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Colony Premieres + 24 Returns | Most Shows Recapped Ep 15

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Your benevolent hosts are back with another episode of MOST SHOWS RECAPPED! Listen now, you’re running out of time!

This week, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) sits down with Rob Cesternino (@robcesternino) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) to talk about the premiere of COLONY, the new USA science fiction series set in a near future where ambiguous overlords have taken over the world. The show stars Josh Holloway from LOST and Sarah Wayne Callies from THE WALKING DEAD as a married couple fighting their way through this new world order. The conversation begins with discussing the general overview of the show, before drilling down into some of the specific story turns in the premiere.

After the Colony talk, there’s a brief intermission to discuss the second season renewal of SCREAM QUEENS (a previous Most Shows Recapped subject), and then it’s straight onto a topic near and dear to these podcasters’ hearts: The return of 24 — albeit without Jack Bauer. The hosts talk about the legendary thriller’s just announced return to the airwaves, whether or not it can work without Kiefer Sutherland, and much more.

Let us know what you think of the show in the comments below or on Twitter.

  • Do you guys think it is ever possible for the showrunners to not reveal “the invaders” at all????

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      the longer they wait, the more I think most will start to assume they don’t exist.

      • Matt The Golem

        Maybe the aliens are non-corporeal or there’s another valid reason they’re not shown. Or, viewing one directly renders the viewer insane or something like that. OTOH maybe they’re so goofy looking they are shy about their appearance LOL.

    • TrentC

      I think they’ll use the alien reveal as a hook and wait until the season finale. Unfortunately after two episodes of Colony I’m not feeling it yet.

      Josh is fine, Sarah is still Rick’s dead wife to me and whatever tension they’re trying to instill is limited to some loud drones ducking in and out of scenes and the infamous Red Caps being horrible, according to reports…

      Maybe show us some of the horrible stuff?

      * hey Antonio, interesting fun fact. The first visit from the Colony aliens took place in 1979 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

      • Charles Bikle

        Rob made a good point about how, lately, showrunners seem to think they have all the time in the world to dribble out their story. Because of Lost, Carlton Cuse, Lindelof & Abrams have a rep now of getting a show started off a pitch, which they then make up as they go along, so if Colony starts to get that vibe, I don’t know if the audience will necessarily have the trust & patience to go along with it.

        • TrentC

          Agreed. That’s why shows like The Leftovers stand out from the pack. The episodes may appear to have a slower pace, yet the moments contained within each ep drive the viewer to want to know more. Simple and obvious as it sounds on paper – good acting + good writing = great show.

          Colony (so far…) as you mentioned, seems to assume the viewers will tolerate a slow pace and stick around. I’m reminded of Fear the Walking Dead. I almost stopped watching and was glad I stuck with it. The good or better episodes (in my humble view) came close to the end of the season, so they almost lost a viewer due to what I considered was sluggish pacing and maybe relying a little too much on The Walking Dead’s established, built in audience.

          • Charles Bikle

            The Leftovers and FTWD have stronger premises; I like the show, but Colony feels like a made-for-cable alien invasion show that is over-reliant on all the old tropes, including stalling. We’re only only on episode 2 and I feel like I’ve seen this all before – the showrunners need to pick up the pace.

          • TrentC

            I see shows like Colony and I think of an old Outer Limits(?) episode called ‘To Serve Man’. Long one short the payoff line by the protagonist is – To serve man…it’s a cookbook! I’m so jaded when aliens enter the plotline and try to help humans. I agree, Colony is reminding me of the old series V and it’s still early.

            Call me a geek but the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series had an outstanding premise. Robots gaining sentience, becoming ‘alien enemies’ and talking about the one true God. Robots talking theology? My head just about exploded.

            Digressing but my attention span is flagging here too with Colony. I brought up The Leftovers and Fear TWD as shows that can build tension and develop at a slower pace, because of the strong premises. Colony needs to draw us in with something unique.

  • Matt The Golem

    To address Rob’s point that “why would anyone NOT want to be a collaborator, they get lots of rewards”. I felt the same way at first. But only a small percentage of people are offered, so if their advantages or ‘wealth’ is noticed by others, they’re likely to be ostracized by the rest of the community or otherwise targeted…like when Walter White was making millions but couldn’t show it off by moving to a new big house. It would arouse too much suspicion.

  • Brett Barsanti

    Listened for the 24 Legacy part, I think that Rob is somewhat off-base on thinking that without Jack Bauer there is not much inherent draw to 24. I think that the real-time concept is probably the most fascinating thing about the show and is what makes it so addicting. Also, I think that the character of Jack Bauer has run his course, there’s really not much they can still do with the character whereas I think there is a lot that can still be explored with the real time concept and I think a new cast will help the show feel less stale. I do wish, though, that they would steer more away from the terrorism angle though and make a more personal and small-scale thriller like season 1. That would feel even more fresh.

    As far as 24 veterans, I don’t think we need any major characters coming back, I think it’d be more fun to see some sort of minor returning character working at CTU in the new season, kind of like Dr. Henry Wu being the only character from Jurassic Park in Jurassic World or like Milo reappearing in Season 6. I vote bringing back Daniel Dae Kim as Agent Baker from seasons 2 and 3.

  • susan appleby

    Colony looked like a good show to me. Thanks for mentioning it because I hadn’t seen anything about it it before.

    Liked a lot about the show and, of course, I’m a huge Sawyer fan. Got no BSG vibe from it because they aren’t in space. But I am curious about what happens.

    • Having watched episode 2 last week, it’s getting more interesting, however, revealing the secret in a modestly slow pace, imo.

  • I have to thank you Antonio because you always think of the things I don’t!! I really liked your theory about time travel, I almost think you might have hit it on the nose! The bicycles & LA is known for its smog so it could be global warming related… But I have to say that in those situations (when they time travel back to save the world at the moment that things began to unravel) I’m always wondering if in the future the world has fallen apart, how can they make the technology to go back in time?

  • replaybb718

    What a boring show. I was looking forward to watching the show because of the trailer, but major disappointment after two episodes. The most generic plot line