Or what I probably should have gone with is: "Holy shit."
Wow. Just... wow.
I love a good time travel story. Continuum has turned into a terrific time travel story, which is why I finally decided I had to review it. What happened in this episode was like Terminator timey-wimey-ness tied into temporal knots.
Who are the bad guys here? Terrorism is always wrong, but Liber8's goal is to free the people enslaved by corporate evil, and that is so not wrong. We don't know what future Alec has in mind, but I have gotten the impression that he wants to change the timeline for the better, even though it will wipe out his entire personal past and change the lives of billions of future people. And Kiera is an agent of the corporate evil, isn't she? Is Kiera the inadvertent bad guy in this story?
Kiera is a terrific lead, but while I completely sympathize with her primary motivation (I'm a mom myself), I've never really liked Kiera all that much as a person. This episode showed how single-minded and heartless she can be. Killing her second self was cold. (I'm assuming Kiera did it, since the problem was the existence of two Kieras and two Alecs in the same timeline.) Her friendship with Alec is one of the best things about the series. Is she about to kill Alec? If so, which one? And how could she?
Alec, who is my favorite character in this series, may be a genius and a future mastermind, but in this episode he was just a teenager in love. By going back in time a week and trying to save Emily, Alec has unknowingly created temporal havoc. But changing the future is what future Alec wanted in the first place. Kiera and Alec have conflicting goals, and I mean, big time (pun intended).
My favorite bit in this episode is what happened to Garza. That scene in the stairwell where mortal enemies Kiera and Garza exchanged a glance and were immediately on the same page -- I love it when writers and producers trust the viewer to "get" it like that. Their truce and the escape sequence was so much fun to watch, and I loved that Kiera kept the truce and gave Garza that second opportunity to be free. Garza may be a violent criminal, but it's hard not to enjoy her as a character. Maybe she and Kiera have a lot more in common than I realized.
I thought the freelancers were timecops, but instead, they're more. Gotta love a secret time travel cult; it's giving me Freemason vibes a la Sleepy Hollow. Jason was trying to create a spherical thingy awhile back -- was he trying to create a temporal panic room? And just like the rest of the characters and factions in this series, I still can't tell what's going on with Jason. Does he really have temporal dementia like Lucas, or is he faking it for his own reasons? We can assume that Jason's primary motivation is in line with future Alec's, right? That Alec sent Jason back in time to protect his existence if the timeline changed? Or if Jason is a fruitcake, is he just helping young Alec because he loves his father?
I can tell right now that my Continuum reviews are going to contain a whole lot of questions and not many answers, but I'm okay with that. I love a complex story that is an enjoyable challenge to the viewer. And the continuity so far has been excellent, considering the circumstances.
-- A hundred years after Kiera's birth, a war started over time travel. A man went back a thousand years to establish the time travel cult police force. They may be policing time travel to preserve the continuum, but really -- are they? Why would they want the future in which the war over time travel occurs?
-- How did Katherine the keeper get her job? Where was the time prison? Somewhere in the city? And those prison undies -- who makes those? Does the Timecop Cult contract out for them?
-- The design on the future prison wall and the painting Escher was sitting in front of echoed the spherical temporal panic room. Or was it the Grapefruit of Death?
-- One-week-ahead Alec buried the Grapefruit of Death somewhere. But aren't there two of them now? I'm so confused.
-- Emily killed Escher in this timeline. Did Kellog have her do it? Like I said, I'm so confused. Plus we never got an explanation on the "time travel is the family business" thing. Will we meet Escher again?
-- So how come Curtis is still alive? They still haven't answered that. Or anything else, I guess.
-- I liked the parallel of the two extra Kieras and Alecs having a facial injury. It's a simple way of making sure the audience knows which is which.
This season opener was a wow. Four out of four prison undies,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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