Continuum: Seconds


by Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

“Every monster starts off as someone’s baby.” Arguably, this was Continuum‘s darkest episode to date, and it greatly benefited from the tonal change. Essentially, the episode acted as a begging of an origin story for Julian and it was absolutely riveting.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

From the beginning of the episode, I was wondering if I was actually watching Continuum. In 2035, a group of people in New Pemberton were being sentenced to being mindless factory workers after defaulting on their debt. However, Kiera’s voiceover told a completely different story. Could this have a connection to the opening scene in season two premiere? They are wearing the same clothes that Kiera was wearing in her dream and being down hallways that look pretty similar.

Continuum has made a wonderful habit of making the viewer comfortable in their universe and then they rip the carpet out from under them. Since the Season One finale, the show has painted Julian as a villain. This episode wasn’t any different…until the last scene.

“It’s usually the victors who write history.” It looks like Julian was written as a monster because he was on the losing side in the battle against the corporations. Could he actually be the good guy in the scenario? According to him, there was no way to save the mindless factory workers, so the only way to help them was to put them out of their misery. Oh, and future Julian’s beard was terrifyingly bad.

It was courageous of the series to spend an entire episode devoted to a singular character, especially one the audience is supposed to dislike. In “Second Listen,” Garza was heavily featured, but it was nothing compared to the air time Julian received.

Julian wasn’t even out of prison before he was being tugged in different directions. The poor guy had no idea what was happening.

The question of whether the time travelers are actually changing the future or creating it continued this episode. At least in this episode, it looks like Kiera and company are actually creating the future. Up until now, there have been a couple episodes where the future paradox has been murky, and events have been changed, especially after Kellog’s grandmother died. So, it seems as if the series might be leaving it open-ended until they have to address the issue.

Dark Kiera made an appearance and it was awesome. This season, the Protector has been showing exponentially more emotion when compared to the first season. In this episode, she felt like it was her duty to save thousands of people from Theseus, so she went on a tear trying to hunt him down and kill him. It almost seemed a little Terminator-esque, minus the whole robot thing. For Julian’s character, the episode looked like an origin story for Theseus.

Again, I’m going to complain about the lack of Kellog. Seriously, did they run out of things to write for the character already? If so, I find that hard to believe. In such a dreary and dark episode, his comedic timing was greatly missed. And, did Lucas seem to be written completely out of character to anyone else? Not only did he talk to invisible Kagame, which was weird, he threw Sonya under the bus when talking to Julian.

Dillion returned to his job at the precinct, but this time backed by Mr. Escher and Piron. It seems a little suspicious that the department would allow a corporation to have so much power in the precinct. Could this be the one of the beginning of corporations ruling the future?

What was older Alec’s plan with the chips that were being made in New Pemberton? Who do you think is the real villain: Alec or Julian? Most importantly, whose beard was worse: Julian’s or Jack’s from Lost?

Rating; 5 out of 5 stars

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