When we first meet Will Bowman (Josh Halloway) he’s preparing breakfast–or at least attempting to–for his family, that consists of his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies, most recently of The Walking Dead) and three children, before he heads out to work.
Though one of his sons is missing, and Will is doing all he can to put on a brave face for his family.
The feeling that things aren’t quite right not only with the Bowman family, but the world they live in, permeates Colony. People barter for the most basic goods and Los Angeles is under martial law, and is surrounded by a huge wall evocative of John Carpenter’s underrated Escape From L.A.
And if that weren’t bad enough, order is maintained by a mysterious black-suited military force of unknown origin.
The how’s and why’s are revealed grudgingly so, while there isn’t yet enough information to understand what’s happened and why things are as they are, it adds an extra level of interest beyond people making do the best they can in what amounts to a police state.
Carlton Cuse, the prolific producer of The Strain and Lost, has created a future that visually resembles our own (though the technology in some instances is a bit more advanced) but with the addition of an unknown threat that has turned the place where dreams are made into a nightmare.
Colony premiers January 14 on USA.