Falling Skies: Molon Labe

Posted on July 23, 2012

You know what we love about this show, when it’s hitting on all cylinders, as it was last night? When we scream at the characters to do something, they do it. Like last night, when Big Fish Head Overload was taunting Tom in his cell, Lorenzo shouted “JUST SHOOT THE MOTHER–!” And before he could finish his vulgar plea, Tom did just that. We momentarily considered that Lorenzo has some sort of special fiction-warping power, but discarded that hypothesis for something a little more likely: the writers know what they’re doing.

Maybe not always and in all instances, but when they want to move the story along (as they clearly did with this episode), then things get moved the hell along. What started out as a standoff quickly turned into one of the worst – and most horrifying assaults the 2nd Mass has ever suffered, and when the dust had cleared, one character was dead and another left the group.

We knew we were in for a treat of an episode when Tom noted the dark corridors and basements which suddenly became so prevalent and said “It almost looks like an Alien movie all of a sudden.” Tom’s own fiction-warping powers must have kicked in at right that moment because suddenly ALIEN SPIDERS. WITH FACES. AND TEETH.


One of the great pleasures of wallowing in a post-apocalyptic fictional world is to wonder what you would do if you were in the same situations as the characters. We are more than comfortable proclaiming that if we were being chased down an airshaft by alien spiders with faces and teeth, we would first, shit our pants, and then simply melt away from fear. It’s a hard thing to face, but apparently we won’t be much good to you all if the aliens invade and bring their teethy spiders with them. We kind of hated that little kid for being braver than us.

But Anne got herself a Science Girl moment as she faced down the aforementioned teeth-baring spiders with clever pluckiness. Unfortunately, Lourdes lost her man in the battle because this is science fiction and he’s black. This means that Lourdes, who used to get on our nerves by spouting Bible verses, is now going to get on our nerves for being defeatist. Not that we can blame her, this was one of the worst nights the 2nd Mass ever faced and it throws the whole war into question. Sure, the fish guys are still bad, but the question of the skitters remains wide open. We keep saying that it feels like the 2nd Mass are being played by the invaders and if we want to continue that level of paranoia, it could be argued that everything that happened last night was planned down to the wire. The group is even more torn over the idea of partnering with the skitters and Tom is demoralized because Ben is out there somewhere playing Neo. And they continue to march onwards to Charleston, where their fate awaits them for good or for ill.

Awesome episode. The first A+ of the series and a real taste of how far this story and show can go. More, please.



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  • MilaXX

    Man that one dude cannot catch a break, every show he is on gets him beat up and/or killed.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Totally get out of my head MilaXX. He should change his name to Southpark Kenny & make it easier for casting directors.
      But seriously, this is a bad show to be Black on (and especially if you have cool hair). Except for that one guy we see every 4 shows getting in or out of a truck, everyone has been redshirted. And I bet his day is coming.

      • MilaXX

        The only way to not be redshirted is to be either LL Cool J, Will Smith, or Samuel L Jackson.

  • mjude

    i have to say i was impressed with this episode. i love all things horror & sci fi but me no likey the bugs.  between the ones the were being puked out to the ones chasing them..no thanks but on the other hand it was great.  i was almost shocked that tom killed mr. fish head didnt think the show had it in them.  also his final moments with ben i found to be so sad & depressing.   so much hope put on charleston.

    • Jangle57

      But he didn’t kill Mr FishHead, he just shot him.  Then Tom made a deal with Karen that if she let them leave peacefully and quickly, they would leave him behind, giving her a chance to save him.  Good episode, though have you ever notice that when shows want to creep you out, they bring in spiders? 

  • I agree with you.  Last night was the meatiest episode so far and I’m really getting into this show!

  • dorklibrarian

    I started watching this show last season and then my interest waned but your posts have gotten me into this show again. Thanks TLO! 

  • Delaney Davis

    And  we were teased with “Why DID you come here?” and then DENIED! Such teases.

    • annieanne

      But it sounded like Ben KNOWS why they came. He said he could read the Overlords mind when he took over Ben’s brain. So why the hell didn’t he tell Tom?

  • Finally, an episode I enjoyed from beginning to end. 

  • GorgeousThings

    OMG, I’m so with you on the ALIEN SPIDERS WITH FACES AND TEETH! While I like to think I’m like Vasquez in “Aliens”, and would hold tight to the grenade and explode it just as they get to me, I know I’d run screaming like a girl.

    I also really liked the goodbye between Tom and Ben. And I LOVED it when he shot Fish Face. Yes, we need more shows written like this one.

  • Madelyn Sergel

    I adore how they are letting the Weaver & Tom Mason relationship develop. The easy way would be to kill Weaver off and make Tom the leader but the more naunced and sophisticated path is the one they are taking. The producers (go Noah!) and writers saw the actors chemistry and built off of it. And the dark humor is absolutely terrific. I will admit to having a little Weaver crush. Yup, not Noah Wylie…but Will Patton. Go figure!

  • CT14

    By far the best episode of the series. Who would have thought it could get this good after last season.

    And, yet, it was still Falling Skies, with the incredibly stupid people. Ben just tells you he knows why the aliens are here…and you don’t ask him why?!?

    And those spiders? Ugh. See, they can’t really want to commit genocide because all they’d have to do is let those spiders loose. There’s no way to defend from an army of metal-eating, giant mouthed, alien spiders from hell!

    Really. It’s the first”alien technology” that seems appropriately inescapable. Cause if they can fly here, they can do anything they want to us. It’s just we wouldn’t have much of a show to watch then.

  • TropiCarla

    This episode actually got my blood pumping. Woohoo! 

    Also, “Unfortunately, Lourdes lost her man in the battle because this is science fiction and he’s black.” is HYSTERICALLY on point. I love you guys.

  • Jenny Martin

    It drove me craaaaazy that Tom didn’t ask Ben WHY the aliens were here. I want to know so bad. I wonder if they’re saving that revelation for the end of the season?
    I loved that Tom shot Fish Head. Pretty sure I shouted “Oh SNAP!” at that moment, haha. ^_^ And man, killing off what’s his bucket is really going to put a cramp on the engineering ingenuity of the 2nd Mass. Can’t wait for the next ep. ^_^

    • Suedy Mauricio

      I figured Ben didn’t tell Tom because it was implied that what the Aliens want is an ‘all bad-all the time’ situation. 
      As in’ Ben needs to help the rebellion skitters stop it, whatever it is.

      And please just let Maggie and Hal go at it already,…the sexual tension is palpable!

    • TropiCarla

      Jenny, I was thinking that same thing about the engineering. *smh*  
      They are screwed if those rickety vehicles start breaking down on the long road to Charleston. Also, they can just forget settling into another building for weeks without Mr. Magic to get the generator going.

  • michelle shields

    As always, awesome recap. I’d be right there with you with shitting my drawers.

  • SVLynn

    So sad that the actor from The Killing got killed off, I really was happy for him that he landed a role on this show. I 100% agree, what a great episode, somehow this show has turned from filler TV I was watching as there’s not much on, to being a show I am excited about watching! Hope they can keep it up. God, those harness things are beyond disgusting.