Falling Skies returns to FOX UK for its fourth season on Tuesday July 15th at 9pm.
The sci-fi epic from Robert Rodat and legendary Hollywood director Steven Spielberg follows the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, which is led by former professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and retired active and reserve military officer Dan Weaver (Will Patton) as they struggle to survive both the alien invasion and each other.
The show’s fourth season runs an extended length of 12 episodes and is the first to have been produced under the leadership of Battlestar Galactica executive producer David Eick, who took over as showrunner from Remi Aubuchon last year. The new season promises more of what fans have come to love about Falling Skies.
On the fence about tuning in or wondering why you should give the series a try? TVWise presents five reasons why you should be watching the sci-fi epic.
It’s Not Just About Aliens
Yes, the premise of the show is an alien species invading earth and wiping out nearly 90 per cent of the population and each episode follows the 2nd Mass in their struggle to survive the invading aliens, but Falling Skies is so much more than just another alien drama. At its core, this show is about the relationships between the members of the 2nd Mass. Whether it’s Tom Mason dealing with his three sons growing up in this horrific world or the strained relationship between Pope and the rest of the group, the show does a great job of building its characters and giving the viewer a reason to care about what is happening to them.
The Special Effects
With Falling Skies, much like Battlestar Galactica before it, big budget special effects and CGI are a must. Given the budget limitations of TV vs feature films, there is always a concern about special effects. The aforementioned Battlestar Galactica raised the bar during its 5 year run on Syfy and we are happy to say that Fallings Skies’ special effects are equally stunning, whether it’s the makeup and prosthetics used for the Volm and Skitters or the visual effects and motion capture technology used for scenes featuring alien vessels. It all adds to the tension of the show and makes everything all the more believable.
If you are going to try and fight off an alien race, there are going to be some epic battles right? The action sequences in Falling Skies are some of the best we’ve seen on a television series in years. If you look at the action and fighting sequences from season one compared to season three, there has been a definite increase in their frequency and production value. Add to that, a slew of weapons and explosions and Falling Skies gives you one hell of a ride in each and every episode.
It Will Keep You Coming Back For More
You never know what is going to happen next on Falling Skies. Over the first three seasons, we’ve seen kids being harnessed, eye-worms, deception, betrayal and much more. Falling Skies manages to keep the viewer on its toes each and every episode. It’s some of the best sci-fi we’ve seen in a while and it deserves to keep the fight going as long as it can sustain this level of entertainment. Season three ended with a very interesting cliff-hanger and we are excited to see where the series goes in season four.
With the popularity of darker shows like Hannibal and The Following, many programs that air during the primetime hours can’t be watched by everyone, but Falling Skies is the type of show that can be viewed by the entire family. The show does have its share of violence from time-to-time, but it’s not shoved in the viewer’s face and isn’t over the top.
The fourth season of Falling Skies premieres on FOX UK on Tuesday July 15th at 9pm