Falling Skies Preview: What Surprises Await the 2nd Mass in Charleston? Plus: Exclusive Video

This Sunday at 9/8c, in the penultimate hour of Falling Skies Season 2, Tom, Anne, Weaver and the rest of the 2nd Mass arrive in Charleston, S.C. There, they have been told, hope lives on in the form of a small but reassembled U.S government. But what really awaits them?

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For one, Tom (Noah Wyle) will come face to face with a former mentor, Arthur Manchester, played by Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Hawaii Five-0). In the end, though, will his be the face of a friend or unexpected foe?

“[Manchester] was a favorite history professor of Tom’s, which is kind of an odd coincidence…,” Falling Skies showrunner Remi Aubuchon tells TVLine. “But at the same time, it makes perfect sense. He’s done everything that Tom had hoped someone would do, which is try to recreate the United States out of the tatters that are left.”

That said, you don’t hire TV’s erstwhile Smoke Monster (and star of ABC’s upcoming spookfest 666 Park Avenue) to play any ordinary hero.

“What’s always interesting about a Terry O’Quinn performance, in my opinion, is that there’s always something else going on inside there,” Aubuchon notes, “and that’s not too different from what’s happening with this character. He’s not exactly as he appears to be.”

O’Quinn debuts in this Sunday’s episode of the TNT drama, and returns for the season finale airing Aug. 19. Press PLAY below for an exclusive video sneak peek at the 2nd Mass’ introduction to the Southern comforts in Charleston.

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  1. JAO says:

    OOOH, Good Stuff. Falling Skies grew on me. I’m glad I stuck with it!

  2. M3rc Nate says:

    I really really enjoy falling skies. And some things about it really are unique (such as the relationship between the Doctor and Tom). However so far basically every story line has been easy to see coming, and they are hitting all the same marks as every other post-apocalyptic show. Now we are at the “found a new government, YAY, oh wait…they want our guns? wait we dont get to help make decisions? wait they are doing WHAT?! we are leaving!”. One thing i was pleasantly surprised about was the “Charleston has been destroyed…lets turn around” which i was expecting, but then the General showing up and the government being underground, that was pretty cool. (Though i should have expected it, no way they spend a season building up to something and making new sets for their travels to end up finding nothing and turning around).

    • Shaun says:

      Yeah….but then again Battlestar had an episode like that I think where they got to Earth but it was messed up,lol.

      • M3rc Nate says:

        Exactly, that “we need a goal, even if its a pipe dream to keep these people from going insane” story line is in everything post apocalyptic, however i guess that’s understandable considering its a natural human thing to do (give false hope if there’s no real hope). But with there being SO many post-apocalyptic shows in the past 10 years…its getting old. The formula is becoming more and more obvious as more shows come along with similar story lines. Jericho (which i LOVE and just watched for the first time) is a lot like BSG, and Falling Skies follows the same formula as BSG/Jericho/Walking Dead/ im sure Revolution etc etc etc.

        • Shaun says:

          Jericho isn’t anything like BSG…….Jericho was only the destruction of the USA,all other countries were fine.

          • M3rc Nate says:

            Lol i meant in the plot structures. Being all alone feeling isolated, the voting a new leader is another common plot in post-apocalyptic shows, etc etc etc. Because they are similar situations in all the shows, and are all from the POV of humans, they all stick to a very similar structure of what happens and what causes drama etc.

  3. ben says:

    I am beginning to think TOQ has clones. He seems to be in everything.