Film making 3/5
Bonus Features 2/5
Recommendation 3/5 Stars
Falling Skies returns for their fourth season and the Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray release has now hit the store shelves. Producer Steven Spielberg and creator Robert Rodat bring a new post-apocalyptic world to television starring Noah Wylie.
Noah Wylie stars as Tom Mason who started the series as a second in command leader of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia fighting the alien invasion. Falling Skies has seen two seasons of humans trying to gain a foothold on planet earth while Tom himself deals with more personal matters.
Season one and two of Falling Skies has the 2nd Massachusetts gaining some ground and finally fighting back by toppling one of the alien structures that was built over Boston. Season three is even more confusing but adventurous with a new alien species landing to help the humans fight against the invading aliens called the Espheni.
The Espheni go from world to world enslaving the populace and stripping the planet of resources and have made a few enemies along the way but not enough to overpower them. Now with Earth’s bounty up for grabs humans and the insect like skitters that the Espeni brought with them are fighting alongside another race that have also been invaded in the past.
Tom Mason heads a small group of a few hundred people who get in and out of trouble at the drop of a hat with their ultimate goal of defeating the Espeni. In the short term just surviving on a day to day basis is a real task as food is scarce and the government is set up by left over forces.
Long term goals like defeating the Espheni are not even coming close to the forefront of the series until well into the third season. Falling Skies is more about the people, human kind, than the aliens when it comes down to story and entertainment value.
I enjoyed all the series so far and will keep going back for more as the show is a good one more for the the character development than the plot. Using humans as the Espehni slaves as part of the plot keeps it easy so they can use regular actors without much use of aliens and special effects.
Falling Skies works well as a series despite its flaws and there are several including borrowing from typical science fiction shows and movies. The real issue for the series seems to be a lack of focus and direction as small subplots creep in and then are left behind time and again which makes you wonder where they are headed as a whole.
The Blu-ray release of Falling Skies Season Three has 10 episodes which is short for a series but it is the same number as the previous two seasons. Video and audio quality is pretty good but with obviously average quality source material the Blu-ray edition is not perfect.
The TV series looks like it is not on a good sized budget so many of the scenes are not high quality but the special effects do work pretty well. I think the main problem with the show is more a writing one than acting or production as the plot at times seems half baked.
Audio and video quality are good overall but with problems here and there that makes for an average score for both but like most Blu-ray productions audio is better. Bonus content is also very average with episodes of Second Watch with Will Wheaton and some behind the scenes and making of features.
The extras are more of a highlight of the series and some chats with the actors and less a real making of but the bonus content does give enough entertainment value. I was just not that impressed with the extras which really centers on the Second Watch show that is somewhat interesting.
I was rather concerned for the third season and was left without many surprises in my opinions that whoever is in charge is scatter brained. The series is a mixed bag of writers and seems to lack a strong direction in writing and production which is surprising given Steven Spielberg is Executive Producer.
Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season does pretty good but does fall a bit short in the overall enjoyment with some very odd plot twists and the direction some of the events take. I am just awed at some of the events that occur and how they relate to the overall story when they seem so important at the beginning then turn out to be so trivial or forgotten altogether.
The series overall is pretty good but I would prefer they stick to the main plot of fighting back aliens and quit sticking in these subplots that don’t go anywhere. Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season is alright but if the series does not pick itself up and fly straight season four might be its last.