Last Sunday night saw the series finale for what was really the only somewhat space based science fiction show currently on television, TNT’s, Falling Skies.
This last episode entitled, ‘Reborn‘ was the grand finale and ending of five seasons of a sci fi show that was at times really fun and even at times, great science fiction; but towards the end of the show it simply wasn’t able to live up to many fan expectations and perhaps its own grand designs.
However, ‘Reborn‘ was fairly action packed and as always the show’s star Noah Wyle, who plays the charismatic leader of the human resistance, Tom Mason, gave a great performance, as did many of his fellow cast mates.
A very interesting and exciting aspect of the series finale was also seeing the Espheni alien queen whom the 2nd Mass was hunting, as well as hearing of the past and failed alien attempt to colonize and take over Earth, in a very reminiscent scene to Aliens; in which the alien queen lays a huge amount of eggs which may spawn young and very dangerous Overlords.
Likewise seeing the demise of series regular, one-time ally and would be assassin, John Pope (Colin Cunningham) was quite a seemingly important moment of retrospective apology, in which Tom Mason refused to exact vengeance upon and kill Pope, even with the potential passing of Mason’s wife Ann Glass(Moon Bloodgood).
But at the end the of the day, Tom Mason saves humanity and the Earth at the last moment as the Espheni begin to blow up simultaneously around the globe after Mason defeats the Espheni queen with a magic bullet of sorts, which of course serves its thematic purpose.
Yes this was a little too convenient and somewhat anticlimactic, but the Mason family survives the war mostly intact and while the episode did in fact have quite a lot to deal with and wrap up, the conclusion to the human-Espheni war did seem somewhat too fast.
However, the episode did leave fans of the show with a good ending that shows the survivors of the 2nd Mass gather for an amazing speech, by Wyles’s character, who can always be counted on to give a GREAT speech. Mason’s words were quite appropriate and uplifting from the perspective of inclusion of all of Earth’s people as well as humanity’s alien allies during the alien occupation of Earth, the Volm, and Tom Mason’s thoughtful words helped to leave behind five seasons of all out war with a very good dose of human hope and inspiration, which I was quite fine with.
So for the most part the series finale was fun and just a little disappointing, but none the less the last episode of a show I for the most part enjoyed, left off fans of the show with a decent sense of closure as we got to say goodbye to the very human characters we have cared about and followed through five years of alien war and Earth occupation.
In the end however, fans of Falling Skies will most likely silently say thank you to Tom Mason and all of those who valiantly fought and died to save Earth from the Espheni and ultimately allow humanity to become stronger and better as a result of its near obliteration. A point which Tom Mason showed might in fact lead our race to eventually join the greater interstellar community as a more mature and perhaps even a more enlightened race as a result.
Who knows, this might even be a good place for the show’s producers along with Steven Spielberg to begin a new series that finds humanity now exploring the cosmos after the Earth and its people rebuild and are reborn from the ashes of our ignorant and self serving heliocentric human childhood.