In the first season of TNT’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies Moon Bloodgood’s Dr. Glass was the soulful, idealistic side of the Second Mass. As pediatrician-turned-field medic for the hardscrabble group of human survivors fending off an alien invasion, she’s served as the voice of compassion in the leadership triangle formed between herself, Captain Weaver (Will Patton), and Tom Mason (Noah Wyle). But how has that dynamic changed since Tom’s disappearance at the end of season one and the brutal toll that the alien Skitters and mechs have taken on the Second Mass?
We spoke to Ms. Bloodgood recently about just that as well as her thoughts on her character heading into the second season of Falling Skies.
MTV Geek: Heading into season 2, could you tell us a little bit about where your character, Dr. Glass is?
Moon Bloodgood: In the second season we pick up with Tom having been gone for three months. I think I’m just more seasoned now. I’m officially the combat medic, I’m handling surgeries. I think I’m just a little more equipped with the post-apocalyptic world, I’ve adjusted.
I think I’m a little more weathered and worn out because now my hope of having a relationship with Tom is, I believe, gone. But when he comes back it reinvigorates me.
So I think I’m just a more seasoned person in this crazy world.
Geek: Looking at the first season, there’s this dynamic where Weaver’s on this one end, you’re on the other, and Tom is kind of in the middle, sort of trying to determine who he wants to be for his sons. Do you think Anne has pushed towards the middle a little bit after becoming more hardened and more weathered as you describe it?
Bloodgood: Yeah, because Anne’s always the diplomat, always leveler, always selfless and thinking about other people. She’s that warm energy in this dark world.
But the dynamic between Weaver and Tom is more one of respect and friendship. There’s not that conflict that we had from last year—there’s new characters and new dynamics. The exciting thing is there’s an episode where Tom and Anne go toe-to-toe and have their first adult fight. So you see that play out and that was something that was really interesting for me and that I hope to see more of.
Geek: What was it like playing up that new layer in their relationship?
Bloodgood: I loved it! You have your romance, you fall in love, and when it becomes a real relationship, then these things start happening and the insecurities start surfacing. And I love that realism, that reflection of “Now we’re in a post-apocalyptic world and there’s aliens” but it’s not drawing away from the human dynamic that happen in our lives and as they play out in our world.
It was nice to see that, and I’d like to see more of it. I love to see conflict that’s earned and also realistic play out on TV. I love the show, we’re not over-dramatic. It’s not a melodrama happening on our show—it’s always rooted in realism.
Geek: And with Tom gone for three months, has Anne’s relationship with Tom’s sons changed? Has she been able to step up and be a parent figure to them?
Bloodgood: It’s interesting because my relationship with the kids is really not explored. Because there’s so much going on, because the show got so crowded, there’s so much science fiction taking place. My relationship with Tom has evolved and my relationship with Will [Patton, Captain Weaver] is touched upon. But more importantly is my relationship with Seychelle Gabrielle who plays Lourdes on the show.
You see us get into a couple of little tiffs that play out that relationship and maybe become more maternal to her versus Hal [Drew Roy] who has his own dynamic with Ben [Connor Jessup] who’s having his own crisis. There’s not as much of a dynamic between me and Tom’s sons. Except there’s an episode where Matt [Maxim Knight, who plays the youngest of Tom Mason’s sons] comes to my rescue.
That’s a great storyline for me too, because I have a child that I lost but he very much fulfills that part of that boy that I carried.
Geek: You mentioned Matt coming to your rescue. What do you think about not getting some of the big action moments that the other characters might get? Anne is typically holding down the fort and more protective or restorative to the other characters in the show.
Bloodgood: I do definitely hold down the fort. But she’s very much the center of gravity with this show. I think some of the characters also are, but she’s so grounded and never hotheaded.
But it’s interesting watching her with Tom because the second season is about these two characters getting as comfortable in this new setting as they can be. And you watch Hal change, you watch Ben change, you watch Matt change—all of these characters have to develop, have to progress. And either they get better or they get worse, they get weaker or the get stronger, and I hope the third season explores that more because I definitely do think that you would get acclimated to these surroundings.
Even if they are on the run, they do find ways of finding levity, joking, connecting, telling stories in the most atrocious situations. We touch upon that in the second season.
Geek: Seeing what’s happened with Tom at the beginning of the new season, does Anne still hold out any hope for peace or some kind of detente with the aliens?
Bloodstone: I think that yes, she must. There has to be some hope that peace will prevail.
On thing about my character is that she is very hopeful. She’s an altruistic person, she’s not someone who will dwell in her negativity or emotions even if she feels these things. I think there is hope that the aliens will [make peace]. You can’t live in a world like that if you don’t have any hope.
Also, you find out that the aliens that you think are doing the imprisoning aren’t necessarily the ones doing the enslaving. They might be slaves themselves. So there’s a lot of things revealed about who might be in charge, and who’s really the bad guy.
Geek: You know, there’s a lot of decency to Anne. Do you feel like in terms of this world, that could be a weakness for her?
Bloodgood: It’s interesting. I look at her and think I don’t think I could ever be like her. I don’t think I could be that positive, I don’t think I could stand by my man after he’s been on a spaceship for three months. She’s just unrelentingly decent like you said.
And I think that if I wanted to be the ideal human, I’d want to be like Anne—always taking the high road, never cruel. She doesn’t seem to have a lot of faults. She’s constantly positive, and I think sometimes you can see that as a fault—or you can see that as a strength, depending on which way you look at it.
It could be a little unrealistic, because in a post-apocalyptic setting, I think people would lose their mind a little more. But Anne has had a couple of breakdowns where she’s lost it, fallen apart.
Geek: Besides Anne’s relationship with Tom, what are some of the other big changes you’re looking forward to heading into season two or even season three?
Bloodstone: I’d love to see my character fall apart a little bit more, more about my past. I’d like to see Anne be a little more authoritative, maybe do a little action stuff.
I want to see more layers, even more depth. Maybe she’s not always being martyred, maybe she needs to sometimes fall apart a little bit more.