[Warning: Contains spoilers for Colony 210]
In the thrilling (almost) ambush of Will, Katie and Broussard in "The Garden of Beasts," the trio discover that the Blackjacks are actually able to control the RAP drones. For two seasons, it's always been assumed that the RAPs are solely responsible for sending out the flying menaces into the bloc. Now we know that's absolutely not the case.
In the latest SyFy Wire Official Colony podcast for "The Garden of Beasts," writer Julia Cooperman (her very first TV writing credit!) explains to host Tara Bennett that the episode teaser was all about pulling back the curtain on the mysterious Blackjacks who were first introduced in "Sublimation."
"We get the entrance of these Blackjacks, who perhaps have been seen elliptically before," Cooperman explained. "But now we really get to see what they're doing and we get to link them to the pods we've seen in the camps. So we're slowly starting to piece together a bit of the mystery."
When our heroes witness a Blackjack controlling a drone to attack them in the last act of Colony 210, that's further confirmation of the level of collaboration some humans have willingly taken on to wipe out their fellow man. As to whom the Blackjacks are in the enforcement chain of command, executive producer Ryan Condal lays it out more clearly in the podcast.
"We wanted to show the actual professionals who had survived, and been preserved from the culling, from the beginning of the Occupation," said Condal. "The idea is they work for the IGA and are their intelligence directorate. Their work and their sphere of knowledge is not limited to one colony as they travel between colonies. It's a way of expanding the world and showing there is a larger authority with a much greater reach, and greater resources, as we see in this episode because they also have the ability to command a drone."
As if Will, Katie, Broussard and humanity needed another enemy!
For more details about the Blackjacks, Proxy Alcala and some insider intel about the production of "The Garden of Beasts," listen to this week's podcast here.