The initial alien invasion on TNT’s Falling Skies might be behind the residents of this new Charleston– so much so that they’ve even aligned themselves with an alien race to take out another alien race– but things are hardly calming down. With the season finale almost upon us, and of course a mole amongst them, things are about to go from bad to worse as a literal explosion rocks the barracks, exploding character relationships and sanities in the process. Fighting with an army is on hold for a moment as many just have to fight for their lives.
Back with his family and making up double-time for the chaos that went awry while he was away being a politician, Tom (Noah Wyle) has clearly not been any safer. And that is certainly still true here, as Tom gets trapped underground with a number of others, including Anthony (Mpho Koaho) and Kodar (Robert Sean Leonard).
“This saboteur, this mole that we’ve been teasing all season long has upped their game in an effort to destroy both our allies in the Volm and the weapon that they’ve constructed, which has the potential to really disrupt the entire Ashfini war plan, as we refer to it,” Wyle said when LA TV Insider Examiner was on set for the episode in Vancouver*, revealing the reason for the explosion at all.
“It’s a big day. We’re covered in rubble and debris, trying to dig ourselves out from a subterranean city.”
Koaho, who plays soldier-turned-detective Anthony (or detective-solider-detective, if you count his pre-invasion life), revealed that the explosions happen underground, which complicates things. And yes, the use of plural was intentional.
“There’s the first one and then there’s another one; there’s a lot of explosions!” Koaho said.
This traps everyone from Hal (Drew Roy) and Maggie (Sarah Sanguin Carter), who we’ll get to in a second, to Jeanne (Laci J. Malley), Porter (Dale Dye), and even Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel), who purposely kept herself back to get some alone time with Cochise (Doug Jones), who is in dire straits.
“Everybody’s kind of stuck wherever they were at the moment of explosion, so we’re just trying to get out and find everybody else,” Koaho said.
Domesticated this season by playing house in the quarters as it was, Hal went from assuming he was the mole to being made dormant in his own body, EvilHal sparking some long-buried excitement in Maggie. The two have gotten closer than most as she cared for him in both paralysis and paranoia about being the mole, and now, they will be bonded deeper by fear that this is the end.
“Hal and Maggie are facing death together. We’ve been trapped in a room, losing oxygen, and Hal doesn’t want to confront all of the shame he’s feeling, which just of course my presence triggers. So he’s trying to run out of the room; he’s removing as much plaster as he can, banging on the walls, and he’s wasting both of our oxygen, so we end up going through this journey,” Carter said.
“We think we’re going to die together, so it’s a beautiful arc this episode, what that would mean to each of us. We’re not happy with each other in the beginning of the episode.”
Koaho echoed that sentiment, noting that the tension of the episode really comes from the interpersonal issues this time around, rather than the threat of aliens around any corner. The drama is kick-started by a piece of action, by literal explosions, but what unfolds after is very real, very grounded, very serious situations.
“It’s tense, but it’s not like we’re fighting aliens. Fighting aliens is that much more tense; [this] is man-made. It’s definitely we don’t want to be there. Who wants to be covered in soot and underground? And my character gets a little shaky in tight spaces,” Koaho said.
True colors emerge, perhaps for the first real time since the initial invasion, and it all even sheds some light on the mole for the residents of Charleston. And this isn’t even the season finale; the most intense is still yet to come! How many more members of the former 2nd Mass do you think we’ll lose before the season’s end?
Falling Skies airs on TNT on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.
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