‘Falling Skies’ Preview

Saturday 8th April saw the world premiere of  Falling Skies at Kapow! Comic Con on Saturday 8th April. I only managed to catch the first 30 minutes (they screened the first 45 minutes or so) due to scheduling conflicts (as I also wanted to attend the Being Human panel). Here is some info about the show followed by my thoughts on the preview.

Official Synopsis

FALLING SKIES opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.

Production details

Falling Skies is a DreamWorks Television production and was created by Robert Rodat and Steven Spielberg for TNT. Steven Spielberg is also executive producer.  The series will premiere in the U.S on the 19th July 2011 with a two hour pilot. FX have confirmed they will air the show in the U.K, date tbc.

The cast of Falling Skies includes Noah Wyle (ER, Donnie Darko, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear), Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation), and Will Patton (The Postman, Armageddon, The Punisher)

Trailer

This is the preview trailer. A second trailer containing thoughts form the actors has just been released.

Thoughts

I can’t say that I was blown away by what I saw, but I was interested enough. Just. The show, like the trailer above, opens with a child describing the events of the alien invasion, with the accompanying children’s drawings. This was nice and creepy and oh-so Spielberg, and is  followed by a fight sequence in which Wyle and co. on a food gathering mission run into an alien. Cue lots of gunfire and fatalities. The action didn’t grab me like I wanted it to and felt more like it was there to give us a taste of more action and fighting to come, for then we spend the majority of the episode dealing with the group dynamics and characterisation. In particular it focuses on Wyle’s Tom Mason and his struggle to keep his family together. The highlight for me was Will Patton playing military man Captain Weaver. I’m looking forward to listening to more of his Southern drawl as he butts heads left, right and centre.

It was hard for me not to think of The Walking Dead and Outcasts, even Battlestar Galactica (especially the military elements) given it’s post-apocalyptic nature and focus on the group of survivors and their relationships, but hopefully with its distinct aliens, character dynamics and some fun action sequences I’m hoping it won’t have problem finding it’s own identity.  It was certainly more epic (in places), especially when we were shown the “mother-ship” on Earth, much like the one hovering above Johannesburg in District 9, but it was never really awe-inducing. Hopefully the complete 2 hour pilot will do it’s job and draw people in and the following episodes will deliver.

Overall I find myself optimistic but (after the disappointment of shows like ‘V‘) sceptical.

Alexis.

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