Ugh. I’m home sick today. No bueno.
I took the day off from work and was going to take the day off from blogging (especially since no nerdy movies came out this past weekend) but after catching up on Falling Skies and being asked my thoughts about it…well…it seems I just can’t quit you. Not even for a day.
So I’m not promising genius (I am pretty doped up on DayQuil, after all) but here are my thoughts after watching the first two episodes of Falling Skies.
I’ll always think of Noah Wyle as Dr. Carter. I’m sure he’d be THRILLED to hear that for the 100,000th time but, oh well, type casting’s a bitch. That said, he’s surprisingly believable as Tom Mason, a history professor / Second in Command of the 2nd Massachusetts resistance fighters. Especially once you get past the fact that the kid on the operating table is being poked and prodded by the womanizing pilot from Wings instead of him.
I was totally convinced that Anne Glass aka the hot chick from Terminator: Salvation, was Native American. Hell, her name is Moon Bloodgood after all. Turns out she’s Korean, Irish and Dutch. Oops, my bad. She’s perty and she likes to use her hands a lot in a strange, overly graceful way. Like she’s in a soap commercial or something. It’s her way of showing tenderness and sexual tension during the scenes between her and Tom. They totally want to bang, they just have to hold out until Tom rescues his middle child (why is it always the middle child that gets screwed??) and they’re on the offensive against the skitters.
Tom’s oldest son, Hal Mason (Drew Roy) is fond of over-acting. He REALLY wants you to know what emotion he’s playing at any given time. It’s a little distracting. He’s best when he’s pretending to be cocky, which he does even though he’s really a big ‘ol mushy teddy bear of an older brother. Hal’s dating fellow scout Karen but some medic girl named Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel) has a real hard on for him. But, you know, an innocent hard on cause she’s Catholic and she wants to make sure you know that she prays. A lot.
Through my DayQuil haze I was having the hardest time figuring out where I’d seen Karen (Jessy Schram) before. Then it hit me that I remember her playing the wife in Unstoppable. It’s very probable that I remember this only because her husband was played by Chris Pine aka the new Captain Kirk. Typical HNG brain, typical. She sure is a cutie though. Good choice for a “girl next door” turned “post apocalyptic freedom fighter chick.” Her fate is unclear and considering the huge crush Lourdes has on Karen’s man, Hal Mason, I’m guessing that Lourdes is going to be mending Hal’s broken heart with her sweet lady kisses in an upcoming episode.
My favorite characters thus far are Captain Weaver, John Pope, and Margaret. It’s probably because they are the hardest characters to like. Typical HNG brain, typical. Captain Weaver (Will Patton) is gruff and unrelenting. Until he relents. Which he does when someone is being unrelenting with him. But I like him. He’s doing the best he can with what he’s got. And I like his ponytail. John Pope (Colin Cunningham) is the closest thing to a human bad guy that we’ve got at this point. He’s a bad ass ex-con motorcycle gang leader until we find out that what he really likes to do is…..cook. I don’t eat meat (ok, cue the jokes now) but I’m now aware that you must, MUST poach a chicken before you cook it. Once you poach it you can cook it however you want. Salmonella, I’m on to you, you little shit. I like Margaret (Sarah Carter) cause she’s all mysterious and stuff. I think I remember them calling her Maggie at some point. I like the name Maggie better so I’m sticking with it. Don’t try to have sex with her; she’ll pop a cap in your ass for it eventually. And bringing her chocolate won’t help. You have been warned.
And lastly, the alien critters. They call them Skitters…I guess because they are kind of lizard-like and lizards skitter around and can climb up walls and stuff. These guys do that and are really hard to kill unless you shoot off two of their six legs. Then they magically become weak and you can defeat them. They also have robots called Mechs which are pretty much a rip-off of the toasters from BSG. Everyone wants to know why the aliens invented robots that look vaguely humanoid instead of robots with six legs in their own image. Apparently we humans are so self-involved that we only build robots that look like us and since the skitters did too, they must be trying to fuck with our minds. We’re so self-involved that it’s always about us, all the time.
Oh, and they slap alien harnesses onto our children and turn them all into slaves.
I’m into it. I’ll keep letting my DVR record it for a while longer, see where it goes. Now excuse me while I unfold my stiff legs from my desk chair, gag down some more DayQuil and watch The Last Starfighter.
I don’t care what you say, Larry Santy, it’s one of the greatest movies EVER.