Fallen, on ABC Family channel, is an interesting show
. . . and fits right up my alley, fantasy-wise.
The movie is based on Tom Sniegoski's four-book series. Angels walk amongst
us, and they are getting their boogey on with mere mortals.
Thus are produced the nephilim, half human-half angelic "monsters".
(Racism, by any other name?)
The angels that now walk the Earth were apparently Satan's
soldiers during the Great Rebellion, not evil enough to be cast
down into Heck, but certainly no longer good enough to reside
And there are rampaging angels out to get these nephilim, apparently
working on outdated orders (last issued just before the Flood?)
from the Creator (not God, but He who is all Gods. Keeps the
evangelical a little happier). And there is one cool angel that
used to be the worst rampager, but now is trying to help these
Oh yeah, and there is a prophecy, that one of these nephilim
will be a redeemer (!?!). Guess who the star of the show represents.
Go on, I dare ya.
I enjoyed this show as pure fantasy. The action was good,
the star was very believable, given the circumstances. If I
squinted, I could believe a half-angel kid would act like he
did. I liked the family dynamic that was created for the hero
of the show. ABC/Disney is known for heartwarming. But this
was heartwarming, without being all goopy.
The special effects were striking. The angel wings were cool,
though the way the angels flew was disappointing. The producers
should have just used the wings as a visual, dynamic thing,
not as a means of flight.
The premise of the show had a nice articulation. I mean, the
idea of "good angels" hunting and killing unaware "half angels"
while stomping on defenseless "evil angels" could get unwieldy,
but the writers kept the story moving along nicely.
I loved the dog! Hokey, you betcha. Hokey to the max, but
it was great.
As you might tell, there are some things that go [ping] at
you when you look at them too long. First, the whole idea of
angels killing mortals that are merely inconvenient to them
kinda makes the Judeo-Christian in me wince.
The idea that the angels believe in an obscure prophecy makes
my left eye twitch. The idea that the Creator is so hands-off
that He doesn't keep track of what His angels are doing is so
overdone (like He didn't learn his lesson from ol' Lucy?)
The idea that angels need a Christ figure makes me reach for
Gabriel, the dog, more than made up for all of that.
My wife rather disagreed.
The best things about the show are the family dynamic, with
the autistic brother. The new girlfriend was intriguing, and
the dorky redhead had some amusing possibilities.
In doing a (very) little research about this show, I see there
is some confusion on whether this was a pilot for a series,
or a TV movie. My assumption following the show would be pilot.
And I don't know how good an idea that would be. If it is, I
see Highway to Heaven in our future, again. And I shudder.
I enjoyed Fallen for two hours of sword-wielding angels
and amusing canine sidekicks. I reserve the right to judge it
as a spectacular pilot for a series until I see a couple of
hours of series.