TV Review: Colony (Season 2, Episode 2)
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Episode two of Colony’s second season, ‘Somewhere Out There’, reintroduces us to the present-day LA bloc. Since the Resistance’s kidnapping of a Host last season, security has been stepped up significantly under the new regime as Katie’s whole world becomes far tenser than it had been. As we follow Katie around LA on her bike at the beginning of the episode, we see Redhats symbolically tearing down posters of Snyder. Now, however, we crave for someone as predictable as Snyder to be put back in charge, one whose motives of self-interest are reprehensible, but comprehensible. Colony’s narrative style, which favours gradual exposition over sudden information dumps, allows for the viewers to rediscover the world they thought they knew by following Katie doing the exact same mundane activities we had watched her do last season. As she rides her bike through the streets, bribes people for information using bottles of liquor, goes about her house making food, everything feels a lot heavier and darker than it used to be. Sarah Wayne Callies’ truly brilliant performance in this episode tugs at the heartstrings; her family has been ripped away from her in every direction. She has to witness Gracie and Maddie being taken away from her through their indoctrination into the religious cult of the Greatest Day. It exposes one of the themes I’m anticipating for this season – things can always get worse. After Katie and Will’s relationship was thoroughly damaged when he found out about her role in the Resistance, both her sons have been taken away from her, Gracie seems lost to her crazed tutor, and Broussard’s whereabouts are unknown. The only relationship Katie has left in the bloc is that with her sister Maddie. Yet, even this last lifeline is becoming tense, as we start seeing cracks form in their relationship when it becomes clear just how different their objectives are. Maddie is concerned with staying safe and living comfortably in the Green Zone with Nolan, whilst Katie’s main concern remains reuniting her family. The dichotomy between the sisters lies in the different attitudes, taken by the human population towards the Hosts. Either one learns to embrace it and thrives in glorified slavery, or they resist the new world order together and are punished for it. The Santa Monica bloc couldn’t be more different to the LA one. Davon reveals that according to rumours, the warden of the occupation had made a deal with the Hosts, so that as long as the warlords of Santa Monica captured and turned over a certain number of people every month, the redcoats would be kept from the ground. It’s suggested that these people would be going to the Factory, and that the number of people asked for every month is gradually increasing. This could very well be a glimpse into the reason for the occupation.
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