Continuum: Series Finale “Final Hour” Review

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By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

Continuum’s “Final Hour” delivered a series finale that was satisfying, heartbreaking, and ultimately true to the show.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

For some reason, it’s hard for a series to nail their final episode. I think writers become so overwhelmed with trying to wrap everything up that they miss the mark. Continuum didn’t have this problem. Even though there were plot points that were never fully developed, most likely due to the small episode order, the last episode hit all of the right beats with a bittersweet ending for Kiera.

Kiera saved the future with no CPS, no Liber8, and no Corporate Congress. I would say Kiera accomplished her goal of fixing 2077, but it wasn’t her goal, it was Liber8’s. They were the ones who wanted to destroy the Corporate Congress. Kagame being the first one to greet her was a perfect moment of anticipation and then our Alec ran in with his child-like demeanor to explain that everything worked.

Her only mission throughout the series was trying to get back home to her son Sam. She got her wish but it wasn’t her Sam and she’s not able to interact with him. It was such a fantastic touch that I never thought of. In this future, this Kiera had to be born and meet Greg in order for Sam to exist. And, I love that they never even mentioned Greg. He was a two-timing weasel.

The question becomes: What does Kiera do now? She’s in the future with Sam but can’t interact with him, the CPS no longer exists, Alec isn’t going to be around for much longer, and Garza, Emily, and Carlos are already dead. It was heartbreaking to watch that realization sweep over her face.

As for other characters, they each got an ending that was worthy of their character: Carlos stayed police commissioner for decades, Jason stayed with his dad in our present time, Alec changed the future and did so with Emily by his side, Dillon found out about the time travelers and died saving Kiera and the police officers, and the Traveler’s timeline was fixed.

Kellog was always the wildcard throughout the series. Somehow he was always one step ahead of everyone and no one could fully trust him. Really, he was the ultimate troll. I couldn’t have thought of a better ending for the character. After doing what he did the whole series, Kellog only looking out for Kellog, it proved to be his demise. In his own self-interest he killed his Time Marine bodyguard, who ended up being his daughter. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming. And in his own interest, he tried to escape through the portal to avoid being used as a donor.

He tried to pull a fast one on Kiera, Alec, and Carlos, but finally Alec pulled on over on him. Sending him to prehistoric times was genius. In some ways, Kellog’s ending was more hopeful for him than Kiera’s was for her. He’s such a master manipulator that I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up being a tribe leader with mounds of gold by his side, like a boss.

As a plot device, Time Marines did exactly what they were meant to do. They were there as a force for Kiera and company to stop. It wasn’t without a fair share of people being killed, RIP Dillon. Thankfully nothing flashy or no big twists came from their storyline.

Throughout the episode, characters had nice goodbyes with Kiera. The most emotional was when Carlos said goodbye, both times. I always appreciated that the series never went in a romantic direction with the two. They loved each other but as partners, colleagues, and friends. Out of all the characters she had to leave behind, he was the one she had the hardest saying goodbye to.

At its best, Continuum was a smart, fast-paced, thought-provoking, and an outstanding example of what an excellent science fiction series should be. And, “Final Hour” was a beautiful end to its story.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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