Saturday, June 25, 2011
Summer Television: Falling Skies
Skyline and Battle: Los Angeles both quickly come to mind.
But Falling Skies, the new summer series executive produced by Steven Spielberg and airing on TNT, remembers something that neither of those movies did:
It's about character and story, stupid.
Neither Skyline nor Battle: Los Angeles focused on character and story, they were both all about the spectacle.
It is certainly early, but it appears that Falling Skies won't be making the same mistake.
While Skyline and Battle: LA began before their respective invasions and then showed us the resulting entanglements, Falling Skies starts months after the battle is lost.
Humanity is in dire straits.
Adults are being killed by the aliens, known as skitters and mechs, but for some reason, children are being fitted with a "harness" and kept alive, although in a hypnotized state.
By beginning where it did, character and story take center stage, but the spectacle is good as well.
Cable shows of late have been fantastic, much better than the recent slate of network shows, and Falling Skies seems to continue that trend.
Until Next Time, If you are a fan of sci-fi, this is a show worth checking out.