Thursday, 9 July 2015

Falling Skies S05E01: "Finding the Warrior"

Rating: 5

In A Nutshell

Much like Extant, I wasn't looking forward to this show's return, but I was inspired by the knowledge that it's the final series. The struggle to get through last season without vomiting or dieing of laughter from the ridiculous plots was painful, but I think the break made things all the more bearable.

In a nutshell, you'd be hard pressed to say very much about this episode that you haven't said before over the long 5 seasons that this programme has been on. Tom is back ... naturally ... Mr Indestructible ... starts the episode in another one of those virtual visions back in his home where he's having a conversation with his wife. "Not another one of those is it real or not moments", I hear you ask. Seems Tom worked that out quite quickly, which he should by now, but then proceeded to have a conversation with his wife as if it was real. I don't see why he bothered to interact that much, but alas he did. Water then came through all the windows in the room before he's then coming up for air at the edge of a lake/river/sea and crawling onto the beach. Yup, he's back on Earth again. Everyone at camp thinks he's dead and died a hero along with his daughter (you remember they went to the moon and blew up the power station that the aliens use), but then alas he strolls back into camp with only the one person questioning this continuing illogical luck he has. Seems he feels compelled to be a warrior now and take out every trace of the enemy. Something I'm not sure he needed given he's pretty much been that way for years. Anyhow, three separate missions take place to take out nearby alien cells, with Tom's group having a little spot of bother, before the usual method of being helped out by another team occurs. There's a little more grit as Tom uses one of their dead colleague's bodies to plant bombs on and be used as bait, which gets largely overlooked by everyone. I know they've been through a lot, but still ...

They are then all off to the nearby school, where Tom is convinced that an overlord is hanging out, like the school bully. Indeed he is, and he's harnessed Ben as his conversation device, but Tom couldn't give a monkeys and just shoots the overlord, many times. Back to the camp and everyone is doing a little 'Return of the Jedi' party around one of their fallen colleagues burning bodies when Tom feels a fly on his neck, swats it, and sees it's no ordinary fly.

What I liked

Definitely the break has helped me be able to watch this rubbish as there was absolutely nothing remarkably new about what's going on. Usual random unexplainable emotional dialogues between people and behaviour you can't fathom for love or money. It's always dark or cloudy, or raining on this show, so the backdrop is always the same dull stuff. However, there were a few "WOAH" moments when aliens jumped out of shadows.

It's the last season. That's got to be good, right?

What I Didn't Like

The CGI is appalling on this show. The depth and perspective is so wrong on too many occasions.

One of the minor recurring characters suffered a rather quick death and send-off. She should've been wearing a red shirt.

It's just the same old thing on this show rehashed every episode. You could watch any episode and see exactly the same thing; people creeping around, dark surroundings, ridiculous behaviour and dialogue and bad CGI.


Despite plenty of previous experience, and knowing that this is highly likely a "vision", Tom proceeds to have some conversation with someone who isn't there.

Planet of the Apes this isn't

John Pope; the only person to question the ludicrous implausibility of Tom once again coming out of disaster without a scratch. Mind you, why is John the only person on guard duty?

Tom goes all warrior on us this episode, and shows off an alien head to get everyone on his side.

We've all played a game like this back in the 80s, right?

Now going through their umptrenth ridicolous relationship "are they, aren't they" moment.

If only Tom had been this forward in previous seasons by just shooting without worrying about consequences, we might have wrapped this show up years ago.

Didn't I see something like this before in "Revolution" TV show?

And Finally

Time is a healer, and it helped me get through what is essentially the same old material rehashed time and time again. It's watchable if you've got some food and drink to get you through it, but there's little if any genuine quality in this episode.

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