That's it. It's over. The second season of the cult favorite post-apocalyptic alien sci-fi thriller has officially aired their season finale. Is it too early to start counting down until the Season 3 premiere? The finale promised gasping action and a final five minutes that was sure to blow viewers away. Honestly, the entire hour was so fast paced and gut-wrenching that the final minutes were literally the death of some of us. There was no sophomore slump for this series and fans could at least continue on their days knowing that their beloved alien show will return next summer (possibly sooner if rumors are anything to go by).
*WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW. READ ON AT YOUR OWN CAUTION.*
After the cliffhanger from last week, when Charleston was placed under martial law, we couldn't help but wonder where the 2nd Mass would go from here. Picking up right where last week left off, the first three minutes of the episode where probably even more significant than the last five minutes of the episode.
The Red-Eyed skitter breaks into the Charleston compound with other skitters and Ben. Tom is happy to see his son but what he does next shows more character development than I ever imagined. The General of Charleston is holding the skitters at gun point, so what does Tom do? He stands in the line of fire between his son and the other skitters. But that's not the most beautiful part of the scene. The beauty within the scene is that everyone joins him. Everyone that matters anyway. Anne, Lourdes, Hal, Maggie, Weaver, Dai, etc. I think I even saw Pope and the rest of the Berserkers standing in front of a couple of skitters. There was so much symbolism within that. The tables turned with this finale. Not every alien is an enemy and not every human is an ally.
The Skitter camp outside of their base is attacked and by the end of the night we still don't have confirmation by who. I personally think it was the General, since he was planning to do it anyway. But it could easily have been the Overlord too.
Despite that, the 2nd Mass decides to go on the mission the Red-Eyed Skitter proposes to kill the Overlord once and for all. It's a suicide mission. And they know it. But that's not stopping them from helping the Rebel Skitters. Ben goes along with them. The character of Ben has grown drastically over the second season. He's no longer the same fifteen year old kid he once was.
The problem is that Anne has a secret she's keeping from Tom and it could prove to be deadly because she is going with him on the mission. She's pregnant, with his child.
The 2nd Mass breaks into the compound unscathed. But Maggie has a bad feeling and thinks it’s a good time to tell Hal something very important. Except he doesn't give her the chance to. (Sarah Carter confirmed on 2nd Watch that Maggie was going to tell Hal that she loved him.)
Soon after, they are attacked by skitters (not to be confused with the Rebel Skitters). The Overlord and Karen capture the group and tie them up in some really disgusting alien tentacles. After torturing Tom and the others, Karen reveals that Anne is pregnant. It is when she is about to hurt Anne that Tom says he will tell her whatever she wants and pleads that she doesn't hurt his family. Too late. A deadly kiss to Hal has knocked him unconscious and Maggie is not happy about it. At all. Sarah Carter was amazing in the scene. If anyone was wondering how she feels about Hal, they shouldn't be anymore.
The Rebel skitters come to the rescue. But it's too late. In the attack the group has lost Dai and Tom is able to kill the Overlord. But the biggest shock of the night is that the Red-Eyed Skitter is killed and their reaction to that blew me away. If the creators of this show told me three months ago that I would be mourning a skitter death, I would have thought them crazy. But I was. I cried when the Red-Eyed Skitter died. And I cried even harder when he grabbed Tom's hand before letting go.
The group is able to blow up the compound but Karen has escaped. Has Karen been set up to be the main villain of the third season? Something tells me that her master's mission will live on through her.
The 2nd Mass makes it back to camp to a warm welcoming from the General, his troops and the citizens of both Charleston and the 2nd Mass.
Even though the mission was a success, it wasn't without casualties. Dai's dead, the Red-Eyed Skitter is dead and Hal is not waking up. Or is he? Well, Hal does wake up eventually. But whatever Karen's kiss did to him will have serious repercussions. Remember in the beginning of the season, that parasite that came out of Tom's eye? The same parasite is in Hal. But no one took it out. And now it seems that young Mason's mind has been hijacked. I'm expecting a lot more angst between Maggie and Hal because of it. I'm sure they'll even be a Karen and Hal creepy reunion of sorts.
But the finale didn't end there. The final moments definitely lived up to its name when the sky was literally falling all around the 2nd Mass and Charleston. A spaceship landed in front of them and a new species came out. The question of the night is if he is a friend or a foe? Unfortunately, we have to wait 10 months to find out. The good news is that we will find out eventually because the third season of Falling Skies begins filming this Wednesday and the third season will more than likely premiere next summer.
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