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Right, so just to be on the safe side, let me again say this upfront:
This recap contains SPOILERS from the season 3 of Continuum. Since not everyone watches the show on the Canadian schedule, there will be those of you who haven’t seen it yet. That’s why I am telling you upfront:

DON’T CONTINUE READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SPOIL YOUR EXPERIENCE WHEN THE SHOW AIRS IN THE US.

This week’s episode was peppered with references to other Sci-Fi greats. I will point some of them out as we go along. Maybe you noticed some more?

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Some things upfront that are more review-y than recap-y:

I am quite surprised by the speed at which the move the overall storyline forward. The show has become much more serialized than it was in the first season. The case-of-the-week aspect has been relegated to more of a B-plot, while the A-plot remains the time travel, it’s aftermath and everything Alec.
Almost all the questions that were posed by the pilot are answered at this point. The situation of the main characters has dramatically changed during these first three episodes, and continues to do so. There is definitely no pulling of the punches anymore. I am not at all complaining about that, I just hope they can sustain that pace and take the audience with them on this awesomely insane ride. Those are the dangers though: because so much seems to change from episode to episode, you really need to watch every week, or you will be left behind. I just hope that all doesn’t affect the ratings and therefore the future of the show.
Something else that is notable is that Kiera as a character has developed quite a bit. Where she was all about getting ‘home’ even in last season’s finale, we have not really heard her whine about that since then. I think giving her some other priorities and motivation, that was a good move by the writers, and somewhat overdue. Her clinging to her future made her seem weak and predictable.
Alec has the most potential for change, not just because there are two of him, but because he has so far to go to get to the guy from 2077.

Ok, on to the recap:


Last week we ended with Kiera getting a new flat, Mayor Martin committed suicide and Carlos was still trying to come to grips with the new situation.
This week we pick up with a proper gun battle in the future. Kiera and her comrades were fighting some mostly unseen enemy troops from Liber8, with big guns and proper combat gear.



Here we also get the first reference, this time to “2001”. But a bit later, the really interesting and foreboding stuff happens.


Someone did an override on Kiera’s CMR and remote controlled her into shooting a Liber8 informant. Why, how or what for, all questions go unanswered, as the subject never comes up again. We don’t even know if Kiera really knows or realized what happened.
Also: note that the date (top left corner) is wrong, as it says 01/06/2012 and not something closer to 2077 as it probably should.

Back in the Freelancer’s Lair we get a fighting-fish reference that seems to suggest something. I’m not exactly sure what, but according to Wikipedia, these fish are territorial and aggressive, they even tend to fight their own reflections. Raise any flags? ? Combine that with the fact that Kiera’s CMR can be remote-controlled and suddenly it is possible again that Kiera killed her other self.

In other news: Lucas got a dog – in the loony-bin. Not a dog as cute as Bear on POI and he didn’t keep him, but still. And Lucas built himself a creepy army of mind-controlled cockroaches:



Also: another reference, this time to the George Orwell classic “1984”. Interesting way to smuggle something into a completly controlled and surveilled environment like a psych-ward.



With all that tech Lucas repurposed from the hospital he was able to basically just walk out of the joint. Well done. It seems neither the police nor anyone else can hold on to their Liber8 prisoners.

This week Liber8 and it’s activities were in the forefront, because the next thing we see is a bank robbery. There really was no need to put a sign on it, by now we all can just assume that whenever something big like that happens, it is somehow connected to Liber8.

Anyway, some dudes in bomb vests wanted into the vault of a bank. Interestingly the bank was named DeutscheBank (which really exists, but with a different logo) and had a logo fairly similar to that of Citygroup. I don’t know what (if any) the relevance of that is supposed to be, I just thought it was noteworthy. The thing that was relevant though was that the robbers were sort of twitch-y, even though we didn’t know why, jet.



The aftermath of the robbery was that the bank robbers got their loot and then ‘detonated’ their vests and were all … for lack of a better word, incinerated.

Over at Piron-HQ, in a meeting between a corporate lawyer, Alec and his mom some secrets were revealed to past Alec. Namely that Escher was his dad and that Emily is a wanted criminal with a dubious past.



Also: What’s with the artwork? Those are similar paintings to the one in front of which Escher was killed. They seem to have some sort of relevance, I just don’t know it.

In the Liber8 hideout the loot arrives and we learn that they are digging for dirt on corporations that will make up the Corporate Congress in the future of 2077. Not a bad plan, I have to say. Even though the means are a bit, shall we say, unconventional?
When Kiera and Carlos investigate what was stolen and from whom, the run into a bit off a wall: Most clients either don’t report anything stolen at all or won’t admit to what it was. They also run into this guy:



He works for a company named Sonmanto (never came up before) and he was a bit of a dick. But, even Carlos had to admit, good at his job. Notable tech-stuff: Kiera gets a 13.5 Gb/s wireless connection with her CMR. I want one of those deals for my wireless connection….

In other news: Carlos still has issues stemming from dead-Kiera and the whole ‘who is my partner’ question raised by the effects of the time travel. Makes HIM kind of whine-y and I really hope he gets over it.
During the autopsy of the victims, Kiera has a new experience. It has nothing to do with the autopsy itself but with the ‘Poprocks’ she tries:



With the help of her CMR she finds proof that the bank robbers were remote-controlled. The evidence she gets to past Alec, who in turn phrases my sentence of the week:

I don’t know, I can’t just look at a thing and automatically know what it means.

After a discussion about the skills required for a job like that, Kiera tells Alec (and us) that at some point in the future there were cyborgs and robots being used for work. But they were all recalled and destroyed after Liber8 hacked their control system and used them as weapons. (Imagine a recall like that and compare it to the pain and suffereing that recalling some cars causes for GM)
Now there are no more non-human workers. Though luck.

When the discussion turns to Escher, Alec tells Kiera that he knows Escher was his dad and that he inherited Piron. Over all Alec does not seem too broken up about Escher’s death. In that speech: The next Sci-Fi reference, this time to Star Wars and it’s famous “I am your father” line.

Because the last batch of puppets from Liber8 had been burned, they had to make some new ones.



Not only did they pick a guy who walks with crutches, the process of getting his “strings” also is somewhat painful and bloody.

Back at the lab, Emily shows up and past Alec is very rude to her because he now knows what Escher knew about her. After he basically throws her out of the lab, she runs into future Alec on the street. His attitude towards her is a completely different one than past Alec’s. But it is not just that which confuses and irritates Emily. There is also this:



Alec tries to explain his conundrum to Emily but he fails because he is somewhat bumble-y. That whole dialogue was a bit cheesy and filled with clichés for me. I know we had to arrive at this point at some time. I just wish they had written it differently. The whole scene seemed strange to me and didn’t really work for me. I guess she had to see both Alecs in order to believe the story. It’s just that the whole dialogue was painful to listen to.

Anyway, back at Piron-HQ past Alec tries on Escher’s chair but doesn’t feel comfortable with the whole situation. Therefore he gets shown some of the Sci-Fi-goodies that Piron is researching. All of that makes the whole show more Sci-Fi even in the present.

While investigating the last bank robbery, Carlos and Kiera happen to be there when the next one takes place. After some ‘cloak and dagger’ stuff from Kiera, she is in the vault when one of the bank robbers opens a safe-deposit box that contains some tech that causes her CMR to malfunction and the puppets to loose contact to Liber8:



As a result, the suit’s cloaking malfunctions and Kiera has to incapacitate the bank manager and the robber. In the process she is revealed to Liber8 and Lucas, who is holding the wireless ‘strings’:



There we get the next Sci-Fi reference, because it looks to me like Liber8 is using Matrix-style screensavers. For whatever reason.



Also notable: Travis is freaked out by the stuff Lucas does. He has remote-control-fear-issues so to speak. I guess he is afraid of being a “controlled thing” himself at some point. Not only do we get to see that Lucas pulls the strings, we also get to see the tech that is on the robbers.



If you look closely, you will notice, not only does this puppet-tech use a USB connector (LOL) it also looks suspiciously like something we already know:



Those were the “connectors” Walter used on Olivia when she went into the sensory-deprivation-tank to retrieve John Scott’s memories in the Fringe pilot. And that would be the last reference, as far as I noticed.

Right, back at the bank, Carlos and Kiera mess up the bank robbery, get drawn into a major shoot-out and finally follow the guy with the loot back to a bar where he meets up with Garza to hand everything over.



Garza and Kiera are no longer friendly, and after a brief fight, that somewhat surprisingly Garza wins, she declares her debt paid and lets Kiera live.



During the fight some of the loot is dropped and the future tech that caused Kiera’s CMR to glitch and her to loose the fight remains behind to be recovered by Kiera. Also notable is that Carlos goes full on psycho on the guy.
Ok, did you notice while watching for the first time that that is the same guy that shows Carlos and Kiera around the first crime-scene? I didn’t. Anyway, I guess that explains why Carlos beats him to a pulp, but only partly. I think there are also some anger-issues involved.

The tech that Kiera recovers is unknown. Not just to her and to Liber8 but also to the Freelancers. But at least they have a cool tech-table (remind you of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD?) that helps them analyze it. Oh, and there is some glowing chinese (?) writing on that tech.


In the shot where Kiera recovers the tech, after the fight with Garza, ther is a shot where someone who knows the language might be able to make out some of the characters on that thing.... Sorry, but I don't know the language.

Finally we get to see that Sonmanto guy again. I guess he will be the new “corporate-bad-guy” now that Escher is gone. He got his hands on some of the puppet-tech that Liber8 used and wants to use it for research. The same company pops up on Liber8’s radar after they discover something interesting from the stuff they stole.
In the final scene we do get another gem: past Alec takes a look at Escher’s computer and finds files on Emily. Only that Emily aka Maya Hartwell is shown not to be a simple criminal from Vancouver.



I watched that whole thing frame by frame and here is part of what her record said:

  • Arrest for assault of a Piron security guard during theft. -& released
  • Arrest for murder of boyfriend. -& released due to lack of evidence
  • Arrest and sentenced to 7 years in Myanmar for artifact theft. -& released
  • Arrest in Myanmar for major fraud -& released
Does that strike you as odd? See, new questions over questions.




Questions of time:

  • Why was Emily in Myanmar? Why steal artifacts?
  • Is Myanmar where that mysterious future tech from the bank vault came from? What language is that on that piece of tech?
  • Why was Emily released every time?
  • What role will Alec’s mom play? She seems duplicitous.
  • Who is Emily aka Maya Hartwell really?
  • Will one Alec create Sad-Tech and the other take over Piron?



I hope you enjoyed the read, and till next week.


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Something about this episode just didn't sit right with me and it all has to do with turning a person into a remote control robot.

I suppose I get it with 2077 Kiera...but just barely. She's already been fully integrated with her CMR and super suit, so somebody back at headquarters having full override functions I suppose I can live with. However, jerry rigging that same level of tech from bits and pieces from the present and "installing" them with some back room hand drill surgery...that set off my bullsh*t-o-meter.

I appreciate that Liber8 has knowledge and tricks that would seem like magic in the present. Like Lucas hacking a TV remote into a master electronic skeleton key. But to not only be able to take over full physical control of a person, but mental (verbal) as well...c'mon. And if that wasn't enough, this magic tech can also completely cure somebody of cerebral palsy? No dice.

I'll give a time travel show with future tech a lot of leway, but up until now, they've kept a nice balance between what we can do now and what we can do later. I dunno...it irked me.

Emily with past & present Alec is NOW interesting. I really didn't much care for them before and thought him going back in time, destroying a world just to save a chick he's been dating a few months was a little silly. But now that both Alecs are taking opposite sides and there might be more to Emily...this could be fun.
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True, I guess we really had suspend our disbelieves for that one.

Even though the tech was glitch-y this was a bit far fetched. And as we could tell, even Travis, otherwise not of the faint hearted, had some trouble with the subject of "remote-controlled-humans".

With Kiera, we've seen bevore that the CMR (or something else in her brain) could be remote accessed (presumably by 2077-Alec) in order to upload a memory - if I remember correctly. I'm not exactly sure what episode that was though....
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I actually liked the premiere very much and was thinking the show would go in a different direction. However three episodes in and now it seems we are back to Liberal 8 again. I am getting kind of tired of Liberal 8.

Also I was pretty excited that Carlos joined liberal 8 last season and wanted to do why he did it than kapoo, everything about that is gone and we gone back to season two again? It feels like the writers did not know what to do and hit the reset button.

I am still pretty excited about everything Alec especially two Alecs.

I cannot quite pinpoint it but even last season, I did find the show sometimes to be confusing with so many different plots and also because of the time travelling.
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Yeah, I won't contradict you there, time travel can be (is) very confusing at times.

I get where you come from with Liber8 taking center stage. I think (hope) that this season will not only focus on that. But Liber8 is one side of the battle between corporate tyranny and a more democratic society. Therefore I expect Liber8 will always play a role in the show.
On the other hand, with Kiera joining the Freelancers and there being two Alecs, I think there will be enough other stories that will be told. And I think we have already seen part of that, because not as much time has been spent on Liber8 as in previous seasons, and not everything is centered around Liber8.
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I would continue watching and this week I think I will catch up on it since many of my favorite show are on breaks. I do like the cast and I hope things get more exciting and not so confusing.
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1984 - Brain to Brain Interface / CMR Override, Piron Drones - Cool & Scary.

Surely it's not fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants territory - they must have already written most of it before they filmed season 2 eg. when the time-travelling Alec spoke to Jason, his dad, but then the other Alec came so he had to hide whilst the other Alex spoke to Jason, Jason was acting shifty, wierd, and worried that Alec would see time-travelling Alec, but he acted like that in the original scene in season 2, so they must have known they were going to do it. It's very much like another sci-fi classic not yet mentioned, Back To The Future Part 2, when they show the same scene but from different angles because there's now two versions of the same person - Marty McFly.
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I'm glad I read the comments. Even if it's not true, the majority seem to think the writers know where this show is going. After watching this 90° turn three episodes in, I can't help thinking we're potentially in fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants territory. My hope: writers have a solid plan. Time travel, especially when creating multiple branches and multiple hops, can get messy fast.

I never wanted this to be a procedural, I'm glad it's sort-of moving away from it, or at least tying the monster-of-the-week plot to the main story line.

Like others, I'm tiring of Kiera's attitude towards Alec. With everyone hopping through time, why is she so convinced she can't get back? Yes, I get the "might not be the same" theory, but who exactly has been truthful from the start?

The title sequence is really blah. I think it's the music. I'm glad they got rid of the explanation, but they put a new layer of cheese on this it didn't need.
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I'm no expert in these things, but I would hope that in todays TV-environment of high quality scripted shows, once you found a working formula for a series, you would want to keep up with the competition and do the best show you can. That for me includes a pre-planned season, especially with the more serialized and complex stuff like Continuum. Also to consider is that with only a 13-episode season there is not much "time" to fly by your pants.
A shorter and more compact season should call for better planning and structureing. At least that's what I hope for as well :)
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Love this show!
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I'm pleased that in this season, they've made it clear that this show is not (and has never really been) about Kiera getting home.

One thing that I find interesting is that, as far as I can remember, the reason corporations took over is that the government ran out of money. (Not like that would ever really happen!) Now, maybe that is all propaganda, but at at no point have Liber8 considered trying to avoid the original crisis. They've just concentrated on destroying the corporations. I wonder what they think will happen when the problem still occurs and nothing is there to fill the gap?
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Ha, ha! "Sonmanto" (=Monsanto, get it?) Subtle reference. And the most shocking thing past Alec learns about "Emily" is that she is 34! No way he's gonna be dating such an old woman.
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Good catch! Yes, Emily's date of birth is listed as 12/05/1981 so she's either 34 (not likely) or she is also a time-traveler!


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The correct date of birth for Maya Hartwell should be 1991. Making her 22 almost 23. This was a typo. I blame it on those underpaid VPD entry clerks.
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How do you come to this conclusion about the birthdates?
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Nice.

The other possibility of course would then be that she is a Freelancer. That is not to say she is not also a timetraveler.
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Yeah Emily being a time-traveling Freelancer would make perfect sense. Especially since she worked for Escher, who we know was also a Freelancer at some point.
I wonder if that's the reason behind her whole passive aggressive reaction when future-Alec approached/revealed himself to her on the street. Like you said in the review, her entire dialogue was so clunky that my first though was, this is just bad writing. But I re watched the episode and future-Alec's dialogue in the scene was really good so that makes me think that Emily is hiding waaay more then a criminal past.

The Freelancer/time-traveler theory would also explain her seemingly stupid actions by basically jumping infront of the bullet that killed her. Maybe her whole mission was to get herself shot so that Alec would travel back in time? Maybe her and Escher planned the whole thing for a reason we are yet to find out?

I'm just very surprised that Alec didn't notice the birthday thing and immediately got WTF or call her out on it. I mean the guy's a genius and the date of birth should've been the first red flag and not just the prison brawl and criminal record at the end of the episode.
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While writing this weeks recap, I just noticed one problem with Emily working with Escher:
Why then would she assault a Piron security guard while trying to steal something from Piron? At least that is what it says in her file.
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It would also explain where Emily got her mad fighting skills. There must be a Freelancer-school-of-fighting out there somewhere/somewhen.

I guess we will learn what the writers come up with as a story in due time. Until then I personally go with this Freelance/time-travel theory :)
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Yep, a "simple" explanation as time-traveling never occurred to me. Silly me! I just thought it was funny the things you discover about your love when secrets surface. Two interesting pieces, in this case, were that she had a criminal record (and probably had a sordid past) and was much older. Things like that are some of the things men really fear to find out. And that she used to be a guy, of course. Some secrets are better left unknown, I tell you. Blissful ignorance!
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Lol! Yeah secrets are the worst, especially secrets from the past in relationships. And just like you I also prefer that old saying "What you don't know can't hurt you".

But look, as far as Emily goes. I'm just assuming the age thing is due to the fact that she's a time-traveler because I don't think the show would go there with the big age difference thing.
Plus to me she doesn't look a day over 18 (even though I know the actress is older).

So yeah, I still don't know how deliberate the whole birthday thing was because Alec certainly didn't seem too bothered by it. Hopefully it wasn't just a prop-error like the date on the CMR. That would really suck.
I doubt it though because Alec did start digging around later.
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34? did they show a birthdate on some of those documents? I guess I must have overlooked that.
She doesn't really look 34... And technically with Alec being 17, that would be considered "inappropriate".

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Indeed. Even though the actress is around 30, I thought she played a girl in her early to mid 20s. Just imagine, a woman lying about her age! By the way, tthe information in one of the documents Alec sees.
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The actress is 28 and the actor playing Alex is 25.
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Yes but they're both 17 on the show. Technically second Alec is a week older then past-Alec but yeah. Although Emily must be a time-traveler as her D.O.B is 12/05/1981 and her arrest record shows she was arrested for petty theft in 2005, which would've made her 8 years old at the time of the arrest (if she wasn't a 17 year old time-traveler). Not likely.
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i think Emily at some point goes into the past and is infact his grandmother..but maybe i wasn't paying enough attention to the first few episodes but i really have no idea what is going on..too many side stories to keep up with....maybe start from the beginning again..
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Whose grandmother?
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Why is Kiera such a bitch? All she cares about is her family, her past, her son but she doesn't give a crap about Alec or Emily. In fact she is the reason Emily died since she left her undefended while rushing towards the time travel-ball and that got Emily killed.

Now when Alec went back to save Emily, she felt so betrayed and butthurt about it and was really mad at Alec for doing so.

I just don't understand why Alec keeps trying to be on good terms with her after something like that
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Yeah Kiera is extremely selfish & bitchy when it comes to Alec. But I guess she blames him (or at least old-Alec) for sending her into the past in the first place. But yeah, I'm totally on team young-Alec.
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She's not the reason Emily died. Emily deliberately stood up in the line of fire when a woman of her experience knew damn well not to.
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Well Kiera was trying to protect Emily and was doing a good job until Emily stood up for the Freelancers to shoot her when she threw away the time travel device.

And its kind of Alec's fault she is there in the first place since he gave the time travel device to Liber8 in the future. I think young Alec feels responsible for messing up her life.
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I have rewatched the whole thing. What Emily did was to get up and throw away the device in the hope that the freelancers would chase after it and leave them alone. Kiera then decided to go after the device instead of trying to tug Emily down , give her cover fire or offer any kind of protection.
kiera had no ideea emily was able to defend herself and from her point of view she was just another girl.

Thus I think it shows that she doesnt care what happens to any one else as long as she reaches her goals.
I just dont get how she constantly espects alec's help over and over again when she does absolutely nothing in return for him
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For a long time, getting back to her family and her son was her only purpose in life. I think that has been changing VERY slowly. Especially the episode last season when her CMR activated that psychiatrist seemed the starting point of that change.
Now, with Alec creating a new timeline and her becoming a Freelancer, I think her priorities had to shift some more. And she seemed genuinly happy to see Emily in that one scene this episode.
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I also think she is beginning to realize that the possibility the future will be the same one that she left is very small.
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Maybe Escher pulled strings to get Emily out of jails because she was important to the original timeline? We still don't know how she got her killer moves either.

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Emily is in a confusing situation right now. In the old timeline, she told Alec that she was not who he thought she was but he was ok with it without hearing her tell him anything more. Now both Alecs know she worked for Escher, one is fine and the other is feeling betrayed, but the old Alec doesn't know the specifics that are on her rap sheet. And he didn't tell her very smoothly about his time travel escapades. Who to choose?
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While we looking at references. The drones in the Piron lab a references to Terminator 3?
Also Sonmanto is an acronym of Monsanto which is a real life agribiz that has a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding it.

It definitely says 2012 on the display, but I'm sure it's mend to be 2072.
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Nice catch with Monsanto. Now that you pointed it out it seems so obvious...


The look of the drone was different - looked more like a real life predator drone, but it could have been a T3 reference.
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It wasn't the drones specifically that reminded me of T3 it was the scene where they kind of popped up like in the military base in T3.
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I just popped the dvd in and looked at that, and you are right. The drone rising from below the visible edge of the window, that looks just like in T3.
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Drones do look alike.
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There are sci fi references all over this show. Or at least things we've seen in other shows/movies. In the first episode we learn that Kiera has a computer system in her head (CMR) which has been done many times.
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True. But with this episode, there were just so many and such obvious references that I just could not ignore them :)
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Yes this episode was super creepy.
The artwork : to me it looks like the freelancers' timetravel big sphere.
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