‘Colony’ will keep viewers guessing

‘Colony’ will keep viewers guessing

“Lost” creator Carlton Cuse brought his new sci-fi series “Colony” to San Diego Comic-Con Friday. The USA Network drama reunites Cuse with “Lost” star Josh Holloway and “Walking Dead” alum Sarah Wayne Callies. The first 11 minutes of the series was screened although both the invaders and their motives remain a mystery. The story begins after the arrival of a mysterious invading force.

Holloway and Callies said storytelling made the decision to return to television an easy one. Holloway stars as a former FBI agent Will Bowman, who along with his wife, Katie (Callies) struggle to reunite their family after being separated from one of their sons in a not-too-distant future in Los Angeles as an invasion changes the world they once knew. Cuse said Holloway’s character was asked to collaborate with the new regime.
“Storytelling. Ultimately, that’s what I look for as an artist. Does it move me? Is it an involuntary choice? I’m compelled to do something that moves me . . . when I read the script I was like ‘Wow, this is storytelling'” Holloway said in an interview Friday.

Residents in this new world are forced to make a choice, with some choosing to collaborate with the occupation and others taking a stand against it. Peter Jacobson (“House”) joins the cast as Proxy Snyder, a character he described as not a bad guy but rather “a normal guy who sometimes does the wrong things.” Jacobson said viewers won’t see the invasion in the pilot, but the trailer shows things that are “not of this Earth.”

Cuse promised more answers about the invasion and occupation as the show evolves. He said it’s not a typical dystopian world like “Blade Runner.” He said the rules of society have all been upended. Cuse added that a majority of Los Angeles remains intact after the occupation, much like the Nazi invasion of Paris during World War II. Executive producer Ryan Condal said the show will focus more on how the occupation has affected residents rather than visual images of the invasion.
“It will be more ‘war stories’ . . . it’s much more interesting to us to see the character impacts than revisiting it visually,” Condal said.

Holloway said he loved the pacing of the story and how the details unfold. Callies added that she thought it was a courageous story to be telling.
“There are quite literally no good guys and no bad guys in this story. And I think that’s a level of moral complexity that I believe . . . What constitutes terrorism, what generates terrorism. What it is like to be an occupied United States. Those are really interesting questions and Carlton and Ryan are viciously smart. They’re not afraid of them . . . They’re using this as an opportunity to ask complicated questions with more than one answer.” Callies said.

Holloway said the show offers a different perspective and challenges viewers to question who comes first — your family, humanity — when life as we know it is threatened.

“Colony” is set to premiere on USA Network in mid-October.