One of the most intriguing mysteries issued in the Falling Skies premiere concerns why the alien ‘machines of destruction’ – The Mechs – have two arms and legs, resembling humans more than the multi-legged ‘Skitters’.
One idea put forward in the episode was that the Skitters created the Mechs with a bipedal design to give them a psychological edge over the humans.
Perhaps, but surely multiple legs would give them more of an advantage on that front? Such a design would be more unfamiliar to humans who – as we’ve seen – can at least predict the bipedal Mechs’ movements. Since the show put the idea forward, it’s probably safe to say it was just a suggestion designed to get us thinking.
The logical answer is that the Mechs are bipedal to help them move around in largely human-constructed areas – towns and cities. Again, perhaps. We should also consider that the aliens just think like us and designed their robots accordingly. And perhaps we also think like them. There were already creatures on Earth that resemble the multi-legged Skitters, such as: spiders and octopi.
Looking at it from the other direction, it suddenly opens up the possibility that the Skitters have human-like creatures on their planet. If so, this becomes very interesting.
On a related, but slightly different train of thought, could it be that the aliens/Mechs are somehow linked to ‘Earth-humans’. Did the aliens rule Earth prior to humanity? While that may be the case, this wouldn’t necessarily explain why the Mechs resemble ‘human design’.
My extended theory is that the Skitters and Mechs might not be as united as they appear. The opening two episodes strongly imply that the Skitters give the orders to the Mechs. But what if there’s more to it than that? What if either the Mechs or Skitters are themselves under the thumb of the other?
- Could the Skitters be more benign than they seem?
- Are the Mechs actually human-controlled?
- Is there a deeper conspiracy to the alien invasion?
I can’t be sure, but one thing is for sure – there’s mystery to be had.
Do you have any thoughts or theories on the Skitters/Mechs?