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DVD review: 'Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season'

In-hand copy of the second season of "Falling Skies."
In-hand copy of the second season of "Falling Skies."
Tom Tonthat, Traveling Valentine

Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season


It is a time after the world is devastated by an inhuman army. The luxury of civilization is a thing of the past as survival takes precedence. Nevertheless, a brave group of people attempt to rebuild civilization while looking for a way to counteract the relentless threat against them. So yeah, TNT's “Falling Skies” does kind of feel like AMC's “The Walking Dead” but with aliens instead of zombies.

As its full title implies, the DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season” compiles all ten episodes of the TNT drama as it follows the first season of “Falling Skies.” Noah
Wyle plays Tom Mason, the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts group of civilians and fighters who stand against the aliens. The aliens consist of mechanical attack drones, skitters who control the mechs, and overlords who control all aliens. In lieu of dead people turning into zombies, the aliens are proactively seeking children between the ages of 8 and 18 to attach obedience devices onto them. Noah Wyle's characters uses his extensive knowledge of military history to combat the aliens and keep his resistance movement alive.

The second season of “Falling Skies” does a good job of propelling the series forward with improved production values and a story that actually goes somewhere. The aliens being intelligent offer the humans more interactive choices with them beyond “shoot in the head.” Joining Noah Wyle are Moon Bloodgood and Will Patton, who provide some good performances. The only big complaint is that you have to have been following the first season of “Falling Skies” to remain emotionally invested in the second season of this TNT series.

Both the DVD ($39.98 retail) and Blu-Ray ($49.99 retail) set have special features like one about the writing of the series, a tour of the “Falling Skies” set, a bit bout the Skitter evolution, commentary tracks, and an exclusive trading card. The Blu-Ray includes an Ultraviolet digital download of the series. Both versions will hit store shelves June 4.

So if you're a geek for television shows and liked the first season of “Falling Skies,” it's only logical to get your hands on the second season to tide you over until the third season starts June 9.