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Continuum S02E12: "Second Last"


We'll have to wait until next week—unless you were lucky enough to have seen the original Candian broadcast or you're just plain naughty—to know for certain, but I'm going to go ahead and be an A-hole and claim "totally called it" on something bad happening to Emily and consequently inspiring Alec to go all darkside on us. Sooo... 

... called it. 

Escher looked like he was expecting it, though. Because of course he was. 

Aside from a few rough patches here and there, Continuum has regularly proven that it's more than capable of juggling several plots at once. This feat of storytelling trickery was featured prominently in "Second Last," the penultimate episode of Season 2. Escher's been an evil-ish dude all season, but after his people killed Emily, his awfulness got personal. While their brief battle for the top spot in Liber8 was fun, a reunited Sonya and Travis wreaked all kinds of havoc with a little help from Kellog; T-dog now has Elena's suit and a mostly functional CMR. Kiera's own people also turned against her when someone finally found Gardiner's body and the evidence against Kiera looked, well, pretty bad. Something tells me her desperation to snatch her precious time machine even as Escher's freelancers took Emily out might drive an unfortunate wedge between her and Alec. Girl is having a rough week. Alec isn't doing much better.


Remember when Alec did drugs and remembered that Jason totally hung out with Momma Sadler back in the day? So he took that DNA test? And then it was never mentioned again and frankly, I kind of forgot it was a thing that happened until a poorly timed phone call interrupted Romeo and Juilet's escape-from-certain-death roadtrip to turn it back into a plot point? The results are in aaaaand... Jason is totally Alec's dad. Maury would be so proud. 

Unfortunately, as of the end of this episode, having Jason for a dad doesn't really do Alec any good. Sure, Kooky Jason offered a safe haven when Travis busted in on Emily and Alec in the lab, but Jason's a generally decent dude and he seems to have a soft spot for Alec; plus Alec crashed at Chez Jason before he confronted the man anyway. I was braced for some drama before, during, and after the big truth-dump, but Jason didn't freak out or anything... he mostly just seemed confused by Alec's declaration, which is pretty much par the course for Jason. He did readily admit to having spent time in the Sadler household when Alec was a wee baby, though, and he had some nice things to say about Momma Bear, but his experiences seemed more childlike than romantic. More please! <3 Jason. 


Kiera's been declared a Liber8 terrorist based on Gardiner's evidence—which was probably planted or tampered with, IMO, because it should have been encrypted—but she had bigger things on her mind than saving her reputation after Alec told her that he could totally use the time machine to send her back to 2077. But he also delivered the same warning we've all been kicking around in the comments all season long: Chances are, the future that Kiera came from no longer exists. In her typical, single-minded-about-the-whole-time-travel-thing fashion, Kiera didn't care, and as a safeguard against winding up in a different future, she decided that if Alec could just drop her off before the botched Liber8 execution, she could fix everything. I don't think that actually makes any sense, but hey, the woman's running on pure desperation at this point. Can you blame her? 


Continuum loves its gray areas. Typically, that moral/ethical/personal ambiguity is reserved for the big Liber8 vs. the corporations debate, but "Second Last" took the time to shrink the issues down and break our allegiances into even smaller pieces. No one is completely innocent at this point. Kellog was a douche for teaming up with Travis and Sonya, but he made a good point about Escher being the real enemy. If I was in Kiera's position, I'm sure that I too would have thrown myself over the ledge to chase the wayward time machine—but that didn't make it any easier to watch her ditch her allies at a key moment to pursue what was essentially a Kiera-centric goal. Yes, certainly, it's in everybody's best interest to avoid losing the almighty device so that it doesn't end up in the wrong hands, but let's be honest: That's not what Kiera was thinking about when she was chasing it. 


So here's where we are, heading into our Season 2 finale: 

– Escher is a seriously bad dude. 

– Emily is super dead. (BYE 5-EVER.)

– Alec is really peeved about Emily's dead-ness. The show played moody badass music over his final scene and everything. Can you feel his darkness? Hmm? CAN YOU?

– Kiera is a wanted terrorist and she's the prime suspect in Gardiner's murder, but she's all IDGAF because as soon as Alec gets that time machine operational, she's gonna party like it's 2077. 

– Carlos is in trouble for helping Kiera. Whatever. Dillon is such a tool these days it makes my heart hurt. 

– Kooky Jason is Alec's dad or weird uncle or third cousin or something. They share DNA.

– Sonya and Travis are in lurve again and he's all jacked up on Elena's suit. OH GOOD. 

– Everybody hates Kellog. Even Kellog probably hates Kellog, at least a little. 

– Where the hell is Garza? 



NOTES FROM THE FUTURE

– Kiera really wasn't messing around this week. Like, at all. Somebody get Kellog a band-aid.

– Wait... were the freelancers reanimating themselves?

– See you next week for more mind-blowing WTF-ery and awesome craziness courtesy of Canada. Canada, your TV shows are swell. <3

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AIRED ON 10/16/2015

Season 4 : Episode 6

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Wow what a great show. Where the hell have i been! I started watching a couple of weeks ago, now i'm hooked. Continuum and Orphan Black, are the 2 best sci-fi shows on tv right now.
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You know what would make this show perfect now: a) if Garza and Kiera are genetically engineered offspring of Alec Saddler-- How King Lear of him. b) If Kellog puts a bullet in Escher's head ( why not no one would see that coming). c) If Alec steals DNA of Emily's dead corpse to clone her in the future (oh yeah baby attack of the clones)!!! d) Nuclear WAR!
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Kiera's actions are a tough call: that sphere might as well have been a nuke. It can be used as a time-travel device or as a super computer that would pretty much give whoever owns it total control over information and the Internet. So moral question: save one life of a potential traitor or save the device.

A guy runs into a burning building and saves your child's life. You are BEYOND grateful. Does it ultimately matter much if the person saved your child either for altruistic reasons OR because he was an adrenaline junky figured he'd get a "fix" from the rush OR because he wanted to be on the 6PM news?

Kiera risked her life to stop a nuke from falling into the wrong hands. Does it matter if it was for selfish reasons or purely altruistic ones? Sure someone died but she might have died regardless.
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This is nitpicking about what is probably a writer's mistake and not to be taken seriously, but, if your DNA matches 99.9% then you ARE that person. If they are your parent you will not have more than a 70 or 80% match but you will have certain markers. I think the freelancers are fighting over who gets to shape the future led by various versions of Alec(Old, middle aged, etc.) or his surrogates. Kiera( the Protector) is there to protect the original version of Alec. Garza will be Alec's ally next season. My 2 cent predictons for next season.
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I can tell you that the season finale is a 99.99% match for being awesome.
Without giving anything away, Everybody ends up in very interesting places for the start of season 3.
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Noticed that, but forgave them immediately. The way those DNA test results are phrased is hard to parse for a lot of people. Something along the lines of "there is a 99.9% certainty that sample 1 can not be excluded as a match for sample 2", which you then have to translate to "there is almost certainly not not a parental relationship", to "yes".
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Sounds like you've had some of the same classes I had; Computer Science and Math with advanced statistics or some such.
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Season 3 Please.
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The finale is amazing and there are a few things that were opened up but are completely flipped on their side in the finale. Have fun...I'm already anticipating season 3.
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I too would like to thank Canada. Thank you Canada!!!
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I have two ideas: 1) Jason is not Alec's Dad. He is Alec's son: I have always thought this. 99.9% DNA cuts both ways, unless you look much more closely than a typical 2010s paternity test might! 2) If the time machine can be set to refer to any point in space-time, might it not also be possible to set it for any point in the multiverse? That is, even if she is now on the road to a different timeline than her own, could the device be able to place Kiera back were she left-off, in HER timeline, by adding a coordinate to the matrix address -- a coordinate that might be derived by scanning the matter in her body for its subatomic vibratory constant? Or maybe the note that Alec sent his younger self contains that information? By the way, the idea of a multidimensional space-time matrix is worthy of the name, "Continuum." I wasn't feeling the love when we were talking about a single timeline that might be "changed." Let's see what happens!
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I am really enjoying this show, Rachel Nichols is doing a terrific job...
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I would really like to know when the freelancers came from. They seem to have superior technology to Kiera since they can disable parts of her suit and they can reanimate. The last one is probably a better version of what Travis has, he was shot by Sonia last season and came back but it was slower than the freelancers and they don't have the rage issues Travis has.
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The finale is awesome as well as a little confusing, at least for me. I'll have to re-watch it next week so I can follow the review better.
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Did anyone hear Jason sort of protest when we were getting that list of time travelers? As if one of them was not like the others type thing? I thought that was so weird, then I wondered if I imagined it. :)
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I guess this is a no spoiler zone. I read ahead on Wikipedia but I won't ruin the....anticipation. ;-)
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Great episode and great review! Some moments of this season have felt a bit tentative but the last few have really upped stakes with the Kiera-Alec partnership at risk and Kiera's position is untenable as a fugitive. Even Carlos is now out of the force so she's lost another ally as he is now just a private citizen.

I love Kellog - always juggling his own allegiances depending on the situation but I think overall his goals are more aligned with Kiera's than the pumped up Travis and his 'Bonnie' girl. And how can you not like his unrelenting hitting on Keira no matter what circumstances?

I get that Alec is sad that Emily got killed but it was her working with Escher (to spy on/get close to him and, as a byproduct, protect him) that ultimately got her killed. I am a bit unimpressed that his choice is to blame Kiera for 'not protecting' Emily who was herself a well trained operative.
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Why do you think he blames Kiera? She blames herself but Alec runs straight to Escher to be all mad at him for the whole situation with Emily.
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Teasers for the next episode imply that he blames her. He yells at her and says some things that suggest it.

Either that, or he was putting up an act in front of Escher.

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There's no such thing as an ultimate cause in a situation like this, because her getting killed depends on a million things, like her working with Escher, her having a troubled life as a young adult, her being born, her ancestors moving to Canada, the origin of life, the formation of the solar system, and the big bang. Alec can blame himself for sending all these people back in time, for a start. You could argue that Escher was the more direct cause, but there's plenty of arguments against that. One thing is certain, Kiera is the more proximate cause, and when you're in the early stages of grief, that may be more important. You can't blame him for lashing out at the person nearest by whose most recent (in)action caused her death.
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Great episode. What happens when Alec blames Kiera for Emily's death. He currently is going through the Kübler-Ross Model stages of grief and my guess is that he is going to be angry for quite a while. And that anger is largely going to be directed at Kiera for not saving his scamming girlfriend and focusing entirely on the time travel ball. Which is understandable because Kiera wants to go home. Though I don't buy her not punching Alec when he suggested they smash it.

I think it is going to be interesting what Kiera does, she is relatively close to potentially going back to her time. As she gets closer she is going to get more desperate, as she gets more desperate my guess is that her thinking isn't going to be that great and she is going to make a lot of mistakes.
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Great read MaryAnn! But it was sometimes a funny read having already seen the finale... I think you'll understand what I mean when you see it =P. Just to tease those who haven't seen it yet, including you MaryAnn, the finale it's one of the best of any season of any show I've ever seen! And I've seen a lot!
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I kind of thought that there wasn't much Kiera could do for Emily at that point when she was the one to stand up call attention to herself get shot and then throw it.
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The way I see it is: The freelancers are after the time travel device and will kill anyone they have to to get it. So she throws it away, they should chase after it and try to get Kiera but instead they just stay where they are and shoot Emily for no reason. Well the reason was a plot device to make Alec mad. It could have been done in a more logical way.
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I don't think the freelancers want the device to use it (they obviously can already travel in time), but to stop others from using it.
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Agreed - And Emily was a good fighter (she killed an attacker a few eps ago) so to me it was a bit contrived to have Alec expect Kiera to babysit Emily in the heat of the battle
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Especially since the goal was whether destroy it or not was to keep out of the freelancers hands that unless the ocean was there throwing it was not a great idea. But like if people are shooting and you don't have a gun stay down and if they are totally worried about Carlos and seem to suspect Alec might still have the orb and won't kill him...ummm stay still or run.
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"We'll have to wait until next week—unless you were lucky enough to have seen the original Candian broadcast or you're just plain naughty"

You mean it's not possible to be both.

Also it's damn fun reading the reviews while knowing what comes next.
The whole, "that's wrong, nope never going to happen, almost close-ish with that one, Seriously you think what is going to happen???" gives a whole other level of entertainment to the show :)
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The English language lacks a distinction between the Boolean operators OR and XOR resulting in some ambiguity each time the word "or" is used.
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Yeah, I had to tape my fingers together to stop myself typing [insert spoiler here].
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Wow, great episode. I wish they didn't kill off Emily, I really like seeing Magda on my TV.

I hope all this stuff leads Kiera to finally realize that getting back to her time isn't the most important mission for her.
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I didn't like how she betrayed Alec, but I think (based on the finale events (no spoilers)) that Alec might try to change it - he is the one trying to change history right? Everything should have happened. Magda would fit in well in season 3 if they have a storyline for her :D

As for Kiera, I'm a complete fanboy, I hope she gets what she wants or that theres a lot more scifi/timetravel/cg in season 3!
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It's a little cliche that Alec will turn evil b/c his girlfriend was killed. So all those warnings from his future self were a waste I guess. It wasn't kiera's fault the girlfriend was shot. As soon as the goof stood up to throw the device, she was an easy target.
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Kiera did a good job shielding her from being shot right up to that point.
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Sometimes when I watch the show I feel like I'm watching a SciFi version of Breaking Bad. They have made the whole point of the show about a mother working to get back to her family but it feels like Kiera and Alec are making decisions that are taking them down a much darker path.

A question that bothered me as I watched the show -- If Alec found that Jason is related to him and thinks it proves he is his father prove their actions are creating the future that Kiera knew? After all, we know Alec is the key reason the world was the messed up in 2077 but that wouldn't be the case if Jason hadn't gone back in time in the first place. I know this is a problem with all time travel shows but unless they are caught in some sort of paradox of endless loops, creating new universes every time they get to 2077, they are creating the future the time travellers knew. That is unless, Jason is actually Alec's son and went to live with his dad when he arrived in the 1990s.
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We all agree about Jason. Maybe this will turn into a flipped version of "How I met your Mother" ("How you met my mother"): "Dad, in the spring of 1990, I arrived in Vancouver, looking for a fresh start..." Is Garza the mother? Kiera? Alt-Emily? Sonya? They'll take five or six seasons to tell us so there will plenty of Blu-Ray release potential. ;-)
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Yeah my guess is Jason ate soup as a kid with his Daddy Alec.
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Doesn't anyone think it's impossible that Travis can fit into Kiera' suit? I know it's some super future fabric, but still, lol.
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They're probably stretchy. Or they can grow to fit the user.
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Isn't that Elena's suit?
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Well you know how much spandex can strech, imagine what can happen to clothing tech in 70 years.

Oh God!
I need mental bleach
Roger Cross trying to put on Rachel Nichol's spandex shorts.
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The suit initially looked pretty loose on Travis, so while it is definitely stretchy, I think it must also grow or contract to more naturally fit the person who wears it.
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Lol, I had that exact thought!
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Dry cleaning boy probably stretched it out when he wore it....

You ain't seen anything yet.
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Had me confused for a sec, like "didn't I watch the final of season 2 weeks ago?" - to be fair, imo, it would be a difficult choice whether to get satellite which might not have all of the shows that I'm watching, subscribe to an online service which, again, might not have them all, or keep waiting for them to show up on (cable) TV here in Belgrade, which rarely happens. Mostly, it's no choice at all. Only way to see the shows is online, basically, then order DVDs to keep the cool ones (I'm not 15 to be bothered to juggle 100s of burnt DVDs, Blu-rays and HDDs around any more :))
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Though, USB drives doesn't sound like such a bad idea, now that I think about it, lolz. xD
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I am sooo looking forward to your review of the final episode. :-)
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Boy , you're so in for a few surprises! :-))
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MaryAnn is, isn't she?
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So excited!
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You're the lucky ones that still have to watch the last episode. It's going to blow your mind. The rating now is 9.7 from 74 raters. That's good isn't it!
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I don't think I'm willing to call Escher "bad" yet in this company of characters. I mean, what, because his henchmen said non-targets were expendable? He's just about the only one we don't know is trying to eff the world, while everyone else is trying to ruin the future/history for tens of thousands or millions or billions of people through either action or inaction. So far, Escher's sins have been very small-scale compared to that. A room versus a population? As far as I now at this point, Escher is trying to protect the future from both sides and he's the only good guy. I could wait to find out, or I could skip ahead.
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My Theory is the Keira is going to captured by the freelancers and taken to the place we saw in the beginning of episode 1. That's probably where Garza is right now and I have a feeling it's also a place where Jason spent some quality time, which is why his brain is a little wacky. Also think that
Escher and the freelancers are not working together. I think Escher probably was a freelancer at some point but was able to brake a way somehow. I don't think he is necessary the bad guy but a lovely shade of grey.

Well I can't wait for the last episode and see if maybe i'm a little bit right or totally wrong. 7 days seems so far away at this point.
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It's very hard to sympathize with Kiera cause her choices are almost always stupid.Be prepared the episode is going to blow your mind, yes it's that good.
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She certainly doesn't seem to be much of a thinker.
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She's always been very emotional which is what I like about her but on the job she is like a computer. Sometimes the job and her personal quest get mixed up and things get messy.
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Well, remember Travis said that the CMR could cause rage? I bet future Alec tampered with Kiera's CMR to focus her "mother" urge to protect young Alec. That would make her seem emotional to others. I also think the whole point of this time travel thing is a game between Alec and his brother on whether the future is mutable or not, with future Alec striving to prevent some changes and his brother setting in motion the counter argument that it can be, if you start early enough. The Freelancers are from after future Alec, when the technology has become more widely known and used. Hence, the need for a protector for young Alec.
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