Falling Skies: Let's Try to Remember What Happened Last Season!


Members of the 2nd Mass hide from Jimmy.

This happens a few times a year: A season premiere sneaks up on us and next thing you know we're trying to remember what happened last season. TNT's mostly mediocre but sometimes decent science-fiction series Falling Skies returns in just a few days for its all-important second season, and the cobwebs are thick. I seem to remember a bunch of dirty people fighting aliens or something?

Let's meld our minds to suss out the big unanswered questions from the Season 1 finale, determine the important questions going forward, and try to figure out what that little rascal Jimmy will be up to in Season 2! Obviously spoilers abound, so if you haven't seen Season 1, come back when you're done watching it and point out my mistakes and laugh at me in the comments.


What kind of food do they serve on alien spaceships?

Season 1 had more ups and downs than Captain Weaver on a pill binge, but one of its finest moments was the cliffhanger ending of Season 1, when Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) went aboard the alien spaceship to keep his kids safe. What will they be doing to him on the ship? Does it rhyme with "bay-null robe?" How long will Tom be on the spaceship? Since he's Falling Skies' main character, I'm guessing he'll be back pretty quickly, being the leader of the Resistance and all.


How cool is it to be half-alien?

One of the other strong storylines in Season 1 belonged to Ben Mason (Connor Jessup), the teenage Ryan Phillippe. Remember how Ben had his harness removed and went from zombie child alien slave to weirdo kid who can hear radio signals? His fellow de-harnessed friend Rick was acting much weirder, though, and ended up with all kinds of weird effects, including the skills to be a world-class Parkour champion.


What up with those harnesses anyway?

There are still lots of theories here. When they're strapped to the kids, they appear to sedate them as well as facilitate some form of mind control by the aliens. The harnesses also change their hosts' physiology slightly, giving affected kids a horror-story case of backne. But my mind was particularly exploded when the humans dissected a Skitter only to find a harness on its spine, indicating that the harness might turn the host INTO a Skitter. Egad! We saw evidence of this when adorable little Megan showed up with green skin; if Ben sprouts some extra legs, we'll know it's the case. But perhaps not having the harness on slows the process down... or does something else entirely.


What the fudge are Skitters, anyway?

At first Skitters seemed like the enemy, but now they could be enslaved aliens under control of the REAL bad guys—the tall, skinny, Shawn Bradley-looking dudes that we'll refer to as "Slenders." Did Skitters always look like that, or are they mutated aliens from other planets that've been turned into Skitters?


And what the heck are the "Slenders"?

I don't know, man! Bad guys from outer space, it looks like!


Enough aliens! I want to talk romance!

Ewww, romance? Fine. Dr. Anne (Moon Bloodgood) and Tom shared a long-overdue kiss in the finale. And Margaret seems to be flirting with everyone, including Tom's eldest son, Hal (Drew Roy). But Hal is also trying to find his old girlfriend Karen, who is under control of the aliens. And Jimmy obviously has a crush on everyone. Stupid Jimmy. But if you're watching this show for the romantic elements, then you're a lunatic.


What will Jimmy's hair look like this season?

AWESOME.


Still feeling fuzzy in the head? Check out the following photo gallery for an "illustrated" version of this story: Falling Skies Season 1 Refresher (PHOTOS) Clicking one of the photos above will open up a slideshow viewer. You can navigate through the photos using the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard; hit the ESC button to return to this page.


Falling Skies returns for Season 2 with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 17 at 9pm. And yep, much to your chagrin, I'll be covering it weekly.


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Good show. Hope they keep the action up. This succeeded where Terra Nova failed as the main cast are more likeable and not an irritating family.
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I love Falling Skies....it's a lot better then what people say it is =P

Season 2 Here We Come!!
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Let's not forget that the harness healed Rick's illness (something to do with his lungs and not being able to breath), now he's the amazing Spiderman.
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Aww, you forgot to recap my fav anti-hero, the crazy biker-chef guy that figured out some kind of alien killing technology. I don't like him at all, but he's quite the colorful character.
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That would be Pope who kinda looks like C.M. Punk lol
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That picture kind of sums it up. "Hey, whats that? Let's shine a flashlight at it and see if it kills us"
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Aliens invaded, mankind got the short end of the stick, human leader guy gets a ticket to UFO land. People want this show to succeed because the theme is and always was compelling. It does have a chance to succeed but if S2 doesn't improve over S1 then it's going to get the axe.
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All I remember is that the people in this show really loved to cock their guns.

Pistol cocking here, shotgun cocking there and assault rifle cocking all between.

It's fun I know but when you face a squid and all your ammo is "cocked" away - not so funny anymore...
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I watched all of last season and regret it, what a terrible show with terrible effects, characters and plot. The cliffhanger finale, in particular, was really bad. Still debating whether or not I'll bother with S2, if I do it's only because there's just nothing else on.
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Thanks for this. I was thinking of downloading and rewatching all of season one before I watch the season two premiere tomorrow... but then I remembered not liking the show that much and decided against it. At least this brings back a few of the important bits of info about the first season that I may have forgotten. Hopefully it improves...
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Enjoyed this show a lot, can't wait for more!
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Fuzzy cleared! got d story! (photo gallery) :)
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The Season one finale was pretty weak, overall S1 was ok at best very surprised at the renewal, my meaning I'm passing on S2
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Questions.

1. Accordingly to certain theories. If a specie can master interstellar space travel they have mastered several things about the weakness of their specie. Such as the biological weakness that are inherent in any living being. Most notably aging, and to a lesser degree fuel consumption for biological processes. "Food". If they have mastered the kind of power necessary to accomplish traveling lightyears in space. They are either not in need of food, or are on some type of amino acid (or whatever they are made up of) protein shake in order to fuel their bodies. Sorry kids, no more cheeseburgers.







4. The harness I imagine is essentially a control device that has to be placed on a child. Not necessarily a child in the sense of age. But probably in the sense of frontal lobe growth. The higher thought processes occur there and it is the last areas to develop in the brain. So they probably need to harness them before that happens to prevent any contradiction of whatever is transferred through it. The harness cures disabilities in order to make the wearer seemingly superhuman. However they are still weak and susceptible to things. And they turn the wearer into skitters. Removing the harness might effect the direct control of the person. But It doesn't necessarily disrupt the link. Which means with the harnesses, it might change our neurology and even our genetic code in order to more to coincide with the aliens.







5. The skitters are former harnessed beings. Possibly entirely human and just an protective exoskeleton to protect the wearer. And also to control the autonomy inherent in the human specie. They also act as either protector or a mother of the harnessed most likely because the harnessed have yet to mature into the skitters and are thus susceptible to dangers. That or the group hug is a remnant of humanity and our need to group together to feel the neurological equivalent of loved.





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I am excited! I look forward to the return of Falling Skies!!!
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I thought this was pretty rubbish until I saw Terra Nova, now it looks like A1 sci fi. Bring it.



Hopefully they've learnt the Terra Nova lesson and realised you need to make a show about more than just family drama.
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lol true man, so true.
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Haha, I agree with that assessment; Terra Nova made Falling Skies seem so much better.
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"Bay-null robe." You make me laugh, Tim! Very funny!



Yep, the harness seems to be how the skitters proliferate, which is why they target children and have brood mothers that look after and care for them in little nest-clans. Creepy.



What I remember is a bunch of relatively clean people with strategically placed grease smears fighting with each other more than they fought with any aliens. Hoping it gets a lot better in season 2.
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you know...this show is really good! TV.com just doesn't know a good show from the back of their hand =)
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I love Falling Skies and I think it has great potential and great possibilities in exploring its background. Although I do agree that TV.com doesn't seem as into this show as I am, it is true that season 1 had both good and bad episodes and needs to develop a little more. But ofcourse I think they fixed that in season two and it will be awesome.
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TV.com knows Breaking Bad, Community, Fringe, Mad Men, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, etc. Those are plenty of good shows TV.com knows. :) Falling Skies was/is alright and much better than most of Terra Nova.
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Ugh, Jimmy was the worst.
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He's like the Vicki of Falling Skies
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In the romance area, don't forget religious girl Lourdes has a crush on Hal and for a moment there was a sort of love triangle when Karen was still, in the absence of a better word, totally human. I know, that's a vital piece of information.
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It's nice to see that at last Moon Bloodgood has shaken off here series killing curse. Day Break, Journeyman, Terminator (ok, the film not the TV series, but dead now as well.)
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No, not really, coz those things were good and this thing is bad, I am not encouraged that the only thing she can get renewed in is the one that sucks.
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The best thing this show can do to improve, is to kill that annoying kid right away that totally ruined several eps in first season. Was it jimmy?
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