I do love a good Star Trek reference. And I am loving this show right now.
Present Alec confronting Week Ahead Alec was just an amazing scene, my favorite in the entire series so far. The two Alecs have completely diverged and now have separate agendas. Present day Alec is now CEO Alec, pretty much the original timeline Alec who wanted his technology to drive the future -- even though he knows what a horror show the future becomes. And what does that say about CEO Alec? That the Alec who loves Emily is a better person than the Alec who doesn't?
Week Ahead Alec is still the likeable teenager that we first met in this series, with the rumpled hair and the hoodie. We heard the phrase "and now she gets to be only that one thing" more than once during the episode, and that was the key to Week Ahead Alec. He can see that Emily is more than just the criminal she used to be, and he still loves her. The two Alecs acknowledged coldly that they were enemies. They now reflect the two sides we've always seen on this show: the evil establishment versus the people.
I guess we know now which Alec is the key to changing the future for the better. If the season culminates in the necessary death of one of them, it'll be interesting to see which way they go. Especially since I am still very fond of Week Ahead Alec, and starting to dislike the CEO. What a difference a week makes, huh?
The flashforward to Kiera and the fire just blew me away, too; she's also more than "one thing". I really did think it would end with a system override and Kiera rescuing the three executives, and that she would let that brave little girl die, but no. And the way her fellow cops "low fived" her? What was going on there? It certainly gave us a whole new glimpse of what's going on in the future. How rebellious was 2077 Kiera? Is that why she helped Garza? It's almost a shame we're not getting both Kieras diverging the way Alec is, although that would probably get muddy and confusing.
Poor Carlos is losing it. It was downright disturbing the way he sat half-drunk in the freezer with Kiera's dead body and talked to her as if Week Ahead Kiera wasn't Kiera at all. He was understandably angry and cynical about the victimization of the college students and his own role in it. Carlos represents the changing attitude of the average citizen; he's moving closer and closer to the Liber8 point of view. And by that, I mean Julian's point of view, not the Sonya/Travis contingent.
Which made what Julian did in this episode interesting, too -- telling the world on television that Carlos gave the kill order on those three kids, which conveniently included the young woman who helped Julian awhile back. (Why is Julian threatening Carlos in particular? What did I miss?) Every time I see Julian now, I wonder if he's the true hero of this story. He's the idealist, the soul of the Liber8 cause, but without the violence and terrorism.
The title of this episode, "A Minute Changes Everything", of course referred to the Lion's Gate University shooting that mimicked the Kent State shootings in 1970, an event that was the turning point in public opinion of the Vietnam War. But there was another huge turning point here: the two Alecs meeting, and acknowledging that they were enemies. And probably another: flashforward Kiera successfully defying her corporate owners.
I am so impressed. I didn't get to see the episode until last night and wrote this review very quickly this morning, a sure sign of how engaged I am. And I haven't even seen the episode a second time yet. (Although I did rewatch the Alec versus Alec scene. And will again.)
-- Betty is now a reverse undercover mole for the Vancouver PD. Didn't see that one coming. Yet another change from the present we saw in the second season finale, when Carlos and Betty went to Liber8 together. Wait a minute. I guess that could still happen, couldn't it?
-- It was creepy how CEO Alec touched Week Ahead Alec on the shoulder. I don't suppose he left a tracking device, too? No, Week Ahead Alec would be all over that. [Oops! See J.D.'s comment below. This had to be a TimeCop reference. CEO Alec was checking to see if the two of them would cancel each other out. Whoah.]
-- Carlos kept mentioning the Theseus t-shirts, representing the way college students are passionate about causes. I need to keep track of when and how the t-shirts were mentioned when I watch this episode again.
-- I also liked how they got some important current events in there, with young people graduating from college and not being able to get a job.
-- The TV show was Firing Point with Diana Bolton. "Firing point"?
Carlos: "You're part of an argument I'm having with myself."
What a nice bit of foreshadowing of the Alec versus Alec scene.
Carlos: "Does this feel a little Kent State to you?"
Kellog: "Alec, did you really think they were gonna let you march in here and play Steve Jobs without a fight? Do you even own a turtleneck?"
I am still confused about Kellog's agenda. He's the most ambiguous character in a show full of ambiguous characters.
Kellog: "I've read the dossiers on these board members. There's no Kirk. There's no Picard. They barely have a Geordi. Stop playing their game."
CEO Alec: "Wow. This is very Marty McFly right now."
CEO Alec: "I'm the landlord of this timeline. You're a squatter."
I loved this episode. Can you tell? Four out of four timeline squatters,
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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