|Season 2, Episode 1|
|Air date||17 June 2012|
|Written by||Mark Verheiden|
|Directed by||Greg Beeman|
|US Viewers||4.46 million|
"Shall We Gather at the River"
| Noah Wyle as Tom Mason|
Moon Bloodgood as Anne Glass
Drew Roy as Hal Mason
Maxim Knight as Matt Mason
Connor Jessup as Ben Mason
Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes Delgado
Peter Shinkoda as Dai
Sarah Carter as Margaret
Mpho Koaho as Anthony
Colin Cunningham as John Pope
Will Patton as Daniel F. Weaver
| Jessy Schram as Karen Nadler|
Brandon Jay McLaren as Jamil Dexter
Dylan Authors as Jimmy Boland
"Worlds Apart" is the eleventh episode of Falling Skies and the first episode of the Consulting Producer Mark Verheiden and directed by Executive Producer Greg Beeman. It first aired on TNT on 17 June 2012 and drew 4.46 million US viewers.
Three months have passed since Tom Mason boarded the spacecraft, and the 2nd Mass has been on the move. Assuming their father was dead, Tom's eldest son, Hal, becomes more of a presence in the 2nd Mass, along with Ben, whose hatred of the Skitters grows stronger. While attempting to kill a Skitter, Ben accidentally shoots his father, severely wounding him. Through flashbacks, "Worlds Apart" details Tom's torture by the Overlords and his pilgrimage back to the 2nd Mass.
Three months have passed since Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) boarded the spacecraft, and the 2nd Mass has been on the move. In the opening scene, a small group, part of the 2nd Mass, led by Captain Weaver (Will Patton), attack a group of Skitters and Mechs patrolling the streets. Ben Mason (Connor Jessup), who was captured by the Skitters months earlier, has since grown to despise the extra terrestrials. Weaver orders the group to cease fire and conserve ammo. Ben, however, notices a Skitter still alive. He jumps from the rooftop on which he was firing, and slits the Skitters throat. His brother, Hal (Drew Roy) follows him. They both hear a noise and notice another Skitter. Ben shoots it. However, at that point, Tom Mason was wrestling with it. The bullet goes through the Skitter and wounds Tom.
The group bring Tom back to their camp. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and Lourdes (Seychelle Gabriel) operate on Tom. While Tom is in surgery, flashbacks appear; filling in the gaps of his 3 month departure. He is apparently tortured by the alien “Overlords” while on the spaceship. Later, the Overlords wish to speak with him. They communicate through Karen (Jessy Schram), who was once part of the 2nd Mass. It tells Tom about a “Neutral Zone”, in which survivors can live in peace – detained in a camp run by The Overlords. Tom quickly realizes that negotiation with their invaders is out of the question and he immediately refuses. He attacks a nearby Skitter, and is knocked unconscious in the process.
Later, Tom is dropped off in a field somewhere. There, he discovers that other people were held captive on the spaceship as well. A Mech kills everyone, except for Tom, presumably to tell others about what he witnessed. He begins a pilgrimage back to Boston. On his way, he finds a girl, Teresa (Laine MacNeil) being mugged. Tom helps her. Teresa’s mother was murdered and Tom and Teresa bury her. They leave together on Teresa’s motorcycle. Later, they hear Mech fire and people. Teresa decides to leave and go to the mountains. Tom stays to find other survivors. There, he finds a Skitter. Tom kills the Skitter, hears gunshots, and using the Skitter as a shield is shot by his son, Ben, who only sees the Skitter.
His story complete, Tom awakens to find Anne by his side. She tells him she knew he’d return for his sons. He tells her that he came back for her too. Tom then reunites with his children before greeting fellow members of the 2nd Mass. They appear happy to see him. Pope, (Colin Cunningham) however, appears not so happy to see Tom. He tells Weaver about his suspicions.
- Brad Kelly as Lyle
- Ryan Robbins as Tector Murphy
- Laine MacNeil as Teresa
- Mark Acheson as Jared
- Kyra Zagorsky as Bonnie Garcia
- Jon Johnson as Jon
- Nico Amoroso as Nico
- Zack Daniels as Zack
- Danny Wattley as Ox
- D Harlan Cutshall as Butterfield
- Aaron Harrison as Jimmy Vegas
- Keith Arbuthnot as Red Eye
- First appearance of Jamil Dexter, Lee Tedeschi, Tector Murphy and Lyle.
- Introduction of the Berserkers, a group led by John Pope.
- The massacre of every person released except for Tom was very similar to the experience Hal had in Prisoner of War. Hal turns his attention to an appearing Skitter, along with 5 harnessed kids. The Skitter points at Hal and then shoots the kids in front of him as Hal screams. The Skitter then allows Hal to leave. This might be a scare tactic Skitters use in order to send a message. Although the similarities may just be a coincidence.
- The Overlords speak for the first time telepathically through harnessed humans.
- Tom's brief altercation with the Overlord on board the ship was the first instance of a human inflicting harm upon an Overlord.
|Falling Skies Season 2|| |
|#01||Worlds Apart|| ||#09||"The Price of Greatness"|| || |
|#02||Shall We Gather at the River|| ||#10||"A More Perfect Union"|| || |
|#03||Compass|| || || || || || || |
|#04||Young Bloods|| || || || || || || |
|#05||Love and Other Acts of Courage|| || || || || || || |
| #06||Homecoming|| || || || || || || |
| #07||Molon Labe|| || || || || || || |
|#08||Death March|| || || || || || || |