Screen Junkies » noah wyle http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:59:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: TNT’s Falling Skies http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-falling-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-tnts-falling-skies/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:53:09 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215866 A hardcore opening leads us into a promising new alien series.

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TNT’s alien invasion show “Falling Skies” is like Independence Day on the ground. Only it’s much cooler than Independence Day so maybe it’s War of the Worlds: The Series. It’s all about the remaining humans banding together to fight extraterrestrials months after the aliens have decimated our planet.

The opening is so hardcore. Children narrate the backstory over school kid drawings of aliens wiping out the army, blasting an EMP, catching kids and harnessing them with spinal implants to be drones. Hell, the kids talk about how all their parents died! So this ain’t about whoopin’ E.T.’s ass. It’s about damn, we just need to make it through.

Tom (Noah Wyle) is second in command to Weaver (Will Patton), but Tom’s the star. His son Ben has been harnessed, but he’s got two other kids with him. He used to be a history professor so he puts all the sci-fi into historical context. At this point they already have terminology and signals to mobilize and organize missions.

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My favorite part of these survival stories is always: Where do we find supplies when everything is gone? Well, “Falling Skies” has got that. The supermarkets are already picked over, so they have to go out of the way and find warehouses, and even those are half-raided. They do eat a cupcake in one scene. I don’t know how that stayed fresh. It wasn’t Hostess, and it’s spent 9 lonely months in the bakery section.

The social aspect is really interesting too. With episodic television they have time to really explore how much the characters’ lives have changed. Anne (Moon Bloodgood) used to be a pediatrician. Now she’s the medic in the field. Tom used to tell his teenage son he couldn’t ride his bike at night. Now he gives him ammo for the road. Even the kids reminisce about what life used to be. They’d rather be in school than fighting aliens (so be careful what you wish for, kids).

The new makeshift military is in conflict with the “civilians.” It’s funny because the military was wiped out so these soldiers were also civilians. They take the perspective that the civilians are a burden in this battle, but of course the civilians are all we’re fighting for. What do we win if we eliminate our society in the process? That will be fascinating week to week. Tom has historical context to analyze that conflict too. There also seem to be other human factions to cause problems for the survivors.

Of course it’s an action show and the battles so far are cool. It’s more one on one, or one on two fights with the aliens. That’s better because if they did a whole CGI army of aliens it would just look cheap. I’m sure they’ll get there at some point but the intimate scuffles are good. The burnt out streets look like the future war in The Terminator.

The aliens resemble lizard octopi. They look impressive, obviously CGI and maybe some practical ones, but they’re definitely mean aliens. And when they bring one down, you kind of feel for the dying alien with a close-up on his gasping face. But don’t be killing us and taking our children, dudes.

I’m into “Falling Skies.” I don’t necessarily care that it’s aliens, but I don’t mind. They’re the monsters, but it’s the shambles of society and how we put it back together that have me hooked.

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Kids Cry About Aliens In 5 Minute Preview Of Spielberg’s ‘Falling Skies’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kids-cry-about-aliens-in-5-minute-preview-of-spielbergs-falling-skies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kids-cry-about-aliens-in-5-minute-preview-of-spielbergs-falling-skies/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 01:22:42 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=207634 If there are two things Steven Spielberg can't get enough of, it's aliens and families. I wonder how many seasons of "ALF" he owns.

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If there are two things Steven Spielberg can’t get enough of, it’s aliens and families. I wonder how many seasons of “ALF” he owns.

Above is a five minute preview clip for “Falling Skies,” the upcoming TNT series from Executive Producer Spielberg. Oh, that’s the third thing he can’t get enough of: getting an Executive Producer credit. You can tell it’s a Spielberg-approved alien drama, because it opens with children coloring, drawing sad pictures of their families getting murdered by aliens, crying. Your heartstrings have been epically pulled, and it gets way lighter from there. Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood (what a batshit crazy name she has) star in this creepy-looking drama, which lands June 19, 2011.

I enjoyed the preview. It looks very “The Walking Dead“-y so far, but with so much zombie overkill lately, it’s nice to get an alie break. Then we can run aliens into the ground for awhile and go back to vampires. Hopefully, not teen vampires.

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Aliens Terrorize Noah Wyle And Stephen Webber http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aliens-terrorize-noah-wyle-and-stephen-webber-in-second-falling-skies-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/aliens-terrorize-noah-wyle-and-stephen-webber-in-second-falling-skies-trailer/#comments Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:29:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=29034 We've seen how society crumbles when the dead rise but this summer, it's all about seeing how alumni of NBC's Thursday night line-up fare during an alien invasion.

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We’ve seen how society crumbles when the dead rise but this summer, it’s all about seeing how alumni of NBC’s Thursday night line-up fare during an alien invasion. In this second, less epic look at TNT‘s “Falling Skies,” the focus shifts to the survivors and how they work together to fight back and rebuild mankind. All while redefining what exactly mankind will need to become. Noah Wylie raises a good point but could work on his speech delivery. Bill Pullman really set the bar pretty high. (THR)

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Spielberg Continues His Love Affair with Aliens http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spielberg-continues-his-love-affair-with-aliens/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/spielberg-continues-his-love-affair-with-aliens/#comments Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:10:49 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=13407 Are you a sci-fi dork who's been jonesing for a good alien-invasion series ever since BSG went off the air? Or maybe you're a right-wing gun nut who's looking for a healthier outlet for your paranoid survivalist fantasies. Either way, the "Falling Skies" trailer is for you.

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Are you a sci-fi dork who’s been jonesing for a good alien-invasion series ever since BSG went off the air? Or maybe you’re a right-wing gun nut who’s looking for a healthier outlet for your paranoid survivalist fantasies. Either way, TNT‘s “Falling Skies” is the show for you.

With Steven Spielberg acting as executive producer, the show stars Noah Wyle as a college professor who ends up leading a group of resistance fighters after an alien invasion. I’m not sure what’s more ridiculous: the fact that these aliens, with their advanced technology, have trouble conquering our planet, or the idea of a college professor doing something useful outside of academia.

Zing! Take that, Professor Knapp! Who’s “plagiarizing” now? (IO9)

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