Show: Colony

Verdict: Amazing

How much I’ve seen: All of season 1, 6 episodes of season 2 (everything that’s aired)

You should watch it if you like: This show has a lot of overlapping themes, so it’s hard to say, but definitely you should check it out if you like movies about resistance to authoritarian governments. At the moment for whatever reason only Red Dawn is coming to mind. Just read the summary below and see if it grabs ya.

Where you can stream it: As far as I can tell, you can see the 5 most recent episodes of season two on USA’s website, and that’s it, which is really a shame.

Colony is a sci-fi show about an alien invasion, but if that’s all it was, I don’t think I’d care that much about it. Although it does approach the idea of an alien invasion in a fresh way that I can’t think of another movie or show having done. Mars Attacks was a comedy where humanity fought off an invasion and won. Same with Independence Day (in that we won; it’s not really a comedy in spite of Will Smith being in it). ET wasn’t really an invasion, so much as a movie about an alien who gets lost on a roadtrip? …

Anyway, the thing that’s interesting about Colony is that the aliens have (thus far) successfully taken over the planet. They did so by creating a global authoritarian government run by humans. This is the thing that opens this show up to be really interesting. The best sci-fi isn’t about the technology. It’s just a way of putting up a mirror to humanity using extreme circumstances that can be brought about with that tech. This show is about how authoritarian rule can happen in the modern world. And about class struggle, the haves and the have-nots. And about resisting against what seems like inevitable doom, yet resisting anyway. It’s also a political thriller, really. Because there’s espionage and double-agents. There’s also some hints at some weird cult-like behavior that I really hope they start exploring soon, because I think that could also be an interesting angle.

I can tell that I’m not doing a great job of explaining this show, but it’s a very interesting idea and it’s quite compelling. If you can figure out how to watch the first season, do it. The first season was only 10 episodes, and I bet if I’ve piqued your interest at all, then you’ll enjoy Colony.

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