love interest is Sarah Carter as Maggie, who shoots and kills two of Pope’s henchmen before defecting to the resistance.
Will Patton plays Captain Weaver who, assisted by Mason, leads the Second Massachusetts division of the resistance. While Mason muses philosophically about the centuries-old love-hate relationship between soldiers and civilians, and cites historical precedent for successful campaigns against superior forces, Captain Weaver is a grim, distant, died-in-the-wool military realist. We can expect plenty of head-butting from these two and from Pope, who believes the skitters that he’s so adept at killing ultimately will do to us what the colonists did to the Native Americans. Or worse.
The pilot episode of Falling Skies introduces us to a very pleasing mix of well-performed multi-dimensional characters with interesting backstories. Yes, the young love theme and the single parent theme, might get tiresome over time – Spielberg’s penchant for the warm and fuzzy is well known – but the skitters and the mechs are exquisitely rendered and that shot of Boston with the mothership parked on top of it kicks ass.
Which is why I don’t fault a series like Falling Skies for its wild deviations from the reality of contact as it’s currently understood. Nor do I expect it to offer any useful contribution to the exopolitical debate. All I ask is that it be entertaining and Falling Skies, I’m happy to report, is just that.