TV Review: Colony (Season 2, Episode 8)
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As we head for the final episodes of this season, ‘Good Intentions’ is an hour that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, holding their breath in anticipation. One after the other, each Bowman faces life-threatening peril in a series of blood-pumping scenarios, which serves to make the audience all the more grateful come this week’s resolution. Firstly, the Home Office has identified the man whom Will let escape from the Red Hand’s hideout, Emmett, and are now devoting all resources to finding and capturing him alive. This once again puts one of the Bowmans at risk, because if the man is to be captured he will undoubtedly give up Will during interrogations. Even as Katie, with Broussard’s help, tries to get to Emmett before he is captured, his reckless behaviour means the Redhats are successful in capturing him. Although he does not give up how he escaped the raid in the first round of interrogations, there is still potential for him to reveal that Will helped him, which would likely be the last shove for Will to fall down the precipice. In his investigation, Will is faced with Frankie’s grieving mother, and by extension a version of who he was before he got Charlie back. Yet the empathy isn’t overwhelming, but rather awkward, as we can’t help but notice his suit and clean-shaven appearance sets him far apart from the distraught woman opposite him. It’s haunting to see how far Will has been pushed from his old self, one whose morals were far more static than they are forced to be now. The exact sentiment is expressed by Snyder, when Bram indicts him for the deaths of his fellow campmates, and working for the Raps: “So does your father. So does everyone who’s holding out hope that someday, things will be different”. Snyder has always been one of the more complex and interesting characters of Colony, and this is just one instant demonstrating it. If there’s one lesson Colony emphasises in this new world, it’s that survival depends on grey areas. Placing both feet firmly in one camp, white or black, is only an invitation for a swift death.
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