As those of you who’ve seen the pilot online the past couple weeks will know, USA Network’s new thriller Colony is set in a Los Angeles that has truly fallen down the rabbit hole. Unfortunately, the 10-episode series that debuts January 14 is stuck in a cul-de-sac of its own making where, as my video review above says, everything is going in circles looking for a way out. Despite glimpses of an engrossing back story, the dystopian Colony created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal is ultimately not a place I want to visit for long — I recommend you make your visit brief, if at all.
Patchy in execution on both the page and on screen, the disjointed series stars Lost alum Josh Holloway and former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies as a married couple in an occupied City of Angels of the not-too-distant future. There are few cars on the roads, food shortages for many, and nighttime curfews obviously reminiscent of Nazi-control Paris in World War II – and no one seems to know what has happened to the rest of the world beyond a carved-up SoCal.
Will and Katie want to get back one of their children who is on the other side of the wall now surrounding L.A., but beyond that they have very different agendas. No that it matters much once you get past the set-up. As my review says, resolution doesn’t seem to be much of a destination in the first season, and plot has even less a path. Maybe all will be revealed in time on the weekly show, but getting there is almost too much work.
Here’s the brief on Colony: After successfully remaining under the radar of the invading Raps, as they are referred to in the vernacular, their drones and the collaborating heavy-handed Colony Transitional Authority, ex-Army Ranger Will is now working for the mysterious forces that rule the city. In exchange for helping to bring down the resistance that has sprung up since the arrival, as it is called in the often didactic script, Holloway’s character is promised a reunion with his son. Part of the problem, and of course you saw this coming, is that Katie is part of the said resistance unbeknownst to her husband.
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In the end, despite the hefty talent and bells and whistles, Colony is at its core a case-of-the-week show from what I’ve seen — and we’ve all seen a lot of those.
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