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Torchwood Miracle Day – oh how Torchwood has evolved!!!

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Ok so this review is long overdue but since the DVD just came out and I just came back from the Hub convention I feel inspired to write about my beloved series.

So after reviewing Children of Earth I was so torn on whether I could handle more Torchwood.
http://www.lzsy.co.uk/2009/10/torchwood-children-of-the-earth-a-critic-and-a-fans-review/
Then I did in fact watch the new series and ended up loving the first ep.
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Ok so there’s no point reinstate things we know by now that in my head there are 2 torchwoods and the show has now evolved into a new animal and therefore must be taken as this. But I have to say I loved the series because it did what I love most in television and use the medium of science-fiction/horror to express a social commentary on how as a race we aren’t so heroic and that when faced with great danger it brings out the worse in a lot of us. Take falling Skies I didn’t like it because it played it safe, no grey area, no exploiting the darkness in the human heart and every character was so clichéd. This is why as sci-fi Miracle day kicks Falling Skies arse. I loved the social commentary the show of human weakness and characters that don’t fit the mould. God so much to say about how this show has evolved. But let’s start with the basic plot that no one can die and how it affects the whole world throwing the planet into a situation they have no control over.

When nobody dies, hospitals fill up, supplies run low, laws have to be re-thought and people’s religions fall apart. All these things are addressed and I was so surprised by how in depth these issues were focused on this series really brought a serious social concern to light, overpopulation and the strain on our resources. We saw that laws had to change Murder no longer exists but this can breed a whole new way to torture and kill knowing your victims won’t die. How do you cope with hospital cases, who has top priority, what about coma patients, the terminally ill, those in accidents so horrific they’ll never be the same again, what is the policy for giving out drugs, how do you control the spread of disease. So many brilliant ideas all explored and that just one area of a problem likes nobody dying. How about the prison system, those with life sentences, those on death row how do you deal with crime when the punishment can be forever. Overpopulation is no one dies what about housing, nursing homes, people are still aging what kind of long term care is there, how do we feed all these people, would the poverty line drop again and what is the financial implications of all this. Then there’s problem of religion and soul, what direction will faith go in when you live in a world without death or where you should have died and your still alive, do you have the right to still live, what are you living for and if the medical is reversed what state would you be returned to. Who would have thought a series that homage classic horror and had episodes about alien sex gas possessing people would have turned into a series that asked such harsh and intense questions.

What makes Torchwood’s evolution so amazing is while all this larger picture issues are being explored its still Torchwood; Jack will always be Jack with his larger than life personality, his heroics, his quiet vulnerability that he doesn’t show to anyone, his lust for life and desire to protect humanity no matter what it has thrown at him. Gwen has evolved the most to a person who is focused and determined she has her own problems torn between the needs of her family and the bigger picture of protecting the world. She is a wife and mother and her duty love and care lies with them, we see that if it came down to it she would even kill Jack if it meant saving her family but she also is a hero she feels that need and duty to protect those innocent and in need of help. Her and Jack’s relationship has also matured, there is a deep love and bond stronger than any bond 2 people can have, but it’s not romantic it is beyond that, it is beyond the hero worship, respect and devotion and now its 2 people that understand the path they have chosen and a shared sense of duty. They need each other; they support each other but also hate each other and the sides they bring out of each other that no one else will see. Jack make Gwen reckless inspires her to fight for her beliefs and cross a line that she doesn’t want, Gwen makes Jack question his humanity, exposes his vulnerability and pushes him to make the right choices. Gwen dislikes the fact that sometimes jack is the only person ready to cross that line to get the results and she lets him, she can’t do that last bit and the guilt she feels is visible. Gwen is ready to let Jack shoulder the guilt and responsibility and live with the consequences and I feel sometimes Jack is jealous that she still has that freedom and a place to return to, a family and a life jack will never know. Jack envies the life Gwen can have and he feels bad that he needs their connection and is ready to pull her into his world even though he knows she’d be better without that life he needs her. But when it comes to it they would kill for each other and even more importantly kill each other if it meant saving the life they have made for themselves. They are both desperate to protect their life, their purpose and their humanity and if one threatened the other they would end that person’s life.
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I do love how dark this series got and it really exposed the monsters that lurked inside humanity, the depths we go to and the decisions we make when in desperate situations. We wouldn’t all come together and make nice, our governments would make harsh decisions for us and we would even know half of what was happening. The camps were a brilliant idea at first just a place to send all those that were alive but in no state of living and the even worse category 1, coma victims and terminally ill being burnt alive because there isn’t space or anything that can be done for them. It was so harsh and moving, Gwen’s struggle with her dad broke my heart. Desperate to keep him with her but knowing that he was going to die, not wanting unseen forces making the decision of when he should die but allowing the family the time to come to terms with this heart breaking situation. Who really has the right to say when someone is dead and gone, what makes governments think they can play god and that they have the right to reject the emotions and wishes of families and loved ones.
The series continues to expose man’s greed, desire and turmoil. Especially in characters like Oswald Danes, where would a death row paedophile becomes a spokesperson for the forgotten, loved by people for being able to say what everyone else is thinking? He wants to preserve his life so badly he’ll do anything but at the same time he is a dark and twisted person. He feels no remorse for what he’s done, even in his dying moments to the last breath he feels no regret for his crimes, he relishes in his twisted being and his dark path. He is a truly brilliant character ready to stand up and say that people aren’t being treated fairly in this new world, riding his publicity train to fan and using the system to ensure he continues to live and then even when he decides to die for the cause he doesn’t ask for forgiveness no he is the monster to the end.
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So much great plotting and characters make up this dysfunctional and dangerous world and then we have the actual alien element. This I must say got a bit confusing; there is a shaft that runs from Buenos Aires to Shanghai that somehow affected the whole world through a field and jacks blood. So ok some of it got a bit weird, it’s all connected to a beautiful love story from jack past, a secret family organisation that took jacks blood and tried to find the secret of immortality and ended up reorganising the shape of the world. The thing that interested me was the fact that unless you saw the Christmas special of Doctor Who ‘The Runaway Bride’ you would have missed something important. Jack say’s the Doctor told him about a legend about the world being formed around the spine of a ship, which we know is the Racnoss ship. So somehow the Christmas special also ties into Miracle day but I don’t mind I like my DW references and reminders the shows are still linked.

I’m not going to go too much into the plot just go watch the series and discover all the great plotting, character developments and how far this series has come. The one thing I will talk about is Jack’s love life in this series and how people got all offended. So in one ep we get like a 1 minute sex scene where jack decides to have some fun with a barman, and why not he’s human and horny and Captain Jack Harkness, the scene is brief and at the same time Rex and Vera are having their own very strait sex scene. Why this caused controversy I have no idea one gay sex scene and one hetro, both got equal screen time both just not really explicit, both showing that the characters have these needs and feeling and that we are watching a show for adults. I hate it when people start complaining that they don’t want their children watching gay sex scenes, their children shouldn’t be watching Torchwood at all its for adult. Ever since DW we’ve known Jack in omisexual, and after three seasons and the development of his relationship with Ianto we know he’s been in gay relationships so why so shocked that he sleeps with a barman. It’s stupid that it got cut from the UK version for not having plot relevance, there are about a million shows and movies that have pointless striate sex scenes and no one complains, I for one am sick of watching those scenes they do nothing for the plot. I totally reject the whole hetro monogamous couple its boring to watch, I can be in those relationships I want to see something I can’t be a part of and relationship that is beyond me and far more interesting. Plus gay sex is hotter to watch!!! So this lead onto a very important episode which introduces Angelo, Jacks lover from the past and a relationship that put in the foundations that allowed jack to later learn to let someone in and love, there would have been no jack and Ianto if jack hadn’t had this earlier relationship. Also there would have been no Miracle if not for Angelo and how this relationship literally tore Jack apart allowing his ability to be exposed to people that want to use it for their own good. But plot aside people started complaining about the gay agenda, it was one ep with one sex scene and it detailed a beautiful and important relationship. It was another world and place where homosexuality was so much more difficult, we saw another side of jack and what was missing from his life and we saw that sometimes love isn’t enough. I am so sick of putting in a relationship just to keep strait people happy, why shouldn’t there be beautiful gay relationships, why shouldn’t I be allowed to watch 2 beautiful men fall in love and make love, we live in a modern world and therefor people should be more open with the nature of modern desire.
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Well I’ve talked a lot more about the social and cultural importance of this series but it really is great and I’m waiting for my box set to arrive and watch it again.
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Teen wolf – exactly what it says it is and yet somehow I didn’t hate it!!

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I was going to stay away from this series I mean I loved the 80’s films they were great but without Michael J Fox and the good old 80’s effect and music I didn’t see a reason to watch this show. But alas curiosity got the best of me and I thought why not give it a go it’s gonna be terrible but maybe at least cheesy fun after a long day of work. So it turned out to be just that so bad it’s kinda good like a terrible B-movie that you just can’t help but like even though it’s possible the worst movie ever made. The plot is a simple one and revolves around social outcast Scott McCall, a young lacrosse-playing student at Beacon Hills High School. His life drastically changes when he is bitten by a werewolf one night. Upon discovery that he is a werewolf, with the help of his best friend, Stiles, and the mysterious werewolf, Derek, he is forced to learn to balance his newfound identity among the many dangers that it presents with his teenage life. He must keep his loved ones safe and balance the relationships he shares with each person around him.
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As you can imagine this is basically a teen drama the usual thing I stay away from being neither a teenager nor that much a fan of drama’s like the OC. But this is the high school with werewolves and if I can love a high school drama because they break into song and dance I can love one where people get eaten. They really are a bunch of annoying teenagers dealing with their teen angst and all the social problems you get form being 16. You have the jocks, the pretty girls and the social outcasts and you have the theme of trying to fit in and be part of a community. This is mirrored in the plot line of becoming part of a werewolf pack, do you leave the friends you’ve started to make or do you join a pack with others like yourself, where does a person really belong.
Although they do have this little social message it’s kind of out shadowed by the pure silliness of this series. First thing it took a while to get into because I just didn’t like Mr teen wolf himself much and they concentrated a lot on the romance between him and the new girl and their sappy boring hetro growing love. I have to admit whenever they were on screen together and the producers were shoving this budding relationship down our throats I may have skipped on a bit. I’m way too old to watch annoying teens be all giggly and silly in their experience of first love. God this relationship is so boring it’s all perfect and shiny and happy and just not me in the slightest. Luckily teen wolf’s best mate is a sarcastic, joke cracking geek who is far more interesting to watch and seem to actually care a little more about the whole werewolf thing rather than the girlfriend thing. Then there is the jock that I would have overlooked until he starts getting a little manipulative, arrogant and not such a nice guy but a guy with his own agenda. Plus there’s hot anti-social werewolf Derek with a past, he comes back to town all attitude, and angsty and brooding, in control of his werewolf powers and has a tragic past. I like an attractive guy with issues and being a bit older I much appreciate it when he takes his shirt of, why look at a skinny 16 year old when I can look and a 20 year old who works out.
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We also have the hunters, can’t have werewolves without those that hunt them especially when one is a hot dad, a very attractive man who may have been the reason that I thought ok I’ll keep watching this if he has more screen time. Everything is of course connected and histories between all the characters are all mixed up which means at least it get past the boring romance but you expect all the clichés to pop up. Oh who would have thought that girlfriend is actually indeed daughter of hot hunter dad or oh no hunter family is behind the tragic events from angsty werewolf’s past never saw any of that coming. Put aside the predictable plot, annoying couple and did I mention the terrible graphics, no well I’ll get to that. At least there are some other attractive characters and some decent killing. Characters do get hacked in half, eaten, dragged screaming into the words and ripped apart by angry werewolves. So it doesn’t shy away from the violent nature of werewolves and it gives us some teen frights. If I was a teen ager and not part of the generation that grew up with Scream than maybe I would have found some bits scary. I mean they do the good old slasher homage of a bunch of teenagers trapped in the school at night being hunted by a savage killer. It’s actually done pretty well just like all those great 90’s horror films about teens so it made me feel nostalgic over a period where I watched a lot of slasher films and was a teen myself.
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It does do the werewolf clichés; they howl, have glowing eyes, don’t much care for silver bullets, have increased senses and strength and go a little mental on the full moon. But there’s a mixed bag when it come to the transformations. They have the decency to not give us a full “werewolf in London” stretching out scene most of the changes happen behind sights. I think it’s a clever way to save budget and keep a sense of mystery to have a character walk past a pillar one side human the next wolf man. And the make up for the wolf man phase isn’t that bad their not too hairy with big ears and teeth they look more like wolverine with just a little more wolf. Derek really does tend to have a bit of the Hugh Jackman wolverine look going on which may be another reason why I liked this show.
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Then there’s the good old Alpha the proper big bad wolf who transforms fully more beast than man. At first they did try to keep some mystery behind him only showing him in reflections or blurred camera shots but then they started giving too much away and he was there on screen. You can tell this series is low budget with very obvious CGI. Oh the bad CGI and green screens where guys jump up on roofs just doesn’t look good. The fun spurty blood and gore is fine but not the CG werewolves prancing about.
Oh well I knew it wasn’t going to be big budget so I’ll forgive them that it is harmless fun and if you just want some no brain entertainment then give it a go it’s not that bad.

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Deadman Wonderland – not for the squeamish but a “bloody” good anime!!!

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen an anime this good and if you haven’t heard or seen of this then the pun in my tittle is perfect for this series. At only 13 eps I watched it in one setting which was easy to do as it was so engaging. It’s like a really messed up psychotic version of Alice in Wonderland but completely twisting the classic fairy tale to a violent and dangerous nightmare version.
The plot for Deadman is that a massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the Red Man massacres Ganta’s entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta’s chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park like prison. Arriving at the prison, Ganta is fitted with a special collar which monitors his location and life signs. Due to the heinous nature of Ganta’s ‘crime’, he has to live out his imprisonment under Deadman Wonderland’s ‘Death Sentence’. A lethal poison is constantly injected into his bloodstream through the collar, but it can be neutralized by consuming a peculiar candy-like medicine every three days. Additional candy can be earned through hard work or by purchasing it. In order to gather Cast Points, the prison’s currency, an inmate has to perform in the facility’s lethal games and survive. Fortunately for Ganta, he is aided by a mysterious girl named Shiro, who apparently knows Ganta, and is known by other prisoners as well. While trying to survive as an inmate on death row, Ganta becomes increasingly obsessed with the ‘Red Man’ and tries to find him so he could clear his name. In a bizarre twist, Ganta begins to develop the ability to manipulate his own blood, to the point of turning it into a weapon. Unbeknownst to him, Ganta has become one of the prison’s ‘Deadmen’, a segregated group of prisoners possessing the Branches of Sin which makes them capable of controlling their blood. After his ability is discovered, Ganta is forced to participate in brutal gladiatorial death matches, known as Carnival Corpse, whose anonymous spectators pay large amounts of money to watch. In his struggle he manages to befriend some of those he fought off in the arena, and with their help Ganta continues his quest to uncover the identity of the Red Man, why he turned into a Deadman and the dark secrets the prison authorities are hiding.
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What I love about this series is that it’s defiantly for adults it’s a very harsh and violent world a true “ultraviolent” anime and there haven’t been that many recently. It is the very definition of aesthetic violence of the glamorization of chaos and exploitation of humanities darker side. It’s so many of the things I love in my escapist television, not a safe world of family values but a world where people are put through the most horrific extremes and how they can breakdown. I love the total breakdown of a characters world how they crumble emotionally and physically as well as spiritually. Seeing characters worlds turn and twist until they themselves have evolved into the terrifying products of their extreme situations. Deadman has this in abundance, no character is safe they are all messed up and grey area fighters, surviving by changing their very nature or allowing their true nature to shrine through. This prison is so harsh, I have a soft spot for shows based in prisons, and one of my fav TV shows of all time is Oz. But this is so much more than a prison, after all where else do you have a prison where the inmates also have to provide the entertainment for a theme park. It’s crazy they work the attractions, conveniences, maintenance and are the attractions. For example one episode features an extreme race but the kicker is that all the hazards and obstacles are in fact deadly and there a 99% chance you’ll die or be seriously injured by the end of the race. I mean some of the contestants are shot with arrows, sliced and diced or even doused in acid all for the entertainment of the crowd. It shows that as an audience people love watching people fail and get injured and we have a morbid fascination with death and violence. There’s a little bit of the social commentary and the idea people get pleasure from watching the fall of others but the public are not entirely aware that the shows they are watching do have a high fatality rate and you wonder what they would think of how much excitement and pleasure they got from watching people get tortured and killed.
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The people in charge of this prison are also a mixed bag of corruption, insanity and way to into their job as prison guards. The warden, who is a one of those terrifying beauties, a real harsh kind of sexy and carries that attitude with her, she knows she is attractive but it’s a dangerous and mean sexy where she is not afraid to use the power she has to put people down. She loves her role as peace keeper and takes her job seriously not afraid to lash out and physically punish someone she thinks deserves a lashing. She doesn’t deal out sympathy as far as she’s concerned these people are prisoners and therefor property and has the respect and fear of those around her, never cross her she is vicious in her sense of justice. The prison owner has some social and psychological problems; he exists in his own childlike fantasy world and is happy to use the prisoners as his own playthings to experiment with and control. As if things weren’t dark and cruel enough there’s a whole other underground to this prison beyond the exploitation of human suffering for others entertainment and that’s the exploitation of people stuck in the system and their usefulness as guinea pigs in a world of experimentation. Under the prison is a world centred around the “branch of sin” a strange ability to control one’s own blood and use it as a weapon.
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I have a huge passion for what I call blood magic’s and the idea you can manipulate your blood to be more than its intended purpose. I’ve always wanted that as a super power to expel your blood and then let it form a sword or a scythe. Think Abel’s power in Trinity Blood and give it to a bunch of crazed captive prisoners that are all either borderline psychotic or sociopathic or just plan crazy. Each blood sin is great, from forming blades to shooting projectiles this blood manipulation is original and beautiful as well as extremely deadly. I mean the blood swirls dramatically it flows and forms, its liquid sin to physical deadly sin. I love it from the majestic aesthetic to the deadly precision of these weapon users. Apart from a group most of these “branch of sin” characters embrace their power with fervour, they relish in using it and are so on the edge of sanity its terrifying to seeing how they switch and change through the personalities they’ve created for themselves to survive. But it gets worse these people are then forced to take part in a terrible game where they are pitted against each other in brutal fights for the entertainment of an anonymous audience. Unlike the audience in the theme park they are fully aware they are watching people kill and maim each other for their entertainment. These battles are pretty epic with some great shows of violence and lack of mercy with some keen killers who embrace this role they found.
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But there’s a flip side for those who don’t embrace their powers or the fearful battle royal they have to take part in. They have formed a freedom group uncovering the conspiracy that placed them in Wonderland and now they are trying to find a way to escape and break free back to the world they know and love. It’s not easy this resistance group has to face the full wraith of their owners in a fight for survival and freedom and extra added danger from another group that work for the prison owner who have the unique ability to defuse the effect of the “branch of sin”. These people are even crazier than some of the more extreme sin users. Most notable the psycho monk who kills without discrimination and is madly in love with the leader of the resistance after he witnesses him lose his mind after watching his pregnant wife be slaughtered in the sin fights. Oh boy did he lose the plot and just went on a relentless killing spree with no sense of mercy or distinguishing between people so strong was his grief. He truly is psychotic but he had since reformed keeping the violent killer under wrap and not allowing this brutal nature to be released. Unfortunately crazy monk was so turned on by this show of violence he breaks down the walls to release the crazy killer so he can have the ultimate and most terrifying lover. It would be easy to think of this monk as a murdering sociopath but his problems are so deep rooted in the trauma of his youth you realise that even he is a victim of a cruel and punishing world.
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Finally we have the issue of the “red man” himself and who he is, where is he hiding and how is Ganta going to take his revenge. Complicate this with his relationship with Shiro a friend from his past that is somehow connected to everything without really seeming to understand the seriousness of the world she lives in. Shiro seems like a complete innocent blind to all the cruelty and violence and only wants to stay friends with Ganta, protect him and look out for him. She seems to have a free range of the prison, is unknown to the prisoners and guards but somehow related to the “branch of sin” and this is shown in the fact she seems to have unlimited strength and regenerative powers. She goes from ditzy innocent to a precise killer with deadly power and an unforgiving nature. The worse part of falling for a greatly crafted series like this with so many questions, conflicts and conspiracies is that when it only has an incomplete ending and you don’t know what happens in the end. I hate no ending endings where you’re like but what happens next, you haven’t answered all the questions there’s so much more to tell and I’m only just starting. I hope to god there will be another series or they start translating the manga because this world is rich and dark and beautifully twisted that I want more.

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Falling Skies – a bit of a lacklustre sci-fi that had so much potential.

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Ok so as much as I love sci-fi and Steven Spielberg there was something missing in this show. Now from the premise it sounded amazing and I knew it had the budget to pull off a great sci-fi show for the small screen. Falling Skies tells the story of the aftermath of a global invasion by several races of extra-terrestrials (including the lizard-like beings known as Skitters; a race of seemingly humanoid grey-skinned beings that seem to be their commanders; and mechanical Attack Drones called mechs) that neutralizes the world’s power grid and technology, quickly destroys the combined militaries of all the world’s countries, and apparently kills over 90% of the human population within a few days. The invasion and the objectives of the Aliens is not explained, though the aliens try to round up children between 8 and 16 and attach a metallic obedience device onto (and into) their spines. The aliens use mind control to control the children. Forcibly removing the device instantly kills the child. The story picks up six months after the invasion and follows a group of survivors who band together to fight back. The group, known as the Second Massachusetts (an allusion to a historical regiment from the Continental Army), is led by the retired Captain Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement. So with a producer such as Spielberg I was expecting good things I mean I’ve loved all his films even the War of the World’s re-make (and I hate remakes and Tom Cruise is not an actor I like). But with this background I was expecting a rather bleak tale of humanities struggles and the breakdown of family units when faced with such a depressing world full of hard choices and extreme situations.
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As you guessed this is not what I got, I got a far more uplifting tale of human triumph and families being brought closer together so kinda the opposite really. The show is cast completely by stereotypes and clichés. The good guy with strong morals not a soldier but ready to take up the cause so he can protect his family. The tough military leader who thinks civilians are a drag on resources, that shoots first and thinks everything would be better with military rule rather than democracy, the well-meaning kid who gets into trouble, the doctor out of her depth but doing the best she can offering moral support and a pretty face, the hardnosed bitch whose been through hell and is out for herself, despising men and trying to keep herself isolated from the group. Need to say any more about all the typical character types populating this series. It makes it so black and white good guys and bad guys, evil aliens and moral humans. I mean where is the depression, the moral decay of a population desperate to survive, where are the adrenalin junkies getting off on fighting the aliens, where are those using the hard times to profit, the corrupt and amoral. I know the world isn’t all doom and gloom and sometimes you want there to be light in a world of chaos and troubles but I’m a fan of films such as Blindness and 28 Days Later. Films that show when an apocalyptic event happens humanity tends to go to shit and the moral lines a crossed. The series has a little of this but no way in the kind of depth I wanted it’s all very clean and easy to see where the lines are and I believe that humanity lives in a much more grey area. I mean take the film District 9 and the blurring of morals plus the fact that the aliens have a side to tell in this story.
We never really see anything of the alien’s side of things and while that works in something like Cloverfield it didn’t in this. There was so much tension created in Cloverfield around the fact you had no idea where this thing came from, how it got there, what was going and what it wanted. Seeing everything from just normal people’s points of view made it so much more terrifying and real. But in Falling Skies its shows enough of what the aliens are up to, to expect some kind of insight to their goals and ambitions beyond the one dimensional desire to take over and enslave humanity. It’s so black and white, the aliens are bad, they’re here to enslave us and that’s that. I wanted to see a little more of their workings, their society and why they needed the children, they introduced the idea that there’s more than one race that they had already another alien race that now work for them. This could have been a really interesting concept but the show never wanted to be that dark instead it was about getting over adversity and saving children it was all so nice. These people never seemed that upset about food or the conditions they lived in, the threat hanging over the survivors, I mean why was no one having a mental breakdown over stress!!!
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The major storyline was a lovely tale of a family trying to find each other and be reunited and even this never seemed that dramatic it was very mild and family friendly the show wanted a larger demographic as an audience so never really went where there was too much danger or real human pain. There was only one character who was grey area my fav character Pope who had his own moral code and did what he did to survive anyone else in his path be damned. He was far more interesting to watch more amoral but at the same time did things that helped the people he met and show his appreciation. You couldn’t hate him you respected him for making his own choices, for being a hero when he wanted but not being pressured to be a good guy as he had his own rules.

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The series did have great effects and looked awesome, the aliens were well designed and original but effects are not enough to save a series from a bland cast and a lacklustre plot.

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