Falling Skies

I was discussing this show with my chauffeur the other day. I don’t have a personal chauffeur, but I do travel quite a bit, so I take limos from various airports to hotels or business meetings where I stay while I’m on the road. Fortunately, Louie (said chauffeur), had been watching Falling Skies as well, so we were able to have a pretty good conversation about what we thought were good and bad point about the show.

In short, here’s what we discussed:

The Good – Character development. We thought that the Mason’s were excellently developed throughout the five seasons, and although there were some characters we wanted to know a bit more about, this was an area where we couldn’t complain much. Many of the main characters were all easily identifiable, and whenever something key happened, and it pulled some information from a character’s past or a past episode, we both felt that everything was covered so we didn’t feel like there was a hole in character development.

Also Good – The Action! There’s not much to say about this one. There’s a ton of drama, and episodes that have so much action that you can feel your own adrenaline pumping at every turn.

The Bad – The Acting. Now, don’t get me wrong, the acting isn’t terrible, it’s just over-dramatized at times, and there are scenes that are incredibly over-acted. It’s not that the actors themselves are that bad, but sometimes certain scenes don’t need dramatization like what is given.

Also Bad – The Story. This one is pretty simple, and not too many people can argue. You know the narrative. Alien’s invade. About 90% or more humans get killed, or are now possessed by the evil forces of the aliens. Humanity is being threatened, and people inhabiting planet Earth need to find a way to save the world before it is overrun by the intruders. Before I even watched the show, I knew what the story line would be, but I was anxious to see if it offered a different plot than most extra-terrestrial style shows.

Truth be told, I’m always anxiously waiting for the next episode, so there can’t be too much wrong with this show. Louie disagreed with that, as he said he has been addicted to some bad television in the past. Basically, human nature is to follow a show for a few episodes, and by then we’re either too involved to give up watching, or we say ‘This is terrible,’, and move on. I actually agreed with that, and as a result, might not ever look at television the same way again!

I was glad to be able to pass the 45 minutes of this car ride with great conversation about Falling Skies, which can be found on TNT.


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