Noah Wyle: 'Falling Skies' season 2 is 'much darker' (Video)
Noah Wyle, formerly of "ER," and his co-stars on the hit sci-fi thriller "Falling Skies" talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about the upcoming season and agreed that it's much darker and edgier than the first.
"There's an expectation that wasn't there last year," Wyle told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "But I have a confidence that I didn't have last year either. I think the second season was really a cut above the first and we have a lot better episodes to offer. That's going to satisfy that fan base - hopefully thoroughly."
"When we first started and we first went down to Comicon that particular audience seemed to be a little cynical, and a little wary about why they should invest in another show, almost as if they've had their heart broken before, and winning them over with the first 10 episodes was a monumental achievement for us," Wyle continued. "I think we'll reward that loyalty with by them an even better show second season."
The show stars Wyle alongside Moon Bloodgood, Sarah Carter, Drew Roy and Colin Cunningham. The TNT thriller follows the lives of survivors of an alien attack on earth who must band together to fight for their lives, and to fight back against the occupying alien force. Bloodgood, known for her work in "Terminator Salvation," told OnTheRedCarpet.com that audiences can look forward to more death and aliens in season two.
"This season, there's a lot more death," Bloodgood told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "There's definitely more twists and turns with the aliens. I think you think, 'Are there really good aliens and bad aliens?' Well, that question definitely arises. It's not just about who humans are, but what aliens are. What side are they on? Who's doing the enslaving, and who's being enslaved? The aliens get to have a storyline, if you will, so that's much more exciting too."
Drew Roy and Colin Cunningham had a similar impression of the new season, promising fans "higher stakes" and more sacrifice on behalf of the humans.
"I don't want to use the 'B' word, the better word, but it is different," Cunningham told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It's darker, there's so much more action, the stakes I think are higher, it's definitely an edgier, darker show - I almost want to say in a way there's less hope. In the first season, we were getting to know each character, and they were trying to stick to the idea of hope and sticking together and we can get through this. Where I think season 2 is certainly darker and it's uglier - it's more complex. More people die, there's a little more blood and loss and sacrifice."
"There's something special about the second season," Roy added. "You've laid the ground work in the first. Like we had to establish this whole new world, so now with this being the second season we can take off and really get into what the aliens are all about and the family connections that we have."
The show premiered in June 2011 with 5.91 million viewers, making it the network's top new series up to that point. The pilot featured the state of Massachusetts six months after an alien invasion that wiped out most of the earth's population and its modern power structure.
The 10-episode second season is set to premiere on June 17, 2012 AT 9 p.m. ET on TNT. Watch a teaser trailer below.