Falling Skies' Moon Bloodgood: Anne Will Soon Face a 'Horrifying, Cathartic Moment'

There is much for viewers of TNT’s Falling Skies to look forward to. For one, the alien-invasion series has been picked up for a second season, just four weeks into its freshman run. Also, looking to the  immediate future, this Sunday’s episode takes us inside the head of Anne Glass, the stalwart but not-entirely-indestructible pediatrician tasked with human medical matters as well as taking scientific stock of the “skitter” being help captive by the 2nd Massachusetts. (Along the way, we’ll also learn something new about the ETs, including what exactly they do with the harnessed kids at bedtime!)

Moon Bloodgood, who plays Anne, shared with TVLine a look at the crucible her lady doc must navigate this week, and the breakdown it begets. Plus: Which of the actress’ past TV series holds an extra special place in her heart?

TVLINE | There’s a moment early on this week where Uncle Scott asks Anne why she hasn’t put a picture of the son she lost on the school wall. What is her mindset?
What you find out is that I feel guilty because I don’t have any sort of physical reminder of him — I don’t have any memento — so I feel like a bad mom. I also feel guilty that I’m alive, because my backstory is that I was actually at the hospital when the [alien] attack happened. My husband and son were at home, and because of that separation they died and I lived.

TVLINE | OK, so there were especially distressing circumstances surround their death, like how Tom’s wife only died because she took Dr. Harris’ shift.
The way it was explained to me is that when the aliens came, we didn’t know if they were hostile, and they were there for like 30 days before they attacked. But people were going missing, and the aliens weren’t responding to any communications, so my husband was like, “I have a really bad feeling about this. I don’t think you should go to work today.” But I decided to go, because it’s my job to help kids. And that day is when [the aliens] dropped bombs, and my husband and child were basically burned to a crisp. The guilt that I feel is because I know that I could have been there.

TVLINE | Interesting that this show presents another instance where humankind wants to give extraterrestrials the benefit of a doubt. Me, if the day ever comes, my default presumption is going to be, “Hostile.”
Right, you want to believe it will be like Close Encounters, but it’s really War of the Worlds. If that happens — if aliens came? — I honestly don’t know what I would do. I don’t have a game plan. I don’t think there’s anything you can do, except run.

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TVLINE | Also this week, a few in the group are going to be angling to kill the captive skitter. What’s Anne’s point of view?
She’s a doctor first, and part of that is about not having personal feelings persuade you to act on any kind of vengeance or hostility. What I like about her is that she’s rational, and she tries to tell Dr Harris, “Nothing would give me greater joy, but if we kill it we’re not going to understand them and maybe learn how to fight them.” What we want as individuals does not outweigh what we want as a collective group. She’s usually levelheaded, but this is an episode where she gets really emotional and has a bit of a breakdown.

TVLINE | Yes, all that tension and buried anguish leads her to engage in one of the series’ most startling moments to date. What was it like when you first read that scene?
Oh, I loved it, because what’s fascinating to me in science fiction is finding out how [aliens can] die — What is the one thing you can do that will take their life? — and here you find out by accident. It was a horrifying moment, but a cathartic moment, when you later see Anne fall apart. This is the moment, Noah [Wyle] said, where Tom falls in love with Anne. I thought that was really romantic.

TVLINE | You previously told me that, ultimately, Tom and Anne will grow close.
We wanted to be really careful about not having a lot of romance between Tom and Anne, strictly because they both have spouses that they lost not that recently, and his kids are still alive, and you didn’t want them to seem disrespectful of the life they had before. [The intimacy] really comes later in the season, with little things like holding hands. It’s always subtle and not in your face.

TVLINE | Lastly, if one of your past TV series could have run longer, which one would you choose and why?
I would say… Journeyman [which ran on NBC for 13 episodes in 2007], because that was really close to my heart. It was a really sophisticated show that showed time travel in a way that we hadn’t seen in a while. It was high-concept and my character [doomed District Attorney Livia Beale] was just about to get ready to reveal a lot. I think she was born on the same date as Kevin McKidd‘s character [Livia’s onetime fiancé, Dan Vasser], and there were going to be a lot of other reveals. I love everything I’ve ever done – Day Break included – but Journeyman I would have liked to see go on a little longer.

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  1. Rachel says:

    hmmm, now I’m really wondering what she means about tomorrow’s episode…by accident?

  2. Kate says:

    Yeah… Second season coming!!!

  3. Annika says:

    I like Falling Skies so far – it’s a good summer show. And I agree anout Journeyman, I would have wanted to see more of it!

  4. Bob says:

    I really was on the fence after the two-hour premiere, but this has really developed into a good show. I have considered whether or not it should have been a miniseries with all of the advertising they do really cutting the story time.

  5. Steph says:

    I’ve really enjoyed most of the show, but I’m tired of hearing “I’m going to do this and that, and then I’m going to get Ben”. There have been so many obstacles every time they go back, it’s getting a little crazy. There are other reasons to leave the relative safety of the school, and they have gone for supplies, bikes, medicine, but why oh why do they have to go after Ben every time too? Seems like the writers are really dragging that plot line out a loooooong way. Love Pope and Weaver- 2 strong characters at different ends of the moral spectrum, both entertaining to watch.

  6. Chris says:

    I really loved Journeyman. I thought that was such a great show and would have also loved to see more. I am really enjoying Falling Skies so far. Some of story line does seem like they are dragging it out a little bit too much but to be honest I’m going to continue watching even if it stays slow. I especially look forward to learning more about Anne’s character.

  7. Girish says:

    Journeyman is one of my fav shows even now! I really hated the way it ended. And I am loving Falling Skies. Moon Bloodgood and all the other actors, writers have done a good job till now.

  8. Citoyen says:

    Journeyman was an excellent show, I’m glad that it got a shout out.

  9. I am so looking forward to this episode. Last week was a bit flat bit this week sounds like they are kicking it up a notch again. I wanna see if Anne does something to the skitter….

  10. raelee514 says:

    I totally came here just see what she said about Journeyman and I totally agree with her. Wish that show had remained on the air longer, it was an amazing show with such an intriguing concept.

  11. Kaiulani says:

    My husband misses Journeyman everyday. Hoping that Falling Skies keeps getting better.

  12. DougMac says:

    I loved Journeyman too

  13. Alienate says:

    More people care about Journeyman than Falling Skies.
    A sad commentary for FS. I had to force myself to watch the whole 2 hours of the premier and then deleted the show from my line up.

    Boring, re-cycled trash.

    • DarkHawke says:

      I really enjoyed Journeyman as well, but if there were that many others who were into it as well, it’d still be on the air. And exactly what is recycled about Falling Skies? Alien invasion? Okay, but if that’s your reason to dislike the show, you’re also missing out on a TON of other great efforts that have used that premise over the years. Yes, they could pick up the pace a bit, but this feels more like they’re laying down the foundation for greate efforts down the line. It ain’t Babyton 5 or nothin’, but it’s thoughtful and logical enough to at least warrant viewing the rest of the season, at least for me.

  14. Linderella says:

    I’m not a sci-fi fan as a rule, but I have really loved Falling Skies. To me it’s about the relationships and Noah Wyle is the perfect person to portray Tom Mason. I am thrilled it has been renewed for next year. After last night’s episode, it will be really interesting to see how Ben and the other’s are reintegrated in the community.