TV Highlights

What was on Tuesday 30th June

Falling Skies

FOX - 10pm

Who's in it?

The sci-fi romp returned for the last ever season last night, with Noah Wyle more grizzled and determined than ever before as the newly enraged Tom Mason.

In a nutshell

Falling Skies is a giant, violent mess of a show. And that’s absolutely fine. Not every big US series has to be a challenging, complex, emotionally gruelling work on the order of Breaking Bad or True Detective. Sometimes you just want to see people smash stuff up, and kick alien backsides. Falling Skies delivers on that front, and all the more so in the new run. Last night’s season opener was full throttle, pedal to the metal carnage and fury.

Sure, there were various enigmas for our delectation. Like, what’s the deal with the other-worldly intelligence communicating with Tom in the guise of his dead wife? Well, we can expect that particular sub-plot to run for a while, but the important point is that the pep talk from his ghostly beloved put Tom in full-on killer mode. Pretty soon he was beating skitters to death and shooting bad guys in the face. Oh, and rallying the troops so they could out-psycho him. It’s no wonder the episode was called Find Your Warrior, although there were human casualties too, with Denny coming to a very sticky end…

What's the verdict?

Falling Skies has had its ups and downs, and it’s probably for the best that this is the last season. Now we just need it to go out with a bang, preferably with nuclear explosions and giant motherships and Tom Mason becoming a literal superhero. Yep, that’ll do nicely.

Star rating: 3/5

Check out Falling Skies now on Virgin TV Anywhere

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07-07-2011