*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!
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