Falling Skies is the most horrendous scifi to ever hit TV, especially in a post-Ronald D. Moore's Battle Star Galactica/Caprica-era.
I really tried to watch Falling Skies. But the characters suck, dialog sucks, acting sucks, worst of all, the alien design is COMICAL! It literally looks like some bozo at a Halloween mask factory got together with a bunch of friends to bring life to a 5yr old's drawing of his favorite mecha.
And purely from a narrative standpoint, the whole notion that an alien species technologically advanced enough to travel lightyears, but not be able to regenerate resources they need on their planet, so they come to earth to enslave, is laughable. The whole 'invade other systems for natural resources' is such a human colonial mindset, though granted the 'control native beings' is slightly more workable, even if it's the gazillionth time that someone knocked off 'The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers'; perhaps PRE-Matrix scifi era, that may have been passable, but at this juncture? That type of storyline becomes more harder to swallow.
For me personally though, what truly irks me is the whole idiotic tyrannical notion that even in a post-collapse society, that humans will submit to a dictatorial policestate military rule as the ONLY viable method of fighting back, is sickening. As, THAT 'vision' is what Spielberg is essentially saying: 'only the military rule can save you!'
Now, had the story been about a ragtag group of regular citizenry, and former military and cops organizing, it'd be one thing, but in Falling Skies, it's not a militia, it's the remnants of the failed US Military Industrial Complex infrastructure who are dictating a post-collapse society with command-rule with rationing and all. This is clearly a liberal statist socialist's distopian view, as if the entire media landscape isn't replete with their vision, already.
But, if you want to gauge a plausible progression of future, pitfalls of Kurzweil's transhumanism and merging humans with nanobots, how a faction of neo-luddites rise up to fight back but are predicatably labeled 'terrorists' by the corporatist state, and if you want to plausibly envision what would happen if the bankster corporatism continues, all of which strongly mirror the zeitgeist of current geopolitical paradigm, there is a hugely underrated show called Continuum from Canada's ShowCase channel. You can find them online. If not, I'm sure it'll be coming to SyFy channel, in not too distant future.
IMO it's one of the best SciFi shows ever written, in recent memory.
Best part is, I thought I was gonna hate it, before watching the pilot episode in full. My personal gauge is, if the show is one I tried to hate, or hated, and end up loving it, it's a hit, to me anyway.
Also, to each his own, but other than maybe Moon Bloodgood, the Continuum's lead actress is a gazillion times, infinitely hotter than anyone from Falling Skies: Rachel Nichols.
The last thing a scifi show needs is a leading cast full of one-note delivery. There are no range of emotional human spectrum exhibited effectively on Falling Skies.
On the other hand, Rachel Nichols has that 'it' factor: she looks like girl next door, undoubtedly gorgeous, but you know there is some deep seated insecurities she must work through, thus she's tough and at the same time, wears her insecurities/vulnerabilities on her sleeves. And as a viewer, you're far more interested in a character to see if their journey can overcome their own personal obstacles.
Falling Skies may as well be scene 1. dilapidated warehouse, scene 2. shoot some aliens, 3. locate food, ammo, 4. bitch and whine 5. internal human powerplay, 6. shoot more aliens, 7. remind them that it's executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, and do it often, 8. recycle.
and scene! lol.
Predictions in due Time...
"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul