While catching up on Falling Skies, I remembered making this blog thingy. Yeah, I know. I can be a bit absentminded sometimes. Anyway. Time to catch up with the 2nd Mass.
No surprises here; he’s still the greatest human and leader to ever live and I couldn’t give a shit if I lived on a diet of laxatives. Flashback to season 1 when Tom risked everything to free Ben, except he now risks everything to free Matt. He also, as usual, boards an Espheni ship and is offered a deal and doesn’t take it, now haven’t we seen that roughly 25 times in the last 3 seasons already? It’s just boring as hell to see an immortal, omnipotent guy do the same things over and over again. But hey, it’s at least consistant.
Consistency is something I can’t pin on Hal. So he was Tom’s second in command for the longest time and suddenly he needs daddy’s permission for everything? On the bright side, he seems to be over Maggie and so far, hasn’t been anywhere near Lourdes. Guess it counts for something.
Nothing wrong here, except the creepy chemistry he has with Lexi Stormborn, the last dragon. I get many, many Targeryan vibes here and that is a bad, bad thing. I also have a bit of a hard time to see how he and Lexi came to be so close as siblings, considering Lexi has turned from a 5 years old girl into the expected “she’s like 1, but looks like 21”. Still, I’m not complaining. Ben was damn lucky so far.
Umm, she’s around and her usual oh so tough self. Don’t really care either way.
Ann went into full Parental Rage. Her entire character consists of “OMG MUST FIND LEXI”. Now she has found her, but I have very little hope to see anything other than “BUT SHE IS MY DAUGHTER” for the rest of the season.
Alexis is suddenly not 5 anymore, she’s conveniently 21. She also looks nothing like the child we saw anymore, she now looks like Danerys Targeryan, has magical powers like no-one else, not even Ben, and goddamnit, that’s why I hate this old super child that grows up really fast and gets crazy abilities shit. Duh, her Espheni friends want to use her as a superweapon. I hope they do that rather sooner than later, so this is over.
The Volm left and don’t care about humans anymore, except for Cochise and a handful of soldiers. Well, there’s one thing the Volm and I have in common; I am losing interest myself (see below).
Holy fucking shit, on what drugs was the idiot who decided to trash her entire character development? She was one of the big hopes I had for this season, and what did I get? A delusional, passive-aggressive hippie priestess. Fuck that. I’m giving this one more episode, but really… This is so freaking bad, I don’t see a way to recover from such a blow to character development in general.
How old is Matt again? 10? 11? Let him be 12 thanks to generous time skipping. Did he really need a love interest?! Not complaining about the general character development, but this is just fucking stupid. Plus since she was left behind, the Mason clan has yet another person to go after. It’s turning into BBC’s Survivors, where the entire plot was “variations of saving group members”.
Has the same problem Matt has: apparently, he’s getting a love interest. While Matt’s “girlfriend” isn’t neccessarily a bad character, Pope’s is a carbon copy of himself, which is the nail in his coffin. Pope always worked best in moderation; if the writers tried to include him in everything ever, it soon got lame and he ended up inconsistently complaining about everything. Now we’re getting twice the already slight overdose from season 3. Sad, since Pope was one of the few truly good characters in the beginning.
Dan & Jeanne Weaver
Colonel Predictable. Besides the usual “totally having Tom’s back” and worrying about his daughter, he plays up his heart condition a little more. Everything else is status quo. And, as many predicted last year, Jeanne did die and he did witness it and now he’ll probably start drinking or something.
Oh, yeah, she’s back. She’s never been gone, right? Still no background story, still no comment why she was absent for so long and why she’s suddenly back.
Still lacking a last name and a really defined role in the group, but he’s alive and has lines. I’m still holding out hope he’ll get more of a backstory and a definition instead of bouncing from “3rd or 4th in command, if X isn’t around” or “voice of reason to someone (Ann) who doesn’t listen”.
Still around, now flipflopped to Hal’s second in command.
Apparently got offed in the first 10 minutes of the premiere, and no-one even blinked.
Still alive, still a genius in every sciencey science there is.
Probably the best thing about the season so far: the introduction of a new character who isn’t someone’s love interest (yet…).
As is apparently tradition, many major events such as the opening of indoctrination camps for children, the sudden decision to turn human adults into skitters after all and the beginnings of Lexi’s hippie community are left unexplained. And the Espheni have announced that yet another party is involved in the war; a small detail that they – as well as their long-time enemies, the Volm – neglected to mention. At this point, I think the writers are just out of ideas. So it’s Tom being offered deals and declining on Espheni ships, saving a son and being an allround super leader; it’s a new random alien race; it’s people stressing over where other people are over and over again. A big part of me wishes the 2nd Mass had retired to Brazil.