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Colony - 2.06 Fallout - Review


Starting out with an startling and mysterious scene in London, Colony's sixth episode of it's second season, wraps itself up in a bit of a mini-mystery that isn't concluded until the episode's end.


But the primary focus is on a young resistance member named BB, whose been trying to understand the alien gauntlet. Broussard still remains above ground, as BB suddenly becomes deathly ill. This unsettles Simon Eckhart, who seems to be rather cagey from spending so much time in the underground bunker. That leaves Morgan to take the lead and make a hard decision, knowing they can't take BB to a hospital. Morgan then chooses to reach out to Katie Bowman, which results in her and Will abducting a doctor friend from the Greenzone and taking BB to a currently not-used facility that the Doctor has access to.

For LOST fans it comes at no surprise that BB has radiation poisoning from being exposed to the alien tech and it's also rather familiar that Josh Holloway's character would end up helping to ease BB's suffering by ending his life, but more over this story with BB is hard one to understand in terms of it's placement in the season along with the fact that viewers were not invested in BB.

I think it comes down to reflection of many things. By not really knowing BB there is a realistic quality in that there are, and have been people out there in the world, that we don't really know, trying to do something they think is good, and they don't always succeed, but also sadly, pay a price for their effort. Being a young character, it highlights WWII parallels with a "lost generation" and for Colony, it also could tie into themes of colonization and the fact that we don't yet understand what the Aliens want in terms of the future of the human population, including then, the cultivation of children and young people. 

To further this there is also this standoff with Will and Broussard, as Will basically is unhappy that he had to clean up Broussard's mess. It paints this picture of Broussard being a bad parental figure, especially since there is also a fallout with Eckhart too. Not to mention it's still possible that Will and Katie could get put into a bad place for helping BB, should somehow the Proxy Government learn of what they did and/or the Doctor has grander standing than the Bowman's think.

But speaking of parental indiscretions, Eckhart was the connection to the opening scene, as his mother was taken realizing that she was connection to a person in a resistance group. We don't really know what Eckhart's story is, but somehow the Brit ended up in LA during the invasion. But again going back to WWII Nazi Germany-like parallels, viewers can see just how far-reaching The Global Authority is and willing to go to hunt down people--how people across globe can be tainted and harassed just by association. To see all of those posters of Eckhart just plastered over and over again right before the alarms sound for him, adds more alarming looming weight from the alien overlords, or at least, from the humans and droids that work for them. 

But to further contrast these notions of absence and fall-outs, Nolan and Maddie make an unexpected trip to the labor camp where Bram is located. Maddie surely wants to see Bram, thinking bringing him some better food would make everything alright, but she finds out rather quickly that life at the labor camp is no picnic for her nephew, as she takes note of his sever bruising, and where Bram was thinking she had come to rescue him, but instead further unsettles him by revealing that Will has found Charlie and brought him home, which no doubt may make him think they had moved on. This in turn also unsettles Maddie, as in a later scene she pleads with Nolan for help again, but he reminds her that they can't risk the life they're making together. However, this episode also highlights that not alien technology may be "safe" for human beings to just touch or be exposed to and I am rather curious if radiation poisoning could turn out to be a byproduct of the cube as well??

Nolan's trip to the camp however hinges on something else. As it turns out the Deputy Proxy had no idea what the special shipment being taken off-planet by the Global Authority is at all! Nolan talks Snyder into showing him inside one crate, which again is bit unsettling, as it appears to be a space-pod of sorts!

It's curious to think that the smaller Proxy Government officials don't even know everything that is going on in their own block and that someone like Snyder, who one would think now has an inferior position, actually politically has the upper hand, which is further evident by his call to Helena, which was also not without a further reveal that some of the pods actually have people in them!

It's unclear if the people in the pods are living and just put into stasis or dead, but I think one obvious reason for this would be for alien research on human anatomy, but another might be some kind of genetic-breeding program. Whatever it is, it doesn't feel good, but it would certainly be interesting if there was another less invasive alternative. And a couple last things to touch on are Jennifer, Betsy, and the flash drive.

Before Will is pulled into helping Katie help the resistance, Will takes the flash drive to work after he and Katie realize that it will only work on a Government computer. Will eventually goes to Betsy to try and use her computer, but Betsy is clearly scared that Will is going to jeopardize her job, but Will reassures her that he won't say anything. Unfortunately that doesn't stop Detective Burke from being the bloodhound he is, as he catches Will in the act--Well, in the act of using a computer he is no longer authorized to use! He founds out that his actions also result in Betsy getting "transferred"!


The word transferred was also used when Burke described what happened to Jennifer when Will could not find her at her house. It would be easy to presume that transferred would be a code word for dead, but I almost think that's too easy for Colony and doesn't make sense when one considers how they have dragged this mystery of Jennifer's disappearance along, how they have been killing mostly secondary characters, and how Keiko Agena is not a guest-star one would want to make a throw-away character. I'm hoping rather there is another place the two characters end up!


The episode wasn't as action-heavy as previous episodes and may even, on a glimpse, come off a little left field, but when one digs deeper it's easier to see how this episode and it's themes of falling out and/or falling apart have really been thought about in it's narrative and works as another transitional episode before the final four episodes in the season, which should work to being climatic.



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