Now THAT was an ending.
For some reason, that ending didn't even cross my mind while watching Colony Season 2 Episode 11, but now I fear for the lives of Will, Katie, Gracie and Charlie.
A "Lost Boy" with that much emptiness in his eyes won't have much care for his blood relatives in the long run. He's on a new, exciting path.
At this point in the story, I don't even know where I stand anymore. Everything has become so confusing.
Not confusing as to the need to fight against the Raps, that's a given. What's become confusing is the how. During Colony Season 1 when Katie and Will were on different pages, it genuinely seemed like a moral dilemma.
But now that we know a couple new things, such as the colony being marked for extinction and the ease in which the entire thing can go up in a puff of smoke, the way they fight matters more than ever.
And despite all the lovely words courtesy of Red Hand Karen, I don't think her way is the right way.
We are under attack, but our enemy didn't come from the skies. Our enemy was already here. The Raps only needed one resource in order to maintain control, and we surrendered it to them without a fight. Make no mistake, our occupation is rooted in moral compromise. Men and women who have told themselves that the only way to survive is to join their enemy, that the treason they have committed against their own kind is justifiable. That they had no other choice. Without this resource, without their human collaborators, the Raps would be powerless. We are the architects of our own oppression, but we all have the power to disarm the enemy, to starve them of the collaborators they need. We only need to unite behind the law of our bloc. If you collaborate, you die.Karen
That's a great speech. But it's too easy to point fingers. First of all, I feel sorry for the woman for making the decision to use her daughter for a sex recruiter and how easy it seems to be for her to send people to their deaths.
In that, she's no different than the Raps. Yes, the Raps are gobbling up the people in the bloc as their one and only resource in that bloc, but they have other blocs around the world. They're only playing along as long as the resource isn't more annoying than it is useful.
Karen doesn't know that, of course. She's killing more people than the Raps want dead, but there is a ticking clock on all of them. They're all dead. That's why killing each other does nothing in the long run.
She has an entire army of young people listening to her, including Bram.
God. Bram. Who would have guessed Bram, weepy, annoying Bram, was really a cold-blooded killer?
Will: Your mother and I are not fighting with the resistance. We're trying to escape the bloc.
Bram: But we're living with Broussard.
Will: Yeah, it's complicated. Listen to me, Bram. I was on the inside. This isn't a war we can win. We resist by surviving, and I'm going to need your help to do that.
It took the entire hour of different perspectives to suss out exactly what happened at Ambassador King's house.
Normally, I'm not a fan of the multi-perspective hours, but this one worked out really well, as there wasn't a rehash of the same scenes, but all of the information given built to the final, shocking scene.
The fake-out with Snyder being in such close proximity was greatly appreciated. It only added to my belief that someone let Bram escape.
Part of the reason I didn't consider Bram to have killed Ambassador King was his nature prior to entering the home. He was the same Bram he's been before every operation.
He's timid, worried and near tears with every mission he's been involved. He talks a big game, but when it comes time for action, he appears frightened and hardly a man of the Red Hand.
It's either the adrenaline that had him going, or it was the memory of Maya he's been carrying with him.
Ambassador King had a SAT phone others didn't have access to, or he wouldn't have had even an inkling of a chance against Patrick and Bram.
Bram's Red Hand training has gone a lot further than expected, as he noted the one shotgun shell released and knew that mean only one in the chamber. Bram was safe.
The way he shot the Ambassador with such dead eyes was stunning. That's a Bram we've never seen before. And it's one we didn't see after the event, either.
When he arrived at Maddie's, he was hard, definitely not the nephew she knew at her door. Her instincts were calculating what she could and couldn't do with him, and she made the right move. Did you note how Bram moved toward Hudson to keep himself safe while in Maddie's house?
Bram knows exactly what he's doing now.
Will: You blew up the Rap ship?
Bram: We did it together. Me, Maya and the others. My friends.
Katie: The Red Hand are your friends?
Will: They're murderers. They're the ones who tried to kill your brother and sister!
Bram: Because you're a collaborator.
Will: I collaborated to keep us alive!!!
Bram: They wanted to make a difference. To stand up and fight.
Will [to Katie]: He did this because of you.
No, Will, he didn't get that from his mother. Even Katie wasn't as cold as Bram is now. She would never have gone so far with family. Her number one priority was always the protection of family.
By lying to his parents, Bram showed his family is now at risk. Are Karen and the Red Hand more important to him than his family? Does he believe what she's doing for the cause more beneficial overall to the bloc?
His mind was swayed by what happened at the labor camp, by first love and by being included. He doesn't believe his father now when he's told Will and Katie are trying to escape the bloc. And if he does, well, he probably thinks them cowards.
Will and Katie thought they were protecting their son by shielding him from the realities of their new world, but he was smack dab in the middle of it whether they liked it or not. The same goes for Charlie.
Charlie is the only one who recognized the danger his older brother was in. Bram is lost, but Charlie can be saved if they keep him in the loop with what they're doing.
It's a frightening thought that Bram is now in line with the very people who earlier tried to kill Charlie and Gracie. He doesn't even care. He sloughed it off with the code language. You're collaborators! You brought it on yourself!
Bram, too, collaborated when it suited him. He sees not the compromises he made to stay alive, only what a teenager's mind wants to see: all the excitement of being a part of something bigger than himself.
Katie and Will cannot leave the bloc. They have to dig a little deeper and get the message out to everyone about the ticking clock on their lives. They cannot allow the people in that block to continue killing each other.
Are they going save themselves at the expense of everyone else in the bloc, in the colony? Will they do it in an attempt to save the world with the rest of the resistance outside the colony?
As usual, the questions raised are large. They are relevant.
There's little better than a series that can pull the rug out from under you and flip the world in its ear. This one came out and changed the game in a very exciting way.
What are your thoughts on the matters at hand? Are the Bowmans in trouble at the hand of their son? Will they make that determination before it's too late? Will they leave the colony before the season ends? Will they work to spread the message of what the colony really is?
If you've missed any of what's going on, you need to watch Colony online. If makes you think, and there's little better than that.
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.