Talk Colony Podcast #14 covers Colony episode 2.03 “Sublimation”.
In this week’s podcast we coin a new phrase over the loss of an amazing character and get some awesome Buzz From The Bloc™ from Kathleen Rose Perkins who plays Jennifer McMahon.
Listen in to learn how Tracey, Jay, and Carter voted for:
Who “Owned” the Episode
Find out who gets honored in this week’s Hair Flip rankings!
Thanks for listening!
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.
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:
Okay, let’s vote for best #Willeau (Will and Beau) moment so far on @ColonyUSA — choices based on fan replies!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
In an effort to be an eagle-eyed viewer, I was able to track down the content we see as tutor Lindsey opens the book she shares with Gracie in COLONY episode 7 ‘Broussard’. I first took a screen shot of the scene where Lindsey opens the book and magnified my photo. I was able to make out the text “Welcome to Generations of Grace”. Upon searching the web, I found these sample pages for a children’s Sunday School curriculum called Generations of Grace (GOG) that match the screenshot.
These pages come from a curriculum created and used by a Christian church in California about the Bible. So, I don’t think we are going to get any intel here on the fictional “church” group we saw in COLONY this week. I suspect that these pages with cartoon drawings were simply enclosed in a faux cover for production purposes in an effort to indicate that Lindsey was showing Gracie a children’s version of her own fictional book.
But with Carlton Cuse at the helm, I will continue to look for hidden messages on screen as we so frequently became accustomed to in LOST. And sure enough, there are plenty of coincidences in many of the books, names, etc. that we see in COLONY.
For instance, Katie refers to herself as “Amelia Gould” when leaving a message for Broussard using the pay phone. This happens to be the name of a female character in Joseph Conrad’s novel, Nostromo, the book being used for deciphering Resistance messages. Do a little research on the characters in the book and I think you’ll find this coincidence interesting.
Meanwhile, I suspect many fans noticed that the cover of the book Lindsey shows to Gracie shows an image strikingly similar to the “light show” we see from the balcony of Proxy Snyder’s home in the Pilot episode. Superimposed on top of this image is the logo from the pin that Lindsey wears. What do you think these images represent? I suspect more will be revealed soon!
Keep your eyes peeled!
*This post discusses plot lines through the most current episode. This is your friendly warning. Phyllis. What can we say about Phyllis? We only knew her briefly and never even learned her last name. She was taken too quickly when Broussard was appeared in a ‘Blind Spot’. Yet in that time, she made a huge impact on the series COLONY and its fans.
She was oh so smart and cunning. Just look how she “played” Katie at the Homeland offices. She said just enough to make Katie nervous and unsettled before eventually quietly confronting her at The Yonk. And she used Bram’s tapes to make Will nervous, not an overt threat, but enough to give her the upper hand.
She was compassionate but had the courage to look at the greater good. She suggested that the Resistance could be reckless and do more harm than good. She made tough choices that definitely were not popular.
She was a smooth talker. And I literally mean a soft, smooth orator. I do not believe we ever heard her raise her voice during her arc. Her tone may have become firmer at times, but she never yelled. This keeps people on their toes. It is usually the calmer party in an argument that wins. You cannot argue with someone who does not argue back.
She was committed and motivated. We can see that she took her job very seriously. And now we know why. Her dearly beloved was obviously very ill, possibly from a stroke or ALS, and in need of ongoing care. She refused to let him down.
Think of all the characters in COLONY and what motivates them. I believe these different motivations drive the story to impressive heights and engage viewers all the more.
I hope the storyline continues to address the personal side of each character’s actions and gives us rich back stories to understand their motivations. What better than an intelligent story with heart??
Here’s to Phyllis! Thank you, Kathy Baker, for your insightful portrayal of Phyllis. We are grateful that you deepened the story for us. We are sad to see you go.
But cheers to COLONY for making such wise casting decisions and here’s to Season 1 and now Season 2 as well!
Please be sure to share your thoughts about Phyllis in the comments section.
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Fans, cast, and creators of new series COLONY took to Twitter for an #AskCOLONY Q&A session during the show’s premiere. Questions included inquiries about casting, plot line, personal interactions of the cast, and more.
A particularly fun aspect of the live Tweet came from gifs posted by Legendary Entertainment of cast members doing the signature Josh Holloway hair flip!
Click on the hair flips from Tory Kittles, Peter Jacobson, and co–creator Carlton Cuse. Pick your favorite and then vote in our poll below.
And by all means, let’s get #JoshHollowayHairFlip trending!
In the new series COLONY from USA Network, the Los Angeles area is now under a mysterious state of occupation. The ColonyTV website gives stories of the arrival of the new regime. There are tales of mayhem, separation of families, and threats of violence.
After the initial shock, “Colonists” begin their new lives with new rules and far fewer privileges. Some join a Resistance movement. Others enlist in the new “Red Hat” militia and enforce the laws of the Transitional Authority. Some keep their heads down and hope it all blows over sooner rather than later. Perhaps some try to play more than one side.
So, how would I respond? How would YOU respond? It’s certainly easier to envision how I would hope I would respond rather than have to consider my actual fears.
However, it is these questions that make said story so engaging. This story makes you think outside of your safety net and consider your own strengths and weaknesses.
Once again, I have turned to the growing number of COLONY fans to find out their thoughts on the best way to navigate the travails facing our survivors on screen. I posed three options to fans:
Join the Resistance asap
Enlist with the Red Hats
But leave it to the very intelligent fans of COLONY to provide much more creative options. Consider the following ideas shared by fans!
@TalkColonyTV First, lay low, observe and assess. Then join the resistance and enlist with the red hats as a spie. ^__^ I’d do it all. Lol
What can I say? COLONY fans cannot be limited to a mere 3 choices. They are too smart for that!
Complex scenarios and really tough choices already have viewers engaged in COLONY, even ahead of its official premiere this Thursday, January 14th, on USA Network. Thank you Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal, cast and crew for giving us such a complex story to sink our teeth into! Fans are ready to immerse themselves in the mystery and intrigue of COLONY.
USA Network’s new series COLONY has a bunch of fans already ahead of its January 14th premiere. The network generously released the pilot episode early for eager viewers to see.
I have certainly heard from many fans who are very excited about COLONY. The series has a lot of draws for me, including the two leads, Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, as well as faith in LOST producer Carlton Cuse.
I have been anxious to unearth what exactly it is that has drawn other fans to the series. I posed the question on Twitter and received a variety of answers. Read on to see how fans replied and be sure to vote in the poll at the end to share how YOU became interested in COLONY!
@TalkColonyTV@ColonyUSA SarahWayneCallies caught my eye, but the story drew me in.What would YOU do to find your lost child? Everything.
As you can see, viewers are flocking to COLONY for all sorts of reasons. The actors, the production team, the intrigue and mystery of the storyline, and even the style of the production are all drawing fans to the show.
Please vote in the poll below and tell us the main reason(s) you are on board as a #COLONIST! Choose up to 3 answers.
I am a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I am also very excited about Colony, a new series on USA Network. The show officially premieres on January 14th, but the show is making the pilot available early for fans. Learn more here.
Having watched the pilot already myself, I have compiled a list of reasons other fans of The Walking Dead should also give Colony a try.
TheWalking Dead is on hiatus. Fans need something to fill that void. The 1/14/16 premiere of Colony is perfect timing.
Former cast member of The Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies, stars in Colony. As you know, Sarah Wayne Callies played Lori Grimes on The Walking Dead. Interestingly, she is again playing a mom under the pressures of dire circumstances, but definitely not the same way she played Lori.
Speaking of dire circumstances, the citizens of Los Angeles are under a state of occupation. Their world has changed drastically. Much like The Walking Dead, old rules no longer apply.
U.S. currency is no longer worth more than kindling. The Colonists receive rations and have taken to a system of bartering to obtain other items. The survivors in The Walking Dead are not shopping with Benjamins either.
Danger lurks. Walkers as well as other humans are ongoing threats in The Walking Dead. Most Colonists live in fear of the Transitional Authority, a somewhat mysterious governing body serving the even more mysterious “hosts”. There is also the threat of being sent to an ominous place called the “factory”.
The brave fight against the evil. While some survivors in The Walking Dead selfishly choose to only look after themselves, there are those like Rick Grimes who risk their lives to protect others. In the newly occupied Los Angeles we learn of a group called “The Resistance” that refuses to take the occupation lying down.
It is not safe to go out after dark. In The Walking Dead, darkness increases your vulnerability to walkers. In Colony, there is a curfew that is enforced. The threat of punishment for those found outside their homes after curfew is taken very seriously.
There are very hard choices to be made. The Colonists are challenged with choosing to collaborate or resist. Your loyalties can impact the safety and well-being of your family. The Walking Dead survivors are also challenged with not knowing who they can trust and how new alliances could impact their loved ones.
Action, action, action. By far, neither show is a snooze fest.
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? Do you see some common themes with Colony that interest you? Check it out and let me know!