This episode was freaking nuts. And by that, I don't mean to imply that plot crap flew in out of nowhere. Everything that happened was very carefully set up at the beginning of the season as well as the beginning of the series. Don't you love it when that happens?
It's execution day... again
As everything geared up to Alec making that time jump, we revisited the original time jump in 2077 -- but this time, with a lot more background and context. The SadTech antimatter engineer who was killed in the previous episode's flashforward was taken out by a minion of the Elder Alec because she had been approached by Freelancers.
So the Elder Alec wiped Kiera's memory of the murder and the Grapefruit, and he deliberately sent her to the past with Liber8, which we pretty much already knew. Kiera's husband Greg betrayed her, although I'll give him the tiniest bit of credit for asking that Elder Alec keep Kiera away from the execution. Which he most certainly did not.
I am your father
As the Elder Alec was talking to Jason about the dogmatic Freelancers, I was going, wow! Jason works for the Elder Alec! How Kyle Reese of him... and then it hit me, before the reveal, that Jason had to be Alec's son. It seems pretty clear to me that the Elder Alec decided to send Jason back in time not just because of the Freelancer problem, but because it was the only way Alec could protect Jason's very existence from the changes Alec wanted to make in the timeline. Of course.
(It's so sad that Jason suffers from temporal dementia. Did Elder Alec know that would happen? It was nice to see Jason acting normal and intelligent in the future instead of cracked.)
Meanwhile, in the present day and on the 34th floor at Piron, Escher revealed to young Alec that he was Alec's father. Recruited by the Freelancers when he was a teenager, Escher/Mark Sadler "died in a fire" in order to protect Ann and Alec, but now he's ready to send Kiera to right before the 2077 execution and keep Liber8 from making the trip to the past in the first place. I think.
Time travel is the family business
I thought it was a bit sad that after being so close for so long, Kiera and Alec were at cross purposes and kept lying to each other during this episode. Alec was planning all along to go back in time and save Emily, while Kiera was ready to deceive Alec because she knew that this was her first real chance to return to her own time.
Alec was nattering on about what might happen if Kiera returned to before the execution. Would there be two of her? Would the space-time continuum erase her from existence? Hey, we still don't know if the future can be changed, do we?
The reveal that the Freelancers are time cops was one of those "of course!" things. It makes perfect sense. And they even have a time travel prison, those little plastic cubes we saw Kiera being dragged to at the beginning of the second season. And that's where she is now, along with Liber8, Kellog, Jason, and even the body of Jaworski. Would this be "the cage" that Jason mentioned in the last episode? Man, do those cells look uncomfortable.
Yes, we've all seen The Matrix
One of the plot pieces they've explored in the last few episodes is the similarity between Kiera and Travis, made even more so by his acquisition of a supersuit. So let's have a very Matrix-like confrontation in the Piron lobby, why don't we? Travis dropped his trench coat; Kiera dropped her trench coat. The two of them shot at each other, which was sort of pointless since they're both bulletproof, so they utterly destroyed the lobby. And then they played a deadly game of tag in the elevator. By the time Kiera was tramping on Travis and he fell down the elevator shaft, Dan and I were both saying in unison, "I... have had... enough... of YOU!"
Carlos joins the movement?
Carlos is a heck of a guy, loyal, brave and true. And yet it still surprised me when he knocked out Dillon and threw away his career and quite probably his freedom to help Kiera get away. (I kept thinking of the contrast between what Carlos did for Kiera, and what her husband Greg did in the flashforward. Quite a difference there.) Carlos figuring out that Betty was the mole and the two of them going to Ann and Julian was also a surprise, although it probably shouldn't have been. We've known all along that Carlos is just not ready to be a brownshirt for the future City Protective Services.
And according to a glimpse of Dillon's new police manual, the future CPS is pretty much now.
Bits and pieces:
-- The execution chamber's copper circle things were very cool-looking. They remind me of a Star Trek transporter pad.
-- Alec said angrily to Kiera that he would always blame her, and then he secretly winked at her. It was so like Oz in the Buffy episode, 'The Wish'. Very cute. Alec is very Oz-like.
-- I thought Carlos might have been shot on the rooftop in the previous episode. Guess not.
-- The minion with the glasses overheard the words "time travel", but got shot in the eye by Freelancers before he could react to that information.
-- Since I've already completed reviews for the entire third season, this is my last Continuum review until season four debuts this summer.
Kiera: "You shouldn't have done that."
Carlos: "Yeah, there's an epidemic of that going around lately."
Elder Alec: "People believe that they are free, but the reality is they've never been more enslaved."
Younger Jason: "So you intend to rewrite history using these convicts?"
Elder Alec: "Liber8 wouldn't exist if it weren't for me. Perhaps they're nothing more than a manifestation of my conscience."
Travis: (to Kiera) "When are you going to wake up? You're the villain in this tale."
Escher: "Time travel isn't just some technological marvel, Kiera. It's the family business."
Very much a wow of an episode. Four out of four four-by-four plastic prison cells,
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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