Continuum: End Times
by Ashley Binion
Continuum’s season finale fired on all cylinders. Hands down, “End Times” was the best episode of the series so far. I thought last week’s episode was exceptional, but this week had a major death, made some fantastic plot connections, and had a solid cliffhanger.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Another flashback began the episode. I really like how they start every episode with a flashback. They always seem to connect it well with either the storyline that is happening in 2012 or thematically. This episode was no exception.
It was revealed Travis and Curtis, the latter died earlier this season, were the ones who blew up the building in the pilot episode. I liked how in the pilot they showed the building being blown up, but this episode showed what happened minutes before it went down. After Kagame was put in his prison cell, he spoke to a hidden man in the cell next to him. This man seemed to be the one in charge, not Kagame. This was my first of many ‘Oh snap’ moments I had.
Back in 2012, Sonya gives Kagame A Tale of Two Cities as a birthday present. He in turn gives her a key to a safety deposit box which held a note, money, and some crystal looking pieces. She took the money and gave it to Kagame’s mom who was in the hospital after his birth.
Kiera woke up in Kellog’s bed. She cracked his safe and took back the missing time travel piece. I should have known she had a plan the whole time.
The Protector met a man named Jason. He was spewing off jibber jabber about end times and how the world would change. Of course, she thought he was just another crazy person. He then recognized the Protector from the execution, which made her stop in her tracks.
Apparently, he was one of the workers at the prison monitoring the power. The power over circuited and he was transported back in time. Only, he was transported to 1992 instead of 2012. This makes sense because Kagame was transported to 2012 weeks after Kiera and the other Liber8 members first appeared. So obviously, the time travel device didn’t transport everyone to the same time period. He even made a vague reference to freelancers and a man named Mr. Escher. That makes me wonder, how many other people were transported to the past?
The time travelers began to work to get back to 2077 and stop the impending Liber8 attack. At the end of the pilot episode, Kiera was standing next to a memorial statue commemorating the first attack on the city, the beginning of “Theseus.” According to her history books, it was the day the attack would occur.
Alec found Julian, but he was captured by the terrorist group, but he eventually escaped. An interesting conversation occurred between Alec and Kagame involving a metaphor of a pebble and a tsunami. The de facto leader told the young genius how important and instrumental he would become in the future. He alluded to a conversation older Alec had with him in the future. At the end of the episode, the audience saw the beginning of the conversation between the two, where older Alec gave him the time travel device.
A high level of military grade explosives went missing, so enter Agent Gardiner. Instantly, he became suspicious of Kiera and began to think she was a part of Liber8. He was told to stop looking into her by his superior and Mr. Asher. Alec made up Mr. Asher and her entire background, so who told him to stand down? The Protector thought it was Kellog, but the con man denied it.
Kagame gave Julian a truck full of explosives, which he took to the building. When he tried to detonate the bomb, it malfunctioned on purpose causing him to be arrested. Alec’s step brother was the inmate who was talking to Kagame in 2077. So, is he the leader of Liber8?
Kagame then went into the building with explosives and detonated his own vest. Kiera saved herself and Alec by using her suit to create a force field around them. After the explosion, she made herself invisible and escaped. Agent Gardiner saw the whole thing go down.
In the end, Kiera realized that Jason’s time travel machine, made up of bicycle wheels and foil hats, wouldn’t be able to get them back to the future. The young genius told Kiera that his older self sent her back to 2012 on purpose. Since Greg worked for older Alec, I’m starting to think he knew she would be transported along with the other prisoners.
Jason was such a joy and a great foil to Kiera’s serious attitude. I wish the show would keep him around because he was a delight to watch.
I am beginning to believe that the series is ascribing by Lost’s rule of time travel: whatever happened, happened. Therefore, nothing can change the past.
For our Canadian friends, Continuum’s sophomore season begins on April 21.
Why did Alec send Kiera back to 2012? What will the Protector do now after Agent Gardiner saw her use her tech? Who is Mr. Escher? And, will Sonya kill Travis and take control of the movement?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars