When living in a dystopian world occupied by paramilitary forces and controlled by alien overlords, it can be hard to know who to trust. So forgive us if we don’t have unwavering faith in Snyder (Peter Jacobson), the on-again, off-again Proxy Governor of Los Angeles who has proven himself a liar, an embezzler, and -– at times -– a seemingly good-hearted dude. (Yes, he’s helped the Bowmans on a number of occasions, but what’s truly motivating him?)
Still, Snyder should be commended for his more selfless acts, even if –- at the end of the day –- they turn out to not be so selfless after all. Here are eight times we almost liked Proxy Snyder.
Snyder provides Will with information on Charlie (S1 Ep7)
After successfully hiding Snyder from violent insurgents in the previous episode, Will spends the seventh episode of season one ("Broussard") tracking down the man responsible for the attack -- Broussard. Snyder rewards Will with newly-discovered information about Charlie, the missing Bowman son. "I know what you're going through," Snyder tells Will in one of his earliest sympathetic moments. "I have a daughter."
Order comes from quality of life (S1 Ep8)
When Helena pays Snyder a visit to inform him of (threaten him with?) an upcoming "performance review," the Proxy Governor of Los Angeles defends his work while also waxing philosophical. Though Helena is a firm believer in sci-fi author George Orwell's quotation that the future consists of "a boot stomping on a human face ... forever," Snyder proves a bit more optimistic about his species, saying: "I don't believe order comes from fear. It comes from providing people with a decent quality of life."
Snyder tries, fails to give his daughter a transit pass ... (S1 Ep10)
"Things in this bloc are about to get bad," Snyder tells his daughter, Cynthia, in the season one finale, "Gateway." He offers her his only transit pass: "You can get out before this city is plunged into the dark ages." Cynthia coldly refuses him, but hey, at least he tried, right?
... So he ends up giving it to Will (S1 Ep10)
Over the course of season one, Will captured/killed key members of the Resistance, successfully hid Snyder after a terrorist attack, and recovered the VIP's missing body. In the season finale ("Gateway"), Snyder rewards his employee with a transit pass, enabling Will to find his lost son, Charlie, in the Santa Monica Bloc. "You're an honorable man, Will," Snyder says in one of Colony's rare feel-good moments. "Don't let them take that from you."
'I know this sounds CRAZY, but ... ' (S2 Ep1)
Thankfully, most of us will never have to worry about informing our families that evil alien overlords are about to invade and therefore, we need to evacuate our homes, NOW. Alas, this is a problem that plagues Snyder in the Colony season two debut, "Eleven.Thirteen." Snyder can't make his estranged wife leave Los Angeles, but he has two guards forcibly take his daughter, Cynthia.
A poorly thought-out bribe (S2 Ep3)
Snyder isn't so great with details: When meeting the imprisoned Bram Bowman, he asks if the teen was named after the guy who wrote Jekyll & Hyde, then offers him new boots in exchange for information -- ripe for the stealing. But Snyder sympathizes with Bram's desire to return home, and offers a way back if the elder Bowman son will be his spy.
Snyder saves Bram from a beatdown ... (S2 Ep5)
Sadistic guard Jenkins isn't happy about the prison's recent bombing, and decides to teach all inmates a lesson by forcing them to stand out in the brutal heat -- and then bludgeoning every other person with a baton. Snyder steps in just before Jenkins attacks Bram, reprimanding his loose cannon patrolman: "I'll handle it, with a more targeted strategy than whacking prisoners in the head."
... And then saves him again from certain doom (S2 Ep8)
The aliens are kind of angry about their ship exploding, to say the least -- so they decide to get even. Just before the extraterrestrials blow up the prison camp, Helena arrives on the scene to hustle Snyder to safety. At the last second, the former Proxy manages to force Bram into an escape car -- saving the teen's life by the skin of his teeth.