Promos, Previews, Webcomics, and Speculation (No Spoilers!)
Posted Jun 16, 2011 @ 4:41 PM
Posted Jun 17, 2011 @ 9:04 PM
Although it looks like they took the science out of the science fiction and replaced it with war games, so there might not be any facts to dispute.
Edited by shapeshifter, Jun 17, 2011 @ 9:10 PM.
Posted Jun 18, 2011 @ 10:27 PM
Edited by TVspectator, Jun 18, 2011 @ 10:28 PM.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 8:58 AM
I'm also very suspicious about Pope (I think that's the name of the head outlaw). I think ending up embedded in the 2nd Mass camp is exactly where he wanted to be. Maybe I'm giving the writers too much credit, but that scene in the school auditorium with Tom (a self-professed thug and career criminal immediately thinks of the Sumerians as soon as he hears Tom is a history professor? really?), combined with the guy teaching the biology class going on about how odd it what that the aliens built the mech robots with 2 arms and 2 legs makes me wonder if Pope is an undercover alien himself.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 11:01 AM
Previews indicated a humanoid grey-like alien shows up, so they're probably the overlords.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 11:52 AM
I do believe that the actual invaders are beings other than the skitters. The skitters don't seem terribly bright, from what we've been shown. The mechs appear to simply be programmed robots. It makes sense that the actual aliens would stay safe up in their ships until the mechs and skitters complete all the grunt work. We'll wait and see, I guess.
Edited by Make It So, Jun 20, 2011 @ 11:53 AM.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 12:38 PM
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 2:56 PM
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 9:28 PM
Since I don't get why the aliens would need teenaged human slaves, I'm wondering if the harness actually turns the kids into skitters. The scene in the food distribution warehouse where they all stand around the dying skitter and wonder what it's thinking felt like a 'this will be important in retrospect' scene.
I was wondering the same exact thing.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 @ 9:41 PM
Since I don't get why the aliens would need teenaged human slaves, I'm wondering if the harness actually turns the kids into skitters. The scene in the food distribution warehouse where they all stand around the dying skitter and wonder what it's thinking felt like a 'this will be important in retrospect' scene.-Frost
I was wondering the same exact thing.-Slider
I was wondering if maybe the aliens have a history of conquering, and then enslaving/conscripting the young of the conquered into their military, and those harnesses act like a sort of mind control (as a way of decreasing the chances of having a well armed, and evenly match, rebellion).
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 1:54 AM
I thought, however, that the harnessed kids are turned into mechs, not skitters: not only it would answer the "why do mechs have 2 legs?" question much better than "it sucks more for us to fight biped robots" (which was a lame answer), but this conversation was segued by people talking about the harnessed kids. The juxtaposition was so tight that it seemed a tad anvilicious.
Killing them would be a faster, cheaper way of decreasing the chances so I have to go with conscription as well. And since no one saw the kids again as workers or soldiers, this would support the mech hypo thesis. After the mech was blown up there was no examination of remains, or even a shot for viewers.
I was wondering if maybe the aliens have a history of conquering, and then enslaving/conscripting the young of the conquered into their military, those harnesses act like a sort of mind control (as a way of decreasing the chances of having a well armed, and evenly match, rebellion).
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 5:33 AM
Kind of reminds me of Torchwood: Children of Earth.
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 1:29 PM
She also isn't listed on the TNT sight as part of the cast/bios which I assume would be for permanent cast only.
How or why she is leaving would be speculation but she is listed in 'Prisoner of War' and 'Sanctuary: Part 2' but not in 'Sanctuary: Part 1'.
Falling Skies (TV series) (post-production)
– Sanctuary: Part 2 (2011) … Karen
– Prisoner of War (2011) … Karen
– Live and Learn (2011) … Karen
– The Armory (2011) … Karen
– What Hides Beneath (2011) … Karen
So far all speculation I have read assumes that she will be part of a love triangle with Hal and Maggie. If so it will be short lived.
TV: In TNT’s ‘Falling Skies,’ an American dad battles some personal space invaders
As it ambles along in the first six episodes, you begin to root for the aliens, which cannot have been the writers’ intent. When the freedom fighters infiltrate an alien nest at the ruins of a hospital, viewers will see the unsettling image of a Skitter lovingly napping with her litter of human teenagers, stroking their heads with something like love. Everyone looks content. Did the aliens come to save us from ourselves?
This is perhaps the most intriguing and regrettably unexamined possibility presented in the first half of the “Falling Skies” season — that someone (some thing) could come along, destroy your family and property values, and then take better care of your children than you did.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:21 AM.
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 2:27 PM
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 3:44 PM
Noticing that the skitters don't use weapons and while scary haven't really seen them damage humans. I guess they can bite/kick/etc but its unusual not to see an alien tearing offsomeone's head and eating them.
The mechs are more intelligent that some are suggesting. In the next promo they're leading the kids around and seem to be caretakers as well.
I think the skitters have taken out 99.9999 of humanity (I know hte knows don't jive... another plot point) and don't regard the remaining humans as worth the trouble. It may also be that we've been relegated to livestock status leaving just enough alive to keep up a supply of teenagers.
I think the large groups thing is either;
A) small groups aren't worh the trouble
B) the scanners are short sighted and only work in infared spectrum. 0-200F might not show up at all or be lost in the clutter, but 1000F shows up as such a contrast that they can see it from a distance
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:14 AM.
Posted Jun 21, 2011 @ 6:10 PM
I thought, however, that the harnessed kids are turned into mechs
I read a novel sometime in the last few years that used that idea. I wish I could remember the title. The aliens used bioengineering to make humans capable of plugging directly into the tech and then sealed them into robot bodies. I'm a bit claustrophobic so the idea was incredibly disturbing to me.
As for the overlord species, I can see an interstellar species -- especially an aggressive one -- spreading themselves a mite thin. Using enslaved local populations and robots would help with the labor shortage.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 @ 1:56 PM
Isn't that a spoiler, not speculation?
This interview mentions something happening to Karen, but that we do see her again.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jun 22, 2011 @ 8:37 PM.
Posted Jun 22, 2011 @ 8:38 PM
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Edited by Meushell, Jun 27, 2011 @ 5:22 AM.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 1:22 PM
Seeing the harnessed kids collecting scrap metal makes me think that metal is scarce on the aliensí home planet, so theyíre out raiding the universe. However, there hasnít been any mention of large metal structures like water towers or refinery storage tanks being dismantled.
If theyíre here long-term, they could be leaving the rest of the humans alive to reproduce and provide them with a source of kids to be harnessed and work for them.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 2:42 PM
However, there hasnít been any mention of large metal structures like water towers or refinery storage tanks being dismantled.
Or cars - seem to be plenty of them around - ships, planes, steel frame skyscrapers, etc. etc. Seems like a poor use of resources to have bunches of kids stripping one old factory in a Boston suburb.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 3:20 PM
Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:01 PM
While I'm still tuning in so far - so I obviously don't hate the show - there are a few things I don't get. (To be fair perhaps they wil be explained later.)
Chef Pope. I understand the attempt at comic relief, but, first of all, that wasn't even funny. Secondly, if the show is really trying to integrate him into the Resistance, this way is totally unbelievable to me. He's apparently amoral, his brother and friend were killed and his gang overthrown, then he's held captive by the Resistance. The only way I could contemplate seeing him join and fight with the resistance would be after something causes his whole attitude and viewpoint to change. And it'll take more than walks down History Lane with Professor Tom.
The Skitters killing the harnessed kids in cold blood. I suppose just in case any viewers had any notions of empathy about the almost cuddly, dying Skitter from the first ep, don't get it twisted! They're mean and bad baddies full of badness! (Or maybe some are - could we eventually meet some noble ones a la Martin from V?) Other than that, I don't see any reason for the Skitters to perform that slaughter. I can't buy that they would need to send a message about anything. The message was received loud and clear six months ago. Haven't they already proven that they are the types to shoot first...and shoot again?
Also, if the aliens arrived and starting blowing everyone away six months ago, why is the Resistance just discovering how to kill Skitters? Six months is a mighty long time to be fighting. This epiphany never came over anyone before? It wasn't like they came up with some elaborate method like a virus or something. Basically, 'Just shoot at them. A lot. And try not to miss.'
I think the implausibility of the continual food-finding has been covered greatly, as has the implausibility of such large groups on the move all the time going undetected by the aliens. But really - these beings destroyed the world's military but can't detect all these folks? I'm trying to suspend by disbelief on a lot of things here, but that can only go so far! (I know, it's a show about alien invaders - suspension of disbelief is a given. But to me, good sci-fi, while fantasy, is successful when it's written in such a way that it melds with science and reality to create scenarios that could almost seem within the realm of possibility.)
I've already expressed my complaint about the dialogue, so I won't rehash that.
Even with these observations, I'll probably still watch for a while longer - or as long as it lasts, anyway. I liked the ending on the last one - perhaps the show will get better. And I agree with all who said that the actors are good, and are putting in great performances in spite of the lousy writing.
Edited by Make It So, Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:05 PM.
Posted Jun 28, 2011 @ 9:18 PM
He's apparently amoral, his brother and friend were killed and his gang overthrown, then he's held captive by the Resistance. The only way I could contemplate seeing him join and fight with the resistance would be after something causes his whole attitude and viewpoint to change. And it'll take more than walks down History Lane with Professor Tom.
He may be amoral but where else is he going to go. It would be like when he was upstate, join the white gang or be by yourself waiting to be picked off because there is nobody to watch your back.
On the other hand the kids and the little bits of scrap metal when all the bulk metal for the taking is lying around unguarded. Maybe for the newly enslaved its just a version of "wax on, wax off". Or for a younger generation "put on the jacket... take it off.
Posted Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:41 PM
"They killed those kids!!!"†
"Yeah, I know...the Nazis and blah blah blah...".†
I like Noah's acting in this show, but they've got to give him better dialogue.
Edited by Make It So, Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:45 PM.
Posted Jul 1, 2011 @ 11:31 AM
I wonder if the Skitters are having the harnessed kids gathering scrap metal for the building of their structures.
I like this. Now I'm imagining the Skitters bedding down in a Bear Grylls' type lean-to made out of parking meters and crumpled bumpers. Which is, of course, not at all what you meant . . . .
I suppose the scrap could be just easily transportable. Except that we haven't seen any alien transport.
Posted Jul 2, 2011 @ 2:57 PM