[Warning: Contains spoilers for Colony episode 211, "Lost Boy"]
In an episode that follows seven different characters, Rashomon-style, we get an inside look at the next Red Hand attack, one that includes Bram (Alexander Neustaedter). He has seemingly been seduced by Red Hand leader Karen Brun’s (Laura Innes) rhetoric, which is in direct conflict with his own family. Meanwhile, Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson) and Governor General Helena Goldwyn (Ally Walker) are actively working to undermine Proxy Alcala (Tony Plana), worrying that he’s not a strong enough advocate for the bloc to the Hosts. Snyder continues his charm offensive with Ambassador King, who is visiting from the International Global Authority on what turns out to be a very bad day to be in the Green Zone.
‘We are the architects of our own oppression’
We begin with Karen Brun in a Red Hand base, filming a manifesto. She makes her case that “if you collaborate, you die,” saying that without human collaborators, the RAPs wouldn’t be able to maintain control. The Red Hand is arming up for something big.
Bram Joins the Red Hand, But Is He in Over His Head?
Bram sneaks out of the bunker as everyone sleeps and joins Karen and the Red Hand. She introduces him to Patrick, his partner for the day. Their mission begins with a costume change into work coveralls. They report for work in the Green Zone as gardeners, with passes that get them through security. Once inside, they meet with other Red Hand members and arm up. They sneak onto the grounds of an opulent estate, don ski masks and head inside, guns drawn. Their mission quickly goes awry as Patrick is hit and killed by a shotgun blast from an unseen shooter.
Will Tries to Connect with Bram, But Still Sees Him as a Kid
Charlie (Jacob Buster) tells Will (Josh Holloway) that Bram has been sneaking out at night. Will goes through Bram’s things and finds Maya’s journal. Bram tells his dad about her, but lies about how she died, saying a guard shot her for stealing. He tells Will he visited her mother. He says he wants to fight, but Will tells him they’re not fighting, they’re trying to escape. “We resist by surviving, and I’m going to need your help to do that,” Will says. Later that night, Will wakes up to find Bram gone.
Maddie’s Loyalties Are Tested Yet Again
Maddie (Amanda Righetti) is enjoying her life of luxury in the Green Zone, watching her son play in the pool, when she hears gunshots. She locks the door but hears a knock. It’s Bram. He pretends to have no idea what’s going on and says he was just released from the camp and came to her because his house was taken over. He asks her to drive him to safety. She’s suspicious, but they load into the car as gunfire continues to echo. A member of the Red Hand is shot by Redhats right in front of their car. At the security gate, a guard stops them, bothered that Bram has no ID. He asks Maddie to step out and asks her privately if Bram is a threat. He tells her that kids Bram’s age posed as workers and launched an attack. Maddie covers for Bram, and they’re allowed to pass. Once they’re safely on the other side, Maddie has done as much as she can stand and kicks him out of her car.
Alan Snyder Is in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Snyder leaves his modest apartment and is driven to Ambassador King’s mansion in the Green Zone. King explains he’s only on a fact-finding mission. Snyder relays Helena Goldwyn’s concerns about Proxy Alcala, but the Ambassador thinks the bloc needs to project “stability and confidence” and removing yet another Proxy would send the wrong message. Snyder asks for King’s support for Los Angeles, but the Ambassador says he can’t promise it if something else happens. Snyder leaves and heads to the Minister of Intelligence’s house. He sends his Redhat security to pick up a file from Helena’s office, saying he’ll be at least an hour. Just as they drive off, Snyder hears gunshots. Unable to get inside the house, Snyder runs wildly, seeing Red Hand members shooting around him. He runs into the woods and hides until dark, when Redhats find him cowering in the dirt and leaves. Later, with Helena, Snyder is angry and ready to strike back. Snyder thinks they need leverage on Alcala to undermine him. He suggests using Nolan Burgess (Adrian Pasdar).
Katie Worries About Bram, But for All the Wrong Reasons
Katie, Charlie, and Grace wait anxiously in the bunker while Will, Morgan, and Broussard are out trying to find Bram. There’s a noise and Katie finds Bram huddled outside the bunker. She wants to yell at him for putting everyone at risk, but she can see he’s traumatized so she just hugs him. Later, Bram tells her he made a mistake. Before he can tell her what he did, Will comes back yelling about the “war zone” outside. Accusations start flying. Bram tells his parents how he helped blow up the RAP ship and that the RAPs obliterated the camp in response. He joined the Red Hand to make a difference. When Will yells that they’re the ones who tried to kill Grace and Charlie, Bram says it’s because Will collaborated. Bram insists the Red Hand were trying to fight back, and Will turns on Katie, blaming her for their son’s rebellious ways. When everyone has cooled down, Bram tells his mom he went to the Green Zone and his friend Patrick was killed. When his parents ask if he killed anyone, Bram says he wanted to but couldn’t.
Ambassador King Meets the Red Hand
As soon as Snyder leaves, King calls to check in with the International Global Authority, saying his report is forthcoming. As soon as he hears gunshots outside, he calls back and security walks him through what to do. He’s clearly out of his element. The man on the phone directs him to a safe to get a shotgun, then tells him how to load it. King sees Patrick coming down the hallway and blasts him away, although he’s no pro with the gun. King rounds the corner and comes face to (masked) face with Bram. Turns out, Bram lied to his parents. He shoots King repeatedly in the chest, killing him almost without hesitation. Bram dips his hand in King’s blood. On his way out, he leaves a Red Hand print on the door. Bram has definitely made his mark.