When season one of Colony wrapped, power was shifting among the collaborators and Will and Katie Bowman finally learned each other’s secrets. The season two premiere provides a thrilling reset, taking us back to the events of Arrival Day, and offers first-timers the perfect time to jump in.
If you don't have time to binge-watch Colony season one on Netflix before the premeire on Jan. 12, don't panic! We have a primer to bring you up to speed with the big things you need to know (so, yeah, spoilers ahead)!
Most of the Episode Is a Flashback
Season one took place roughly a year after Arrival Day, when a hostile alien invasion descended upon L.A. and until now, we’ve only heard snippets about how our heroes experienced it. Some, it turns out (cough, cough, Proxy Snyder), have lied about their past. Given that L.A. is more or less intact, we know that the hosts didn’t take over with brute force, and now we see just how coordinated and targeted the attack was.
The Bowmans Are Divided
After the Arrival, Katie and Will end up opposite sides, although both are focused on keeping their family safe. Katie is part of the Resistance, and spies on her husband after he is recruited by Proxy Snyder and the Transitional Authority to investigate the Resistance. The cat-and-mouse game played by the husband and wife plays throughout season one, but in the end, Katie’s secret is revealed and she risks it all to protect her husband.
Don’t Underestimate Alan Snyder
When we meet Alan Snyder in season two, he seems like a weak thief who lucks into a job with the Transitional Authority. He was selected by the Hosts with the use of an algorithm which identified certain qualities that would make him a good Proxy, or leader, of the L.A. bloc, and he turns out to have a real knack for ruthlessness and manipulation.
Will Is in Santa Monica
The Bowmans are separated from their middle child Charlie on Arrival Day when the Wall comes down. Will agrees to work for the Transitional Authority because Snyder promises to help him find his son, who we know has survived. At the end of season one, as Snyder is about to be removed as Proxy, he makes good and gives Will his transit pass to get into the Santa Monica bloc to search for Charlie.
Who Is Eric Broussard?
Broussard is Katie’s main contact in her Resistance cell, and his trust for her saves her several times throughout season one. He is a former commando and spy and has many skills that prove useful in fighting a guerilla war against the hosts.
Someone Is Always Watching
One way the hosts try to stamp out rebellion is by watching everywhere they can. Drones in the air are a constant presence. At the end of season one, we learned there is even surveillance inside the Bowman house. Creepy!
Going Outside the Wall is BAD
California (and other states, we presume) are divided into blocs -- literally. A giant wall separates the city and goes out into the ocean and only people working with the Authority are allowed to travel outside it. Which is why it’s so bad that the oldest Bowman, Bram, was just captured in a tunnel going under the Wall.
There’s an Alien Factory on the Moon (Yes, Really!)
Sorry, that’s about all we know about that one. Except you do not want to get sent there.
Are you ready to jump into Colony? Tune in Thursday, 1/12, at 10/9c on USA Network!