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Falling Skies and other online TV shows
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First, let me say I don't watch much TV. I very seldom have the patience to sit through TV shows. I occasionally watch stuff on the History channel but mostly I watch stuff on Netflix if I watch anything at all. My wife told me about the show Falling Skies which is on Amazon Prime (which I just found out we get because my wife wanted to watch Downtown Abby).  So over the last couple weeks I watched the entire five seasons.  Seasons 1 & 2 were pretty good, 3 was pretty boring, 4 kind of jumped the shark but season 5 (which closed out the show) was pretty good.

For those that don't know it is about an alien invasion and the human survivors (militia) who fight them off.   The good is that they use lots of guns and seemingly endless supply of ammo as they try to survive and are pretty pro-gun.  The bad is that they use every conceivable plot device and TV trope ever invented. Overall a decent view of a post apocalyptic world.  I should note that there is a lot of parallels between the American Revolution and the story particularly since one of the main characters is an American history professor.

Another show I found on Amazon Prime is called The Man in the High Castle.  Based on a sci-fi book by Phillip Dick it is about an alternative history of the allies losing WWII and living under Nazi and Japanese rule. I tried to find the book at the library (or online) to no avail.   This is so far outside most people's paradigm that it is disturbing and  hard to watch. In the show based in the early 1960s Nazi Germany  rules north America from the east coast to just east of the Rocky Mountains. The Japs rule from the west coast to the Rockies with kind of a buffer zone in between.  Of course there is a power struggle going on between the two, plus insurgents, spies etc.   Kind of an frightening view of what it would be like living in a fascist country (or communist country since national socialism/fascism and communist socialism are branches of the same tree).  I am about halfway through the series and it is pretty decent.
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Haven't heard of either of these Mac.  I'll have to keep an eye out.
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Falling Skies was originally on TNT so you might be able to find it on their website. A number of the seasons were also on Netflix. They are all now on Amazon. You can watch them without additional cost if you an Amazon Prime member. You may be able to find them on various online sources (i.e.,torrents) for download if you know what you're doing.

The Man in the High Castle (which I just finished last night) is an Amazon original and is only on Amazon as far as I can tell. First episode came out last Feb. The whole season was released in November when it was renewed for a second season.
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