|Is that a wig?|
What a jam-packed episode. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I've been worried that the final season of Continuum would seem like it was tacked on, making the series lesser than it was. If this episode is any indication, no worries.
Although I'm worried about one plotline in particular. My second favorite thing about last season was Kiera finally realizing that she was stuck in the past, and accepting it. She and Brad, both out of their own time, both having lost their families, came together as a couple and accepted their fate.
So yes, Kiera spent three seasons desperate to return to her son Sam (note how there was no mention of her husband this time) and I really liked how they brought back Alessandro Juliani as "Mr. Fairweather" the onboard CMR shrink so that it made sense that if Kiera had been seriously injured by the original explosion in the pilot episode, her CMR would have kept her subconscious preoccupied while she was in a coma. It made sense both ways, so good writing there. Not that I thought for a moment that it was September 25, 2080.
But I'm still peeved that they just retconned Kiera's acceptance of her fate, and now she's desperate to "go home" again.
How can she possibly do that? Her future no longer exists, so how can Alec send her there? Are they positing the possibility that there are multiple timelines still in existence? Since season three, I've thought that the Traveler's agenda isn't what we were told it was, and that Kiera's original timeline isn't actually the original, a "good" timeline that was supposed to be. Is that how they'll end the series, with Kiera finding Sam in the original timeline that we haven't seen yet?
Old home week
This series has always featured many factions with different agendas -- Kiera, all three Alecs in three different timelines, Liber8, Julian/Theseus and his followers, the police, Piron, Kellog, Brad and his version of the future, Curtis Chen and the Traveler -- and it was often hard to track them all without a score card. My favorite thing about season three was the way nearly everyone finally came together to pursue a common goal: a better future.
So my favorite thing about this episode was the Continuum Scooby gang hanging out in evil Alec's apartment. It just kept making me smile. Especially Lucas doing the hacking, and Alec making up and allying with Julian. I am so glad there is only one Alec now, and that he's Kiera's friend again.
The only part of this episode that I didn't track was that Alec got Emily out of jail, but now she's in trouble again. What was she doing, and who took her? Was it Kellog's guys? And how cool was that stunt where she rolled under a freaking moving car?
It's also nice, considering that we only have six episodes until the end, that it's pretty much everyone versus Kellog now. Kellog has been causing trouble for the entire series, aligning himself with pretty much everyone and then betraying them, plus the Kellog-as-Warlord version of the future desperately needs to go away. (Poor Brad.) If Kellog was ever going to be the Big Bad, now's the time.
Carlos explained Kiera hanging out with Liber8 by saying she had infiltrated as a double agent. Interesting that that was pretty much what was going on with Brad and his six friends, too. This episode's focus was mostly on Kiera, which makes sense considering she's the star and she had so much focus-changing to do. But I expect Brad went through the most confusing emotions in this episode, and we didn't get much from his side. I assume we will. What are the six supersoldiers doing with the cannibalized supersuits? Whatever it is, it can't be good.
Kiera's supersuit wasn't very effective against the Kellog-future supersoldiers. So why did she use it twice? And hey, Brad's face as Marcellus threw Kiera off the roof was total shock; good thing no one was looking in his direction. (I knew her suit would save her, since there are five more episodes.) Subtle, Brad. I wonder how good a double agent Brad will be, if he is indeed a double agent. I think he is. He knows what's really at stake now.
The other hanging plot thread and the start of all this is the Traveler. Who is he? We got a much better look under the dreads and I think the only cast member he resembles is Kellog. However, according to IMdb, the Traveler was played by Vladimir Ruzich, not Stephen Lobo. (Plus he's listed as both "The Traveler" and "The Traveller". A little international spelling issue there.)
The cliffhanger was also Kellog-related: he received a little Princess Leia hologram message in the mail from his future self. I can't wait to hear what future Kellog has to say.
Bits and pieces:
-- The credits are the same, with only one exception: Lexa Doig (Sonya Valentine) has been replaced by Ryan Robbins (Brad Tonkin). I wonder if they'll find a way to bring Sonya Valentine back in flashback before the end of the series?
-- Season one titles included the word "Time", season two "Second", season three "Minute", and four is "Hour".
-- When I saw the season three finale, I thought there were five supersoldiers. There were six: Marcellus (Ty Olsson from Supernatural and The 100), Rollins, Vasquez (a tribute to Aliens?), Nolan, Weaver and Zorin.
-- Is this the companion series of The 100, or what? How many actors have we seen in both series? No, seriously. I've lost count.
-- Carlos had a flask, which was new. Hey, he's had a rough couple of years. Carlos told Nora (geez, nearly everyone was in this episode) that Dillon had recovered and was returning. I suppose we'll be seeing him in the next episode?
-- I don't think Syfy cares a lot about this series any more. 11 pm on Friday? Death slot, anyone?
-- In this season's hair report, Carlos' was shorter and grayer, and Alec and Julian both went longer. Kiera's hair confused me completely; it looked both longer and lighter, and I finally realized she was wearing a wig. I can't blame Rachel Nichols for not wanting to dye her blonde hair black again, but it was noticeable and disconcerting.
Julian: "So which one are you?"
Alec: "The good one."
Julian: "I think you'd both say that."
And Julian is right.
Kiera: "Then give the Piron keys back to the Alec who isn't the problem."
Kellog: "I'd love to. But the Board doesn't know what we know and it might be a hard sell, what with the time traveling doubles thing. You know, paradoxically speaking."
Kiera: "Are you following me?"
Garza: "No. It's a total coincidence."
Alec: "It's like time travel team six."
This episode was exciting and fun and very Continuum, and I really enjoyed it. Four out of four new season four hairdos,
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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