Continuum: Politics of Time

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by Ashley Binion

Continuum changed things up again this week and threw Carlos, Kiera’s detective partner, front and center in this week’s episode. Oh, and Battlestar Galactica alum Tahmoh Penikett made a guest star appearance.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

As usual, the episode began with a flashback with Kiera out to dinner with her husband, Greg, and another married couple. Everything was going well until Greg’s friend followed her to the bathroom and began to hit on the Protector. She rebuffed his come on.

Cool future tech of the week alert! She had an eye shadow applicator that applied the perfect amount. Can someone please get to work on this? I promise to buy it in a heartbeat.

Later in the episode, Kiera told his wife about it. But the woman just brushed it off and referred to her fling with Greg. Of course, Kiera didn’t know that Greg cheated on her before their wedding and was shaken. What I didn’t understand was after Kiera’s friend told her about the fling, she wasn’t upset with her friend at all. If my friend had a fling with my husband before we got married, I would be just as angry with her as I would be with my husband.

It seems like every week, the more the audience learns about Greg, the more and more I am beginning to dislike him. He gets shadier and shadier with every episode. I began to question why the audience was getting this particular flashback, but they eventually tied it to the storyline in 2012 and fidelity.

Something else that caught my attention during the flashback was that her friend thought she knew because since Kiera is a Protector, she has access to digital records. But she trusted him enough to not spy on him. The writers loosely tied it to the idea of the concept of Big Brother in 2012 and whether future Alec would be a part of the eye in the sky movement.

Back in 2012, Kiera made an awkward attempt to make friends with Carlos outside of work. Carlos had to pick up his reporter friend, Alicia Fuentes. Of course, she turned up murdered the next day. Kiera eventually found out that he knew the victim and was with her the previous night. So, she and Alec set out to prove he was innocent.

Tahmoh Penikett played Carlos’ friend, Jim Martin, who was a fellow suspect in the murder case. He was running for union president and was confronted by Alicia, whom he was also having an affair with, regarding illegal campaign funds. Like Carlos, he was eventually cleared as a suspect.

It was revealed the money came from Liber8 and the person who killed Alicia and tried to kill Carlos was the terrorist group’s Jasmine Garza.  I believe they put their money behind Jim because he is on his way to becoming mayor, and it would be crucial to have a prominent politician in their pocket. It was left open to have Tahmoh Penikett’s character to make an encore, which I would love to see.

Usually Carlos stays in the background and is only there as an aid to Kiera, so I appreciated how they changed it up. Also, I liked how Kiera and Carlos didn’t solve the murder. I always find it unrealistic when procedural shows always get the bad guy at the end.

Alec spent a large part of the episode fixing Kiera’s Protector suit. The suit was damaged in a previous episode and hasn’t worked since. But, because he is a genius, he made great strides and was able to use the suit to help Kiera during the case. They ended up recreating a digital map of the building by using the cellphone signals and her suit, so she was able to see when people arrived and left Alicia’s apartment. It was a pretty nifty scene.

Kellog, who procured access codes to west coast satellite feeds, met up with Kiera and suggested that they work together to find Kagame and Co. About halfway through the episode, she learned that Kellog stole the piece to the time travel device. So, trying to stay one step ahead of the con artist, she agreed to help access the satellite.

I was disappointed with the lack of Liber8 in this episode. They only made a last second appearance to tie the hour together. But, I can excuse it because with the absence of the group came more Alec, whom I can’t seem get enough of.

What is Kellog planning to do with the satellite feeds? And, what is he planning on doing with the time travel device’s missing piece?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    2 Comments

  1. Eric RossFebruary 27th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I thought it was a great episode, this show seems like an awesome under-the-radar show that fits perfectly into what “SyFy” used to stand for… which makes me think it won’t last here..

    Anyway, I was okay with the lack of Liber8 in general and in concept, but they seemed to grow so prominently at the end of the previous episode that it felt strange to me. Perhaps if they were swapped in order it would make more sense.

    My other thought was when Alec got the suit powered up it looked like it took over his computer system and was putting his face on the monitors behind him. Any thoughts on the significance of this? SkyNet errr SuitNet??

  2. AshleyMarch 6th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I noticed the same thing when Alec powered up the suit. But, I just passed it off to the fact that the suit was accessing all of the cameras and computers in the area. And since there is a camera in the suit, it was projected on the computer screens.

    Honestly, I’m kinda hoping it is more than that because that would a cool point to come back to in the future.

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