Who knew at a Falling Skies location shoot in Vancouver last November that we were seeing the last of John Pope’s Harley, destroyed by a beamer that night in a scene for last week’s second season premiere? Or that this could be our first and last chance to see a 2nd Mass resistance attack on the alien invaders using motorbikes?
Falling Skies crew turned the warehouses along Western Street near Pacific Central Station into a post-alien-invasion disaster zone dressed with ash, dried leaves, debris and overturned burnout cars for a scene of Colin Cunningham’s John Pope on his Harley rounding a corner from Northern Street onto Western Street, followed by new series regular Ryan Robbins’s Tector on a second bike. 2nd Mass’s new insurgent strategy was to ride the bikes fullout to draw fire from the aliens, so that the rest of the fighters could target the exposed Mechs and Skitters. I spotted the heads of Sarah Carter’s Maggie and Drew Roy’s Hal above the cab of the pickup truck as it headed towards watching fans on Western Street, and when they cleared out I spied Connor Jessup’s Ben and Dylan Authors’s Jimmy (someone I never thought I’d be lucky enough to see on location) in the back of the truck too. This must be the spot where the Harley was destroyed by the aliens, who’d learned to hone in on the heat of an engine. Sarah Carter’s Maggie and Drew Roy’s Hal started running in our direction carrying their prop guns, as if escaping from some kind of explosion, followed by the others, including Peter Sinkoda’s Dai and Mpho Koaho’s Anthony. I’m not familiar with the actors who play Beserkers yet.
I wish I’d stayed on in the bitter cold that night to see the beamer explosion with its blinding white flash and noise, which scared cast and crew alike, who hadn’t expected anything of that magnitude. I also missed the filming of a scene of Colin Cunningham’s John Pope shooting his gun at the sky next to his Harley in flames. Poor man.
But I can’t really complain much since Colin Cunnigham, the star of this long night shoot, took time out to come over and talk to us early on, posing for photos with everyone who wanted one.
Colin Cunningham and Ryan Robbins round the corner from Northern Street onto Western Street on motorcycles.
Colin Cunningham on his Harley. Sarah Carter and Drew Roy in the back of the truck.
Colin Cunningham on his Harley. Sarah Cartter standing in the back of the truck.
Colin Cunningham on his Harley with Drew Roy standing behind him. Dylan Authors and Connor Jessup standing in the back of the truck.
Sarah Carter and Drew Roy standing behind Colin Cunningham on his Harley. Dylan Authors and Connor Jessup standing in the back of the truck.
Mpho Koaho, Drew Roy, Sarah Carter, Peter Shinkoda and others walk back along Western Street to start the scene all over again.
Update: Who knew we were saying farewell to Dylan Authors’ Jimmy too, killed off in the third episode of this darker second season?