First drone flight out of training mode. Look for the model plane park near here during flight.
We reached the finish line, and the writers chose to play it safe. No Mason’s were killed in the making of this series, even though the producers promised us ‘significant deaths’. Should Ben have died as he was part Esphani? Did Pope get a proper sent off? Was Jeff Fahey properly used as a guest star? Once again, Cochise fails to mention something important. The whole ending appears to have been rushed. We blame less then antiquate writing. News on Sara Carter (Maggie). What is up with the pins everyone was wearing at the end. Should the queen have had better protection. This week we borrow from Aliens, Starship Troopers, and Independence Day. We announce our next podcast to succeed this one. Stay tuned. Thank you to all the loyal listeners of our podcast over the last five years.
Interview with Carl the Skitter (Now we know where the effects budget went)
Nazca Lines from Wikipedia (Will this be another plot device, or will we get a real answer?)
Two different reunions this week with different outcomes. Is Pope really dead. The odds are NO!! Who dies in the next episode? Twitter has Tom getting it at the end. We discuss how this season has dragged on a bit too long, leaving us with a lot of story to resolve in 44 minutes. What is the Doria prime motivation? Can the world be saved with a suppository? We learn that Marty really does have a purpose.
Two episode left, and we spend the last two on filler. We did get music back on the podcast. Art calls it that Marshall was an alien. Noah Wyle direct this episode. His first in a directors chair. Another new alien (see picture). Is this alien and the Rebecca alien the same? Cochise needs to stop holding out on the 2nd Mass. We discuss who will hookup with who. We also discuss who dies. POPE RETURNS!!! Will episode nine be his last?
What?? No mourning for the loss of Col. Weaver’s pony tail?? Just when you though you could march straight into Washington, an overlord throws a wrench in the works. Did Tom avoid a possession by swatting a bug from his neck in the first episode? It looks like we will not have a Hal/Maggie/Isabella triangle. Why has Weaver not pulled rank and taken over leadership at the base? Tom should learn about his right to remain silent. At last… History lessons. Who will be the person that will be able to work the communicator? Our bet is Tom. Excellent listener feedback this week. We discuss why it is possible that you could stay isolated from the war. The job of continuity director must be tough for scenes involving food. Mmmmmmm…. Beefaroni.
Tom gets a taste of paradise this week as he is taken in by a family who have managed to remain isolated from the war. The practical side of prepping is shown as the family has ? But at least they have found the enigma code. power, running water, food, and ICE!! In five seasons of this show, has the second mass not learned to touch Esphini technology. Do we now have a Hal/Maggie/Isabella love triangle? We discuss the case of the disappearing/reappearing cornbread. Will the 2nd Mass win the war with a collection of classic cars? Will How will Weaver handle the fawning by Marty. We found an interesting article on Moviepilot.com titled “Seven things we will miss about Falling Skies”. Four episodes left.
Pope gathers a few flesh wounds in this episode. Once again, Art incorrectly calls the fate of Pope. Were we introduced to the end of the Ben/Hal/Maggie triangle? (We hope so!!!) Is a muscle car a good tactical weapon? Will it be sacrificed for the greater good? Is Tom going to be the Mason that dies at the end? Will Cochise understand American slang before the series end? How is there still bottled water in this universe? Don’t dead bodies smell after a while and shouldn’t Weaver have noticed? The show has lost something not having a weekly history lesson or movie references. We have not talked about ratings, but the average audience is about one-fifth of the series premiere.
Pope loses it in this episode. We focus on grief as the main theme and how it effects several characters this week. Some have closure and other go off the deep end. Karen and Art disagree if Pope makes it beyond the next episode? Is Collin Cunningham glad he doesn’t have to wear that wig. Who is more mentally imbalanced? Pope or Tom. Why can the new alien occupy the same space as Tom? Who else will die next week?
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We say goodbye to three characters in this episode. Sara was the surprise, but we were promised that there would be major character deaths this season. The major setups for the balance of the season will be the conflict between Pope and Tom, the trip to Fayetteville, and the trip to Washington, DC. Will the final scene be an overlord sitting in the Oval Office. I guess if Tom failed to slap the insect in the first episode, He would be eaten alive? Again, we see the needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. Borrowed a bit from the movie “Aliens” and the nursery. If Pope carried appropriate backpack essentials, He would have had a fire starter, just sayin’.
In this episode, Art and Karen learn that skitters do not taste like chicken. Why is it the person who could go the longest without eating always in the front of the food line? Will the new problem for the 2nd Mass be something small. Matt has a girlfriend, will he have a better outcome? Why is Anne talking about having a baby when the whole compound may not live another day? Pope knows how to cook a gourmet dinner. Anthony blows up the food pantry, but suffers no punishment. NO cats were harmed in the making of this episode. Tonight’s episode was brought to you by Pringles and Hostess Ding Dongs.
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Season 5 starts with the rehash of same themes from prior seasons. Have the new showrunners not looked at prior work? We have been promised a few things this season. 1) Why was there an invasion? There will be major character deaths. Is the Hal, Ben,and Maggie triangle run its course? What is now replacing the eye worms from prior seasons. Do we have a new alien species? Is Matt becoming a ‘ladies man’? Will all heck break loose when Tom and Anne have a fight? Stay tuned as we review the final episodes of this series. Will the ending be up to out standards?
Art and Karen discuss the final episode of Season 4. The big questions are “Where is Tom?” Art is asking “When is TOM?” Is Mira on the Beemer or did she go down with the ship? Is Tom’s first wife a Alien/Human Hybrid? How does the war end?
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Good or Evil?
Better late then never. Is Lexi a force for good or evil?
Cochise and his View Master
This episode is dedicated to Paul Anka and his hit classic “Puppy Love”. Cochise uses a View Master and says a few dirty works. Shame on you Hal, for treating women as property.
Props to one of our listeners for identifying a poem by Emily Dickinson as the reference to the title of last weeks episode..
ByEmily Dickinson 1830–1886 Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
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This episode should have been titled, “A Case of the Yips”. We are still trying to figure out what the episode title refers to. Could Pope and Sara at least have bathed before doing the dirty deed? Has Dingaan gone soft over the death of his family? We now know why Sara had such a big pharmacy at the farmhouse. Will the sharing of spikes be a bigger attraction then true love? Now that two of our heroes have seen the green dot on the moon, what next? I want a Hershey bar!!!!
Sample of the shells used in Tector’s gun.
We say good-bye to three characters on the show this week. Lourdes (on the show from the pilot), Dr. Kadar (season 3), and Tector (season 2). Be careful when you ask for around Lexi. With the infrastructure gone, how can there be an active high pressure gas line? This was one way to reduce the overall budget. Is Maggie still alive? Will Tom get out of his trap? Did Tector miss shooting the overlord on purpose? Will Ben be reharnessed? Will Lexi be the ruler of us all?
Art and Karen became millionaires this week with the long awaited gift from King Arthur. Too bad that it is Zimbabwe currency. Lexi spent most of this episode sleeping, going through what will be her final transformation. Will she be friend or foe? Ben has an erotic dream about Maggie. We keep hoping the triangle will be short lived. The question for the week is, did Anne visit the Esphani ship more then once? The timeline seems a bit off to us. Listener feedback. We have a vote that one of the Mason boys will not make it to the end.
We are millionaires.
This weeks episode is a transition episode. Our characters are almost back together,and then the real action should begin. We have listener feedback. Information from San Diego Comic Con. Spoilers galore. We also will be handicapping who will be there at the end. The candidates are:
Comic Con SD panel summary from Entertainment Weekly
Season ahead video from SD Comic Con 2014
Mira Sorvino joins the cast as a female Pope. Nothing good can come from this. The cancellation of the show was announced this week. At least it will get a conclusion, many shows are not as lucky.
With 18 episodes remaining in the series, the question now is: “Who will make it to the end?” We are glad to see Hal get past his wimpy phase. We say good-bye to Jeannie. How will Weaver react over the next few episodes. Was it just Art off on a tangent, or is Lexi going to evolve into something that no one can control? Thanks to our listeners for their feedback this week.
Peter Shinkoda (Dai) has major recurring role on Daredevil
Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
From the last scene in this episode, will we be seeing the new Skitters this week? Will Matt be rescued before Cochise can save him? What will become of Lexi now that Anne has found her? How many episodes will go by before Tom and Pope are at each others throats? Another scene this week with a full moon. Glad to see ‘Evil Karen’ had a cameo this week.
Listener feedback this week from a variety of sources.
Art and Karen review this weeks episode of Falling Skies titled “The Eye”. We discuss the upcoming conflicts. With Hal staring at the full moon, Art reinforces his theory that the moon will be blown up by season end. We begin to handicap which female characters will meet their demise. (…and missing Crazy Lee). We meet creepy blond boy. Matt has a girlfriend. We learn the origins of the giant wasps, Is it just us, but is the upcoming relationship between Ben and Maggie just creepy? Dr. Kadar make his return.
This episode attracted 4.7 million viewers on Sunday
Greg Beeman’s Blog – backstory on this episode
Well, you just can’t trust the Volm. You have the enemy on the ropes and they abandon you. With the adult Lexi, is there a chance that she is part Evil Karen. Why didn’t Ben have a catheter if he was in a coma for two months? We lose another cast member in the first few minutes of this episode. He needed a better agent.
The Volm appear in spades in the third season finale. The opening for today’s show was sung by Peter Allen. We reach the end of season three with no real cliffhanger as we had the first two seasons. Will we be talking about the show over the winter? The role of adolescent Lexi is played by Erika Forest. Will we see her next season or will we have an older Lexi. Art this this is an opportunity for Moon Bloodgood to play two roles. Will we have Cochise next season? Art was wrong about Lourdes dying by season end, but now wonders if she will start dating Hal? Weaver using the term ‘concentration camp” was interesting. We have some excellent feedback from our listeners on the Volm. The death of Evil Karen leads to a rift with Haggie. We wish Jessy Schram well in her future endeavors
Season 4 will have 12 episodes
In this episode of Falling Skies, we learn that Tom is an accomplished sailor. Lourdes outs herself as the mole. Seychelle Gabriel does some of her best acting of the series. Maggie and Hal patch things up. Is Anthony scaring us by kissing grenades and having C4 on hand? Does Tom have an eye worm? If so, who will shoot him. Who will take out Evil Karen? Who will be the next overlord? Art goes out on a a limb (again) and thinks it is Dr. Anne. What will be the cliffhanger next week? Was Matt a Debbie downer or what? Dr. Kadar get to play engineer next week. Art and Karen speculate what teh season ending cliffhanger will be.
So… Boston, New York, Chicago, Jacksonville. Art & Karen rate this episode as one of the top three of the series. Did you spot all the Easter eggs in this episode? Was Doug Jones glad to have an episode where he didn’t have to wear make-up? We get to meet “Jazz Pants”. If you could only take one thing to remember the person you love, what would it be? Did we all cheer when Karen got shot? This episode borrows heavily from a Christopher Nolan movie, which TNT ran right after. We also briefly discuss the “Gaslight” reference. Art & Karen speculate what the season three cliffhanger will be. Are Anne and Lexi dead? Karen manages to tie this episode to the series “Fringe”. Were we expecting Bobby Ewing to step out of the shower? We also discuss feedback from a listener about “The Pickett Line” episode and his attempt to tie it to “The Walking Dead”
Falling Skies Emmy nomination for outstanding visual effects The mole is revealed, and the house pays those who picked Lourdes. Did anyone really see that coming? Question will revolve around how she became infected, and will she be gone by season’s end. I had hoped Stephen Collins was going to be in more then two episodes. Will the Pickett’s be the saving grace for the Mason’s? Tom, you should know better then to trust someone like yourself. it looks like we are setting up our heroes to return to the road. What does Pope have over Maggie, and why doesn’t Maggie play her hand like she threatened to do. Spikes can be explained away as a bad case of acne. Mmmmmmm….marinara and meatballs.
This episode of Falling Skies was brought to you by Goodyear. The answer of the week is “It doesn’t matter now”. Art and Karen visit another Falling skies/Xfinity event and score some t-shirts. Are the writers purposely make Lourdes look incompetent as a doctor. Is Marina the Manchurian Candidate? Shouts this week to “The X-Files” and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”
On this episode we make it to the halfway point of the season, and we answer the burning question, does moss really grow on the north side of a tree? The season four renewal officially comes in. How much of BattleStar Gallactia will be in episodes next season now that we officially have a new showrunner? How many films does Falling Skies pay tribute in this episode? I have “The Defiant Ones”, “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid”, and “West Side Story”. We learn a bit of additional backstory about many of the characters. It is clear the Pope does not make a good neighbor. Is this why Tom resents Pope? Based on tonight’s episode, Art has a new theory the Tom may be the mole. Are we sorry to see Bressler go? It is confirmed the Moon Bloodgood is done for the season.
Stephen Collins joins the cast of Falling Skies as President of the United States this week. However based on the ending of this episode, is he “one and done”. Also was this the last episode for General Bressler? Is Lt Fisher really a metaphor for The Fisher King? This was Moon Bloodgood’s final episode after she was ordered by her Doctor to no longer fly to Vancouver to film. Karen and Art have a frank discussion on the use of Lordes in one scene, and why was she there? What is up with those eyeglasses? Is Falling Skies becoming a post-apocalyptic version of “Mad Men” with the number of drinking scenes? Lordes really downed that glass of wine. Is she harboring a secret? What will be the over/under on the number of episode sponsored by Hershey’s ? Is Dr. Kadar really that smart that he can be any type of doctor that is needed for an episode? Karen reminisces about Jill Danko, played by Kate Jackson in the show The Rookies. Is Evil Hal really Evil Karen and if so ….ewwwwww.
Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause — honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.
–December 2, 1863 Abraham Lincoln letter to George Opdyke and others
In this episode Badlands, we have a long goodbye to Crazy Lee. Actress Luciana Carro departs, but she got a free trip to Disneyland for her efforts from the producers. Whetever you do at Disneyland, never, never punch out Goofy.
Variety article on Falling Skies
Does this sound like a mech to you? – props to Wayne Henderson
Major Matt Mason toy – namesake for Maxim Knight
Dear TNT, please give up on the two hour premiers as it makes for a long recording day. Art and Karen take a 10 minute break before recording this episode. We say good-bye to one of the bezerkers. The actress playing Crazy Lee was really given a trip to Disneyland by the producers. We narrow down who the mole is. Matt becomes rebellious. Is Anne going crazy, or is her baby an alien? Robert Sean Leonard joins the cast playing a doctor more like House then Wilson.
Art and Karen return for season 3 of Falling Skies. Dr Anne has her baby. Tom is the President of Charleston. A new alien named after an Apache warrior. Pope being Pope, and Matt is growing up. In this episode, we have listener feedback from the United Kingdom, and links to additional information. We start the season with a mole in the group. We lose a character from last season. Are all of Evil Karen’s appearances filmed at once as she was also filming the cancelled Last Resort. The producers invested in the same technology that brought you the etrade baby. How much did Hershey’s pay to get product placement in this episode. We now have distinct names for the aliens. No graphic novel this year, as the producers have invested in posters and mock propaganda videos.
New showrunner for season four
Wikipedia article on Cochise
Greg Beeman’s Blog
Season 2 closes with a new alien and death in threes. We discuss announced cast changes for season 3. Winners of our giveaway. Will the 2nd Mass be staying in Charleston? Dai goes all season not getting injured until now. Will Jessey Schram be back for season 3 with her new series in production? The future of Arthur Manchester. We have a brief comparison of Falling Skies to a 1980’s TV series, Dark Skies. What can we expect from Hal at the start of season 2? Will the focus of the series start to shift away from Ben? Will the 2nd Mass find out about Bressler sabotaging the rebel alliance.
Art and Karen won’t “Wish you into the Cornfield” for not listening to this episode, but you will miss out on an exciting giveaway. Details are in this episode. The ‘writing on the wall’ for this episode is the fourth verse of the United States National Anthem:
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Do Arthur Manchester’s writings expose him as a despot? Dr. Anne pulls medical rank. We learn Tector’s real first name. Was it just me, or were we waiting for Matt Frewer to break into his ‘Max Headroom’ alter-ego. Another character from a prior episode make a return. No one dies this week. Season 3 of Falling Skies begins production three months earlier then in the prior years.
Many of our listeners, including McKayla Maroney, were not impressed with the episode “Death March”. However, Art and Karen explaining why this may be the most important episode of the season. This story, told in three acts, provides us with additional surprise backstory on our characters. Another death of a long running cast member. What was the purpose of Jenny and Tyler to this story? What is the significance of Charleston in the overall story?
Picture of “Tyler” (left)
Karen and Art provide their Emmy Award winning skills to this episode of The Falling Skies Podcast as they act out the last two chapters of The Battle of Fitchburg. We also congratulate Moon Bloodgood (Dr. Anne) as she is 5 1/2 months pregnant. We speculate how big of a role she will have in season three as she will be due during the filming.
Art and Karen discuss the latest Falling Skies Episode – Molon Labe. Another major character meets their demise this week. Is Evil Karen exercising free will? Are emotions the key to winning the war. A new type of alien is introduced this week, the mini-skitter. We theorize that the size of the alien is inversely proportional to their strength.
Is Lordes on her way to becoming self-destructive? Why didn’t Tom ask Ben what he knew about the Overlord’s plan?
Art and Karen discuss ‘Evil Karen” in this edition of Falling Skies. Also the physics of sleeping double in a single bed. Is it easy for women to dupe men? The advantages of being married to your original spouse. The dangers of suddenly becoming a leader. Bad Ass guns… and more.
Collin Cunningham (Pope) guest stars on the pilot of the new TNT series “Perception”
Falling Skies earns Emmy nod for Outstanding Visual Effects
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Karen and Art return from their trip to Calgary to record tonights episode. We say goodbye to another character from Season one. Dr. Anne and Tom finally do the dirty deed. Hal and Maggie still sort out their feelings. A quick lesson on gun safety. The cleanest abandoned hospital that we have ever seen. All those lanterns!!
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It is well that war is so terrible – otherwise we should grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee
Karen and Art discuss the latest Falling Skies Episode titled ‘Young Bloods’. We comment on the probable closure of some open story lines from season one. Will this be the only time we see Weaver’s daughter? With listener feedback, we answer the question,’Do the previews show too much?’
Also food for thought, if someone speaks Spanish, does that automatically mean they are from Mexico?
In our life imitating art section, we have a video from India of a parasite being removed from someones eye (graphic).
The character Dai now has gone the whole season without injury!!
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Art and Karen review the latest Falling Skies Episode titled Compass. We weep over the loss of Jimmy. Tom has his moment of release with Pope. What is the power of the Red-eye skitter? Is Ben the real ‘Manchurian Candidate’? Is Charleston a prison camp? Let us know at 720-279-4365 or email@example.com
Art and Karen discuss the second half of the two part season two opener. In this episode, we officially say goodbye to a character from the first season. Also, we salute Connor Jessup for his bravery in swimming in freezing cold water in Winter. A shoutout to TNT within the episode. The rise of The Berzerkers. And three relationships: Tom/Anne, Hal/Maggie, and Lourdes/Jamil
Art and Karen review the first episode of season two. Titled “Worlds Apart”, this episode relies on flash backs of Tom Mason’s journey since the season finale 10 months ago. The big question early this season is Tom “The Manchurian Candidate“?
We also review Part 6 of the Dark Horse Graphic Novel “The Battle of Fitchburg”.
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Note: the episode for the second hour will be released on June 22. 2012
Karen and Art return with a new season of The Falling Skies Podcast. On this episode we review Parts 1 through 5 of the latest FREE graphic novel from Dark Horse comics. (Registration required) We also discuss what is missing so far, and cover released promotions from TNT network.
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Art & Karen discuss the season finale of Falling Skies. Tom and Anne’s liplock, will we see more romance next season. Will Rick still want to be a skitter? Who is left from the 2nd Mass? Tom’s lucky shot. Why would Tom go with the aliens after how they abandoned Rick.
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Art and Karen talk about the next to last episode of the season, Mutiny. In this episode we explore the conflicts between Tom and Weaver, and Pope and Matt.
Art and Karen discuss Weaver’s breakdown and rebirth, Pope changing from villiam to anti-hero, and Franz Kafka
Art and Karen come to you today from the beautiful Philmont Training Center in Cimarron NM. We review the latest episode and discuss overcooked asparagus.
Art and Karen review the first part of Sanctuary. We discuss the bonding of Weaver and Jimmy. Is Hal ‘back to normal’? Did you notice the quote from Edward Everett over the entrance to the school?
Art and Karen review this weeks Falling Skies episode ‘Silent Kill’. We also have a listener e-mail with a theory on the Mechs. Art and Karen also sing the song that set off the Colonel. Will romance blossom for Hal and Margaret?
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Art and Karen review the lasted Falling Skies episode ‘Grace’ and how the theme of grace plays through this hour. We also play our first listener feedback!
Thanks to all our listeners for a outstanding first week. Art has his theory about the skeeters blown out of the water and we discuss how fresh chicken exists in this universe.
Welcome to The Falling Skies Podcast – Thank you for joining Art and Karen on this grand adventure.
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