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Colony – USA’s Intriguing and Romantic Dystopia for Adults

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Colony Review

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Typically, when I think dystopian, I associate the world with that of the young adult books genre and their film adaptations. This is why watching something that has a definite adult angle, yet is set in that type of world was curious. Casting familiar TV face, Josh Holloway, USA Network premiered a new show for the 2016 midseason called Colony. Stepping inside its world is exhilarating yet terrifying.

Josh Holloway in Colony Pilot
Josh Holloway as Will Sullivan/Bowman

The story introduces us to the normal Sullivan family. A family who enjoys teasing their kids before school and morning chores picking oranges off of their backyard tree of their Californian home. But something is not right. They aren’t free as a normal family would be. Father Will (played by Holloway) is ready to leave for work as he watches his wife, Katie (Sarah Wayne Collies) looking lovingly at a photograph where three children smile back at her. The Sullivans live in a contained experiment where “hosts” are keeping citizens enclosed in a kind of block. During the invasion, the Sullivans were separated from their 12-year-old son.

What Homeland (the “law” of the block) doesn’t know is that Will was once a renowned FBI agent with a talent for finding people. During his attempt to escape and find his young son, the rebel resistance sets off an IED, killing a dozen people. This leads to Will receiving an offer – one he cannot refuse. He either reverts back to his old life, hunting the resistance or his family is going to be sent to “the factory.”

Few shows really hook their viewer in the span of the inaugural forty-five minutes. For the most part, I’ve found a TV show deserves at least 2-3 episodes before we write them off. Colony suffers no such fate. I was intrigued before ten minutes passed, questioning everything without questioning everyone, and wondering where each teased thread was heading.

Sarah Wayne Callies in Colony
Sarah Wayne Callies as Katie Bowman

The cast is quite good with a cornerstone in TV veteran Josh Holloway (ABC’s long-running and popular Lost and CBS’ fleeting Intelligence). He carried the show nicely, bringing me, as a viewer, along for a compelling journey with a family out for survival. Callies was equally well cast; depending on where her characterization goes, I liked the chemistry between her and Josh. Though married, the attraction in the writing is there with lots of friction underlying the happiness, and given the way the plot sets up, theirs could transfer into a complicated relationship. Also, a fun surprise was seeing Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) appear in the pilot.

Colony Pilot Episode

Interestingly enough, I think this show is something of a departure for the USA network. As an avid fan of this network with favorites like White Collar, Burn Notice and Royal Pains, paying attention to the shows on USA is a habit of mine. Whereas their former shows worked to retain a happier outlook, this has the notable distinction of becoming much darker. The pilot doesn’t suffer this fate overmuch thanks to daylight filming and recognizable skyscrapers.

Overall, if you like futuristic worlds that are grounded in understandable rules, not to mention a world that has a familiar appeal (the scenes and sets still look nearly ordinary albeit the city is under armed guard), then perhaps Colony is worth a look. I thought the pilot was a promising start to something I’ll tune into again. Whether or not it builds on that potential remains to be seen.

Content: there is one sex scene between a married couple along with the removal of clothing. It’s not overly graphic (and is fueled by relief a spouse isn’t dead), but is definitely in need of the TV14 rating this show sports.

Did you watch Colony? What were your impressions? Sound off below…

Photos: USA Network


Four corset rating

“Hello, Gorgeous.”


four heart rating

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My

feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me

to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

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By on January 15th, 2016

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Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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8 thoughts on “Colony – USA’s Intriguing and Romantic Dystopia for Adults”

    • It is fun to see Josh again; I just recently became addicted to ‘Intelligence’ and am trying to make it last as long as possible by watching only one episode now and again. Too bad it didn’t make it beyond that first season! Hope you enjoy this one, Faith. 🙂

  1. I had a hard time with this show and the reason is because it freaked me out.

    Like you I feel like the Dystopian Universe has been largely left to the YA world. I’ve only found one book that has an adult bent to the Universe that I really like. Not that I don’t like the YA books but you just don’t find too many adult takes worth reading.

    So I feel like that gives me an extra layer of distance from a Dystopian Universe that would scare me. And you just don’t have that in this show. So this for me falls in the same category as Homeland. I want to watch it but I have a hard time getting through it. LOL

    All that being said (sorry I kind of took a side track there) this is a really watchable show. It hooks you fast and it keeps your interest the entire time. I just may not be able to watch it live at night. Maybe I DVR it and watch it in the daylight.

    • I hear you. I am freaked out by some dystopian as well. Nothing wrong with that. For some reason, I did really “enjoy” (if that’s a word to use with regard to this) this spin on dystopian.

      I watched ‘Homeland’ for a while, but grew a bit tired of it – still, the plot IS (or was) interesting.

      There’s an idea! If you continue to watch it, let me know what you think. I plan to watch an episode or two more before giving up on it (or staying with it) because that’s sort of my “rule” with new shows: Stick with them for 2-3 episodes before judging them. 😀

  2. What’s your definition of dystopia though? I’m not an expert, but I don’t only associate them with YA. I think of “The Walking Dead”, “The 100” and “Falling Skies”. I don’t watch the last two, but from what I’ve heard of them, I thought of them as dystopian adult shows. Anyway I only heard vague things about Colony, and I wasn’t really taking an interest, but your review makes me intrigued. I think I’ll take a look at it. Thank you!

    • I suppose I do because my introduction to these worlds was through ‘The Hunger Games’ and later ‘Divergent.’ I don’t watch any of the shows you mention so their premise is unfamiliar – well, except for ‘Walking Dead’ which is know is about zombies! 😀

      If you do try this one, I hope you enjoy, Dixie-Ann – and thanks for commenting!

    • It is cool, Stefanie. I think if you like YA dystopian, you’d like this in terms of the story idea. From my understanding, no, this isn’t on Netflix as of now. It only just premiered on TV and right now, it airs Thursdays on USA network, or you can download the season through iTunes or Amazon Video following the episodes airing on TV. 🙂


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