Colony is set in Los Angeles in the very near future — 2015 — when the city is in a state of occupation. Holloway plays a former FBI agent who is forced to collaborate with the occupying government to fight the growing resistance movement in the city.
Fiction should always make you think or ponder possibility. Fiction should always make you laugh, cry, end up on the edge of your seat or curled up in the fetal position. Fiction should always force your emotions in every possible direction. Great fiction should do it all while creating a setting, a cast of characters, and a story that completely engulfs its audience. Nothing, in any form of storytelling, has ever captured me in the way this little story about a plane crash on a mysterious island did several years ago. I think about it virtually every day in one form or another. From the beautiful score of Michael Giacchino as I walk through an airport or hike through the woods to the famous flashback, flash-forward, and flash-sideways narrative devices that I think of every time I watch Orange is the New Black or The Leftovers, Lost is everywhere in my life. It affected me. It addicted me. It’s when I truly, incontrovertibly, and eternally “fell” for the minx of television. She’s gorgeous.
It was a series of mysteries, a web of questions with no answer, but that’s why it clicked. Lost worked so well because the chase is always better than the catch. I grew up a pro wrestling fan and worked in the business from 1999-2009. I now host a wrestling radio program in Nashville and write about the industry on another major website. In that business, it’s widely understood that people will pay to watch the hero chase the villain. They’ll do it over and over again. It’s why the best way to work a crowd psychologically is to give them what they want, not what they think they want. Give them the chase, but only when it’s right and proper, not to mention rare, do you give them the catch. Film, television, printed fiction, whatever it is, it all generally works the same way. Introduction, conflict, the hero or the protagonist put in a difficult spot that reaches a boiling point and finally some kind of resolution. Whether you like that resolution usually defines whether you enjoyed the ride, but I’ve always seen it differently. The ride is the treasure. Therefore, if the journey is unforgettable and its every mile addictive, the destination becomes a bonus.
Lost is definitely concerned with its characters getting off the island because it knows its audience wants answers. Lost also knows the questions are what really matter, not the answers to those questions. Once some do leave the island, the story forces them to return for a much grander purpose. Again, the pull of the show is so broad and encompasses so much. Once things shift to true love as awakening and the meaning of life explained in a chapel, it has done its job. It has entertained and enthralled and it has left an indelible imprint on those who watched. We all crashed. I was on Oceanic 815 and I know for a fact I’m better for it.