Season 3 of TNT’s war-of-the-worlds summer drama “Falling Skies” premiered Sunday, and fans are already buzzing.
Picking up seven months after last season’s finale, viewers learn that maybe not all of the aliens coming to Earth were enemies. Trust will always be a big issue while living in a dangerous world with real consequences.
Like other popular genre shows, another major question is whether it is appropriate to bring a new life into a post-apocalyptic world.
The survivors of the 2nd Mass have settled in Charleston, S.C., which has been named capital of the New United States. Now elected to public office, Tom (Noah Wyle) has taken a more aggressive approach to the alien occupation than former leader Dr. Manchester. The government has formed a tenuous alliance with a band of rebel skitters who now paint their faces with a red and yellow stripe before battle in honor of Red Eye, their fallen leader.
Tom’s teenage son Ben (Connor Jessup) serves as the mediator between Mason and the rebel skitters. But the alliance may not be enough to overpower the enemy Espheni, whose forces are now being led by an even more sinister overlord. To complicate matters further, another race of aliens has just entered the battlefield.
Charleston also faces dangers from within its own walls. Recent battle losses have convinced Tom and the military that there may be a mole feeding strategic plans to the Espheni. Despite the threats they face, the survivors living in Charleston are doing their best to rebuild their lives.
Dr. Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and Tom are focusing on their growing family. Newly promoted 2nd Mass Col. Weaver (Will Patton) is enjoying a renewed relationship with his daughter. Hal (Drew Roy) is recovering from mysterious injuries he suffered while trying to destroy an alien super weapon. Meanwhile, his romantic pursuit of Maggie (Sarah Carter) is finally starting to see positive results, though she has a growing concern that something is wrong with him beyond mere battle injuries.
And Pope (Colin Cunningham), the non-conformist leader of the Berserkers, has set up his own little Popetown on the outskirts of Charleston.
Among the guest stars set to appear this season on “Falling Skies” are Doug Jones (“Hellboy”) as Cochise, leader of the rebel alien troops; Gloria Reuben (“ER”), who will play Marina Perlata, one of Tom’s key aides. Robert Sean Leonard (“House M.D.”) is slated to guest star as Roger Kadar, an obsessive but gifted scientist who runs the local power grid and lives underground, earning him the nickname “The Rat King.”
Stephen Collins (“Star Trek: The Motion Picture” and “7th Heaven”) will also appear in the third season as Benjamin Hathaway, the President of the United States prior to the alien invasion. And Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”) returns to guest star as Dr. Manchester, Tom’s former mentor and his predecessor as Charleston’s leader.
“Falling Skies” debuted on TNT in Summer 2011 and ranked as basic cable’s No 1 new series of the year. The show returned last summer, garnering 5.6 million viewers and ranking as basic cable’s No. 1 summer drama with adults 25-54 (3 million). The series has been nominated for several awards in outstanding special visual effects and has spawned a graphic novel series.
Produced for TNT by DreamWorks Television, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serve as executive producers, along with Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman.
Get your first look at the trailer for this season by clicking here.
The two-hour third season premiere of “Falling Skies” airs June 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Subsequent episodes will air in its regular timeslot on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.