Colony, Ep. 1 – Review

Screenshot 2015-12-23 21.34.30.pngWhen 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.

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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.

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Another Cast Member Exiting ‘The Walking Dead?’

After Shane (Jon Bernthal) left AMC’s zombie serial “The Walking Dead,” I assumed that the desire for other members of the cast to leave was over.

It appears that I may have been wrong, because Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) may be the next to depart.  She doesn’t actually say that she is, but it’s relatively apparent that she doesn’t like what happened to Frank Darabont, and that she feels that her character has run its course.

Some may consider Lori a bit irritating–she’d definitely had her moments–but I think that overall her character was strong, supportive, and a welcome member of the cast.

Besides, if her character dies, it would add an element of randomness to the series that has been, for the most part, missing.  I mean, as much as I want to deny it, part of me knew that they were going to kill off Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), my favorite character, at some point.

Which reminds me:  Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that Callies may turn up on “L.A. Noir” (if it goes to series) sometime in the near future?

‘Triggerfinger’

The second episode of the bifurcated Second season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” aired last night, and it’s quite possibly the best episode so far.

“Triggerfinger” expands upon a theme not unique to, though more clearly evident in the prior episode, “Nebraska,” that, as dangerous a threat as the re-emergent dead are, they don’t hold a candle to the living, who are less motivated by the urge to do harm than the desire to survive.

Survival of the fittest doesn’t leave much room for debate, discussion, or seemingly, mercy (which makes Rick’s actions in this episode all the more poignant).

Though what impressed me most was at the end, when Rick is talking to his wife, and she mentions how dangerous she believes that Shane is becoming (Apropos of an earlier post, does anyone else, after watching “Triggerfinger,” get the feeling that Jon Bernthal is not long for the show?)

If anyone else didn’t get a slight ‘Macbeth‘ vibe from that scene, they weren’t paying attention.  By way of clarification, I mean in the sense that Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), is not only undermining Shane’s position–which he deserves, by the way–but the way that she rests in back of Rick, and almost seems to whisper in his ear.

And the way his face, his expression, slightly changes, sells the moment.

Then there’s also the interesting way it’s dividing the group up into camps: one loyal to Rick, another to Shane, with lots of people not quite sure which way to go.

Good drama isn’t always in the grand gestures–though there’s a particularly innovative zombie attack a the beginning of the episode–but instead found in hints, and whispers of what could possibly be.

That’s one of the many details that makes “The Walking Dead” some of the best drama on television.