58 Responses

  1. The Admiral
    The Admiral
    July 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

    Does this have anything to do with Stargate?
    So then why report about it?

  2. AsFarAsLarry
    July 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm |

    Oh I don’t know, he does a lot of reporting on former cast members, especially when they do genre work, so it counts based on this: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0192271/

    I’m a little surprised it was picked up. It’s fine, I enjoy watching it, and will watch it until it gets canceled, but it’s really not much more than like an “Earth 2″/”Jericho” mash-up of sorts. Little heavy on the Christian themes (or maybe that one girl just bugs me and makes me feel like I’m being preached to) for my tastes (being a recovering Catholic and a lone, blue dot in a sea of red in Arizona), but to each his own.

  3. steelbox
    July 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm |

    The Admiral, have read it, at least? If you did you would know that it has something to do with Stargate because Colin Cunningham is on it.

  4. Spader or No Spader?
    July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm |

    […] humans genre of movies (I do), then there’s good news — the new TNT alien invasion show Falling Skies will be back for season 2. TNT took a chance with this instead of just mining a fourth or fifth spin-off to The Closer, so […]

  5. Slayme
    July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm |

    @ Darren

    Well said. I think The Admiral and other complainers are just depressed about the end of Stargate for the foreseeable future.

    I personally like reading about new or ongoing projects that Stargate alums are working on.

    Keep the information flowing. :)

  6. pmartin1
    July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm |

    I totally agree with Darren amd Slayme. It’s important to support new and upcoming sci-fi shows– especially with the tough time they staying relevant with reality-centric programming. The best way to do that is to inform fans on forums such as Gateworld, so that we can support shows that we enjoy and prevent them from the same fate as our beloved Stargate.

  7. pmartin1
    July 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    *they have (typing so fast I missed a word)

  8. Greenfire32
    July 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    @ The Admiral:

    In case you forgot, Stargate is cancelled, off the TV, done. So there probably won’t be hardly ANY Stargate news for a long while.

    And did your post have anything to do with Stargate?
    So why post it? ;)

  9. Tripgate
    July 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm |

    Hey Darren, well said. I always thought fron was spelt fraun though. In my fraun, that’s how fraun was spelt. Your thoughts?

  10. mazey
    July 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm |

    well this is the only scifi page i have bookmarked lol so its nice to see the other scifi shows listed here if it was just stargate there would be barely any news to post, so im fine with it u need to remember ALOT of scifi actors stick to doing scifi shows so falling skies will feature more stargate actors in the future.

  11. ELQ
    July 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm |

    Guys, please stop shouting to the editor about non-stargate news. You will have to understand his position. You will have to get in his shoes. If he doesn’t provide a steady stream of even semi-related news (in this case scifi TV news), then the site will be dead within a few months. All his work, all these years, *done*.

    I fully support the editors here to report in scifi TV news, even if they’re not always about stargate, because I have been in the same boat as they have. 10 years ago I used to write for BeNews.com, a news site about the BeOS operating system. When Be, Inc. killed BeOS, we had to keep reporting, or all our work would die. Not only I encountered resistance from my readers, but also from my fellow editors. They didn’t listen to me. So BeNews was dead within a year too. I went on to make another site, OSNews.com (about any operating system), which became many times more successful than BeNews (250,000 pageviews per day avg. in 2005). But truth is, if they had listen, BeNews would not had to die, and BeNews could have become what OSNews became.

    We editors/webmasters put a lot of work on these sites. Maybe these days is easier, since most people use wordpress, but back in the day we had to not only report news and write editorials/features/interviews, but also had to maintain the site and write it ourselves. So seeing it die, is very, very painful. The work must continue. Maybe it should take a bit of a turn, but it should still continue. Otherwise it would have been for nothing (from the editor’s/webmaster’s point of view).

    So please don’t reply like this to the editors. If you don’t care about a news item, simply skip it. And if you don’t want to feel Stargate being gone, simply don’t come back to see it fade away. But you can’t ask to not post semi-related news, because then you ask for the death of the site. Maybe you do this out of reaction to what MGM did to stargate: “if there’s no stagate, there should not be gateworld.net either”. But that’s a very selfish way of seeing things. It’s all about how to soften the blow in YOUR heart. But it’s not fair for the people who brought this site to life.

  12. bluewater1
    July 8, 2011 at 8:52 pm |

    I agree with Mazey – I like getting info about any science fiction, and this is the only genre site that I regularly check out. The Stargate series are gone. Period. I hope this website can continue to evolve and maintain my interest. So far, it seems to covering it’s original mandate as well as can be hoped as well as keeping a thumb on the pulse of science fiction in general. I hope it gets more into the science fiction literature as well, including the Stargate books as well as others. Good job, Darren!

  13. Brian
    July 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm |

    Too bad falling Skies sucks. At least there are only 10 episodes a year. Noah Wyle was great in the Librarian series and they are much better than this. Steven Spielberg still does not know how to do TV. He should stick with movies.

  14. Sylvia
    July 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm |

    I don’t watch Falling Skies, but fully support Darren in posting sci-fi news, SG related or not.

  15. LeviiStar
    July 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm |

    I actually thought Falling Skies was kind of boring. I guess I was hoping for more sci-fi story elements but nothing really happened. It was just all about running, shooting and things blowing up. Granted, the preview of next weeks episode looks better so I think I’ll stick with it for a bit longer. Noah Wyle is great and I was really excited when I recognized Colin Cunningham as I didn’t know he was in it prior to watching. I really enjoy hearing about what Stargate actors are doing so thank you GateWorld! Please keep it up and try to ignore the trolls.

  16. Ekras
    July 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm |

    This is great news! Love or hate the show you should be tuning in – We need to show the industry that Science Fiction is still viable (not including the junk on Syfy of course)

  17. acey916
    July 9, 2011 at 12:41 am |

    @ Darren, Thank you for writing this article, I was glad to hear that Falling Skies was renewed for season 2. Its basically the closest to “real” scifi show left on TV (that’s new of course)
    Note: I put closest to real, for all those who argue that Falling Skies is a “wannabe” interpretation of a science fiction show. I enjoy falling skies so far, and I believe its the closest thing we have to true science fiction on popular television anymore. It is science fiction in subject matter and its entertaining.

    Regarding Major Paul Davis as John Pope…. I really like his character in Falling Skies, so totally different than his character on Stargate Sg1. He has a comical side to him in Falling Skies and his character is interesting.

    Writing about other science Fiction shows on a “stargate only” website is totally cool with me. Its more about the genre than anything else. If falling skies does good then it will help the genre in whole!! If people do not like Falling Skies, then do not watch it, and please do not come on here and dis it and ruin it for the ones who do like it.

    In the above comments someone mentioned the fact that Falling Skies uses a lot of religious dialect and directly references the christian religion. I agree that they should have left that out. Its not the first time religion plays a role in SciFi, Babylon 5 has religious moments and so does Andromeda (Hercules in space) but in both B5 and Rommi, I do not believe they use the christian religion, more of a universal religion. Universal meaning like creator of the whole universe, not made in “our”(human) image. I guess what I am trying to say is Falling Skies could definitely tone down some of the religion being used in the show, or use all religions instead of just one.

    Again, I enjoyed reading this article, I am glad to see Falling Skies will be around next summer, so far its a decent show, I enjoy it. I think writing about other science fiction shows on Stargate website is a great way to promote the whole science fiction genre!!! People might not realize it but any scifi show that does well in the ratings ultimately helps Stargate, not hinder it. Thank You Darren for the heads up, and I appreciate all the hard work you guys put into this website!! Webmasters, Moderators and of course Darren, included!! Keep up the good work and thank you for hosting this site, it gives me a sense that Stargate still lives!!!

  18. orfeu
    July 9, 2011 at 1:17 am |

    Nothing happens in that show so far. I’ve heard they fired the writers and a new crew will be there for the second season. Is it true?

  19. acey916
    July 9, 2011 at 1:49 am |

    @ orfeu I think you are confusing Falling Skies with another TV show in production also produced by Steven Spielberg called Terra Nova. The writers for Falling Skies were not fired as far as I know. But the writers for Terra Nova were fired. Just relaying the info that I know. :) Falling Skies is actually a pretty good show, and has some good writing to it, some people might not like it, but overall its pretty well done. Check it out sometime your bored or on a rainy day, you never know if you give it a real chance you might end up liking it :)

  20. mazey
    July 9, 2011 at 5:09 am |

    terra nova looks really really good even better then falling skies. cant wait for that

  21. 3531767
    July 9, 2011 at 11:55 am |

    Darren keep up the good work, i like hearing about what former stargate actors have moved on to . Until you pointed it out i did not realize that colin was pope. Ill continue to watch this as it keeps me from the temptation to watch anything on syfy. Thanks darren

  22. Jim
    July 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm |

    @Darren Although I don’t like Falling Skies and find it boring and cliched,not to mention the Christian aspect..the more news on sci-fi shows,the better!Whatever it takes just to keep this AWESOME site going..you do a great job and please just keep on doing it.Ignore the whiners.Respect,man!

  23. AscendedTauri
    July 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    You know, I may be a bit biased, but I’m also an honest viewer… but seriously..

    Falling Skies isn’t even in the same LEAGUE as Universe was, yet…. this show has 6.8 million viewers???

    You know, it goes to show you, when you market diversely and to the CORRECT audience, people WILL watch it.

  24. 3531767
    July 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |

    @ Asendedtauri- You can blame syfy for that !

  25. monzoon
    July 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm |

    this is a terrible series… mixup of a lot of different things… very V from the 80s and kinda independence day. this is not good

  26. zukly
    July 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |

    I think the reporting about other shows is good an article on gateworld is how I first heard about Game of Thrones and that is a really good show.

  27. The destiny
    The destiny
    July 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm |

    speaking of shows about earth after an alien invasion featuring a stargate actor.. wasn’t jennifer spence (lisa park from SGU) going to do a show with a similar premise?

  28. acey916
    July 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm |

    SO far everyone has their own views and opinions on this show. I respect everyone and their opinion!! But I do have to agree that Stargate Universe was a much better show!!!!! Maybe because its Stargate. Anything Stargate rules all!!

    Why does Falling Skies have 6.8 million viewers? Well I believe the reason to be a couple different things. One, Steven Spielberg. We live in a society that will do what the media tells them to. I hate to say it but its true; and because everyone knows Steven Spielberg, his name alone had to have brought in half of those viewers. Another reason is TNT, they advertised during the NBA playoffs so millions of people saw commercials for it, added with a name like Spielberg, then you got a show. A lot of people would never watch anything on the SyFail channel because it was the cliched name SyFy… But they would watch Scifi shows on other channels, Stargate during syndication did just as good (for most the part) as it did on SyFy. I hear that a lot of fans from Steven Spielberg’s show “Taken” with Dakota Fanning have all jumped on the Falling Skies band wagon.

    Do not get me wrong I enjoy Falling Skies, but those are my reason on why it is so popular. In all reality does Falling Skies compare to Stargate Universe?? NO WAY!!! Stargate Universe is a brilliant show that never got the recognition it deserved. Just think if Stargate Universe had a name like Steven Spielberg on it and could advertise during a major sporting event, then Stargate Universe would still be on TV today in my opinion. I dont know how we always get on the Stargate Universe topic on these forums but we always seem to move that way :)

  29. btc909
    July 10, 2011 at 1:28 am |

    Don’t shoot the kids! Well that option is out; now what? I was bored about half way through an episode. I’d rather watch SGU.

  30. TV Junkie
    TV Junkie
    July 10, 2011 at 8:34 am |

    @AscendedTauri – 6.8 million viewers probably wouldn’t have been good enough for the execs to save SGU anyway because, unlike the rest of the shows on SyFy, SGU cost more than 6.8 dollars to produce.

  31. orfeu
    July 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm |

    I’ve downloaded the pilot. So far it is better than SGU, not exactly something hard to achieve. Still, it lacks that kind of magic which makes you go pass the shortcomings and stick with it.

  32. Jim
    July 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm |

    @acey916 You are right.Although SGU seems as an Emmy-worthy,intelectually superior masterpiece compared to this,one of the most boring,meaningless show on tv,with the silliest aliens I’ve ever seen,where nothing makes sense,everything just is..like Pope,who’s a bad guy..well just because.,it still proves that with a name like Spielberg and a right kind of marketing,anything goes. Take that SyFy!

  33. Jim
    July 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    @acey916 You are right.Although SGU is Emmy-worthy masterpiece compared to this,a name like Spielberg and a right kind of marketing does the trick.

  34. ELQ
    July 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

    SGU is much better. Falling Skies has religious undertones that don’t sit well with me. Also, both the creative/artistic aspect of the show is not there. It feels pretty cheap.

    But I welcome reporting about scifi TV news. :)

  35. Starscape1
    July 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |

    I think stars Noah Wyle (ER) and Moon Bloodgood (Journeyman, Terminator: Salvation), and Stargate‘s own Colin Cunningham (Major Paul Davis) are doing a good job with acting. They just slowly developing characters until it gets crazy in second half of season. SGU formula I guess. Also, it’s only been 3 eps!

  36. tb1342
    July 11, 2011 at 8:45 am |

    It is an OK show, am watching it due to lack of other programming…but picking up for second season after 3 episodes is rather hasty? I guess I will not look a gift horse in the mouth and just enjoy it

  37. mythos
    July 11, 2011 at 11:37 am |

    I think I saw somewhere that it was averaging about 6 million viewers? That’s not bad at all for a cable network. Not sure about it’s budget, though. But a name like Spielberg does go a very long way.

  38. Skiznot
    July 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm |

    The main reason I gave Falling Skies a chance is because I’m boycotting Syfy and I want to watch something in the summer with a narrative story. I’m in the camp that think’s OK and I agree with folks who think it’s a bit Cliche but it does have some cool action sequences and there’s the mystery of what the aliens are up to keeps me interested at the moment. There are a few good characters, maybe 3, but the rest are a bit cardboard characters at the moment. And yes Christian girl’s little speech in the pilot was annoying as was the cliche response from the bitter people who “lost their faith.” The most recent episode didn’t have any of that so maybe they’ll abandon that part of the story.

  39. Jim
    July 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm |

    @mythos Budget is typically average for that sort of thing..around $2mill per ep.
    Terranova,on the other hand will have at least double that.And yes 5-6 mil viewers for a cable tv..TNT no less is unbeliavable.
    But man the show is awfull,lol!

  40. Chris1
    July 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm |

    I’m trying hard to like this show but it isn’t growing on me. I am just not at all attached to any of the characters and really feels like there’s something missing.

  41. acey916
    July 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm |

    @ Jim, Thank for the reply :) yeah I agree the viewer numbers is amazing for a television show. Advertising during the NBA playoffs was the best thing for Falling Skies… After the episode last night I am starting to agree with more people on here about the show lacking serious direction!!!

    Falling skies is starting to get weaker and weaker every episode and I agree that the shows budget looks cheap. The aliens look like paper machete that was painted green. I will continue to watch this show, interested in why the aliens want the children other than the obvious slave labor prospects. But why children?? There is a lot of holes to the story so far, Im curious on how the writers will tie everything together. It is refreshing however to watch a Scifi show not on Syfail channel. It will be interesting to see where the producers take this series, its still to young to tell, but hopefully the next couple episodes will be better than last night.

  42. Donsta
    July 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm |

    I just want add my support to news that is even vaguely related to Stargate. Keep up the good work guys.

  43. Jim
    July 12, 2011 at 3:04 am |

    As someone said here..I can’t remember who it was,sorry;Unfortunately we as a human race at this point are obviously not ready for going out there and exploring.That can be seen in reality as well.Instead what’s popular and sells is a fear of invasion,”them”,”the others” coming to our land,planet whatever,trying to hurd us and exploit us and our resources..take our jobs.They are the others,foreigners,different and by making them bugs,you can kill them without any guilt..they’re not human after all and they’re here to enslave us.Fear and isolationism,instead of pioneering spirit of exploration and marvel at the world around us..a very sad state of affairs!
    Stargate was everything Falling Skies is not and that alone makes it so much better.
    Plus Spielberg’s cartboard,cliched characters are really getting old,have been for the last decade and a half at least.
    Putting a gun in the hands of a 13 year old doesn’t make Spielberg avoid his typical children,family cliches..and the Christian radical girl just annoys the hell out of everyone I spoke.If that’s by design,it sure as hell works..maybe the only thing that does.
    Moon Bloodgood is the only reason it may persuade me to continue watching the show,lol!

  44. Jim
    July 12, 2011 at 8:14 am |

    @acey916 Even whychildren is cliched and predictable.Humans don’t want to shoot and kill their offspring..the Halloween costume aliens have obviously been studying us for some time,know about us mamals more than we suspect and are using that knowledge.
    Also they’ve developed a really bizzare way of getting kids high on opiats..child’s brain is much more suceptable to getting addicted and manipulated than a grown up brain,I guess.

  45. Noldor
    July 12, 2011 at 8:21 am |

    Falling Skies is missing some bits in the story. I think they should have made a few episodes including the actual invasion. But still.. it seems like an ok show.

  46. ace_love
    July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm |

    I watched the first ep, kinda zoned out after the first 15 mins, probably because its not on par with SGU story lines. I think I’ve grew up, either that or I’m just not willing to give sci-fi shows a chance anymore, in case they get axed. Although I must say that Echoes looks more promising, I shall be giving my all when it finally gets a network. Other than that I’ve started to watch CSI from EP1. Shall keep my occupied until Game of Thrones comes back on :)

  47. Jim
    July 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm |

    @ace_love A Song of ice and Fire books are amazing,I got hooked to it!Simply couldn’t wait for a whole year to see the next season of GoT!!
    If you’re into reading,I highly recommend it to you!

  48. ace_love
    July 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm |

    I have already read it Jim, its just amazing! I’m part way through Clash Of The Kings.. Really can’t wait to see of the screen too. I think the writers (well its already written) and producers have made such an amazing job recreating it, especially (no spoilers) keeping true to the book with the 2nd to last EP

  49. ace_love
    July 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm |

    Sorry ment Feast of Crows lol

  50. Jim
    July 13, 2011 at 6:35 am |

    @ace_love Cool! I’ve just finished A Clash of Kings,but have ’em all,well all but the last one.It just got out,gonna buy that one too and in paperback,cause I still prefere reading an actual book to Kindle.Nothing against Kindle,it’s a great thing!

  51. AbstractAlien
    July 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm |

    I gave it a chance and watched the first half of the series. I personally found it to be painfully cliche and generic in every aspect – very boring and unimaginative, the opposite of what I want in Sci-fi. I wish someone would make some Hard Sci-fi show or something more exotic/weirder, but I guess that stuff won’t “sell”.

  52. moonbaby
    July 17, 2011 at 11:52 am |

    Well this is just ridiculous. I was really unimpressed with this series…doesn’t compare to SG in anyway and they have the cheek to renew this and not SG?! Syfy idiots.

  53. phoenix7
    July 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm |

    Wow, Falling Skies has 6.8 million viewers?! I’m shocked, considering the show is very ordinary, and not very well-written. It definitely is the marketing; SGU gets cancelled, and FS gets 3x the viewers. As for all the people getting a hair up their rear about Christianity being a theme in the show: considering the event the show is based around, and the fact that it’s taking place in the U.S., it makes perfect sense. If the story were taking place in Kuwait, it would involve Islamic beliefs, in China it would be Buddhist beliefs. The end-of-the-world scenario makes it a plot component; it would be a little weird if that aspect of the human condition WEREN’T addressed in the show.

  54. daxmaryrussel
    July 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm |

    Great. He does look quite different in this picture, in Stargate his hair was real short :)

  55. daxmaryrussel
    July 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm |

    @ELQ – and remember Colin was in Stargate quite a bit, I for one really like to read about what Stargate actors are up to

  56. Noldor
    August 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm |

    I was afraid of that Falling Skies should suffer the same destiny that SGU got. A show where nothing happened for a long long time. But it seems like its picking up already after 6-7episodes. Looking forward for season 2. :)

  57. lion5752
    September 17, 2011 at 9:03 pm |

    i am dissapointed that they keep dropping shows that are doing so well ,like stargate sg1,stargate atlantas,stargate universe,how about spending money on making more of these shows than some of the new shoows that are not doing so well ,the decission makers do not understand that these show are making money ,and should do more of the same ,if there losing money at studio where these shows were made ,is because ,they are putting on shows that nobody watches ,and drops the good shows that make money ,thankyou

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