Falling Skies Final Season Premiere Review: The Usual Suspects

Falling Skies S05E01: "Find Your Warrior"

So it appears that Lexie is dead (for now) and Tom has managed to fumble his way back to the 2nd Mass (and it's not at all suspicious) and with the Espheni moon base destroyed, all of the tech is basically for decoration as Falling Skies' 5th and final season begins. Everyone in the 2nd Mass keeps saying that the scales have tipped and the game has changed, finally favoring our pitiful humans for once, and yet, the 2nd Mass' long-shot victory only seemed to provide more of the same in the Season 5 opener. 

Tom returned from his ordeal under too-good-to-be-true circumstances, with a bloodlust for Espheni guts that freaked even his closest allies. After a vision of his late wife encouraged Tom to rally the troops into a hate-frenzy—a vision that even Tom seemed vaguely suspicious of—it's frustrating to watch as a viewer who has been around the series since the beginning to see these people falling for the same old B.S. 

The brainwashing schtick is getting old. Ann being the dumbest doctor ever is getting old. How many times have we seen Espheni tech outsmart even the Volm's detection equipment? Just because Tom scanned clear when he stumbled back into camp doesn't mean he's not packing some doomsday device in his head. Case in point: those bug things that latched on to his neck. 

I just don't have patience for the mind-melting stuff anymore. How many times are we going to watch the Espheni whammy someone (usually a Mason) into betraying the 2nd Mass, resulting in another season devoted to pining for everyone's forgiveness and self-flagellating in some dark corner. My sincerest hope for this season is that Tom's dead wife is revealed to have been an alien all along. It would justify the special snowflake status of his creepy children and their ability to move more seamlessly among the Espheni than the average human. It would be a world-shattering twist appropriate for a final season and it would be the sort of twist that makes the repeated abuse of this trope a little more palatable. 

That's not to say that the Season 5 premiere was horrible. I'm eager for next week's episode, because I'm holding out hope that this season will take us somewhere new. It has to. The people of the 2nd Mass have been scraping by for several seasons and this is the point where the series has to pull the trigger: either they'll kick some alien butt out of our airspace or they'll be forever enslaved. I sense that this isn't the type of series to go full nihilist, and on that note, I hope total victory comes sooner rather than later. I'm a sucker for a rebuilding-civilization story and Falling Skies offered plenty of fuel for that fire. What does a post-invasion civilization look like? We got a taste of that with the whole Charleston storyline, but that was always going to be a temporary community. It was still a place of war—it was just a little bit better than living out of beat-up school busses and vans. 

I was underwhelmed by Falling Skies' return largely because I was so impressed by the Season 4 finale. It promised us a new world. I'm still waiting for my new world. 


NOTES FROM THE RESISTANCE 

– R.I.P. EVERYONE. 

– I like how everyone in the 2nd Mass reverts to acting like rednecks on the 4th of July whenever they get to blow something up. 

– Ugh, shut up Hal. 

– I want Lexie back. She grew on me. 


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Aug 03, 2015
I enjoy reading your reviews and agree with much of them. But I guess we differ on one thing: I dislike Tom Mason's character. He ruins the show. It's all about him. I'd expect to see more of the other warriors growing into their boots, becoming major leaders by season 5. But every time I think that might be happening, it reverts to Tom "my way or the highway" Mason. So why should everyone accept his leadership, when he cannot explain how he got back to earth, will not disclose his "dreams" about his first wife, and has been bitten by (yet another) alien bug?

Originally, I loved the idea of a professor becoming a military leader, patterned after Maine's professor Chamberlain in the Battle of Gettysburg.
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Jul 13, 2015
I am not officially starting to hate watch this show. What a let down this show ended up being. I expected so much more out of it. All the constant fighting week in, week out with no real feeling of purpose or movement forward for the characters at all is so dull. I basically hate the entire Mason clan now. So die Masons, die!
Also the gray, silver, black palate of this show is so over. For many of these scifi shows, they think that is what the future looks like I guess, all gunmetal tones? So visually boring.
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Jul 06, 2015
Didn't the Overlords say they were fighting a big war against some intergalactic threat... and were conscribing soldiers on other worlds? I don't remember if they said that, or I was just theorizing that back in S1.

So my guess is Tom's wife and/or hallucination is one of these other aliens.

So IF my memory is correct, then I imagine the wife-alien represents that threat. Now whether said alien really is a big-bad type of threat, or benevolent, or ambivalent... I have no idea.


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Jul 03, 2015
Damn! was Tom Mason sick or something? and his overkill on that Overlord was cool!
So is the new alien friend or foe?

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Jul 02, 2015
A bit of a slow starter this season maybe building it up like got but I do miss Bonnie sorry lexie LOL. Are they going to keep rehashing the infected story again jeez also the Ben , Maggie and Hal triangle is getting old. Have the baddie aliens taken Tom Mason to Dr Phil to discuss his family issues and it was all a dream LOL
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Jul 01, 2015
Noah Wyle overload! I know he's a producer, but his omnipresence is just stifling. He's the worst actor too, hamming it up, making the show dull even when the story line isn't bad.
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Jul 02, 2015
I cringed so hard when he made his speech about rage.
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Jul 01, 2015
- I want Lexie back asap :'(
- Can Hal quietly die somewhere off screen? Please?
- As weird as the age gap is, Baggie (Ben x Maggie) is growing on me
- Was I the only one cheering and clapping as Tom chased down that skitter with his makeshift machete?
- Was I the only one who felt a bit disturbed by how intimate Ann is getting with her kills?
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Jul 01, 2015
ll keep wathcing to see the masons die.
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Jul 01, 2015
Why is the 2nd Mass guy still wearing a belt of 7.62mm ammo in season 5? I mean in the first seasons he had a M1A1 (civilian M14 clone) rifle which could actually use the 7.62mm Nato ammo... Now he has a MP5SD sub machine gun that uses 9x19mm aka 9mm Parabellum or 9mm Luger ammo i.e. ammo for pistols and sub machine guns. So, carrying around 10lbs of 7.62mm Nato ammo for a gun you don't have any more makes zero sense.

Next annoying thing in season one they needed the Mech Metal Ammo to be effective against the enemy robots. Now, all of sudden they seem to just shoot any old thing at it and it works. What is going on here?

Why is it that they killed Denny off? That made no sense at all.

Am I the only who thinks the best part of this show is watching these writers massacre historical military references?



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Jul 01, 2015
exactly historical miltary inaccuracies on the sci-fi show LOL
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Jul 03, 2015
Well, it might help to actually know what you're talking about... That always helps!
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Jul 01, 2015
Talk about a series that repeats itself each and every goddamn season. The worst part of this series was the fact that it would actually have to be better written to warrant a title of merely being horrible... it was so unbelievably poorly written that it made the ramblings of Charlie Manson's incoherent "helter skelter- manifesto" seem like the work of the greatest American literary figures!

This is why the best form of punishment for this stupidity is to make these writers work in beet fields all day and watch this crap all night!

I still think Spielberg is one of the most culturally destructive filmmakers in the history of film. Even more so then his cohort Lucas! The two of them can never completely atone for all the damage they have done to Human Culture with their creation of the blockbuster!

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Jun 30, 2015
I'm a sucker for a rebuilding-civilization story and Falling Skies offered plenty of fuel for that fire. What does a post-invasion civilization look like? We got a taste of that with the whole Charleston storyline, but that was always going to be a temporary community. It was still a place of war—it was just a little bit better than living out of beat-up school busses and vans.


Let's face it, humanity is screwed in the long term. Opening Espheni attack killed 90% of people. Than means that after the attack there was 700 million people left. That is twice and change the population of US or half the popualtion of China. Considering constant fighting, collapse of health care infrastructure, access to doctors and medicine, clean water and other things we take for granted cut that down further. So it's safe to say that popualtion now counts couple of hundred millions.

Add to that the fact that in years since invasion agriculture was abandoned which makes it hard to bounce back. what happened to seeds? Animals?


In the end even if humans win and kick espheni off the planet they are still screwed in long term.
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Jun 30, 2015
The review had me up to the point of wanting a 'rebuilding-civilization story'. what thaaaa? i mean, WHAT THE!!!! Like that hasn't been done to death, with terrible execution. And the Charleston arc was utter crap. I want it to end with the last alien ship taking off with a message to F-off! Then everyone drops their weapons and a quiet reflection, tears, bittersweet joy, no cheers. Slow zoom out to see a war ravaged earth (and the implied maginitune of the rebuild)....fade to black. We don't need to see how they rebuild. The show has never been about that. It's survival of the human race. They survived. They purged. They won. The end.
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Jun 30, 2015
I liked it. Sure, it's the same shit again, but it's still fun to watch.
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Jun 30, 2015
Big fan of te show BUT my personal opinion wass this wpisode was not up to their normal standards. i felt let down and i only hope they turn it around fast
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Jun 30, 2015
This is just so dumb. I mean, how many years have they been at war with the aliens, and still run out of ammo?
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Jun 30, 2015
About 80% of comments here are negative about this series.
If you don't like the series, why are you still part of it?
Fuck off.
I love this series. I can't wait for the finale, its gonna be sick...
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Jun 30, 2015
They are venting because they are passionate and invested in the series. And frustrated...like me. :)
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Jul 01, 2015
Well said. I totally agree.
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Jun 30, 2015
I used to be a big fan. This review is spot on. Just hope the final season will be as good as the first.
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Jun 30, 2015
How many years and the Colonel still hasn't figured out how to speak with a Boston accent - and even though they're all from Mass, none of the rest of them sound like it.

I like this show but the characters are cliche and the dialogue at times is just so bad. The tension between Ben and Hal and what's her name is tiresome already.
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Jun 30, 2015
I stopped watching this show somewhere in season 3. I was thinking of tuning into the final season but after reading your review I kind of want to congratulate myself for not watching anymore. But it is kind of sad in the first 2 seasons I had high hopes for this show....
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Jun 30, 2015
Erm... I only have one word: boring!

I might valiantly go on watching out of... masochism? Well curiosity maybe... to see how it all ends... but damn!
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Jun 30, 2015
So who's controlling a Mason this time, I wonder? :)
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Jun 30, 2015
Ummm, they ALL seemed suspicious of him and it is a red herring to trick all of you haters into thinking there is something wrong with him. Him, his big ass family and Coldcheese are going to blow the hell out of everything and YOU won't even see the twist coming!
It seemed like a normal episode in every possible way, what were you expecting?
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Jun 30, 2015
Couldn't agree with your review more!
The special snowflake masons, the painfully dumb characters getting whammied by the SAME dirty tricks again and again and again, the forced inter-personal strife (I swear to god if this Hal-Maggie-Ben love triangle takes up any more screen-time I'm quitting the show!). I hope they don't bring Lexi back, she also (sort of) grew on me after her face-turn (because we saw for all her incredible power and "advancedness" she was still just a child at the back of it all who could be easily manipulated and had a very childlike black and white view of the world, and most of all she just wanted peace and thought it could be achieved in a woefully naive way only a little girl ever could)
But I have absolutely no taste for deaus ex machina mumbo-jumbo in any genre, I like my dead characters to stay dead (as a side note if all the named dead characters came back apart from very white Lexi-odd considering who her mom is- it would look like the rainbow coalition)
The VERY America centric view reaching Independence Day levels of absurdity also gets on my nerves (but maybe that's a little European prejudice on my part).
I honestly think I'm going to forego watching any more episodes until the show ends and then I can watch them all at once, falling skies takes an age to even vguely explain things they really shouldnt drag out and it's getting frustrating.
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Jun 30, 2015
this show has just gotten b o r i n g
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Jun 29, 2015
The show really started to go downhill after deciding that a proper name for an alien would be Cochese!
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Jun 29, 2015
Sarah Carter finally got a good part on a better show! Looks like she is a main cast member for the 3rd season of 'Rogue' on the DirecTV Audience network which also premiered this week with billing just behind Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser. With that in mind, I don't think Maggie is going too far this season on this train wreck. Good for her, she'll finally be rid of that tool Hal Mason! Just shut up please, would you Hal? Find a good girl you can control.

So this is the final season and ..... nothing new to report here. Same old, same old recycled and rehashed plot points. Tom Mason giving the same old cliche filled call to arms was just dumb. I'm sorry I've said it many times but Noah Wiley's 'Tom Mason' just doesn't have what Edward James Olmos's Capt. Lee Adama (BSG) had in delivering these speeches. The writing isn't doing him any favors either.

I like Moon Bloodgood but this part is just too stupid. Dumb doctor indeed. If she only had a brain.

Pope is still the best and its nice having Mira Sorvino back as well.
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Jul 01, 2015
Sarah Carter needs to return to the Hallmark channel it is more her speed as far as acting capability goes.
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Jun 29, 2015
Is it just me? I'm sure I'll end up watching the entire season, but equally certain I won't miss it after it's gone.
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Jun 29, 2015
I can't tell you how much I wanted Pope to just shoot Tom as he was returning to camp, claim Tom was acting "weird", and get away with it.

Would've given the season premiere a 20/10 rating if that had been the case.
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Jun 29, 2015
A tribute to this show's community...

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Jun 29, 2015
"How many times are we going to watch the Espheni whammy someone"

I don't think it was the Espheni this time. But yeah, the whammies are getting old.
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Jun 29, 2015
Show's final season started strongly!

Full of energy and action it was great episode! The "new" Mason is dark and creepy... lolll!

I really missed that show! I'm really happy to have it back!

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Jun 29, 2015
Esphenis, Vulcans, Votans, Vorlons, Goa'ulds, Borgs, Cylons, Ewoks, Nietzscheans... My head is jumbled with so many made-up sci-fi names! I'm having a hard time telling them apart.
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Jun 29, 2015
Oh God, more alien bugs to replace alien bugs.
Someone should tell Noah to cut down on those E Cigs, even if he does have deepthroated speeches to make.
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Jun 29, 2015
I thought he sounded like a muppet.
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Jun 30, 2015
Not even... he was sooo overacting it was painful :*-(
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Jun 30, 2015
Only sounded?!
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Jun 29, 2015
I hope the overlord's statement that Tom has become a "savage killer" isn't the start of some theme of story arc where Tom's aggression toward the overlords and skitters is questioned. At this point no human can be faulted for being completely psychotic when fighting the Espheni.

For being an advanced extraterrestrial species, the Volm seem pretty useless. They've provided energy weapons and can detect Espheni tech on Earth, but they couldn't detect the power plant on the moon or find Tom's beemer floating in space, and they only have 3 bombers. How did they ever expect to defeat the Espheni without humans?
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Jun 30, 2015
Aren't these just what's left after rest went to fight Espheni elsewhere? I vaguely remember that Vohm pulled out in previous season and Vohm leader is son of Vohm top honcho. So they have limtied tech and limited numbers.
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Jun 29, 2015
Tom beemer was clearly intercepted by some unknown entity and they been manipulating him ever since.
An I suspect his dad only gave him three bombers and the rest of the volm have left earth again.
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Jun 29, 2015
Hoo boy. Where to begin...

It was really nice of the attacking skitters to leave Anne alone long enough for her to talk a skitter to death.

"If I'm dreaming, I don't wanna wake up." I literally lost count of the dialog cliches.

So, the number of instances of Espheni mind control over all of these seasons is STILL not enough to for Pope to keep a mysteriously returning Tom out of the camp?

Overlords have a 5-mile radius of control over skitters? That's not something that the Vorm might have told the 2nd Mass like, ages ago?.

Big battle in the gym...oops! Now everyone's walking around alone; how...

Crap. I give up. I'm outta here.
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Jun 30, 2015
- The only way to rescue ourselves and salvage the mission is for someone to shoot at the explosives on the tree. Hey, Mira Sorvino, you're the least confident shot here - you do it! We'll all watch from directly behind you. Hey, she hit it! Let's all act like she just blew out all the candles on her 7th birthday cake!

- I lost signal (and therefore recording) on DirecTV from the time Pope confronted Tom to just before he pulled the head out of the bag. Therefore I was spared the agony of seeing the 2nd Mass forget there has never been a Mason under mind control. THANK YOU, nationwide storm system!!!

- Who should take point on the incursion into the biggest potential ambush we have faced to date? Our top 3 civic and military leaders, of course!

- Why is Matt (who should be trying for the lead in a remake of Boy Meets World), who has been in combat missions, in youth camps, etc., now suddenly freaked out by battle?

- Oh yeah, the girl who got torn apart used to be your girlfriend, Ben. Let's take 3 words and acknowledge that in passing. And did Ben actually just lament the fact that there aren't a lot of spiked kids left any more?

- Hal - "I know Ben, I miss her (Lexie) too." Mmm hmm. You miss the sister you saw all of 4 days before giving your dad a lethal dose to take together on their moon trip.

- Anne - sigh. I'm a doctor. No a killer. No a protective mom. No a hippie. No a killer who kills with the compassion of a doctor that has lost her hybrid alien mutant baby to a pan-galactic army who must be battled in mortal combat, but with remorse, every week. Whew!

- My one positive: back to direct human vs. skitter battles. Once the Espheni and their tech got involved, the battles looked like every other sci-fi ever made. Skitters are what makes FS unique. A band of humans watching a horde of skitters closing in on them is the one thing that can still be creepy on this show.

... good to see cooj back on duty.
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Jun 30, 2015
One more.

Tom: Under all circumstances, I'm going to shoot this overlord in the head, since the only downside is a headache for Ben. But first, let me engage in some meaningless rhetorical dialog with him to illustrate that I've found my warrior. Everyone catch that? Good. BANG.
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Jun 29, 2015
That whole scene was stolen right out of Saving Private Ryan (the slow stabbing of an enemy).
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Jun 29, 2015
Espheni has clearly change their tactics since the volm last engage them and the Volm whilsts advance don't seem to be the most creative species in this war. Despite this being long war these are still mostly amateurs. Just look at how poorly the FSA in Syria perform against Syrian government troops after four years and billions of dollars in training and armaments. So it actually pretty realistic that even after 4 years 2nd mass is still a ill disciplined fighting force made up of soldiers that wonder off on their own.
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Jun 29, 2015
It was great, I loved it. As mentioned by others though, I hope it keeps the pace.

My only wish is the same for any show on their last season, please oh please don't tie it all up in a nice bow in the last 2 episodes.

You have a whole season to close things off properly but also with this show, to finally kick some butt for a planet that has suffered. I'm with Tom... make em cry before they die!
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Jun 29, 2015
I see Noah Wylie has his throat vibrator back on when he speaks in this show. It only 'sounds tough' if it's once in a while, scriptwriters; it is OBVIOUSLY fake when it's literally constant and only when he speaks to large crowds.
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Jun 29, 2015
Too many Masons. Gotta kill some off.
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Jun 29, 2015
This. This so much.

I actually swung over to Team Espheni a season, or two, back. Haven't had a single regret.
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Jun 29, 2015
This was a good episode, like most of Falling Skies previous openers. Let's hope they can maintain consistency throughout the season. I look forward to seeing how this ends. Five seasons is just the right amount for this type of show.
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Jun 29, 2015
The ben maggie thing just makes me cringe it's just so wrong.As for the rest i really liked it except the whole denny thing which was really random to me.
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Jun 29, 2015
If the final season keep up this pace up, this is going to be a awesome final season.

I was hoping the Espheni would get to complete what he was trying to tell Tom. Guess we will have to wait to find out who the Espheni are afraid off. But it seems at the end their Tom was finally growing suspicious after being bitten by that bug, hopefully not late to stop their true enemies.

I hope we get to meet some of these foreign militias, that one thing I also felt was wrong about Falling skies is that we never got a glimpse of the bigger world wide story. Even if that was just stories being told by people they stumble onto,
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Jun 29, 2015
This premier was fucking awesome. Even the Hal Ben Maggie triangle couldn't bring it down.
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Jul 01, 2015
You smoke a lot of weed don't you before you watch this?
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Jun 29, 2015
LOL! It is a mess indeed and I will miss it!
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Jun 29, 2015
"Falling Skies is a mess, but it's our mess and we like it like that."
LOL!!!
Shame its the last season but - GO THE 2nd MASS!
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Jun 30, 2015
Go 2nd Mess!
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Jun 30, 2015
GO THE 2nd MESS?
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