This Thursday, the aliens invade. Unlike other alien invasions, though, you won’t see them, you won’t know what they want, and life as know you it will continue without total disruption. You’ll still have your home, your family – hopefully. But make no mistake – they’re here. Colony arrives, on USA.
Colony stars Josh Holloway (Lost, Intelligence). Executive Producer Carlton Cuse calls it a “family espionage thriller with a sci fi element.” Set in Los Angeles about a year after an alien invasion, life has changed, but not like we saw in Falling Skies. The city is organized, people go about their daily jobs, everything seems clean and neat. But people are missing. People are arrested and sent to “the Factory,” from which they never return. Food and medicine are in short supply. “One of things we were both fascinated by was Paris during the Nazi occupation. We looked at a bunch of photos, and you would see these Parisians, well dressed, sitting at sidewalk cafes, sipping espressos, while Nazi stormtroopers were going by on the streets. We thought that was a really interesting and incongruous image, that people were trying really hard to keep the normalcy of their lives in this incredibly oppressive regime. It just fascinated us and we wondered what would that look like in our city.”
You’ll recognize Los Angeles – but with a difference – there’s a 100 foot wall ringing the city. Beyond it are other colonies and other people, but the show won’t tell us yet what’s happening there. “This world is just that 10% different enough to make you sit back and wonder, whoa, what happened here?” Cuse says. Executive producer Ryan Condal adds, “One of the first things that happened after the arrivals that all of the cars went away. So this is a very different Los Angeles. A lot of people are on foot or riding bicycles, so it has this very kind of Parisian feel.” Cuse adds, “Los Angeles can look pretty and inviting, but it’s now a hostile environment.”
Colony star Josh Holloway is one of my faves. As Will Bowman, a former FBI agent forced underground by the occupation, he invents a background as a mechanic to avoid coming to the notice of the new occupiers’ human management. “Our Hosts,” as the aliens are called, are never seen, but their iron hand sure is. Bowman and his wife, Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies, Walking Dead) are trying to find their son, who was taken in the early days of the occupation. Katie is more involved with the Resistance than Will is, trying to care for her neighbors and her family. “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.”
I’m fascinated by the Transitional Authority – how did they get so organized so quickly? The show starts less than a year after the occupation, and they’ve already got logos, an army of their own (the “Redhats”), and built these huge walls. Will we learn much about how this came about? Who is Proxy Snyder, and how did he get to be in a position of power with the new Authority? Where is Will and Katie’s son? I’ll be watching – follow my reviews every week and tell me what you think about the show!
If you like behind-the-scenes glimpses, here’s a tour of the Bowmans’ house with Holloway (I apologize for the short ad before the video):
Get more behind-the-scenes tours, more clips and info at the show’s official site. Be sure to watch the official preview, Colony: Behind the Wall, and if you can’t wait, you can watch the pilot now as well, both on the website. There are all kinds of web extras available – see what life is like during the occupation; take a look at the historical influences, such as the Paris occupation mentioned above; and more.
Colony airs on the USA Network, Thursday, 10/9 central
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