Falling Skies “Love And Other Acts Of Courage” Review

The world is in rubble, but the humans keep on fighting the alien invaders.  Should they stop and give us back the time we’ve invested?  Read on to find out.

The official description from TNT:

A familiar face returns to the 2nd Mass, but his intentions remain unknown. Meanwhile, a skitter is captured and brought back to the camp as a prisoner. And Hal bonds with Maggie as she begins to open up about her past.

The latest episode of Falling Skies continues to explore series lore and human emotions as a few more wrinkles are added to the mix.  It’s not a perfect outing, as it succumbs to some story mechanics that have plagued the series since its debut, but it’s certainly a very entertaining hour of television.

Overall the script worked, I just wish it would have handled all of its components a bit better.  If I was going to be critical of the story at play here, I would say about two-thirds of the narrative worked exceptionally well while the final piece of the puzzle just did not live-up to the quality of the rest of the episode.  The main story involving Ben (Connor Jessup) and Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) is engaging while the subplot concerning the budding romance of two fighters just felt a bit flat.

Noah Wyle once again does a masterful job as the tired father, who’s just trying to keep his kids safe.  The rest of the cast delivers some very strong performances that more than succeed in making this show worth watching.  I have to give credit where credit’s due, Drew Roy and Sarah Carter, both succeeded in making their romance believable, even if the words and unnecessary tension from the script make it feel a bit forced.

With a very strong cast, decent direction and a somewhat good story, this latest bout in the war for Earth comes recommended.