A new big show comes to USA. I hope this one makes me go back to one of my former favorite networks. After USA dropped Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar and Covert Affairs I had a hard time revisiting it, even though some of the shows are very good, like Suits. Now, with Colony I once again have faith.
In Colony, 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.
So let´s take a look at Colony on USA, to see how it stacks up with expectations.
As any Dystopian world, you need to break it apart and set the tone on what is the new situation.
Los Angeles gets invaded by an unknown (at first) external power and is occupied, creating a new normal in which Angelenos are either with or against, and try to hold to normalcy as known before as much as possible.
When you first see each key character you get excited with this show. it´s not just Josh Holloway, it´s not just Sarah Wayne Callies, there´s Kathy Baker from Pickett Fences, Peter Jacobson of House is a bad guy, there´s Amanda Righetti, There´s Tory Kittles, CSI´s Paul Guilfoyle, and Apollo Creed himself Carl Weathers. Talk about a headturner cast, and then ask me again why my expectations are so high for this one.
What would you do? What if you were under these circumstances? How far would you go for survival? How far are you willing to go to protect your family? Those are some of the questions the show tries to explore.
We always understand we are the good guys and the other are the bad guys. This show is trying to put the audience on the spot and understand what an occupation means. And the US has occupied territories more than once. It´s not only the nazis. This show then becomes an exploration into what we think is good and evil. Really interesting. A compelling new show.
The Colony premieres Thursday January 14th on USA, and if I were you, I´d put it on my To Watch List. It looks amazing, and the pilot is compelling.
The pilot begins with a family scene, and you see what every normal family would do, but then you start noticing they are remembering another child as they glance at pictures and at each other… Slowly you start realizing something´s not right… Only then you start seeing the militarized Los Angeles.
I don´t want to spoil anything about this new show, but it is definitely worth watching. Perhaps one of the best new shows in 2016.
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