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Television / Recaps PopWrapped | Television

"Falling Skies" Falls Short For Its Season Premiere

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06/23/2014 1:48 am
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Rain Varela

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@rain_varela

When Falling Skies aired its first episode, it was a beautiful story of a father and his sons trying to survive amidst an alien invasion.  It had executive producer Steven Spielberg’s mark all over it.  The same humanity he was able to bring to his action-adventure films, were all over this fresh new television series.  No matter how strange or weird the plot became, we could always go back to the connection between the Masons and their extended family within the Second Mass. The sad thing is, the heart that was present through the first three seasons was totally absent in the fourth season premiere.  It felt like a different series, like the show runners just decided to reboot it.  The opening scene was underwhelming despite all the action.  Our favorite characters were just bombarded by aliens in an open field, as they run around in different directions.  Obviously, the goal was to separate all the major players, so that we would be treated to multiple viewpoint story arcs.  And, to try to make it more interesting, set the next scene four months later. It really did not work.  The separation felt rushed.  And were they ended up, was not really that interesting. Even the pseudo-hippie magical commune Ben woke up to.  The place was meant to be a mystery, something that we as an audience would be curious about and want to unravel.  It just felt ridiculous, like it was something that did not belong in this particular television series.  Mysticism has always played a part in science fiction television.  However, in most cases, they would have been introduced early on in small doses.  They weren’t just thrown in. The messiah character may just become the most annoying part of this upcoming season. If the Masons were to be separated, it should not have been rushed.  That family is the heart and soul of the entire series, if they were wrenched from each other the audience should feel that pain.  Like in the second season were Ben said farewell to his Dad, now that was a simple but powerful scene. Hopefully, the next episodes will be better. Falling Skies returns on June 22nd, check out the trailer below.

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