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Falling Skies S04E03:  "Exodus"


Whoooo 'MERICA! USA-USA-USA-USA! A throwback history lesson with Tom and a not-entirely-decisive-but-still-pretty-awesome victory for the humans made "Exodus" an exciting and engaging addition to the series and an appropriate episode to air during the holiday weekend. Even those apparent moments of defeat for key characters—Annie passing out, Matt taking the hit for his ladyfriend at Espheni Youth Camp, and Hal losing a few good people during their escape—were colored with touches of optimism that made the losses easier to swallow. 

Despite being headed for probable torture and reprogramming, Matt was found by Cochise, who is, theoretically, plotting some sort of rescue. Annie decided to subsist on air and tunnel-vision determination instead of food, so she took a nap for most of the episode, but woke up and wandered into her missing daughter's creepy commune... which is probably going to backfire for her eventually, but for now, yay for a mother-daughter reunion! And finally, Hal actually got to do something this week! No longer the brash, daredevil hero of earlier seasons, Hal is now a seasoned veteran of the war with the Espheni. He's lost some of the energy and optimism of the old days and tends to feel any loss, regardless of size, as an insurmountable failure on his part (not that watching any of his charges get killed is a minor loss, but we tend to not pay too much attention to the "red shirts" padding the ranks of the 2nd Mass, you know?). Tom pointing out that most of Hal's people surviving the exodus from their prison in the face of terrible odds was still something to be proud of despite the losses was a touching return to the fledgling optimism that has always run beneath the surface of Falling Skies' often dreary situations. 

But "Exodus" was certainly not all rainbows and sunshine. Given the depressing blows dealt to the 2nd Mass in just the first couple episodes of Season 4, I wasn't entirely convinced that Tom and the gang would pull off their escape, but in the spirit of revolution, even with all the snags and glitches, their mission went (mostly) as planned. We even got to see Pope in a janky Iron Man suit doing one of those randomly altruistic things that allows Tom to justify keeping him around for a little while longer. 

That status-quo shake-up of "Exodus" will have a lasting impact on the rest of Falling Skies' fourth season, especially with Annie's arrival in Lexie's camp. Ben and Maggie's snooping has already upset the balance and, Lexie claims, thrust everyone who's under her care into danger once again. Whether or not Lexie is on to something or just playing everyone remains to be seen, but regardless, Annie's newfound presence in Lexie's life is going to change the landscape and certainly the dynamic between Lexie and her family. At the end of the day, despite his technical "older brother" status, Ben has never been seen as an authority figure in Lexie's life in the same way that her mother is, at least in theory. At the same time, Lexie is seen as an authority herself in the commune and, as we've seen, it's usually (keyword: usually) not Lexie you have to worry about when questioning her authority, it's her fanbase—except for that whole breaking-Maggie's-wrist thing this week, but that's new, and random, and WTF LEXIE? 

While we're on the subject of WTF LEXIE, what do you think is going on with everyone's favorite human/alien hybrid? I still really want to give her the benefit of the doubt (and also, I'm kind of sick of never being able to trust anyone on this show) that she's sincere, and I'll even waive the bone-smashing as mind-control or something because, frankly, Lexie looked just as startled as everyone else at what happened with Maggie. But then again, Falling Skies has a bit of a precedent set when it comes to evil females. 

Whatever, I'm still so excited for this season that it's stupid. 



NOTES 

– Lol, they built an Iron Man suit. 

– Does anybody else kind of chuckle at Ben's "BUT SHE'S STILL MY SISTER" routine? I mean, dude, she's less than a year old and you barely know each other and chances are that she's a monster who's been sent to destroy you all. You have literally zero reason to trust her but kudos for being into the whole unconditional love thing. 

– MATT. I love Matt's storyline so far and his evolution as a character. I love that he's cunning and capable in his own right and no longer Tom Mason's child-damsel. 


What'd you think of "Exodus"?


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AIRED ON 8/30/2015

Season 5 : Episode 10

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I was a big fan of "Falling Skies" til I watched the first 3 episodes of the 4th season, what was that ?
1-Lexi turned from brown American Indian into some fair Ukrainian chick ? and with massive super powers, like she turned into a super monk or something ? drawing on air ? are you kidding me ? and what's wrong with Lourdes ? I wanna shoot her badly !
2- A Nazi brainwash school ? really ? what happened to the eye worms ?
3-Ghetto's ? why not shoot'em up all and end the war !
4-Anne is the new leader ? was the writer drunk or what ?
the show is turning from a sci-fi thriller into a fantasy, I wouldn't be surprised if we found unicorns and dragons in the next episodes !!
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And I gave up on this show. That's amazing, from a pretty enticing 3 seasons to 4 episodes into the new season and boom. It went out of the window. Who is the drunk monkey who decided to write this story line, out of nowhere?
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Proudly South African!
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Hey Maryann, this is probably my favorite review from you so far. I liked it so much I give you a heart.

I pretty much agree with everything you say. After two not so good episode of Falling Skies this season, I am glad we had a good one.

I liked the optimism here, the small victories and the reunion.

This breakout mission keep me on edge. I nearly thought they would not make it out. The MVP for this episode have to be Pope. This is one episode I liked Pope the best considering he is usually a jerk.

Now I am excited for the first time this season for the next one.
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I don't think the Espheni are "nice guys" but we have to remember... they are aliens. And with aliens come completely different thought processes and completely different ideas about morality... assuming they have morality at all. Ends justify the means might just be an axiom to them.

That maybe just wiping out most of a planet and taking its resources and X% of its inhabitants as conscripts is easier than dealing with newbies.

Maybe they tried the diplomatic approach and found it lacking.
  • There's a big monster coming. No, we're not making it up.
  • It's really bad and will destroy your world and everyone else's. No you can't talk to it.
  • We know what we're doing and we need to work together, no your idea of putting an exhaust port there is stupid.
  • What the hell is a line item veto?!?! No we will not pay for your "bridge to nowhere" so you approve this.
  • Screw it... all your base belong to us!
As mentioned by Cochise, most planets fall pretty quickly to the Espheni. So on the average planet, instead of wasting 5 years trying to convince some primitive culture to be allies they said "Eff this" and just wiped out 75% of the planet in 1 year and took the other 25% as soldiers and moved on.
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Again, I'm not saying they're good... or that they're even telling the truth.

But if they are telling the truth, in their culture maybe what they're doing is kosher.
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Are you familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? You could probably assume that allsentient beings share the lowest levels (survival, shelter, etc), but from there could vary wildly and in unfathomable ways to others outside the same societal background.

That would be a cool Sci-Fi premise - interplanetary diplomacy starts with a brief recap of each side's H.o.N. and you can cut to the chase right away to know if you're going to be at peace, war or avoidance with the other side...
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Wow, where to begin...

Last week, I thought the Espheni letting TM see the schematics of the zeppelin power grid and the location of the skitter horde was some sort of set-up; now I see I'm supposed to believe the Espheni really ARE that stupid.
Coda is not the worst Led Zepp album; The Song Remains the Same is.
How is Lourdes still alive?
I can't decide if Lexie is supposed to be Children of the Damned, Daenerys Targaryen, or Aurora/Storm.
Why TF doesn't someone say, out loud, to the overlords or to Rolfe at the Hitler Youth camp, "If you wanted allegiance with us to fight our 'common enemy', why did you kill all of us?!?" It's an obvious question that, surely, SOMEone would offer.
Once again, as I predicted two weeks ago, Pope was made an outsider in order to give him a chance to prove he's not. It's getting old.
Since the beginning of the series, the weakest part has been TM's insufferable quasi-inspirational speeches. Could we PLEASE have an episode without one? Noah Wyles' self-indulgence is making this show increasingly hard to watch.
Ben's unconditional devotion to his 1-year-old half-sister, who is a freaky alien hybrid allied with the aliens who killed his mother and have repeatedly tried to kill his father and full brothers, is just weird.
Where can I find MOB sunglasses?
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Ho Hum another day at camp stupid if it wasn't for the cast and the set up I would give up , are we lead to believe that alien big heads couldn't just shot tom mason or released the Mechs instead of the Skeeters. Who by the way kills OAP's at alarmly rate also agree on the comment below lourdes has to go and never argue with a half breed alien or u get a chinese burn LOL .

So what happens now that big alien lost their camp now how about they capture humans and put harness on them or kill them. The hitler camp has the parents evening already which was nice why doesn't the mason kid do a runner ? This show needs to kill main characters otherwise it will go the same way as revolution playing it safe. I will now watch Under the Dome which at least is more dramatic and thrilling then this LOL by the way viewers recommended to be intoxicated to get through this !
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Lourdes has to go!
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I think that lexi is just confused ... the espheni spend more time with her than her mother ,and so they get to her more easily...she's gonna have a battle with her feelings trying to choose one side or another and i hope at the end she is going 2 do the right thing...and probably die??
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this season is so ridiculous, I'm very close to just giving up on the show. it's gotten progressively worse storywise
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I'm SO glad I'm not the only one who sees how weird it is. It seems so off... like even the dialog doesn't even feel like them. I don't find myself as emotional invested and that sucks. it's not slowing down to pause and allow us to absorb, that has always been done so well. Special moments, of warmth and patriotism is missing. Yea the mom and daughter was the only one, but even that needed to linger more. Edited that wrong. Tom's inspirational moments, you can't just throw history facts at him and poof it's golden, it's not written to the heigth it once was. I'm sad.
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patriotism , inspirational this is one of GWBushes speeches ?
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I really hate the new Lourdes. (She wasn't really a factor in this one, but in the last one...ugh).

The Espheni are supposed to be smart, but this one gave history guy an offer that almost no one would accept, and then went to meet him pretty much unarmed and unprotected. Great plan.
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Lexi is pretty with those big eyes though. I have a soft spot for big-eyed (bug-eyed?) ladies :)
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Really starting to loose interest in this show.
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We should all send you a wrench to tighten it up then!
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I'm glad the story lines are starting to converge again - it was already messy and getting even messier.

I think the writers have made the "enemy" so complex that it has stopped making sense a long time ago.

First, they were just the skitters, and they wiped out all the power grids and started genocide on the adults, enslaving the young via harnesses (apparently to collect scrap metal).

Then the skitters turned out to be pawns of the Espheni, though either species can use the same mind control on harnessed kids.

Then it turns out the Espheni are engaged in a larger war, though both sides claim the other is the oppressor and hint at even greater threats beyond.

Then the Espheni start introducing more mechanized autonomous weapons and now some kind of flying thing that looks like Anakin Skywalker's original owner (is that also a pawn or is that a volunteer)?

However, they also seem to allow some colonies and create some ghettos for anyone, though being seen by a skitter is still a death sentence.

Now the plan is to re-educate kids via brainwashing camps (because the total control of the harness wasn't good enough apparently?) and forcibly mutate the adults which was previously declared to be unworkable.

And the new plan is also to enter into some biological convergence via one hybrid mutation (apparently they could only get their hands on one pregnant woman and/or just don't believe in hedging their bets).

It's now so convoluted that you can't even guess a coherent reason for, "why Earth?" Did they want the kids, the scrap metal, the adults, the twinkies, what?

If they have skitters and flying guys, why do they need humans? If they have awesome mechs, why do they need either? If they are spread thin in a galatic battle, why engage on another front against a previously neutral (and oblivious) party?

I like Tom's history lessons, but the whole brown shirts camp complete with uber-Aryan instructor is so in-your-face I have to switch over to a book or something during those segments.
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Those flying things was supposed to be the rebel skitters. They did something to them as a form of punishment. This was explained I think in the last episode.

I agree with most of your points and I guess the writers have not thought through everything. It is a very difficult job to invent a history for a new alien race and we have got a few types in this TV show.

One of the reasons for the success of George RR Martin and George Lucas book/film is they took a long time to create so many different tribes/species and the backstory for the characters in their universe.

I did enjoyed the last three seasons very much. The first two episode this season was the worst. I hope from this point onwards it would be better.
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I will have to go back and see the rebel skitter transformation - I was also wondering what happened to rebels so this may answer both.

I both agree and disagree on the Martin / Lucas comparison, because in both cases, they did a mind-boggling job of creating these alternative universes, complex back stories down to the family / clan level, and how minor events have generational consequences. However, I felt like Lucas went back and ret-conned (you can't tell me Boba Fett was originally planned as such a key figure), and Martin has woven such a wide fabric, he'll never bring it back together. (I am in absolute awe of both of their abilities to do what they did though.) Tolkien is the one who, in my limited readership, bears the gold standard.


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I approve this post 100%

Yes, this show is a major inconsistent illogical mess, but even worse it's a boring inconsistent illogical mess.

And I totally agree on the Matt story line.

It's bad enough that they make it so on the nose, they also seemed to need to spell it out for us by having Matt tell us how it was with the Nazis...

Geesh...
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I must add... they also have enough Skitters available to them that on a random planet like Earth, they can have them patrolling every single patch of random woods or uninhabited area, such that our heroes are running into them CONSTANTLY in the middle of nowhere. With that kind of bench strength, why the heck do they need us???
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When Tom used the flamethrower on the skitters, some of their screams sounded like the Wilhelm scream. Did anybody catch that?
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I enjoyed it, um, how disturbing was that dream of Anne's? That one scene was it right? I sort of thought we forgot about Anne in the middle of the episode. I am so conflicted on Lexie, I think I am going to follow Ben's lead, I want her to be good, but I am suspicious.

Poor Ben (I am glad he got reunited with his buddy), but based on what we know of him before invasion, he was always the one on the outs in the family (sort of in a Winchester way, he looked more like their mother, his interests were more with Tom, but he was always the black sheep) and then we spent like the whole first season knowing really nothing about him at all. In fact, I kept expecting him to die. And even now that he is back, how many occasionally forget that he is Hal's brother? I mean, once Anne was involved, he had an adult who seemed to get him, but now he has this sister who clearly is different, so I think I understand why he wants to be close to her.

There is this large part of me that kind of wants Cochise to hang back because I almost think he'll cause more problems for Matt and his escape attempt (did anyone else sort of get a weird mini Anne and Tom vibe from him and Mira?)
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I have finally deleted this from my DVR list, the whole Lexi 'chosen one' storyline is awful, so are the kids in the camp, it just seems to be going round in circles, I'm out.
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I am with you, after a disappointing start this show fell apart.
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So, was I the only one that was hoping that Tom's group would stumble onto Cochise's team just because I don't have faith in the rescue mission Cochise alone might be doing to save Matt. I just can't think that any of them are actually that far away from the others.
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The "alien" thing at the end is Weaver's daughter Genie, watching next weeks preview, you see him say her name after hearing that noise again. I guess she was harnessed and is now one of those half breeds, which in my opinion is a little depressing because I really liked her character.
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Nazi Camp and Lexi aside this was a welcome return to the world I loved. Heres to continuing the trend and brining the 2nd Mass back into the war
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I enjoyed this episode. Pope dropping the bag will go down in the history books whether pope like it or not.

The only thing I didn't like in this episode was that we didn't see the two old folks before this episode, which eliminated the impact of the old bloke dieing. An Ann fainting.

Can't wait to see how Lexi and Ann will interact next episode. An to find out what that thing in the woods is, a rebel skitter hopefully, certainly sounded like a skitter.
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Agreed about the old couple. THe new showrunner is sorta 1D, he not going deep enough, like the old FS did so well. Sad.
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Well gee, I guess I am going to be the voice of dissent here. I loved Exodus. I'm enjoying Tom's return to using historical references when making plans. I think season four has been interesting and fun so far. Overlord cookout was great fun, and the escape was suspenseful. Hooray for Pope. And the little maybe-alien thing at the end? Yeah, can't wait to find out what that is!
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i think this should be the last season lol
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You could have posted that anytime since the show began and been correct.

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This show, for me, is much like Difiance. I keep coming back because I want to like this show but there is no character that I really care about or root for. What's his face, Noah Whiley, is boring as hell. Pope finally stepped up, Lexi still an awful character in the new bleached blonde cult -leader incarnation, Ann still an obsessive blank hole, the kids.... I just don't care about any of them. This show has no tension even when there is great danger. Why is that?

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it didn't use to be the case, like the first two season, that was not true, but now, i felt nothing in the battle last night, no fear nothing.
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Lexi: If you don't believe me, shoot.
Me: Shoot.
Show: cut away
Me: *sigh*

Tom: The only thing that's kept me going these last few years has been the 2nd Mass...
Me: Not your family? Four kids and new wife? Okay.
Tom: ...my new family.
Me: Ooookay.

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Hs new wife, his kids are all 2nd Mass front line soldiers. 2nd Mass and his family are one in the same.
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Yeah, that's why when I refer to my family I refer to them as America.
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David has a point.
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother... "
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Tom still has his family. The only reason the military gets away with that is because you aren't still with your actual family.
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May be not for the audience but for Tom, it be the same thing.

And anyone in the military will tell you, your comrades are family to you, hell probably closer than family for some many that serve in our militaries.
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No, he really doesn't. If one of Tom's kids dies it is not the same as if a red shirt dies. That was just poorly thought out writing. There is no defense.
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