Continuum: 3 Minutes to Midnight-Review


By Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Well, if you thought “Revolutions Per Minute“ had plenty of plot twists and turns, “3 Minutes to Midnight” blew the previous episode out of the water. Everything you thought you knew about Continuum was thrown out the window, and it was glorious.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Everyone who watches Continuum knows this one simple fact: Liber8 was sent back to 2011 to change the future in Liber8’s image. This fact is the foundation for the entire series. But in “3 Minutes to Midnight,” Continuum took that foundation and put a big crack right through the middle of it. They took this simple concept, which was the “antagonist’s” motivation, and completely removed it from the plot. It’s rare to see a series hit the reset button, so I applaud and admire the gutsy move.

Time travelers unite, or as Kellog said, “Well look at this, we got the band back together.” Ironically, the band didn’t stay together after Brad revealed when he was from and his mission. In a climactic final half of the episode, Brad revealed his mission to the group. The audience and the characters finally got a concrete answer about time travel: It does change the future. A lot.

Instead of being from a date beyond 2077, Brad came from 2039 where Liber8’s mission succeeded. The problem with that? There was civil war, the economy collapsed, cities are destroyed, all multinational companies collapsed and declared war against the government, people are homeless, and people are starving. The future is bleak. Liber8, dejected from hearing their future turns out horribly, disband their merry little group. Now they know their utopian future doesn’t turn out utopian so they decide their mission isn’t worth fighting for anymore. Brad’s future, as he was the one who time-traveled last, is the one that society is headed towards, not the 2077 Corporate Congress version.

Now with this known, philosophical questions begin to be asked. Which future is better: one with a Corporate Congress that acts like a dictator or one where there is civil unrest but people are still free? Neither of those futures are ideal. There has to be a happy medium somewhere – one where corporations and governments work independently from each other but still live symbiotically.

The best part about the way they shot this entire sequence of scenes is that there was no shootout, no huge-drag out fight between the time travelers. It would have been easy for the series to do; fight scenes are their bread and butter. Instead, it was a heightened intensity that could have erupted at any moment, but ended with a quiet parting of ways.

Future Kellog turns out to be a clan leader who sends Brad back to change the future. Out of all of the people that Kellog would want dead, why the Protector? Besides holding a grudge about what happened to his sister, I don’t see a motivation for killing Kiera, unless something happens in the future that would change their relationship. From the brief flashback, Brad and Curtis looked pretty chummy. This Curtis could come from Brad’s future of 2039 as Brad said they raided a Freelancer facility and read all of their files. Could they be working together?

Jason’s clearly having H.A.L.O. (which we now know it’s an acronym for Health and Lifestyle Oracle) difficulties. Once he puts the bracelet on, he is composed and suave but once he takes it off, he reverts to his rambling post-time travel self. It’s entertaining to watch but it’s concerning to see the character go through such drastic mood changes. Even though Alec showed Kiera he is wearing H.A.L.O., his clearly isn’t active or else he would be experiencing some side effects. He seems to be concerned about his son’s well-being but obviously not enough to stop the trials.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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