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Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Review of Falling Skies 5.07- Everybody Has Their Reasons

After two lackluster episodes, we finally get to a good episode, but it still feels like a retread of older stories.  The Masons, Weaver, and other members of the 2nd Mass find a military base under the command of an old flame of Weaver's and discovers things are not as they appear.  Meanwhile, Cochise and Dingaan try and move the Espheni communications device.

I have to say that this week's episode was a vast improvement (and sadly that's not saying much) over the past two weeks' episodes.  This is the sort of feeling the whole last season should have.  Things moved along at a brisk pace and built up to a good ending.  My only real issue is that this feels like what we've seen before in terms of the Masons not being trusted by other humans, albeit this time there is the twist that the leader is being controlled by the Espheni.  I am just wondering how they'll wrap everything up in the 3 episodes remaining without relying on some sort of deus ex machina.

I knew something was going to happen as soon as the soldiers started calling Ben a freak.  I honestly thought it was going to be a case of the soldiers going after him on their own rather than doing so on orders.  When Weaver's old flame (sorry forgot her name) had that bandage on her neck, I knew that the Espheni had done something to her, a feeling that was reinforced when people kept noting how she had changed in the last few weeks.

The sad part is that I can barely think of much else to write because this is all stuff that we've seen before.  Somehow Matt will bring people in to save his family (or most of them) and the 2nd Mass will continue on to DC.  I know that I've been really hard on this show recently, but that is mainly because the writers have been introducing new characters rather than having the final battles to kick the Espheni off of Earth.  Since they knew this was the last season, it should be balls to the wall action the entire season.  Instead, we've met and lost several characters and are no closer to figuring out how the Espheni will lose.

I'm not saying that every episode has to be chock full of massive battles, but the story should be always moved forward and (sadly) that hasn't been the case.  At this point, I don't see how the Espheni can lost sort of some sort of deus ex machina plot device at the last second.  I am wondering if they plan on having the last bit be a glimpse of the future after the Espheni lose or if the show will go seriously ballsy and have the humans lose.  Guess we have a couple more weeks to wait and find out.

Until next week.