Ryan Thomason

Falling Skies ‘What Hides Beneath’ – Review

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Weaver loses his marbles, Old Ladies, New Alien species, Pope is still awesome, and Alien dissections. Overall, a great episode (aside from a couple of hiccups) leading up to the season finale this coming Sunday.

First up, Weaver looks at a drawing of houses that Rick has been working on, as “therapy” prescribed by our dear Dr. Glass, who is only a “pediatrician” I think, but now she’s the everything doctor. Anyways, Weaver looks at the picture and starts questioning Rick about his drawing of a row of houses. Maybe Weaver is a stickler for Art? Or he’s just wigging out from nightmares of being home. So starts the premise for this episode which should have been titled. “Weaver goes slightly bonkers.” When Tom starts bitching about Weaver, who overhears, they all get to go on a group scouting mission to look at the weird platforms that the aliens are building. There we get a new revelation.

More aliens! These ones are bipedal and tall, basically, the image of what humanity has had of aliens, big eyes, long limbs etc, etc, they seem to be the overlords of the skitters.

Oh, speaking of skitters, we get SCIENCE! When Dr. Glass and the religious former med student cut open one of them to do what normal people do. Look at alien innards and stuff. What do they find though, the Skitters have a harness in them just like the ones that are used on the human kids! DUN DUN DUNNNNN. So, will the kids turn into skitters or do the weird alien overlords have plans of making a new species to do work for them? Who knows, but it’s given Ben super powers because he was harnessed for so long. Well, not superpowers, but he has crazy endurance now and a high pain tolerance. All it seems Rick got was being a grumpy McGrump pants and lover of all things aliens.

What else did I mention? Oh yeah, old ladies, living in the middle of Skitter-town and criminals….who gives them tea? Obviously something is amiss. We find out she’d been captured and sent to an alien camp for questioning, she gets released and has been feeding the aliens information to keep getting her tea and crumpets. Better stay off her lawn. When Weaver takes off on a bike to his old house, Tom and Hal tell her where they are going, which is stupid. We all know what happens next, Weaver has lost it, he’s going to stay home and drink himself to death. Aliens attack, he see’s his wifes old reading glasses and all of a sudden, he’s not crazy anymore.

It was a cheap tactic honestly. I’d rather Weaver had just run out butt naked with a bottle of whiskey in one hand to take on the aliens alone. So ends the Weaver is bonkers bit.

Who cares, we get more Pope, the only human alive that is actually doing something productive while everyone else is being, I don’t know, stupid I guess. In half a day he figures out how to take down the Alien Mechs that have been slaughtering humanity for the last couple of months. Seriously, it was half a day and a “from the mouth of babes” (his actual line) moment to figure out how to take the things down. He performs a demonstration to the cheering army, and now he’s just like, “Hell yeah, I’m Pope.” And stuff. Anybody notice his necklace? Skitter fingers it looks like. I want one.

Next week is the two part season finale, all in one night. Yup, instead of two weeks of dragging it out, it’s all on one night, and I’m STOKED. I’m glad the season is short (10 episodes) actually, it works, it would be too easy to drag the show on for 12-16 episodes with crap filler episodes. This way, we’re getting it all done, actiony Spielberg style I hope.

Here is the info on the two part season finale!

“Mutiny” – August 7, 2011
Growing tension divides the 2nd Massachusetts just as their ambitious assault on an alien base draws near. Meanwhile, Tom has trouble coming to grips with Annie’s profound discovery and its implications.

“Eight Hours” – August 7, 2011
In the season finale, the resistance fighters launch a bold attack against the aliens as Tom remains at the camp to protect the civilians. Twisting developments lead Tom to a close encounter of the harrowing kind, and mysteries about the aliens’ motives might finally be answered.

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