Falling Skies trailer makes it personal

TNT has posted a preview of the upcoming second season of Falling Skies.

Frankly, I’m not sure if anyone was expecting Falling Skies to return after the lackluster first season came to a close at the end of last summer. The critical reception was less than stellar, and there was no real fan backlash when the network didn’t announce an immediate renewal.

Now we know that the show will be back for another 10-episode season this summer. By way of announcement, here are the first few minutes of the season two premier:

Falling Skies depicts the aftermath of an alien invasion. A small group of survivors comes together to fight back in a world where nearly all technology has been fried by EMP attacks. The characters explored the broken world, and their relationships with one another, while they try to discover the nature and purpose of the aliens.

The show is an example of an attempt at a big-mystery plot which simply didn’t work all that well. The mystery wasn’t compelling enough, and the questions did not roll purposefully enough with the plot. In a way, it was far too character-oriented. The melodrama of the relationships took the front seat in the show, while the mystery lost focus. However, perhaps this focus explains where all the viewer numbers originated from, since they probably didn’t come from genre fans.

Falling Skies, which is produced by Steven Spielberg and stars Noah Wilde, returns to TNT July 17th, 2012.