TV Shows I’ve Watched Recently

[Spoilers Follow]

Colony is about the aftermath of a successful alien occupation, the aliens set up a collaborationist administration in Los Angeles. There is a “resistance” which engages in seemingly pointless small scale bombings, though its hinted that there’s something more dramatic to come. In real life, at least in an occupied Los Angeles, there would be no violent, warlike resistance beyond the actions of a few deranged individuals. The response of the human population would be to focus on improving its own lot, learning the aliens technology, evading certain regulations, and negotiating better treatment. It’s human nature when confronted with an overwhelmingly more powerful enemy. See the almost complete lack of slave revolts on the plantations of the American South. It is no coincidence that Nat Turner, who led the most successful of all the slave revolts, was a man who believed he was told to revolt by the Holy Spirit.(Or at least, that’s what he told the other slaves.) People don’t revolt unless they see a reasonable chance at victory, either through the revolt itself or eventual liberation by foreign allies.

I didn’t think Colony was that good. The most notable aspect of it is the atypical portrayal of the primary villain of the first six episodes which I watched, a guy named Snyder. Played by Jewish looking actor Peter Jacobson, Snyder, referred to by his last name, is the leader of the collaborationist authority(the aliens are never shown) and he is portrayed, at least in the first six episodes, as a very evil person. Given the show’s setting and his mannerisms, looks, and name, this brings to mind the Jewish Hollywood executive.

Peter Jacobson at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg

Peter Jacobson

I also watched the first season of Bloodline. While the first few episodes did not hook me to the show, it gets very good afterwards. The plot of the show revolves around the “black sheep of the family,” Danny, who is welcomed back by his mother and, in various degrees, by his middle class adult siblings. He, in turn, screws them over. It is thus a portrayal of pathological altruism. The show is very dark, portraying Danny as truly evil, in contrast the usual portrayals of criminals,(other than sexually deviant serial killers) which usually portrays them as somewhat good.

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