(Episode 1) America, some time in the future, a few years after aliens have invaded Earth and set up camp in huge, long-legged fortresses atop an unspecified town. Why are they here? Not sure, but it could be something to do with the way they round up kids and attach nasty devices to their backs (this is termed “harnessing”). Shades of Torchwood: Children of Earth there.
There are pockets of resistance, and one such pocket contains professor of military history Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). He’s not your typical action hero, being a more brains than brawn type. Strategy is his area of expertise, having studied every battle from the Ancient Greeks to whenever his present day is. He can blether on at length about Trojan horses and so on, and his more gung-ho colleagues tend to glaze over, but you know that in a fight between the plucky little earthling and the heavily-armoured and hard-to-kill alien, it’ll be intellect that wins the day.
As is customary in these things, Tom has emotional baggage in the form of his three sons, Ben, Matt and Hal. Mama Mason is missing, presumed squished by nasty aliens, and oldest son Hal has a shock when he sees his younger brother Ben (the middle Mason son) harnessed and captured by the aliens. Tom and Hal resolve to rescue Ben, but Tom knows that they’ll need to use cunning to do it. Meanwhile there’s food to be gathered (from dwindling supplies on supermarket shelves) and a band of refugee people to be moved to a safer location.
The aliens come in two sorts. There are robot-like two-legged versions which shoot laser beams, and ones that look remarkably similar to the prawn-like creatures in District 9, only they aren’t as sarcastic, and here they’re the overlords rather than the unwilling minority.
Among the humans, there’s a friendly female doctor in the form of Anne Glass (played by the fabulously-named Moon Bloodgood), and a nasty military type, Captain Weaver, who is not at all on the same page as Tom in terms of strategic thinking.
A little formulaic, then, but interesting enough to make me want to watch the next episode, if only to see how Tom’s plan of “Retreat – regroup – return – REVENGE!” pans out.
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