A science fiction premise can be a hard sale for some people, but post-apocalyptic events are pretty trendy right now on the big and small screen. Among these shows is Falling Skies, a narrative set on Earth shortly after an alien invasion that devastated the country and left a large chunk of the population dead. It may be a premise similar to stuff that has been brought to the small screen before, but Falling Skies is still a unique premise with interesting characters.

While there are shows that are easier to invest in if they are watched from Day 1, luckily there are plenty of shows with the ease of plot or the writing finesse to help people to jump into any episode and get involved with a new series. To determine whether a show falls in to the former or latter camp, TV Blend writer Jessica Rawden has vowed to watch episodes of shows she’s never seen before and analyze those shows in different areas to let you, the reader, know how quickly you could become a fan. This week Jessica is tackling Falling Skies’ Season 3 Episode 9 drama “Journey to Xibalba.”

1. Quality Of Story
This week’s episode begins with the return of Tom Mason, played by ER’s Noah Wyle. The news isn’t good; a few people he cares about have been killed by a woman that has aligned herself with the aliens. Tom is part of a militia, and during the episode, the crew puts together revenge-oriented plans, which are later derailed when a mole inside the crew causes an explosion that traps some of the main cast underground without air. That seems like a lot for one episode, but this show is extremely detail-oriented and even with all of the aforementioned stuff going on, I'm missing a lot of the important threads of conversation that run throughout.

We’re pretty deep into Falling Skies’ story at this point and there’s a lot of technical jargon I later had to look up. For instance, some humans are harnessed by humanity’s alien foes. These harnesses take control of human bodies and pits them against other humans. Another term that might be helpful to know is “mechs,” which does stand for a mechanical object. In this case a mech is an attack drone. Now that you have these terms down, you should be good(ish) to go.

Overall, I can see why this show inspires deep loyalty among fans. It’s action-packed, has some intense characters, and even offers its own lingo.

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