The Pickett Line
Original Air Date: Jul 13, 2013
Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer
It’s a rare moment when you’re watching TV and something so unexpected happens that your jaw drops and you feel like screaming. A helicopter chopping off an arm on ER. Ned’s beheading or the Red Wedding on Game of Thrones. Sunday night’s Falling Skies provided just such a moment.
But PLEASE, if you haven’t seen the show, do not read further. You do not want to ruin this Christmas gift of a moment by sneaking a peek.
We started off with the Mason men on their hunt for Anne and Alexis and I wondered if we would get to see Charleston again. Turns out we will, but the Masons may not. Tom hints that there’s really nothing to go back to what with Hal being suspected as the mole, Ben keeping his spikes and now a half-alien daughter.
As they’re talking and riding like a sci-fi Aaron Sorkin scene, they’re surrounded by a hillbilly family, the Picketts, who rob them of their horses and guns. Well, the boys aren’t going to take that, so they track the robbers to their home and surround them. Hal gets into a nasty knife fight with the uncle until a gun goes off. The uncle goes down and everyone is in shock that Matt is the one who fired. Boy, they sure grow up fast during an alien invasion, don’t they?
There’s a complete power struggle that flip flops between the two families. Tom warns them that they may not have trouble with aliens now, but there’s nowhere to hide. The Mason boys win the day and head off, but spot a Mech and Skitters heading back to the farm. Tom sends the boys ahead (really, is that wise Mr. Former Prez?). Tom goes back to help the Picketts to find an empty house and himself surrounded by bad aliens. Not good, not good at all. Something tells me again that the Picketts have flipped the power struggle once again. Not sure how, but they aren’t as backwards as they seem.
Back in Charleston, Cochise shows up carrying the injured President – they survived the plane crash and now the Prez is Cochise’s new BFF because the Volm saved his life. Cochise doesn’t answer Marina’s questions about the Volm weapon because he’s afraid of moles. But he takes them to the weapon and explains they need all that energy to destroy a global grid the Fish Heads are building that will wipe all life on the planet—except for the Fish Heads and Skitters.
Weaver and Pope are at war because Pope’s place of business is being relocated. Pope convinces others to slow down on repairs, which is crippling the army. Weaver puts down a firm hand but after seeing the Volm weapon, he tells Pope that in the future, they may need Pope’s “special” way of handling things. Pope agrees with one of his look-whose-important-now smiles.
The Prez is recovering well and he praises Lourdes for all her help. She looks at him strangely, but says thank you. Then she leaves his room, goes to the room right below his bed — wait for it — and uses a Volm weapon to blast through the ceiling, murdering the president. Right through the concrete! And we see many, many alien bugs beneath the skin of her face. OMG! She’s the mole. I would have never guessed it in a million years!
Worst of all, no one suspects her — just as we didn’t.
We have three episodes left and in the preview, there’s a scene where Tom is looking at a clean-shaven version of himself. I think we’re going to find out why Alexis has alien DNA. With Tom captured, I don’t think we’ll have to wait long for that info.
Were you shocked at the identity of the mole? Do you think there’s still another? What will happen to the boys without their father? Give us your TwoCents…