Falling Skies 4×10 “Drawing Straws” – Tom and the remnants of the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni Power Core, and the group draws straws to see who will embark on the dangerous mission. The threat of death hanging over everyone triggers long-simmering confrontations between many of our main characters, ultimately bringing the 2nd Mass closer together. Treva Etienne guest-stars.
Let’s draw straws to decide who will perform one of the most important missions to save humanity at large.
What They Say: Drawing Straws – Tom and the 2nd Mass learn to pilot a Beamer as part of their plan to destroy the Espheni power core. The group draws straws to see who will embark on a dangerous mission.
The Review: With their eyes set on heading to the moon to take out the power station there that’s supply energy to pretty much all the Espheni on Earth, Falling Skies had some decent moments the last time around as we see them unearth a Beamer and to begin to figure out how it all works. Amid that, we saw Ben and Maggie starting to get closer as he helps her out with her newfound abilities, which also ties into the emotional connection that gets forged because of their spikes.
The acquisition of the Beamer is certainly setting things in motion and that works nicely to make it feel like there’s more of a goal here than just survival. The whole Charleston arc was welcome because it gave them a rallying cry to work with, but it all got cut short with everything that happened with it and then the extended ghetto arc of this season.
With a plan that’s slowly but surely coming together, a new event has come into play that puts the 2nd Mass in a difficult position. Information from the outside world has come in that has basically said that what few survivors that are out there are all that’s left as all the other ghetto’s have been emptied. That puts the Tom in the position of talking about what their plan should be, whether to go to ground and hide as recommended because of the unstoppable mysterious new weapon the Espheni have or to take the Beamer to the moon and do what needs doing.
Because of the nature of the mission, Tom is intent on taking it on himself, especially since it’s his idea to really fight back. That doesn’t go over well with Anne for several reasons, but it also doesn’t sit well with a lot of others as they want to get involved as well. There’s a kind of weird vibe about it all as it plays out because they don’t just come outright and say who would be the best for it and instead they go with Matt’s idea to draw straws over it. This leads to a bit of a clash between Tom and Matt since Matt’s very much in his rebellious phase as we saw before, but it’s all done so quickly and the reactions so harsh that you don’t really feel much for either side.
For Lexi, her power has been growing well with the tutelage she’s been getting and we see that she’s definitely gaining a lot of power. Unfortunately for her, she ends up eavesdropping on the Espheni when they talk through their particular connection and she learns that they’ve been fooling her all this time…
Pope gets a little bit of decent story material here as he goes on complaining about the situation as a whole and the way they need to figure out what’s going to happen once the Beamer mission gets going. It makes sense that they do something, and the lack of doing something is frustrating because it’s true as Pope points out that there’s a lot of people basically just sitting around.
When they get to the draw, it’s interesting to see Ben’s name getting pulled out and the small family reactions that comes with it. But it’s also annoying that Tom’s name gets pulled out – and that he pulled the names himself.
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