My kindly associate TK has reported previously on “Fallen Skies,” noting that the trailers are trying really hard to be “Walking Dead,” but that they have a certain Librarian-shaped handicap that may doom the series to meh-ness before it even gets off the ground. TNT has released a new full length trailer as they gear up to debut the show in June.
Here it is:
Effective, creepy, and if they kill off Moon Bloodgood tragically by half way through the first season it will probably get significantly better. And clearly they got the memo about needing power armor, I mean what doesn’t get 100% better with the addition of power armor?
I sat in on a panel for “Falling Skies” at Comic Con, and the trailer looked pretty generic, the show runners and costars were all generic and saying the scripted things they’re supposed to be saying, and yet Noah Wyle sold the show’s premise to the crowd. He was unkempt, straggly hair and knotted beard, he kept interrupting with weird jokes about how of course this is on TNT, because everything he is in is broadcast on TNT at least on reruns. He cracked a couple times about how Ted Turner owned everyone of them on stage. But every time he spoke about the show, he spoke in this half-distracted, almost haunted way, rambling on quietly as if to himself about how his character was a professor of colonial American history, and how it made him strangely suited to lead. When he talked to himself about how sometimes a determined enough little group could break an invader’s will, or the hard decisions you have to make when speed matters and the weak can’t move fast enough … well, it felt like you were listening to someone telling Adama what it had been like back on Caprica before the rescue came.
I don’t know if the show will be any good, but if Wyle is a method actor, he’s got it nailed. And it’s not like it could be worse than Skyline or “V.”
Now if you want to destroy all the goodwill that the trailer built up, go check out the web comic that TNT is putting up leading up to the series. On one hand you have to give them credit for going all out instead of tossing up a dozen pages that pretend to be a comic book while just expositing the background of the invasion through slick art work. It’s up over 40 pages now and still growing.
On the other hand, the art work is fairly sketchy and the writing frequently swerves into the outright painful.