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Editorial Reviews

The Colony is a unique reality-hybrid that challenges 24 people, with a wide variety of backgrounds and skills, to rebuild their own civilization in a post-apocalyptic world created for them.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Discovery Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 430 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V8FYKY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on February 18, 2010
Format: DVD
Hi, I have watched this and let me tell you it is worth your time. The way the people in this really start to believe they are in an apocalyptic world is amazing. The things they invent to survive is the most satisfying thing and you learn alot from it. I would highly recommend this to anyone, as it is addicting to watch to see what happens next. So if your thinking about it go for it! You will not be sorry you did :)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Emerson on March 22, 2011
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Season 1 is a great series... WAY better than season 2. The season 2 people kept neglecting their security measures, and were attacked in EVERY episode. The colonists in season 1 take their security more seriously, and therefore they get more done and come up with some brilliant ideas. The professor is an absolute genius. A wood gasifier, an AM morse code transmitter, a tesla coil for ozonation of water, etc.etc.etc. I have learned a lot just from his ideas. Well worth the purchase just for the professor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bri on June 8, 2010
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This show is fantastic; the participants really become fully immersed in the experiment and their actions are incredibly sincere. There is a lot of engineering/mechanical invention type of stuff as well as realistic human drama (a bit too much fighting and swearing for my taste, but fun). The characters are funny and likeable, as well as frustrating and annoying, and there are some brilliant minds that blew me away with their inventiveness.

A few complaints are that I wish the women could have been more involved in the important aspects of the show, and they could have had more than 2-3 "experts" commenting on the events (I got a bit bored with the same faces). I'm also disappointed that this DVD is so expensive as it's only a ten-episode show; I'm waiting for it to be available used before I can afford to buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOSHUA MITCHELL on January 27, 2012
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This show really is fantastic! If you like post apocalyptic drama and seeing people build incredible machines from junk this first season is for you! It gets alittle cheesy with some of the events they use to challenge the colonists, but their ingenuity is amazing. Above all else if you like to build stuff from crap or see things built from crap this is a show you need to see.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By George on June 9, 2011
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Discovery did a pretty good job with this installment of The Colony. Granted with the experiment taking place in Los Angeles, which is still populated, there are some artificial forces in the experiment, but it is still amazing and educational. Key learning points include the ozonator for water purification, and making wood gas to run a gasoline engine.

This series is similar to the New Orleans season, so if you liked the second Colony, you'll like this one, too.
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The show is called The Colony, and the basic concept is similar to shows like Survivor, in that you put a bunch of people into a barely habitable situation and see how they do. However, as opposed to shows like Survivor, there’s no real gimmicks, this is a show that describes itself as an experiment to see how real people would react in a situation where the world has gone nuts.

I’m nearing completion of the second season as we speak and I have to say that I’ve been enjoying the show so far. Sure, they focus a little more on the personal drama than I would care for, however, lack of food and sleep as well as being on constant guard against external attacks would probably cause quite a bit of interpersonal strife. The thing I’ve been really getting into is how these people (who are described as being an average cross-section of Americans) really pull together some incredibly amazing gadgets and such in order to make their lives slightly more like home.

Watching this show has gotten me thinking more about my own abilities, with regard to how I would fare in a situation such as these. Many of these folks are experienced in a variety of fields, as well as having some incredibly random life experiences that end up lending a hand to their predicament. When I watch these folks creating solar powered tricycles, or windmills, or gassifier engines. . . I can’t help but think I would be severely lacking in the engineering piece of the survival pie.

But practical experience seems to be only a portion of the question. As I watch further, I see people who’s experiences don’t lend well to the tasks they are required to do, doing much more than they thought were possible merely because it is what was required of them to live.
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As a behavioral analyst there are several scenarios where ethical scientific testing won't allow us to go. In order to go to THOSE! places you have to make it a reality show and though that's normally indication what you're going to watch is really "B" material. Such is not the case with "The Colony." Though the behaviorists probably talk too much during the show, one can't help themselves from wanting to talk to the guy/girl next to you and discuss what you would have done/would do were you in the same situation. Yes, you find yourself screaming at the screen at times trying to give the participants some clue as to what they should be doing or shouldn't be doing, almost even to the morbid point of finding yourself staring open mouthed as some of the harder hitting things happening (like the participants getting their food, survival items taken from them by researcher provided marauders), much in the same way you can't help but stand up and cheer when you see the participants do surprisingly well for themselves (like when the blonde housewife tries to take off the head of one of the researcher provided bad guys, or when a dwarfed martial artist drops one of the huge, muscle-bound researcher provided bad guys to the mat with a roundhouse kick to the head). Plain and simple, this is riveting television. By the time the end rolls around, if you haven't come to the opinion brain-washing is absolutely possible, you're a bit dim! Best of all, this is educational television your teenager will enjoy, and you don't come across that too often.
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