Falling Skies followed the same script that other recent sci-fi shows have followed: interesting concept but it is full of character nobody cares about. Aside from Pope, the renegade who reluctantly joins the group, there really was no one worth rooting for during the first season of Falling Skies. Unfortunately the second season is not preceded by a recap episode so here is a quick recap. Incest like alien came to Earth to whip off the population with the help of Mechs and kidnapped children which they turned into slaves by placing a harness on their backs (it is hinted at that the harness slowly is turning the kids into skidders). It turned out the skidders were actually foot soldiers for Overlords (leading credence to the theory of harnesses turns those attached into skidders) who took Tom voluntarily onto their ship to end the first season.
The second season flash forwards three months in a battle between the 2nd Mass and a group of skidders. Don’t worry, about half of the first episode features flashbacks. Unfortunately about half of the flashbacks feature Tom, who is still sporting an epic beard, getting back home. But there is a conversation between Tom and the Overlords (though Karen, remember Hal’s girlfriend who was taken but tends to be forgotten most of the time) where Tom surprisingly does not ask the most important question, “Why are you here?”
The second of back to back episodes tonight features Tom having a hard time assimilating himself back into camp as some people are fearful of what could the aliens done to Tom, no one more worried than Tom himself. New to the series is a mechanical wiz played by the teacher from The Killing who will be cozying up with a female member of the 2nd Mass this season. Tonight we are also introduced to two new alien beings, one of which is creepier than any zombie I have seen on The Walking Dead. Speaking of The Walking Dead, I kept thinking back to the first season of that show and their aimless travels and cannot help but think of how the character of Falling Skies have been wondering around with no good plan in the first season which carries into the first two episodes of the new season.
It is a shame that the season did not open up with the third episode because not only is it the best of the early second season but it is probably the best of the entire series (although it would have hard to have done so and explain Tom’s time on the spaceship concurrently, but the second episode tonight was a bit of filler). The episode features human on skidder violence, human on human violence, a funeral, a stolen kiss, a mysterious glowing object, and a mysterious stranger who could put the 2nd Mass on the right path. If you can make it to the third episode it could make watching the second season worthwhile and hints at a better season than the first.
Falling Skies airs Sundays at 9:00. You can download Falling Skies on iTunes.