There were many mentions of light and shadow in this episode, and lots of outdoor conversations in the brightness of day. Much talk of sliding doors, passing ships, and how can you live your life knowing that every choice you make might affect the future you're trying to change. Is time travel good, or evil? Is it both?
The mystery of what motivated Elder Alec to invent time travel and change things has actually been resolved. That was a big one. Elder Alec was acting solely on the information about time travel and Kiera Cameron that he got from present day Alec in this episode. That makes it a completely paradoxical time loop. How cool is it that Erik Knudsen and William B. Davis got to do a significant scene together? The resemblance held up, too, with a lot of focus on their eyes. Although they did have to film it at an angle because the two actors seriously differ in height.
The Traveler sent present day Alec to confront his future self in a sort of "time-out" room, pun intended, that looked a lot like the room where Keir Dullea grew old in 2001, or possibly a reverse-image holodeck on Next Gen. The Traveler himself came from a room like that, but with stacks of futuristic machine pieces and some extra added hardware in his chest.
We learned that the Traveler "broke time", and a moment is coming soon, in 2015, where time can be fixed. So I'm assuming that I was right that the Corporate Congress future and the Warlord Kellog future are both aberrations? Curtis was brought back from the dead because his consciousness was merged with a Curtis from another timeline (another big series question finally explained). Do all of these multiple timelines still exist somewhere, and is it just the Traveler's timeline that is gone? Is that how Alec can send Kiera back to her own future? I still don't get that and I wish they'd explain it.
As I mentioned in my review of "Rush Hour", if Jason was born around 2050, it doesn't seem likely that Jason's mother has even been born yet. But hey, maybe women in the future are fertile for a lot longer than they are now. Maybe Jason is older than he looks. At any rate, I liked that Alec decided not to pursue Jason's mother Annie because he didn't want to ruin her life. It won't affect Jason's present day existence, after all. Right?
Or maybe Alec was still planning to get Emily back. His feelings for her were pretty strong, since he did travel through time for her and everything. We, the audience, don't know Annie, but we do know Emily. Yes, I want Alec to end up with Emily.
I also think Alec hasn't considered why Jason is in his present instead of the future, that it was the only sure way Elder Alec had to keep his son alive. It's clear that Alec and Elder Alec are two different people now. Alec isn't going to become that man, and he's no longer second guessing every moment of his life. That's good. I think.
I thought it was an obvious and hilarious Star Trek reference that Kellog was wearing a red pullover when he came to the realization that his future self was planning to victimize his current self. Future Kellog is coming from the future to the present, he's bringing an army of desperate people with him, and he clearly wants a kidney transplant from the obvious donor. What will happen to the extra, younger Kellog then? I even thought that Vasquez would kill younger Kellog in this episode, but of course that can't happen until future Kellog gets his kidney.
After Kellog thought it through, he put his drink down and called Kiera. Maybe Kellog is ready to join the good guys, even if it's just for the most selfish of reasons. People can change. Lucas did.
And I haven't even talked about Brad Tonkin yet. I'm still sad that the Kiera/Brad relationship has clearly been deep sixed by the series cancellation. Maybe Brad really did kill Lucas to protect Kiera, but every time I think Brad is really on Kiera's side, I have second thoughts. And now Zorin is telling Brad that Brad's sister Emma and her sons are alive, and on 'the list'. Are they, or is it a trick? Maybe Alec is right that Kellog is more trustworthy than Brad. Sigh.
At least Kiera and Alec finally told Carlos everything. Carlos needs to know this stuff since the VPD is likely to be fighting soldiers from the future sometime soon.
-- Kellog acknowledged that Kiera is his blind spot. Okay, that she used to be. I think she still is.
-- Jason asking his future mother for milk and smacking his lips was just weird, or possibly tasteless. Pun intended.
-- A tethered wormhole? A time elevator? The "pen" is a key. And Alec isn't stupid enough to give it to anyone.
-- During the Kellog/Vasquez scene, when Kellog said, "Join me", I couldn't help adding "and together we can rule the galaxy…"
-- The dialysis machine was also a nice jab at comparing Kellog to Bin Laden.
-- Inspector Dillon is still hanging around the fringes of the story, and it sounds like his conscience is returning. Dillon said that he was the key to a lock Kellog isn't supposed to open. I'm sure Dillon will have his moment. He's in the story for a reason.
-- Are they actually creating a transducer ray?
-- Nice performances from Erik Knudsen and Ian Tracey as father and son. And Erik Knudsen and William B. Davis as the same person.
-- I keep trying to apply logic to this time travel story. What's wrong with me?
Alec: "Don't you get it? I'm not going to become him. No dark future, no twisted legacy, no son. I'm not your father, Jason. He's an old man in another timeline who left you behind. Maybe that's for the best."
Carlos: "This mad scientist shit screams time travelers."
Jason: "You're mad at me."
Alec: "There's no guide to parenting kids that are twice your age."
I also loved their awkward non-hug at the end of that conversation and their real hug when Jason realized what the device was.
Kellog: "If anyone knows the power of seduction and empty flattery, it's me."
Jason: "I found her Instagram account. Really loves cat videos."
Alec: "It doesn't have to get that weird."
Jason: "It's already a supernova of weird."
Alec: "The only thing that comes back from the dead are gods and zombies. So unless you're the second coming…"
Alec: "You're the me that's supposed to have the answers."
Elder Alec: "Maybe it's the other way around."
Carlos: "You remember when Kiera Cameron supposedly worked for Section Six and you were the kid in the barn keeping her secrets and I was the guy in the dark? Did we just time travel back there again?"
Kellog: "I can't trust myself."
Kiera: "Wow. I thought narcissistic sociopaths weren't capable of self-evaluation."
Kellog: "I guess this one is. I'd screw anyone over. Even me."
Kellog: "I am dead serious. Emphasis on the 'dead'."
Despite its complexity -- or possibly because of it -- I absolutely loved this episode and I hope the last two are going to be like this one. Four out of four time travel paradoxes,
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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