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Falling Skies Alien Types - More Than Just Skitters and Mechs

Updated on October 27, 2012

Falling Skies Aliens

Falling Skies premiered in the USA on Sunday June the 19th 2011. According to the broadcasting figures over 5.9 million people watched the two hour premiere of Falling Skies. What people seem to be most intrigued about are the aliens.

To begin with, 2 types of alien were introduced at the beginning of the Falling Skies TV show; Skitters and Mechs. Since then, we've seen a bumber of nes alien types.

Keep reading for your guide on all things that go bump in the night on Falling Skies.


Skitter Versus Mech

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Skitters look like giant arachnids that shuttle about on eight legs and can also move and hang upside down from ceilings and other surfaces. We saw in a recent episode of Falling Skies that they actually sleep upside down like bats and are vulnerable to attack while asleep.

Skitters can move very fast and have a connection to harnessed kids. The Skitters are able to control harnessed kids and communicate through them, using them effectively as a mouthpiece. These aliens also have the ability to communicate using a natural internal radio which emits short wave radio signals, but are relatively weak.

It is possible to kill a Skitter. The common mantra on Falling Skies is, “you just have to get close enough.” There seem to be a few possible methods to killing a Skitter. The first is to shoot off a few of the Skitters legs making it immobile. This allows you to be able to shoot the Skitter in the head. The other is to distract the Skitter while someone comes from behind and shoots it in the head.

Skitters also have a pressure point in the inside of their mouths. When this sensitive area is hit they lose consciousness and collapse.

In season 2 of Falling Skies, the audience became aware that the skitters are actuially a species. They were harnessed by the overlords and have effectively become slaves. However, some of them have become immune to the effects of the harness and wish to fight with what's left of humankind to take down the Masters.



Mechs and Skitters are very different. Mechs are very brutish and strong. They are covered in armor and have weapons attached to their arms. They have targeting devices which helps them to aim at their prey and kill it.

Unlike Skitters, Mechs are bipedal like humans. Mechs are to be feared more than Skitters, as they are so much harder to kill. Mechs cannot be killed with small arms fire as their armor is too thick and protects them. To kill a Mech you need to use weapons that pack a greater punch, such as explosives and rocket launchers.

Skitters are able to communicate and co-ordinate with Mechs.

Fish Heads and Masters

Falling Skies initially introduced two types of Alien before finally showing us another type of alien.

These aliens were more of the traditional type of alien, long body small head etc. In season 2 of Falling Skies, these aliens are commonly referred to as Fish Heads, probably because of their similarity with the gills on the side of the neck, or Master's by harnessed kids such as Karen.

These aliens seem to be the ones running the show. They are responsible for the actions of the Skitters and Mechs and have plans for Earth.

They can also use harnessed kids to talk with humans and they talk with the Skitters through the harness too.

We still have no idea as to why they have decided to invade Earth or why they are here.

Alien parasite or bug
Alien parasite or bug

Alien Parasites and Bugs

In the 2nd season of Falling Skies, the aliens used more stealth tactics.

We found that they have bugs or parasites that they are able to hide within the body. These creepy crawlies are able to survive within the body of the host. They appear to gather information and can perhaps act as a locating device.

When they have what they came for they exi the body, most commonly through the eye or the ear. They can roll into an impenetrable ball of silver as a defense mechanism. They can also cut themselves out of any prison and can fly.

New Alien

The latest alien to join Falling Skies looks like the picture on the right.

As of yet we have no clue what these aliens are, why they are here or whether they are foe or potential ally.

No doubt we'll have to wait until 2013 and season 3 of Falling Skies to get any answers.

I'm just hoping it's not another year long break to get the answers.


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      Lybrah 3 years ago

      This was pretty good. I love the show and I'm still watching it!

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      Lauryallan 6 years ago

      I know what you mean Carolyn2008. It's looking good for a 2nd season though so hopefully it will be renewed.

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      I've been trying to hang in and watch this show every week. Even though I have found that as soon as you start to like a show, the studios cancel it, I think I will try a few more episodes.