This week Colony finished its second season. This season changed things for all the characters and we got to see more of the world than just Los Angeles. While the mysterious Hosts are still rarely seen we find out a little more about them and their presence is felt even more this season.
Here’s how things stood going into the season finale:
- Will Bowman found his son Charlie in the Santa Monica Bloc and the return trip gave us the first sign that Will is somehow special to the alien Hosts. We find out in the penultimate episode of the season that Broussard is also special. Like Will, he was targeted by a drone but not fired upon.
- Bram Bowman’s experience in a labor camp led him to the first steps of becoming radicalized by an extremist humanist terrorist group. Bram does kill an official of the Authority (Katie Bowman, much like Lori Grimes, still can’t keep track of her kids) but the experience seems to have affected him and he is back in the family fold for now.
- Snyder was also at that labor camp, but he was in the administrator. Sure, it was a step or two down from being Proxy of the Los Angeles Bloc but at least he was alive and still a step up from being a college textbook purchasing manager (the season premiere revealed that he was lying about the provost at Stanford).. Despite the problems caused by Bram and his fellow resisting laborers, Snyder gets back the LA Bloc and becomes the behind-the-scenes operative for the Governor General of the Los Angeles Colony.
- Katie’s sister Maddie has had a rough journey this season. She started out as the girlfriend of the Proxy’s Chief of Staff. But thanks to Katie she fell under suspicion of being part of the resistance and later thrown out of the Green Zone (without her son) to fend for herself. She drank the Kool-Aid and became a true believer in the Greatest Day religion that the Hosts are pushing until Snyder later tells her it’s all crap.
- This season was rough on secondary characters and most of them are dead or shipped off to the Factory over the course of the season.
As we roll into the finale, the Hosts have had it with the antics going on in the LA Bloc. The good news is that they aren’t going to just nuke the place from orbit. The bad news is that instead they’re going to send everyone to the Factory, their lunar labor camp.
Maddie is at rock bottom. She’s been rounded up and sent to an evacuation center set up under the official cover story that the people of the LA Bloc are being relocated to the San Fernando Bloc.
Broussard, bummed out after the death of the last member of his resistance cell, decides to stay in the Bloc.
Will and Katie grab the kids and try to escape the Bloc. They also have the gauntlet (a bit of alien technology) that they plan to get to a resistance group outside the Bloc. The Bowmans get some unexpected help from Snyder of all people. With his help they get through the checkpoints and out of the Bloc. But Snyder activates something, most likely a tracking device, since he was talking earlier to a sinister Authority type about getting the gauntlet back (the loss of the gauntlet and subsequent fruitless search is a big reason the aliens are pissed at the LA Bloc).
So the season ends on a grim note. Maddie is looking up as the aliens’ ships hover overhead. Broussard is in hiding in the LA Bloc. The Bowmans are outside the Bloc but are about to run into whatever Snyder’s sudden but inevitable betrayal triggered.
Colony is at its best when it focuses on the people living under occupation.