Continuum: Wasting Time
by Ashley Binion
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Once again, this week’s episode begins with a flashback to the future….or for the audience would it technically be a flash-forward? Anyways, I am appreciating this format. This way the audience can get a taste of what her life and the state of the future is like. Also, I would like to acknowledge how nicely the special effects are done.
In Kiera’s flashback, she was a part of a Protector raid that captured Liber8’s “Queen of Hearts,” Sonya Valentine.
Back in 2012, she gave a briefing to the task force about the different members of the terrorist group. Trying to adapt to the old century’s ways, Kiera began wearing a Bluetooth. This way, when she talks to Alec, she doesn’t look like a crazy person. Her blunders in attempting to understand how to use the ancient technology were entertaining. And later in the episode, when Carlos suggested they play Rock, Paper, Scissors; Alec telling her to make a fist was hilarious. Apparently, they don’t have Rock, Paper, Scissors in the future? What kind of future is that?!
Meanwhile, the power struggle continued in the Liber8 group. Travis, the de facto leader of Liber8, was badly wounded from the explosion in the last episode. So, Kellog and Curtis battled for dominance of the group.
In order to save Travis, the group began to remove the pituitary glands from innocents, which produces many different hormones. They began synthesizing a specific hormone to produce a super steroid. After they successfully produced the steroid, Sonya injected him with it and he was good as new.
Kellog, wanting to stay in 2012, met with Kiera and proposed that they work together. Earlier in the episode, she said “If his lips are moving, he’s probably lying.” So, should she trust him? Well, later in the episode he informed the group he was setting up the Protector. However, he then led her to Liber8’s safe house and helped deliver her Curtis, so maybe he is on her side. But, time will tell who he is working over, her or his fellow terrorists.
Eventually, Carlos and Kiera had a showdown with Curtis and Kellog. She used her Protector’s suit and gun to kill Curtis, while Kellog escaped. For some reason, Carlos took the heat for killing the Liber8 groupie. It is nice to see their relationship as partners starting to strengthen. During the fight, her suit short-circuited, which she enlisted Alec’s help to fix. The last scene of the episode showed Kiera stealing the piece to the time travel device that the police found last episode.
I find it interesting that for the Protector, the lines are beginning to blur. Her main objective is to get home to 2077, but how far will Kiera go to get there? Sure, she is wary of Kellog and keeping him at an arm’s length, but how long will that last? Last week, she called for a ceasefire with Liber8 so she would be able to go back home with the group. This week, she steals a piece of the time travel device from the Vancouver police evidence room. At this rate, who knows by the end of the season she might begin to sympathize with their cause.
On a somewhat random note, there was an interesting scene regarding Alec. About halfway through the episode, he joined his stepfather’s meeting regarding evil corporations and their technology. However, Alec seemed to disagree with the ideas. Did the audience witness the first meeting of what will eventually become Liber8? Goodness, I hope so.
Will Kellog continue to help Kiera? Or will his long game prove otherwise?
Rating: 4 out of 5