On January 14th USA Network debuts its first Sci-fi TV drama ‘Colony’. While I’m suspicious of high concept TV shows, I plan on adding ‘Colony’ to my watch list.
From executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”) comes USA’s newest, highly-anticipated drama COLONY. Set in the very near future, COLONY centers on one family’s struggle to survive and bring liberty back to the people of an occupied Los Angeles. SAG winner Josh Holloway (“Lost”) stars as former FBI agent Will Bowman and Satellite Award winner Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) stars as his wife, Katie, in the series which takes place in a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Thus, when the powerful Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, “House”) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives. They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.
I watched the pilot episode that was free online and I liked the start. It reminded me of the classic 80s version of “V” but not as cheesy. I like how the “big mystery” isn’t the focus of the show but on how the people in this world survive. It also looks like there will be a police procedural element as Holloway’s character, a former FBI agent tries to find and stop the resistance. The irony is his wife, Katie, works for the resistance. I also liked that the sci-fi elements weren’t way over the top – at least not yet.
In an interview, Carlton Cuse, tried to distance this show from similar shows like “Falling Skies” and “V”:
Speaking about Colony, Cuse is quick to point out—as did the stars of the series—that the drama, while it may seem extraordinary, is in a lot of ways grounded in reality. “One of the things that had always fascinated me was this incongruity of Nazi-occupied Paris,” he explains. “There were these incredible images of people sitting at sidewalk cafes leading normal lives, well-dressed [and] drinking espressos, while Nazi Storm Troopers went by on the street. I think it was something that Ryan and I connected to and we were wondering, ‘Is there a way to find a modern analog from that?'” Cuse continues, “That was kind of the core idea that we built the show from. Is it possible to do an alien invasion show, but to subvert all of the expectations of the genre? The last thing anyone needs is another version of the straight up invasion show like V or Falling Skies. So instead, we filtered it through the metaphor of, ‘What is occupation really like?'”
As much as Cuse claims this show isn’t another “V”, there are too many elements that mirror the old show. I don’t have a problem with that since I loved the 80s version of “V”.
I tend to be suspicious of high concept TV shows. Many times what starts out as a great idea peters out by the end of the first season. I think Colony might be different. I will add “Colony” to my list of shows I watch or DVR for later.