Colony season 1 finale ecap: Gateway
Los Angeles is about to be changed forever... along with Will and Katie's relationship
The first season of Colony has been an interesting ride. Far from being the sci-fi show that it might have looked like from previews, Colony quickly established itself as a complex story with a focus on human relationships, families, politics, with hints of mythology. It was a first season that in some ways was clearly paving the way for more, but now that we’ve arrived on the other side of the wall, so to speak, I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of these complex relationships and stories evolve.
And speaking of the other side of the wall, that’s where our cold open takes place (hello, Santa Monica Pier). It seems that things are decidedly less peaceful here than they are in the Los Angeles bloc: There are people scavenging for food, homeless men walking around… and three street kids who are running from Red Hats. The kids steal a homeless man’s stash, which contains food as well as a gun. “Let’s take this stuff to Soloman and trade it for breakfast,” says one of the kids, who we learn is the Bowman’s missing son, Charlie. Who is Soloman? And why do we only get a brief glimpse at Charlie? Darn this show for teasing us with all the important things!
At home, Will is woken up by Jennifer and some Red Hats, who tell him about the resistance’s involvement in kidnapping a VIP. She’s not exactly happy that she’s on the outside of all of this, but Will says he’s just trying to protect her. When they get to Homeland Security, Helena Goldwyn is there to brief them on the situation. Helena says the captured was one of the Hosts and when Will asks where Snyder is, he learns that Helena is running the show now. And this isn’t good, because now that a Host has been captured, Helena’s worried they’re going to take action. “This is what happened in Dallas. And look what happened to them,” she says. Wait… what happened in Dallas? Just how far does all of this go? Is Los Angeles really the best place to be right now? Because if so, I’m a little scared.
WANT MORE? Keep up with all the latest from last night’s television by subscribing to our newsletter. Head here for more details.
Will goes home and finds Maddie and tells her to take the kids somewhere safe. Maddie admits she can get them into the green zone, though Bram isn’t so willing to come along. When Will calls his son out for knowing Katie’s secret, Bram ends up giving Will the number Katie gave him in the last episode. He wants to help in some way, but Will’s not having it. Pay attention to your kids, Will! This is exactly what you argued about last week, and you’re both not doing a very good job at being parents right now.
Getting into the green zone, it turns out, is far from easy even with Maddie’s VIP-type status. This is mostly because everyone is freaked out and trying to escape to someplace safe. She forces the woman who is letting people in to call Nolan. After getting the kids safely inside, Nolan tells Maddie about the resistance abducting one of “them” and he also tells her that Snyder’s out as Proxy. He needs to pick a side, but he doesn’t want to pick the wrong one. I kind of love seeing Maddie playing her cards like this; it’s been really fun to see her character evolve. She’s kind of a Cersei or a Sansa, in a way — someone who grew her loyalties quietly, focused on herself, and knew how to play the game.
NEXT: You win or you die
Katie and Broussard are driving away with their Host, which BB wants to interrogate. Broussard, on the other hand, wants to kill him. We got our first short look at the Host last week, and the only thing we know about them so far is that they look kind of like a Stormtrooper. Is there even a human — or for that matter, anyone — under that suit? They do realize that the Host has a locater on him, but they figure out how to block it before it can find a signal, and decide to bring the Host back to their base…which isn’t so easy, because the city’s been put on lockdown thanks to the VIP snatching.
Morgan distracts a Red Hat that Broussard kills so they can take one of their cars, though it’s a bit of a wake-up call for Morgan as to how cutthroat this situation really is. And it’s interesting to watch Katie step up and be the leader, and have Morgan, in a way, be what Katie was at the beginning of the season: resilient and strong, but someone who hasn’t yet seen the real consequences of war. Katie, in turn, has now become Broussard and also Rachel: She’s the one who’s providing the support and comfort. As they drive away, they see an attack from the drones and they try to get the drones to notice them. Their distraction backfires, however, and the drones destroy a building instead. Clearly, Morgan and even Katie aren’t prepared for this amount of unnecessary destruction, which causes Morgan to ask, “Is this our fault?”
When they finally reach their cell again, Katie rightly assesses that the longer they hold onto the Host, the more people will die and the more the city will be attacked. They’re distracted by the phone ringing, and Katie tells them it’s her son. It’s actually Will, who is worried and upset, but Katie manages to smoothly keep up her vague talk so that they don’t know she’s talking to her occupation-obsessed husband.
Meanwhile, former Proxy Snyder is doing some family searching of his own. He arrives at what looks like a hippie commune, looking clearly out of place — he’s there to see Cynthia, his daughter. And they’re not on the best terms, something that Snyder obviously feels badly about. He tells her he’s out as Proxy and that things in the bloc are about to get bad, and he gives her a transit pass to leave. Cynthia, though, isn’t so willing to just run at the first mention of danger. For one thing, she seems to be doing just fine hiding out here. For another, she’s pissed at the way he treated her mom. (I want more on THIS relationship in season 2.)
Will arrives at the crime scene of the abducted Host to meet Jennifer, who shows him a surveillance video of the attack. He recognizes Broussard and Katie, though it’s unclear whether or not Jennifer has any idea who Katie really is. Later, after Will’s call, he asks Jennifer to trace the number, which smartly leads back to the Homeland Security building, because who ever said the resistance wasn’t prepared? Jennifer’s had enough, though, because “trust is about a lot more than just one-sided favors” and, well, she has a point. As a peace offering, Will shows her the resistance code book of Nostromo. They use it to find out what message was going to be passed at the market at the time of the attack: “special opportunity with new engineer.” That, combined with the surveillance video of the attack at the market, leads them to run a trace on Eckhart — which leads them to an address for a loft on Fairfax. Will’s final favor to Jennifer is a 20-minute head start (to get Katie out), and Jennifer, having an idea of why he wants this, grants that request.
NEXT: With my friends all scattered to the winds…
At the loft, there’s little progress being made on the Host, who seems to have an impenetrable armor… until Morgan realizes that instead of using brute force, which has proven useless, all they have to do is use the Host’s own security features to unlock the suit. (Strangely enough, the Host also seems to be completely nonresponsive, so… make of that what you will.) They attempt to try to figure out how it interfaces with his hardware, until a knock on the door interrupts them. Katie is both surprised and upset to find Will on the other side, who tells her that all he wants is whatever they have in there. He warns her that Homeland is coming for her — for all of them — and that he’s not going to be able to stop it.
And Katie knows that. She’s well aware that she can’t win. But she’s choosing resistance anyway, even though she has a free pass to get herself out. Will’s visit forces Katie to spill the beans to the rest of the group about Will and who he is, and she then tells them that he came here with a warning. Broussard gives the group five minutes to finish whatever work they want to do with the Host, but Katie’s clearly conflicted about cutting it so close, so she makes a decision herself: She re-engages the Host’s tracking system so that they’re forced to leave.
Meanwhile, Will sees the drones start to descend on the building and runs back inside, still worried about Katie. He finds her alone, having sent everyone else off, and also finds the Host on the table in front of her. It’s both chilling and intimate to have both Katie and Will standing here like this, sharing something so significant, even though they’re so far apart emotionally and mentally. Katie leaves without talking to him and the Host is brought out and confiscated (where is it going? What do they want with it? So many questions!) When Jennifer asks if anyone else was inside Will says it was just him. In appreciation for getting the Host back, Snyder gives Will the transit pass his daughter refused, that can take Will through the Santa Monica gateway… and to his son. “You’re an honorable man, Will. Don’t let them take that from you,” he tells his former colleague. Man, am I having Snyder feelings? I swore I wouldn’t!
A defeated Snyder wants to know who they’re replacing him with, but Helena says she doesn’t know (or, if she does, she’s definitely not telling him.) She’s also not telling him what’s going to happen to him. So Snyder goes to Nolan and gives him a copy of the emergency protocol used in Seattle. He wants him to bring the plan to Helena, and by the way, he wants a level-three job in the authority. (He also wants to keep one of the houses. You know, the usual.) When Nolan returns from his talk and finds Maddie, he tells her she’s looking at the new chief of staff to the next proxy governor. “This is going to be so good for us,” he tells her, before they hug intimately. Could it be Maddie’s got a new lease on life here in the green zone? Well, maybe we should hold our celebrations for a bit because turns out Nolan went ahead and brought something for the kids to make them feel at home: Lindsey the tutor. Yeah, that’s not gonna be good.
The end of the hour leaves everyone scattered, not to mention fates left up in the air: Bram and his teacher have gotten caught in the tunnel on a mission of their own, not realizing that it’s Will’s doing. A sad Snyder looks at his office one last time before Homeland escorts him out, and not nicely. Jennifer stares at the empty desk of authority, Will drives away through the Santa Monica gateway, and Katie comes home alone, to a dark house, unaware of where her husband is…or where anyone in her family is. Which only drives home the point Broussard made a few episodes ago: If you choose to go full-in on this life, you risk being alone in more ways than one.
Oh, and also? Katie’s apparently being watched. But by who? Or by what? Is this from the Hosts? Are there really aliens? Is this something the occupation set up? I suppose we’ll be waiting until next year to get those answers, but I’m willing to be patient, because this show is just getting started.
- I love, love, love what the show has done with the slow-build relationship between Jennifer and Will, and I really hope we get more of them next season.
- Between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Colony, Adrian Pasdar is apparently getting a lot of opportunities running important organizations.
Were you satisfied by the finale? Are you looking forward to next season? Sound off below!