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In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay together in a new world order.
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Set in the near future, Colony centers on a family who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together while trying to survive. They live in L.A., which has been occupied by a force of outside intruders. While some people have chosen to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, others have rebelled and suffer the consequences. Written by malahide-107-163858

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Release Date:

14 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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The bar's name Yoknapatawpha comes from William Faulkner and he is referenced in the pilot. Faulkner said it meant "water flows slow through flat land." in Chickasaw. See more »

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great writing, casting & acting...
10 March 2017 | by urthpainterSee all my reviews

Can take you a long ways!

What happens when giant space ships land in your city, the ships themselves forming a great dividing wall that traps you, your family - everyone in the immediate environment captive in what once was their city, neighborhood, home? What do they want? What do we do? A lot of questions have been asked, without many answers, but this is part of the entertainment following this well made show.

Colony really is surprising on every level, but in today's era of amazing television this is an easy show to overlook. In a way, this problem is self inflicted. Here we have a show with an extra-terrestrial component - that through a season and a half, has had very few big budget pay offs with regard to the off world oppressors. However...

If you're patient, this actually becomes a good thing. For reasons not yet explained the aliens remain puppet masters using sophisticated drones and recruited people to do their work, which is again, very mysterious in terms of objective. Colony provides very little information with regard to the invasion or whatever type of occupation humanity now faces. Which puts the viewer right into the position of the mystified characters, who are not only trying to put the pieces together, but also learning to survive the new reality.

The people recruited to do the alien's dirty work immediately fall into various levels of collaboration against their own kind. All collaborators work for what is vaguely labeled, "the authority" who are the alien overseers. People are divided, must take sides, choose the greater good - and stand with or against friends, family, co-workers and complete strangers. The potential dynamics of this new reality has been well developed with all the main characters.

And who are they? A dedicated cop, his business running wife (bar owner) and their three children. There are also a handful of periphery characters - but all connect in some way to this core family. The viewers share each of their difficult journeys, and watch their transformation as a result.

The content is timely, too, but I would argue that Colony borrows much more of its content from historical context, such as the French resistance of Nazi occupation. There is a grit and reality to this show that keeps everything grounded and believable - which truly is remarkable, given the premise.

Colony can be surprisingly brutal, but I never feel it is doing so in a gratuitous fashion. The cast have to make difficult choices, and the main character (Dad, Will Bowman, Josh Holloway) is a man of action. I really appreciate the way this show presents the destructive potential of firearms, and really coaching up the actors on how to handle weapons. The last episode I watched included a brutal home invasion that I thought was really well presented.

There are going to be a lot of unappreciated's, underrated's, under-watched type comments handed out to Colony, but I'd just call it a really good TV show. It has the added interest of science fiction elements, but they are utilized in a completely unique way to keep the show about people.

It also helps that Colony is well presented - good technical qualities, occasional special effects where needed, really good audio - and a nice look (that has to do with lighting, set design and again - camera work). The casting is near perfect and watching the characters evolve with the story has been one of the best treats.

Colony is a great example why every show with potential deserves a second season.

Incredible potential fulfilled, and one of my current favorite TV shows. 9 out of 10

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