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TL;DR: This show is alright, and it kind of succeeds in spite of flaws. It's dialogue-heavy, and a lot things that should be conveyed by using the camera to show the audience what's happening are instead spewed out of characters' mouths. There are a few issues with the plot, but it's not that bad. The aliens and the American revolution theme are pretty decent. If it had a higher budget it might actually be better than the border between mediocre and good.
Gun safety is nonexistent in this series: in every episode the barrel of a loaded assault rifle is absentmindedly pointed at a child's head several times.
The sexually abused character doesn't seem quite right, but I haven't known very many survivors of that kind of thing.
A lot of the information that the audience needs to understand this show is put into the characters' dialogue, and it ends up feeling very heavy-handed. For example, there is an episode that steps seven months into the future from the previous events, and virtually every conversation between characters has the words "seven months" shoehorned into it somewhere. There are also countless other instances where the characters are chatting amongst each other when it makes no sense for them to be doing so--sneaking around in enemy territory, is one common example.
There are also a lot of strange grammar mistakes in the characters' lines. It really doesn't seem like these are deliberate errors that are put there to convey the characters' personalities: in several instances there are highly educated characters saying lines that don't quite makes sense if you actually think about what they are saying. If the errors were somehow part of the story it wouldn't be a problem at all, but they seem to be just mistakes from a script that wasn't edited closely enough.
The American Revolution theme is a good idea, but combined with the writing problems it makes the person who made this seem like a barely literate American bigot who didn't bother to learn anything but American history because "'Murica's most importin place in da world".. I'm sure the actual writer(s) (and, I guess, Americans in general) are very nice and all that, but the impression given by the lines in the show isn't good.
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