It’s been well over a year in the real world since Colony last graced our airwaves, but for the Bowmans, only six months have passed since the near-apocalyptic ending to Season 2. Of course, the finale seemed to raise almost as many questions as answers -- where are the Bowmans headed? What’s Snyder’s true motivation? And why did the drones spare Broussard and Will? Fortunately, the first episode of Season 3, “Maquis”, addresses -- if not entirely explains -- all this and more.
[Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Colony 301]
Revelation: Those drone-walker thingies are real
At first, it seems like the Bowmans -- and Synder -- have found a cozy little cabin to call home. (Side revelation: Snyder can actually cook?!) But there are drones everywhere -- including those 9-foot-tall walker drones Noa had warned of -- and the Bowmans have just learned to avoid them.
Burning Question: Who’s Bram tracking?
Bram’s been using a radio direction finder to track a strong (female) signal. According to Bram, she’s close -- and on foot. But is she part of the Resistance? Is she worth contacting? Doing so could involve giving away the Bowmans’ position. Is that a risk worth taking?
Burning Question: “What the hell was that?”
A series of distant explosions. The ceiling shakes. Snyder: “What the hell was that?” And then a giant spaceship falls from the sky, followed by honing drones. Who took down an entire Rap spaceship?
Revelation: The Raps may have enemies
We may not know who sunk the spaceship -- yet -- but Snyder tells Will a rumor that may lead them closer to the truth: Prisoners at the Factory are apparently building defense weapons.
“I’m looking at a lot more than a rumor,” Will barks. “Maybe the Raps are at war … The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Revelation: The Gauntlet is safe … for now
After the sudden explosion, Bram and Katie dig up the Gauntlet, the Rap device that could very well be the key to a successful human resistance. Though the Bowmans have been in hiding for six months -- with someone who may or may not be a traitor among their ranks -- the family has successfully kept their most precious asset safe. What to do with it, however, is another matter.
Burning Question: Why won’t the drones kill Will?
We saw it happen last season: Will evaded certain death scaling the Wall when a drone decided it wasn’t interested. Now an even more sinister drone backs off Will (and Katie, who he shields) after splattering a few Greyhats. (New season, new helmet colors!) Will this recurring mystery finally be solved in season three?
Revelation: Snyder called the Greyhats to the Bowmans – and too soon!
Now we know what Snyder’s tracking device was for at the end of the Season 2 –- to summon the Greyhats when he finds the Resistance camp. It’s taking too long, however, so Snyder calls for help at the first sign of trouble. He says the Greyhats can have the gauntlet, but the Greyhat leader still wants to find Noa’s old camp and sends Snyder back with the Bowmans -- with a gun-butt to the face no less!
Burning Question: "Is that what they look like inside the suit?"
Wandering in the woods, an armed Katie and Will come across a downed spaceship -- smaller than the one that shook the cabin. The aircraft has a huge hole in it. The couple stares inside. “Is that what they look like inside the suit?” Katie wonders. In the episode’s final shot, we see some skin -– possibly scales? -– and what looks like humanoid internal organs … but “Maquis” leaves this question largely unanswered. (Side revelation: the episode title refers to a group of French resistance fighters in WWII.)
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