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TV Review: Colony (Season 2, Episode 5)


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After last week’s cinematic style saw a hail back to Hitchcock’s golden age, and emphasis was put on the Big Brother-esque dimension to Colony, ‘Company Man’ returns to its classic mode of storytelling, while this mid-season episode brings all the stray storylines back under one roof.

Where ‘Panopticon’ was centred on attempting to repair the relationship between Will and Katie, this episode refocuses on the season’s major themes and plotlines, redirecting the storylines towards the second half of season two.

Though this week's episode was fairly slow-moving, we reconnect with all of the series’ core players, from Broussard to Snyder, building anticipation for whatever will be revealed that connects their disjointed narratives.

 The ‘Greatest Day’ is fast becoming one of the most thought-provoking ideas in Colony’s worldbuilding. It’s a tactic with infamous historical precedent, which ensures the true loyalty of the religion’s believers to the Hosts.

As it progresses, it is transforming into far more than a religion. It creates yet another wedge that threatens the relationship between Maddie and Katie, and still holds some sway over Gracie and thus threatens the unity of the Bowmans. More broadly speaking it might be what eventually pits human against human.

Katie yet again proves she is the show’s most stimulating character. This season has seen her rebel in smaller, but far more impactful ways, in teaching Grace about other religions in order to equip her against the fanatical brainwashing her tutor Lindsey has been impressing on her.

This time however, Lindsey provokes her by calling Charlie ‘a poison’ to his sister’s education, and Katie loses her calm and throws Lindsey’s teaching literature out through the front door, and tells her not to return.

Though this has all the hallmarks of a triumph, doubt sombres her face when she suddenly remembers the surveillance cameras continue to watch her within her home.

Katie seeks freedom from potential consequences in the Green Zone, but receives little sympathy from Maddie, who she realises is a convert.

Though previous rifts between the sisters had been healed, cracks appear once again that highlight the fundamental differences in their beliefs and attitudes regarding the Hosts.

When Katie accuses Maddie of lying about Bram not being in the Factory, her sister proves her honesty by showing her a database of captives and where they’re being held. Katie takes the opportunity to secretly make a copy of it, though now that her ties with Broussard have been cut, it’s unclear how this new information is going to be used.

Speaking of Broussard, he seems to be making advancements with the Resistance too. Now that his team has previously captured a drone and sent it back out with a camera attached, they are able to see the inside of the Wall. More importantly, they intercept some kind of communication between the drones, which, if decoded, could sway the odds in the favour of the Resistance.

Meanwhile, Will has returned to the Home Office, and is struck by the intensely upgraded security. Unsurprisingly, his new boss and partner receives him with suspicion, and faces all sorts of restrictions in his movements within the Office. He has a long way to go to prove he is loyal to the Transitional Authority, and to regain their trust.

As he goes around asking about Jennifer’s whereabouts, he is met only with vague answers, from those in charge and from Jennifer’s friend alike. When he visits her home and finds it deserted, he suspects something terrible has happened, though nothing can be confirmed.

A small and overlooked moment this episode occurs when Will comes home to a delivery of suits, pinned with the Transitional Authority insignia. This is perhaps the most threatening hint of what’s to come, as Will may come to choose between losing his identity and fully embracing the status quo, or resisting and losing his family.

It’s still unclear how Snyder and Bram’s storyline fits into the overarching narrative, but it serves to show that despite the increasing clamp down on resistance by the authorities, it is brewing, perhaps more visibly than ever. Within one of the most secure places, a labour camp, individuals are still able to access and steal components with which to build explosive devices.

Overall, ‘Company Man’ is a functional mid-season episode, which ties up loose plots, reconnects with lost characters, and reaffirms the dangers that the heroes face. Most importantly, in many small ways it displays divisions between characters’ motives, and anticipates a difficult and inflammatory second half to the season.

Colony airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on Sky One.

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