It was a real thrill to see the reaction (both reviews and ratings) to the big two hour premiere of Falling Skies. In pursuing some of the comments, a few things seemed to come up over and over, so in no particular order:
WILL THE SHOW EVER FLASHBACK TO THE INVASION? The short answer is no, at least not in season one. The decision was made early on not to use flashbacks at all, meaning character development and info about the aliens has to come from forward story momentum. (Not that I have anything against flashbacks, mind you! We just didn't do them here.)
WILL WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALIENS? Yes.
WILL WE KNOW EVERYTHING BY THE END OF SEASON ONE? Since that would more or less defeat the idea of a season two, no. But major hints? You betcha.
WHAT DOES THE FIRST TOM CRUISE MISSION IMPOSSIBLE MOVIE HAVE IN COMMON WITH FALLING SKIES? Why, future guest star Henry Czerny!
WHAT DOES THE MOVIE ALTERED STATES AND THE SHOW FRINGE HAVE IN COMMON WITH FALLING SKIES? Why, future guest star Blair Brown!
Incidentally, it's been fun watching the various teaser trailers put together by TNT and trying to spot where they pulled footage. For what it's worth, numerous scenes are from the big season finale... but YOU have to guess which ones!
Finally, how about some writing/directing credits?
LIVE AND LEARN (hour one premiere): Written by Robert Rodat, directed by Carl Franklin
THE ARMORY (hour two premiere): Written by Graham Yost, directed by Greg Beeman.
PRISONER OF WAR (ep 2): Written by Fred Golin, directed by Greg Beeman.
GRACE (ep 3): Written by Melinda Hsu Taylor, directed by Fred Toye
SILENT KILL (ep 4): Written by Joe Weisberg, directed by Fred Toye
SANCTUARY PART 1 (ep 5): Written by Joel Thompson, directed by Sergio Mimica Gezzan
SANCTUARY PART 2 (ep 6): Written by Melinda Hsu Taylor, directed by Sergio Mimica Gezzan
WHAT HIDES BENEATH (ep 7): Written by Mark Verheiden, directed by Anthony Hemingway
MUTINY (ep 8): Written by Joe Weisberg, directed by Holly Dale
EIGHT HOURS (ep 9): Written by Mark Verheiden, directed by Greg Beeman
More info as the season progresses!