This week I am going to change gears from my political posts and talk about one of my favorite TV shows, “Falling Skies.” This show is currently in its 5th season. For those that haven’t really seen this show, it is about an alien takeover of Earth by the Espheni who are a powerful enemy that are on a mission to exterminate the human race. The Mason family is central to the story and they join up with the small fighting force of the 2nd Massachusetts. This is a fight for survival and they are assisted by the Vom aliens who help turn the tide of the fight. (Spoilers ahead, if you haven’t seen the show or haven’t caught up) The end of the 4th season was amazing when Tom Mason flew a spaceship (beemer) to destroy the Espheni power core on the Moon. This was a great thing, because now humans have a fighting chance since some major Espheni weapons are now out of commission. This made me excited for season 5, because I thought they would go all out and expel the Espheni for this whole season.
The first few episodes certainly delivered but recent episodes have been wasting too much time and have been boring to the point of annoyance. Tom made a decision to kill aliens before helping Pope save his girlfriend. Those that watch this show know that is the wrong call when dealing with him. He always has butted heads with the Masons, over the seasons over petty conflicts and he believes that Tom has basically taken control of the 2nd Massachusetts unjustly. Sometimes, however, they get along and together they can accomplish anything. Tom Mason’s decision this season has turned Pope into a psychotic asshole along the lines of Colonel Kurtz. He now wants to kill the Masons as retribution for Tom deciding to let his loved one die. I am so annoyed that this conflict had to arise this season. Now is the time to bring the fight to the real enemy and they are too busy fighting amongst themselves. (Maybe the writers were making a point about humanity) The Espheni probably will rebuild while they are wasting all this time.
Another annoying part of this season is the problem with the 14th Virginia regiment that they encounter. At first they seem fine but the Captain rules with an iron fist. The Masons get jailed and ready for execution because the Captain thinks that they are colluding with the enemy. Tom’s son has “the spikes” from the broken harness, he has flown a Beemer, and his recent wife had a baby infused with Espheni DNA. This seems suspicious to them and are prepared to kill them all. However that does not happen because it is revealed that the Captain was under control by the Espheni after she was killed by Weaver. They made æ copy of her apparently. She also killed dozens from other militias. This revelation made this issue less annoying and I was shocked how sly and desperate that the Espheni have become.
There should be ample time to resurrect this season, however. I did like the purpose of the one episode after Tom tried to kill Pope and wound up recovering at a house that has been virtually untouched. The episode was a little too long and strangely normal for once but it made a good point. This place is basically what the human race is fighting for; a return to a normal life in which everyone is safe to live freely. That vision has me hoping that the characters make amends and not to forget who the enemy is and what they are fighting for .It seems unlikely but if Tom and Pope can get past each other’s differences they can make some fireworks to finish off the real enemy, the Espheni. I wish the writers would not waste any more time and give the audience what it really wants. These delays in the storyline are annoying and seems like a complete waste of time.