Just like the AMC series Mad Men, TNT’s Falling Skies series has also managed to generate a loyal viewer following.
This series started about two years ago, and it has steadily ranked high in the national television rankings. I did not start watching Falling Skies until the second season, so I had to do some back tracking and online research to find out where this story all started. Although I find this series interesting, I am still amazed at how popular it is and how many people watch it.
I believe that one of the biggest draws of this show is the alien storyline. For some reason it seems that a lot of people these days are really interested in aliens. The main focus of the show is about a group of people who are trying to survive after an alien invasion. During the second season when I initially started watching, the surviving group was moving from place to place trying to stay out of the alien’s sight and reach. During the second season there was also several episodes that featured different members of the group interacting with these alien beings. The leader of the group is a former military officer who spends most of his time trying to create a surprise attack. The second in command is a guy named Tom, who has three sons in the survival group named Hal, Ben and Matt. Hal is being trained to become a front line fighting guard, and Ben is one of the members who has actually communicated with the aliens. While the youngest son Matt spends most of his time waiting for his brothers to come home. He lost his mom in the alien invasion so he doesn’t want anything to happen to his dad or brothers.
The reason Ben is able to communicate with aliens is because he been “harnessed” with a communication device on his back. The aliens have been strategically harnessing kids so they can keep tabs on the humans. Unfortunately Ben is of the kids they are using.
There is also another interesting storyline going about a group of aliens called “skitters”. The leader of this group is a skitter that has a “red eye”. This skitter has particularly been communicating with Ben. According to “red eye”, the skitters want to help the humans destroy the other aliens. Confused yet?
Oh, did I mention that during the second season Tom (the father of Ben, Hal and Matt) was briefly abducted aliens. They let him go after a few days and he found his way back to the survival camp. The funny thing is that Tom cannot remember a lot about what happened to him while he was on the space ship. I am sure that what happened to him will start showing up in the new season. Speaking of which, the new season recently premiered and generated millions of viewers. I guess storylines about alien invasions, harnessed kids and human survivors are the ingredients that make this show so popular.