Colony Finally Showed Us a Damn Alien, and It Was Good

Not aliens. Just a well armed family.
Not aliens. Just a well armed family.
Image: USA Network

It took three seasons but we finally got it. A god dang alien on a show about aliens invading god dang earth. God dang this is great!

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Colony—about a family struggling to survive on an Earth colonized by aliens who seem to use humans themselves as a natural resource—has had a bad habit of teasing its aliens without actually showing them. Instead it’s shown us drones and mechas that can turn people to gory red mist with a glare. The aliens, and all of their reasons for being here, have remained pretty mysterious.

But not anymore!

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Two episodes ago the show teased us again, giving us a glimpse of a gelatinous mass in a space ship. It was hard to make out anything beyond a panicked prop designer’s ingenuity, and was, in fact, kind of irritating. The alien wasn’t just poorly shown, it was also not even representative of the aliens that are the focus of the show. Instead, the characters suspected it was from another faction in a war.

This is not an alien! This is goop!
This is not an alien! This is goop!
Image: USA Network

This theory was confirmed this week when we saw our first full shot of one of the colonizing aliens.

And it is... a robot.

Now THIS is a proper alien.
Now THIS is a proper alien.
Image: USA Network
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Yes, robots have invaded Earth and are using humans as labor to build weapons to be used against the goo aliens. This was hinted at in the season premiere and is only a little revelatory.

What’s shocking: The alien’s insistence that the human-alien relationship is a collaboration. Up until this point, the assumption has been that the aliens are callous colonizers who view humans as “savages” that are to be corralled, enslaved, or both. Whether this particular alien is too low down the pole to know what’s happening to the human race, or the robo-aliens have a different view of equal partnership, remains to be seen.

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Either way the world of Colony has just expanded on a stellar scale and it’s going to be pretty hard to hide the aliens going forward—which is totally okay by me.

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DISCUSSION

The hosts nature was already hinted when the one Katie’s friend “killed” was reclaimed by collaboration forces and its main unit was replaced and came back to “life”. Still it was nice for this episode to finally come and confirm it without any ambiguity. Before there was speculation they captured something like a more advanced drone that maybe used as a surrogate representative of actual aliens or maybe there was a tiny alien in that orb. Now we know the hosts are artificial all the way through. That was a really cool revelation.

So the real shock was that the host think of humans as equal allies but it made sense when I thought about it. After all hosts never interact with normal humans. They are always under thigh guard, ostensibly for their protection, but now I wonder if that’s so they never learn what common people think of their arrival. They only interact with the high level government officials who were on their side even before the invasion as Snyder’s story shown (he was recruited before anything happened by people who looked like government agents). They were clearly humans working with aliens before the walls dropped who knew it was going to happen. They probably made a deal to become allies.

All the repressions and atrocities we saw were committed by other humans. It’s humans who police and govern the colonies. Humans have made this system. Unlike hosts the drones are clearly not sentient so it’d make sense if it was humans who decided what makes other humans targets (like breaking curfew). It wouldn’t be surprising that the constant admonishing to not protest or hosts will punish us was nothing but a way for governors to keep others in line. Host being robots probably don’t even understand why workers are not happy with their assigned role in society.

And the fact that Will noticed that rebel camp is run just like Colony makes the whole idea of humans being the ones who designed this system to control other humans even more plausible.

It also seems Snyder knows more than he told Bowmans since he recognised the sound of the host coming online when Will had no idea what he was talking about. They should seriously interrogate his traitorous ass.

I also really like Broussard’s side plot and I wonder what is that glowing white building and why it made them sick.