Initial release: January 14, 2016
Cast: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Isabella Crovetti
Main Characters: Will,
Network: USA Network
Program creator: Carlton Cuse
Executive producers: Josh Holloway, Nelson McCormick, Juan J. Campanella, Carlton Cuse
Genres: Sci Fi, Drama
REVIEW: If you enjoy family drama, politics and science fiction then you must binge on season 1 of Colony. When aliens descend on US soil the world came down crashing on everyone in Los Angeles. Many people died, many people got separated from their family and not everyone was ready to submit to the newcomers. Colony is an action filled drama that brings a lot to the table.
Let’s begin with the family drama, the characters are what makes this story so engrossing. The family Bowman is the typical American family, the father Will Bowman is a former FBI agent, his wife, Katie the dedicated mom who cares and loves her family and the 3 kids Grace, Bram & Charlie. The drama starts when the aliens arrive and Charlie is separated during the chaos. As Will pursues a plan to find his son he falls to a trap created by the resistant that puts him not only in danger of losing his life, but also it ends the chances to get his son Charlie back.
The city of Los Angeles was divided during the aliens arrival. They put a wall in place to prevent humans from crossing to the other side of the city, with the purpose to control and subjugate the people within the walls. As a result, a new government was put in place that didn’t necessarily do much to prevent humans death. While one side of the city still thrives and moves forward the other side of Los Angeles lies almost in ruins. The aliens have divided the city but the people keep strong and a resistance was formed.
Every part aspect of this series draw viewers in, every story and every development bring consequences for those involved and the action is non-stop. I enjoyed how these characters interact and how their need for survival sometimes surpass their need for love and loyalty. I think the creators did a fantastic job giving us a dystopia like Los Angeles while at the same time leaving a normal like life that seems to pass just the same for some while for others wrecks havoc.
The fact that we are yet to see what these invaders look like creates a suspenseful and curious aura that surrounds the complex plot. The story also explores relationships, loyalty, and patriotism. At what point are people willing to sacrifice themselves and a few others for the greater good of the planet? The questions are all there and now that Season 2 is out I can’t wait to get back to it and follow Will on his quest to finding his son on the other side of the wall.
I can’t keep writing about it and not give you too much information, it is important you watch it so you get the sense of frustration, powerlessness, and dread that these characters often experience. Grab the popcorn and drinks and binge on this weekend, you will not regret it.
Note: We don’t get to see the aliens arrival, but their arrival seems to have been recent. We, however, learn early on why Will hides his background as an FBI agent and why it is important nobody finds out.