Review: TNT's 'Falling Skies'

I suspect that one of the words you'll frequently see in reviews of TNT's "Falling Skies" is "solid."

 That doesn't sound rhapsodic, does it? You'd never describe yourself as "solid" in an online dating profile. A publicist will almost never tout a new client as being a "solid" young actor. Even with things where you'd think "solid" would be the highest of compliments -- the foundation of a house, a well-boiled egg -- embellishments are still usually in order.

 And yet... 

 "Falling Skies" is a Frankenshow. My notes on the first seven episodes are filled with similarities and discrete nods to over a dozen different movies and TV shows and books, some so blatant as to be homages, some just the inevitable reality of doing a show that melds several well-traveled genres. Back in the early 19th Century, imitation may have been the sincerest form of flattery, but in the 21st Century, imitation isn't enough. Pastiche is the sincerest form of flattery and "Falling Skies" spreads its flattery around liberally.  Read More...


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