Talk Colony Podcast #10: Review and discuss COLONY season 1 finale 'Gateway'

We bring you Talk Colony Podcast #10 during which we discuss the COLONY season one finale ‘Gateway’. Listen as we break down the episode plus a whole lot more:

  • Get your BUZZ FROM THE BLOC™ with Sarah Wayne Callies and Peter Jacobson
  • Catch up on our news and learn the spy word for the week
  • Find out how many Josh Holloway hair flips the episode earned
  • Hear fan feedback
  • and review the status of our major characters!

COLONY: Memorable scenes leading up to the finale

The season one finale of COLONY certainly gave us a multitude of new favorite scenes and nail biter moments.  However, earlier this week, we took a little journey down COLONY memory lane to find out what were fans’ favorite scenes for different pairs of characters leading up to the grand finale. This is what we learned.
We collected favorite moments between characters and voted on the top 4 for each pair.

Colony - Season 1

COLONY — “Zero Day” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

  • Here are the results for #Bratie, which stands for Broussard and Katie.  Their partnership certainly solidified dramatically over the season.  Here is what viewers liked:
  • We also polled fans for their favorite scenes between Will and Beau, or #Willeau for short.  Despite their dire circumstances, it was so much fun watching these guys become friends, not just investigative partners.  I am saddened to think that Beau really did leave the Bloc (even though that was probably a good move for him personally).  I just want to see more #Willeau – I did not get enough!  Check out the poll results for these two cool dudes:
  •  Finally, we took a look at the most infamous of #Snowman moments, those between Snyder and a Bowman family member.  The ones we ended up polling were between Snyder and Will. These guys had a tumultuous start but actually ended up working fairly well together in some respects.  And, remember, this poll took place before the finale.  We will look at those moments at a separate time.  Here is how things shook out for #Snowman!
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    COLONY — “Zero Day” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

Thanks to all who voted!  COLONY certainly lends itself to a lot of speculation and theorizing.  And our polls are just one way to see what some viewers have in common.
It is going to be a long wait for COLONY season 2, but you can count on Talk Colony™ to be there with you through the wait.  We will commiserate together and pass the time with trivia, blog posts, and more!
 
 

COLONY: Sarah Wayne Callies talks Katie's relationship with Broussard

Sarah Wayne Callies graciously and enthusiastically responded to inquiries  on a press call this week arranged by NBC Universal.

I was particularly interested in her response to an excellent question posed by Jackie Bojarski with Talk Nerdy With Us regarding the development of Katie and Broussard’s partnership in the Resistance.  Read on to learn more about this powerful pair!

Jackie Bojarski:​ Broussard and Katie have kind of become confidants over the course of the show so far. But the history between them is still a mystery. Can you shed any light as to how they became friends and how they kind of grew to trust each other over everyone else?

Sarah Wayne Callies: You know, I think part of that has to do with the history of a bartender and a patron, you know. Broussard and Katie got to know each other before it all happened. And I always imagine that, you know, he’d come into the bar between deployments and she recognized in him a man like her husband — someone who’s, you know, a military man and somebody who’s been through some stuff and someone who needs maybe a little bit of space to deal with what he’s been through and what he’s seen, a space not to be judged and a space maybe not for anyone to say I know how you’re feeling, because in my experience, a lot of vets feel things that no one can understand.

COLONY -- "Zero Day" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

COLONY — “Zero Day” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)


​And so, I think they developed a respect and a friendship before it all happened, before it all went down. I don’t know if they will go this route or not, but something Tory and I talked about is a possibility that when the arrival happened, he was in the bar and he was one of the people who helped Katie get out. Tory and I talked about it. We shared it with Ryan and Carlton. I don’t know if they’ll build that into our backstory, but.
​So I think part of it has to do with that kind of history. And I think another part of it (unintelligible) I think (we all) have a gut feeling about the people in our lives that we can really trust. And it doesn’t – sometimes it happens right away. Sometimes it evolves over time. But there are people in your life that you just go ok, I’m all in. I trust you. And I think Katie brings that trust out in Broussard and it’s a trust he doesn’t have for many people.
​And I think she just absolutely trusts him, which is why, you know, Quale’s orders to have her killed I think really shake Katie to her foundation, because she sees that Broussard is contemplating it. It’s his nature as a man who follows the chain of command is contending his (unintelligible). Yes.
​So when he emerges up the other side of that as a human being, I think then he becomes somebody that like – I think that does bring them ironically closer together. Does that make sense?

Thank you, Jackie, for that excellent question. I loved getting Sarah’s perspective on the relationship. And thank you, Sarah Wayne Callies, for bringing such a rich character to our screens!
The COLONY season 1 finale ‘Gateway’ airs tonight 3/17 on USA network.

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COLONY: S1 Finale Sneak Peek

Are you nervous about Thursday’s season 1 finale episode of COLONY?
If so, the sneak peek below probably won’t calm your nerves!
We see a very distressed Maddie trying to safely get Hudson as well as her niece and nephew into the GZ courtesy of Nolan Burgess. But wait, where is Bram? And furthermore, where are Will and Katie?
We have seen Maddie’s strength of spirit in recent episodes, but managing the safety of three young people is quite a lot to bear alone. Add large crowds pressing for their own spot in the safe zone, nervous kids, and an AWOL teenager, and you have one desperate Maddie.
Are we on the brink of even further separation among the Bowman family??

Click this link for the sneak peek: 

COLONY season 1 finale Sneak Peek

Talk Colony Podcast #9: Review and discuss COLONY Episode 9 'Zero Day'

Talk Colony Podcast #9 is all about COLONY episode 9 ‘Zero Day’.  Enjoy the discussion plus:

  • Buzz From the Bloc with Ally Walker
  • How many Josh Holloway Hair Flips did the episode earn?
  • Find out who “owned” the episode
  • Biggest Reveals
  • Listener Feedback
  • Discussion of Hyperion and the Raps
  • Who did we side with in the big Will vs. Katie confrontation?
  • and more!

Colony 'Zero Day': a CON-frontational episode

While there were several showdowns between certain characters in the latest installment of COLONY, there were some cons at work as well, thus the emphasis on “con” in confrontational.  Let us take a look at some of the key interactions in episode 1.09 ‘Zero Day’.

Will and Beau vs. Proxy Snyder

Will and Beau are set on finding a way out of the Los Angeles Bloc.  They begin using the chaotic events that occur on the anniversary of the Arrival to weave a tale of insurgency going on beyond the Wall.  They plant the seed that some insurgents are operating both inside and outside of the bloc boundary.  And thus begins a long con to convince Snyder into giving them safe passage out of the Colony.

COLONY -- "Geronimo" Episode 105 -- Pictured: Peter Jacobson as Proxy Alan Snyder -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

COLONY — “Geronimo” Episode 105 — Pictured: Peter Jacobson as Proxy Alan Snyder — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

Snyder gives them permission to investigate outside the Wall to look for an active cell there.  They plan to scope out a skyscraper that just happens to provide an excellent view of the outlying area.  But they have to take Lagarza’s team with them.

Will cleverly suggests that he and Beau take the even floors while Lagarza’s group takes the odd ones. Having found a way to separate themselves from Lagarza, Will and Beau fake a shootout on the top floor and plant an insurgency map beneath a napkin on the ground. They call for backup and “explain” that they lost the suspects who “escaped” down the back stairwell.  Lagarza finds the map and is convinced there is indeed a cell operating there, one that has found a way in and out of the bloc.

Will, Beau, and Lagarza return to Homeland and report the “shooting” to Snyder.  In a fortuitous turn of events, Snyder reports that his engineers have found an open tunnel beneath the DWP.  This would explain the cell’s access in and out of the bloc. Snyder wants to shut the tunnel down, but Will quickly suggests that use it as a trap instead.  Lagarza agrees.

COLONY -- "Broussard" Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kathryn Morris as Charlotte, Amanda Righetti as Maddie -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

COLONY — “Broussard” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Kathryn Morris as Charlotte, Amanda Righetti as Maddie — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

Maddie vs. Charlotte

Maddie refuses to let anything stand in the way of her son Hudson getting his medication.  She is also not keen on the idea of living a life without means.  Charlotte’s manipulations, however, are getting in the way of both.

After a long day of cleaning Charlotte’s kitchen, Maddie confronts her boss about the lack of trust Charlotte now has in her.  She “apologizes” and makes a peace-offering by sharing the location of some very distinguished pieces of art that no one else knows.  In actuality, Maddie is plotting a con of her own.

Charlotte uses the tip to track down the valuable items and Maddie agrees not to log the Gauguin piece.  Charlotte thinks she has the upper hand now.  Little does she know that Maddie plans to blow the whistle on Charlotte’s art embezzling.

Snyder vs. Nolan

Meanwhile, we learn that Charlotte’s husband, Nolan Burgess, reports to Proxy Snyder.  Snyder tries to find out from Nolan what the Authority’s plans are for undermining the Proxy’s regime and replacing him.  Nolan denies knowing anything about such a proposal. Is Nolan lying? Can Snyder trust him?

Upon learning of Charlotte’s thievery, Snyder uses the information to test Nolan’s loyalty to him. Snyder and the Redhats ascend upon the Burgess property and find the stolen artwork in Charlotte’s office.  Charlotte is carted away and Snyder gives Nolan a pass on the crime in exchange for his loyalty.  I believe some call that blackmail. But in one fell swoop, Maddie gets rid of Charlotte and Snyder gets the upper hand on Nolan.

COLONY -- "Zero Day" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

COLONY — “Zero Day” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

Broussard and Katie vs. Eckhart’s cell

Broussard and Katie plan to join forces with a new cell consisting of Eckhart, Morgan, and BB.  But first they must be approved by members of the new cell.  The new cell questions Katie’s experience, but Broussard stands by her.  Then the new cell resists giving full disclosure about their intel.  Katie confronts them saying there will be full disclosure or she and Broussard are out.  The two groups merge and embark on their mission to kidnap VIP Hyperion who is traveling on the Metro.

Katie vs. Gracie (and Lindsey)

Katie discovers Gracie reading “The Greatest Day” book that Lindsey had secretly given her.  Katie confronts Gracie about the book when Gracie says things to the effect of kids being the Hosts’ favorites.  Katie is livid when she looks through the book and learns that Lindsey has been trying to indoctrinate Gracie with the agenda of the Hosts. Gracie storms off and Will arrives home.

Will vs. Katie

Finally, we have the confrontation we have all been waiting for!  Will has a plan for Katie and the kids to escape the Colony with Beau via the tunnel while he finds Charlie.  They can all meet up in Black Bear to live a life off the grid and get out from under the Hosts’ thumb.  Brilliant, right? No, Katie does not accept the offer and insists on completing her mission with Broussard for what she considers to be the greater good.

COLONY -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Alex Neustaedter as Bram Bowman, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as Grace Sullivan, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman, Josh Holloway as Will Bowman -- (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)

COLONY — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Alex Neustaedter as Bram Bowman, Isabella Crovetti-Cramp as Grace Sullivan, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman, Josh Holloway as Will Bowman — (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)

 The couple comes to blows over Katie’s duplicity and wrestle with the state of their marriage.  Katie leaves and Will goes to tell Beau they will not be joining him. It appears that Beau will make the escape on his own and exchanges goodbyes with Will.

The Resistance vs. Hyperion

In the final scenes of ‘Zero Day’, we see the new Resistance team mistakenly blow up the Metro train instead of just nudging it off the tracks.  When they investigate the carnage, they find who or what they believe to be Hyperion.  They are awestruck when they find a robotic, perhaps alien-like masked figure.

Some characters seem to have come out victorious in this episode.  Others lost one or more battles.  And our beloved Bowmans are clearly at a standstill with conflicting points of view.

Next week’s season finale is sure to be as “explosive” as USA Network has been suggesting. Do we really have to wait a whole week?  Until then . . .

COLONY: Who is Morgan?

Thursday, March 10th, brings a brand new episode of COLONY.  We also meet a new character in episode 1.09, Resistance operative and technical guru, Morgan.
Morgan is played by the lovely Thora Birch.  You will recognize Ms. Birch from several popular films such as American Beauty and Hocus Pocus.
Thora recently answered press questions on a conference call sponsored by NBC Universal.  She gave some interesting insight into her character.  So, if you want to get to know Morgan in advance of her COLONY debut, here’s your chance. And be sure to check out the exclusive clip from her first episode at the end of the post.
Here are some excerpts from the call:
Agatha Kasprzak with, Oh So Gray inquires:

You play Morgan, a laidback software engineer with a conscious. How did you prepare for this role?

Thora responds:

So, I don’t have a lot of experience in the whole tech world, but I responded to my character’s determination to have an impact and to make her presence known in one way or another.
And so she’s got – she’s kind of the complete package. She’s got the know-how and she’s got the balls to pull off some amazing stuff.

Mary Powers with TV Geek Talk.com inquires:

Good afternoon and thanks for taking the call. You said that your character is a software engineer. Besides that, what more can you tease about your character and how she’s going to fit in into the overall show, starting in Thursday’s episode?

Thora responds:

Okay, so I’m not 100% completely clued in as my character’s trajectory, either. But she is working on the resistance side of things. She is not a collaborator. She’s definitely a resister.
And her journey is only just starting. Like these two episodes that you’re going to see this coming week and next week, it’s only the beginning.

Mary again:

Okay, so it’s more than just a recurring role? Should we possibly expect to see the character more in…

Thora responds:

No, it is recurring. I have no idea how it’s all going to wind up. But it is a recurring role.
But she’s playing a part in a major operation that kind of wraps up the season really nicely and kind of leaves the audience, you know, really wanting more.

Jorge Solis with MStars News inquires:

Hi. I was wondering, what do you find similar to your character Morgan, and what do you feel are you different from your character?

Thora responds:

So Morgan is a little bit more Type A. She is – you know, she’s got this whole knowledge in a world that I personally don’t share. I don’t share here set of skills.
But, she does have a determination. And she’s very passionate, which is something that I can completely relate to.

Those are certainly some great insights into Morgan!
If you would like to get an advance look at her character in action, click HERE for an Exclusive Sneak Peek of #COLONY 1.09 ‘Zero Day’ from USA Network.

COLONY -- "Zero Day" Episode 109 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

COLONY — “Zero Day” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Tory Kittles as Broussard, Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network)

Talk Colony Podcast #8: Review and discuss COLONY episode 8 'In From the Cold'

Talk Colony™ Podcast #8 takes a look at COLONY season 1 episode 8 ‘In from the Cold’.
This week we discuss the following:

  • How many Josh Holloway hair flips the episode received
  • Who does Carter think is the bigger jerk — Snyder or Quayle?
  • Who does Adam Busch (Mr. Carson) not trust?
  • What does Ally Walker have to say about the reveal of new levels in the TA?
  • Listener feedback and ratings for episode 8
  • and more!

Enjoy!

COLONY Episode 108: Just when you think you have some things figured out

Boy does COLONY keep us on our toes! Just when we think we start to have some pieces figured out, things take a different turn. Let us take a look at some of the new developments revealed this week.
Helena’s boss is not THE boss. Helena, Chief of Staff for the Governor General, makes a surprise visit to Proxy Snyder’s office and shares that the “Chief Minister of the Pacific Coast” is coming for a visit.
This is an entirely new level of authority in the Transitional Government.
While this may be one step closer to our hosts, it begs the question — just how many layers are there in the Transitional Authority? The complexity of the organization is broadening the scope of the story and making it all the more intriguing!
Will is not ALWAYS the nice guy.
Okay, truth be told, I really do believe he is a nice guy. But that does not get in the way of him protecting that which he holds most dear, his family. It was quite jarring to see him swiftly take Quayle out of the equation, a brutal decision he made personally, not just in the line of duty.
Beau has an allegiance after all.
As I mentioned in a Tweet this week, we have come to know Beau as the definition of chill – Hawaiian shirts, always taking time for tacos, finding ways to slow down investigations. He has been the Switzerland of Homeland, keeping his job while not really getting that involved.
He takes an about face this week, pledging his loyalty to and alignment with Will. This bromance just went to the next level. The Bowmans have a friend in Beau.
Proxy Snyder governs to the beat of his own drum.
The way the Transitional Authority rhetoric rolls off his tongue, you would think Snyder has been using some sort of regulation scripts handed down from our hosts. Well it turns out, much of that rhetoric may be his own. Helena shares that the other Proxy Governors do not rule the same way, that they elicit even more fear from their constituents.
Is Snyder the nice guy in this game?? I certainly cannot get past his execution of Luis, but are his counterparts in the Authority even more ruthless? Scary thought.
The factory is not necessarily a dead end.
We get a glimpse of Carlos spending his days laboring in the Factory. Our comrades in The Flats seem to think the Factory is a death sentence (and it may very well be if you get a cough!)
The families of those taken to the Factory believe their loved ones have as much as disappeared off the face of the Earth. But this appears only to be half true. They haven’t actually disappeared, but they most certainly are no longer on Earth. They are on the Moon!
The occupation is an ugly, brutal world.
I think we have all known this from the beginning. But the Bowmans’ lifestyle has been a little easier on the eyes since Will “accepted” the position with Homeland Security. A fancy car, visits to he park, laughter at The Yonk. All this in contrast to Rachel and her sons’ fate – a shocking reminder that there is nothing romantic about the occupation or trying to resist its authority. No one is truly safe.
Be sure to tune in next week, Thursday March 10, for an all new episode of COLONY, the last episode before the Season 1 finale. Hopefully, we will get some more answers, but no doubt we will come away with more questions!