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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Review of Falling Skies 4.01- Ghost in the Machine

That was an....interesting season premiere.  Definitely not the best I have ever seen, but decent.  We have the Masons split up, some blatant totalitarian references, and a weird cult.  This should be an interesting season.

Ok, so we open with the 2nd Mass on their way back to Charleston when they are attacked by the Espheni.  There is the predictable death and carnage with Tom being thrown backwards by an explosion.  Then we cut to....

Four months later....

Sorry to do the first few minutes that quickly, but not a whole lot happened there.  Anyway, 4 months have passed in the blink of an eye and we have Tom, Hal, Pope, Weaver, and most of the rest of the 2nd Mass in an internment camp.  Ben, Lourdes, Maggie and Lexi in a cultlike compound where love and harmony are the watchwords.  Anne is leading a group of rebels and looking for Lexi while Matt is in a reeducation center.  Let's take one at a time.

Matt is most definitely his father's son.  He is smart enough to play along with the brainwashing while simultaneously building a resistance force and using history to show them why they should do what he suggests.  I am definitely glad they are giving Matt his own story because the poor guy has consistently played second fiddle to his brothers.  I get why, given his age and everything (Maxim is about 15), but it is still nice to see.  It's also good to see that he has learned a lot about leadership and history from his father.  The only question is whether or not he has learned enough to keep the resistance going.

Anne has turned into a BAMF leader.  She is a mama bear and I pity anyone who gets in her way.  My only worry is that she may push her people too hard and too far, which is highly likely given her obvious (and understandable) obsession with finding Lexi.  She is resourceful as was shown by the way she improvised a molotov cocktail on the fly and she also commands the respect of the people around her.  Well, either that or they are smart enough to stay the hell out of her way.

Lexi and Lourdes are seriously creeping me out.  I have to wonder if Lourdes is suffering any side effects from her "possession" (what else could you call it?) last season.  Then there is the fact that in four months, Lexi has grown into the body of a 16 or 17 year old (I think).  Seriously creepy.  When someone can get Maggie to lay down their arms, that is something to take note of.  I wonder if Ben was unconscious for 4 months or if there is something else going on because he had no idea what was going on.  That is assuming, of course, that they have been in the compound the whole time.  If not, when exactly did they arrive?  I don't think Ben could have been unconscious for 4 months because if someone had not be using their muscles for that long, there would be some serious atrophy going on.

Most of the 2nd Mass appears to be in the internment camp.  Weaver and Tom are in isolation, but Tom has figured a way out and is using a scarf as a mask to hide his identity while looking for a way out.  That is not at all surprising.  Nor is it surprising that Pope has gone back to his hoarding ways.  The guy never really gave that up, so it is not much of a backslide.  When things are going well, he may share, but he is always on the look out for one person, himself.  Hal is also definitely his father's son.  He is taking on Pope directly, not that there has ever been any love lost between those two.

And the Volm have mostly left Earth to fight the Espheni on other planets and to protect one of their major ships.  I am not sure if Cochise can be of much help for Tom and the others, but I am hoping he can do something.

Until Sunday!