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“Falling Skies” Season 4 Preview (Spoiler Free)

Published: June 18, 2014, 4:37 pm, by Terry Terrones

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Cast: Noah Wyle (Tom Mason), Moon Bloodgood (Ann), Will Patton (Captain Weaver), Colin Cunningham (Pope), Drew Roy (Hal Mason), Connor Jessup (Ben Mason), Sarah Carter (Margaret), Seychelle Gabriel (Lourdes) and Mpho Koaho (Anthony)

Air-date, time: The fourth season premieres at 8 p.m. June 22 on TNT

Last season on “Falling Skies” the human population in the new capital of Charleston reluctantly welcomed assistance from the Volm, a new race of aliens promising to supply the humans with a secret weapon that would win the war against the Espheni. After working together to destroy a major Espheni base, however, the Volm’s real intentions regarding the Earth became murky. Meanwhile, Tom and Ann’s rapidly growing daughter has begun to display remarkable abilities, raising fears about who or what she really is.

Synopsis: As season four opens (I watched the first two episodes) the Mason family and the remaining 2nd Mass suddenly find themselves under attack by a new Espheni war machine and a new, deadly creation unlike anything previously encountered. Divided they must each form new relationships in order to survive. Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino is set to guest star this season as Sara, a brash woman with a complicated past who is a potential love interest for Pope.

What you can expect in the first two episodes (spoiler free):

-       Tom and Ann’s daughter Lexi has changed, A LOT. She’ll be playing a much different and larger role this season and her powers will become more pronounced. Lexi has a weird Scarlet Witch vibe to her now, which is kinda confusing and cool at the same time.

-       The Espheni are again trying to use children to control the Earth, but this time in a much different way. For the most part, harnesses are a thing of the past. Instead there’s a bit of a Hitler Youth feel early in season four.

-       We see Ann take on a leadership role. It’s a bit odd at first because we’re used to seeing her as a kind-hearted doctor. But she’s tough, smart and makes a good commander, even though she can get a little crazy.

-       The disappearance of the Volm at the end of season three is explained. Expect a Cochise sighting.

-       There are several new characters introduced but so far my favorite is Dingaan. He’s smart, a bit mysterious and very useful. I expect him to be a major player for the rest of the season.

-       The Espheni hint at a new, more dangerous enemy that frightens even them. They want help from the humans but they’re not asking for their help, they’re trying to force them to help.

-       Ben (Connor Jessup) takes on a bigger role this season. His character arc has developed quite nicely over seasons two and three but this year he becomes more Mason-like. He’s decisive, smart and a real leader.

Since I’m trying to keep things spoiler free, that’s about all I can allude to. The first two episodes of season four of “Falling Skies” get the summer off to a good start. With “The Last Ship” airing right before it, TNT has a strong Sunday night lineup.