Falling Skies is the new summer series from TNT that has Steven Spielberg as its executive producer (which could mean anything, but in this mostly, probably for name appeal). Falling Skies, as the name sort of implies, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth. From the official site:
Falling Skies opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
I like a good alien invasion story as much as the next person. Footfall is one of my favorites and wouldn’t that make a great mini series (hello Orion starship!)? Falling Skies is much closer to Footfall, and thus more interesting to me, than the other alien invasion show currently on TV. I’m talking about the dull, limp and lifeless V.
Apparently the trailer for Falling Skies was making the rounds at move theaters over the Christmas break. I didn’t see it when we went to see Tron, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can bring it you:
As I said earlier, I like the idea behind Falling Skies, but a couple of things give me pause. First, I find it very difficult to accept Noah Wyle in a serious role. He’s like the Keanu Reeves of TV, though he can act more than Reeves. Second, some of the dialogue in the trailer is just terrible. Is George Lucas writing lines now? I’ll definitely be tuning in for this one though, sometime in June 2011.