Continuum-30 Minutes to Air
By Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)
In “30 Minutes to Air,” Continuum took a step back from its core trio – Kiera, Carlos, and Alec – to take a look at Liber8 terrorist Travis and Inspector Dillon while exploring the morality of hypocrisy in media.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Continuum’s biggest strength is its ability to make the viewer question where their loyalties lie. This is because the audience’s journey is with protagonist Kiera, who might after all be one of the bad guys.
At the beginning of the series, the audience becomes attached to Kiera because that’s who the story is being told through. She is the one who lost her family and her place in the world. She is the one who got placed in our millennium. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of these things happened to her. She was the victim in all of this chaos, so the audience becomes attached to her and her mission to get back to her time. But the incredible ride that Continuum is taking the viewer on week after week is that they are slowly changing the perception of the Protector being the good guy and Liber8 being the bad guys.
That developing narrative continued to take a big turn in “30 Minutes to Air” by highlighting minor characters like Travis and Dillon. After Liber8’s large absence in “A Minute Changes Everything,” Liber8 took over the spotlight once again with a hostage situation at a local television station.
Continuum has always been able to take real life events, conspiracies, and philosophical dilemmas and weave them into a complex sci-fi story. By incorporating these real-life problems, it gives episodes a grounded feel, which is what makes “30 Minutes to Air” work so well.
For the first time, the audience was able to catch a glimpse of Travis’ family through the traditional opening scene flashbacks to the future. Travis tends not to care about anyone so to see his softer side in the flashbacks was a humanizing moment for the terrorist.
The Freelancers continue to be this mysterious force that pops in and out when they please. Curtis picked his role wisely when he offered to become Kiera’s partner. The Protector was vulnerable with her relationships with both Alecs and Carlos fracturing. It was odd to see how much Katherine shrugged off Curtis’ play.
With the continued power trip Piron Alec is on, I’m convinced now more than ever that he is the one that should be taken down if one Alec has to survive. He bamboozled Kellog (not that many people can pull one over on the con man), and he cut off Kiera when she was trying to disarm a bomb. Clearly he can get more diabolical and it hurts to see him push people away, but seeing him slowly transform into his future self is entertaining. It continues to be a double-edged sword: you don’t want him to become this evil overlord, but you do want him to fix the future through Liber8.
I agree with Kellog – what is first timeline Alec’s plan? He got the girl, but now what’s he going to do? He could try and run away with Emily by creating a new identity with the mad computer skills he has but, that seems way too easy.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars