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Falling Skies S03E05: "Search and Recover"


A plane crash left Pope and Tom stuck with only each other for company and they talked about their feelings. Tom declared that just because the two men talked about the time Pope murdered a guy for almost hitting his kid with a car and Tom's discussed his suck-ass childhood, that still didn't make them friends. Tom clearly doesn't know how TV works. 

Pope's recollection of his life before the aliens came was necessary to reestablish that Pope is, in fact, a crazy badass who has a temper and makes unfortunate decisions from time to time. Lately, he's been written as a sort of alternative to Tom—he doesn't trust the Volm, so he's been on hand to highlight some valid reasons why. Like, say, the only thing any of the humans have to go on is Cochese's word, and it's not like humans have the market cornered on lying. For awhile there, I found myself edging closer and closer to Team Pope, which isn't to say that I'm not usually halfway there to begin with, or that I've suddenly been inspired to reject his "Tom is a moron" philosophy, but it's important to remember, when choosing sides in the endless battle of Pope and Tom, that Pope is just as flawed as anyone else on Falling Skies. He makes mistakes. He's got his own baggage. Sometimes he acts before he fully thinks things through, or he just plain overreacts. That doesn't make him a bad guy and it doesn't mean that he isn't capable of doing a lot of good—as we've seen him do quite a bit in the past, and of course as we saw this week when he went back to save Tom after the doofus broke his ankle. 


"Search and Recover" was rife with ideas and feelings and honestly, not a ton of action. Tom, Pope, and Bressler's plane crashed, resulting in a long, soggy romp through the woods for Tom and Pope before they made it back to Charleston (R.I.P., Bressler). Rather than send Anne and Creepy Alexis back to Charleston as a re-programmed Stepford family, Evil Karen took them somewhere, and back in Charleston, Weaver organized a search party thinking their whole disappearance was due to Anne freaking out about Alexis not being human—which it is, technically. Not-Our-Hal spent an uncomfortably long time watching Maggie sleep before joining the search party because it would probably look bad if the dude who is essentially Anne's stepson didn't bother trying to find her. 

In the end, the search party didn't find her. Womp womp. 

But they talked. Everyone had something to say this week and the Death Tree made a reappearance so that Sadface Matt could stick something on it to symbolize his biological mom... because I guess no one thought to do it during the actual remembrance ceremony? Really? 

Whatever. No one seems to know what Matt should be doing these days anyway, since he's too old to fill the "cute kid" slot and too jaded to come off as precocious and innocent when he asks if he can carry an assault rifle. So now he pings between being a sullen teenager and a little boy who just wants his mom. His storylines give me whiplash, though I'll admit that having the 13-year-old voice his real and legitimate fears about dying alone was quite a sobering nod to how quickly the children of the 2nd Mass have been forced to grow up. 

Not all of the yammering was pure philosophy, however. Tom's assistant, the always impeccably dressed Marina, brought pictures of the Volm's super-secret super cannon thing to Dr. Kadar and asked him to figure out what it was. She said Tom asked her to ask Kadar. She was lying. The big question concerning her eagerness to learn about the giant stun gun comes down to what she's actually lying about. She was our frontrunner in the hunt for Charleston's mole, so my first thought when she went to Kadar was that she was looking for info to pass along to the Espheni. However, between Tom's formerly harnessed super-son, his alien-baby, and his refusal to hear any criticism about the Volm, it's not hard to take Marina's professed reasoning at face value. Given Kadar's confirmation that there's no way for the cannon to be the kind of cannon the Volm are claiming it is, Marina's quest for "the truth" is now even more understandable and worthwhile. 

But still, poor Kadar. It seems like everyone is constantly using him and putting him in uncomfortable situations. 


While not one of the more exciting episodes Falling Skies has graced us with this season, "Search and Recover" went a long way toward giving us real insight to the mindset of many of Charleston's residents, which was enjoyable in its own right. The full extent of the conspiracy in Charleston is closer to its revelation, and I'm beginning to get the sense that it goes much deeper than initially implied. Awesome. Also, I told you so, Tom.



NOTES

– Where to you think Anne and Alexis are?

– Do you think the Volm are really lying about their secret weapon? What do you think it really is? Is their altruism bit getting harder to buy?

– I kind of wish Pope and Tom would just be friends by now. This head-butting has been tedious since two seasons ago. 

– What did you think of the episode?

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AIRED ON 8/30/2015

Season 5 : Episode 10

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I don't know about you guys but I'm really not feeling this season thus far. Something's off. Whether it'd be overly extended battle/fight scenes or episodes like this one where literally nothing happens apart from endless pointless dialogue in the woods. It just feels like we're churning water for the sake of it which makes me too aware of all the plot holes and stupid writing which makes me think that at this rate I might not make it till the end of the season... I really hope they'll start picking up the pace from here onwards and FAST.
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This show could be so much better!!!!!
Pope and the Prez jump off a cliff into water, coome out with nothing, then out of nowhere Pope has a shotgun???

Defiance is much better and hey, they play great music in it!
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He found it in a car that they used.
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1. On maternity leave island...oh you mean in the show? I imagine Anne is in some prison somewhere because Alexis refused to help unless her mommy was safe and they are trying to either harness the kid or do something more advanced so she...hell, I don't know.

2. I must confess I was baffled by their conversation. I, for some reason, thought she was in the know about it being a weapon. We know it is a weapon (or at least it still jives with that information). Now, we don't know if is overkill whatever the purpose because we don't know the purpose. But if it has to reach whatever level of orbit a mother ship happens to be or reach another planet...it seems to need to have a lot of power, or at least more than an earthbound weapon meant for earthbound purposes would be. Now, is it the equivalent of setting off a nuclear device in which the people exposed are as in a different sort of danger. Who knows.

3. Yeah, I agree. I even thought they got to the point where Tom was insisting on Pope leaving that he would ask Pope to keep an eye out for Matt since Hal is trying to figure out his own life (and is evil) and Ben might get distracted by something like his father that putting him in charge would not work out well.

4. It was okay...my most random thought was that I kind of wished I had saved it for my day off on Thursday.
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Also, anyone else reminded of Jack and Sawyer?
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Ok, so here's my obvious theory:

President Seven is NOT dead. He's in league with the Espheni, just like Tom is in with the Volm. It makes sense. The Espheni realized they were losing the war, cuz the 2nd mass has a new alien ally. So they make the same offer to the POTUS, as the Volm did with Tom (i.e., help us with our little Volm problem and we'll give you peace when it's done). That's why they Volm-napped Cochese, the Espheni wanted him (high value prisoner and all). Plus, that attack was waaay too convenient!

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I have stopped watching this god awful show and just started rubbing shit into my eyes and ears and trust me it's a lot better!!!!
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If there's one good thing that came from this episode it's the preview for next week that makes it look like this evil-Hal thing might be coming to an end. If the preview deceived me you will find me back here next week complaining. Until then I'm biting my tongue and crossing my fingers for Falling Skies' redemption.
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I totes agree. Been really getting sick of the passive-evil-Hal thing. Just be evil or not already.
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I actually think it's quite interesting, perhaps it's that I didn't like Hal in the first place.
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Exactly... maybe if it was a character we were more invested in then we would be more interested in finding out what's going on and whether he could overcome his alter-ego... I just don't care. Hal is just a waste of space on the show.
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I agree there. His character was always kind of take it or leave it for me. It might be the acting quality or something along those lines as to why I'm not feeling this subplot.
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Pope had the best line in this episode - just before he's forced to jump off the cliff he shouts "Hey! I saw that movie!!" Luved it
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me too
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"I kind of wish Pope and Tom would just be friends by now. This head-butting has been tedious since two seasons ago." <<< This.


Also, was Marina coming on to Weaver? Well go 'head Weaver lol.
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No psycho babies. Yes.
Isn't Charleston supposed to be warm and sunny?
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How was she lying, Weaver and Tom agreed to ask Wilson about the weapon. An that seem like a job Tom would hand off to his chief of staff. She just doing what they wanted. I will get suspicious about her actions when she doesn't past on her findings to Tom, in fact I got a sneaking suspicion that if anyone getting her findings it may be that other president and his military advisers, who will then decide they want to destroy it.



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Check out the film Aftermath. Population Zero from 2008.
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Pope and Tom were having such a bromance before Tom went and spoiled it all by saying something stupid like I lov... we're not friends.

Pope is the man. Creepy Hal is weird. Ben is actually really growing on me. Lack of psycho babies was a godsend. Matt needs a haircut.
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Ben has become my new favorite as well. Or should I say, he's the character I can tolerate the most? I don't know... I think I like him.
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I have no idea why I still watch this show. I actually said out loud "this is stupid" when Tom and Pope started fighting. My dog looked at me funny.

I am not on team Tom or team Pope. They're both terribly written characters. The writers contrive situations for them to react to without regard for whether it makes sense or not.
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Yep....so they're bonding one night, and then next morning Pope throws a snake looking branch on Tom as a joke, and shit: IT'S ON!! (so contrived)
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This is one of those days I wonder why I watch falling skies. I know the writers are trying to project how wonderful humanity is. See the contrast in the way Hal regarded Jane Doe versus the rest of search team BUT do these guys expect me to believe that with a 24hr deadline and family missing they would stop to bury a stranger and waste time talking about ifs and maybes? At least the writers didn't try to insult us further by having a deeper grave dug up. All they did was waste an hour while Anne and Alexis got further away or possibly harmed by our alien friends.

Yup! That made sense. As much sense as Tom attacking Pope out of nowhere. I know Tom isn't my choice of leader/hero in an alien invasion but even this was completely out of character. This was more a Pope move but hey... the writers don't want them to be friends. So I ask, why even waste all those TV minutes by putting them in a situation where they can and should bond and then negate it all?

And is there anything our resident agoraphobic scientist (who incidentally doesn't seem to have any qualms with leaving his bat cave this week) can't handle? From disarming nuclear plants to developing genetic tests he can now take a look at a picture of an alien device and say "hang on! That's not a laser gun, its a giant coffee machine!". Next thing you know, he'll be developing teleportation devices.

I'm so over this mole plot and frankly, I don't care that Hal will do the unthinkable next week. Still with one kid spiked, another possessed by alien tech, a human-alien hybrid baby and the fact that not too long ago Tom himself had an implant, is sure to make things interesting for the Mason family.
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Totally agree with you.. After seeing these episodes, I really think that season 1 and part of season 2 were much better.. Where they were just trying to figure things out.. and basically survive. Politics, alternate motives, tv show universe changing plots need to be handled more intelligently..
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I think that the Volm are building a devise to blow up the earth.
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My thought too. A scorched earth policy if they can't wrest control from the Espheni.
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Or a giant coffee machine.. who knows :D
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This was the worst episode I've ever seen. Nothing about any of the writing for this episode made sense. What was with the unprovoked hate between Tom and Pope out of nowhere so they could have a pointless fistfight in the woods?

WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT THE STUPID RANDOM WOMAN THEY FOUND!? And as they buried her they talked about her as if they knew her... They were saying things like "she'll always be loved". WHAT?! How do they know? And by who!? They know nothing about her? And before they found her, the VP told them that they couldn't spare anyone because it was too dangerous out there... meanwhile, they find 2 hours in the middle of nowhere to talk about and bury a dead old woman?

Whoever wrote this episode had their head up their ass. This almost made me stop watching. There was no forward progress with ANY storyline, There was stupid, mindless dialogue, and it feels like they like some schmuck intern take a whack at writing.
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It's not out of nowhere. They've always hated each other, but within the confines of work they don't get a chance to express it. They both have roles to fill.
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It was out of nowhere. There was no reason for him to overreact in that situation. Everyone knows they aren't fans of each other, but considering the situation, it was a stupid time to get angry. Tom doesn't fly off the handle like that. It was totally out of character. He gets mad at Pope in the woods, but not when he keeps his youngest son in a firefight to saw a metal rod off a brick sticking into another soldier's head? It wasn't necessary for Matt to be there. THAT's when Tom should've gotten mad.

The entire episode was beyond stupid. They get to express their distaste for each other every episode. I don't know what show you've been watching. Every time they talk there's some level of contempt or dissent.
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Well, there's two things that could explain it. 1) pain makes people snap at other people, making it in character for everyone or 2) he played on their rivalry to make Pope leave so they wouldn't both die in the woods. These are two opposite extremes that, whichever is true, both mean you're wrong.
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I think it was just a plot device to show the others that something is seriously eff'ed up with Hal. That normally he'd probably (at the least) play along with the whole "let's be human, what a poor gal" bit. But here he was insensitive, even to his own brother.

Beyond that... yeh, it was kind of pointless. Especially considering they're trying to find their step-mom (or whatever she is to them) as well as a baby.

Yeh, let's stop our search while they get further away... so we can have a big ceremony.
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So they get all touchy feely and stop to have a Hallmark moment in a warzone so they could show Hal is now a heartless person? Stupid plot device. They could've just had him be indifferent to coming along to find Dr. Glass. Not bury some nobody woman and make up a life for her as they say her last respects.

"Hal, you coming to find our baby sister and step mom?"
"She'll be ok. If she doesn't want to be found, she won't be. We need to focus on more important things."
Hal walks away.

DONE.

Hey, Spielberg, any job openings?
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>So they get all touchy feely and stop to have a Hallmark moment
>in a warzone so they could show Hal is now a heartless person?

They did it to create a poignant moment, and it worked. It tied in with Matt and his fear he may lose two moms now - remember he wanted to call Anne "mom"? It also ties in with Weaver's daughter continuing to focus on death and whether they're all doomed. It also serves to show us that death is still both real and an every day reality for the survivors - we've had several character deaths in the last few episodes.

>Hey, Spielberg, any job openings?

Sorry, but please don't apply. It's not all about simply going from point A to point B.
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Did you see the bits of next episode at the end? Yep it was definitely made to look something's up with Hal :P
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It was obvious something was wrong with Hal before they left. The entire episode before that, for example, and this episode showed him being weird, watching the door when they came to tell them that Dr. Glass disappeared.
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THIS SPAM WAS BETTER WRITTEN THAN THIS EPISODE OF FALLING SKIES!
Better acted too
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I could have SWORN that a couple of episodes ago that Tom suggested that "Dr Wilson" look into the Volm device to see if it was what they said it was. Either that or he agreed when someone else suggested it.

Anyway, I really think that woman is the spy now.
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He did. An he has taken into consideration that the Volm could be a threat. He an in turn Weaver and the 2nd Mass haven't yet figure out a way to get rid of the volm and keep the weapons an of cause produce more of these weapons. So there an alliance and that alliance will stay until Volm usefulness is complete and their real plans are revealed or may be their true plans is really to help to defend the planet and Wilson doesn't know what he talking about.
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1) Having Tom and Pope not being bosom bodies after their ordeal was nice-- I get the idea they wanted them to have respect for each other but not a bromance!

2) The entire hiding from the Skitters is funny-- it is as if the Skitters that can travel billions of millions in space, control humans with bio-mechanical tech developed from conquered worlds simply don't have a cheap-o-FLAIR system. Maybe they should burrow one from the next humans they run across?

3) Dr. Kadar-- is amazing he can look at a picture of totally ALIEN technology and say "yup-- that is over kill-- I know it for sure!" How you ask? Good question? Answer: it is written in the script! Reality-- Kadar would be like Archimedes looking at a diagram of a Sea Wolf Class SSN- he probably wouldn't even be able to tell that it was a weapon without it being told to him first. It would just be totally unrecognizable even if the principles are familiar the entire device itself is not. Since Kadar doesn't know anything about Volm tech now can he recognize anything about it and say "Oh that is x or that is y" instead he can only say the most basic things about it. For example it is pretty big- it looks heavy-- it looks metallic in nature! Not exactly statements that mean much.

4) Entire forced Matthew storyline was pathetic. I want to see a jaded and detached 13 year old kid.

5) I love how they just happen to find a truck in the woods... That works. I could see finding a truck with no gas because people ran from the invasion ran out of fuel and then abandoned the vehicle. I don't really see you finding a fully fueled truck in the woods.

6) British Columbia looks nothing like Charleston!

7) Hal 9000 is more boring then watching Tom Mason trying to make fire!
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Personally I think it would have been more realistic if we saw him working on the harnessed extraction technology, a spare one the volm gave to us, and playing about with the Volm other weapon technology before he analyse the pictures of the grand to orbit cannon.

I think Weaver claims that the weapon is design to take out the overlords vessels in orbit and neutralise some sort of defense network.
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Here is a good question: you take a part a MRI from the hospital then you take a part F-15 Fighter-- you're not going to see a lot a similarities. And certainly without any technical information on the supposed weapon-- you can only make logical guesses if you have an enough information about the enemy's technology to see how they've logically progressed. In this case Kadar as nothing to base his inferences on other then blurry images and guesses.

Weaver could claim it makes snowcones and Kadar would never know if this is true or not.
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2) I have mixed feelings: both "man that was a stupid stretch" and "Meh, it kind of works" On one hand, I smacked my head when a guy who's lived underground and probably never handled much alien tech said "something is hinky because of " it was a stretch BUT... to give them the benefit of the doubt... he WAS just focusing on the power requirements. And nuclear energy and stuff is "his bag" so he knows his stuff and his main "hinky" bit was "They're pumping in WAAAAAAAY too much power into that thing" I also imagine at least some of those parts / equipment are human. It would be one thing if we saw the humans were really big on repurposing the alien tech and he was their lead guy in fixing the alien weapons and stuff. But we don't see much of that, so it's a stretch to say the least. Plus... you know... who knows, maybe the Volm aren't as advanced as they want. Maybe their designs aren't that efficient, and they need more power to get the desired effect.
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Maybe Dr. Kadar could figure out the Volm's technology if he had maybe some information about the Volm's design. The problem is that a handful of photographs with no understanding of role or concept that object fills makes it very hard to say "oh, yes, this is over kill...". He doesn't even know what sort of power requirements the weapon needs to achieve what ever it does.
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The Dr. Kadar thing really bothered me too. I mean, we get it, he's supposed to be the resident genius. However, there should be limits to that role, right? Absolutely ridiculous and lazy writing in my opinion.

The thing that bothers me about not-Hal: if you're a mole/spy/evil twin, shouldn't you try to act more like the person you're doubling for? The only thing not-Hal is doing right now is EVERYTHING that he shouldn't be... if he wants to remain undercover.
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It is ridiculous that Dr. Kadar is this super-polymath of a genius. Let's say he is brilliant Nuclear Physicist that doesn't mean he knows anything about genetics or demolitions or so on. So I completely agree this character is becoming the equivalent of Mr. Spock on Star Trek (TOS) or Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation. You know it gets to a point where you just don't believe that one person is going to know or do everything that good guys need. So, I completely agree that Dr. Kadar needs to be used in a more believable manner.


The Hal-9000 bit is annoying for many of reasons: 1) Hal as you said is so blatantly odd that no one could miss it. 2) he's back to walking around again--the last time we saw Hal he was gimping around still now he's running around like he's never been heart. 3) Maggie seems way to accepting of the fact that Hal says "hey, I've got a device in my head that controls me like I'm some wannabe "Manchurian Candidate"-- but sure no one would try to get Dr. Glass to look into the problem first right? 4) Why wouldn't the Volm tech notice any bio-mechanical devices in his head? 5) Why wouldn't Rebel-Skitter Spies warn them of all the potential devices that could change humans into willing Espheni spies? I mean that would make sense wouldn't it?

And finally we have the best problem of all-- the truck in the woods with the full tank of gas abandoned. I love it when you get that lucky don't you?
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Yea. Dr. Kadar is becoming the one-stop shopping place for all of Charleston's technological needs. You need a DNA test? No problem. You need a quick lesson on how to safely shut down a nuclear reactor? We've got that too.

Ugh. It makes you wonder: if Dr. Kadar's character died, how would the people of Charleston function/survive? I mean, the guy basically does everything for these people.
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But that's television! They can't afford or have time to introduce and develop half a dozen extra characters. And lots of things happen to Tom's family, from harnessing to implants to alien kids. That's because he's the central character of the show, just like so many things happened to the core handful of stranded people on Lost.
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They will be thrown back to the Stone Age!
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Hopefully this is the end of ridiculous physical confrontations over nothing what are these guys 10?
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Death tree sounds more appropriate than Liberty tree or whatever :-). This show is like a grilled cheese sandwich, edible but no substitute for a full course dinner. Did anyone else groan about the burial and the made up stories of what must be one of millions of bodies found post invasion? "She was a mother who...er... kissed her child's knee after her daughter grazed it on the sandalwood bridge over their koi pond.." WTF? The emotionless brother with the implant was the only one who handled it normally in my opinion. Loved the skitter effects, I get the Mason/Pope thing being sold by the writers, but pulling knives on each other? Being stabbed in a knife fight by Professor President would make a better story than that one about a cherry tree I guess. I don't know how to tell you this, so I'm just gonna flat out say it in my humble country bumpkin way ... this show is a train wreck I can't look away from, so over the top but I gotta keep watching, it's what Jimmy would have wanted.
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>WTF?

No WTF. They were taking a nameless person with no background, no known family who died alone and was being buried in an unmarked grave and trying to give that person humanity and trying to feel something (they've all seen so much death, and Weaver's daughter seems to be obsessed with it).

>this show is a train wreck I can't look away from, so over the top but I gotta keep
>watching, it's what Jimmy would have wanted.

I don't get the hate, and am glad the ratings don't reflect it. Season 1 took until episode 8 to start to get going, season 2 was much better, and this season has been better still, with lots of plots in the air from the get-go. AND THERE'S THE MOLE. While all you people were whining, I found clues in this ep and the last one to point me to who I believe the mole is, even though I don't have a motive yet.
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I'm saying post invasion if your group stopped to bury and tell "imagined" stories over the grave of every random body it would be a full time job. Weren't they on a time sensitive mission?

Not hate, but gobsmacked disbelief, the kind of cheesy writing that exists in Under the Dome or Falling Skies, the actions of characters that would get themselves and others killed in any real combat. I found the "Jimmy" storyline highly typical and manipulative but was still amused by it.

Good luck with the clues and the mole hunt (already seen it) but you know what? Motive doesn't matter because the mole doesn't act of their own volition.

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Remember it was Matt who first suggested she should be buried, and he later talked to Ben about whether their mother died alone. He didn't see "some random body" there; he saw his own mother (with the spectre looming of losing his semi-step mother as well). Taken all together then, I thought this all made sense, and Col. Weaver didn't want to appear to be callous to Matt (or his own daughter, who had been talking about death a lot lately).

I'd woken up at 2:30 AM after watching the previous episode with a sudden realization of who it might be. :-) I'm thinking there was little opportunity to put a tracker on the plane (and as Tom would say in this episode, that's how the aliens had to know where to find them). Few people even knew Pope had the plane, and no one on the plane would have saboutaged the mission and then gotten on board. The only other way would be for someone to take something onboard that was bugged. When I snapped out of sleep, I realized that could be the medpack Lourdes packed for Tom! It could also be Anne, but there was no reason for her wanting to kill Tom and she would have had the access to do it already. Can't rule her out, but Lourdes would seem to be the best fit, but I couldn't establish motive. Now you're saying there is none, so maybe I'm right. :-) It COULD still be Hal, or Anne, or Ben's spiked friend, but Hal seems to obvious and not much evidence for the others yet. I do think it's a fun twist to the story. I'll be very disappointed though if as you suggest there's no real motivation.

Thanks for the reply!
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lol Jimmy
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I'm really REALLY hoping the Volm are actually creating a "planet bomb" (a device that harnesses the Earth's core and turns it into a giant, self-detonating weapon) that will completely wipe out the Espheni... because then the Masons and Co. will all be wiped out too (can't stand them).
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I think you're right.
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So Anne's currently indisposed, someone has to catch the near pandemic disease that pervades the apocalyptic world that is Falling Skies. And that is a tragic case of the stupids. The stupids is a fast moving disease that leads you to suspend logic, reason and deduction, generally for ease of plot movement. Maggie has caught the stupids. Maggie, knows Hal is linked to the espheni, she finds out that Alexis is somehow a half Alien baby, Anne "takes off", and what she doesn't even slightly suspect Hal, watches him deal with his little brother in a manner that is rare, watches him show no emotion toward the dead woman and what, nothing. Not even a hey colonel, I am not one to name names and come up with theories, but um my boyfriend is connected to the espheni and you might want to discuss it with him. Especially when considering that his personality has completely changed.

Tom and Pope in the woods was really good. This could help the series a lot. I enjoyed every aspect of it. And it has been a long time coming, they, mostly due to the fault of the writers, are two of the few characters that have personalities and their conflict is great fun to watch. I hope they incorporate their antagonistic relationship more. This show has always kind of ignored their chemistry and kept them away from each other. I hope they stop that.

Marina and Kadar were also good. I don't think Marina is the mole. Or at least the mole for the Espheni. I think that lead is still held by Lourdes who is now all of a sudden a doctor. I think Marina might be a spy, but for maybe the real president or another group that we have yet to see. To me it seems she was genuinely concerned about it and suspicious like Pope. But not necessarily duplicitous, like Hal, since she let Kadar live.

Speaking of Lourdes and her new found title. It reminds me of a movie that too involved aliens. Men in Black. During the testing phase they had a shooting portion and the future Agent J shot the little girl with the quantum physics books for the stated reason of the books being way too advanced for her. So with saying that, will someone please shoot Lourdes. Last season and the season before that, Lourdes was a moron. Now she is all of a sudden a doctor. Shoot her, Shoot her now. This theory of mine may be derived from me not liking the character at all.

Overall great episode perhaps my favorite of the season thus far.
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Thank you. The Maggie part is KILLING ME.

I mean, when Ben mentions how the rebel skitters have spies in the Espheni, Maggie can clearly see that this upsets Hal (judging by his facial expression). Shouldn't she tell someone they trust, like Weaver (who earlier claimed the 2nd Mass. was like a family), that Hal might be an intel/security threat? Heck, her not mentioning anything could effect the group's chances of getting Anne and Alexis back... because Hal could easily tell Karen about the rebel spies.

I'm just glad that, judging by next week's promo, this whole "Hal is a possessed pawn" storyline is coming to a head/close.
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Um...incase you missed it. Mat took the braclet off the woman and said its for the tree as he was taking it. Then they were all talking about how she was a mom so that's why the leaf had mom written on it. As she had no name.

To me its not the story lines or even the acting that is slowly killing this show, (acting is good, some of the story lines are predictable) it is the ever increasing bad editing. This episode was rife with it.
I understand that they have a time limit that have to adhere to etc but do these editors even review their work. Take the fight scene, there might of been a little bit of more dialogue between the prank and the fighting that was edited out, cos i was left with saying WTF just happened, not with the story but how the scene was set up. very poor.
One more i would like to bring up is the scene with mat and ben. I understand they have to film one scene from different points but they could at least have the background the same. The horse when mat was talking at the start was resting up against the wood fence, then ben talked he is there still but goes back to mat and the horse is right in the scene, then back to ben the horse is by the wood fence again, then back to mat and the horse is right in the scene again.
To me its not the acting or story lines that ruin a show for me its the bad editing that makes it look like bad acting.

By the way the horse when he is in the scene standing there drifting off the sleep standing up is how i felt on that scene.
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I'm not sure that's true. I think since the bracelet was hung to represent her, the leaf with mom written on it can't represent her. One dangly bit per customer.
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But that's just your rule. I don't recall hearing that when the tree rules were being delineated.
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It's an assumption, and I think a reasonable one. When you start tagging bracelets with accompanying metadata cards the ceremony loses some of its solemnity.
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I understand your point, and I think our argument may be moot as it's been pointed out that Matt's "mom" ornament was for the woman they found.
I like to think that there really are no rules about the tree and that everyone can put a remembrance of their loved ones.
But it's just a show, so you see it your way and I'll see it mine, and we'll both just agree to enjoy the show.
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Tom and Pope getting a little bit closer made this episode worth it, despite the lack of action. I also loved how it showed the one Skitter flying through the trees.

What this episode also did though is drive home that Hal couldn't be the mole. He had no idea his dad was gone.

I also loved Matt's rebellious actions (I'm coming with you) and his childlike fears (I don't want to die alone). He's the character who has had the least amount of character development from the start, so I'm glad he's getting some this season.

Also, I have to agree that Marina could very well be the mole, especially if she has one of the head worms like Hal has.
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I don't think Marina is a mole at all; however, I agree that Hal can't possibly be the mole (well, he's a mole, but not THE MOLE).

I thought Tom was finally going to realize it's Lourdes, because he got halfway there by realizing the Espheni tracked them somehow (most likely via the med-kit Lourdes packed).

Here's a quick "what-if" though: What if the mole is Pope?

-he protested Tom's theories about the mole somehow leaking the when and where of the secret meeting a little too much

-he was very insistent on going with the group to the secret meeting (yea, it was his plane, but this casts his insistence in a new light)

-it would be a total curveball, because it's been shown how much Pope hates aliens

Possible reason for Pope turning mole? Maybe the aliens have his kids. I mean, we did just hear about his children again. Just a theory though.
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I don't know. There seem to be a lot of little hints that could say it was Marina. Who was second in command to Manchester? Marina. Who is second in command to Tom? Marina. Who matches the height qualifications of the shadow that was shown in the season premiere? Marina. While Lourdes brought Tom the pack, she said it was prepared at the request of Marina. Who wasn't interested in seeing if other babies were hybrids? Marina. Who tried to stop a rescue/ search party from going out? Marina. Who wants to know the information on the Volm's weapon? Marina.

It could be very well that Marina has been promised her own kids if she helps overthrow the Volm. She is upset that Tom became the President, but is pretending to work with him. If Tom were eliminated, and the real President as well in the process, then Marina would have free command over the people of Charleston. She could easily turn them against the Volm and then force Charleston into slavery to the Espheni. It could also be she wasn't interested in other hybrids because she knew Alexis was the only one, and it could easily have been her that contacted the Espheni and had them place a decoy carcass so they could get away with Alexis, in case they were still hidden nearby.

I honestly didn't suspect Marina until this episode, but her actions and reactions have placed her as my current #1 suspect, unless the Espheni have begun cloning people.
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Anne brought the pack to Tom, and she told him that Lourdes prepared it.
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Ok, you are correct in that Anne brought him the pack Lourdes prepared. Still it was Marina that suggested they have it. Since we don't see behind the scenes, for all we know Marina could have given Lourdes the pack and said fill it up. I'm sure it'll be revealed this season sometime, but it doesn't change the fact that the evidence I've seen looks to be against Marina at this time.
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Good points!

I didn't remember that Marina suggested the med-kit idea to Lourdes until you mentioned it. With all the stuff you've pointed out, you've got me thinking it's her now.
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I remember Tom placing a token for Rebekah on the tree the night the Espeni attacked.

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