THE PLOT THUS FAR
The chaotic aftermath of an alien attack has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The entire first six months of alien invasion, conquest and occupation are glossed over by some sad little boy’s narration on how the aliens killed his mother, blew up all the soldiers, kicked little puppy dogs and generally made a right mess of things. You might think that, given this rush through those first moments of the invasion, the problem with the show would be that it eschews plot development for action.
We’re supposed to believe that the world has been taken over by an oppressive alien force. The humans are on the run. Despite this, the humans appear to be able to live in large numbers quite comfortably and undisturbed in a sizeable unconcealed above-ground building, strolling about without any sense that they might be attacked. What the heck are the aliens playing at? Just nuke ‘em and put us all out of our misery. To compound matters, there only seems to be about three aliens in the area at any one time, whereas there are about 300 humans. What the heck are the humans playing at? Just rush ‘em with numbers, overcome them and be done with it. That’s what happens on a basic cable TV budget.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes and a sneak peek of the second season. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a basic cable, as the 1080p transfer makes the show shine. However, I found the Dolby TrueHD track to lacking in back channel support. The same audio issues were present during the Comic Con featurette. However, I did enjoy the Blu-Ray exclusive featurette about the comic book adaptation. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 06/05/2012