Colony

In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay together in a new world order.

Season 2

Roy

As much as I love seeing others suffer, I went into this thinking I might regret choosing Colony. But this isn't as bad as I remember. Katie wasn't *that* annoying; her face is pretty annoying in general, though. And the way she always looks guilty. I think I really love hating that character. Maybe that is why I want to watch this show. This episode opened by showing what happened immediately prior to the invasion. It was just a set-up for an old friendship of Will's but I found it interesting. Not that much else happened in this episode but I found myself bizarrely compelled in a small way. I feel like Colony will be an exciting ride one way or the other.

5.1/10

Matt

Great world building, bad acting, boring characters and storylines. Be prepared to read this sentence 11 more times

4/10

Tommy

Having little experience with the previous season --Only being a part of the chat between Matt and Roy on the podcast -- I am basically just jumping in from this point with just the essential plot elements and characters. I feel like the season started off pretty well, there’s decent tension, some cool Sci-fi stuff happened and I don’t really feel like a missed anything so yeah a decent start from my perspective.

5/10

Episode Score

47

Roy

I can't help but wonder if Katie is such a dislikeable character because the actor has a range of specific but inappropriate expressions and demeanours or because the writers are purposefully writing the character to be so awful. Surely they must know the character is bad? It is a question I don't think I will ever get the answer to, but it is fascinating to ponder. Specifically in this episode, Katie seems completely oblivious to basic social graces; her sister's husband goes out of his way and risks his position to help her but she goes behind her sister's back to complain to him when he wasn't able to move mountains for her. Would I have been sold on this if the actor was better? Maybe I should be saying Wayne Callies is actually a fantastic actor for being able to make me hate the character so much. Will finally got reunited with his son Charlie this episode. It was rather disappointing after that being the goal for the entire last season. Charlie has a very punchable face. He looks like he is going to tick all the boxes for clichéd annoying rebellious child and I won't love hating him like I do Katie. The introduction of the character was handled pretty sloppily for how long we have been waiting for it. The action scene where Will takes revenge on Charlie's former owner was surprisingly crisp. I hope there is more of that. Also there was a spaceship! +1 point!

6.41/10

Matt

I wondered how I could reword last episodes one sentence review into something more entertaining but I can’t so read that sentence again.

4/10

Tommy

Episode 2 is much like the first, although the scenes with Katie Bowman are somewhat frustrating to watch as she doesn’t really do anything except pleading at people. On the other hand Will Bowman had the much more compelling scenes. There was world building which was mostly exposition but it is good to see some thought given to how the more lawless zone keep out of the way of the authority. Will also went and quite rashly attacked the gang leader in a very well executed scene. The angsty child angle is shown here a little bit and will probably stick with the show for a little while longer but at least thus fur my opinion of the second season is positive

5.5/10

Episode Score

53

Roy

Katie had an epiphany about what an awful person she is. I vaguely recall something like this happening last season and nothing came of it. I reckon Katie is the kind of person who has an epiphany like this every week. This time, her epiphany made her decide to send her daughter to live with her sister and turn herself in to the Redhats. Right when she was about to do that, Will returns with Charlie. After a brief reunion, Katie gets a rare self-aware expression of "oh shit, I did it again!". That was the cliffhanger of the episode. Before that, not too much happened. Jennifer pressured Katie a lot of information about the resistance which, in part, led to her final decision. Katie made a lot of expressions of barely-contained rage when someone said something that doesn't conform to her narrow world view. Charlie, Will and Will's friend made a surprisingly easy escape from the other district. Except that Will's friend got exploded along the way by an alien drone which mysteriously left Will and Charlie alive. I felt that was a bit on the nose but I still want to see what it means. Bram is now an informant for Snyder in his labour camp. I liked Snyder last season so it is good to see he still has a part to play here. +1 for exploding people.

6.89/10

Matt

I wondered how I could reword last episodes one sentence review into something more entertaining but I can’t so read that sentence again.

4/10

Tommy

This episode was super legit. It opened with civilian just getting straight up murdered which sort of set the tone for the rest of the episode, this one on the whole was a bit of a downer and they set it up well. The episode is split essentially into three parts, Katie, Will and the eldest son. Will's was the best in terms of what happened as they try and get back to the other side of the wall. The Eldest son showed some smart scheming at work and Katies, although dull had some nice moments with religious stories and how they fit into the world now.

7/10

Episode Score

59

Roy

Colony started out with more interesting world building with a scene from some sort of global council of people overseeing their respective colonies. I think in this season we have already seen more interesting things than in the entire last season which hopefully indicates good things to come. It is all making the scope feel larger which is more exciting. After being prepared to hate Charlie he has surprised me. I still dislike his face but everything he has done so far has been entertaining or kinda badarse. He doesn’t care for the bullshit of the people around him, which exists in spades. The way he got rid of Lindsay was magnificent. If Charlie keeps this up he will be my favourite. Jennifer in Homeland had an interesting arc this episode but I have a feeling that we won’t be seeing that much more of her now, which is sad because it could have continued to be interesting. Katie continues to be a bizarre caricature of a loving wife and mother. The way she sneaks around guiltily in her own house. The way she says “I love you” as if she doesn’t know what the words mean. So strange. Still can’t decide if it is brilliant or terrible acting. Still, I am enjoying Colony several times more than I thought I would.

6.78/10

Matt

This episode has a strong focus on the themes of survival. Charlies has picked up certain instincts from his time in Solomons camp and Jenifer has to bypass her morality in order to survive in the current climate she finds herself in. A decent amount of time is focused on these two which is what will get you through all the boring family drama this show is known for.

5/10

Tommy

So yeah we don’t get anything interesting this episode with it focusing mainly on the family and although i can forgive it as it makes sense narratively, if this keeps up I may have to begin to agree with Matt about this show. Anyway I felt that there were still some positives, the discovery of the fact that their house is under surveillance was quite cleverly done and I felt bad for the character Jennifer(the one surveilling the house) as she has this transition of being being quite enamored with the reunion but then getting sucker punched by what Will thinks of her. But yeah I mean there are also some neat world building things that happen too like the massive room where people literally just look at surveillance and we get a glimpse of the sort of new UN or whatever it is.

6.5/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

Will has returned to work at Homeland and goes on a long saga to find his unknowingly estranged former colleague Jennifer. I didn’t like that this took him the whole episode but I liked the ominous conclusion with Mr Burke. The rebels were reintroduced with the brief capture of an alien drone onto which they attached a camera allowing them to get their first look inside the wall when the drone returned to base. They were perplexingly distraught that aliens who have the technology of interstellar travel and had taken over the entire planet had hundreds of drones ready to go. I am curious as to what they thought they would find. On the homefront, Katie continues to have a fascinating dearth of social graces I am still bizarrely interested in what an awful person Katie is. The way she lashes out at people when they don’t respond in exactly the way she wants. The condescending way she treats her family. There were a few more great Charlie moments. Overall, though, this episode wasn’t much of an improvement from the previous one.

6.67/10

Matt

I am trying to take a more open minded approach to this show. But I am still having troubles getting truly engaged with the characters and their plight. I have dropped the chip on my shoulder concerning this show. But maybe not at the best of times as this episode was pretty dull.

5/10

Tommy

I actually got what i wanted more or less with my prediction here for this episode. The resistance comes into play and the Bowman family are left as a smaller element of the story. We get a bit more progression with Bram and the double agent role he is playing at the labour camp. We also get more of Will re-integrating with the agency which is a bit dull but probably necessary.

6.5/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

I feel like this was an episode straight from season 1. All the characters apart from Katie have been looking relatively competent until now but Katie’s idiocy has somehow spread to them all. The focus of the episode is one of the resistance fighters has become sick from the radiation on the alien gizmo they stole. I thought they knew it was radioactive. If they haven’t been shielding the radiation the other people should be at least a little bit sick too. Nearly every choice the characters make this episode seem so poorly thought out and silly. I was looking forward to some more Charlie moments but he didn’t appear at all. There is nothing to say about this episode except that sometimes I like getting mad at stupid people. Hopefully it is just an aberration in what has otherwise been a passable season 2.

2.3/10

Matt

This episode did very little for everyone at MM, and it’s not hard to see why. Very little story progression, ultimate stupidity from all those involved and characters you don’t feel sorry for when they die of radiation poisoning. Colony is the show that just continues to disappoint.

4/10

Tommy

Everyone is really dumb in this episode and very little happens. One of the members of Presard’s resistance cell has become gravely ill and the Bowmans are dragged in, in an attempt to save his life. This only really served to have Katy brought back into the fold of the resistance and sets up some future plots but there are a lot of dumb things that happen that basically ruin the episode. They do things that are stupidly risky, or bizarrely mundane yet somehow still really dumb. Anyway as not much of anything significant happened this would have just been a mediocre episode of TV but because of all the stupidity it ends up being a bad way to spend an hour of your life.

4/10

Episode Score

34

Roy

I am getting more interested in the dynamic between Burke and Will; a bit of an odd couple situation going on. I like that they are both screwing up their job and their boss is taking notice. It is good to see more of the resistance and the stunts some cells pull in order to resist. The almost forced suicide bombers and Mr Burke torturing people are bringing a much darker tone to the show. There were, as always, a few odd moments. Katie goes in and out of the resistance cell hideout; she left the resistance and she knows she is under surveillance. There was also this weird scene with Charlie just walking out of a conversation with Will. I had come to have high hopes for Charlie but it looks like he has been side-lined; I am a little disappointed about that. Bran’s little resistance activities in the labour camp has borne fruit in the form of blowing up an alien transport. On the face of it this is exciting, but since this is Colony I don’t know how excited I should be. It should mean things are about to get real and I hope they do.

5.5/10

Matt

Credit where credit is due, they finally write a scene with Katie Bowman that makes sense, her motivation is clear the direction makes it clear and for once I wasn't scratching my head wonder “why Katie why?” There was also a ramp up in story that will hopefully lead to a more exciting conclusion to the series.

6/10

Tommy

I was very worried that Colony was going to slip after the last episode but it has got itself back on track with a bunch of significant events with real consequences. We see the lengths that the resistance will go to in order to recruit members and we follow Will as he and his partner actually work together for once and by that I mean Will stands around as his partner uses very cruel means to get information out of people. The USb get's some pay off in this episode but one thing that stood out was a small scene where Katy goes back to Presard to hand it over. Why this didn't just happen at the end of the last episode when she was already there I don't understand since this just increases the odds of the cell being discovered or her getting shot but whatever. There's also a nice scene that serves as a nice metaphor for how much softer Will has become or that he needs to develop more calluses. his son sorta just leaves for some reason though… I guess it is due to post traumatic stress? Whatever. Anyway this episode was pretty decent. We see people sacrificing themselves and others and things progress forward in a way where we know that conflicts are going to come.

6/10

Episode Score

58

Roy

Things didn’t get as real in quite the way I thought they would; I was expecting one big thing to happen. Instead, many different elements of the plot came out to make the episode feel big. It was surprisingly good all round, this might have been the best episode of Colony yet. The scene of Will fighting people in his house right after Lindsay got some ‘focused restoration’ was a particular standout. This episode finally and completely convinced me that Snyder might actually be a good person deep down and assuages my worry that the plot was going to forget about him. As good as this episode was, I have a feeling its greatness is an aberration rather than a trend.

7.6/10

Matt

This episode continues to buck the trend of the overall tediousness of this series for me. We have well constructed an entertaining scenes, organic drama and good acting and some nice action set pieces. I'm having trouble grasping the fact that I am watching the same show. The upswing in quality is evident.

6/10

Tommy

The ramp up we speculated on definitely seems to be happening albeit still being quite slow. The episode itself starts off quite disappointingly with the regime spinning the incident and seemingly the blowback is quite muted as we progress with the bowman’s and Presard’s cell. However things ramp up in the end in a very satisfying way with plenty of people getting killed from about the halfway point of the episode onward. One of the final scenes involving the bowman household being targeted by the red hands is really well done, very reminiscent of Will taking down the crime lord earlier in the season. The difference this time is that Will is a little more clinical and intelligent with his approach and Katy is there with him. Overall a good episode in my book.

6.5/10

Episode Score

67

Roy

Burke goes on a hunt, following clues to get the evidence of Will’s collusion. I really liked these scenes but it felt too fast. This was interesting stuff that could have happened over two or three episodes; it seems like quite a missed opportunity for something half decent in this show but it atleast made this episode serviceable. Perhaps the increased pace of the episode helped distract me from flaws, but this was one of the better episodes of Colony.

6.6/10

Matt

Uncharacteristically the Bowman's continue to be adept in evading the authorities and I will admit they were at least intriguing to watch. However, the problem that I did have with this episode was that everyone pursuing the Bowman’s had to drop a few IQ points in order for them to escape. This is extremely apparent when Will dispatches an adversary as he tips off Will with uncharacteristic erratic behaviour then for some reason, as Will is running out in the open, a sniper misses every single shot fired at Will. These moments really stretch my disbelief.

5/10

Tommy

Things ramp up ever so slightly again as the parent Bowmans are suspected of aiding the resistance. There are some cool scenes in there, particularly with Will and Katie doing their thang. With Will now officially on the other side and the new character being added there’s real potential for something cool to happen especially given what was stated at the end of the episode. Overall a pretty good episode that provides tension and a ramp up of stakes while also giving enough intrigue to carry on to the next episode.

6.5/10

Episode Score

60

Roy

This was an episode straight outta season 1. It had some potentially interesting stuff going on that led exactly nowhere. There isn’t really much more to say about this one. If for whatever you were watching Colony for the story this is an episode you could skip and not miss anything.

3/10

Matt

Classic Bram is back, just in case you missed it. I didn't though, in fact I found it extremely off putting. Bram’s whiney sookie demeanor makes me detest this show especially after the character had some legitimately engaging moments in previous episodes. This episode also puts a major halt to the overall plot of the season. There are three episodes left and after abandoning a perfectly reasonable plot they now have to scramble to wrap the series up in an engaging way. Good Luck!

4/10

Tommy

This episode totally stalls things out and we have to deal with pretty weak drama overall. The Bowman’s and Presard enact a plan to get out of the Block which is basically pointless but I guess we glean a bit of world building or foreshadowing out of it. Overall pretty weak although they could be using this to set things up for the ending of the series. I’m going to give the show runners the benefit of the doubt for now but this episode as a standalone wasn’t very engaging at all.

4/10

Episode Score

36

Roy

I can give them points for trying something different, I suppose. The Red Hand plans a massacre on the so-called collaborators in the Green Zone and we get to see the events from six different perspectives. The format of the episode helped pique my interest but little of substance actually happened, making the format a poor attempt to cover sloppy writing. Even a simple change in the order of the short stories would have made the episode more tense and interesting, but they chose to show the conclusion at the start leaving the rest of the episode tired and predictable. The glacial buildup of the previous few episodes was put on hold. Again. Colony has some interesting stuff going on but the story is flopping around like fish out of water.

3.8/10

Matt

If you’re going to use a technique made famous by pulp fiction then you better do a good fucking job. So when this episode uses the multiple perspective angel I was dubious of its ability to pull it off from the get go and I was right to feel that way. Aside from one or two segments the ultimate payoff came in the last 4 minutes of the episode. The rest felt very much like filler to this reviewer. If you're going to try to be creative in this way you have to bring your a game otherwise you just look like an ass.

3/10

Tommy

Interestingly this episode does away with linear storytelling of the rest of the show and opts for a more pulp fiction esque series of vignettes that tell small tales that attempt to lead to a conclusion that makes the ambiguity worth it. Although it does overall help the episode be more intriguing, the order of events could have been more effective and some of the things that happen don’t make much sense. The episode also ignores the ramp up of the previous episode with Broussard and the new pilot character not appearing at all which gives the feeling of stalled progression

4/10

Episode Score

36

Roy

Pretty good action this week. It is so bizarre getting decent episodes amid all these phoned-in episodes. Action was about the only good thing about this week’s Colony, though. The character who knew where to take the McGuffin dies without having told anyone else the critical information despite planning to go into a big firefight. It is plot-stalling and it doesn’t make for good watching. There was also prime opportunity to do something with Bram, but no. The action was the focus of the episode and that was the strongest part so I suppose I have to give this one the thumbs up.

7.1/10

Matt

Although this episode is a definite step up from the last. It still leaves me wondering why certain story choices were made. Brusades cell facing off against the red hand was the perfect chance to continue to grow Brams character. Instead Bram is sidelined for some reason and the bowman parents continue on the mission without using Bram in any capacity except for a plot convenience at the start of the episode. Aside from one decent action sequence this episode is not to distinct from the rest of the series.

5/10

Tommy

This episode overall is pretty good. We get a focus on Snyder doing his thing behind the scenes which is great to watch and we get a masterfully crafted action sequence very similar in nature to what we have scene from Will throughout the series but this time with Broussard’s entire cell. Despite those things though there are some things that undercut how good this episode is. The ending seems to stall out the plot again as Colony seems to love to do but it also seems to nullify Bram’s progression from the last episode which makes it a little be less relevant which is never great. Still though in the scheme of things those are small complaints for what is a very decent episode of television.

7/10

Episode Score

63

Roy

When looking at a season to decide whether it was a worthwhile watch, often, a good measure is to compare where the characters are to where they started; how they have changed; what new challenges they have to overcome; how the relationships are different. I got nothin. Everyone is in basically the same boat they were in at the start of the season. We are still waiting for basically all the same stuff. Everyone feels about everyone else the same way they always have. The cliffhanger is a lot less exciting than it was last season, if you could even call it a cliffhanger. I can’t even really pinpoint what it is that is supposed to make me want to watch the next season. They revealed that the aliens are actually robots or something? I don’t know. I don’t care. There wasn’t anything that made this a finale apart from it being the last episode of the season.

3/10

Matt

For the love of Pete, season finales in sci-fi shows need to be epic on the macro scale and emotionally driven on the micro scale. Colony doesn't do either. The big moment in the episode falls flat because it doesn't really punch out like it and should and the small scale emotion stuff just doesn't resonate with me. This season had three episode that kept me engaged. This finale was not one of them.

3.5/10

Tommy

There’s not much here in this finale that really changes my mind about the series as a whole. The series ends on a bit of a sombre tone with the climax more or less happening in the previous episode. We are left with people picking up the pieces and resigning themselves to their fates. The bowmans enact a plan to get out of the colony and Snyder is left to figure out his place after he discovers what is happening. It’s a good episode but isn’t quite good enough to make up for the faults of the season or the series as a whole.

5/10

Episode Score

38

Though this is slightly better than the first season, Colony season 2 just falls flat overall. There are some good interactions between some of the characters and the action scenes are basically always on point. Colony fails in the areas it did in season 1 with the plot being dragged out, characters being inconsistent and frustrating to watch. The season also flubs a few story points that could have improved the show but instead just fall flat or annoys. There's also a severe lack of payoff for more of the grand sci-fi ideas which continues to be doled out in a glacial pace.

There's some good in here but overall the season is lackluster and can be frustrating for those who are looking for cool Sc-Fi things to be invested in.

Season Score

51

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