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Falling Skies recap: The Skitter Inside Me

Weaver flies off his hinges, and Anne finds out what some of you have guessed for weeks

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Falling Skies
Ken Woroner/TNT

Falling Skies

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
Pending
seasons:
1
run date:
06/19/11
broadcaster:
TNT
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy

This week’s episode of Falling Skies padded its typically lackluster formula with a number of moments that were meant to pique viewers interests going into the season’s final hours. We got a revelation about the skitters which a number of you in the comments have been calling for weeks and some convenient plotting that will help the survivors defeat the mechs. So join us, won’t you, as we delve into another mildly interesting episode of Falling Skies.

Something is wrong with Weaver. For a few weeks now, there have been vague hints that the commandant has been abusing his Cialis prescription, and now we find out he hasn’t been sleeping. Tom even asks Dai if he’s noticed anything off about Weaver. There’s something weird about Weaver, you say? Is he acting like an alien all the time, barely speaking and just generally creeping everyone out? Is he doing hundred of push-ups and jumping rope for hours on end, despite an awkwardly soft physique? No? I must be thinking of Rick and Ben, who clearly aren’t taking the whole formerly-harnessed thing well, but Tom notices that Weaver’s been a little schleepy instead. Rick could literally run around yelling, “I’m a skitter. I’m a skitter,” and all anyone would talk about would be how great Hal used to be at football.

It doesn’t even seem to concern Anne that much that Ben’s spikes have developed the look of crusted-over Play-Doh. (I liked how comfortable she felt stabbing Ben in the back with the scalpel on a hunch.) The hard skin does make her suspicious though, so she calls on Lourdes, the utility supporting character, to help her with an alien autopsy. They dig through the goo, finding things that are similar enough to what humans look like on the inside. Anne has her theories confirmed when she finds a harness lodged deep inside the skitter. I’m not sure what led her to suspect that there might be a harness in there (maybe she reads the comments on these recaps), but she seemed pretty confident that it proves the skitters used to be something else. That something else is presumably humans, a popular theory among viewers. Is this just one more attempted surprise that completely falls flat?

NEXT: “I think that girl is what’s-her-face,” says Hal.

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