Falling Skies (2011)

Falling Skies is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and produced by Steven Spielberg. Set six months into a world devastated by an alien invasion, the series stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former Boston University history professor who becomes the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston.

The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT, and is a production of DreamWorks Television. The series premiered on June 19, 2011. The second season premiered on June 17, 2012. On July 11, 2012, TNT ordered a third season to premiere in 2013.




PLOT SUMMARY

Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a race of humanoid yet green-skinned and six-legged beings known as “skitters” that appear to control the mechs and a third race little is known about, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and masters of the skitters, who are known as overlords). Within a few days the invaders neutralize the world’s power grid and technology, destroy the militaries of all the world’s countries, and apparently kill over 90% of the human population. The aliens’ objectives are not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness.” The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. The story picks up six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by retired Captain Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

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