Continuum "Second Thoughts" Review: Fear and Loathing in Vancouver

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Jun 22, 2013

Continuum S02E03: "Second Thoughts"

Ooooh, flashbacks! I love the flashbacks on Continuum. That love probably has a lot to do with Continuum's future Canada being way more interesting than its present-day Canada—even with all those displaced time-travelers running around blowing stuff up. Flying taxis: cool. Old Alec's airborne office: cool. Hi-tech tent city: cool. Plus there's the bonus aspect of Kiera not looking completely miserable the entire time she's on the screen in the 2070s. Even while trying to talk her druggie sister off a ledge, Kiera's angst face had nothin' on time-stuck Kiera—you know, until Hannah fell/jumped/sure-it-looked-deliberate-but-she-was-really-high-at-the-time.

Yeah, that was really sad. We hadn't even spent enough quality time with Hannah to form any kind of attachment to her before she swan-dived and it was still sad. Rachel Nichols sold that entire scene SO well.

Also: love the Kiera hair because I'm shallow. I chopped all my hair off last week and now I have long-hair envy. Welcome to my life.

Anywho, in present-day Vancouver, the drug that ultimately lead to Kiera's sister's untimely demise was just starting to get popular with the young'uns... a few decades earlier than Kiera's version of history dictated. Ruh-roh.

Flash was initially developed as a drug for Alzheimer's patients. Then, when Alzheimer's was cured, it became popular as a recreational drug. It basically causes an acid trip where you have a bit of control over your "adventure"; you pick an awesome memory, stick some Flash in your eyeballs, and relive the whole experience in hi-def. So it's not difficult to see why it was so popular among the miserable proles of corporation-controlled Canada and the rest of North America.

Given that Kiera has such a personal tie to the drug, it's also not difficult to see why she was more dogmatic than usual in her ongoing effort to stop anything and everything Liber8 does to alter the future they came from—even if that future apparently blows. Kiera's own sister said it sucked. Granted, Continuum established that Hannah wasn't exactly in the clearest mindset for literally every single one of her scenes, but it was also vindicating to hear criticism of the corporations come from a character who wasn't a confirmed terrorist.

Kiera's mission to disrupt the distribution of Flash was compounded by an apparent gang war that both Travis and Sonya's conflicting Liber8 factions were backing, essentially using the rival gang members as foot soldiers in their own little battles. It ultimately wasn't that big of a deal after Travis persuaded the gangs to kiss and make up (lol @ his bag o' severed heads) and Sonya renounced her violent ways because they went against Kagame's peaceful teachings (lol @ Lucas pointing out that Kagame was actually pretty violent, all things considered, and he did blow up that building and kill a bunch of people that one time).

Sonya and Travis's moves further polarized the issues that separate them, which is probably not the best situation for Liber8 as a whole. However, from a writing standpoint, the war between Travis and Sonya's factions has been elevated to a conflict that is much more relevant to Continuum's overall timeline and definitely more interesting to watch as a viewer than a mere power struggle or a spat between former lovers. Liber8 isn't an entity on its own—it's comprised of a diverse group of people with similar beliefs and motivations, but not identical ones. Even in Travis and Sonya's respective ranks, Garza and Louis have raised concerns about their chosen leaders' actions and plans. Neither side has the advantage over their rivals, but I'm very curious to see how Sonya's newfound peaceful approach stacks up against Travis's willingness to shoot everything at least twice. Something tells me it's not going to work out well... at least at first.

Meanwhile, kooky Jason wandered back onto this show—MISSED YOU, YOU WEIRDO—and told Kiera about freelance time-travelers who flit about, making sure important things like the invention of the telescope totally happen like they're supposed to. So now Kiera wants to find one and hitch a ride back home before her family accidentally gets unborn or something. Jason implied that the freelancers aren't exactly the nicest bunch of people, and while we're implying things, Continuum itself implied that Jason and Alec have a possible connection to one another, because Alec did some Flash and remembered pre-kooky Jason interacting with his mother in their house when he was a kid. Yes! Awkward, drug-induced, possible family reunions are the best. Show me more, Continuum!


– The Adventures of Alec the Super Genius Dumb-Dumb: Let's all take hallucinogenic drugs and go driving around town! Wheeeee!

– Mommie's Little Terrorist: I get that even homicidal maniacs have moms who love them and on that note, Momma Sadler visiting Julian in prison and bringing him prezzies and telling him she's proud of him was nicely complicated. But I couldn't help but scratch my head at her sentiment basically boiling down to, "It's okay that you did this really horrible thing, because in the end you were right about the CEOs being corrupt."

– What did you think of "Second Thoughts?"

– Team Travis or Team Sonya?

Ed. note: We'll be sticking with weekly reviews of Continuum at least for awhile, as long as they seem to generate interest. As such, if you've already seen future episodes, please play along by avoiding spoilers in the comments!

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  • Muderboy Jun 27, 2013

    It's kinda funny, but my wife and I like the show Medium and rewatch an episode about once a week. Last night we finished up season 3 with that whole severed heads thing on different bodies. We commented to each other that severed heads still look pretty fake these days. I'm pretty sure real severed heads are pretty scary being dumped out of a briefcase and work quite well as motivational therapy, as was the case here. I voted for Continuum last year as good stuff but season two is even better...

  • Muderboy Jun 27, 2013

    Also, would severing Travis' head actually kill him--inquiring heads want to know...

  • Savvytvfan91 Jun 24, 2013

    Im new to the show but really liking it!!!! Keep up the reviews!!!!

  • dh4645 Jun 24, 2013

    watched all of season 1 on netflix last week and caught up on my DVR of season 2 yesterday. this show is so good! also it doesnt hurt that RN is so fine and more bad ass than in P2 & Alias (the only 2 other things i remember her from) Maybe it's the dark hair.

  • Mate Jun 24, 2013

    I liked the episode. It is further deepening the stories and kind of showing how much more is connected. Jason with Alec's mom was an interesting moment. I really just enjoy the show. And I am on team kiera.

  • gizma1982 Jun 23, 2013

    I'm team "Poor Montegra" hahaha

  • Whedonrules Jun 22, 2013

    Looks like they've added Magda Apanowicz to the cast as a potential love interest for Alec. She was great in "Caprica" as Zoe Graystone's survivor's guilt filled friend. Her character's part was just getting bigger and then it was canceled because SyFy sucks. (Except when they buy Canadian!) Hopefully she sticks around. Rachel Nichols makes this show much watch. Glad to see the material was worth her doing television instead of movies. Ian Tracey 'Jason' has been everywhere this year. He was good in 'Rogue' and "Bates Motel" as well. His son is following in his dad's footsteps as a reliable Canadian character actor. That's cool.

    Poor Carlos still doesn't know anything. Like how this season is shaping up (hopefully that hasn't changed).

  • JurisBandenie Jun 22, 2013

    Isn't Rachels Nichols eyes the most beautiful thing in the world? Even if this show would't be good, I would watch it, because of her,

  • Muderboy Jun 27, 2013

    Yes, isn't they...

  • JeffCusack Jun 22, 2013

    I loved the use of "Makeshift Kingdom" by Sweatshop Union at the end of this episode.

  • MandySCG Jun 22, 2013

    So glad I finally started watching this show. I love it.

  • MathieasMcNau Jun 22, 2013

    I can't wait for the flashback scene where a young Jason tells Mommy Sadler that she has to come with him if she wants to live.

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