Vive la Résistance: Colony

I’m abetting the Criminal Element again, this time with a consideration of the USA Network series Colony.

Alien invasioPoster for Colony, featuring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Calliesns on the big and small screens have rarely been about aliens. They’re usually metaphors for whatever the scare-of-the-year happens to be: Nazis, communism, religion, lack of religion, race, colonialism, etc. Today’s scare-of-the-decade is terrorism and our response to it.

What’s the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter? What’s the difference between proactive policing and oppression? Can a tyrant’s collaborator have good motives? Can a self-proclaimed “freedom fighter” have bad ones? Whose point-of-view gets to control the narrative?

An alien invasion makes it safe to ask all these questions in Colony, a USA Network series created by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal (Hercules).

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