Science fiction shows have always dared to ask the tougher questions about the future of human society, and nowadays, we are seeing a resurgence of the genre as it is evolving to include psychological aspects instead of merely showing futuristic tech and settings. ‘Colony’ is one such American show that portrays a dystopic scenario and includes elements of drama. It comes from the minds of Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal, and the former is best known for making ‘Lost‘.
The show revolves around a family that fights tooth and nail to stay together in a new world order that is established in the wake of a mysterious alien invasion. ‘Colony’ airs on the USA Network and first premiered on January 14, 2016. We are of the opinion that it shows America under occupation, unlike any other series, and manages to capture the elements of dystopia really well. However, before you read on about the show, here is what the critics had to say – ” ‘Colony’ offers an engaging enough narrative, a few scares, and an overall good time, even if none of it is particularly original.”
Colony Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘Colony’ is led by Josh Holloway, who also appears in ‘Yellowstone‘, as Will Bowman. He is an ex-US Army Ranger and an FBI agent, who is working undercover as a truck driver and mechanic. In order to ensure the safety of his family, he is forced to work as an enforcer for the aliens who invade earth. Among the other cast members, is Sarah Wayne Callies, of ‘Prison Break‘ and ‘The Walking Dead‘ fame, who plays the role of Katie Bowman, Will’s wife, and a member of a resistance movement against the alien invasion. Alex Neustaedter appears as Bram Bowman, Will, and Katie’s teenage son, while Isabella Crovetti is seen as Grace Kathryn “Gracie” Bowman, their young daughter.
There are other important characters like Alan Snyder, the Proxy Governor of the Los Angeles Bloc and Eric Broussard, who has extensive military and counterintelligence experience and happen’s to be Katie’s main contact in the resistance movement. They all play vital roles in portraying the dystopic situation that we see unravel in ‘Colony’.
Colony Plot: What is it about?
The story in ‘Colony’ takes place in the near future in Los Angeles, where residents are forced to live under a military regime which is imposed by an organization calling itself the Transitional Authority. In this dystopia, the Authority serves an alien group that is simply referred to as Hosts. Not much is known about this extraterrestrial life form, except that they took control on one fine day, which is now called the ‘Arrival’. The collaborating forces who work for the Hosts have a symbol representing them, and these are stylized birds of prey or raptors. Thus, they get the nickname ‘Raps’, and the policy of the Hosts is enforced by the Authority through military police which is actually called Homeland Security but gets nicknamed as ‘Redhats’.