Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray]
Cast: Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms. And after four years of being tortured, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.
The fifth and final season of ‘Falling Skies’ begins with Tom awakening from his dangerous yet successful mission of destroying the Espheni’s power core with the assistance of Lexi, to visions of his late wife with obvious importance relating to the current battle. As the war against the alien invaders reaches a crescendo unlike anything prior and the enemy finally begins scrambling, the 2nd Mass just may stand an actual possibility of succeeding in vanquishing these intruders for good. As the final battle commences and casualties increase, only one side will be victorious and the power of human kind will be put to its greatest test yet.
I’ve been a big fan of ‘Falling Skies’ since the series premiere aired on TNT years ago, and the fifth and final season of the series (once again returning to the standard 10-episode season order) definitely comes through on the action front and almost surely delivers more hard-hitting and wild action-packed battle sequences than any previous season in the series, none of which were lacking on the action front by any means. It also concludes the series with absolute finality, not leaving any significant gaps open or crucial matters unsettled. The series likely won’t go down in history as having one of the most impressive or unforgettable conclusions and some of the character events and paths they take throughout the season feel a bit rushed, yet it nonetheless delivers in many aspects and provides a final and fairly satisfying wrap to the entertaining and emotionally powerful series.
Fellow fans of the series will almost certainly want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season’ on Blu-ray in order to complete their collections. The Blu-ray release delivers the usual solid high definition video and audio presentations far superior to the high definition television broadcasts, in addition to a few solid extras including a number of ‘Farewell to the Skies’ Featurettes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) sure to make this release a must own, especially for those such as myself who have collected the previous season releases.
Overall, fellow fans of the action-packed and emotionally riveting series ‘Falling Skies’ will almost surely want to make sure to pick up a copy of the Fifth and Final season on Blu-ray to complete their collections. Those fans who might not have yet had the chance to catch the final season will definitely want to make sure to at least rent a copy of the release if possible, while it isn’t one of the most remarkable or unique final seasons of a series in recent memory, the series does suitably wrap, albeit feeling a bit forced at times yet certainly no less final. It’s still a riveting and action-packed final ten episodes that those who followed the series definitely won’t want to miss out on.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fifth and final seasons episodes. The video presentations look wonderful for the most part, aside from a few brief and mostly unnoticeable bits of banding or video noise, the video presentation holds up impressively even during the consistent fast moving and/or darkly lit sequences which are quite common in the show, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are generally great high definition video presentations that should please the majority of fans and casual viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 10 Season Five episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound pretty solid, providing clean, sharp and fairly aggressive audio presentations on every episode in the final season, regularly utilizing all five available channels in order to surround the viewer with bullets, bugs and other elements whipping throughout the speakers (yet some of which feels oddly restrained) and some impressive room trembling bass, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are solid and enjoyable 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that should generally please.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season’ doesn’t include quite as much in the way of supplemental material as previous season releases, although it does include a couple of solid extras. Included on the release are a number of ‘Farewell to the Skies’ Featurettes (running approximately 12 minutes in length altogether) including entries from Noah Wyle, Doug Jones, along with a hilarious entry from a Skitter and many more reflecting on the series as it comes to a wrap. We are also treated to ‘Cast Goodbyes’ (approximately 1 minute), ‘A Look Back’ (3 minutes), and the ‘2015 WonderCon Panel’ (49 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 7.5/10
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