Last episode was pretty good. I liked some of the character developments and friction that occured.
As for the Manchester question, I don't think he's a collaborator or has any ulterior motives. In fact the real problem may be that he believes so strongly in his principles that he's dangerous. He honestly believes that the aliens will leave eventually, and that the best way to protect his people is to assert a strong civilian control over the military and not take any unnecessary risks. It's a respectable and honorable viewpoint, but completely incorrect in light of what viewers have seen through the eyes of the 2nd Mass. -- "I'm just a human being trying to make it in a world that is very rapidly losing its understanding of being human." - John Trudell
Yeah, that basically sums it up. But I think the military solution went a bit too far at the end of the episode. I think it would have been simpler (though less dramatic) to split the military from the civilian government, with Gen. Bressler calling the shots for the military and Manchester in charge of the civilian population. Bressler would still have to provide for the defense of the settlement, but could mount patrols and attack the enemy if the opportunity arose.
Pretty good episode. And Pope sitting down to a meal was hilarious. Oddly, while there were no aliens in the episode, there was more tension than in episodes filled with them. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
I think it would be important to have a secure home base from which the non-fighters can live/rebuild. Have a defense force to protect them but in general, to lay low.
At the same time, they should have a 'field army'. One that will take the fight to the enemy. Strike away from Charleston so as to not draw extra aliens to the area. -- Cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war
Ya. I've been curious as to why she was "out in the wild". Are there harnessed kids that are with the rebels [still wearing harness]. She may have been one of them. Or maybe someone killed their skitter watchers, and they were free. Did they ever cover what happens to harness kids if their skitter controller was killed? -- Is a person a failure for doing nothing? Or is he a failure for trying, and not succeeding at what he is attempting to do? What did you fail at today?.
I think they do the short "season" for 2 reasons. 1] To help keep costs down, or to allow a bigger nugdet per episode. 2]Easier to slip in between the "breaks" of the main networks seasons. So while the big 4 is showing reruns, you get to watch new shows on the alternate networks. -- Is a person a failure for doing nothing? Or is he a failure for trying, and not succeeding at what he is attempting to do? What did you fail at today?.
Also it's pretty much the "in" thing as just about all the networks are doing these truncated seasons and have been doing it for quite a few years. When was the last time you seen a season of more than 24 or 25 shows?
I'd bet that the new aliens were enemies of the fish-heads, and turn into allies of the humans. They suggested as much when we saw the weapon the fish-heads were building was pointing skyward, probably to defend against the enemy they knew were coming. That, and unless you're reading The Forever War, the bad guys always look like bad guys and the good guys always look like good guys. The new alien looked pretty friendly to me.
Pretty much everything on TV has a cliffhanger ending. I guess it's something to get people to watch when the show eventually starts back up. I don't think anyone who watches TV likes it. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
I think the same think. When they were at the weapon, when Tom asked why it was pointed towards the sky when the Fish Heads have already eradicated the Air Force, Ben responded that it's not for us. -- "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo
The cliffhanger ending is not the issue - nothing new there. These wacky "seasons" make it so I never know when anything is on anymore. Falling Skies is ending right when other shows should be starting.
Agreed! I hate these partial seasons, then they come back months later and you don't remember what the hell happened before, and I hate these weeks/month long breaks between episodes. I just want them to air a complete season, start-finish consistently.
I actually have to have a list for all the shows I watch to keep track of when what is coming back. Thanks goodness for darcilicious ! -- "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo
I guess I'm used to it by now. Most of the shows I like are on cable TV where the seasons are between 10 and 13 episodes long. And they usually air straight through without much in the way of breaks, which I prefer to watching a show on a broadcast network which is interrupted for sports and awards shows and reruns.
Broadcast TV is where you'll likely find a season that is 20+ episodes long, and there's not that much there that I watch.
For instance, on Sunday night there were 6 shows I wanted to watch. None of them is a broadcast TV show. -- "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats." - H. L. Mencken
OMGz I'm shellshocked! Falling Skies S02E10 "A More Perfect Union". Oh sheet, NEW alien in encounter suit! Good or Baddie? Yikes! I'll Take Alien Bovine Deserts For $100 Alex. And wow the helmet shape and big shoulders brings the Vorlon image into my brain. Hopes they're goodies with the rebel skitters, and yes that was definitely a "shit eating grin on the face of the alien boogie. . Can't wait for next episode! Death to the FishHeads! Meanwhiles I'm haunted by Hal's new bug symbiont that crawled into his ear. Good or bad omen, depends I guess on who's on the other end of it, RedEye had one but is this the same side's (rebel) bug? > In other news TNT picked up Falling Skies for a 3rd season, production is underway. Debuts sometime in 2013 so I guess we're in for a wait. -- You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect. Twitter:Merv Chat:irc.teksavvy.ca