Colony Season 1 Episode 1: “Pilot”
Directed by Juan José Campanella
Written by Ryan J. Condal
Starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Alex Neustaedter, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp, Gonzalo Menendez, Kim Rhodes
Created by Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse USA
Air Date: Thurday, January 14th, 2016, 10:00pm
It begins with a seemingly happy family scene, complete with husband, wife, son, daughter, dog… but you soon sense the trepidation behind it. A glance at a photo shows someone is missing. Then you see the barbed wire. Will Bowman (Josh Holloway) is driving the only vehicle besides the authority. Everyone else is riding bikes. He gets inspected, but is let through.
Then it gets really weird. He gets in a freezer with someone, is covered in ice, then watches something on a monitor. It’s soon clear it blocks out infrared. Then… an explosion. At this point I’m very confused, and not a little excited. I miss not knowing what the hell is going on.
And that is how Colony begins. Spoilers below.
So here is what we do know. Will and Katie Bowman (Sarah Wayne Callies) live in occupied Los Angeles with 2 of their 3 kids. Their real last name is Sullivan because Will used to be military, and those people disappear. They were separated from their son when the Authority arrived. The Authority seem to be aliens, but the Collaborators are humans who have joined them. The Redhats – the law enforcement of this dystopia… well, I’m not sure what they are because no one has ever seen their faces. Treating diabetes isn’t important. Guns are forbidden. LA has a curfew. Oranges and good whisky and eggs are cherished.
Will gets recruited after being captured looking for his son, by the Collaborators, Proxy Governor Snyder (Peter Jacobson) in particular, who live the good life. He is to join the resistance to help bring it down. Katie, at first against, but suddenly for the idea. We find out that she is part of the resistance and now sees a way to bring the Authority down from the inside. How very “Americans” of you, Colony! Husband and wife will now hold secrets on opposite sides. This should work out very well.
The pilot ended up being much more interesting than most pilots. It didn’t bother with the set up exposition that fill up most 1st episodes. I found that the most exciting scenes were those of the mundane, because they were the most tense. Even little happy moments were played tensely well.
The bottom line is that even though I really have no idea what to expect from any of this, I have to throw in with the guy that brought me LOST, The Strain, and Bates Motel.Carlton Cuse has never disappointed me.
Colony airs Thursday nights at 10:00pm ET on USA.
From executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”) comes USA’s newest, highly-anticipated drama COLONY. Set in the very near future, COLONY centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, “House”) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.
COLONY is a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions. Nelson McCormick (“24”) also executive produces. The pilot was directed and executive-produced by Academy Award winning director Juan Campanella.