During some discussion of Falling Skies on Twitter ( full disclaimer, I get incentive points to talk about it, but honestly, this is just me being excited about a show and an idea), a new thought suddenly occurred to me. It was way too long for 140 char, so here we are.
In the new show Falling Skies, there are several types of alien creatures:
Skidders/Skitters/Critters are a 6 legged, insectoid slimy faced creature that are often found hunting out free humans or guard/herding “harnessed” humans
Harness: I am including the harness that is found on alien captured humans as an alien ( although maybe just an alien construct) because it wiggled a bit when the free humans tried to remove one- it seems to be alive at some level. Amount of intelligence unknown, but it controls the human it is attached to in a puppet fashion.
Mechs: These are large mech/robotic type beings. 2 legged, gun toting typical Sci Fi mechs
Flyers: We have not seen a lot of these yet, and none with lots of detail, but we know they have heat sensors, appear when heat indicates a bunch of humans have gathered or built fires in the open and then obliterate them. The implication is that something is flying them.
Control Towers/Mother: ( ok, this is my name. No one has named the structures looming over every major city, but they are certainly implied as a central system of some sort.
In the Pilot, there is a comment made that it is thought provoking that the Skitters are 6 legged creatures, but have made 2 legged mechs. The character notes that usually creatures would make a mech to drive that matches their their mode of locomotion. I would agree this is true, if the creature is riding inside the mech.
Now here is a thought to twist your brain around.
What if this is more a case of skynet to extreme? What if the machines are intelligent and the biologicals are their creations/tools.
As Sentient Bipedal Biologicals, we build tools that augment us or reach places/have capabilities that we do not. We build mechanical things- multilegged robots, robotic harnesses and exo-suits, etc. We even take highly intelligent AIs and “enslave them” to compute for us.
What kinds of augmentation/tools would Sentient Mechanicals need? Seems like creating biological tools/robots/constructs would be the correct reverse robotics.
My brain is enjoying this line of thought… I will be anxious for next week’s show to see if my theory stands up.