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Continuum S02E07: "Second Degree"

Called it: Carlos being in on Kiera's time-traveler status is awesome and not just because Kiera gets to openly run around in her badass suit while they're hunting bad guys. Carlos makes an excellent sounding board for Kiera, a sympathetic ear who, due to his "outsider" status when it comes to the future and Liber8, enables Kiera to be honest and frank with her fears and concerns. We've learned so much about Kiera in the past two episodes and the confirmation that her motivations run far deeper than just the desire to be back with her son have managed to pull her out of the characterization rut she got stuck in earlier this season. Wanting to return to her family is perfectly understandable, but the reality is that Kiera's situation is much bigger and much more important than her single family unit and it was frustrating, week after week, to watch Kiera seem to not get that—or even worse, to not care.

In actuality, Kiera cares quite a lot—so much so, that she managed to put aside her animosity toward Gardiner to enlist his help in tracking down some grave-robbing body-snatchers with a curious M.O.: They only seemed to target the bodies of dead time-travelers. Sure, her initial motive was to just get the creepy dude to stop following her for like ten seconds, but when Gardiner came through with some helpful evidence, Kiera took the olive branch for what it was—and while I doubt this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, I appreciate the break those two characters are getting from their usual hate-fest.


The trial of Julian Randol in 2013 was interspersed with flashbacks to Old Julian's trial in 2077, reflecting how the future and the past are already tangled together and signaling that, while Kiera probably prefers not to think about it, change is in the air. Also: Liber8 is hardcore, man. Despite the schism formed by Travis and Sonya's rivalry, the group claims to have cultivated underground cells everywhere, increasing their influence and already seeming to be able to pull strings behind the scenes with relative ease. Partnered with mayoral hopeful Jim, Sonya used Kiera and Carlos's own drive against them, forcing them to save a juror's family and reveal the blackmail, in turn forcing the judge to dismiss the jurors and rule on Julian's case himself—which was super-convenient because he was already on Team Liber8 to begin with. In two weeks, Julian's a free man. Mommy perjured herself for nothing. Poor Alec.

But hey, at least Alec gets a fierce and BAMF-y girlfriend out of this mess, right? Emily works for Escher, which is probably going to be a real problem later, but for now, she's like the best secret bodyguard ever and she even appears to kind-of maybe sincerely like Alec. I have a feeling this is going to end in epic sadness. We've gotta motivate that super-genius puppydog to turn into a misguided technological mastermind somehow

Anyway, love Gardiner and Kiera playing nice. Love Carlos being a part of the in crowd. Love Liber8 being everywhere. Just didn't care much for the essential-to-the-story-but-still-kind-of-boring courtroom drama. I mean, you can't tease me with grave-robbers and then give me Law & Order. I looooove Law & Order and I'm actually quite bitter about TNT's recent ditching of the Sunday-morning marathons (CURSE YOU, YOUR CHILDREN, AND YOUR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN) but still, grave-robbers and body-snatchers and timey-wimey stuff, you guys! 

L8ter!



NOTES

– Who do you think that dude that Emily effed up is? 

– Every time anyone asks Betty for help, I cringe. Hoping we address her Liber8 fangirling soon.

– Ugh, Alec's mom, ugh. H8 her. 

– Alec is developing super-fast computer stuff based on the piece of the time machine that Kiera gave him. Iiiiiinteresting. Also yay for not exploding Kiera's brain! Whee!

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AIRED ON 10/16/2015

Season 4 : Episode 6

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I'm not really the posting on message boards type so pardon me if I break decorum (actually I don't really care but whatever...) I'm I right in rooting for "liberate" and not the "good guys" ie. the modern cops? Isn't Keria really the bad guy or at least working for them? She's trying to bring about a future where people have little if any rights and the "bad guys" Travis ( horrible name for a bad guy) and Theisus are truly freedom fighters. When Kiera talks about the 10,000 people that Theisus killed in the future he really just put them out of their misery after the people on Kieras side gave them forced lobotomys and turned them into assembly line slaves. So how I see it, if I'm not mistaken, is kiera is working to enslave the world and liberate is fighting to stop her. OK so it's not the world only Canada so I guess it doesn't really matter.....but if it was someplace that mattered, like anywhere but the great maple syrup nation.....I will begin accepting rants form Canadians.......now
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The only thing I didn't like about this episode is that it doesn't make sense that Julian would not be charged with conspiracy in the bombing. It doesn't really matter that he didn't know the whole plan, that he was a distraction, he participated in it, knew they were going to blow up a building, and intended to do it himself.

I also don;t really like how Julian doesn't recognize that it is largely his fault that his dad was killed because he impersonated him with the cops. If they knew his dad was a hostage instead of the hostage taker, he wouldn't have been killed.
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"We getting drunk?" Betty is the greatest co-worker ever...even if she is a mole
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Fun fact: Episode 10 is called Second Wave. The guy who plays Travis played a character named Joshua on a show called First Wave.

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Finally! I stopped watching new episodes so I could watch along with these articles. Seems like forever ago (though I suspect it was probably 7 weeks). So it is with complete ignorance that I can say I think that dude Emily fucked up is another freelancer. Escher doesn't have to be the only one does he? I think that was a future cop-gun he had, but he clearly lacked a Kiera-like suit or skills.
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I can see him being a freelancer, totally. Kiera only has the sweet suit because she was a cop, right? I think? He could have gotten the gun anywhere. Maybe. I like the freelancer theory so we're going with that for now. Gold star.
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I really enjoyed this episode, because I really enjoy learning about a 2013 Alec and Julians relationship and how that will influence the future.
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I don't think you'll get an answer to your Betty question soon. On the shows website there is a poll running, where you can choose in which direction Betty's story will go.
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Oh nooooooo! That's kinda cool though.
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im all liber8 at the moment.
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Really entertaining read as always MaryAnn =) and of course, Continuum FTW!
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Kira should always be in the black catsuit.
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I just really hope they have a better explanation than the cliche paradox; the time machine piece allows Alec to have the technology to invent the time machine piece. Other than that, this show is starting to hit it's stride a bit. I watched the first season solely on the premise. Now I'm actually starting to care finally.
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Maybe I'm a minority but I find Escher more interesting than Liber8.
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Ditto. Escher and the "Freelancers" are the unknowns in all of this and their purpose and motivations I think are far more interesting than Liber8.
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hmmm Escher is from future... could he be Kiera's son?
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That would be totally cool ! I am a bit behind so I do not know what is going to happen and no idea who is Escher? just finished episode 7 but yours is probably the best idea I read.
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I have to agree, it was a nice episode. And a good payoff for getting carlos "in" on the whole thing. And having watched the episodes on the canadian-tv schedule, I have to say, it continues to pay off.
Also, I don't think whoever is stealing those corpses does so just for the fun of it. I think its more likely for the future-tech implanted in them.
I agree an the Betty-thing. I don't think it was a good idea to reveal her mole-status and then do nothing with the story-arc so far.

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I love Gardiner too... He's a super a-hole but he's a great partner for Keira's off the book operations...
Between Betty, Emily and Jim the douchebag it is almost too many plotting with either Liber8 or Esher (who reminds me of the Fringe Observers though not sure if the really bad ones or the just observing ones)
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1. I have no idea and I have no idea who that guy was driving the truck (though it kind of looked like one of the guys from Prison Break) and I had been assuming the truck driver was Piron since he knew to invoke the section six thing. But he must be maybe a guy representing a different version of Piron? He didn't seem like a Liber8 guy so I'm guessing their is a fourth side (also not Liber8 because they seemed to have called off going after Alec and I imagine that will be a stronger point when Julian is released).

I feel like we need a meeting between Carlos and Kellogg a just because that would be funny and b I think he could explain the corporate issue a little clearer and who the present players are. I thin Kiera is too deep with them to really have a handle on it.

I am so conflicted about Emily and hell Piron in general. I mean Escher has been helping Kiera since she got here. Now Emily is protecting Alec but clearly is a mole. But then she clearly is starting to like him. Is Escher trying to be a corporate backer of Alec just like Kellogg was? Or what?

Hopefully working with Kiera will turn down the obsessive glare of Gardiner a bit but I almost view him is maybe being drawn in by one of the other forces.
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I really love Kiera being able to talk to Carlos about herself. Also I'm kinda hoping that Gardiner turns out to not be such a bad guy. AND I hope Emily really is on Alex side, even though she works for Esher.
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Yes to all of this!
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