18 items from 2014
This review contains spoilers.
4.11 Space Oddity & 4.12 Shoot The Moon
Increasingly, there's been a trend among television shows to turn season finales from a single episode into a big event. In some cases, they actually film a two-hour episode and make it a legitimate special event. More commonly, the big finale event is just two episodes shown back to back, perhaps with a little editing to make them flow together a bit better (or to cut out the recap). In the case of Falling Skies, you get two back-to-back episodes to finish off the fourth season and pave the way for the show's final season next summer. The episodes covered a lot of ground, and I debated with myself for entirely too long how to best handle the review. In the end, »
Falling Skies wrapped up its fourth season Sunday with what may be the show’s most hopeful yet most enigmatic season closer.
Spoiler Alert: Details of tonight’s season 4 finale lie ahead!
The last couple minutes of the two-hour finale ended on a very hopeful note back on Earth. As Hal says, “The Espheni are sitting ducks for a change,” thanks to Lexi’s sacrificial destruction of the aliens’ power core. But above Earth’s atmosphere, things got really weird — the kind of weird that should have fans theorizing and debating throughout the long wait to the fifth and final season. »
- Emily Rome
As alien-filled as it is, Falling Skies has kept its characters Earth-bound throughout the show’s four years on TNT. But it appears that’s about to change. The 2nd Mass’ latest strategy for winning back their planet is rocketing themselves beyond Earth’s atmosphere — to the Espheni power converter on the moon.
The mission-to-the-moon storyline came from the show’s executive producer, a guy you may have heard of: “That was Mr. Spielberg’s idea,” Noah Wyle told EW.
- Emily Rome
TNT’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi program Falling Skies is currently in its fourth and penultimate season, and as it’s been renewed for a fifth and final season (a 10-episode run), cast members Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Maxim Knight, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Doug Jones, and executive producer David Eick discuss some of the central themes of the show here as well as addressing the show’s impending conclusion.
david j. moore: The post-apocalyptic genre is very much in vogue right now for shows on T.V. What is it like for you to be involved in a show like Falling Skies that has apocalyptic themes, and to portray characters in this simulated apocalyptic world?
- Gary Collinson
Falling Skies has a new showrunner this year in David Eick, and you've probably recognized a few hints from his previous work in this season of the TNT drama. The executive producer sat down with reporters at this year's San Diego Comic-Con to discuss the season's mythology, where the show is going and what it means to know there's an end point. »
Falling Skies is halfway through its fourth season, which saw a lot of changes from season 3, along with the addition of new showrunner David Eick. With the 2nd Mass separated after an Espheni attack, our ensemble cast found themselves in very different worlds from one another.
“In Tom’s world we were in darkness. Lexi’s world—it was light. It was almost like Munchkinland,” Eick said during the show’s Comic-Con panel. “In Anne’s world it was very gritty but stripped down.”
At Comic-Con, Eick and the show’s cast hinted at what’s to come on Falling Skies »
- Emily Rome
Hey, "Falling Skies" peeps. we've got some awesome news for you guys as your favorite show will indeed be dropping major,new spoilers for the rest of season 4 at the big 2014 San Diego Comic-Con event on Friday evening ,July 25th at 4:30pm to 5:30pm at the San Diego Convention Center in Room 6Bcf. So, be sure to jot that down on your calendars as we'll get all their spoiler goodies posted right her on this site. Their spoiler panel will feature main stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Will Patton, Sarah Carter, Maxim Knight, Scarlett Byrne ,and Doug Jones, along with executive producer ,David Eick. They will show new video clips from upcoming episodes, plus the world premiere of the trailer for the upcoming video game Falling Skies: The Game. »
Comic-Con continues to find new ways to spread out from the San Diego Convention Center.
Having already flowed into the lawn outside and into area hotels, the airport is the next takeover target for Hollywood’s TV networks and studios turning to the fanfest each year to promote their newest projects.
TNT will plaster the San Diego Intl Airport’s baggage claim carousels, escalators and skyway bridges with images and other messaging for its upcoming series “Legends,” starring Sean Bean, Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut and Tina Majorino (see below). Show premieres Aug. 13.
From there, the marketing campaign will also appear around the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, including a giant billboard covering the side of the Marriott Hotel, next to the convention center.
Naturally, there’s also a social media component. The network is encouraging fans of actor Sean Bean to use the hashtag #DontKillSeanBean in social media postings about the show. »
- Marc Graser
Following the season four premiere of “Falling Skies,” TNT is offering viewers a closer look at what they can expect as the drama series plays out this summer.
“This season the battle for humanity, for hope, for the planet, will leave Earth behind,” the trailer warns as the cast, including series star Noah Wyle, battles supernatural forces and a new kind of army.
Wyle leads the charge as Tom Mason, a college professor who has become a resistance leader after a massive invasion by the Espheni alien race.
This season, the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass find themselves under attack by a new Espheni war machine and a new, deadly creation.
The series also stars Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. “Harry Potter” actress Scarlett Byrne has joined as a series regular for »
- Andrea Seikaly
Falling Skies started its fourth season with an episode that turned everything on its head. Actors Sarah Carter, Doug Jones, Moon Bloodgood, and Seychelle Gabriel sat down with us at this year’s Wondercon to let us in on what else this season holds.
So what is going on with Maggie this season?
Sarah Carter: This season, things get very dramatic for Maggie mainly because, when the next season starts off, we are all separated and so there is a lot of time where Hal and Maggie are not together and a love triangle ensues--which I was so shocked by when I read [it]--and obviously I have mixed feelings [about it]. So I am looking forward and I am nervous, actually, what fans are going to think this season because I was »
This review contains spoilers.
Falling Skies has one real hallmark as a television show: it is relentlessly positive. It seems that no matter what you do to the Mason family and all their friends, everyone's super positive about how things are going to work out pretty much one hundred percent of the time. Sure the folks of the Second Mass might find themselves getting ambushed by an Espheni assault team, separated from one another by some sort of giant laser fence that turns people into paste, and kidnapped and herded into an internment camp/ghetto combination within the ruins of Charleston, but hey, as long as there are Masons around, everything's probably going to work out for the best.
Fortunately, there are a lot of Masons, because »
When TNT’s Falling Skies resumes the fight for Earth this Sunday at 10/9c, the 2nd Mass will in short order be splintered like never before, separating key players into distinct (and distinctly dangerous) new locales.
“We were looking at [Star Wars: Episode V] The Empire Strikes Back as sort of the model,” says David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), who took over as the showrunner for Season 4. “Theres something compelling about having your heroes separated, cordoned off from each other, and then you find yourself as an audience yearning for their reunion. You of course become more aware, in a heightened sense, of the value that each character brings, »
The creative roller-coaster ride that is “Falling Skies” opens season four on a downward arc, as the TNT series goes a little gaga with its alien-invasion metaphors, including Hitler Youth-like camps to re-educate younger prisoners. While the show picked up considerable momentum in its last go-round — and remains perfectly watchable popcorn fare — the notion of dueling alien constituencies, with one friendly to the humans, risks spinning “Skies” off its axis. Noah Wyle’s sturdy Everyman, who frets about his extended brood, remains extremely valuable in grounding the show, but for all the Skitters he’s dispatched, even he can’t overcome the show’s camp factor.
Suffice it to say whatever gains the human insurgency scored — with help from another alien force, the Volm — are pretty quickly erased, scattering the members of the central group while setting up new dangers. That includes leaving some incarcerated and others to battle on, »
- Brian Lowry
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but nuts to that - we want our favourite shows back on the telly box, and we want them back now!
Happily then, this week's Tube Talk Q&A is stuffed to the gills with tasty telly teasers, scoop and all the latest UK air dates for your Us favourites.
Utopia series 2 air date? First series was best original TV in ages.
"It's very much under wraps," protested Utopia series two (and Game of Thrones) star Rose Leslie when we quizzed her about an air date at the Battersea Power Station first annual party last night. So, because we didn't want to get expelled from a fancy shindig by interrogating a well-known actress, we're gonna have to stick with that loose mid-2014 date Channel 4 gave us a while ago.
Rose did throw us a few juicy Utopia bones, though, promising that »
When Falling Skies season 4 starts this June on TNT, fans will see a new direction for the show. Much of that is due to the influence of brand new showrunner David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), who took over this season for the departing Remi Aubuchon. Characters will evolve, storylines will branch out and new love triangles will emerge, but the looming alien threat will remain as the central driving force in the show. Stars Moon Bloodgood (Dr. Ann Glass) and Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes Delgado) were at WonderCon today with some of their fellow cast members to give fans a sneak peek at the upcoming season. I had a chance to speak with them before the panel about what’s coming for their characters and how the show’s changes will affect them. Falling Skies also stars Noah Wylie, Will Patton, Sarah Carter, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones. Check out what they »
- Cindy White
Sometimes, there’s a movie project that just doesn’t go away. They rumble on in the background for decades, with concepts kept alive only by the sheer willpower of those dedicated individuals involved. Battlestar Galactica is one such project – but now, it seems like it’s one step closer to fruition as Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to deliver a script.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Quincy M.E) as a science fiction TV series in 1978, Battlestar Galactica ran for one season – ending in April 1979. It featured the premise that would provide the basis for every iteration of the show that followed – that our future humanity has migrated to a distant area of the galaxy, known as the Twelve Colonies, from where they have been defending themselves against a cybernetic race known as The Cylons. During a vicious attack, human survivors flee aboard spaceships, »
- Sarah Myles
Over two years ago, Bryan Singer was circling a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series Battlestar Galactica with John Orloff (Anonymous) set to write the script. For those unfamiliar with Battlestar Galactica, it centers on a war between humanity and a race of machines called "Cylons". Since 2011, word on the film has gone quiet, Singer has moved on, and it looked like Ronald D. Moore and David Eick's excellent Sci-Fi series would be the only adaptation. However, Variety is reporting that you can't keep a good cylon down, and that Universal has brought on Jack Paglen (Transcendence) to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson is still on board to produce. Since I'm a big fan of Moore/Eick's adaptation, I'm obviously a little skeptical of a movie. But Battlestar is a premise with a lot of potential, and since I haven't seen Transcendence, I have no »
- Matt Goldberg
Initially planned some years back for Bryan Singer to direct, Universal is moving forward with their big screen reboot of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Variety reports that Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen has been hired to provide the script. "Battlestar Galactica" was originally created by Glen A. Larson and began with the TV series in 1978, followed by a brief sequel TV series, "Galactica: 1980" two years later. Ronald D. Moore and David Eick launched a rebooted television version in 2004, while a prequel to that series, titled "Caprica," debuted in 2010, followed by a webseries, "Blood & Chrome," in 2012. Paglen is no stranger to science fiction. In addition to the upcoming Transcendence , he's drafted Ridley »
18 items from 2014
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