Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Here’s a new look at Falling Skies, the Steven Spielberg-produced mini-series that stars Noah Wylie as one of the remnants of mankind facing off against technologically superior alien invaders.
The scope of the series looks massive, and I hope that the character arcs match. Because without characters to prop up the action, this looks like it could me just a mishmash of so many recent big-screen alien-invasion stories. War of the Worlds and District 9 are the big obvious forbears, but there are other notes in there, as well. And after The Walking Dead, it’ll be a year or two before I can see a ragtag band of survivors walking down blasted city streets without thinking of that show.
It is a lot easier to hint at the action and scope in a one-minute trailer than it is to get across the characters, so we’ll keep moving forward with the hope that the writing was done with care.
FALLING SKIES is an exciting new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies) stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) will play a recurring role as a fierce resistance fighter.
And, just for the sake of being comprehensive, here are the previous spots for the show: