Before previewing this Sunday’s episode of Falling Skies, I have to speculate some on last week's episode, "Grace," now that I can do so without spoiling anything for you. (That being said, I would turn back now if it's still sitting unwatched on your DVR.)
Everybody ready? Here we go …
Is it just me or did that Skitter seem really frightened when he used Rick as a mouthpiece at the end of the episode? (And yes, for inexplicable reasons, I will assume that the Skitter is male.) I know what you’re thinking, “Of course he was scared, he’s a prisoner of war.” And yet, it seemed to me that the Skitter was more afraid of what would happen to him if he returned to the alien horde without his child prisoner. Why would the alien rather the 2nd Massachusetts kill him than go back alone? It makes me wonder whether the Skitters and Mechs are really the brains behind the invasion at all, or if another alien race (or their own superiors) are using them in a similar way to how they are using the harnessed human children? That might be wild speculation, but it’s fun to think about.
This week’s episode, “Silent Kill,” builds upon what we learned last week, with Tom (Noah Wyle) — drum roll, please — finally executing the mission to get his son back. When Tom first presents his admittedly bold plan to rescue the kids to Weaver (Will Patton) he gets shot down, with Weaver insisting that they must find a more subtle (and thus safer) idea. Fortunately, Hal, Anne and Maggie are all instrumental not only in planning the mission, but in executing it as well. (Hal even comes up with a surprising move that makes the mission a success.) But things take a strange turn when we see the Skitters interacting with the harnessed kids in a way that is surprising, eerie and potentially dangerous to the operation.