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Falling Skies S04E01: "Ghost in the Machine" 


I'll admit that I didn't have very high hopes for Falling Skies' Season 4 premiere. Season 3 was plagued with uneven pacing and random WTF-ery, plus there was Tom and Annie's magical alien baby—and mysterious, "special" weirdo children just aren't my thing. 

And then Lexie grew up. 

And Lexie the reluctant (maybe) cult leader is kind of awesome. 

After three seasons of wandering around a post-apocalyptic USA and finally settling (but not really) in a shopping mall beneath Charleston, Falling Skies kicked off Season 4 with a premiere that managed to find a sweet spot between returning to its roots and blowing everything up. At the end of Season 3, the deus ex aliens—Cochise and the 2nd Mass's other Volm allies—ditched Earth to go save their incubator ships in another system (or something), leaving the humans wide open for some Espheni hurtin'. 

And now, four months later, Tom's in solitary with Weaver (sloppy, Espheni, sloppy), Annie is a BAMF in search of her lost alien baby, Matt is the cool subversive kid at Espheni Hitler Youth Camp, and Lexie has herself a fanatical following of bizarro hippie-types with creepy and probably evil Lourdes acting as some sort of ringleader for the whole thing. Hal and Ben are around. It's okay, they've gotten cool stories of their own before. It's time to give someone else a turn. 


Some of this is very "been there, done that." After giving the dwindling human population hope with the Volm, their groovy alien weapons, and a permanent home of sorts, Falling Skies' move to decimate all that progress and once again leave the humans on the edge of defeat—scurrying around in the shadows and barely getting by—feels like a throwback to the series' first couple seasons. At the same time, though, it feels good and natural. 

I would never accuse Falling Skies of being sleek or shiny, but the relative comforts of Charleston certainly detracted from the grittiness of the show's early episodes, and it was that grittiness—the fact that the 2nd Mass's survivors were dirty, unshaven, and clearly desperate—that made this particular version of the end of the world appealing. It also helped that for a basic cable genre show, Falling Skies' special effects had generally been rather good up until they were simply overdone. A mech here, a skitter there: great. Once we started boarding Espheni ships and hanging out in Evil Karen's squishy orange lair, the stark reality of an Earth that'd been ruined by an alien invasion gave way to typical CGI blandness. Returning to the gray, dreary sets is a welcome shift in tone right now. 

The reduced interference of the technologically superior Volm also signals a return to Falling Skies' original set-up, as it began as a story about underdogs and resistance in the face of certain defeat. Victories earned by humans alone always tasted sweeter than those with a heavy Volm assist. 


"Ghost in the Machine" also saw the return of the Espheni fascination with brainwashing children and using them to take over the world. With the harness system backfiring, the Espheni have opted for a different approach: good old fashioned re-education camps. Someone's been watching the History Channel! The lone Mason child to remain mostly untouched by the Espheni's influence, Matt, has so far remained impervious to the brainwashing and spearheaded a resistance effort. Papa would be so proud. I'm a little surprised the Espheni have given him so much freedom, though. I mean, they have to know whose kid they have and that their Mason-brainwashing track record is pretty crummy. 

So we have gritty ghettos and baby-crazy Espheni—which is all rather old hat (VINTAGE. LET'S GO WITH "VINTAGE"), Falling Skies—but then there's Lexie's Chinatown commune with its startling color and unsettling peacefulness. I couldn't stand the Lexie story when she was an infant, but now we're dealing grown-up Lexie, who nonetheless remains childlike despite her appearance, yet has evolved into a real character instead of remaining a flesh-and-bone plot point.


Yes, there is still some element of people acting for Lexie and because of Lexie, but she's no longer restrained to simply being a thing people revolve around, and I don't think the series has made it clear whose side she's on just yet... or if she's even aware that there's a conflict. Despite her questionable origins and spotty history, Lexie still manages to come off as sincerely well-intentioned, particularly when contrasted with Obviously Evil Lourdes. LOL Lourdes. I also can't believe Dr. Kadar has lived this long. Anyone else with me? 

For a series that left me with some awkward feelings at the end of last season, Falling Skies retuned with a solid premiere that offered some old-school comforts and some brave new craziness. I haven't been genuinely excited about Falling Skies in about two seasons, but "Ghost in the Machine" roped me back in... and I'm so delighted to be back in.


NOTES

– How does Tom manage to stay so relatively groomed in prison?

– Hal to Maggie: "You've been weird with me since Karen." Um, you think?

– I kind of miss Matt's ridiculous Mad Max faux-hawk, but only kind of.

– Is Lexie evil?

– Speaking of Lexie, she's blonde now. Okay.


What did you think of the premiere? Where do you think Falling Skies is headed in Season 4?


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AIRED ON 8/30/2015

Season 5 : Episode 10

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Same as with Defiance: deception is the word. This thing with Tom on the moto was completly ridiculous. They better be good in the next episode ...
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I hope Hal and Lourdes are reunited soon, because she is looking so beautiful in her Chinatown outfits. And I actually loved this episode. It was crazy but that was why I liked it. And finally they're giving the ladies more screentime!
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Well that was silly in a guilty way if the baddie aliens I can't remember their names kill Mason and Weaver already ,also they seem to stick them in a cell so easily he can go on his night adventures. I do like the Hitler brainwashing camp although it is borrowing revolution story arc.
The new age camp in China town is borrowing from Joe cult in the Following and Lexie is like diana from V series old one not new. I do hope they kill of a few main characters otherwise this series will end up like revolution stale. Looking forward to next episode but I will be having a few beers to get through the ridiclous moments.
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Well, I see that they still "borrow" from World of Warcraft (The Klaxxi) for their Aliens.

Where do I think Falling Skies is headed in Season 4?
Well, like in the previous seasons the premiere is about the most action and Aliens we're going to see, with a few moments scattered along the season to keep the viewers hoping for more. The rest will be the usual "evening-soap" writing the series has accustomed us with. And many will keep watching: hoping for more... and they can carry us for a couple of more years, probably.
I don't know if I'll be able to endure this show for another season hoping for something to happen...

Anyhow, it was nice to see that they still have a good supply of dye (or peroxide) for Margaret. She probably did Lexie's hair while supplies lasted... Oh! And she seems to still have a good supply of Botox too so it's cool.

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I was just thinking of two shows with some similarities, which are aliens and apocalypse: Falling Skies and Defiance. I'd say Falling Skies succeeds where Defiance fails. The aliens arrived, things went to Hell, and we can blame the aliens. Aliens can be untrustworthy allies at best. But in Defiance we can't even blame them and must accept their multicultural contributions to our (destroyed) society? No way! Kill all aliens bringer of apocalypse!

As for the new season of Falling Skies, yes I'd like to see humans win for a change. It's just too much sadness and pain. Come on, we need some hope for a change!
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/sigh

Gritty Sci-Fi...

/sigh

They finally start making progress and they 'reboot' back to the grim and gritty crap. How about humanity taking the fight to the aliens for a change...

Season 3 was terrible, season 4 just seems more of the same so far.
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I don't know why so many people hated this episode. Falling Skies has been pretty awful from the start. Its writing has always been rather stupid and childish. What do people expect? It's like going to the 44 and a half cent store and buying some cheap, no-name coffee and then complaining that the coffee is disgusting when you taste it afterward. Of course it is.

The way I look at this series is the way I've always viewed it--it's something marginally tolerable to watch until the good shows come back on the next season. Most of the good shows are off on season break. For instance, Continuum just had its last episode this season. So all you have is this. Oh, and Under the Dome, starting next week. Oh Boy. Can't wait.

You know there is a reason they put shows like this on when all the good shows are taking their seasonal breaks, and it's not because the shows themselves are great.

I read complaints about the series practically resetting itself. But it kind of did that last year. The writers probably thought, since the series was renewed the last time, that the whole reset thing was some good writing.
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Continued from above: Actually, as far as the Volm are concerned, this season's reset was practically identical to last season's. At the end of Season 2 the skies above the little rebel encampment were filled with hundreds of little spacecraft personnel carriers streaming down to the ground. And out from one of them stepped a Volm. And there were dozens still falling. So ended that season.

Yet, when season three started, all you had was one Volm, riding around on horse back. Really. Where did the rest of them go, you know the ones implied by all the hundreds of ships? Where did those ships go? Where did the advance technology go that was also implied by all those ships? All you had was one Volm with one gun riding around not in some fancy ship but on the back of some smelly old horse.

So, I guess this is the second time the Volm skittered off when they were needed the most.

So, you have the writers ending a season in a thrilling bang by bringing in some guys with some serious fire power, enough fire power to win the war. But by the time the next season starts, the same writers are saying to themselves, "Hey, you know, those super aliens we introduced last season? Well, we can't actually have them around for this season. They'll win the war in an episode and what are we going to do for the rest of the season? Plus, the war scenes will blow our budget!" So, boom, just like before, the Volm are gone. So the story goes from the big fancy final fight implied and promised but never shown during the previous season finale to a bunch of guys fighting each other with pointy sticks, surrounded not by big expensive, high tech sets but by cheap to build dilapidated wooden shacks.

I guess the shows kind of a rip off. They promise you this big fancy wonderful thing but instead give you a bag full of sticks and lint.
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I LOVED it.

Screw all these haters.

The end.
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Why is it that critics or people that write stories / reviews etc always seem to love watching sh@t & praise horrible entertainment?
The rest of us apparently more normal down to earth human beings seem to be majority when it comes to agreeing on movies, TV shows & music that suck! Look I'm a huge fan of Falling Skies, I've been with it since day one & though I can agree on some points made about certain aspects of last season (3) I overly felt things left off clear and gave us something to look forward to.
So WTF!?! This first episode started off albeit briefly with some great action & from there I spent half the show trying to figure out what was going on. Call me whatever but judging by posts on Facebook and across the web it seems for every one person who liked season 4 opener there are 20 that voiced how bad it was.
I'm not giving up because of one episode but seriously things need to improve. I mean look, hitler youth camps / reeducation camps for kids instead of harnesses ( what! no budget for harnesses anymore?), and WTF is up with The ghettos? The story line and arc of the series seems to have hopefully just stumbled but I liked this show because it was a fresh new type of alien end of the word scenario on TV. And after last season I thought ok saw that coming but now that they had some success & closure excitedly I thought what's next? And I thought as did so many that season 4 would continue with new & better material going forward. Guess we were all wrong because instead we got a weak season premiere full of confusing material & a story that has been done a thousand times before in other films / shows.
I really hope the story gets back to good because another alien hybrid baby that's grown up in record time feels really dated to me, especially the reeducation BS (the harnesses were a new direction, these youth camps not a new direction.
I'm just one fan however and that is just my observation of the season 4 premiere.
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I’ve seen four season premier’s of continuing shows so far, “Defiance” has been the worst, “Falling Sky’s” the 2nd worst. I am tired of the reinventing themselves every season, but even that was tolerable. I've got some personal pet peeves but I know they are just that, it wouldn’t change whether I continued to watch it or not if the storyline was smart. They just dumbed it all down. Maybe towards a wider audience. In any case, too bad.

I was hanging in there until “Game of Thrones” Lexie showed (seriously?!) and the ‘drank the kool-aid’ group. Then the show actually lost my respect with the Nazi camp for kids. Honestly, we are going there? Nobody is clever enough to think of anything else to do with invading aliens and the whole planet earth? - yea, yea the whole underlying 'history repeats itself', I get it, repeatedly, for 3 seasons.

It seems the producer’s and writers threw out the primer on sequel shows: first you put your team together and give the audience something to root for - then you tear them apart. Oh, if your going to rewrite history cliché’s - try one at a time and then actually rewrite them! (a hint: change up the stereotypical wardrobes.) But yea, felt Spielberg’s presence in both those story lines whether he had anything to do with them or not.

Best part was Anne’s character; briefly.

I’ve been telling friends for years “Falling Sky’s” was worth watching. Shaking my head, can’t decide if we’ll watch again next week or not. They had a great cast of characters at the end of last season - the actor I'd come back for more is Will Patton's Captain Weaver.
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I have always been a fan of having shows with huge casts split into smaller groups, so this was right up my alley. Overall I really dug the episode, though I could have used a little more Sarah Carter. Honestly though, they could have given me 42 minutes of straight Sarah Carter and I would have still wanted more. It is rare on a show where the main character has multiple kids that I like them all, but this is the exception. I really like Matt's like rebellion in the Nazi camp, I hope they don't burn through that story too quickly or have the adults rescue them.
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I'm shocked by how many people didn't like the episode. To be completely honest, I thought it was better than anything we've saw last season. Season 3 was awful, in my opinion, and this episode was a huge step up. I'd probably rank in my top 5 episodes of the show to date. We get the same complaints every year (too much has changed, too big a time gap, I feel like I missed a bunch of episodes, etc.). This season was much better about this than last year. Last year's premiere they just kept saying "So much has changed over these last 7 months", but didn't really show us anything. This episode, they at least explained everything well. The first 5 minutes were great. The rest of the episode was very good and kept me interested. Cant' wait for the rest of this season.
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I actually have to agree that this was a big improvement over last season. I was one of the complainers about the time gap last time and you're right...it was much better this time. It's frustrating though, the shows are gone for a year and you come back (or at least I do) disoriented. I actually had to watch the last of 3 to figure out what the hell to expect in this season.

I guess I am not going to be on team Lexie. She still creeps me out.
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I thought it was one of the best episodes ever.
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i have a creepy feeling they are going to get ben together with maggie and then i will have to stop watching the show lol but in until that happens i will keep watching good episode


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Sorry I feel pretty much the opposite of everything in this review. This felt like a story cop-out to save money on budget and reset the plot. Lets stupidly walk into a trap into the middle of the day and then scatter everyone to hippy front camp, a hitler youth camp, and a ghetto with a shoddy prison - bleh. Oh and the Volm just decided to bail except for a couple "non-combat observers" - 2 x bleh.
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I think they mixed them up so they can deal with different stories for different characters, but at this point it feels as if they already lost. They need to get hold of a few ships so they can fight back properly. It's sort of like the Matrix where the aliens, or robots, have already taken everything over and there's not enough people to fight back and nothing to fight back with.
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very disappointing by far the worst episode of the series, it was all over the place!!! ghetto, brain washed kids in some paradise with Maggie drinking the kool-aid, Anne acting like a Drill Sargent!!! just a terrible waste for Moon!!! overall very confusing S4 is heading for the porcelain throne!! and most likely its last!! the only promising thing was grown up LEXIE but she can't carry the season!!
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In my opinion, 40 minutes of this show is better than the entire 1st season of Defiance.
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overall Falling Skies is better than Defiance no question, at least S1-S3 !! S4 premiere of Falling Skies simply sucked!! Defiance is a decent show IMO
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See, I didn't get an 'Evil' vibe from Lourdes ... to me she just seemed to have drunk a double portion of the Kool-Aid.

I found Lexie's "we don't all have to die here" way more worrying than anything Lourdes did/said.

But, then again, this is Falling Skies, so I'm probably completely off.
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Anne! ANNE!!!
This is what I've been waiting for. Finally they gave Moon Bloodgood something to do. And boy did she handle that ish. I love it.

Oh Lourdes. All the LOLs :D I like her.

"You keep thinking. Let me know when you think up an AK-47." - Weaver
HA!

"– How does Tom manage to stay so relatively groomed in prison?" &&& Espheni Supercuts

"– Hal to Maggie: "You've been weird with me since Karen." Um, you think?" &&& Is this over yet? I'm still holding out hope for Hal & Lourdes.

"– I kind of miss Matt's ridiculous Mad Max faux-hawk, but only kind of." &&& Agreed.

"– Is Lexie evil?" &&& IDK but she's creepy.

"– Speaking of Lexie, she's blonde now. Okay." &&& *shrugs*
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yes to all of that. LOVED seeing Anne kick some damn ass!!! AND I was SO done with Hal and Maggie. I'm actually looking forward to her and Ben's dynamic. I think in a post-ap world its so interesting to see what bonds form.
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Agreed. I could get down with Maggie and Ben although I was hoping to see what would happen with him and Deni (his bff from last season). It looked as though something was about to happen there.
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Watch the episode again, it really makes much more sense the second go. I personally picked up more details that made me go aha! Also, if you were the 2nd Mass you would not see the whole pattern it would feel partitioned, so this is told from various perspectives, not a smooth packaged set up like most shows. Read Greg Berman's log it explains what the writers, show runner were envisioning. But, i will say it was a lot of info to fit in an hour.
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Completely agree. it was disjointed but rather from different perspectives. Everyone was split up so we got to see the different things happening to each group. I enjoyed it.
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Throughout its entire first three seasons, I had always felt that this show was a good one to give up on, yet I somehow kept coming back for more abuse. But after seeing the teasers for the upcoming episodes this season, I finally found the strength to bail out. Done.

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Wow, that was probably the worst 40+ minutes of TV that I have seen in a while. It was just bad all around. I could get into the how's and why's but it just isn't worth it.
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I am a big fan of this show but I did not really like this episode.

In the first two seasons, this show feels like TWD. Underdogs on road trip but instead of fighting zombies, they fought aliens but now I do not know what it is. It seems to try to steal something from here and there and do a combo. The time jump also make things a little confusing.

I will still continue to watch and I hope they improved and prove me wrong. The new flying alien is quite cool.
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That's what we all have been doing for 3 seasons: hope they improve... :)
And the showrunners surely hope that we will hope for a few more years.
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I could not disagree more. It's like they dumped us into the middle of the season. So much is going on and they set none of it up. To make it worse they even set up a Hitler style youth camp.
This might be Falling Sky's, jump the shark moment?
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I thought it was pretty good. And I haven't thought that in a long time. It did lose points, however, for having Ben be so surprised Lexie was grown. He'd been in a coma for four months so he had noticed that she was growing quite rapidly.
The show set up a lot of interesting fodder for the season. I was thinking of not watching this year, but I'm looking forward to it now.
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hmm this is rather strange because i liked this episode. i like the fact that they came back to their roots you know. yeah maybe they were a bit sloppy at some points , like wooden prisons and all but i liked the way lexi now has a some sort of cult for her going on! its sort of interesting to see how that turns out! i dont know, the whole separations between family members is the most imp thing in this show and the way they come back together again is the real catching thing to watch!
so maybe i am in minority but i am looking forward to next episode.
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OMG what the F*&K, that took the cake of the most uninteresting, boring, completely lame 42mins of TV i have ever watched, seriously wtf, the episode was like i missed 8 episodes and i jumped in right at the end, i was like Ben mason and going wtf happened was i in a coma? im sorry but i think im done, as much as i am a sci fi fan and have stuck with this program for 3 seasons i dont think i can watch the next episode, sorry guys,
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Thanks guys, least i know im not the only one, what a disappointment though really, am i right?, im just really disappointed because there really is no sci fi tv series anymore, we have nothing for us real sci fi lovers, ohwell there is always re runs i suppose
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By real Sci-Fi you mean something that isn't written with the same care as Transformers?
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My thoughts exactly, Rob! It would not have surprised me if Tom woke up to find himself in the shower and the invasion was all a dream! All this episode needed was to actually show somebody jumping a shark. Time to find something new to watch.
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Rob, you nailed it. At least the series had some hope and now they have internment camps and a Hitler style youth program. Like you I feel like I was dropped into the middle of a season.
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Nailed it. Agreed!
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The entire series has a giant FUBAR moment.. This was just David (S) Eick getting to do a re-do of BSG's New-Crapica story line with 500 percent more Nazis Feel! It brings me back to the days when you put ol' Ipod on the intercom of the M1A1 and go out on a Exercise with a little Music... I had a gunner that was into House Music Big Time...

So, we would tear around the training area with this song beating out in our intercom system... He was also a big fan of Gone In Sixty Seconds!



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Thank you! I thought it was just me who thought that was all over the place. Extremely annoying and uninteresting! I was secretly hoping they would all be wiped out and they could start again!
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For a second, when it was just Tom and Weaver, I thought they were, and I was elated.
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I enjoyed this episode. I'm hoping we seem more of the volm. It seems the Espheni bosses are running the show now and it just may be Espenis will turn out to be our protectors. He didn't look happy that his bosses threaten to wipe out the humans.

Love the new flying alliens.
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And, I mean, the imprisoned walls were made of wood. PLEASE!!!

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Metal doors and metal fence.
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Not the indoor place.
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Yes but from the guards point of view any escapee has to get through wood walls, metal cages and doors and them through a nearly impenetrable force field. An then they have to find a way to deal with the air units.
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This is just a huge pile of mess. Instead of keeping it small, contained and interesting, as it was in season 1 and 2, it almost tries to hold on to air, which is just as impossible as controlling the internet.
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I was an advocate for this show during its first and second season, but with the mall-thing and now this obvious safe haven ploy and brainwash camp, it has lost all sense of originality. I know exactly how this season is going to play out and that is not, nor will it ever be, a good thing.

I sincerely dislike this show constantly resetting itself as if previous seasons did not happen except for some minor character development.

And Lexi being white-blonde is an exceptionally stupid decision that I do think is based on the popularity of GoT. They can barely find basic foodstuffs. Was there a drug store with peroxide that was somehow untouched?
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Go ahead, tell us how this season is going to play out, don't be so shy!

Lexi a la Daenerys is easily explained, she's alien and has powers, so obviously she doesn't age or evolve like humans. What was really moronic is how Tom and Weaver were so poorly guarded by the Espheni, you would think the leaders would be either dead by now (problem solved), or at least, be imprisoned in a high security prison. But no, they're dumbing down the show so Tom can be a superhero because... that's the fad nowadays.
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She bought down lightening from the sky and was able to neutralise Espenis nano bots, changing air colour is probably not beyond her powers.
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The point is: how is changing her hair color impacting either plot or character? Because otherwise it is unnecessary and only used for a shock value that is not shocking at all. It does not add to anything, it does not stand for anything, and it does not advance anything.

And there is no reason, Mikelangelus, for acting rude when I am merely expressing my opinion. You have the right to agree or disagree, but this
belittleing attac kmakes you come off as petty and smallminded more than you trying to make me look as such. I will stand corrected when this safe haven turns out to truly be a safe haven instead of having something unsavory going on underneath, and if it still stands by season's end, as I mentioned before it has a way of resetting. And if I am wrong, I will hugely applaud it, again because I mentioned above that this predictability of a show that used to be much more original is saddening me. So, if you would like to add an opinion or elaboration, please use your own constructive arguments and do not behave like a child.
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I think the blond hair is also tied to the Nazi's "Aryan Race" metaphor (blond/blue eyes), like the brainwash camp. Why do they bring this up now? Politics my dear, politics... But lets not get into that.

I think Maggie found the peroxide. She used some on herself too. She also found a pair of blue contact lenses for Lexi and a stack of Botox filled syringes that should last for a couple more seasons.

Oh! I think the assless team leader in the propaganda camp is a real blond...

It always makes me laugh and feel sad at the same time when I see people like that, feeling powerful bullying children and claiming in the same breath that "they" are going to build a better World... With what? The same old hatred based shit served with a different suit?


BTW, that was also another characteristic of the Nazi style propaganda camps: You are not allowed to have a different opinion than us... They are still people who think like that today. Don't let them spoil your day and NEVER let them doubt your true self.
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Disappointed felt disjointed and all over the place I really hope it gets better because it felt like I had miss some episodes that came before.
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The whole Lexie storyline is a rip off of the 4400 and we saw how that all ended.
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I love this show, but don't understand how the Espheni with all their technology, haven't wiped away the humans. It took them three years(the writers) to explain why the Esphenicame to earth and that is not really clear.
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I think it pretty clear from the last scene, and in fact for the last 3 seasons, Espheni doesn't want to wipe us out, their new bosses on other hand seem to.
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The opener was a complete mess.
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I got confused. how did Tom get out of the cage to se cochise and be the ghost? hrm. got to watch it again... Don´t like the Lexie story. More Hal, Ben and Tom
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He manage to undo the bolts on the metal fencing covering his cell window.
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Because the walls were made of wood.
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Lexie is evil whether she wants to be or not because moral consequentialism. This was always the obvious thing the aliens made her for.
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What total crap, this show was all over the place, a total joke. It's like they just rebooted from least season where they won every battle with ease usually.

Tom as the ghost was stupid.
lexie as the Hippie master with all following her is stupid.
The Nazi thing is incredibly stupid, kids just don;t warm up to aliens that took them from their families like that. The Hitler youth kids were given preferential treatment for years...
The ghetto prison camp was ridiculous, these all got like that in 3 weeks?
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And why didn't Tom use the big gun, he had on his back all along, before?

And Weaver is a leader? Gee! the girls and the kids have handle more stressful stuff better than he did... What was that shitty acting anyway? Was he drunk? Or desperate? Some darn leader...

Actually the only interesting character (and superior actor) is Colin Cunningham's character John Pope. Unfortunately, he's one that we see the least.
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An they been given preferential treatment for 4 months. An they also been starved of food for several days before they were given that soup.

An who knows what the espheni been putting in their food or what subliminal messages the video been sending to them.
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I couldn't really disagree more that this was an awful episode, and reeked of Spielberg more than ever. I don't think he's bad at all, by any means, but sometimes his idealism is more noticeable than usual. Before that, though, let's talk about the horrible use of exposition. It was just that: horrible. In almost all cases it was so obvious I nearly turned off the TV. Then there's the classic, "New episode, new aliens" with the flying skitters... or whatever they are. The Hitler youth thing was ridiculous as well, even with Matt bringing it up when talking to the melodramatic young woman, who holds in her rage until she's obviously cued to scream out after sitting quietly through the re-education video. Like her role, the acting, aside from Noel's, was atrocious. His was excellent. But why didn't he start using the alien gun way earlier in the opening sequence? Why not shoot at one of the electric barrier posts? why didn't someone pick the thing up and carry on? It was too bogus a set up.

I know this episode was also just a set up to a couple of story-lines, but I hope to god it does a better job of telling and showing them. If season 4 is going to be like this all the way through, I'm done watching the show.
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You do realize Speilberg is no longer the head of the show, right? David Eick of Battle Star Galactica is now the head.
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His name's still on the credits, and i've no doubt he still has input. How much of that episode was not Saving Private Ryan?
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Spielberg was never the 'head'. There've been two others before this guy.
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He definitely never had anything to do with the writing, anyway.

I believe he just produced the special effects so they still have to give him credit as Executive Producer for as long as they use the effects. And he probably still get a cut on the revenues.
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When I saw a preview of the blonde Lexie I thought that Falling Skies had mreged with Game of Thrones for a moment.
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i loved the start to the new season. *Lexi
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Yes, I suppose the new season is a return to the old. However, there's one big difference. Everyone is separated. Essentially, the 2nd Mass no longer exists. So the main plot for the season will be the remnants working their way back to each other.
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I was a little huh about grown up Lexie. Like if she is some sort of Espheni sleeper agent you would think hey let's keep her looking like her parents. Whatever I imagine once the overlord thing focuses back on that neighborhood (which I imagine hasn't caused any issues so it might be ignored) it probably won't be happy to discover Ben awake. You know the one other person who has some stuff it common.

Does Hal not know his dad is there? I mean he looked a little askance at the vigilante like he knew.

I sort of wonder if Matt's leader there is in on the rebellion too.

There is something about both Anne and Tom's story that vaguely made me go..wait are they just dreaming?

I too enjoyed the return to the roots vibe. Idid still have to remind myself who the Eshpheni were and that they got a real name last season from the Vom bit they'll still be skitters to me.
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Except that the skitters are not Eshpheni - the fishheads are. The skitters are a different race.
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I seriously can't keep this all straight.

I do sort of expect us to start seeing some flickers in the reality set up in Ben and Lexie's world, and honestly, I kind of hope it is whatever is left of the rebel skitters trying to reach him.
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