Hey guys, it’s SB in italics, but everything else is twinkiesandwine, our new recapper for Falling Skies! She’s written the below post to catch you up on everything you’ve missed, and this is actually a really awesome post because you could TOTALLY jump right in to the show after reading this. And you should, because as Billy pointed out tonight, Hal and Ben are basically mini-Winchesters (correct). Please welcome twinkiesandwine to the party, leave her lots of comments, and just generally be awesome, as you all always are!
“It’s the world we live in, not the world we want.”
Previously on Falling Skies: aliens came, invaded Earth, bombed the major cities, knocked out the power grid and most modern technology, as well as destroying the world’s militaries and around 90% of the world’s population.
There are three types of aliens: “Skitters”, which are big insectoid-like critters with crab legs; “mechs”, giant robots that fire lasers; and then the apparent leaders, who look sort of like giant four-limbed snakes. Their objective is unknown, but they do like to abduct minors, who they “harness” into submission with a slug-like object that not only drugs them and creates some sort of psychic connection to the Skitters, but also
fuses to their spines, making complete removal lethal.
The show focuses on one of an indeterminate number of surviving humans, some of whom are committed to a resistance cause, the idea being that if the humans can make the cost of occupation too high, the aliens will leave them alone. This group is named the 2nd Massachusetts, after the Revolutionary War, which is something we get to hear a lot about since the main character, Tom Mason, used to be a history professor at BU and loves to make pointless and annoying historical allusions and comparisons. Tom was
also made second in command of the group in the first episode. Tom’s wife died before the series, but he has three sons: Hal, a 17 year old who is useful and a good fighter, Matt who is 10 or so and the most annoying moppet ever, and Ben, the middle son, who was taken and harnessed by the Skitters pre-series.
Most of the first half of the first season was Tom arguing with the military commander of the 2nd Mass, Captain Weaver. Seriously, every episode Tom was like “I want to go out and look for Ben” and Weaver was like, “yeah you can go do that after we do this other thing that is going to keep people from dying.” Also, I think Weaver is secretly and slowly dying from a mysterious illness. Other important characters are Dr. Anne Glass, a former pediatrician who is now that unit’s main doctor. She flirts awkwardly with Tom (her husband and son died in the attack), tries to communicate with a Skitter they captured (before killing in it a total badass move), and figures out how to remove most of the harnesses from the kids without killing them. She also did an autopsy on the dead Skitter and found out that Skitters were/are harnessed too, which might mean that harnessed kids get turned into Skitters. Read the rest of this entry »