Falling Skies: Compass

If you haven’t seen last night’s Falling Skies, I’d recommend you stop reading now. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you.

FALLING SKIES: 2.03 “Compass”

Wow. I didn’t know where we were going with Falling Skies this season, at least nothing specific. If last night’s episode tells us anything, it’s going to be heartbreaking.

If you haven’t seen last night’s episode, I’d suggest that you stop reading now. Because I’m about to fall apart right here in the blogosphere.

We lost poor Jimmy last night. Of all the characters on the show — with the exception of perhaps Tom, Pope, Matt, or Anne — Jimmy was perhaps the last I thought they’d kill off. It’s not that he wasn’t expendable. The show could go on without him. And it certainly wasn’t because he wasn’t a sympathetic kill. If last night taught us anything, that’s certainly the case.

Actually, now that I’m writing this, I have to ask myself: Why didn’t I see this coming? Jimmy had all the telltale signs of the sympathetic kill after all, especially with the pseudo father/son relationship he had with Weaver.

Nonetheless, I’m sorry to see Jimmy go. Jimmy was an interesting character. He was the youngest of the soldiers, and he really walked that fine line of child or man. We had a great episode last year where he was alone, almost killed by a skitter, and we saw that child side come out. Nonetheless, he was always the one on the frontlines, with huge gun in hand, ready to fight.

But as he was lying on that table, with pale skin and blue lips, we saw that child-like appearance come again. Jimmy was one of the strong ones, and you forget in all those layers of survival — combat gear, dirt, grit, whatever — was just a little kid, that dressed up in a blue button-up shirt with recently combed hair, he finally was again.

It was sad, incredibly sad. But let’s not forget what this can mean going forward. Ben clearly sees Jimmy’s death as his fault (and in part, it was), but in discovering this, we’re also seeing that the skitters still have a hold on Ben. Sure, we might all be wondering if Tom’s worthy of trust again, but the real person sharing information inadvertently might be Ben himself. What will this mean for the future of the 2nd Mass?

Further, it was Jimmy’s death that finally made Weaver decide to go to Charleston. Do I trust that there’s really civilization in Charleston? I’m not so sure. After the farm that wanted to hand over the children and the woman in the apartment giving information to Skitter Karen, you can’t always trust the humans around you.

So what do you think? Is Charleston a good idea? And what was your reaction to Jimmy’s death? Will you miss him?


5 thoughts on “Falling Skies: Compass

  1. I’m pretty surprised they killed him off… You’re right, it makes sense, as he’s a pretty sympathetic kill, but I just didn’t think they’d be killing many (or any) of the adolescents on the show.

    Charleston sounds interesting. I’m going to predict it’s some kind of crazy military dictatorship or totalitarian state. One thing post-apocalyptic stories often try to do is present a certain other group of humans, in the absence of functioning civilization, as nearly as bad, evil, or controlling as the aliens/zombies/whatever monsters. Should be interesting to mix things up. I don’t expect it to end well though.

  2. I think your idea about Charleston could be really interesting. I actually hope that is the case. As much as I enjoy the mystery that is the alien race, some of the most interesting parts in the series are the ones that involve the humanness of the characters.

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