Falling Skies: Season 3 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Falling Skies is big popcorn entertainment, with an engrossing stable of characters up against a major sci-fi threat.


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Air date: Jun 9, 2013
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Season 3 of the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi drama about an alien invasion opens seven months after the previous season, and in that time some major changes have occurred. Chief among them: Tom (Noah Wyle) has become president of the new United States; and formed alliances with the Volm and the rebel Skitters. But his new status may be called into question when it's learned that the president (Stephen Collins) of the old U.S. is still alive and working against the invaders. Anne (Moon Bloodgood), meanwhile, deals with unexpected complications from her pregnancy; Weaver (Will Patton) and Pope (Colin Cunningham) clash over how to deal with a suspected mole; and Hal (Drew Roy) slowly comes to grips with his dark side.

Critic Reviews for Falling Skies Season 3

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Reasonably clever.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

On the whole was disappointing, but the finale, "Brazil," may have been the biggest letdown.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

All in all, a welcome return to the world of Falling Skies with plenty to chew on, but not quite up to the quality the series has shown before.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Much of Falling Skies season 3 felt as though it overlooked (or undercooked) the journey.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Alien clichés, done badly. Characters with no purpose. And most of all, a story that seemed to be going nowhere.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Their dilemmas and antics... remain fun to watch.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Remains solid entertainment, thanks to shock deaths, well-mounted action and "human moments" which fall just the right side of the touching/sickbag-required divide

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Never able to improve on what came before it and ended up being a satisfactory, yet unremarkable, ten episode run.

Jun 26, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I'm interested in where the show goes from here, and in that regard the premiere did its job.

Jun 9, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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You may start wishing for another invasion by those creepy "skitters" - or maybe a bag of Skittles, because even that would be less sickeningly sweet.

Jun 7, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Falling Skies: Season 3

For the first two seasons of "Falling Skies", the show was a brilliant mix of plot, characters, action/adventure, and human emotion as the human survivors battled their alien oppressors. That same sort of mix continues into this Third Season...but with an entirely new wrinkle added in! For a basic plot summary (some spoilers), this Third Season begins with explaining just what the heck happened in the Season Two finale! Basically, Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) and Colonel Weaver (Will Patton) learn that their alien oppressors (now correctly identified as the Espheni) are not the only higher power in the galaxy. A new alien race, the Volm, has been pursuing the Espheni across the galaxy trying to liberate planets. The 2nd Mass. and the Volm quickly form an alliance to fight the Espheni...but can one alien species be trusted over another? Hal Mason (Drew Roy) and Margaret (Sarah Carter) play a large role in this season as well, what with Hal beginning to act stranger and stranger as the days go by. Could Espheni-controlled Karen (Jessy Schram) be involved? Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) gives birth to the newest Mason family member, which is a big change for everyone involved...including the child itself. Of course, John Pope (Colin Cunningham) is always lurking around, stirring up dissent. Basically, "Falling Skies" does what it has always done this season...makes us cry, cheer, laugh, and (most importantly) CARE every single episode. Even though the season is "only" ten episodes long, it feels like a real journey, as no moment is wasted. The production/writing crew do a remarkable job of keep plots/visuals fresh, and the characters have now taken on a life of their own. In short, nothing to dissuade fans of the show here. The show was a five-star effort from practically the moment it aired, and it remains so through three seasons!

Probably the best season in the entire series. If the show ended with this season it would've come full circle. Unfortunately the humans did not take the deal in the final episode, which is the downfall of this season. Clearly the network wanted more episodes but the show sould've ended here. The acting is good, the writing is complex yet simple and the action is amazing in this season.

Awesome series! Totally recommend it.

The show transcends sci-fi tropes with ease with its likeable characters and engaging plot.

Pointless and cliched, Falling Skies falls flat in its third season. While the action is well-done and the plot is fairly interesting, the storytelling is especially poor; which really shows through in a 10 episode season. Newly elected President of the New United States Tom Mason forges an alliance with the Volm, who've been fighting for generations against the alien race that has taken over Earth; meanwhile Pope stirs up discontent within the civilian population and a mole carries out covert strikes against the human resistance. In the past the writing has been rather creative, but this season they pull out every sci-fi trope in the book; body possession, undercover moles, implanted dreams, and the Star Child. The Star Child plot (creating an alien/human hybrid with super powers) is just the worst, and is unbearable to watch. An uneven season with a lot of false starts, Season 3 of Falling Skies fails to deliver on its potential; but it's still entertaining and is full of action.

Dann M Super Reviewer

Despite broadening its world with new characters and greater threats, "Falling Skies: Season 3" stumbles greatly due to its flawed script and lack of coherent vision. It's as if the writers had a bunch of good ideas, but didn't know how to weave them all together. Still, by the end of it, you'll be pumped for season 4 to see what other mysteries it might have in store.

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