Falling Skies Boss Talks Empire Strikes Back Influence, 'Strange Bedfellows' and 'Hideous' New Flying ETs

Falling Skies Cancelled

When TNT’s Falling Skies resumes the fight for Earth this Sunday at 10/9c, the 2nd Mass will in short order be splintered like never before, separating key players into distinct (and distinctly dangerous) new locales.

“We were looking at [Star Wars: Episode V] The Empire Strikes Back as sort of the model,” says David Eick (Battlestar Galactica), who took over as the showrunner for Season 4. “Theres something compelling about having your heroes separated, cordoned off from each other, and then you find yourself as an audience yearning for their reunion. You of course become more aware, in a heightened sense, of the value that each character brings, because you see what they have to endure when they’re without each other.”

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Once the dust settles and eyes reopen in the wake of a shocking season-opening skirmish, Tom and Weaver find themselves in a form of “solitary confinement” within a Warsaw ghetto-type of prison, while Hal and Pope are forced into a “strange bedfellows vibe” as they navigate, in their very singular ways, the gnarly streets of the urban installation.

The why of the ghetto-like confinement — including why the likes of Tom are being spared and not just snuffed — remains a mystery, though Eick hints, “Periodically inmates are carried off by Falling Skies Season 4these hideous flying creatures we call ‘black hornets,’ to some unknown fate. It’s only over the course of the season that we are able to determine that the Espheni are keeping chosen human beings alive”… for, well, an ominous reason.

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But not everyone is thrown into this nitty-gritty sitch. Ben, Maggie and Lourdes, for example, wind up as residents of a commune that is unlike any place the survivors have seen before. In this oddly quiet Utopia, “They share responsibilities and duties, they’re a very agrarian society, they’re a peaceful society — there are no guns allowed on the premises,” Eick previews. “At first it seems surreal to Ben. And only when we start to getting to the bottom of why this community has been developed do we start to see the bigger picture of its purpose.”

Only adding to the mystery of the commune’s existence is the identity of the person lording over it — a young adult (!) Lexi (fka Alexis), played by Harry Potter‘s Scarlett Byrne. Having inherited from his predecessor no specific plan for Tom and Anne’s rapidly aging tyke, Eick says, “I pitched Mr. [Steven] Spielberg and Michael Wright, the head of TNT, a plan for her that they seemed very responsive to, so we proceeded in that direction.” Lexi’s mom Anne, meanwhile, is off on her own journey, leading a battalion of 2nd Mass stragglers while anxiously searching for her once-wee daughter.

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As for the once again-youngest Mason, Matt has been inducted into a “very creepy, unsettling world full of kids dressed in uniforms and chanting mantras” — a purposely Hitler Youth-like movement supervised by an Aryan lad named Kent (Dakota Daulby). “We discover that the Espheni have managed to co-opt a contingent of human beings and through the use of propaganda persuade them into believing that the Espheni are here only for peaceful, ‘handshake across the galaxy’ reasons,” Eick explains. “These camps have been set up to effectively brainwash young people — kind of like the Khmer Rouge — into turning their parents in and being used as pawns to infiltrate militias and camps.”

Being a Mason, Matt, though, is perhaps not so easily turned. Says Eick, “He certainly does a fair job of persuading Kent that he is going along with the program… but then all hell breaks loose.”

New faces on hand for Season 4 include Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino as someone “who comes in and sort of gives Pope a run for his money,”  Eick teases, plus “a new Volm who is left behind with the 2nd Mass, and who I think audiences are going to like. He’s quite interesting and unusual!”

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    Wow, I’m intrigued.

  2. sara says:

    Rooting for Half and Lourdes

    • Natalie says:

      Assuming you meant Hal here lol. Still, not sure why people even want this relationship. Hal has NEVER shown any interest in Lourdes and he is in love with Maggie. Lourdes should be with someone who actually wants to be with her.

  3. Why would they need brainwashing when they can use the harnesses? Or am I forgetting something that may have been revealed that keeps them from using them anymore? It has been awhile since the show was last on.

    • M3rc Nate says:

      Cause if they have Harnesses its obvious, they have these big un-hide-able bugs on their back…if they are brainwashed they can go around, looking and being 100% human, preaching what they have been brainwashed to think, creating a movement/following and it probably becomes violent when they come up against the 2nd Mass.

      Basically a Harnessed Human is a drone, but a brainwashed human movement is a CIA style covert tactic…causing all sorts of problems for humans, forcing them to shoot each other…etc.

    • Scott Johnston says:

      Its fairly simple really..they’re not using harnesses anymore.

  4. M3rc Nate says:

    Still completely and totally turned off and grossed out by the “Maggie and Ben and Hal love triangle”….disgusting. What type of brother falls for a persues a woman his older brother has not only been with, but loved and is possibly still in love with? And what type of woman (Maggie) starts to have feelings for the little brother (who was like 15 when she first met him! creepy) of the man you love(d) and talked so much about how hes treated you like you’ve never been treated and you feel so great being with him etc.

    Now you might say: “Well..maybe its just a crush on Ben’s part and Maggie doesn’t reciprocate barely at all”. Now i would agree that wouldnt be so bad…EXCEPT how Sarah Carter has been describing her reaction when she read the scripts. Go to youtube and watch her interview videos for this season…she says she freaked out, cried, called the showrunner very upset (shes a huge Hal/Maggie fan) and asked “ARE YOU REALLY DOING THIS?!”. She also goes on to say “im very very worried about what the fans will think, i cant help but be scared” and she even looks scared, and freaks out insecurely when she tells the interviewer about a “Ben/Maggie/Hal love triangle” and the interviewer looks shocked and is like “WHAT?!”.

    If you add all that together along with her never saying anything like “then i read later scripts and i felt like it came back to a great place, fans will go nuts but we will get back to what they love”.

    So…i bet the start to have feelings for each other, probably kiss maybe even sleep together then the groups find each other and Hal finds Maggie and then it all blows up…and if so that is disgusting and bad writing and ruined the best relationship on the show, and i will lose a LOT of interest in this show.

    Oh and if Ben and Hal fight and Ben does his “super strong” thing again making Hal look like a 12 year old boy trying to fight a 6’7 MMA fighter…i hope Hal draws his pistol and puts a round in Ben’s leg, then beats the Frak outta him.

    • Natalie says:

      When I first heard about this plot line I was VERY disappointed as well and pretty much decided I wasn’t going to continue to watch the show. I love Hal and Maggie together as well and couldn’t, for the life of me, understand why they would want to take it this direction. Sarah and Drew have both said they were shocked by the idea and concerned with how it would work. But, recent interviews, with both actors, have implied that there is something more going on to cause it. Sarah has said that she thinks Hal and Maggie fans will like the story and Drew has said he is happy with how it turned out. That being said, I’ve decided to see what happens. If we get to the end of the season and they decide to make Ben and Maggie an actual thing I will probably abandon the show because I feel the same sentiments that you do about it being cliche and rather disgusting.

      As for Hal and Ben…I also agree. They should stop pitting these two against each other. Having Ben sit on a rooftop talking about wanting to be better than Hal makes him seem jealous and petty. And now, having him pursue Hal’s girl makes him seem to lack integrity. So, if/when this goes to battle it will be annoying to see Ben use his super skitter strength as opposed to the brains we keep being told he has :/

  5. Kate says:

    I wonder if Ben will still have issues with his skitter parts or if because his half sister is in charge, and she herself has some wonky skitter issues about her, will make it be an easier place for him to stay.

  6. GeoDiva says:

    I always thought the show flowed better when the 2nd Mass was together not all split apart. Not sure how I feel about the new direction the show is going….

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Great scoop about new season. Can’t wait to watch season premiere this sunday.

  8. kate says:

    I’m ready….going to take a nap this afternoon and be all fresh for my favorite show..been waiting for this…bring it on!!!