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13 August 2012 @ 02:08 pm
The Falling Dead.  
I would actually watch a show called "The Falling Dead".

Recently FanGirl Central did a rewatch of S1 of The Walking Dead. I had forgotten some things, but mainly how very short the season was. Seriously, you guys, it felt like at least a 14 episode run because so much happens in the first season. I know the first time through I liked Lori jut fine but this time it was hard to listen to anything she had to say without just wanting her to go away already. Also, watching the slow transition of ‘kind of kick-ass Andrea’ into ‘motherfucking kickass Andrea’ was very interesting to do. There was one thing though that The BFF said so nonchalantly, like it was so matter-of-fact as if everybody had figured this out already and yet it was something that I had never even thought of.


She suggested that Merle was in fact the one that stole their van after they came back for him (which I always thought as well). But she also suggested that Merle was the one that sicked those zombies on their camp, the ones that killed so many of their people. She just says, all matter-of-fact like, “Yep, Merle took their van, just loaded those zombies right in there and headed off to dump them.” And my sister and I were like, “Uh…what are you on about?” She contends that he loaded the back of that van with zombies and drove up to the camp site, then detached all their alarm systems - which explains why none of their tin-cans and whatnot made any noise prior to the attack - and then just let the zombies loose and drove off. I had never thought of that. My sister had never thought of that. Are we just dumbasses or is The BFF super-duper smart?

Cuz seriously. Mind. Blown.

Now Falling Skies, because OMG. OMG, THIS WEEK’S EPISODE!! It was SO exciting! I think I need to be more coherent though and I have things to say about the season as a whole, so let’s start there.

The 2nd Mass is being much smarter this year than they were last year. It was my biggest complaint when watching last year, the need to go in and ‘fix-it’ all. You know how when you are watching a movie where someone is being chased by ‘men in black’ and you think, “Okay, drop your phones because they can be traced, change your appearance, don’t go in anywhere that has security cameras because they are probably tapped into all of those…” but the people on the TV never listen to you? Yeah, that was watching first season of Falling Skies.


Since Terry O’Quinn popped up in this last episode, it is suddenly on my mind how much it reminds of me of the first season of Lost. Which was, of course, the best season of Lost, imo but still had that feeling of ‘waiting to be rescued’ that made them all do stupid things. I know for the first couple of days on the island they really all did think someone would be coming and they just had to wait it out - much like on Falling Skies how they assumed the military would prevail over the aliens any second now. It’s that faith that everything will be fine more than it is burying their heads in the sand. But you reach a point pretty quick where you have to start long-term thinking. On Lost, even if your reasoning is, “Yes, they will rescue us, but it may take a week or two and we need to think like it may even take them months”. Because if the rescue shows up the next day, you’ve lost nothing but if they don’t show up at all, well then you were prepared. Did we learn nothing from Gilligan, people? There may be a hotel on the other side of the island!

The Falling Skies people needed to look at the bigger picture - their argument always being that they were just trying to survive day-to-day here, but day-to-day in an alien invasion is not good enough. In an alien invasion, my plan is to think like I am in a long-running TV show and plan appropriately as such. But in second season they have gotten a lot better about it. A lot. I mean, yes, last week there was still a thing where Matt was running around telling people things he shouldn’t have been and no none was paying attention to him but still...it’s not like when on The Walking Dead they let Carl run around poking zombies with a stick and then go, “Uh…where’s Carl?”

Second season of Falling Skies has been far more exciting, far less frustrating and just far better on a whole. If you are one of the people who tuned in last season and decide to forgo it this season - you should see about checking it out.
 
 
 
Jojo: Stock ⇒ Man [sweatshirt/back]jojothecr on August 13th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
You know what's funny? I have no idea what you're talking about here, because I don't watch any of these shows.

And I know why. Just today, I read an article about The Walking Dead, where the headline said: 'Not good for children and vegetarians'...

But, well, I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)
dodger_sister: the walking deaddodger_sister on August 15th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Just today, I read an article about The Walking Dead, where the headline said: 'Not good for children and vegetarians'...

ahahaha lol Yeah, I agree with that assessment. I had to cover my face during various moments of The Walking Dead's first season - the only TV show I had to hide behind a pillow while watching. It is graphic and gross and violent and scary and anxiety-causing...and awesome. But I'm not going to pretend it is for everyone because it certainly is not. If you don't like horror movies or zombie movies, this is not the show for you.

Falling Skies actually is a good show for you to watch though. You would probably like it - it's a family-oriented apocalypse! Family-oriented in that it centers around one father (played by Noah Wyle - unf) and his three teenage sons. It has this odd feeling of an apocalypse show mixed with a family drama, but done well, imo. And it isn't overly graphic and all the military guys are hot and there are a couple of nice romantic storylines going on. If you get a chance, it is a show I would reccomend for you.

But, well, I'm glad you're enjoying them. :)

Thanks, darling!
Jojo: Stock ⇒ Man [sweatshirt/back]jojothecr on August 15th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I love horrors, and I even watched Romero's 'Dead' movies, but I'm not a big fan of Zombies. I'm kind of getting tired of that topic these days (it's like freaking everywhere), especially when a part of it has become reality (you know that drug that makes you want to eat people? yeah, no).

As for other shows, I know I should give a chance to them, but I just don't feel like it. I'm just still so happy with my two boys/brothers I really don't feel the need to watch/care about something else. Maybe one day. :)
dodger_sister: the walking deaddodger_sister on August 21st, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
(you know that drug that makes you want to eat people? yeah, no).

Really? I read about that naked guy who ate that other guy's face but when I followed up on it, they said he didn't have any drugs in his system (I know that had been the theory at first). Is there really a drug that makes you inclined to eat people? So the zombie apocalypse may actually be coming?

As for other shows, I know I should give a chance to them, but I just don't feel like it. I'm just still so happy with my two boys/brothers I really don't feel the need to watch/care about something else.

Well, maybe when SPN goes off the air (I know, I know - don't say such things to you!) you'll remember my recommendation of Falling Skies. It's a lot lighter than Supernatural and it won't really make you feel fandom-fannish but it would be a nice rebound show for you. :)
poisontaster on August 13th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I know when the husband and I watched the first season, we assumed Merle had either enticed or otherwise driven the zombies to the campsite, yeah.
dodger_sister: the walking deaddodger_sister on August 15th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
I know when the husband and I watched the first season, we assumed Merle had either enticed or otherwise driven the zombies to the campsite, yeah.

Well damn, how did I miss that? I am just going with how I was so worried about everyone all the time watching that first season - (man, that was an intense ride) - that I missed some key obvious things. Yep, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. ;)

You and your husband are smart!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on August 30th, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed both seasons, but I agree Falling Skies has improved this year. There is more sense of real menace and as you say, the characters seem to be smarter about their interactions with the aliens. Plus, Ben, with his torn loyalties and angst and ... lips.

benmason

dodger_sister: independence daydodger_sister on September 1st, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
There is more sense of real menace

Yeah, I feel like the stakes really went up this season too. That shit with Jamal and the bugs - that shit was hardcore!

the characters seem to be smarter about their interactions with the aliens.

I think the stuff in Charleston was a nice contrast because the people there were being about as dumb as the 2nd Mass had been in the beginning and it was interesting to see how far the 2nd Mass had come in comparision to the people in Charleston.

Plus, Ben, with his torn loyalties and angst and ... lips.

I was about to yell at you for perving on a little kid but according to imdb, he turned 18 this summer, so perv away! (He is very pretty, isn't he?) I was telling my sister how the kid that plays Hal is good and very cute and will probably go from this to a secure spot on a CW show. But the kid who plays Ben? Wow. I got to say, he is one of the top three actors on the whole show. That kid can hold his own against Will Patton and Noah Wyle and that is amazing. I can't wait to see what he does next. Plus, his character really does hit all those buttons of mine - Ben has a Dean Winchester-lite feel about him, doesn't he?