Spielberg’s Untitled Alien Invasion Project – Pilot Review

TNT Drama scheduled to debut in 2011. Contains minor spoilers.

In UAIP, Earth’s armies have been defeated by imperialistic space creatures, leaving only a loose network of human resistance soldiers. The primary action centers on Tom Mason (Wyle), a haggard fortysomething widower, and his two sons, 16-year-old Hal and 8-year-old Matt (Maxim Knight). The pilot (“Live and Learn”), written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan), begins with Tom and Hal sprinting through the streets of alien-ravaged Boston, caught in the crossfire of a battle between humans and extraterrestrials, dodging alien hovercrafts, “mechs” (walking vehicles that patrol the streets, shooting people), and “skitters” (these seem to be dog-size insectlike aliens).

Passing groups of human captives as they run, our heroes return to an encampment where a leader explains that “skitter aerial sensors” are now able to spot people in groups of 500 or more (previously they’d been able to detect only 900-plus). So the inhabitants of the base are divided into teams of 300 and sent in different directions. Tom is made second-in-command of one group, and they flee Massachusetts in search of food. They arrive at one supermarket and discover it’s already been raided, so a smaller crew (including Tom and Hal) have to double back to another store closer to the advancing aliens. Meanwhile, above the city, aliens build a massive mysterious cubelike structure (a Death Star? an Apple Store?).

Other characters of note: Anne (Terminator Salvation’s Moon Bloodgood, no stranger to post-apocalypses), a psychologist who attends to human refugees, a love interest for Tom, and a surrogate mom to Hal and Matt; Weaver, the hard-ass leader of Tom’s group who has lost his own family; Karen (Jessy Schram), Hal’s sorta girlfriend with whom he rides ahead of the main group as a motorcycle scout; and Lourdes (Weeds’ Seychelle Gabriel), a pretty orphan with a crush on Hal

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From DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg that stars Noah Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies). The series opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. The aliens are now rounding up the few people left, but they are met with strong resistance from a group of soldiers and civilians who fight for their survival – all while struggling to maintain their humanity.

Wyle plays Tom Mason, a former college history professor who becomes the reluctant leader of one of the resistance groups. Also starring in the series are Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation;
Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons;
Jessy Schram (Crash) as Karen, who is one of the survivors’ motorcycle scouts; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary.