Continuum: Second Listen


by Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Welcome back Continuum fans! I know, I chose the worst two episodes to take a mini hiatus. Continuum has developed such an outstanding topsy-turvy mythology, that surprisingly it all actually makes sense. This episode continued down the twisty road of time travel.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Previously on Continuum: Kiera finally told Carlos the truth about her being a time-traveler, and he has been taking it surprisingly well. Actually, it doesn’t seem as if it bothers him at all, which is somewhat concerning. Kiera and Agent Gardiner teamed up to find the body snatchers. Julian was found not guilty in his trial, and the Protector finally came face to face with Mr. Escher.

In this episode, the writers attempted to make Agent Gardiner somewhat likeable so the audience would be sad about his shocking death, but in the end it didn’t work. Sure, he was less annoying than in previous episodes, but after so many episodes of a character being unlikeable it’s hard to change the viewer’s mind in forty-two minutes.

So far this season, Kellog has barely been seen, but this episode he at least showed up for a couple minutes to show his disapproval of how slow Alec was working. To be fair, the series has taken a somewhat different angle during their sophomore run. As of “Second Opinion” Kiera has acknowledged the fact that she might never return to the future. Instead of her trying to find a way home, she is now invested in the conspiracy theory that revolves around the Freelancers and Mr. Escher.

On the other hand, Garza was heavily featured in “Second Listen.” Most of the time she is hidden in the background when it comes to Liber8, while other personalities like Sonya and Travis dominate the storylines. It was refreshing to see her agenda and motivation instead of acting as a pawn for the Liber8 leaders. She was sent back by older Alec to kill younger Alec if he didn’t seem to be changing his ways. Of course this directly conflicts with Kiera’s mission to keep the young genius safe.

Alec and Emily continued their relationship, which seems to be in overdrive. Didn’t they just go on their first date like two episodes ago? Why is Alec all of a sudden throwing the love word around? It seems as if Emily is there to protect the young genius, so I expect future conflict between her and the Protector.

With all of the hype and mystery surrounding Mr. Escher, I was expecting more from the character. Sure, he has only been seen a couple times so I am holding complete judgment until we learn more about the cryptic Freelancer.

Kiera’s first pop culture reference, and to the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey no less! Alec was so overjoyed that she made a reference to popular culture. Before this episode, I never thought about how difficult it would be to make a pop culture reference if you were from the future. I assume a good amount of your material would be rooted in culture that hasn’t happened yet.

What is Mr. Escher’s agenda? Who are the body snatchers and what do they want with the time traveler’s bodies?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. TimJuly 30th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Is the switch from focusing on time travel and trying to get home to worrying about freelancers the best choice for this show? I don’t know. I’m finding this season’s plot points a little boring. Sometimes it takes me three viewings to get through a whole episode. Loved last year’s storylines

  2. greatstoneJuly 30th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I really like this show right up to two weeks ago episode where Kiera finally told Carlos about herself. However, it seems like the last couple of episodes direction is getting confusing and the story line is getting a little weaker, as if the writers are looking for a direction to take the series. Maybe their “arc” for the main story line is not established which lends to any series to get lost, not knowing what the ending is suppose to be. If the creator and writers know what the beginning and the end is about, then you can spend time on each episode to write in detail a good story line with the end in mind. I also think, maybe, to write a story that my not be part of the “arc”,a stand alone episode, to give a different perspective of relationships other than those directly involved with the Liber8. I agree, that Carlos is taking it too well about who and from where Kiera is from. He should still be skeptical, and struggle with the fact, but maybe draw it out more so that he will come to understand and eventually accept what is really going on with this invasion from the future. Kind of like the X-Files, each episode was great on its own and take the time to write a good story. Don’t rush it. I hope that this show continues like the first year and half, and not get lost. With Eureka gone and Warehouse 13 ending, only Continuum and Haven keeps my interest of the SyFy shows.

  3. AshleyAugust 1st, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    @Tim: I agree it could be a long term problem by creating a bigger broader conspiracy storyline. This season on Revenge, they got too big for their britches and created this big overpowering organization. It was the wrong move for the show.

    @greatstone: I was shocked that she told Carlos so early in the series. Any other person would freak out and call the looney bin on Kiera. Since the series isn’t created and produced by Syfy, I am optimistic.

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