In my old school style, I'd use a Cron job to trigger the change I suppose - but it's only a once a year thing!
I liked Falling Skies because it developed well, I liked Noah Wyle in it too, he sold it well. It does become a little Rah Rah America in places, inevitably, but at 10 episodes a season I was able to plough through all five seasons in the time I had - it sounds like you're about ready for season 3? I caught a little of it a while ago and it seemed interesting so I thought I'd delve into it.
The effects are very, very good, I really couldn't say which were prosthetic as against CGI in some places. I had to grit my teeth a bit at the ending, but they had to stop it somewhere. I thought the whole scavenging mechanic was well thought through, although I found it odd that the bad guys had to salvage stuff themselves for their big buildings and yet were able to field mechs and air superiority - perhaps some of the supporting media provides an insight into that. It's implied that nuclear style strikes were used early doors, but there's no mention of fallout so presumably they used cleaner weapons against military targets.
I'm so out of touch these days, I know of things like Defiance and so on but I just don't have the time to follow them all - perhaps I need to be more selective!
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