“Brazil,” the finale for Falling Skies season three, felt more like a penultimate episode than a season finale. I kept waiting for a larger explosion, a more shocking twist, or a game-changing character death. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t an enjoyable episode, or that there weren’t explosions, twists, and game-changing character events (there were at least two), but coming from Falling Skies, a show that consistently tugs my heartstrings and

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The phrase that describes “Journey to Xibalba” would be “Everything’s back where it started.” This crops up pretty often in the episode from several characters, mostly to Tom Mason, who returns mysteriously at the beginning of the episode. While his appearance (sailing down the river) might seem suspicious, no one seems to question it. They’re all happy to see him back, even Peralta, who jokingly offers him his old job

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“Strange Brew” might be my new favorite episode of the season. It’s an exploration of the paralyzing effect grief has on us, and what must happen to push us forward: the harsh realization that life goes on. We do what we must to survive. The first half of the episode follows Tom through the twisting labyrinth of his mind as someone attempts to pry information out of him. He wakes

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“The Pickett Line” really shows why the world needs men like Tom Mason. Good, intelligent men make excellent leaders. They are above the bureaucracy, political intrigue and social misbehavior of lesser men, able to provide stability and strength in a chaotic world. Tom was the bedrock of Charleston. Without him, who can keep Pope in line, stop Peralta from going power hungry, all while keeping the people hopeful and prepared

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