Writer: Heather V Regnier
Director: Seith Mann
THE ONE WHERE: En route to the promised land of Charleston, the resistance encounter a harnessed girl. Baited by Pope, Maggie shares the secrets of her past with Hal.
THE VERDICT: Quite a comedown after last week’s exemplary slice of Skies, this sets out to be a self-contained character study but ends up as grindingly talky, built from bluntly written monologues and on-the-nose personal revelations. The sub-plot of the harnessed girl’s brother goes nowhere while Maggie’s confession of a pregnant junkie thief past feels weirdly underwhelming after all the tantalisingly dark hints dropped by Pope. The episode’s lifted by the wonderful, hope-shattering visual of the ruins of Charleston (or what the resistance believe to be Charleston – that’s a neat piece of misdirect too).
ALIEN LORE: The harnessed child refers to her Skitter as her guardian, and reveals that alien enslavement carries a powerful appeal for anyone craving a family.
BEST LINE: Maggie: (to Pope): “I don’t know what you’re planning, but I’d rather swallow glass than be a part of it.”
Falling Skies is now showing on FX.