‘Falling Skies: Silent Kill’ Review

Okay, I am about ready to give up on this show. This episode had the most exciting premise so far and it ended up being just as humdrum as every other episode has been so far. Silent Kill dealt with Tom planning the mission to rescue his alien-harnessed son.

I have to admit the build up was pretty good. Each person Tom talked to had a different idea of how to execute the plan. It was eventually decided that Hal would go inside with a harness seemingly attached to him and bring out his brother quietly.

And quietly is how it went. The whole mission was about a fifth of the episode when it should have been at least half. Overall, the mission went pretty smoothly, meaning it was boring. Can you think of any other TV show, movie, or book where the characters had a plan and it went almost exactly how they wanted it to? Its disappointing to see this episode be as boring as it was. The show seemed to have been building up to this moment and it was over so quickly and abruptly.

The next scene however was pretty good as Anne removed the harnesses off of the six children the group brought back. Only one of them died, but somehow it felt like that mattered. This would have been a great episode for Anne if it weren’t for Moon Bloodgood’s poor acting. Despite that though her character got pretty well rounded in Silent Kill.

I keep wanting to like Falling Skies but it keeps going the safe route with its plot and characters. This was one of the better episodes thus far, but how much is that really saying? It is such a shame to see what should have been an exciting event for the show handled so lifelessly. (7/10)

photo credit: http://www.daemonstv.com/2011/07/10/falling-skies-silent-kill-episode-5/

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