Continuum "Second Truths" Review: The Truth Will Set You Free

Continuum S02E06: "Second Truths"


"Second Truths" is the closest thing we've gotten to the more procedural episodes of Season 1. Normally I'm not a big case-of-the-week fan. (I know. I'm sorry. It's perfectly fine if you're a fan of the format. Variety makes the world interesting! It's just not my thing.) But with that said, I can always get behind a good procedural episode—and "Second Truths" featured a very good case, plus juuuust enough of Continuum's serialized storyline to keep those of us who are more interested in the "big" story happy.  

Things were bound to catch up with Kiera eventually—her unparalleled insight to Liber8, the way she just seemed to know when and how things were going to happen, as though she could see the future or something. Ha. The Section 6 cover was never terribly solid to begin with, and it didn't take much prodding from an authority figure who actually cared where Kiera and her intel came from to almost shatter the whole thing, as shown in last week's "Second Opinion." You had to wonder at Carlos's detective qualifications—or maybe just marvel at his incredible mastery of willful blindness—to justify his continued acceptance of Kiera's seemingly endless supply of fruitful leads. Granted, he couldn't have known that she was a time traveler from 2077, but c'mon, she was obviously something a little more exotic than what she claimed to be. 


In our obligatory introductory flashback, we learned that in 2077, Kiera and her fellow officers investigated a serial killer with a bit of a thing for eyes. The case in 2077 paralleled a case from present-day Vancouver that had been dubbed "Ouroboros" because the 38 bodies were all found along a defunct bus route that made a nifty little circle o' death with no beginning and no end due to the lack of clues. However, even Kiera's limited evidence from the future was a windfall to the officers of 2013—so much so, in fact, that Carlos finally decided to question where Kiera's intelligence was coming from. She knew things that only the killer could know, and since entertaining the idea of Kiera assisting a vengeance-driven serial murderer was too out-there for Carlos, after the initial shock of her big reveal, Carlos decided that "time traveler" was way more plausible. So that's out of the way. GOOD. Welcome to the "in" crowd, Carlos. Good to have ya. 

Meanwhile, Alec got himself a ladyfriend who was so eager to see his secret lab that she was obviously a spy for, idk, Liber8 probably. Who else, besides Kiera and Kellog (who have no reason to spy on Alec and who can easily intimidate most information out of him on their own), knows what Alec will someday become? Poor Alec. He just wants some lovins'. 


For a rather cut-and-dry procedural episode, "Second Truths" featured a great deal of progress for Kiera as a character, building on the forward movement she enjoyed last week after her chat with her automated mental-health professional. Bringing Carlos into the fold is symbolic of Kiera's willingness to make something resembling a home in 2013, complete with friends and family—to build a support network that's stronger and more reliable than her fellow time-travelers (half of which keep trying to kill her) and a 17-year old super genius who might grow up to be Big Brother someday. While reaching out to Carlos doesn't change any of Kiera's larger concerns at all—you know, like getting back to 2077 and hopefully not breaking the future—he's important as a character who allows us access to Kiera's thoughts on a personal level. Kiera has most certainly been carrying around her fears of erasing herself from history since she landed in the present day, but she's never had the opportunity to vocalize those fears. Carlos gives her the chance to do that, and not only are they fears that Kiera needs to voice for her own in-universe well-being, but I think that we the viewers also needed to hear it.

Kiera can be plagued with tunnel-vision at times, and while objectively, anyone can understand her desperation to get home, on a personal level, her stubbornness to even entertain an alternative can be misconstrued as selfishness at times—especially when, deep down, she has to know that the Corporations aren't exactly just and noble leaders. An enlightened Carlos provides Kiera with a sounding board to voice her deepest concerns, those that run deeper than the canned CPS objectives. We needed it. Kiera needed it. Everybody wins!



NOTES 

– Kiera got to meet mysterious Mr. Escher of Piron Corporation. Looks like he played Let's Make a Deal with Dillon and then stole a promising up-start from Kellog's sights. Dude had a busy day. I don't like him. 

– I was hoping Kiera's acceptance of her situation last week would enable her to more clearly see through the corporate government's bullshit, but I guess not. I'm sure we'll get there eventually. 

– Okay, so ritualistically murdering all the kiddie-diddlers in Vancouver is the sort of questionable vigilante justice that the police and mainstream society tend to frown upon. However, clearing the way for your local Family Watchdog profile to keep doing his or her thing kind of detracts from the "Kiera saves the day" theme, so I'm just going to assume she quietly ousts the pedos until told otherwise.

– Dillon + Escher: good idea or bad idea?

– What's Emily's deal?

– What'd you think of "Second Truths"?

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Jul 14, 2013
The history of time travel is certainly fraught with unwilling time travelers and Continuum is certainly one of the best. So was Lost, before it jumped over that Sharknado of a final season with the worst series ending of all time. My favorite time travel story of all time is the entire five seasons of Fringe...
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Jul 14, 2013
Mary Ann! You've been attacked by an obnoxious ad in the comments section! You can't turn it off and it won't go away and there's audio. Somebody get on this please!
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Jul 14, 2013
Nice to see the offending item has been removed--good job.
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Jul 14, 2013
Uhh...that second screenshot is from the next episode.
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Jul 13, 2013
FINALLY, I was so glad when Kiera finally told Carlos the truth. I've been waiting for her to do that all season.

I really hope Emily isn't working with Liber8. I think she's more likely working with Esher.
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Jul 13, 2013
First I think Emily works for Piron not Liber8. There is something more corporate about her to me...is it weird we only saw like two minutes of Kiera and Esher's conversation? And I am worried about Dillon....

Do we think Kellogg authorized Kiera access to the lab...I just don't imagine he would have been upset if he stumbled upon a check in meeting.

I actually don't have too many other frand thoughts
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Jul 13, 2013
This 'procedural' episode worked very well. Rachel Nichols gives another great performance. I thought the nature of her story and Alec's were to lead us to believe that Escher planted Emily, but maybe that is too easy. They've integrated her nicely into the storyline and Magda Apanowicz is doing very well with the part. Kellog c-blocking him was funny. He was doing so well on his 'nerd/genius' date and it was going great and then Kellog marches in. One bottle of wine away. Poor Alec.

Welcome to the party Carlos! The pained time-traveler finally comes clean to her partner and Ms. Nichols nailed the scene. She was a great rock to build this show around and impresses more and more in each episode. This season is building nicely and I hope the string of excellent episodes continues. (Continued up North.)
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Jul 13, 2013
Aside from the procedural aspect of the episode I thought it was great. Another strong performance by Rachel Nichols. She really is getting better with every episode.

Carlos finally knowing is a good thing. It is really about time, he is a detective after all and took a lot of things that really should have made him suspect something earlier and it was really just dumbing him down. But I am glad that now he is in the know. Kiera needs a comrade that doesn't have their own agenda. Even Alec has an agenda.

Alex's girlfriend I doubt is from liber8. This was a Piron heavy episode so likely she is working for Escher.

Escher and Dillion are an interesting pairing. Mostly because Dillon I doubt is going to wholly be Escher's man. Confronted with the truth I am sure he would make the right decision and side with Kiera on things.

Kiera, really only has one side and that side is getting back to her son. As we saw last episode, though she has accepted it a bit, her son is everything to her. She just wants to get back to him. So eventually that is going to come up again. Which is interesting for her character. Sides be dammed, what and who is she going to have to ally with when someone finally figures out how to get her home. Because eventually if the show lasts that long that is going to have to happen. Which I think would shake the show up in such a good way.

By the way, Since we have now met Escher, exactly how many time travelers are around Vancouver. Any more and they are going to have their own cultural district.
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Jul 13, 2013
Has any body else noticed that in the future-flashbacks of Kiera, the PIRON-company sign keeps showing up everywhere? Just like the show wants to make sure we know its important in the future.

It was about time Carlos got in on the whole future-deal. So even though this was a case-of-the-week-episode in bringing in carlos it was a major step in the storyline of Continuum.
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Jul 13, 2013
By solving these murders Kiera already changed the future.
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Jul 13, 2013
Or did she create it? That's the fun part about time-travel sci-fi... you can mess with heads easily.
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Jul 14, 2013
In my book, A Brief History of Time Travel, I point that out Time After Time. To me, time travel is the most fascinating aspect of science fiction. The opportunity for irony is ever-present. The book also has a nice write-up on Continuum's first season, a show that has already made it's mark and is only getting better and better with time.

(All puns intended...)
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Jul 13, 2013
And I believe it's the first time she really did. At least where we seem to know about it. Kiera worked on the case in the future but the killer died this time around. We didn't see the effect it had on the future.
Would have been nice to get to know.
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Jul 13, 2013
Yeah, well, she's kind of an idiot and on the wrong side anyways. Interesting choice for the writers to make.
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Jul 13, 2013
I'm glad she finally let Carlos in on the secret!!!! And it was pretty close to getting her eyeballs cut out of her skull, so yeah.

I dont like Alec's gf she is totally suss!!!!
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Jul 13, 2013
Nice review, MaryAnn!

I feel like a broken record, but this was another great episode. They are doing so many things right this season that I'm just able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

So glad that Carlos is finally in on the truth! And they handled it so well! Yeah, this was a procedural case of the week, but it was also the perfect setup for allowing Carlos to believe her completely unbelievable story. Maybe she should teach him how to use her newly acquired spare suit as a thank you / leap of faith? :)

I knew that Alec's new girl was up to no good pretty early on as insistent as she was for Alec to "just let (her) in". BUT..... maybe she's working for Escher, not Liber8??? He seemed to be one or two steps ahead of Kellog this week. Just sayin'....

Also - who the F--- is ESCHER?!? (No spoilers, please.) I thought his response to Kiera "If you have to ask, then you're not ready to know..." one of the biggest and weakest cop-outs I've ever heard. She should have challenged him on that. But at least she was smart enough to ask "When are you from?"

Shit's gettin' real. Love it!
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Jul 13, 2013
Another great review of another really great episode =)
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Jul 13, 2013
It has been a while since I saw this episode, I watch Continuum through 'alternative means', but I do recall the scene with Kira strapped in the evil dentist's chair with her eyes about to be punctured as one of the creepier things I've seen on TV.

The fact that Rachel Nichols has the most beautiful eyes on TV didn't mitigate the creepiness.

Also, major kudos to the producers for letting Carlos in on the truth. I was starting to think he was going to fall into Lois Lane territory.
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Jul 13, 2013
overall good. but i notice their ending curse words allowed on other shows. for some dumb reason
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Jul 13, 2013
it's funny that the actor playing Escher is Canadian star Hugh Dillon.... for years on Flashpoint and now on this show and The Killing.... No idea why SYFY buries this show on Friday nights but based on what else is on TV, it's the only thing on..
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