Falling Skies – Season 1

Falling Skies is a scifi series dealing with an earth post a hostile alien invasion. Set six months into a world devastated by an alien invasion, the series focuses on the  2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing post-apocalyptic Boston. Produced by Dreamworks television, the show is broadcast by TNT on cable. Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Collin Cunnigham, Sara Carter & Will Patton leads a large cast.

The pilot tells us about the aftermath of the alien invasion in which mechanical attack drones called “mechs”, a race of green-skinned six-legged beings known as “skitters” that appear to control the mechs, and a third mysterious race known as overlords, presumably the actual engineers of the invasion and the masters of the skitters. In just a few days the world’s power sources, technologies & militaries are all but destroyed along with almost 90% of the human population. the aliens try to round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical obedience device onto (and into) their spines, referred to as a “harness”. The harness controls the child’s mind, and forcibly removing it generally kills the child. 6 months after the invasion is where the season starts, focusing on the survivors who aim to strike back, and specifically the ¬†Second Massachusetts ¬†led by retired Captain Weaver and Boston University history professor Tom Mason who, while in search of his son Ben, who is under control of the aliens, must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice as one of the leaders of the resistance movement.

Tom and his eldest son Hal are often out on missions and seek permission from Captain Dan Weaver to go searching for where the critters keep & use the young humans for various jobs, in hopes of rescuing Ben. Meanwhile the group has to find shelter and a base of operations, food & water to keep their population safe and medicines to heal the sick and the wounded. While some fortify the base, an old school building, Weaver has his men go on raids for supplies while watching out for the aliens and listening to instructions from Col.Porter who is in command and elsewhere. They are able to get Ben and another boy from the aliens and remove the harness with the use of a blow torch. While Ben settles back with his father and two brothers, the other boy is reluctantly staying with the humans. It is later discovered that the critters themselves have the same harnesses meaning that the mysterious race have taken the critters by force from some where else and are controlling them just as the young humans were under control when hitched to the organic harnesses. The second mass must survive attacks and even a traitorous attempt by another unit, who agreed to give the 2nd mass kids to the critters in exchange for their own safety, and numerous attacks by the mechs.

Mason & the other tangle with John Pope, a former convict and rebel who does things his own way but also comes up with a bullet made out of Mech armor can penetrate the Mech itself. We also come to terms with the possibility of humans who have collaborated with the aliens in exchange for food, shelter & safety. The 2nd mass goes to destroy a large alien construction from a lot of their ships seems to be coming & going. On the way back to the 2nd Mass Tom and Weaver are blocked by Karen who has been captured and now wears a harness. She tells them the aliens had not expected such a high level of resistance and this had intrigued them; they want to talk. Weaver and Tom are furious that the aliens have the nerve to try negotiation after everything they have done now that Earth is proving not the easy target they thought. An alien ship lands and Tom is asked to come aboard. He agrees only after being told it is the only way to save Ben from the transition that is befalling him. The episode ends with Tom taking Karen’s hand and leaving a shocked Weaver behind.

She Rides A Bike & Beats Up Eve-Teasers

As a part of One Billion Rising Campaign, which creates awareness about violence on women, Shangumugham beach was witness to a gathering of women and girls at 6 pm on Thursday. One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. College student Amrutha Mohan led a bike rally. And on a day that saw a celebration & declaration for women all over to stand up for themselves, an incident occurred later that day that solidified that event.

At 10:30 pm at night in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, the four men who accosted a group of women to pass lewd comments about them must have thought they would get home scot free. Unfortunately, they didn’t gamble on one aspect, one of the women Amrita happened to be a trained practitioner of ancient martial art Kalaripayayuttu. Amruta described how she had gone out for snack to a local eatery with her parents and some family friends when a government vehicle stopped near them and the four men inside the vehicle made some comments about the women present there. Since her father and his friend had stepped away to get food, a bold Amruta confronted them and after a brief exchange of words the vehicle sped away leaving her shouting after them to return and face her if they had courage. After some time the men in the vehicle reportedly returned and got into a scuffle with Amruta’s father at which point it became too much for the martial arts expert and she stepped in and took on the men, in the manner she knew best.

It was only when she took on the men that others present there came to assist them, Amruta said.¬†On the basis of her complaint, one Manoj, 32, a Nedumangad resident, was nabbed and presented before the court. Though there were reports that the abusers were travelling in a government department car, police are yet to confirm it.¬†On a day when the ‚ÄėOne Billion Rising‚Äô campaign sought to highlight the plight of women in India and improve their condition, Amruta perhaps stands out for her courage and standing up for herself.¬†From her childhood itself, Amrutha has been learning Kalaripayattu and Karate. She is also a passionate bike rider and had used the Harley Davidson owned by her uncle for some time and now owns a Bajaj Avenger.