Colony episode 2.04 “Panopticon” was big on emotion, not as big on action, but packed with intrigue thanks to Ms. Jennifer McMahon. We also learn that the occupation is as big or bigger than some suspected.
We find Helena in Switzerland at what appears to be a global summit for representatives of colonies around the world, the whole world! We learn that Helena has been promoted to Governor General of the Los Angeles Colony and is trying to save L.A. from “total rendition”.
The international group votes against total rendition of Los Angeles, much to the relief of Helena, who actually seems to care about the colony, or at least her job there. She assures the group that Los Angeles is increasing its security measures to include “total information awareness”.
Back at the Bowman Bungalow
Will and Katie catch up on all things Bowman while Gracie shows Charlie around his “new” house. Will learns that Bram is now in prison. Katie learns that Charlie has seen way more than his share of violence and despair during his year in Santa Monica.
Will and Katie watch as Charlie tries to re-acclimate to family life after living under warlord Solomon’s thumb. He stockpiles food, eats voraciously, and hides under his bed with a knife when tutor Lindsay arrives. To Charlie, she is a stranger, to us she is just strange! He dislikes Lindsay immediately and shares this with Katie when she cuts his hair. (That’s right, folks, we can safely say that Charlie’s hair is now back to normal!)
Emotions run high and Will and Katie eventually bring their frustrations with one another to the surface. Will says he “loved” Katie. Katie says she “loves” Will. Will is angry that Katie for going behind his back to join the Resistance and put the family in harm’s way. Katie is still angry that Will went after Charlie on his own originally, which forced his hand to become a Collaborator and work for Homeland Security. Will is distraught to learn that Bram was caught under the wall in the trap that he setup. Despite the wear on their relationship, they agree they need to stick together to survive.
A fire breaks out in the kitchen adjacent to where Lindsay is working with Gracie. Katie and Will put out the fire together, but Lindsay is visibly shaken and very upset that her Greatest Day book was damaged in the fire.
It doesn’t take Will and Katie long to deduce that Charlie set the fire by placing Lindsay’s book next to a pot of tea brewing on the stove. As the parents confront Charlie, Will notices that the smoke alarm did not activate. He stares at the failed alarm and quickly suggests that he and Katie go get clean themselves up.
Under the loud hum of the shower, Will reveals to Katie that he identified a camera in the smoke alarm and probably others throughout the entire house. They can no longer talk privately in their home.
Somebody’s Watching You
We know Jennifer has been watching the Bowman house from every angle. She continues to try to buy time from her boss as she tries to learn more about what’s going on now that Will has returned.
Jennifer confides in co-worker that she is covering for someone. The co-worker encourages Jennifer to look out for herself. Jennifer is clearly conflicted.
Jennifer finds a detective by the name of Burke in her office. He explains that his there to review her work and find out what it is that “doesn’t smell right”. We thought Dan Bennett was annoying, but Burke is clearly a slimeball.
Burke shows Jennifer the hall where hundreds of surveillance stations are set up watching homes in the bloc. He reiterates his doubts about her.
During her surveillance of the Bowmans, Jennifer hears a conversation between Will and Katie that turns the tables in her allegiance to Will. Will tells Katie that Jennifer is weak and will not be able to keep from giving them up. But he says he can “play” her as long as she thinks they are friends. Jennifer is hurt and marches to Bennett’s office ready to give up Will and Katie.
But she does not go through with it and makes up a story about Eckhart being her source. Bennett is not impressed and fires her from her current position reassigning her to the general surveillance pool.
Jennifer returns to her office and begins deleting her surveillance files for the Bowman house. She is visibly moved when she sees Gracie trying to comfort Charlie who cannot even bring himself to sleep in his bed. She completes the deletions just as Burke walks in. She says she was logging out and packing her things. She grabs her purse and leaves.
Interestingly, it seems that with all of the time Jennifer spent watching the Bowman house, she missed the part where Will discovers the camera in the smoke alarm. So, is it safe to say that she doesn’t know that they know?
A grief-stricken Jennifer
Both Bennett and Burke bring up the subject of Jennifer’s lack of family and personal connections within the bloc. Then she hears Will calling her weak and easy to manipulate. She has lost her fiance and a job she feels passionate about. She is clearly very wounded and with good reason.
She returns home and settles down with a bottle of wine, a video she has saved of her fiance, and a bottle of pills. We see Jennifer watching the video as if it were a final farewell. She has poured out a handful of pills on the table, but we only see her take one. We fear for Jennifer’s life as she seems to be giving up on it.
The camera pans away from the scene where we see the surveillance station of her home is unattended. No one is there to see her attempting to take her life.
So many questions . . .
- Do we lose Jennifer?
- Where is Broussard?
- Will Charlie be able to reclaim a life with family?
- How is the Snyder/Bram plan working out?
- What does panopticon mean?
Oh, we can actually answer that last one courtesy of dictionary.com: