Falling Skies

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Falling Skies
FALLING SKIES TITLE CARD.PNG
GenreScience Fiction
Post-apocalyptic
Drama
Created byRobert Rodat
StarringNoah Wyle
Moon Bloodgood
Drew Roy
Connor Jessup
Jessy Schram
Maxim Knight
Seychelle Gabriel
Peter Shinkoda
Mpho Koaho
Colin Cunningham
Will Patton
Doug Jones
Composer(s)Noah Sorota
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steven Spielberg
Darryl Frank
Justin Falvey
Robert Rodat
Graham Yost
Greg Beeman
Remi Aubuchon
Producer(s)John Ryan
Noah Wyle
Darren King
Editor(s)Donn Aron
Jon Koslowsky
Location(s)Hamilton, Ontario (Season 1)
Oshawa, Ontario (Season 1)
Toronto, Ontario (Season 1)
Vancouver, British Columbia (Season 2)
CinematographyChristopher Faloona
Nate Goodman
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)DreamWorks Television
TNT Original Production
Invasion Productions
DistributorTNT Network
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runJune 19, 2011 (2011-06-19) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Falling Skies
FALLING SKIES TITLE CARD.PNG
GenreScience Fiction
Post-apocalyptic
Drama
Created byRobert Rodat
StarringNoah Wyle
Moon Bloodgood
Drew Roy
Connor Jessup
Jessy Schram
Maxim Knight
Seychelle Gabriel
Peter Shinkoda
Mpho Koaho
Colin Cunningham
Will Patton
Doug Jones
Composer(s)Noah Sorota
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes30 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Steven Spielberg
Darryl Frank
Justin Falvey
Robert Rodat
Graham Yost
Greg Beeman
Remi Aubuchon
Producer(s)John Ryan
Noah Wyle
Darren King
Editor(s)Donn Aron
Jon Koslowsky
Location(s)Hamilton, Ontario (Season 1)
Oshawa, Ontario (Season 1)
Toronto, Ontario (Season 1)
Vancouver, British Columbia (Season 2)
CinematographyChristopher Faloona
Nate Goodman
Camera setupSingle camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)DreamWorks Television
TNT Original Production
Invasion Productions
DistributorTNT Network
Broadcast
Original channelTNT
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original runJune 19, 2011 (2011-06-19) – present
External links
Official website

Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. 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 following an alien invasion that devastated the planet six months before the events of season one.

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.

On July 2, 2013, TNT renewed the show for a fourth season of 12 episodes to premiere summer 2014.[1]

Series overview[edit]

Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by extraterrestrials (including mechanical attack drones called "mechs", a species of green-skinned six-legged beings known as "Skitters" that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious species known as the Overlords, or "espheni", presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the Skitters). Within a few days the invaders neutralized the world's power grid and technology, destroyed the militaries of all the world's countries, and killed 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 begins 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 U.S. Army Captain Dan 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.[2][3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

ActorCharacterSeasons
123
Noah WyleTom MasonMain
Moon BloodgoodAnne GlassMain
Drew RoyHal MasonMain
Connor JessupBen MasonMain
Colin CunninghamJohn PopeMain
Maxim KnightMatt MasonMain
Seychelle GabrielLourdesMain
Sarah CarterMaggieMain
Mpho KoahoAnthonyMain
Will PattonDan WeaverMain
Doug JonesCochiseMain
Jessy SchramKaren NadlerMainRecurring
Peter ShinkodaDaiMainGuest

Recurring cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Conception[edit]

Development officially began in 2009, when TNT announced that it had ordered a pilot for an untitled alien invasion project.[4] Falling Skies was created by Robert Rodat, who is best known for writing the Oscar winning film Saving Private Ryan, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Rodat wrote the pilot episode from an idea which was co-conceived by Spielberg.[5] Originally, Falling Skies was called Concord, referencing the Battles of Lexington and Concord and Tom Mason's profession as a former History Professor.[6] Spielberg then came up with the title Falling Skies. "I felt that this was a very interesting postapocalyptic story with a 21st century [spin on the] spirit of '76. I came up — out of the blue one day — with the name Falling Skies, which is basically what happens to the planet after this invasion. What is unique about this particular series is that the story starts after a successful conquest of the world," he stated.[6] Spielberg was attracted to the project due to its themes of survival. "I've always been interested in how we survive and how resourceful we are as Americans. How would the survivors feed the children? How do they resupply themselves militarily in order to defend and even take back what they have lost?" he added.[6] Like much of Spielberg's work, such as The Pacific and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Falling Skies' running theme is family and brotherhood. He explained, "It's a theme I harken back to a lot because it's something I believe in. It's something I have the closest experience with. [Laughs] They say write what you know, and with seven children and three sisters... I tend to always come back to the family as a touchstone for audiences to get into these rather bizarre stories."[6]

While writing the pilot, Rodat dedicated a five page montage to the alien invasion, but decided not to go through with it as it had been done before in films such as War of the Worlds. "I wrote a few drafts of it and I looked at and say, 'Ay-yay-yay, I’ve seen this before. There’s no emotion to this. It feels like one of those montages,'" he said.[7] Rodat came up with the idea of having the children in the series "harnessed by aliens". "When we were working out the initial stuff, the thing that excited [Spielberg] was the idea that adults are killed if they’re a threat, and kids are captured for whatever reason and changed or altered. The harness was a logical outgrowth of that. Then what we’ll explore is what the harnessing does to the kid over the course of the show but that also is something that’s going to have to unveil itself gradually," he stated. Spielberg previously explored the idea of enslaved children in the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.[7]

Spielberg’s fingerprints are all over this. He shaped the script, cast the pilot, watched all the dailies, made the editing suggestions, worked on the post and on the aliens and spaceships.

 — Series lead, Noah Wyle[8]

Series lead Noah Wyle emphasized Spielberg's presence on set by stating "Anytime he gives an anointment to a project, it steps up the pedigree."[8] Colin Cunningham, who plays outlaw John Pope, exclaimed "You’d show up and think, ‘This is not a TV show; this is something else that we’re doing,’ " he said, noting that Spielberg was very hands-on for the pilot. "Its scope is massive. Anytime you hear the word Spielberg, you know it’s not going to be crap; you know it’ll be quality and there will be some money behind it."[8] Mark Verheiden, who was the showrunner for the first season, stated "It’s great to know you have a world-class filmmaker backing up what you’re trying to do who is supportive and helping design the great stuff."[8]

Casting[edit]

Wyle at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con promoting the series.

One of the things that was most attractive about it was shooting 10 episodes as opposed to 24, which affords me a bit of quality-of-life and allows me to have a presence in my kids' lives. But in terms of quality of writing, this was great writing. Mark Verheiden's a great writer. I enjoy this kind of storytelling just as much as all of those years on "ER."

– Noah Wyle, on why he chose the role[9]

Casting announcements began in June 2009 when Noah Wyle was announced as the lead.[10] Wyle, who worked with TNT on the The Librarian films, was sent scripts for various shows on their network. He said part of the reason he chose the part was to gain credibility from his children. "With the birth of my kids, I started to really look at my career through their eyes more than my own, so that does dictate choice, steering me toward certain things and away from other things," he said.[11] He also decided to do it as he could relate with his character, stating "I identified with Tom's devotion to his sons, and admired his sense of social duty." Spielberg wanted Wyle for the role because he knew him from his previous series ER, which Spielberg's company produced. He had wanted Wyle to appear in his 1998 film Saving Private Ryan but due to scheduling conflicts, he was unable to star.[6] Spielberg stated that he was determined to work with him again.[6]

In July 2009, Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight were cast as Anne Glass, Karen Nadler, Lourdes and Matt Mason, respectively.[12] Bloodgood, the female lead, did not have to audition for the role. She received the script and was offered the role.[13] Bloodgood was drawn to the role because of Spielberg and Rodat's involvement.[14] She stated: "Well certainly when you get handed a script and they tell you it’s Bob Rodat and Steven Spielberg, you’re immediately drawn to it. It’s got your attention. I was a little cautious about wanting to do science fiction again. But it was more of a drama story, more of a family story. I liked that and I wanted to work with Spielberg." Bloodgood added that portraying a doctor excited her. "I liked the idea of playing a doctor and deviating from something I had done already," she said.[14] In August 2009, Drew Roy and Peter Shinkoda were cast as Hal Mason and Dai, respectively.[15] Drew Roy's agent received the script and the pair joked that Roy might get the role. "This one came to me through my agent, just like everything else. We even joked about the fact that it was a Steven Spielberg project. We were like, "Oh yeah, I might have a chance." We were just joking."[16] He auditioned four times for the part. "The whole process went on for quite some time, and then towards the end, it was down to me and one other guy, and we were literally waiting for the word from Steven Spielberg ‘cause he had to watch the two audition tapes and give the okay. That, in and of itself, had me like, "Okay, even if I don’t get it, that’s just cool." Fortunately, it went my way."[16]

Filming[edit]

The Riverview Hospital mental health facility in Coquitlam was used to film several episodes of the second season.

The pilot was filmed in 2009 in Oshawa, Ontario, and the rest of the season was shot from July to November of the following year[17] in Hamilton[18] and Toronto.[19][20]

TNT announced production had begun on the second season on October 24, 2011.[21] Filming took place in Vancouver and at the Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam, British Columbia from October 2011 to March 2012.[22]

Principal photography for season 3 was scheduled to commence on August 22, 2012.[23]

Production team[edit]

Rodat and Spielberg serve as executive producers on the project. Graham Yost, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are also executive producers. Yost had previously worked with Spielberg on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Mark Verheiden is a co-executive producer and the series showrunner. Verheiden had worked as a writer and producer on Battlestar Galactica. Greg Beeman is also a co-executive producer. Melinda Hsu Taylor is a supervising producer for the series; she previously worked on Lost. John Ryan is the on set producer. Remi Aubuchon was hired as the showrunner for the second season in May 2011 before the first season premiere.[24][25] Noah Wyle became a producer for the second season.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

For the first season, the series saw a mostly positive reception. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote "...the entertainment value and suspense of Falling Skies is paced just right. You get the sense that we'll get those answers eventually. And yet, you want to devour the next episode immediately."[26] Thomas Conner of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "...a trustworthy family drama but with aliens." He continued, "It's 'Jericho' meets 'V', with the good from both and the bad discarded. It'll raise the summer-TV bar significantly."[27] Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B+ and wrote, "A similar, gradually developed, but decisive conviction makes Falling Skies an engaging, if derivative, chunk of dystopian sci-fi." He continued, "...Falling Skies rises above any one performance; it's the spectacle of humans versus aliens that draws you in."[28] In the Boston Herald, Mark A. Perigard gave the series a B grade, writing "Don't look now, but Falling Skies could be a summer obsession."[29] Brian Lowry from Variety gave the series a mixed review, stating that he enjoyed the action sequences but that "the soapier elements mostly fall flat", and called the series "painfully old-fashioned".[19]

The second season saw positive reviews. Some critics praised it as being stronger than the first season. Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post compared the second season to the first by saying "Season 2 is a different animal, a much leaner and meaner machine that allows sentiment to be present but unexpressed and depicts a darker world in which innocence is a luxury that no one can truly afford."[30] Chuck Barney declared "Sunday's explosive two-hour opener boldly delivers on the promise by TNT producers to rev up both the pace and the firepower in Season 2."[31] Screen Rant's Anthony Ocasio lauded the season premiere. "While further episodes will reveal more, the type of character development, intriguing storylines and exciting action that will be contained in Falling Skies season 2, there’s no doubt that TNT’s hit drama will likely become an epic adventure, spanning many seasons," he said.[32]

Ratings[edit]

The two-hour premiere of Falling Skies was watched by 5.9 million viewers, making it cable television's biggest series launch of the year, with more than 2.6 million adults 18–49 and 3.2 million adults 25–54.[33][34] The eighth episode was watched by 4.31 million viewers and scored a 1.5 ratings share among adults 18-49 and Falling Skies became TNT's highest rated series in target demos.[35][36] The first season finale received 5.6 million viewers, the highest rated episode since the series premiere; with 2.5 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic.[37] The first season tied with the FX series American Horror Story as the biggest new cable series of the year among adults 18-49.[38] In the UK, it premiered on non-terrestrial channel FX, with 402,000 viewers.[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominatedResult
20111st Critics' Choice Television Awards[40]Most Exciting New SeriesFalling SkiesWon
2012Visual Effects Society Awards 2011[41]Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast SeriesFalling SkiesNominated
Outstanding Models in a Broadcast Program or CommercialFalling SkiesNominated
38th Saturn Awards[42]Best Presentation on Television (10 Episodes or Less)Falling SkiesNominated
Best Actor on TelevisionNoah WyleNominated
64th Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Visual EffectsFalling SkiesNominated
33rd Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young ActorMaxim KnightWon
201334th Young Artist Awards[43]Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young ActorMaxim KnightNominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 14-16Laine MacNeilNominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-13Olivia Steele FalconerNominated

Distribution[edit]

Online promotion[edit]

Promotional poster of Falling Skies.

For the first season, character videos were made available online.[2] The videos explore the main characters of the series. As part of the promotional campaign, a vehicle, with the TNT logo and called Falling Skies Technical, was released as a free gift in the social networking game Mafia Wars on June 14, 2011.[44] Following the second season premiere on June 17, 2012, a live after-show titled 2nd Watch hosted by Wil Wheaton premiered. The series airs after encore presentations of Falling Skies on TNT's official site.[45] Wheaton discusses the latest episode with actors and producers of the series.

Comic books[edit]

In September 2010, Dark Horse Comics, in partnership with DreamWorks Television and TNT, released the first issue in a four-part digital comic online limited series entitled Falling Skies. Written by Paul Tobin with art by Juan Ferreyra, the series details events taking place before season one of the television show, but after the alien invasion and victory. These issues were later compiled into a single trade paperback volume entitled Falling Skies Volume 1, which was released June, 2011. On June 15, 2011, Dark Horse announced that due to higher-than-anticipated orders, the graphic novel had completely sold out.[46] It remains in publication as of June 2012.

In April 2012, Dark Horse began releasing a second eight-issue limited series entitled Falling Skies: The Battle of Fitchburg, with Paul Tobin returning as writer and Juan Ferreyra returning as series artist.[47] The digital comic was made available through both Dark Horse Comics and TNT via their respective websites. The story takes place chronologically between seasons one and two of the television show, and detail a costly engagement occurring between the skitters and the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment when the aliens surround the human forces at Fitchburg, Massachusetts. While not vital to the story of the television series, TNT and Dark Horse have stated that Falling Skies: The Battle of Fitchburg provides insight into the events leading up to season two, and will elaborate on how the characters got to where they are when the new season opens. As a companion to the comic, TNT released an audio series featuring the character John Pope, offering additional insight into the events detailed in the comic series.

Blu-ray and DVD releases[edit]

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5, 2012, in North America,[48] on July 2, 2012, in the United Kingdom[49] and on August 29, 2012, in Australia,[50] and on DVD only in South Africa on August 27, 2012.[51] In addition to all the episodes of the first season, extras include an extended version of the pilot episode; audio commentary on the pilot episode; a Season two preview; the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International panel; deleted scenes; character profiles; international promos; behind the scenes featurettes, including the "Making of Skitter", "Harness Makeup Tips" and "Director One on One". A collectible Trading Card was released exclusively to Blu-ray.[52]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered on June 19, 2011, and is broadcast on the cable television channel TNT, in the United States. In Summer 2011, it premiered internationally in more than 75 countries.[53]

In Australia, Falling Skies premiered on Fox8. The program is showing on Super Channel in Canada. In the UK and Ireland, it is broadcast on Fox (UK) and from 11th January 2014 the digital channel 5*.

Other[edit]

The series is also available on Amazon Instant Video, where it is free to Amazon Prime subscribers.

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