At the center of the series is Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart. His wife was killed in the initial attack, and one of his three sons has been captured. Determined to get his son back and to ensure the safety of his other two sons, Tom must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as one of the leaders of the resistance movement known as the 2nd Mass, because of their location in Boston, Mass. They are constantly trying to gain intelligence about the aliens in order to one day outsmart and overtake them and hopefully rebuild their lives.
Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) co-stars as Anne Glass, a pediatrician who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic upheaval in their lives. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT's Into the West) plays a fierce leader of the resistance, Weaver. The series also stars Drew Roy (Secretariat) as Hal, Tom's oldest son and a growing fighter in the resistance movement; Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom's youngest son; Connor Jessup (The Saddle Club) as Ben, Tom's son who was captured by aliens; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps Anne in the group's makeshift medical clinic. Colin Cunningham (Living in Your Car) is John Pope, the leader of an outlaw motorcycle gang and Sarah Carter (Shark) is Margaret, a wary survivor of Pope's gang.
It's funny but all this summary above doesn't have spoilers. It's all the necessary info for you to know what the series are about. So if you avoid reading, you better take a look at it since i'm not gonna write a story summary.
Even though i'm not really fun of alien stories, Noah Wyle and the trailers made me wanna watch the series and i did. The first episodes are slow and with less action than the trailer made you think. It's mostly around what's happening inside the 2nd Mass than actual war. At the middle episodes you get some action but then it slows once more. The last final episodes are the best of the series, not only because they have more action but because you also get some answers to most of the questions of the story and leave you with a really good cliffhanger. Need to add, that with slow episodes the show did have something to offer that kept you in.
I was actually really impressed with the acting. I was already fan of Noah Wyle, but i saw many new actors who could actually act. In general i have to say i liked the casting choices. They fit the characters good. Biggest surprise for me was Drew Roy who i had previously seen only in Hanna Montana and a Disney movie (kinda of a big step up eh?). He was really good. And then another favorite of mine was Colin Cunningham, kinda of a bad guy, who made you think he actually is the person who portrayed.
Lastly, the special effects were some of the best i've seen in weekly series and it's understandable why the show only had 12 episodes. They did sign for a 2nd season so yay us!
It might be not the best series around, but certainly has its good and bad moments and i enjoyed most of it.
P.S: I hate the intro! Almost every time i thought my monitor had some kind of problem!
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