Cylons

So let’s talk about Cylons. The original concept of Cylons in Battlestar Galactica started out as an advanced reptilian race of aliens who created the robotic race also called Cylons, to serve them. The Cylons were on a galactic quest of domination and were attacking the Hasaris who turned to their friends the humans of the 12 colonies and they got caught into the war. After the¬†Hasaris were wiped out the Cylons and the humans were at war for 100 yahrens during which the reptilian race died out centuries earlier, presumably destroyed by their own creations, leaving behind only their race of robots.

The Cylons are ruled by an Imperious Leader most advanced Cylon model. Under him are several IL series Cylon robots, who look much more civilian.  However the Imperious Leader has a reptilian body, shaped much like the original Cylons masters and 3 brains. Each time the IL is destroyed, his consciousness is downloaded into an identical body and carried on (this concept was carried forward to great effect as a characteristic of every human Cylon in the rebooted series). IL-series Cylons act as commanders for the military and governors for civilians of the Alliance. They have two brains, and a mostly transparent head through which various lights can be seen pulsing. They also have a metallic, humanoid face with two eye scanners (compared to the single eye scanner of the Centurion models), and wear clothing (full-length glittering robes).

Command centurions look like the regular centurions only with gold armour. These are the lower commanders for individual military units, though they can be responsible for entire Basestars and garrisons. Their voices are slightly lower pitched than regular Centurions. And ofcourse you have the regular military centurions, androids with silver armor. Centurions are armed with a powerful energy weapon, often referred to as a blaster rifle. They also have bayonets and swords for close combat and the execution of prisoners. Although not common, some of the Centurions are given names. There is also a unique Cylon with glittering robes, with a metallic humanoid face, called Civilian Cylon. They are only seen in one episode.

And finally we have the briefly seen humanoid Cylons – a rather new model probably first built long after the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of the Humans. They are only seen in the Galactica 1980 episode “The Night the Cylons Landed“. One of which is named Andromus. Though it is entirely mechanical beneath its artificial skin, this model is an android and has a superficial human appearance (and a condescending attitude toward Centurions). Once again, this concept was taken to full fruition in the rebooted series, who ran with this concept to great effect. Ofcourse the concept owns their origins to the original Galactica 1980 although they improved on it.

We’re The Millers

Here’s a comedy for the entire family – in which I mean it’s a comedy about an unlikely family being formed not that it is suitable for the entire family to watch together. Oh no, please don’t do that. Grandpa & grandma might have a heart attack watching a couple of the scenes in this movie. We’re The Millers¬†is a 2013 American¬†comedy film¬†directed by¬†Rawson Marshall Thurber. It stars¬†Jennifer Aniston,¬†Jason Sudeikis,¬†Emma Roberts, and¬†Will Poulter. It was released in the U.S. on August 7, 2013 by¬†Warner Bros. Pictures¬†and¬†New Line Cinema.

Ok David Clark is a small time drug dealer, mainly selling pot to the average Joe and drifting through life, when he runs into his old college friend who is married and has a young family. David meanwhile ogles at his neighbour Rose, a stripper. One afternoon he goes to defend his 18 year old neighbour Kenny, who is all alone with his mother having run out on him, from a few thugs who were threatening 16 year old runaway & part-time thief Casey. In the aftermath David gets beaten up and his earning from selling drugs is stolen from him. His boss, wealthy¬†drug lord Brad Gurdlinger forces David to smuggle¬†marijuana¬†from¬†Mexico¬†in order to clear his debt and also pay him a lot of money. Realizing that one man attempting to get through customs is too suspicious, he hires Rose, Casey and Kenny for small amounts of money, to pose as a bogus family called the “Millers”. They get an RV and make their way across the border and go to the small town that the drug houses the supply of marijuana. However, instead of a small supply of a new strain of weed, the Mexicans stash a whole load of the stuff into the RV and they have to hide all of the supply in the drawers and cupboards of the vehicle.

After a scare at the border, where a sniffer dog alerts attention to their RV due to illegal immigrants hiding underneath, one of the radiator hoses breaks while going up a steep incline due to the extra heavy load. A family they had encountered at the border called the Fitzgeralds, consisting of Don, Edie, and Melissa, catch up to them and tow the Millers’ RV to a repair shop. On the trip to the shop, David learns that Don Fitzgerald is a¬†DEA¬†agent after finding his badge and gun in the glove compartment. The marijuana turns out to be stolen from Pablo Chacon’s cartel. There are funny scenes in which Kenny, who likes the Fitzgeralds’ daughter Melissa (Molly Quinn),¬† is shown how to kiss by both Casey & Rose and Melissa sees this, much to her horror. Also the Fitzgerald mistake David & Rose to be swingers and although not ready to have sex, Edie asks and does touch Rose’s breasts. The next day, when the Millers head to the shop to pick up the¬†RV, Chacon and his henchman One Eye are waiting for them and prepare to execute the family. They immediately tell Chacon that they aren’t a real family and that they didn’t know they were stealing from him. Rose is given a chance to prove that she is a stripper by dancing, and when she gets close, turns a steam vent onto Chacon. The Millers escape in their RV with Kenny driving and they crash and a giant spider bites Kenny on his testicles which cause them to swell up.

The Millers head to the hospital. This further delays the delivery of the contraband, but David re-negotiates with Gurdlinger for a fee of $500,000. When Kenny is finally released, David rushes him to the RV in a wheelchair and tips him over. David inadvertently reveals how much he is getting paid, in comparison to how little he offered to pay each of the others. Casey, Rose, and Kenny are left in disgust by the revelation, and so David leaves them at the local carnival. On his way David hears a song they all sung together and regrets abandoning¬† them and comes back, begging them on his knees to come back with him. On their way back to the RV, One Eye discovers them and as he is about to shoot everyone, Don Fitzgerald comes out of the camper and subdues him. Chacon comes out of hiding behind an RV and ¬†is about to kill them all, but David hits Chacon and he drops his gun. Rose picks it up and accidentally shoots Chacon in the shoulder and as he is recovering, Kenny punches Chacon and knocks him out. Don then arrests the two drug smugglers and gives the Millers’ a chance to escape as they are now friends David delivers the drugs to Gurdlinger who tells him he’s late and that their deal is off. DEA agents then crash into the room, arresting Gurdlinger. The agent in charge is Don, who tells David that he will have to be in the witness protection program until Gurdlinger’s trial. As fellow witnesses, Rose, Casey & Kenny will also be in witness protection.

The final scene is in a large suburban house with David, Rose & the kids living as a family and eating lunch in the backyard and they meet a new neighbour for the first time. They are also growing some marijuana plants in their backyard. Funny & hilarious the movie got mixed reviews because hey it seems far fetched and all that. I like it a lot and the movie was a success. 7.5 outta 10!