Rent Colony: Series 1 (2016)

2.9 of 5 from 21 ratings
6h 59min
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Synopsis:
From executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, comes a sci-fi thriller that critics promise will be "your newest obsession". Set in the very near future, 'Colony' centres on one family's struggle to survive an occupied Los Angeles, now a dangerous world of divided ideologies. While some choose to collaborate with the occupation and benefit from the new order, others rebel and suffer the consequences. Will Bowman (Josh Holloway), a former FBI agent, and his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) have been separated from their son during the invasion and do whatever is necessary to be reunited.
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Directors:
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Producers:
Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
Creators:
Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse
Writers:
Ryan Condal, Carlton Cuse, Anna Fishko, Dre Ryan, Wes Tooke, Daniel C. Connolly, Sal Calleros
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
TV Action & Adventure, TV Dramas, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2017
Run Time:
419 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Colony: Behind the Wall
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. Pilot
2. A Brave New World
3. 98 Seconds
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Blind Spot
5. Geronimo
6. Yoknapatawpha
7. Broussard
- Special Features
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
8. In From the Cold
9. Zero Day
10. Gateway
- Special Features

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Reviews (2) of Colony: Series 1

Excellent, well thought out Sci-Fi - Colony: Series 1 review by DB

Spoiler Alert
14/03/2018

Pleasantly surprised by this series. Cannot remember why we added it to our list but so glad we did. Nothing is spoon fed to you and going in blind is an excellent way to watch. Nothing is really shown and you have to piece together what is happening yourself, especially during the pilot episode. But it is a well thought out, intriguing and interesting show. It is firmly based around the main family but also the politics of the Colony, which you gradually learn more about as the series progresses. It doesn't give you a history lesson as to how everything came about and is not full of special effects and big explosions (though there are some). It is about the family unit, the wider society and doing what it takes to survive. A very good series and I'm looking forward to watching the second one soon to try and find out more answers to what actually is going on and the motivations behind everything. Highly recommended.

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Excellent, well thought out Sci-Fi - Colony: Series 1 review by DB

Spoiler Alert
14/03/2018

Pleasantly surprised by this series. Cannot remember why we added it to our list but so glad we did. Nothing is spoon fed to you and going in blind is an excellent way to watch. Nothing is really shown and you have to piece together what is happening yourself, especially during the pilot episode. But it is a well thought out, intriguing and interesting show. It is firmly based around the main family but also the politics of the Colony, which you gradually learn more about as the series progresses. It doesn't give you a history lesson as to how everything came about and is not full of special effects and big explosions (though there are some). It is about the family unit, the wider society and doing what it takes to survive. A very good series and I'm looking forward to watching the second one soon to try and find out more answers to what actually is going on and the motivations behind everything. Highly recommended.

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Critic review

Colony: Series 1 review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso

Colony: Series 1 is tight. Meaning it knows what it’s doing and it does it very well. The first series explores how when you’re occupied by a larger force, the oppressor if you will, affects the occupied people – both on an individual and a collective level alike. The major twist is that the occupiers of Earth are aliens from another planet, who subdue humanity and force other humans to reign supreme over, well, other humans. Or something along the lines of a Philip Zimbardo experiment gone sci-fi.

The first season revolves around the Bowman family, including a major conflict between the husband Will (Josh Holloway) and his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies). The major conflict at-hand is that the one is made an alien collaborator, whilst the other has joined the resistance in order to fight against the authoritarian oppressors and see justice to finally prevail. There are other characters too, but the majority of them serve as a backdrop to tell the story of the Bowman family; so, to this extent, Colony: Series 1 is all about them Bowmans and how they’d act when their world starts both literally and figuratively to fall apart.

Fair to say is that the first instalment of Colony doesn’t explore the Bowman dynamics as much as (some) would like (me included). And the twists and turns that follow aren’t enough to justify the narrative structure divulging into other, lesser developed characters throughout the show’s runtime.

Additionally, some have accused Colony: Series 1 of being bland. And where I can most certainly see where this train of thought is coming from, I don’t necessarily agree with it. For instance, the first instalment features lots of interesting (adding: ordinary) characters that are thrown into unordinary circumstances. Think ‘Lost’ for example, only smarter and without any unnecessary mystery plot devices such as a mysterious smoke and polar bears. In fact, where Lost failed, Colony succeeds: the first series of this sci-fi feature managed to build intrigue like none other in its wake; for the gamers out there, think Half-Life 2 and replace the combine with the alien race as featured in Colony. When I come to better think of it, it’s as if Colony takes shard inspiration from Half-Life 2 and everything that’s going around in that game. To avoid any spoilers, I will also say this: the mystery of why the alien race has visited Earth is one of the better framing devices of the series. Look out for that and you won’t be disappointed in the least.

Finally, is Colony: Series 1 worth spending time on? From my point of view (as an avid sci-fi fan and whatnot), yes, it is. The thrilling elements of the series are also worth paying attention to, so yeah: Colony is deemed worthy.