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'Falling Skies' finale recap, part 2: Moon or bust

Season 4 | Episode 12 | “Shoot the Moon” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

The 2nd Mass gears up for trouble. Through the Volm scope, Hal watches the blinking green light on the moon. Anne loads up her really, really big gun. Matt practices throwing knives. Tom reads from Epictetus … as you do when you’re flying to the moon with your alien hybrid daughter to blow up an alien power core that imprisons the Earth. Nothing like a little in-flight reading of a dead Greek philosopher to lighten the mood.

On the moon base, the Espheni mine moon rock.

Back on Earth, a panicking Dingaan finds a man crushed under boulders with a large slug attached to his chest. The slug drains the man. Dingaan sees a whole valley of people being taken over by the slugs.

Hal is concerned because the blinking green dot on the moon has increased its pulses. Ben snatches the scope to see for himself. “Help yourself,” Hal snarks. “You’re getting pretty good at that.” Ben expositions that it’s been 24 hours and Tom and Lexi should have reached the moon.

Anne fortifies a sandbagged sentry position. Weaver trains Matt to throw a knife. Matt reminds us that Hal gave Tom a poisoned syringe to kill Lexi if needed.

Recon squads pass in the night. Maggie and Hal discuss how Dingaan’s squad is overdue and his isn’t the only one. Pope sneers that Dingaan should’ve taken more people with him. Naturally, Dingaan shows up in the next instant. He tells them the rest of his patrol is all gone.


Lexi yoga-drives the beamer while Tom reads from Epictetus: “It’s not what happens to you; it’s how you choose to react that matters.” The homing beacon locks onto the power core. Tom discovers the bombs have been ruined by the crack in the wall. He gets a look on his face and Lexi realizes he wants her to be the weapon. She explains that, never mind she’s not a Doomsday weapon, her power essentially relies upon manipulating gravity, which won’t work in the vacuum of space.

Lexi explains the base is a mining platform where the Espheni extract helium-3 from the lunar rock and refine the ore into energy and deploy it to the power core, which converts it to wireless electricity and beams it to Earth. Yeah, but do they recycle? Tom name-checks Tesla, who believed wireless electricity could happen. I check my WiFi connection to be sure: Guess so.

Lexi surprises her father with the news that the Espheni didn’t choose Earth by accident. “They need a life-sustaining planet close to a helium-rich moon.” Tom non-sequiturs how Scorched Overlord warned him there was a dangerous force coming that they (the humans) couldn’t possibly understand. Suddenly their homing beacon is overridden and the ship is pulled off course and attaches to a mother ship.

Downstairs, Dingaan explains how his patrol found a militia camp deep in the woods and there was fog and sticky ooze and slugs and pain. Ben realizes the Espheni have advanced the factory-free means by which they make human skitters.

ben sara and halMaggie and Hal discuss the “just be friends” option as Ben watches from afar. I hate this triangle crap most of all because it takes Maggie, a kickass soldier who, in previous seasons, was chock-full of agency, and treats her like a prize to be passed between the brothers. Bugs me big time.

A beamer flies overhead and Pope runs off to attack it, but instead of firing, the beamer drops a nest egg into Chinatown from which spills first the ooze that locks victims in place—and then the large, incredibly gross Espheni slugs. Hal, Maggie, and Ben run into a garage. Random Extra, who got a line a few weeks ago during the lottery discussion, stands still and prays for deliverance, so naturally she gets eaten by a slug. Maggie parkours up and onto the top of a school bus, but Ben and Hal get stuck in the ooze. Weaver and Matt run into another room and bar the windows against the fog, but it gets in. Dingaan and Pope find Random Extra screaming in pain and surrounded by fog, a scene with which Dingaan is familiar. Random Extra goes suddenly quiet and gets veiny face as the slug turns her into a human skitter.

In the mother ship, Tom and Lexi are greeted by a now-harnessed Mira, who is being used as Scorched Overlord’s mouthpiece. Scorched Overlord knocks Tom aside and uses Lexi’s triskelion medallion to choke her from a distance.

Dingaan and Pope climb on a tower built of flats that breaks apart, dumping them into the ooze. Pope yells at Anne to stay out of the fog. Matt and Weaver are also stuck in the ooze. The window breaks and a slug chitters into the room. Matt takes out his knife and pins the slug against the wall just before it jumps him.

Through Mira, Scorched Overlord explains how Sensi Overlord implemented a safeguard into Lexi’s triskelion, which doesn’t and never did stand for peace: “It means control.”

Ben and Hal shoot the slugs and tell Maggie to do something fast or she’ll lose both her boyfriends. She reaches down for Ben, their spikes activate and she pulls him up. Maggie tells Ben that Hal is going to need both of them as the subtext anvil hits us all upside the head.

On the mother ship, Scorched Overlord gives Mira a volcanic rock communicator to use on Lexi. Tom protests that they not hurt her because of him. Pretty sure they’re hurting Lexi because she flew the Espheni coop, but go ahead and make it all about you again, Tom.

Pope still shouts for Anne and Dingaan finally tells him to shut up, then complains about how Pope runs exactly where he shouldn’t go all the time, with disastrous results. A slug bypasses Pope but takes Dingaan. Over at her post, Anne lights up a flare and discovers the slugs’ kryptonite: fire.

Lexi claims she delivered Tom to Scorched Overlord as she promised. Her eyes flash back to blue for a moment, and Tom’s expression is all, “Was this in the plan?” Lexi chides Scorched Overlord for destroying his best weapon just to prove dominance over Tom.

Matt frets that they’re not going to make it. Weaver bolsters him with the rallying cry, “The fight isn’t over till it’s over.” Or until the fat lady sings—whatever overused cliché suits your fancy. Anne hears them shouting, grabs up the flamethrower and heads off to the rescue.

In the garage, Maggie and Ben tell Hal to stop firing so they can throw him a fire hose. Maggie says he has to trust them. Hal: “’Cause it’s so easy to trust you these days.”

Pope yells for Dingaan, who pops up out of the fog with the slug still attached to his chest. Pope spies the long tail of the slug next to him and bites down on it to sever its connection to the hive.

Lexi tells the Scorched Overlord she did everything for the Espheni. Unmoved, Scorched Overlord tells Tom he’s going to burn Lexi the way Tom burned him. Guess it is really all about Tom. Tom stabs Scorched Overlord in the back with the poisoned syringe and then again in the face. Lexi’s eyes flash blue, then back to brown.

Tom runs back to Lexi and tears off the triskelion medallion. Scorched Overlord has enough oomph left to mess with the ship before he dies. Tom decides they need to set the ship on a collision course for the power core. Lexi can do that, but Tom has to release the beamer from the dock first so it doesn’t go down too. After he leaves, Lexi realizes what Scorched Overlord did to the ship.

Outside of Chinatown somewhere where he doesn’t hear the screams, Cochise finally gets a callback from his father.

Matt and Weaver yell their mantra. Just as a slug rears up to attack Matt, Anne kicks in the door and burns ’em all up, but good.

In the garage, Maggie and Ben lasso Hal with the hose, yank him back against the bus hard and pull him onto the bus. Hal quips, “It’s good to see you two working so well together.”

A slug bursts through the window and attaches to Weaver’s chest. Anne’s flamethrower is out of juice. Weaver shuts the window on the slug’s tail like a tourniquet, but doesn’t sever it.

Tom calls for Lexi. Over the communicator, she explains how Scorched Overlord destroyed the tractor-beam controls and the autopilot. She has to disengage the beam and fly the mother ship into the power core manually. She asks Tom to touch the cocoon they shared.

tomBack in the dreamscape, it’s now a bright day, and Lexi again is fully human. She tells her father she loves him. She’s programmed the beamer to lock onto the homing beacon on Earth, and there’s just enough life support to get him there. “Good-bye, Daddy.” They embrace. Tom comes back to himself on the ship and races for the map, where he sadly watches as Lexi detaches the beamer from the mother ship. An alarm goes off and the map shows enemy beamers on intercept. Tom realizes Scorched Overlord called in backup.

Dingaan and Pope are stuck in the ooze. Sara returns at the last minute to rescue them. Sara: “Don’t act like you didn’t miss me.” Honey, it’s not an act.

Weaver is giving his last words to Anne. In the garage, the slugs climb up the side of the bus to get at Hal, Maggie, and Ben. Upstairs, the Volm arrive just in time to destroy the enemy beamers. Cochise’s father contacts Tom: “You’re all clear, kid. Now let’s blow this thing and go home!” Or something real close to that. Lexi collides the mother ship into the power core.

Moon go boom.

The concussion wave knocks Tom’s beamer off course and sends it spinning off into space. On Earth, the giant slug egg withers.

Daylight on Earth. Anne wakes to find the ooze, fog and slugs all gone. She rouses Weaver. Group hug! Hal, Maggie and Ben emerge from the garage and exposition how all the Espheni tech no longer works. Everyone reunites.

Floating off into space, Tom reads Anne’s inscription in the Epictetus: “You’re the reason I’m still fighting.” He pulls out a battered picture of the Mason Family pre-alien invasion and hugs both to his chest.

weaverCochise arrives in Chinatown and updates Anne and the rest on the Volm return and what happened to Tom’s beamer. The Volm are looking for him, but: “Space is not a finite environment.” Anne is confident that Tom will find his way home, and until then, they have to finish what he started and end the war. Anthony and other recon teams return. Hal takes over for Tom and gives the inspirational speech.

Tom wakes up in a re-creation of his old Massachusetts bedroom. A disembodied female voice tells him not to be afraid. Several sound bites are heard, including “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” The door opens to display the hazy image of a new humanoid alien with four legs: “Tom Mason. It’s about time.” Tom is surprised but seems to recognize her: “I had no idea. You’re … you’re beautiful.”

End credits.

That’s it for season 4 of Falling Skies! What did you think? Did it all come together in the end? Is Lexi really dead? Is Tom about to become a polygamist with an alien wife? Has the show jumped the shark—or just the moon? Sound off in the comments!

Read Kiersten’s recap of part 1 of the Falling Skies season 4 finale here.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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