COLONY: How would fans respond to the occupation?

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.

COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- 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: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network)
COLONY — “Pilot” Episode 101 — 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: Paul Drinkwater/USA Network)

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:

  • Lay low
  • 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!

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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.

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COLONY: Fans reveal what sparked their interest in the series

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!

COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)
COLONY — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)

  • @CreepynCuteShop and @mrscify shared that they are excited about the possibility of aliens!
  • Sarah Wayne Callies fans @SarahWCfans clearly stated they are in the lead actress’ camp.
  • @Jaceyjaden is a big fan of Josh Holloway.
  • @jane74513 likes the style and color of the show logo.
  • Even author Stephen King took to his own Twitter account to endorse the new series.

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.
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COLONY: Learn the lingo

Red Hats? Green Zone? What are those things? USA Network’s new series, COLONY, has some vocabulary unique to its story. You will want to be well-versed in the COLONY lingo in order to get the most from the storyline.
Now you could be like me and watch the pilot early On Demand, multiple times, with subtitles to catch each word. Or, you can visit the tutorial at ColonyTV.com, the show’s interactive website. Or, you can read on and get a crash course here. Even better, do all three!
Here are several terms as I have come to understand them:

  • Colonists – residents living in the recently occupied Los Angeles under some oppressive conditions
  • Hosts – the unknown group that has taken over Los Angeles
  • Transitional Authority – a mysterious governing body administering the plans of the even more mysterious “hosts” who have taken over Los Angeles
  • Red Hats – the militia that enforces the laws and demands of the Transitional Authority
  • Collaborate – work with and support the Transitional Authority
  • Resist – clandestinely work against the Transitional Authority in hopes of taking back Los Angeles
  • Bloc – That’s right, there is no “k”s in these of blocs, which are different geographical regions divided by ginormous, impenetrable walls. i.e. Los Angeles bloc and Santa Monica bloc. Colonists are NOT allowed to move freely between blocs.
  • Flats – These are the housing areas for the Colonists, much less affluent than the Green Zone areas.
  • Green Zone – This is the much more affluent area inhabitanted by the Transitional Aurhority and its associates.
    COLONY -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Peter Jacobson as Proxy Alan Snyder -- (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)
    COLONY — Season:1 — Pictured: Peter Jacobson as Proxy Alan Snyder — (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)
  • Drones – provide additional remote surveillance
  • Proxy – The Transitional Authority’s designated leader over a particular bloc. i.e. Proxy Alan Snyder governs the Los Angeles Bloc
  • The Factory – an ominous location where people are threatened to be sent
  • Exclusion Zone – areas between blocs, which are only accessible under highly regulated procedures

I hope this helps prepare you for your COLONY viewing. And I would love to hear your comments!

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COLONY: Episode 1 now available on USA Now app

The pilot of USA Network’s new series, COLONY, is now available to watch on the USA Now app. There are no special codes or tweeting required. However, the show’s official Twitter feed @ColonyUSA did announce the current availability of the episode.

The official premiere date for COLONY is January 14th. But you don’t have to wait. Watch now and return to TalkColony.com to share your thoughts!

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Colony: Calling all fans of The Walking Dead

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.

  • The Walking 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.
    COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)
    COLONY — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)
  • 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.
    COLONY -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)
    COLONY — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman — (Photo by: Chris Haston/USA Network)
  • 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!

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Watch Colony pilot early

Calling all Colony fans! You have the chance to watch the pilot episode before the show premieres on 1/14/16.
Go to Colony‘s Twitter account @ColonyUSA and request your “clearance” to view the pilot early.
A tweet will be sent your way with a link and passcode for watching the very first episode of Colony starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. Colony airs on USA Network.

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