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Falling Skies Season 2 DVD Review

Falling Skies Season 2 DVD

“Falling Skies” does not improve in the second season.

In the 10 episode second season, the battle between the aliens and human survivors on Earth rages on. This time around, viewers can expect to see stories about: Tom on board the alien ship, Captain Weaver and John Pope’s armies (the 2nd Mass and the Berserkers), human/alien battles, death, internal fights, character development for Ben and Hal, a skitter and an Overlord being captured, health issues, Tom and Anne’s developing relationship, a new alien species known as Crawlies, Hal and Maggie’s relationship, Charleston and its people, and a cliffhanger ending.

For the past several years, TV was blessed with fantastic sci-fi series such as “Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Torchwood,” “Tron: Uprising,” “Caprica,” “The 4400,” etc. Now, aside from “Doctor Who,” it’s pretty much a wasteland for the genre. Ratings wise, “Falling Skies” happens to be one of the most popular sci-fi series currently on TV and I can’t understand why. While the first season boasted impressive production values, the premise was wasted. The show lacked originality and tried to rip-off darker sci-fi series ala “Battlestar Galactica” (right down to the glowing spines). So, does season 2 fare any better? Alas, no. Everything wrong with season 1 is still present here. There’s the melodrama, endless battles, humans distrusting humans and pitiful dialogue like “If life hands you lemons, you blow it’s friggin’ head off.” Aside from a 2 episode appearance by Terry O’Quinn and the usual award worhy production values and f/x (see the cool spaceship sets), the show remains a lifeless spectacle. The show may throw as many cool visuals at you as it wants, but it’s near impossible to care about anything happening on screen since none of the characters are remotely likable or memorable.

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in widescreen, certainly benefits from high production values. Visually, the show is a winner, but it’s a shame that’s all it has going Note: Season 2 is also available on Blu-ray.

From the shootout filled action scenes to the Skitter noises, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track delivers.

Extras:
* Graphic novel pinup art card.
* A not so exciting commentary on “Worlds Apart” by Noah Wyle, Greg Beeman and Mark Verheiden. The 3 chat about production design, set stories, characters, stunts, etc.
* “Creating The Crawlies” and “Designing The Spaceship” are two very brief self-explanatory featurettes.
* “Team Skitter”- A featurette about the Skitter suit.
* “The Fans’ Perspective: Touring The Set Of Falling Skies”- An extra in which a number of contest winning fans get to tour the sets and meet members of the cast and crew.
* “One Page At A Time: The Second American Revolution”- This extra covers storylines and character arcs of season 2.
* “Terry O’Quinn Is Manchester”- A very short featurette about the character of Arthur Manchester portrayed by actor Terry O’Quinn of “Lost” fame.
* Commentary on “Homecoming” by Noah Wyle, Greg Beeman, and Remi Aubuchon.
* Commentary on “Molon Labe” by Noah Wyle, Remi Aubuchon, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. Zzz.
* A season 3 preview and an animated season 2 trailer done by Dark Horse comics.
* “The Skitter Evolution”- A featurette about the Skitter puppets, suits, and f/x.
* “2nd Watch- Episode 20: A More Perfect Union”- A half hour web series talk show special ala “The Talking Dead” for episode 20 hosted by Wil Wheaton. Fun if you like the show.
* Commentary on “A More Perfect Union” by Noah Wyle, Greg Beeman, Remi Aubuchon, Bradley Thompson and David Weddle.

Summary: In watching the extras, the writers admitted they had no idea where season 2 was going after season 1 wrapped up. With season 2, this is abundantly evident due to the poor writing. With all of that said, if you are a fan of the show, you’ll likely want to pick this set up and tune into season 3 (which is currently airing on TNT).

June 10, 2013 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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