“Falling Skies” season 3 premieres in just a couple of weeks on TNT, but before that, TNT is airing a marathon of season 1 episodes Monday, May 27, and we’ve decided to put together a list of 10 episodes you should watch to get ready for this summer of aliens and resisting.
Now, there may only be 20 episodes total of “Falling Skies,” but sometimes you just don’t have time to watch all of them. With TNT showing marathons of both season before season 3 begins, we are here to help you narrow down your list of must-see episodes in the next couple of weeks, in episode order not in order of importance. Some of the episodes may be obvious—the season premieres and finales—while others have notable moments and guest stars that are worth watching again. So check out our list here.
“Falling Skies” season 3 premieres June 9 on TNT. The season 1 marathon airs Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m., while the season 2 marathon airs Saturday, June 1, beginning at 10 a.m., with the back half of season 2 also airing beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Which episodes are on your list to watch before then?
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The pilot: “Live and Learn”
How could we not put the pilot on our list? Check out how it all began, how Weaver and Tom were first given the 2nd Mass, a time before Karen was harnessed and evilly kissing Hal, and when Ben was still harnessed.
“Sanctuary Parts 1 & 2”
“Revenge’s” Henry Czerny guest-starred as someone from another unit who was dealing with the aliens and took all the kids, only for Pope of all people to help Tom out and for the 2nd Mass to be waiting in their camp when Cznery’s Clayton and the others brought back their “hostages.” Plus, Mike died, but Rick was still his creepy, “I miss the skitters,” self and didn’t react to his father’s death.
“What Hides Beneath”
This was the episode in which we first saw the Espheni, first learned Karen was harnessed, Matt and Pope worked together and Pope presented the 2nd Mass with a bullet that would penetrate Mech armor, and Anne and Lourdes discovered the skitters were harnessed themselves. (Plus, “Fringe’s” Blair Brown guest starred.)
The season 1 finale saw members of the 2nd Mass go after the giant structure over the city while others back at the school faced a Mech attack (and Ben’s time harnessed saved them). It ended with Tom shooting an RPG at the structure, but Karen stopped him and Weaver on their way back, and Tom boarded the ship with her.
Of course the second season premiere is on the list. We saw some of Tom’s time on the alien ship and how he made his way back to the 2nd Mass after, Ben accidentally shot him, and we first saw Red-Eye.
“Shall We Gather at the River”
The episode in which Anne pulled an eyeworm out of Tom’s eye, Ben, Hal, Maggie, and Dai went to blow up the structure controlling the beamers, and Pope blew up the bridge while Tom was still running across.
“Love and Other Acts of Courage”
The episode in which Rick led the 2nd Mass to Ben and Red-Eye, who told them about the rebels, Rick died, and Hal and Maggie took a step forward in their relationship only to take a step back. Plus, Ben told Matt he would have to go away for a while at some point.
The episode in which Hal and Maggie found Karen unharnessed, only for Maggie to remain suspicious about her true intentions as she turned Hal and Ben against one another. Meanwhile, Pope and Anthony returned to the 2nd Mass with bad news, and it ended with Ben and Karen leaving the others, Hal unconscious on the roof after he tried to stop them.
The episode in which Jamil died a creepy, gruesome death, Matt, Anne, and Lourdes were trapped in the basement, the 2nd Mass captured an Overlord, and Ben said goodbye to the others for a bit.
“A More Perfect Union”
The season 2 finale is, of course, a must-see because of everything that happened: Ben joined the others in Charleston with the rebel skitters, Dai died on their mission to destroy a weapon, we found out Anne was pregnant, Karen kissed Hal and gave him that creepy eyeworm, and the new aliens showed up in the last moment.