by Sam Prince @PhiSammaJamma
After watching the pilot episode of USA’s Colony, it appears as though show creators Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse are looking to create a witch’s brew, taking small bits from previous movies and television shows. So far it appears to be a good idea, offering their viewership a smorgasboard of ideas to peak and eventually maintain interest.
What appears like your everyday small town actually isn’t, and the show lets you in on the secret bit by bit. Colony follows a blue-collar Los Angeles family trying to find their way in a world that has been torn apart. Currently we don’t know how, and we don’t know by whom, but all signs point to a disaster of monstrous proportion. Whatever did happen now has the residents living in a police state, constantly fearful of “Big Brother,” and unsure of whether they’ll be the next Colony resident taken away by the “Red Hats.”
The pilot episode will leave you on the edge of your seat and looking over your shoulder wondering, Will I be taken next? Desperate times push people to desperate measures, and it appears as though the controlling power and the controlled are both looking to get a leg-up on one another. This dichotomy comes to a head by the end of the pilot, as it appears it may pit the Bowman’s against one another.
I kept this vague for those who have yet to see the pilot. You can catch Colony on USA, Thursdays at 10 PM EST. Or catch-up on the first three episodes online at usanetwork.com/colony.
- Colony borrows elements from other works, these are: George Orwell’s 1984 (Big Brother and The Police State), The Hunger Games (Pompous and Elitist Governing Class), and Romeo and Juliet (Two people pitted against one another, bound by love).