SEASON ONE
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In this review of the pilot episode, I look at the aspects of this show that captured my attention: technology, time gaps and time travel, and the socio-political agenda of Liber8.

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Episode 2 provides no down time for Kiera as she must evade the Vancouver PD and understand Liber8’s agenda moving forward in 2012. In this review, I mainly sort through Kiera’s reliance on her 2077 tech and the characterization of our female hero, but I also, briefly, throw out some questions I have moving into episode 3.

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I take a look at Liber8’s origins, speculating on Alec’s true nature as to their purpose in 2012. Kellogg has increasingly become an intriguing character as well, and I look at how he’s dipping his hands into multiple cookie jars. Finally, I do a little comparative analysis with Fringe, based on relevant story elements, and the irony of Kiera’s dependence on her tech in conjunction with the themes Roland Randol is advocating.

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The “situation” at hand concerns a sort of slight of hand routine, wherein Julian gets his first glimpse at the Activism life as Liber8 orchestrates its first exposé on the corruption of the corporations. I take a look at the Stop Mad Science organization and the role Dr. Dobeck plays in Kiera’s universe, and then talk about the very popular scientific theme of “playing God”. To cap it off, I vocalize some of the things I still don’t understand. Some of them, anyway.

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Cause and effect. Are we living in a Back to the Future universe and traveling to the past, then killing your grandmother, makes you disappear before the eyes of your fellow travelers? Luckily: no! The difference between flashbacks and memories is starting to feel relevant to me, and now that Kagame has regained control of Liber8, how will their plans change? Also, Kellogg laid some news on Kiera that made me reflect on certain things in the premiere…

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From the corporations to the anarchists, parallels and discrepencies abound in the way events are unfolding in the present and the information Kiera was spoonfed during her life as a CPS agent. Liber8 is a new organization to the current era, but the idealisms the represent have been around much longer. In this post I mull over a lot about how the various factions co-exist.

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While the episode itself gave us a very, uhm, different angle of Carlos, I examine yet another sub item of the corruption paradigm. I am suspicious of Greg! And of his working affiliation with (future) Alec Sadler. The parallel between Greg and Jim Martin isn’t perfect, but I wonder if there are some commonalities in the way they have been, presumably, puppeteered.

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Believe it or not, this was when I learned about “LARPing”. Sometimes I’m a bad nerd. OK – this was a most intriguing episode because of the future tech possibilities the cyber-larping device presents, but also because the Kiera/Carlos partnership is really starting to come into itself. Then, of course, I touch on the hidden file Alec finds buried in Kiera’s CMR.

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I had to make this into a two-parter because there was so. much. good. stuff. In part one, I really get into the nitty-gritty of Theseus, concerning Greek mythology and the man Julian is turning into. Part two is a little comparative analysis of the Kiera/Carlos relationship to the Sydney/Dixon relationship in Alias.

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The vague answers we get in this episode whet my appetite for season two! There is a lot to look back on, from the full ten hours of season one, and to look forward to (as Kiera remembers events). After a nice, long period of adjustment to 2012, Kiera has no problem turning off her attachments to the here-and-now when the odd and eccentric Jason proposes the possibility of sending her back. Also – who is Mr. Escher? And how did he get his hands into Kiera’s fake identity? Questions…questions…

SEASON TWO

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The season two premiere presents a new frontier for the various future factions as they work around the Vancouver operations. I split this post into three parts: Villainous, Villainy, and Vigilante. Now that the tides have turned a bit, who should we really be wary of? Who is the real threat?

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As Alec works at the Buy More, pertinent questions are raised as to what his potential is and Kellogg drops by with a proposition that will change the course of his life. Simultaneously, Kiera must deal with her secrets and the new staple of the Vancouver Precinct: Agent Gardiner. I examine Alec’s predicament, then Kiera’s, and then the divisions occurring in Liber8.

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In this shorter post I revisit the Theseus character from Greek mythology to expound on Alec’s mother, Ann. The drug Alec tries in this episode provides some clues as to who Jason might really be. Is Jason actually Marc Sadler? Some theories inside.

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Much of this blog is devoted to exploring the book we get a brief look at in Elena’s room, Howard’s End by E. M. Forster. The additional suit, and the story accompanying it, provides a nice little parallel to the bigger picture, and I zero in on that as well.

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Much of this episode reminded me of the season one episode Fast Times. The virtual therapist helps to exploit our perception and Kiera’s. We don’t get a lot of advancement in the plot lines surrounding the entire Continuum universe, but this episode is very crucial to building the story and exacting from Kiera the drive she needs to live apart from her family.

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The big reveal! Jonathan Llyod Walker pens this episode that results in Kiera spilling her vulnerable guts to a very skeptical and hurt Carlos. Finally Kiera’s hunches are too outlandish to be anything but insider information. Suspicion is raised as to her allegiance. The results of this case in 2013 make me question a lot about the future case that Kiera remembers and what that might mean for this current timeline.

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As Carlos acclimates to the reality where his partner is actually from the future, Julian 2012 and Theseus 2077-ish undergo parallel trials wherein the gravity of his future crimes are held in contrast to the rather incomparable crimes of his present. Also, I wasn’t surprised about the Emily reveal, but I speculate on what her true purpose is. Sarah Connor-Kyle Reese scenario, perhaps?

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The writers understand their audience, and we are reaping the benefits of good science-fiction. I dive into the DNA test, speculate some more about Emily, and the special assignment Garza was given by future Alec. I love it when the future and the past collide, even more so when it happens to someone like Alec, who is smart enough to defend himself without resorting to clichéd pleadings.

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Kiera finally has the opportunity to save the future, but the path to lead her to this goal is paved with the abandonment of one’s own moral paradigm. Luckily, Carlos is there to draw her out of it. Based off the scenes we get from 2035, I had a huge perspective shift, and I outline these.

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Despite the multiple directions this show takes week-to-week, it still manages to keep itself together pretty well. The blurred line between good and evil is once again brought to the forefront as Julian demonstrates to his followers an example of mercy where there needn’t be…making us question, or perhaps re-examine, the Theseus we’ve been told of by Kiera.

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The 1984 vibe of this episode got me into a little research on Canadian laws and the philosophy of how modern idealism of expression are influencing Dillon’s choice to join Piron’s team. And I may have turned Thesian as a result of this episode. Thesian? Theseusian? Theseum?

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The Freelancers are proving to be quite meddlesome, and as it seems they are rounding up time travelers now, it’s only a matter of time before we see what their end game is. In this post I discuss the various disruptions to the current predicament: the freelancers, Escher, and Kellogg. THEN, I throw down a rare theory.

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The finale gave us so many answers, and so many questions. The results reminded me of Community’s “darkest timeline” and I use this to speculate about the various pieces to the puzzle. At this point, I feel like what is happening is more Primer than Fringe season 3. In part 2 I revisit my suspicions about Greg Cameron and clarify some accusations I’ve made in the past about Kiera’s selfishness.

SEASON THREE

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In this post I dive into my own interpretation of the episode title, then think through how Kiera has been so susceptible to brainwashing as is made evident by the future flashback. I throw out a prediction, too, about how the Alec-Emily-Alec love triangle might play out!

Go to blog post Concepts of System Override are introduced in this episode, and we get to see its development all out of order. As is usual, there are three sides to the argument of its usefulness and we get to see this play out very eloquently. This episode also does a lot to establish Escher as a real person, as opposed to the enigmatic, faceless person who has been alluded to since the end of season 1. Finally, I touch on Carlos’s emotional roller coaster.

Go to blog post A huge theme in this episode is the moral concept of how a person makes a judgment concerning who is worthy of living. The contrast between Kiera choosing who will live, in the future, and the officer choosing who will die, in the present, brings up some nice material for discussion. I also get into our first glimpse of Theseus this season and how Kiera’s foreknowledge might actually bring about the future she’s trying to prevent. Lastly, I touch on the increasing tensions between Alec 1.0 and Alec 2.0.

Go to blog post Dillon’s daughter stirs up trouble by aligning herself with the terrorists her father is adamant about bringing to justice. This prompts Dillon to go on the talk show Firing Point in order to discuss his actions. This episode cleverly utilizes a Travis flashback in order to paint a fuller picture of how ridiculous it is to take pride in simply carrying out orders. From future past to present, Travis seems to have had one mission, to expose corruption. I loved this episode.

Go to blog post I stray a bit into Cicero at the beginning, but for good reason! I want to flesh out the two Sonmanto situations and so need to outline a couple core concepts of Cicero’s lazy argument, but end up discussing fatalism… and how Continuum seems to defy the concept at every turn (for the better!). Yeah, philosophizing within. You’ve been warned.

Go to blog post The awakening! There are many episodes where I say, “I loved this episode!” But I loved this episode for more than just the acting and the well executed story. We’ve been waiting for Kiera to get a well rounded education in the past, for her eyes to be opened and to stop being so committed to the future she knows. Though the majority of this story takes place in the future-past, it provides a brilliant segue into the rest of the season that begins and ends with a personal decision Kiera makes, perhaps the first one she’s made since traveling to the past.

Go to blog post Just because Kiera’s ideology is changing, doesn’t mean she’s eager to swap associations. I spend a little time discussing this theme, then jump into the different characters’ credibility when it comes to holding their own ideology. Kiera’s personal revelation of the previous episode has opened her up to ideas that she never would have considered before, and it’s interesting to see her stand up against what might very well be the beginnings of the Corporate Congress.

SEASON FOUR

Lost Hours

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Season 4 starts off with a bang as the future soldiers immediately start setting up camp and orchestrating their next move. My question is: are they in the same position Kiera was three seasons ago when she traveled to the past with Liber8? Meanwhile, Kiera and her band of misfits plan a counterattack to Kellogg’s not-so-hostile takeover of Piron, establishing some uncertain alliances and paving the way for a very interesting season.

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5 thoughts on “Continuum

  1. Really enjoyed your episode reviews – any plans to post ones for the rest of Season 3? (they seemed to stop at ep7)

    1. Hi Alan – thanks for the comment! Looks like i haven’t updated the Continuum page in a while, but the rest are all there. Here is the next one: http://wp.me/p3MEP7-9P. If you search by the tag, I’m sure you’ll find the rest 🙂 In the meantime, I’ll update the page. Heh. Thanks!

  2. LOL no problem -have read them all now and can’t wait for season 4! Shame it’ll be shorted but glad they’re going to properly tie up the loose ends rather than just stop on a cliffhanger.

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