Continuum: Rush Hour Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

After a strong season premiere, “Rush Hour” was a disappointing episode. With only five episodes left, “Rush Hour” meandered through a “save the kidnapped Emily” plot. At this point in the series, it was an unwelcome development.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

It dumbfounds me that with only a limited number of episodes left, Continuum chose to spend their time building an episode around Emily. I understand that since they have so little time left, they want to wrap up characters and their storylines, which is what “Rush Hour” felt like for Emily’s character. However, for a show that’s usually so self-aware and smart about their storylines, this felt too cliché and took way too much time.

“Rush Hour” did little to progress the plot forward. If this episode appeared in a typical 13-episode season, this hour would’ve been much more acceptable. There’s no time to waste and the first half of the episode felt like exactly that: a slowly paced waste. Thankfully the second half of the episode picked up. And that latter half of the episode is one of the best representations of what Continuum is as a series.

Kiera is still on her ”back to the future” mission. Once again she brought up the idea of wanting to go home. Carlos seems to be the audience surrogate. When she told him about it, he gave her an exasperated look. He, just like the audience, thought Kiera already made her peace about not going back to 2077.

Jason and Emily’s scene had a couple different layers. It’s always been a question in the back of my mind whether Emily is Jason’s mother. Mathematically it’s possible, but highly improbable. Finally this was addressed. Even though he shook his head “no” when Emily repeatedly asked him whether or not they were mother and son, it felt ambiguous. He could’ve been shaking his head “no” that they weren’t related or he could’ve been shaking his head “no, I’m not going to answer that.”

Ever since we met Jason, he’s rattled his way through conversations. This interaction was no different. But what’s interesting is that even though his ramblings seem like a bunch of nonsense, they’re not. There’s always some point to what he’s saying. So, when he goes on a rant about a cold catching his mom, it could be a reference to his mom catching some sort of virus and dying. In a previous episode, Jason has said Alec was a single father.

Kiera and Kellog verbally sparing was fun. It always is. Out of all of the relationships in the series, theirs is the most entertaining to watch. They’ve had such a twisted history, (Remember when Kiera and Kellog slept together?) that it’s so fun to watch them take jabs at each other.

Here I go again, but the climactic action scene was genius. There was so much going on: Kiera trying to save Kellog, Carlos fighting Travis, and Emily trying to escape. Even though there was so much back and forth between the three scenarios, it ended up flowing very well while ramping up the tension. For the most part, Carlos has had trouble in the past keeping up with whomever he’s fighting, but surprisingly, he held his own against the super soldier Travis.

Dillon working for Kellog is suspicious. He said to Kiera, “I know what I’m doing,” so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as some sort of mole for Carlos. Let’s talk about his scars. This episode takes place what, maybe a week after Sonia’s explosion in the Vancouver Police Department? So, if he was severely burnt, like they’re suggesting, (Let’s be real, I still can’t believe he actually survived that explosion.) there’s no way his burns would’ve healed that quickly and scared. On the positive side, the makeup was well done.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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