NOTE: Please put WMG's in the appropriate part of the season, this permits people watching the series on DVD (when it is released that way) to read a few WMG's as they go rather than having to wait until they are entirely caught up first.
- Jossed- the Skitters have harnesses inside their skulls, they're still a slave/subservient race, possibly to the Slenders.
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.
- The aliens in charge of the Skitters are bipedal, though, and the Skitters are themselves slaves. It's likely that the mechs were built based around the Slender frames or some other conquered race. Still, this is possible.
A different alien species conquered the skitters, who are now being used as cannon fodder on Earth.
- Distracted Engineer Skitter: Oh, we'll just put another laser sight on it, maybe that will work this time.
- Now can we please move on?
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?
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.
- Confirmed- there is a third race, of an unknown name, that appears to control both.
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.
- This looks to be confirmed, after the "What Hides Beneath", when they did an autopsy of a Skitter and found a harness inside it.
- Wow, a theory of mine actually possible? I may as well expand on it a little. The tall aliens are at war with something or other, the skitters are their ground troops, something ELSE pilots their aircraft, and there are multiple varieties of harnesses for making various kinds of slaves.
- The final episode of the first season showed Rick wall-crawling like the skitters do, and the girl at the end said that the harnesses were just part of a process. There was also another girl who talked to Rick who showed much more of the transformation process, part of which seems to involve growing an exoskeleton.
- Alternately, the Skitters are a transformed version of a benign race of many-legged aliens, which the Slenders conquered and equipped with harnesses and exoskeletons to use as cannon fodder in their invasions of other worlds. In future seasons, we might see some of the un-transformed versions fighting back against the Slenders and their slaves, just like the humans are doing.
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 final episode of season one confirmed that Harnesses are part of a process, and that removing them does not stop the process.
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.
- Presumably, they work best on younger children, as they aren't fully developed. Because they are still growing, it is easier to change how they grow in order to make them into skitters. Babies would logically work the best, and teenagers the worst. (Excluding adults, as they aren't in a state of proper growth by then.)
The skitters are the end result of their own race's harnessing.
The harnesses are Puppeteer Parasites that are really running things.
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!)
- So all we're missing is a child looking at the mechs and saying, "Toys!"
- The five planes returned at the beginning of CE3K had been missing since 1945, and they were returned 30 years later in the 1970's. The events of Falling Skies happen 30 years after the 1970's. Looks like that's the travel time to their homeworld.
- The people who were returned at the end of the movie weren't the actual abducted people - they were clones made after they were examined and dissected.
- The clones acted like normal humans, living among us but transmitted information on new bases and technologies when the aliens returned so they knew right where to strike.
- When the aliens came back to earth the US government welcomed them politely and the aliens struck while their guard was down.
- It could be the race that invaded earth in Falling Skies are not the main, peaceful alien but a splinter group who learned of earth after intercepting intelligence or reading the news of the discovery of another habitable world.
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.
- I was wrong! And I'm pretty happy about it, too.
- This makes sense to me. I don't know how you are going to make attempted genocide and mass enslavement less black and white otherwise.
- As of "Love and Other Acts of Courage", Red Eye is trying to sell himself as such to the 2nd Mass. But there's uncertainty, both to the characters and the audience, as to whether or not he's legitimate or trying to pull off a complex gambit, so it's not official yet.
- Given the Mech-vs-Mech carnage at the beginning of this episode, either there is a legitimate rebel faction or the Skitters are putting on a pretty significant False Flag Operation. Possibly both, since even if the rebel faction exists, there's no guarantee Red Eye is actually part of it.
- Ricky's face was shown in a preview, so this can't be right.
- Officially Jossed as of "Love and Other Acts of Courage", which had Red Eye communicating through a still mostly human Ricky.
- I actually thought that was a shout out to World War, in which there is a female Soviet fighter pilot who the aliens have trouble dealing with for the same reason. That being, plane made of radar invisible materials.
- From the second she touched down, this troper's bullshit alarm was blaring.
- Maybe her plane is powered by a skitter power plant - that's why she said not to look at her plane and that it's boobytrapped.
- Alternately, the "New Continental Congress", or some of its members do know, and are following Clayton's example in making deals with the aliens. Judging by the commercials, Terry O'Quinn plays a member of the new government, and that seems like the type of role he'd be good at.
- I've said much the same on the Headscratchers page. (High five for great minds and all) Here's hoping the third race is in a space cold war and the other side of said war is willing to stick up for us earthlings.
His 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.
- Doubtful. Yeah, we never saw her body, but Tom's backstory says he did. That said, it wouldn't at all be surprising for Jeanne and her group to make their own way to Charleston.
- Jossed in season 3, when Ben talks about Tom finding his wife's body at the very beginning of the invasion.
- This is why the 2nd Mass are able to cross such large distances with little hassle from ground forces.
- Holy Fridge Horror if that's true.
- Aren't Skitters just harnessed aliens? Don't the harnesses transform them into Skitters?
- Actually, that's been a common fan assumption but has not been implied nor proven. Some harnessed kids take on a skitter tone to their skin, but as we saw with Karen when she came back it's not permanent. They found a harness in the Skitter they did an autopsy on in season one, but as Red Eye pointed out the Skitters are harnessed themselves and are the children of a previously subjugated alien world. So the harnesses do not transform anyone into Skitters that we've seen yet - it may still transform into something we haven't seen yet though. But for the record, as of episode 9 of season 2, harnesses do not turn kids into Skitters.
- Adding to this is word that Doug Jones is coming in to play the alien in season 3. Doug Jones has played heavily latexed characters rather often: He's been Abe Sapien, The Pale Man, and The Silver Surfer.
- Confirmed by Doug himself on his FB page recently.
- And this is why the series is called "Falling Skies" because everyone will be showing up soon.
- Agreed, and I didn't even notice the gloves.
- At the very least, it seems unlikely to be Hal. The second part of the plan for the attack on the reactor was not compromised, despite Hal being part of it. Additionally, one would have expected Arthur Manchester to throw out a "You can walk!" if it was Hal standing in his doorway.
- Hal is shown to be in the maternity room having played Monopoly with his family during the shooting.
- Now that would be a twist compared to how these things usually go.
- Confirmed, to some extent. They wished to relocate humanity against their will, but it's revealed that they truly only wished to protect them.
- At least as far as the murder is concerned, Anne has the same alibi as Hal - she was in the maternity room when Manchester was shot.
The Volm have put something else into the machine that irradiated Ann's womb, turning Alexis from an ordinary baby into a Star Child, hence the abnormally rapid development. Whether their agenda with Alexis is beneficial (another weapon against the Espheni?) or nefarious remains to be seen.
- Or the Volm do, and are trying to enhance human development without asking first.
- Alternatively (and I wrote the WMG originally) there is nothing special about Alexis, but the machine did in fact enhance Ann, and is slowly giving her psychic abilities of some sort. Alexis is just the first might she can read because they are related, and the speech we are hearing and weirdness we are seeing is just her perspective of what she is "reading".
- Maggie: Has a similar build to the mole, and I could definitely see Karen wanting to mess with her. On a meta level, I'm wondering if her coldness towards killing harnessed kids and the flirting with Lars in the first two episodes is an attempt to start turning audiences against the character.
- Marina Perlata (The Vice President): Arguably the most likely person for Manchester to have a meeting scheduled with.
- Ben: The Esphani can already take control of him easily.
- Ben's "girlfriend": see above.
- Anthony: Yeah, wrong build, wrong skin tone, but it wouldn't be the first time a character was Hired to Hunt Yourself. And Manchester wouldn't be alarmed to see him.
- Karen: Yeah, this one's off the wall (and why would Manchester recognize her?) but as a human she could easily slip in and out of Charleston, as long as she didn't run into anybody from the 2nd Mass.
- Lourdes: Can't think of a reason, but she's the only major character not mentioned yet.
- Pope: Audience favorite. That would be out of nowhere.
- But Cochese and the other Volm don't seem to have a problem with the environment on Earth. Why bother terraforming if it's not needed for them. Recall that Cochese said that the Volm have "strategies" for dealing with the Espheni and most likely it's to hit them as hard as possible with as much as possible so that there's no chance of resistance or a follow-up fight.
- They didn't say it was already cleared out, they could have chosen it because there was minimal Skitter presence there that would be easy to take out from the air.
- More likely that the Espheni didn't hit the jungles, or they targeted Sao Paolo and Brasilia and left the rest alone. After all, some humans did survive and given that those two cities are so large....