4. Necessary Investment Level
Falling Skies has a lot going on, plot-wise, in any given moment. Teens are beginning to date one another and fathers and sons are having important conversations—just before plotting revenge on aliens that have taken something dear to the community. The militia is a small community, and the variety of personalities and the way people interact with one another feels extremely real. It also means that newbies will need to watch the program carefully to soak up any details they can.

The good news is that the writers are extremely deft at bringing up any and all relevant information. On one hand, I had no trouble identifying the relevant characters and following the basic plot once I sat down for this one episode, and if you do miss an episode, there’s a great recap at the very beginning of the episode to help explain exactly what you missed. On the other hand, since the show only offers ten episodes a season, it seems like the program is a carefully crafted one, and it seems to be pretty important to seriously invest in this one and watch every episode.

The Good, The Bad, And Whether You Should Watch
Yes, the show is in its third season, and yes, if you get the opportunity to watch TNT’s drama from the beginning, I’d say go for it. Even if you don't have the opportunity to start with Season 1, the learning curve is pretty fast. By the end of the first episode, I was able to identify most of the main characters and follow the basic premise with ease. I already felt an affection for Tom Mason and his kids and I wanted to know more about some of the characters that only got a few lines of dialogue this time around.

If you are not a die hard fan of sci fi, Falling Skies may not be a show for you, but if you like stories about communities and don’t mind a post-apocalyptic bent, TNT’s drama is worth checking out. The show airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.

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