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OK you readers from the US, I have been informed that you will only be able to see this episode on Friday, so you need to look out if you don't want any spoilers!

Still, you are very welcome to come back and read / discuss after the show has aired wherever you live.



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I am SO glad.

So glad that this show can still surprise me. So glad that this show has the balls to let the past be past and dive head first into the future. So glad that the show has the courage to disassemble its allegiances so thoroughly and reassemble them so completely differently.
And also: TERMINATORS … or at least people geared up in stuff that makes them look like a beefed up T-888. And the travel through time not-naked so not really terminators after all…

But there is ONE thing that has me confused and I will get back to that later in the recap.

OK on with the recap:

I was so surprised to be thrown into the cold water that was 2039. Did you also get the feeling that something more was going on between those guys in Brad’s unit? It felt like he was sort of an outsider and not completely trusted. The way he tells it, he put his name on a very long list of names and, for some reason, was still chosen on purpose for this mission.



After that mission brief, the conversation continues with:

“(The?) Traveler’s lead lets us knock all the dominos down. He’s got a contact that’ll back you up. Things get too hairy, I want you to use this [hands him the beacon]”.

Did you guys hear that differently about the Traveler? Might the Traveler be Kellog? It would fit him very well, to try and make the biggest time jump, be in control, live forever and ultimately be the master of the universe.



I like Kiera’s outlook on this situation when she says “you know, this is the part where it all goes to hell, right?” It is also the first scene where she says out loud and we as an audience finally know that she knows that she worked for Big Brother. She continues to be emotional and or the first time in a long time her son Sam is mentioned. She feels like Brad is the only one who she will ever be able to talk to about all her emotional time-travel baggage and I suspect she is right.

The next location we visit is in some no-name motel with future-Alec and Emily. It seems those two are playing catch-up with their love making and money stealing. If I understood Alec correctly, he has been transferring small amounts of money from Piron (or from SAD-Tech?) to his own accounts.



Even though Alec says that he has been careful while stealing money, it seems Piron-Alec has found them and his security thugs immediately open fire on their small hotel room. The tracers are flying and that basically forces them to scrap their plans for a covert getaway. It seems they will have to stay and fight, and now it is the turn of Emily’s somewhat more hands-on approach to things.

The other Alec over at Piron in the meantime is practicing his big Halo product presentation speech and almost immediately screws it up. Kellog is not really helping matters as his words are less encouraging and more unnerving to Alec.



Consequently Emily and Alec turn up back at the cabin where Kiera and Brad are staying. I guess it was predictable that the peace and quiet at the lake wouldn’t last very long.
In a scene full of irony Kellog shows up at VPD where it seems like Carlos is in charge and asks him for more police protection at Alec’s product presentation.

“I’m just a cog in the machine now Carlos, I don’t get to play chess master anymore” – “Yeah, somehow I doubt that”.

Man, either Carlos has gotten really disillusioned and untrusting or he can really see through Kellog’s bullshit. It seems that he is reviewing the “Piron Initiative” at the VPD and wants to flatly deny Kellog’s request. But because Piron is financing a big part of the department, it seems like even though Carlos’ intentions are good his actual power to change things is rather small.

When we are with Alec and Kiera in the old SAD-Tech lab, future-Alec lays out what Piron-Alec wants to achieve: get rid of future-Alec and with that make sure that Kiera’s future unfolds. It seems that if Kiera had stuck with the Freelancers and their mission, the choice to keep Piron-Alec and imprison future-Alec would have been the right one. But since she awakened and now looks at the world differently, she changed her mind. Good for her.



Let me explain: The gang is all there, in the old lab: Kiera, Brad, Alec, Emily and Jason. They are basically discussing their plan of attack and laying out their entire strategy. Alec also explains the inner workings of Continuum’s time travel again: “The moment that I came to your timeline, I in effect created your future. That doesn’t mean that other me can’t still prevent it.”

Even Travis is there…



Travis in turn enlists the help of his old buddies. But wait, what is going on?!? Garza is working at a restaurant that fries burgers and pineapple slices? Whoa, I guess time travel does not just mess with your brain but also your taste buds. Uagh. Anyway, Garza is hesitant at first but joins Kiera and Travis and the three of them go and pick up Lucas:



Together they all show up back at the lab and team up for this fight with the rest of the gang. Kiera gives them a very good speech about how Liber8 has been right about her all along and how she now is awake. Nice going General Cameron.



OK let’s take a little break from the recap and discuss something:

Here is what I was thinking about a lot during these scenes: Didn’t Kellog give Jason a pair of spy glasses that would basically enable him to hear and see everything that is being planned? Even at the end of the episode I felt like this had not become very clear.

If Kellog knew everything that would happen during the rest of the episode, did he just let it all happen? One might argue that he even helped the plan along when he motioned for Piron-Alec to stay out on the stage in order to enable Garza to take those shots that set everything in motion. But in the end he could not have known how the fight between the two Alecs would turn out or even that it would happen. Maybe that didn’t matter to him in the end because he would have maneuvered either Alec out of the big seat.

What we also have to consider: Jason did act VERY strange in the last episode and Carlos and Kiera have no reason to trust him after that Halo incident in the park, so why is he even there? He has been working at Piron for so long now, even admits to helping Piron-Alec with creating a “backup slice” for the time travel device. That is the reason why the one slice looks so markedly different from all the others during that fight at the end of the episode. Why do you invite this guy to your war games session? The only reason that I came up with while watching the first time was that maybe they know about the glasses and are playing Jason and Kellog.

Also: where was Julian during all this? Over on the set of The 100? It would have made more sense if the gang had invited him instead of Jason. Yes, he works for Piron but he still seemed a lot more trustworthy than Jason. He doesn’t have the same access to Piron as Jason does but still, he could have been useful especially if you consider that Sonja was always on him to become a leader. Now that maybe a moral leader could have been useful, you don’t invite him? What’s up with that?

In the end this whole aspect sort of disappointed me. I feel like it should at least have been alluded to what happened there. This way it feels like the writers either forgot about or just plain ignored the spy glasses.


OK, let’s get on with it:

The one interesting bit of information that comes out of the next scene where Piron-Alec gets grilled on live TV is that Diana Bolton is praying for Dillon’s recovery. Ha. So he is still alive but severely injured. I knew it, cockroaches are hard to kill :D



Garza playing with guns is not the only thing that is going on in this scene. Brad also explains what the device is he had stored in that safety deposit box: A beacon that can send a signal to mark a point in time as a critical nexus point of change. I think whoever guessed or predicted it to be that gets a thumb’s up from me. The Beacon is also supposed to prevent anyone else from doing the same thing again. It seems that is as far as Brad’s briefing went. It seems that if they succeed and then activate the Beacon, nothing will happen. Interesting.

Finally at the Halo presentation, Carlos does show up with an increased police presence. Garza shows up as well, and she brings her toy:



When the presentation finally begins, Emily sits in the audience. I’m still not really sure why. The presentation itself is creepy when you think about what is being said. When Garza finally takes shots at Alec, the plan is finally put in motion. Piron-Alec is moved off the stage and on his way out of the building. When they are in an elevator, they are all gassed. Garza makes her way out and Emily is arrested. So why was Emily there exactly? I guess we’ll either learn why in season four or we will never know.

When Carlos opens the elevator doors Alec and his cronies are just waking up again. Alec and associates are then moved back to Piron and to safety.



So future-Alec is at Piron and Piron-Alec is with Kiera. When everything is clear Carlos lets Kiera know and she and Liber8 move Piron-Alec out of the building. So it seems Carlos was in on the plan all along. Good to know that Kiera’s fling with Brad doesn’t mean that she and Carlos are no longer a team. I like them working together.

Over at Piron, a seemingly distraught Jaqueline – the lawyer woman – ushers Alec into his office. Once she leaves Alec is searching the office for the time travel device and plants a bug in the Piron systems. I don’t know, but wouldn’t it have been smart if Lucas also gave him the Halo-hack he did for Sonja? He easily could have uploaded that as well and with that neutralized Halo.

Because he can’t immediately find the time travel device Kiera suggests destroying the anti-matter lab again. Piron-Alec plays his last card when he tells her that if she proceeds she will never be able to go back to her family again. Her reply: “I’m counting on it.” She finally got over that as well. Good for her.



That real reason I chose this screenshot is something else though: Notice that dashboard? Carlos is driving but the needle shows 0 km/h. I guess it’s a Canadian car judging by that speedometer? Also: What was the plan here? Where was Carlos taking Alec? Just on a drive around town in order to give future-Alec time to search the office for the time travel device? Did they expect Piron to be able to track their Alec and counted on that to pull the switcheroo in the end?

Anyway, because Piron-Alec has an RFID chip in his arm, Piron’s security detail takes him from Carlos. In the Piron office Alec finally locates the time travel device which was hidden in the ceiling.



When both Alecs run out of the office, Jaqueline is right there and sees both of them run past. I would have expected her to show more of a reaction, but I guess she has been initiated into the whole time travel club by either Kellog or Escher.



As cool as it looks with the three of them showing up, in the end Alec has to fight Alec by himself. Now we come to the kindergarten or sandbox part of the whole story: One guy has the shovel or bucket and the other guy wants it. That results in a fight where one of the parties ends up crying.

Something similar happens here: Piron-Alec will not accept Emily being with future-Alec, he would rather see her die again or even make sure that she does just so that future-Alec can’t be happy with her. You have to be really insecure to be this petty and small.



Meanwhile on the roof, Alec continues to fight Alec. In this fight I felt like the limits of the green-screen technology were shown. As cool as it is to have two Alecs fight each other, you could tell that they used a standin and had to cover his face. Not even Orphan Black did this sort of interaction and they seem to have mastered putting the same actor in a scene multiple times.

In a call-back to the first episode of the season, Garza and Kiera are fighting their way through bad guys on their way to the roof where Piron-Alec seems to be winning and choking out future-Alec until he pulls a last-ditch effort and plunges a piece of the time machine device into Piron-Alec’s throat. Just when Piron-Alec utters his final words Kiera shows up. Kiera justifies herself again for why in the end she broke Alec out of the Freelancer prison. She sacrificed her own future for a better future that she felt she knew future-Alec (now the only Alec) would build.



When they remove Piron-Alec’s body from the Piron HQ, Kiera cuts out the RFID chip and puts it into Alec. He wants to stay behind and do the right thing with running Piron. He is even willing to let Emily go. Again Jaqueline shows up and seems more annoyed than confused by the whole situation.

Back at the lab, Kiera and Carlos finally find the time for some comic relief. Carlos is her inside man with the police now and he is trying to help with releasing Emily.



It seems the former Freelancer lair will now be used by Liber8. Curtis and the Traveler left it pretty much intact except for the device that got Kiera to this timeline.

Kiera goes looking for Brad in the park where he remembered the bombed-out Vancouver. Ultimately he feels that he wants to and has to know if he succeeded or failed.




When the lights go out in the city, Curtis and The Traveler watch from an apartment and the Traveler’s only words are: “It has begun”.

OK, I think, after watching this episode twice, I am committed to saying Kellog is the Traveler. In the close up of his face it looks like his nose and he has a short beard like the Kellog from 2039.



Now, let me say a couple of words to the last scenes:

I felt like the Beacon that was supposed to prevent a further change and mark an important moment in time also acted like a proper beacon: it showed someone else the way. I think that that was always its intended purpose and Brad was just not informed about that. Remember we are talking about Kellog the worm. Nothing is beneath him and he will do everything to further his own advance. So I think the six robot-y looking things that show up, presumably from Brad’s future, are probably his. He gave Brad the Beacon after all, so he knew what it would do and why he wanted it used. To me, it seems like 2039-Kellog is the one who was always pulling Brad’s strings, just as this Kellog has been pulling Piron-Alec’s.

As far as the success or failure question goes, I think for 2039-Kellog the mission he sent Brad on was a full success. If Brad hadn’t used the beacon it might have been a success for him and Kiera. Now, take a second look at that missionstatement from the beginning: "stabilize the incursion site" are the exact words. That would mean it was/is Brad's mission to make sure the future soldiers arrive safely, if we do consider this the incursion.

To the conversation Kellog and Alec had: Kellog lays it all out. He basically removed Alec from the operation of Piron with the help of Jaqueline. He tells us (and Alec) that his motivation was that Piron-Alec’s behavior seemed problematic and that he was worried about the success of Piron. He does not tell us how much Jaqueline knows about time travel and all that but Kellog has definitely been using her.



To get back to my theme from the beginning: I’m so glad that the show runners chose to knock Alec down a notch and basically put him back where he started in season one: a hideout. This way he, Kiera and the gang will not have the resources of Piron at their command when they fight whoever they are going to fight. I think we can be sure that Kellog will be on their list, but maybe the future soldiers are of more immediate concern and then there are Curtis and the Traveler to consider. This way we have a new (big) bad Goliath in Kellog and Piron which now puts Kiera and Alec in sort of a David role. We also have the Traveler with unknown intentions and the future soldiers who are, just judging by their look, not here to have a picnic. I’m glad because I expect Alec and Emily to have a chance after all to be a couple. I’m glad that Kiera and Brad are serious and I’m glad Rachel Nichols finally gets to show a broader range of her acting talents as she will now hopefully have more emotional scenes with Brad. I’m glad because even though the show is still not renewed yet, they chose to go with the cliffhanger-y setup for next season. I’m glad we didn’t learn the identity of The Traveler yet, because that way we all will have something to think about during the hiatus.

They basically reset the series. New time travelers arrived, what’s left of Liber8 is now sort of an ally of Kiera maybe even part of her “gang”. With new enemies come new allegiances it seems and with new powers come new responsibilities, at least for Kellog.I’m really looking forward to the next season and where they take what they have set up in this finale.

If we look back on the entire season, I liked that they chose Kiera's awakening as the midpoint in the story arc. I appreciate that they tried to move the story away from the tried but old formula of Liber8 vs. VPD and Kiera. That would have gotten old very quick. Change is always difficult on a TV show because you always run the risk of loosing viewers or upsetting your fanbase. But the exact same can happen if you don't change at all. To find a middle ground on this question is not always easy and I appreciate that Continuum took that risk with these changes.


I want to thank all of the readers, commenters and silent supporters of this community. Thank you for many interesting and inspiring discussions about on- and off-topic stuff surrounding Continuum. I hope you all will be back for season 4. I’m not promising anything because you never know, but chances are, I will continue recapping in season 4 if TV.com doesn’t decide to have a staff member do their own reviews. It has been a lot of work but I feel like it was worth it.

See you all back here in about nine months. Or of course in other communities on this site.



And finally let me say THANK YOU to @bubujin_2 for spellchecking this recap. So if you notice that the rate of grammar and spelling mistakes in my text has decreased, it is his achievement. Any mistakes that might still remain, are mine :D
Let me also say thank you for many, many intelligent thoughts on the show on what my recap was lacking and on how to improve.



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I wondered why Emily was there, too, but by the look of it, I think she was a decoy for Garza's escape because the guards would have spotted Garza otherwise, and they probably knew Garza's a part of liber8. I dunno though LOL.
And I'm not sure if Kellogg predicted all that, however he could have actually anticipated that the two Alek Sadlers would conflict if he had wanted to because he should've known the Piron-Alek's security associates would get him back from whoever kidnapped him.
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I never realised show would benefit from mechas but now I don't know how it survived so far without them. =D
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Simon Barry speaks to his vision in this episode:

Simon Barry breaks down that shocking finale, the chances of a Season 4 and message to the fans


I know there has been a mix of opinions over the Alec/Alec fight; here is what Barry says about it:

"That whole sequence with Alec on Alec, from a directorial view, was an amazing challenge for Will Waring. He really had to think of every shot in specific terms because this was not a typical fight sequence where you can line up the actors and shoot from different angles. You had one actor playing both sides of the fight. A really specific plan had to be drawn up and also, there was some camera trickery where we had to see both Alecs at the same time, which meant technical challenges as well. And we were doing all of this on the 35th floor rooftop of a building made everything that we were doing even more challenging. Wind, the elements and just a very small space to work in. It was an unbelievably tall order for Will and he really did his homework so that it could be shot."
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I expected this sort of fight to be very difficult to shoot. I get why they wanted this sort of confrontation, a very physical one, between the two Alecs. I believe Barry when he says they put in their very best effort.
I just wonder weather a confrontation that required less visual trickery wouldn't have been the better way to go. Well, I guess this sort of second-guessing is always easy to do in hindsight but it is just something that I noticed while watching.
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I thought it was odd for Jason to be all involved, but totally forgot about the glasses. I was merely thinking he was a person Piron Alec (and geez, we should have all come up with that title earlier, life would have been easier) would keep tabs on. I suspect, though, Kellogg wouldn't really care because the end result would be pretty much the same. He also, though, doesn't know our Alec and how likely he is to basically become an odd couple roommate with Lucas but have the rebellion support for whatever more he will do and Julian (who I am guessing was having the 100's defenses tortured out of him at the time and I have doubts he survived the season finale, or long after that since there were no more people to untie him unless Lincoln and Octavia took pity, but that didn't seem the direction they were heading).

I had to rewind the intro conversation a few times, I think Brad was lied to and the beacon was intended to call people to this time not just be a phone call or whatever he was saying. Or maybe he did know, but that's why he ran away to the park and basically got Kiera to agree and agree because he didn't really want to do it. So, you know, even if he did what he was supposed to, he still made his choice to stick with Kiera. Or at least I hope.
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What I heard was that the 2037 general-guy briefing Brad said it is "a Hail Mary device" to use (I guess) only if he couldn't complete his mission. Not killing Kiera was not completing his mission, yes? Not killing all of the travelers is not completing his mission (Curtis took care of the cell leader in a gruesome way, I might add)? I think Brad maybe forgot what the device was supposed to do, after he got hit by the truck? Did he ever have "total recall"?
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Oh I ran that conversation (and some others) for maybe twenty times, very loud and with headphones - I still couldn't make everything out. I agree on the premise that Brad was lied to an therefore had no idea what was intended to happen once he activated the beacon.
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I had to watch that scene several times as well as the ones with The Traveler . . . Luckily this discussion cleared it all up for me! My ONLY issue with the 3rd season is with the death of Sonya . . . but I guess she could always pop up from another time line.
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Awsome. Can definitly be useful at times.

Even though, it seems like some people have to much time. :)
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I hope so but that whole little list they went through and then just how, I don't know, sad Brad seemed to be acting the whole episode.
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Things that make you go HMMM?... It took Kiera how long to find Liber8? and yet for two seasons she has NOT been able to find them.. AND I would be surprised if Kellog is NOT the traveler. I still think it is weird that his mother was killed and yet he still exists. IF that is true could Sam still somehow BE in the future? The creator of series says he wants this to go 10 seasons... REALLY? I love shows but I love them to end too.
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It was his grandmother, Kagame's mother was in show. But that doesn't mean much. His Grandmother could have died then his grandfather married somebody else who gave birth to one of his aprents. Raised in similar environment and absent any drastic genetic differences that parent could turn out pretty simialr to original one. Then they meet their SO and voila, we get Kellog.
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I kindly disagree...I feel any person is just a chance creation....( I watched this kinda dumb movie BUT it did make a point... The guy changed ONE thing and then because he and his wife did not make love on exactly the same time etc his baby was a girl but was now a boy...and that was because a different sperm contacted the egg blah blah blah so wahlla not the same baby... and so he had to change back the thing he changed and then he got his girl back again) My point is YES half of a Kellogg could be out there but at best he would be a brother and not THE Kellogg...and correct it was his grandmother but the same principle I feel but you are completely entitled to your theory also.
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Honestly, I think too many things at this show are left unanswered or unresolved and it's up to viewers to try to puzzle them out. Look at other recaps, we are throwing theories out because show doesn't answer them. same make more sense than others but there isn't "true" one because writers never even tried to explain it in significant way.

What I think happened here was that time travellers changed things and created alternate timeline. In this TL his grandmother is killed so Kellog as we know (and love?) doesn't exist. also Kagame is different since his mother received money from Sonya when he was born but that's another story. Kellog himself continues to exist because he is from different future/TL and the fact that he as such doesn't exist has no impact since he didn't travel back in time from that one.

Now, if these events created TL with Brad that doesn't automatically mean Kellog we saw in few glimpeses is same as 2077 Kellog. He may look same/similar because genetics are funny thing but personality would be different, if for no other reason than world going to hell.
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At least it is nice if the show feels like it is headed for a story-end that is already known by the creator/showrunner.
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so here is what i just realized. if jason is alec's son. and amily is alec's "love of my life", is amily jason's mother?? how come no one picked up on this yet?? so if she's his mom, did she die at childbirth or something, since he doesnt know her at all right? at least it doesnt seem like he recognizes her...
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Has no one else caught on? Go and look back at the first season and how old kiera timeline alec acts about putting kiera specifically into the room when the time travel happened. He choose kiera for a reason, i think when the series actually ends. We will find out that there is no multiple dimensions, no multiple timelines. The show and what we see is a single timeline morphing and changing as each event changes things. They have foreshadowed keira and her child the ENTIRE series, i think the show ends with either our keira making it back to her time with no change and being happy with her kids. Or she is still born as normal and everything happens as expected and the last scene is the 'execution' time travel moment. Besides, keiras from like 2077 and jason couldn't be more than 40 years old max. Putting his birth at around 2030 or 2020 at the latest if you assume he is 50 and there is nice anti-aging tech in the future. I think keira is jasons mother.
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Oh, we picked up on that allright. It is just speculation at this point though.
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This has bugged me all along... who is mommy? and WHY has nobody asked Jason?
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Season 3 was fantastic, just wish we could have more episodes, but then I guess it would struggle to keep the intensity it has now!
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Brilliant review/recap as usual. As for the episode, I was a little less confused than usual, though confusion is a sort of permanent stage when I watch Continuum. And when the two Alecs were fighting, I often had no idea which one was winning.

One joke I thought when "Evil" Alec was stabbed (possible caption, if I were not too lazy for those things): "Not to self: in case of survival, don't make time-travel devices pointy things... Oh, well, too late. Aaaaarrrgh!"

The Matrix and Terminator references were more than evident. I admit the first scene I had problems to understand because of Ty Olson's painful pronunciation. Usually he articulates his lines better, but, what the heck, this is just a Canadian show, so I guess he didn't have to work as hard. But among all his mumblings, all I could think of was,
"You have to go back in time and save John Connor. I mean, one of the Alecs."

And then the final scene:
"Terminators!"
"What do we do now, Brad?"
"Come with me if you wanna live!"

And when Carlos compared himself with Commissioner Gordon, I imagined him with a mustache.

The power shift at Piron is like all those typical TV moments when CEOs are mysteriously replaced by hostile takeover, the Board voting them out, or in this case, mysterious documents being signed. They make it sound just too easy. One day you are a powerful CEO of a fortune 500 company, the next you're demoted to janitor. That's just TV logic at work.

What about that other run-down time travel portal/device they found? I had completely forgotten about it. Or maybe I never knew it existed. Moving on...

I agree, the episode needed more Theseus.

So I guess now the future with that powerful old Alec doesn't exist anymore. Too bad, because I wanted to know how he had become that powerful. You don't introduce a character like that, entice our curiosity just to drop him in the mists of time. Also, apparently Theseus the rebel leader, and those factories with living drones equipped with Sadtech's chips (and who are "killed" or switched off by Theseus by the thousands) no longer exist either, right? I'm afraid in changing the timelines, too many things will be left unanswered because they no longer matter.

Oh, well, "see" you in nine months for more fun and confusion.



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I guess you are right, We will never learn more about the stuff we have previously seen in those 2077 flashbacks. To bad because as you pointed out, there were some interesting mysteries there.
That rundown timedevice in the Freelancer lair is how Kiera got to this timeline. It seems that after the demise of the Freelancers either Curtis and the Traveler or the last Freelancer left standing destroyed it so no one else could use it.

After that Alec fight, I was also confused for a second and wondering if the show would pull a switcheroo on US this time.
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The fact that they gave us some big cliffhangers does not mean we will get a new season. Remember Revolution (ok, better not), they had a huge cliffhanger although they must have known they were getting axed.
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Dammit! I was counting Continuum's renewal as certain. But as for Revolution, when it ended, we all knew it had been cancelled. Which was a pity because NOW it seems it would get really interesting. The Patriots felt more like the appetizer for the main course that was going to be served next.
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You mention the nose of the traveller and I had to see if it was Kellog. Left is the Traveller, right is Kellog. So they do not match as far as I'm concerned. Who the Traveller is, I have no idea. Will the writers already know or have they just given themselves something to work out for next season.


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I'm thinking it is a future Escher? Not sure if that works out actually.
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Maybe he had a nose job? Har, har, har.
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Bad plastic surgeon in that case.....
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Different angle.... but well, nose or no nose, I'm sticking with my prediction :D

But considering my luck, I am probably wrong....
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Considering that the Traveler seems to be more in the lines of a mystic or at least on the non technological side of things. I would say that he is theseus. It would kind of make sense since we haven't really seen much of Jullian/ Theseus and then we had the conversation with Jullian and Sonya about Jullian taking his spot. Well that spot, the spot from Kira's future is gone. So with all of his knowledge now from Sonya revealing that they are from the future and she knows him and his potential, that leaves him with a great amount of knowledge to work from.

At least that is my theory. Great Review Xubxerox.
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Thanks - considering the sort of well thought out comments you sometimes post, that means a lot!

Yeah, I might have put my neck out a bit far with that prediction....

Julian seems a good candidate, you are right. I just hope we will learn who the Traveler is soon-ish.


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That one scene of the Traveler full-frontal seemed to me to look a lot like Anubis.

I was half expecting Daniel Jackson to pop out or something.

Having Star-Gates on the Continuum Earth would be an awesome crossover!
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I am no KiRad shipper at all. I do net get any good vibration out of it. It must be something like: 'lets's stick together because you are the only one who understands me, and btw, I forgive you for killing my time-clone as that wasn't me, I was a week older'. I do hope they put the BraKie on that next season.

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It feels very shoehorned in and it doesn't resonate at all...it happened just like that and I don't think they have a lot of chemistry so it's dragging things down a bit for me. In addition, I'm not a fan of this if it takes away from the Kiera/Carlos partnership...sorry, Batwoman and Dt Gordon.
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At least we got that reference :-)
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I like how you put that :D

I'm not exactly a shipper, I just get why the have a close relationship, why they trust eachother (for now) and why they ended up in bed together.
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Keira slept with Kellogg sometimes the girl just needs some lol
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Something that bothered me a bit was the fact that security freed Piron-Alex from Carlos. If they knew he was kidnapped, they also should know the Alex they took to the building was an imposter. But no one took action against future-Alec. Let's not try to say it was Kellog again.
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In the scene directly before Piron Alec's rescue from Carlos . . . Future Alec is already at Piron and tells Lucas he is "Shutting down external communications, area alarms and locks." meaning that the different security teams would not be able to communicate. Piron Alec says "t's called an RFID chip, like people put in pets." when Carlo's car is blocked in the next scene. I assumed the chip had some sort of panic button function.
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They made it pretty clear that cops were doing security at the venue.
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But still, how did they know he was kidnapped? If the police were moving him around they would have assumed it was still the police moving him around. Future-Alec was already in the Piron building, if they'd seen him there, how would they know he was kidnapped. And if they knew that wasn't the Alec they wanted, they should have taken him into custody. I still haven't got the answer.
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"t's called an RFID chip, like people put in pets." - Piron Alec to Carlos. I assumed that the chip (removed from his dead body and implanted into future Alec after their fight) had some sort of "panic button" built into it.
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Different teams. One took Alec to Piton HQ, other team, unaware what first team was doing, Liber8ated other one.

Oh, and carlos didn't show his badge so maybe they didn't know he was VPD.
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The fun thing about something like this that is not explained because there is not obvious reason, is that there are a lot of possibilities if you just think a little outside the normal and logical lines
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Not a bad theory....
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Maybe they didn't care who was driving him around, they just wanted him back...

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I know. I agree, even though I don't really want to :)

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Yeah, but they were cornering a police officer with lots of weapons. They would not do that if they didn't know the police officer was kidnapping him.

I still think it's bad writing and they chose the easy way to make it happen.
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Thanks xubxerox for doing these recaps and especially giving us a place to comment and discuss.

I was very much confused by Jacqueline. As said before she always has that effect on me, but she clearly was not a 100% in control this time. We can see her with her smartphone in all her scenes around the time the action is taking place and I cannot imagine that to be a coincidence. Someone was either telling her what to do or giving her information. It might be Kellog but we don't know (although Kellog said she had been helpful).






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She suspected something was up and checked the RFID chip's location on the phone after bringing Alec to the office, that much is clear. She might have taken a lot of time to realize what was going on (unless she knows about time travel) because, hey, who would imagine that?
When she found Alec in the underground parking lot, she was checking her phone as well, to make sure it was the "real" one. Now she very conveniently didn't show up before then, for example on the roof... Let's say she was busy fixing what Lucas took down in the system?
Would be also fun to have her as a more developed character next season.
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That would be an explanation, good thinking!

Now I'm wondering why Kellog said she had been such abig help.
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"Not even Orphan Black did this sort of interaction and they seem to have mastered putting the same actor in a scene multiple times."

Have you seen Orphan Black? They have this kind of interaction in nearly every episode! The Continuum people need to go to school on the Orphan Black set. It's hard to believe that Continuum would have such issues with putting two versions of one actor in the same shot, considering they're also a Canadian show. I think Continuum's budget has been reduced significantly as this season had the least amount of visual effects. Which is kind of a shame.
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They apparently had to film the whole scene in 10 hours on that roof, so that might explain it. (Not that it didn't seem that they had to film the whole last episode in three days...)
Apparently it's difficult to find stand-ins with such specific and luscious hair! Just the different hair took me out of the scene.
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Oh I didn't know that about that scene. Yes, the HAIR! That's when I noticed it the most. You're right, it's really hard to find a stand-in as handsome and adorable as Erik. His hair and his everything is - in my eyes - perfect! &3
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when I watch these kind of 'twin' scenes I try really hard NOT to look too closely because I will always see a problem..Orphan Black is doing this every week so they HAVE to be better at it.
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I know OB has the more than one clone in a room a lot. What I was refering to was the PHYSICAL interaction. On OB that is very much limited between the clones or done in a way that only shows the back of the standin for example during a hug.

OB did one fight between clones, during season 1 when Helena attacks Sarah and ends up stabbed with that rebar. Even that fight was short and physically not as close as the two Alecs.
Continuum should have found a different way of having the Alecs fight eachother. Something that required less tricked out camera work because on that I agree with you: That fight sucked.
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I agree. The physical interaction between Alecs was intense. Confusing at times because both were wearing the same kind of clothes, but wild and felt totally real.
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Plus Piron Alec gets a wound on his forehead that was suspiciously similar to the one future Alec had after the bullet grazed him when he jumped timelines. I immediately though that Kiera would shoot the wrong Alec when she got up to the roof . . . but they surprised me with the awesome fight!!
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* Looking back, Sad-Tech still existing and it being headquartered in the building Kagame blew up was the major hint of what Kellogg was doing with Piron-Alec.

Secondly, the new company being called Piron-SadTech means that Piron-Alec paid an enormous amount of money and/or stock to buy SadTech from Kellogg. In hindsight, this was incredibly stupid of Alec because it's what allowed Kellogg to 'take over' Piron. Piron-Alec clearly controlled/owned less than half of Piron. With Alec's main ally on the Board of Directors in the hospital, with Kellogg's superior experience and business savvy, with Piron-Alec's behavior, and with Kellogg apparently owning a very significant portion of Piron, it was relatively easy for Kellogg to get Alec out of power.

- Legally though, Alec could easily file a lawsuit against Kellogg saying that he would never in his right main sign away control to Kellogg. But that's simply a lawsuit.

* The major problem of course is that Kellogg would know that he'd be in danger from Kiera, Curtis, and Garza. His main allies in Liber8 -- Kagame and Sonya -- are both dead. Lucas likes him well enough.

Kellogg is going to need a lot of protection.

* Kiera/Brad still makes almost no sense.

* Kellogg on this show is like a better version of Littlefinger from Game of Thrones. He came from humbler beginnings, was one of the least powerful and influential members of Liber8, and now look at him. Carlos and the VPD and everyone but Liber8 and Kiera don't even know Kellogg was a member of Liber8. Now Kellogg is in control of both Piron and Sad-Tech, which given Sad-Tech has its own headquarters, he's probably going to split into two companies.
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True, Littlefinger and Kellog are very similar in that regard. And both are very much unsympathetic and hard to like from an audience point of view. That's why they make such good bad guys :)

Piron Alec really wasn't the best business guy. Maybe he did ok for R&D but as a CEO he very much sucked.
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Unsympathetic? Come on, Kellog has a million-dollar smile! I just love this guy. And something tells me that when he's defeated in the very end (I suppose he will be defeated and the good guys will win). Kellog will manage to survive and get some sort of advantage, just like Crowley in Supernatural.
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Well, as a human being he is unsympathetic.

As a TV character I like him because he is interesting to watch, upredictable and generally a prick. You gotta have one of those on your show, either for laughs or for the story.
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I liked him early on. He seemed like a guy caught up in Liber8 because his sister (?) asked for help, arrested, then got sent back and rather than make troubles wanted just to make money and be rich and comfortable. Not get involved in Liber8, VPD and stay out of everybody's way.

But then around middle of second season he became this person determined to bring the future he knew and get his fingers in all sorts of deals that would revolutionise technology rather than just make him rich.
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Some people just rub you in the wrong way. I admit Kellog comes off as cynical, and some people can't stand that. But I like him, because everybody else is so dour and humorless, that I like how his attitude breaks that rule.
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He was a little sympathetic in S1. Afterwards, he went into Littlefinger/Crowley (great comparison) area.
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* I thought Kellogg was a popular character.

* To be fair, we didn't see much of Alec's being CEO. We know he came up with a very popular and likely very profitable product. Piron's stock is probably going up. Kellogg was simply able to outmaneveur him.
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I'm still pondering how the SAD-Tech lab could even have been a viable base of operation, especially if Kellog was running that show and had been siphoning off some of the Piron talent for SAD-Tech.

Yeah, we need more Emily back story and we're overdue. Why was she in prison and how was Escher holding that over her head in order to get her to seduce Alec?

It's easy to see this in hindsight, but the Beacon clearly was to be used as a signal to bring in the shock troops from the future. Kiera's internal warning bells were definitely on the fritz. I recall Brad informing her that Kellog was known to him. Maybe Brad never revealed that Kellog was there to see him off to his travel to the past, but if Kiera had been more astute then the Beacon would never have been activated knowing that Kellog was probably behind it and would not have been honest about its true purpose.
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Maybe a lack of set alternatives was the reason for that choice? I'm not sure, I do remember that future-Alec at some point in the early episodes of the season changed all the security codes and such of that place. Maybe Kellog never got access again?

I guess Brad just doesn't have enough experience dealing with Kellog directly. I agree, had Kiera known the beacon came from Kellog, she would probably not have used it.
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You did a great job recapping the episodes this season and pointed out many things I missed.Thanks for all your efforts.
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Completely agree even though I assisted a small amount the last few recaps. They really helped me be more focused on the show and not get so lost which is easy enough to do with a time-travel show.
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You are very welcome :D

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This was a nice way to get caught up - once I got caught up. Thanks, Xub!

PS - usually cars are on a trailer of some sort when they film them in motion. I imagine that is why the speedometer read ZERO. Bigtime filming miscue.

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You're welcome, ed.

I know, but still, they should just get a fake speedometer. Shouldn't be that hard. And turn off those engine warning lights...
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Sees like a bit of lack ot attention to detail ... "Here - just put it in neutral"
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At this point it is like Walt in LOST. The actor has probably grown up way too fast for them to return Kiera to her timeline. Maybe she makes a new baby with Beard. But I think they are serious she is never getting back to her time.

Whenever the end the series - they will probably have her have a chance encounter with her future hubby. A cute little "do I know you?"
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I suppose the last scene will be when Kiera introduces her granddaughter to her old hubby. That would make it a bit acceptable that she 'forgot' about her old family and hooked up with Brad.
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She kinda broke the seal with Kellog in season 1 anyway.

That said - we are on the premise now so much has changed it is Brad's future ...but now even worse. So there is no way to recover Kiera's timeline ...

unless they went further back into it and prevented all 3 of these seasons, correct?
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That thing with Kellog was a one off, that BraKi thing seems to stay a little longer.

Over the last year I've seen a lot of posts, video's and artices on Continuum time travelling. I seem to remember that if something changes, the old timeline just stops existing and the new one continues. If the changes are not that big, most of the old timeline can still be found in the new one. So in season one, she was just trying to make sure not that much changed so the new timeline would resemble her old one and her hubby and son would still be in it.

Now so much has already changed (look at the 2039 future that was the last big line), her 2077 future is likely to have completely gone. I have been thinking if it would be possible to get back on track for the old 2077 line, but I guess the writers have let that one go already.
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I like the thinking behind it being more linear like that - instead of all "timey wimey". I think where a time travel story gets screwed up is in not having a set of rules you sick with (paradoxes and such).

I believe you are right on Continuum's rules. So now the question will be - wil they retcon it all to have a "happy ending" when the series ends? I hope not. I honestly (sounds harsh) could care less about Kiera's future family.
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In all honesty, I would like that for an ending. But not yet, hopefully they get a few more seasons...
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Then it would have to be Kiera returning further into the future where her little boy is a teenager. Which - nothing wrong with that, really. Although she will have some splainin to do to the hubby (Kellog AND Brad??)
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I was so worried after the last few episodes that there wouldn't be much of a story headed into the next season. Glad I was wrong. The show looks to be getting more sci-fi than character driven, but it should still be great going forward as we find out just how shady Kellog is. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to meet the Time Traveler.

As far as Brad being chosen for the mission: he is either A)unlucky - he did get hit by a bus earlier, or B) Kellog picked him out like John Connor picked out Reese. Hopefully we find out more.

I would also like to know what Liber8 is planning to do next and how the other Alec was so stupid as to let Kellog take over his company.
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I think Kellog's takeover was pretty simple: he's a slick schemer who preyed on Alec's naivety while Alec was overly focused and distracted on getting Halo off the ground.
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Thanks for this season's recapping! Loved the finale. Lucas' line and the look on his face made me burst out laughing.

Many people were expecting another reset by going back in time, but that really was underestimating the Continuum writers. It has just been excellent from end to end.
One thing I still hope, though, is that the show will not just drop and forget the storyline it was build around for three seasons: We still don't know how and why the hell Old Alec... well... everything. How he seemingly uploaded Keira's own memories of being in a Freelancer cell in season 2, why he sent them back, whether he had met Kiera already when she met him in 2077... And William B. Davis' acting is such a pleasure to watch. That would have been an awful lot of world-building to send it all to hell without a proper conclusion. I'd love if the show would find a way to go full circle and connect, somehow, the 2077 storyline with the 2039 one. And considering that Simon Barry did indeed seem to have planned his own time travel model, I wouldn't be surprised if it goes that way. But perhaps I'm overestimating the writers :D

The 2039 scene felt really solid in terms of establishing an atmosphere. It could have been a cheap throwaway one, but you can see already that we'll spend time there (in flashbacks) in future seasons (yes, I'm optimistic). Just hoping that Kiera's role as main protagonist isn't going to feel illogical if we're focusing on Brad's past in the way the show has done for Kiera's past.

I also thought of the glasses when the gang was meeting!! Really bugged me. But on second thought Kellog put these in place so he could spy on Alec at Piron and find a way to get into the company; at this point, he has practically taken over the company, and he's rightfully confident in doing so, feeling no need to still check the Jason-cam. Because even with the gang's plotting, they didn't affect one bit the outcome of his. After this line about being pawns in someone's game, you'd have thought that they would all have paid some attention to what Kellog and Curtis were up to!

I don't think the Traveler's anyone we know - there's a new actor credited for him, and he's awfully tall. But I'd totally expect someone else being behind him, and his actual form just a decoy to make us think this - acting on behalf of Kellog. Or Old Alec. Or, what the hell, Keira's husband, or Alec's stepfather from the dead for all I know.

Garza's disguise cracked me up. :D

Bonkers theorizing time!!!
- So the beacon either (A) "seals" that part of history or (B) marks it for further "fixing". Question is, besides the fact that Brad could have been lied to (very likely!), couldn't the beacon have been used by just about anyone in further history? How do you even seal history, and how the hell would that kind of technology be developed in a time when all corporations have collapsed and Alec's not even there? The Mecha-men's technology seems more advanced than in Brad's time, but I definitely see a resemblance with the type of "armor" Brad's division was wearing. Has Kellog planned it throughout his life in this timeline, to send back some help to 2012-himself to take over the world more quickly? In any case I don't think there's a third timeline just yet.
- Would the current timeline collapse if the team would simply off Kellog, in the way the previous timeline did with Alec's disappearance? If in Barry's model branching timelines are like small rivers diverging but then "swallowed" again by/returning entropically towards the overarching timeline, could pushing events back in the right direction (towards the original timeline) rather than any brutal change (murder, etc) be what's at stake for the next season?
- The next season could be about Alec regaining control over SadTech. Cue ten episodes of IPOs and lawsuits, when everybody's not busy fighting the Megamechs.
- I'd love for them to just lower their weapons, lift their helmets and explain the hell out of the situation to Brad and Kiera. And the viewers.
- Perhaps the Traveler's is from a timeline that's been wiped out by Old Alec's actions. He's then been creating his own timeline by arriving in the distant past, and badly wants to screw Alec over. I don't even understand what I'm writing anymore.

I guess I'd better stop there. Continuum, I love thee!
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About Brad and the long list, there are at least two ways of looking at it. One it's a predestination paradox thing, he's selected to go back because the one who's choosing knows he's the one that went back. Two, it was a long list but it's war and everyone else ahead of Brad on the list is dead.

And I'm really not sure about the Terminator\Space Marines, either it's an inspired move or Continuum just "Jumped the Shark"
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Well, the scene with Brad's buddies did not make the impression on me that Brad had simply reached to top of that list. So either it's a pedestination thing or his buddies just wanted to get rid of him.
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Thank you for all your hard work doing these recaps this season. They have been much more detailed than the ones done for previous seasons.

I'm impressed that there was only one thing you didn't understand! I think I might have to re-watch seasons 2 and 3 to get everything straight in my mind. Assuming it's renewed.

I was really surprised to see Jason at their meeting, it didn't seem to make sense. I confess I'd forgotten about those glasses. I'm not entirely convinced that The Traveller is Kellog, but I don't have any better ideas.

It didn't completely make sense to me that Brad wanted to run from the future soldiers. I assumed that these were part of his patrol, and from their perspective, he had probably just left. Unless they've changed the future again.
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I don't know if you're correct about Kellogg using Brad, but I do think that he being in charge of Piron is the reason for Brad's Future existing in the first place.
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That at least explains why Brad didn't know who Alec Sadler is.
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That's the impression I had, that Kellog running Piron was what went wrong.
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