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Falling Skies recap: The Boy Who Kicked The Skitter's Nest

Tom grudgingly brings Pope on an important mission, and an imprisoned alien starts speaking in the most terrifying way possible

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Falling Skies

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Sci-fi and Fantasy

Before I begin recapping this week’s episode of Falling Skies, let me get your most pressing questions out of the way. No, Steven Weber did not get punched again. Yes, it was incredibly disappointing that Steven Weber did not get punched again.

There. Now that that’s settled we can get into this week’s episode, “Grace,” a name that has no connection to the episode other than the last minute.

When we last left our intrepid survivors, Tom had just channeled his inner Omar Little and did a little handy work on a Skitter with a sawed-off shotgun. The team decided to bring their new POW back to the school… which is filled with civilians. (I know it’s their base, but couldn’t they have gone with a holding cell a little farther removed from the women and children, not—you know—where they live?) The objective is to learn to communicate with the Skitter. As they wheel the alien through the school in a cage, Dr. Steven Weber and Anne wonder how intelligent it may be. They suggest that it is probably swearing at them in its own language. (TNT apologizes to all offended viewers who speak Skittish.)

The main storyline for the episode emerges when Pope tells Weaver of a bike shop he knew of. The Second’s command agrees that the unit could use more motorcycles so they can look cooler and edgier. Tom still wants to go after his captive son, Ben, but Weaver has different priorities. Doc Weber is using all of the drug supply to keep Mike’s definitely-evil son, Rick, unconscious, so they’ll need more drugs to get more harnessed kids. To get the supplies, the team needs the bikes, and Tom is forced to bring Pope along.

Anne checks up on Rick, who, I will remind you, is definitely evil now. It seems the harness cleared up his cystic fibrosis.

As the bike team prepares to leave, Matt tries to join up with them to fight, but Tom shuts him down. Personally, I think a ten-year-old with an AK-47 is just what this show is missing. They continue on toward the shop, and Pope is a little more upfront with his racism this week. “Bloods, Crips, Slytherin?” asking which gang Anthony was in, making it this week’s first of two Harry Potter references.

Lourdes continues her role in the story as the girl who prays but does little else, except talking about praying.

NEXT: Shhhh, be quiet! We’re hunting Skitters!


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