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Noah Wyle in Falling Skies!
Noah Wyle, Colin Cunningham and Remi Aubuchon discuss Season 2 of "FALLING SKIES" from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and TNT!
Season 2 Airs on TNT June 17th!
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There is something special about Falling Skies and where we find Noah Wyle now in his career. There is a maturity , a wisdom that not only is present when you meet him but carries over into his work as Tom Mason, the single father fighting off aliens while trying to protect his three children on Falling Skies (TNT June 17th). The show is unique in it’s structure as it picks up in the middle of the adventure in Season 1 rather than starting with the invasion itself – the aliens are here and the remaining insurgents of the human race are fighting for survival. It’s a risky move but one that shakes up the conventional science fiction narrative and allows for some heart felt drama amid the backdrop of gun fights and alien invaders. It is clearly the culmination of the entire science fiction television genre. Elements of Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Lost and District 9 abound but it is Noah Wyle and Colin Cunningham who stand out the most.
Wyle understands that he is the head of the cast and that mantle of responsibility is something he takes incredibly seriously and it has informed his work as Tom Mason in a subtle but not so unnoticed way. In fact his co-star Colin Cunningham gives Noah Wyle much of the credit for how well the cast works together and the level of depth and belief coming from their performances.
I will say the scenes where Noah and Colin get to play off each other are some of the most compelling and entertaining I’ve seen in series television in this genre and Colin Cunningham’s John Pope is every bit the scene stealer James Marsters was in Buffy as Spike. Though at times in Season 1 the narrative slows down a bit, the action picks up soon enough and from the look of Season 2 it appears the new show runner, Remi Aubuchon, is tightening up the tension even more.
I also got the chance to see their motion capture system at work. They set up a demo in a small room to show the technology though they actually shoot in a much larger space at Henson Studios in Hollywood. World renowned Martial Artist, TJ Storm performers the Overlord character and is a veteran to the world of motion capture having appeared in over 30 video games. He is also staring in the Lions Gate film “Black Cobra” due out on May 22nd on DVD. Remi Aubuchon spoke highly of the motion capture cast and credits them and the onset puppeteers with adding an authenticity to the aliens that help propel the story forward and support the principle casts’ work.
Falling Skies Season Two premieres, appropriately, on Father’s Day, June 17th on TNT.