Monday, June 20, 2011

'Falling Skies:' First impressions

Tim and I will discuss "Falling Skies" in detail on this week's episode of "Inscaped." However, I wanted to offer a few early observations.

  • It was boring. For an alien invasion story, it was surprisingly dull. I was expecting a little more action and a little less description of action.

  • The characters aren't that interesting. Noah Wyle, Will Patton and Colin Cunningham are elevating an otherwise predictable story.

  • Emotional moments are too heavy-handed. Truly great emotion is at its best when its subtle. The whole camp doesn't need to stop and watch a little boy on his skateboard to make the scene feel special.

  • There was one great moment where Wyle's character had to choose between two books. That one little moment did more to sum up humanity's predicament than all the other so called emotional scenes in the two hour premiere.
TNT has been promoting the heck out of the series so the ratings for the premiere were very impressive. It will be interesting to see how the show does in the coming weeks.

As alien invasion stories go, "Falling Skies" didn't come out of the gate strong. For a better crafted, stunning, classic tale of humanity's survival, check out "Battlestar Galactica" now airing from the beginning on BBC America.

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