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Monday, August 6, 2012

SUMMER SERIES ON TV: FALLING SKIES by Vijaya Schartz



I’m really enjoying this post apocalyptic series, full of drama, action, twists and, of course, romance. The world is invaded by hostile aliens, most of the humans are dead, the few who survive are organizing themselves military style. A story wouldn’t be complete without what makes the world go round, so there is romance as well. Very well acted, wonderful special effects for television. You can’t go wrong with Spielberg when it comes to drama.

But I’m starting to wonder where this story is going. We are on the second season, and have been acquainted with all kinds of alien creatures, the alien harness used on human children to make them compliant, some giant armed robots bent on destroying humans but only when they get in the way, the crawlies, and now a revolt of the skitters, six-legged creatures from another world, previously enslaved by the alien overlords and now working for them.

I’m still waiting to see some depth to the story and the plot. The overlords say they are acting for the greater good but use ruthless methods. It seems the aliens are all bad and the humans, except for a few bad apples and turncoats, mostly good. I have a problem with that. We don’t even know yet, towards the end of season two, why the alien overlords came to Earth. What I gathered from what I saw is that they seem to be recycling metal, but you don’t need our planet for that. For space travelers, the universe if full of raw metal.

As for romance, it flourishes in the most unexpected places. The young among the human resistance have raging hormones, of course, but the responsible adults also experience love despite the dire circumstances. Love has become a symbol of hope.

It’s Sunday nights on TNT. I’ll keep watching.

Vijaya Schartz
Blasters, Swords, Romance with a Kick
Find my sci-fi romances in paperback and eBooks.

9 comments:

Jamie Hill said...

Nice post Vijaya! I love this series and have watched it from the beginning. I enjoy Pope and really love the Mason family. I'm also a Walking Dead fan and find it interesting how the two shows have many similarities, even though one set of characters is battling zombies and the other aliens, they both face universal challenges. I plan to keep watching too!

Helen Scott Taylor said...

I'm enjoying this series too. Although I think in the UK we are a few episodes behind you. I agree with you that I wonder where it is going. Each episode is feeling a bit samey to me right now. I was hoping there would be new developments to give the action more focus as the series progressed. I'll have to wait and see.

Celtic Chick said...

I like this show too. I like the conflict and budding romances within the group. Hopefully we will learn more about the aliens and their motives. I'm sure the writers are keeping us in the dark to keep our interest and it's working for me.

Bella Street said...

I've heard of this show, but haven't seen it. Now I wanna. Great post!

Mary Marvella said...

You are so mean! I didn't need another show to watch! Gotta check this one out. YERK!

Morgan Mandel said...

Well, it's good that they're keeping you guessing, and it's not predictable. Not too much on TV these days to enjoy. Glad you found something.

Morgan Mandel
http://morgansbooklinks.blogspot.com

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Vijaya,
I have never heard of the show. Maybe they don't have it in Australia, but it certainly does sound interesting.

Cheers

Margaret

Elysa said...

I haven't watched any of season two yet we record everything and watch it all at once. :-) But I agree with you - where is this series going? I'd like to see something from the POV of the aliens or at least see some interaction with them other than the killing/destroying part. Maybe this happens in this current season.

Vijaya Schartz said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one wondering where the show is going. And glad I intrigued some of you enough to start watching. Season 2 is almost over and I hope they have a twist ending to keep us enthralled until next summer.

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