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Season one, first half
The Skitters are a former slave race that broke out of bondage and appropriated most of their previous masters' technology to become the force they are today.Why do the Skitters have bipedal mechs? Well, maybe they once were the conquered instead of the conqueror, but they overthrew their masters and stole most of their technology. The Mechs are bipedal because their masters were bipedal, and the harnesses were originally mind-control devices kept to keep the Skitters in line.
The harnessed children are being used to create mechs.That's why the mechs are bipedal: they're build around children, who are the control centres. The scrap metal is being collected so that it can be used in the construction of more mechs. The harnesses have some kind of telepathic connection to the skitters, so that the skitters can control the mechs.
Mechs are operated by aliens, but not skitters.A different alien species conquered the skitters, who are now being used as cannon fodder on Earth.
The aiming problems with mechs are glossed over/ignored by their already-busy R&D by just adding more laser sightsThere are several laser sights for one gun on a mech, and they still have trouble hitting moving targets.
Skitters are incapable of having offspringThat is why their forces on Earth are limited and one of the reasons why they take children. When Hal pretended to be harnessed, the skitter he followed started petting his head before falling asleep, a somewhat parental action.
Collecting scrap metal is practice for shooting humansFrom a logical point of view, if you have a mind control device, then you've still got the hardest part to do: Creating the mind control program. The skitters (or their alien overlords) might still be experimenting to see how much they can get away with. Collecting scrap metal is a good field test, as it requires some rather sophisticated behaviors. Independent navigation. Differentiating scrap metal from non scrap metal. Understanding how to dismantle it. Taking it to a central point, in one case as part of a relay. Many of these behaviors (especially hunting, and target profiling) are vital steps towards an autonomous fire control system. EG: What you need to run a hunter/killer 'terminator'.
The Mechs are a conquered slave race.Assuming that the Mechs aren't really us being turned into mechs, the whole "Bipedal Locomotion" thing doesn't quite jive with the fact that Skitters have lots of legs. Perhaps they were another race that encountered the Skitters long ago, and were conquered and enslaved?
Neither the Mechs nor the Skitters are conquerors.Related to two of the above. The Skitters and Mechs are both enslaved by and subordinate to a higher caste of entirely different aliens like the members of The Combine are to the Advisers.
Tom Mason will defeat the aliens through meticulous analysis of historyAs a historian, it makes perfect sense for him to use his unique talents to save the world in a fashion that only Tom Mason could do. Not only would this create a nice poetic theme (that I am too lazy to go into depth) about the importance of history, but this show wouldn't be Spielberg's masterpiece if it didn't didn't call back to Pinky and the Brain
Season one, second half
The harnesses turn people into Skitters, and Earth is a Skitter farm.Bear with me for a moment, as this idea is rather convoluted. The Skitters were at one point just your average race of colonial aliens, but something or other caused a rather perpetual war with another race. Feeling desperate, they devised a plan. Because cloning themselves is expensive and inefficient, they made a way to turn other races into them, the harnesses. The harnesses slowly and steadily alter DNA and body structure until whatever they're altering becomes a rather rough facsimile of a Skitter. The skitters found Earth and decided it was the perfect breeding ground for their little project. Every time the Human population gets to high, or the Skitter population gets too low, they come and harvest the fruits of the Earth, kill off civilization, and reintroduce life to the planet. They do their best to keep their images from showing up in mythology and history, but occasionally something gets through, and never enough to give Humanity cause to prepare.
The harnesses turn people into Skitter-human hybrids, and Earth is a Skitter colonization project.Mike's son Rick talks like he's an alien now, no longer a human, and the promo for next week seemed to show some sort of new hybrid alien.
The Skitters are dying, and are taking the children to preserve their race.This is related to the above theory: something (be it a bioweapon or a virus, or something like that) has left the Skitters all sterile, and they're taking the children to replenish their species. The way this works it that the harnesses change the children into Skitters — it was stated in "Grace" that the harnesses grow into their hosts, and Ricky and Ben's were in them long enough for their spikes to stay permanent. If the harnesses stay in long enough, they begin to change the biology and mentality of their hosts to match that of the Skitters. But they also don't work on adults for some reason, which is why only children are taken.
The new, tall aliens are actually the end result of harnessing humans.The skitters are the end result of their own race's harnessing.
The harnesses are the true masters here.The harnesses are Puppeteer Parasites that are really running things.
Falling Skies is set in the same universe as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.The tall aliens look like the tall aliens from the movie. After the aliens had the peaceful meeting in Wyoming in the 1970's, they backed off and planned their invasion. (And Steven Spielberg is involved with both works, too!)
The aliens hate dying.The aliens show an unwillingness to fight the humans in situations where they might not take the humans by storm. They nuke Boston when Reed uses a couple A T4s and it is implied they nuke any gatherings of humans they deem to be too large. When they engage, they send only a few mechs to fight, thus saving themselves from any real harm. Rick, when he was still under the affects of the harness, spoke about humans killing each other with disdain, insistent that the aliens would not do such to each other. The captured skitter goes berzerk when he sees the body of his comrade. They expected for the rest of humanity to give in and be cowed by the initial assault, because they would have been. That's why they find the resistance to be "interesting" and want to negotiate despite still having an overwhelming advantage. The new armor piercing rounds might even inspire the skitters to stop fighting the humans outright and to just nuke every major resistance holding.
The entire show was made after Spielberg wanted to turn the Transformers Film Series into a live action TV showAliens invade, they want slaves, they kill a bunch of them to establish who they are, they ocupy large cities, they're willing to make deals with humans, and they keep gunships flying about. In the third transformers film, the Decepticons invade, their goal is slavelabour, they kill a bunch to establish who they are, they take over a large city, they make deals with a human and his father, and they have gun ships flying about. Basically what I'm saying is, Spielberg read the skript for DOCT, thought 'hey, this would make a cool show'. He decided to reuse ideas, but for obvious, lawyer related reasons, couldn't use robots. So he got some ideas rolling about radio wave using bug people and tall skinny dudes.
The Harnesses are cyborg implants designed to create super beings for slaveryThe Slimmers go to planets with large populations, and start harnessing them. They started with some bug people, and then use them to enslave humans. The harnesses improve the body while also turning them into wall crawling exoscekital lizard people. That's what we know, what we don't know, is the specifics. I'm thinking that, the harness uses its implant parts to inject into the body a series of chemicals to alter the DNA, cells, and anatomy. They cause scales to grow, forming an exoskeliton around the body and the harness that will leave them impossible to remove. They also grant wall crawling abilities, increase their brain's capabilities, and their physical atributes. They then by hijacking the nervesystem, they create a radio transmitter inside the victims body that is conected to their thought process. After a ehile, the Harnessed indavidual starts to crave the experience of the harness, and as such become fiercly loyal to the Slimmers, even after they're no longer being controlled or even Harnessed. The skitters were a race of bug people who lived peacfully, just like humans, until they were taken over and harnessed. Then, to Kick the Dog, they make the Skitters do the exact same thing to another race: Us. This is why the Skitters act so caring for the children, now that they've been taken over, whatever was left of their consciousness causes them to care for the human slave children. The Harnessed children won't turn into Skitters, but they will grow exoskelitons and wall crawling, and even possibly biological radio transmitters.
They could make a radio jammer sugested by someone on a different page with a downed Mech.If they can take down more mechs without doing too much damage, they can have a look over the mech. Once they do, they could find its radio transmitter that controls it, and use this to make a jamming frequency to take out their comunications with each other, effectivly crippling their forces. Then its only a matter of time before the invaders colapse.
Season two will start off with Tom Mason being found and remembering nothing of his time with the slenders.Because my Troper-sense is Genre Savvy. He'll learn/figure out more as time goes on. They're not going to give us a Plot Dump right off the bat. We know better.
Season two, first half
Red Eye is the leader of a rebel group within the Skitters.Word Of God has stated that the Skitter they've nicknamed Red Eye is going to reveal a side to the Skitters that we didn't know about, and will also communicate with Ben and show that things aren't as black and white as they appeared. And since we know that the Skitters were also harnessed by the Overlords, it stands to reason that some are willing to rebel against them.
Red Eye is RickyHe's gone all Skitter. Explains a possible familiarity with Ben, too.
Avery Churchill, the pilot, is working for the Skitters.She averts detection by flying low... in a bright red plane. Right.
Charleston is the neutral zone.How else would a city be able to have electricity and running water and the like without drawing retaliation? They might not even know they're the neutral zone, and the Overlords are allowing them to send messengers because they want as many humans as possible to go there before it's fenced off or destroyed outright.
The planet Earth is going to be destroyed.Yeah, Tom, the Skitters are just going to get up and leave humanity to hold a grudge. Once they realize Earth is more trouble than it's worth, it won't even be hard for them to play it safe and reduce Earth to a ball of molten rock.
Jean is pregnant.The reason Jean decided to stay with Diego instead of going with her dad was because she's pregnant with Diego's child.
Humans and the Overloads are related.The writers will take a page from the alien conspiracy books and reveal that humans were genetically engineered by the same race that created the Overloads. Why else would aliens who evolve millions of light-years away just happen to walk up right, use two legs, and bear an uncanny resemblance to humans? And just like humans, Overlords ruined their world's ecology and are now plundering other planets, enslaving natives to mine for more resources.
Pope will work for the SkittersHis brother is dead, his berserkers have deserted him, the 2nd Mass wants him gone and the only guy who follows him is black [who he clearly hates]. He's sick of humanity. The Skitters approach him, sympathize with him, convince him that they are Not So Different. They tell him to rejoin the 2nd Mass and find more information about Charleston. They'll probably order him to kill Red Eye, which he will most happily oblige. In return, they'll grant him immunity and he gets to Hunt the Most Dangerous Prey. Of course, the only human he really wants to kill is Tom. Wouldn't be surprised if he double crosses them, because Anthony has become a close friend and Morality Pet. Even Evil Has Standards.
Season two, second half
Speculation on Karen's return and the fallout that ensues.With (per the latest previews) Karen's imminent return, and the major development of Hal/Maggie in "Love and Other Acts of Courage", it seems we're headed for a love triangle of some kind. Or are we? Maggie seemed pretty upset with Karen in the latest trailer, but is that jealousy or simple suspicion? Also, previous trailers seem to imply Ben/Karen.
Tom's wife is in Charleston.If Weaver's daughter can come out of the blue and Karen can return from Harness Hell, then there's no telling which presumably dead chars can pop up. My bet: Tom's wife is in Charleston and is possibly shacking up with someone new. Awkwardness abounds when she and Tom reunite.
The Overlords are on their own.They had a fleet helping out at the beginning of the invasion, but now that the Earth is subjugated the extra troops/ships have gone home. This is why they aren't using as many bombs and ships anymore.
The Overlords are low on resourcesThey shot their wad in taking over the earth. Now they don't have as much to work with and weren't expecting resistance at this stage.
The small spider creatures used at the hospital are indigenous to the skitter home world.Multiple legs, skitter about, can climb walls. Maybe they were more docile and engineered by the overlords to be vicious.
The small spiders are the skitters in their infant form.We know little to nothing of the skitters' life cycle.
Mr. New Alien and his buddies are the police force.The Overlords were indeed bad. The police have arrived, thanks to the 2nd Mass destroying the new weapon intended to keep them away. Now, unfortunately, Earth is stuck in the middle of a land claim dispute.
The new alien is attempt to bring in a cheaper-to-have-on-screen Rubber Forehead Alien for the show.New alien is human shaped (and possibly human sized, we aren't given a comparison). Skitters and Overlords require much CGI and puppeteers.
The new alien is - finally - the end result of harnessing humans."What is the end result of harnessing humans?" has been an ongoing question for fans.
The new alien are another faction/species of the rebellion.The overlords realized their skitters were getting out of control and were bringing in another enslaved race to replace them, but they joined the rebellion instead.
The new alien is a member of a species who are old enemies of the Overlords.His species' fleet was approaching Earth to fight the Overlords on a new front. The weapon that the 2nd Mass destroyed was a part of a defense grid to prevent other aliens from attacking the Overlords' new planet. After the death of the Overlord, and the destruction of the weapon; the new aliens were able to sneak through the now compromised defenses. He probably knew of the resistance, and was grateful for their assistance in the war. Also, the new alien's arrival fits in with the American Revolution theme. If the Overlords are British, and humans are American colonists, then the new alien's species would act as the French. And like the British and French, the Overlords and the new alien species hate each other and are fighting for dominance in the galaxy/universe.
The new Aliens have humanity's best interest at heartOr so they will claim as they start to subjugate them and take control of everything. For their own good.
Earth is in a busier part of the galaxy than humans ever thought.Skitters and Overlords and new guys.. oh, my!. It's a busy area of the galaxy and Earth has only just been noticed. Aliens have been passing by this little boring yellow sun for years and never noticed its significance until very recently.
Pope will be remembered as a hero of the resistance.Years later, the events of the war against the Overlords will be heavily distorted and romanticized, and Pope will be remembered as a hero of the resistance and as a kind of secular saint.
The probe in Hal at the end of Season 2 has implanted the consciousness of the Big Bad Overlord into Hal.Thus explaining his expression in the mirror and lack of concern for the Eye Scream.
Season three, first half
[WMG: Tom Mason will defeat the aliens through meticulous analysis of history ]] As a historian, it makes perfect sense for him to use his unique talents to save the world in a fashion that only Tom Mason could do. Not only would this create a nice poetic theme (that I am too lazy to go into depth) about the importance of history, but this show wouldn't be Spielberg's masterpiece if it didn't didn't call back to Pinky and the Brain