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Season 1

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot
Shown 14 Jan 16

Earth has been conquered by alien Overlords. They rule indirectly, through a militia called the Red-Hats. Not unlike the villainous overlords in Fringe: Season 5 . It is of course a metaphor for the American Revolution, like in Falling Skies . And of course, Sleepy Hollow makes constant reference to it. There seems to be a theme developing here.

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) lives in Los Angeles. The aliens have built a massive wall around the city, and he wants to get through it for a day-trip to Santa Monica. The bad news is, the Red-Hats do not want him to. The good news is, they want him alive so he can do a mission for them.

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) is trapped in the Los Angeles Ghetto. The place has terrible shortages, especially at the hospital. They do not have a National Health Service, it seems. No change there, then. Perhaps the alien invaders would have more popular support if they provided free health care, like in V (2009) .

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 2] A Brave New World
Shown 21 Jan 16

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) starts work at his new job. He is partnered with Beau (Carl Weathers - Predator ) and sent out to catch the man who bombed the truck in the pilot episode. This involves infiltrating a Latino neighbourhood, where a white man would stand out like a plainclothes cop. Unfortunately Beau wants to play it slow and sit in the car, so the white guy has to do the action-adventure stuff single-handedly.

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) spies on her husband on behalf of Resistance Godfather Quayle (Paul Guilfoyle AKA Mickey Cohen in L.A. Confidential ). Why the the Resistance recruited Suzy Home-maker instead of her US Army Ranger/FBI manhunter husband is not explained. At least the Resistance are not portrayed as being the Good Guys - they are liars who put their own secret agenda first. But how (and why) can the home-maker fool her FBI husband?

There is a subplot concerning the hero's buddy, Carlos the mechanic. The Homeland Security team have arrested him for petty black marketeering. Our hero's new Police rank is not enough to save the mechanic. Likewise, his wife's Resistance buddies do not care enough to help the man's family.

Katie's sister Maddie Kenner ( Amanda Righetti ) bumps into a former boyfriend, who is now Number Three in the government's Water Distribution network. This explores the concept of collaboration. It seems that anyone who actually works for a living is guilty of helping the Occupation.

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 3] 98 Seconds
Shown 28 Jan 16

The episode starts with a radio broadcast from Geronimo, the symbolic leader of the Revolt. A bit like John Connor, but using cultural appropriation of a Native American name. He tells his eager audience a glamourised (i.e. fictionalised) version of the bombing that our hero got caught up in during the Pilot episode. The red-hats are after him in a radio detector van, like the French Gendarmes chasing Gaullist spies in the early 1940s. However, a better comparison for this show is the more recent Occupation of Iraq. The Occupation Forces drive around in US Military armoured trucks. They serve a Quisling government, a proxy for an indestructible superpower. The main difference is that the situation in Iraq was sectarian and tribal. And let us not forget, Battlestar Galactica (2003) did it better and they did it first.

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) joins the Revolt when they stage an armed robbery. She gets some blood on her, and she feels bad about it. Twenty-two people died in the shootout the rebels started, but she justifies it to herself. The only problem is that she has to lie to her husband and the nanny. Can the nanny be trusted to keep her mouth shut?

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) does a great job of tracing the Revolt cell that did the robbery. Or perhaps they were just overconfident and used poor tradecraft. Admittedly Bowman and his partner also have poor tradecraft, and nearly walk into an ambush. They are saved only by the fact that the Revolt are terrible shots - perhaps deliberately so. Bowman also discovers he has a new co-worker at Homeland - a girl who looks like Claire Danes .

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 4] Blind Spot
Shown 04 Feb 16

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) stages a firebombing of her own home. It seems to backfire, because the redhats search her entire home. It also brings her to the attention of her husband's boss.

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) closes in on Geronimo. The good news is, he fulfills his bargain to Snyder. But is the radio Shock Jock also the brains behind the revolt? Or is he just a hired helper? And will Bowman keep his mouth shut and get out of the dodgy deal?

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 5] Geronimo
Shown 11 Feb 16

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) closes in on the brains behind the Geronimo radio broadcasts. They are using posters and fictionalised stories about terrorist incidents to inspire leaderless resistance. Of course, this is all just violence for the sake of violence.

Snyder offers the radio broadcaster a deal. The man is a bit-part actor, as are half the people in the Los Angeles ghetto. If he plays along with a show-trial, Snyder will spare his life. Can Snyder be trusted to keep his word? Geronimo does not have much choice, because even a public execution is better than being tortured to death by aliens.

Bowman's eldest son tries to make a deal with his teacher. After all, supplies secretly looted from beyond the massive alien wall are bound to make things sweeter.

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 6] Yoknapatawpha
Shown 18 Feb 16

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) gets a lift with Snyder. Unfortunately, the revolters execute their well-rehearsed plan to ambush the convoy. Bowman shoots his way out, and gets Snyder as far as the only safe place nearby - the Yonk.

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) is unhappy about being trapped with Snyder, especially since she is revolting against him. She might not have been a gun-person in the ambush, but she was one of the lookouts so she is guilty of conspiracy. However, she must make a decision. The gunmen have held up their agreement not to kill her husband, although eventually he will get suspicious that they always spare his life but kill all the other guards.

Snyder starts to divulge info to the Bowmans. He claims that he is in fear of a coup by political rivals, and there may be an element of truth to this. After all, his boss ( Allie Walker ) views him as being entirely expendable. He states he ran Stanford University on the East Coast of the USA, but the aliens hand-picked him to run the Los Angeles Ghetto. Naturally, Snyder is incredibly vague when it comes to describing the aliens' biology and technology. A pity, because if he could cooperate then he would be much more valuable as a defector-in-place than as a kidnapped hostage or tortured detainee. But he does reveal that the aliens have the humans' full database. They know everything about everyone, he says, and they ran background checks on everyone who works for him. If that were really the case, how could the Revolt have infiltrated his bodyguards? And how could the Geronimo couple have a place in the Green Zone if the aliens could blacklist people with their sensibilities?

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 7] Broussard
Shown 25 Feb 16

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) becomes aware that she is no longer trusted by the Revolt. They are not in their usual hangouts, but the deadly hitman knows where to find her.

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) makes a lot of progress in tracking down the mastermind behind the attack last week. The man's tattoo marks him as USMC Recon, and a few other facts about him become apparent. The Homeland girl is an expert at searching personnel databases. It turns out that she ran an Internet dating company. Yet another civilian who was conscripted to run things once the aliens had killed all the professionals.

In a Soap Opera subplot, Katie's sister Maddie Kenner ( Amanda Righetti ) has a good job in an art gallery run by Kathryn Morris . Her duties include having three-ways with the boss and her husband (Adrian Pasdar - Agents of SHIELD ).

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 8] From the Cold
Shown 03 Mar 16

Snyder gets news from his boss ( Allie Walker ). She tells him the East Coast Governor is going to visit the city. It seems like all the Revolting activity has made Snyder look bad. And while Snyder may be a vicious manipulative little creep, his boss quotes 1984 as if the Stalinist form of government would be a good thing. If anything happens to Snyder, his replacement will be a lot worse.

Resistance Godfather Quayle (Paul Guilfoyle - L.A. Confidential) offers to make a deal with Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ). He will trade Broussard and the entire Revolting group - the few that are still alive after the failed ambush - in exchange for free travel out of the city.

Bowman's son is still hanging around with the science teacher. They have built an improved telescope, and with it they discover that there is a massive alien facility on the moon. It turns out that The Factory is not a death camp, it is a penal labour facility on the surface of the moon itself. This info does no real use, since the human species no longer has any capacity for space travel. And since the alien invaders took out all Earth's defences during the invasion, there is really no way the humans can actually fight back.

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 9] Zero Day
Shown 10 Mar 16

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) and his partner Beau (Carl Weathers - Predator ) have a plan to escape from Los Angeles. They make up a story that the Revolters have a secret base outside the wall. Instead of saying that the Redhats are corrupt, they suggest that there is a secret tunnel under the wall. Unfortunately, this means the security crew actually DO find the secret tunnel.

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) still conspires with Broussard. Their once massive Revolting group has been all but annihilated. There are still a handful of technicians hanging around. However, Broussard is the only hitman in the entire team. He has a new plan - a duplication of the kidnap attempt on Snyder. The difference is that the ambush is on a subway train, and the target is an out-of-town VIP. However, without any other killers to make up a murder-gang Broussard has to use Katie as a makeshift murderer.

Colony Colony [Season 1, Episode 10] Gateway
Shown 17 Mar 16

Katie Bowman ( Sarah Wayne Callies ) and her revolting friends make off with the VIP's body. This is the first time anyone has had a chance to do an autopsy on an alien. However, they have one minor problem. The alien is in an armoured suit, and their technology is incapable of penetrating it.

Will Bowman (Josh Holloway - Lost ) is in charge of the manhunt. If he does not recover the alien VIP, the whole city will be destroyed. In fact, the aliens start by using cruise missiles to destroy skyscrapers at random.

Proxy Snyder is out of a job. He tries to cover his ass by helping a political ally (Adrian Pasdar - Agents of SHIELD ). By incredible coincidence, this is the same political bigwig who Katie's sister Maddie Kenner ( Amanda Righetti ) has shacked up with.

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