Season 2 Episode 7

Second Degree

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jun 09, 2013 on Syfy
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Kiera and Carlos discover that a juror on Julian's trial has been compromised and must race to protect his family from a Liber8 plot. Alec is torn between telling the truth at his brother's trial or protecting his mother. Emily reveals she is more than just a pretty face.


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  • The trial(s) of Julian Randol

    As someone who really only started watching the show during the second season the trial of Julian probably does't mean as much to me as it does to those who have been watching since the beginning. That said, I like the juxtaposition the episode uses for Julian's current sentencing and that of his future self (even if the outcome if this trial was way too easy to predict).

    The episode tells us definitely who Emily is working for and forces Alec into an uncomfortable position as his mother's perjury on the stand forces him to decide between telling the truth (and betraying his family) or backing up her lies to help Julian go free.

    I am interested to see how the B-story, Kiera working with Gardiner, which is introduced but forgotten for most of the episode, finally plays out when next week's episode picks up the story of the body snatching of time travelers

    You can find my full recap and review (with pics and video) at RazorFinemoreless
  • It gets more intriguing

    I just finished watching this episode tonight on SyFy. This show has become a favorite of mine and just keeps pulling me along. While this is scifi and integrates that into the story well, it is also mostly a cop show. Of course with Kiera being a future cop she has all kinds of technical capabilities that are unheard of today which makes the show that much more enjoyable to techno geeks. Tonight we saw Carlos now believing her story about being from the future and once he understands that making good use of the capabilities she has. We also saw the personal interaction between Liber8 and the political system as well as individuals in the story line. There were more references to Escher and quite a bit of skull skulduggery goings on. All in all a good continuation of the overall story arc while building on all the interpersonal relationships and conflicts.moreless
  • Looks increasingly likely that the future is changing!

    This episode featured some major events that seem to suggest more and more that things in the future are changing and Liber8 might actually be winning.

    The episode revolved around Julian's trial, with some similar scenes from 2077 interspersed throughout.

    We had interesting events including potential jury tampering and Liber8's plan was simply superb.

    Meanwhile things are getting interesting between Travis and the mayor!

    Everything is coming together so well! Cna't wait for more!moreless
Catherine Lough Haggquist

Catherine Lough Haggquist

Inspector Nora Harris

Guest Star

Tanaya Beatty

Tanaya Beatty


Guest Star

Gerry Nairn

Gerry Nairn

Old Julian

Guest Star

Richard Harmon

Richard Harmon

Julian Randol

Recurring Role

Roger R. Cross

Roger R. Cross

Travis Verta

Recurring Role

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Sonya Valentine

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Carlos: Who was that?
      Kiera: Lost dog.
      Carlos: No more lies, remember?
      Kiera: Right. Gardiner. I'm actually using him to help with something.
      Carlos: Wow, that's a neat trick. What's the angle?
      Kiera: Dead time travelers, mysterious body snatchers. You know the usual.
      Carlos: Sorry I asked.

    • (Kiera is wearing her Protector suit)
      Carlos: So do all cops look like you in 2077?
      Kiera: Don't. This is CPS standard issue. SadTech mark four polymeric nano-composite body armor with integrated electromagnetic offensive and defensive systems. Police model.
      Carlos: Hmm, fancy. What kind of mileage does it get?
      Kiera: Uh, 65 years, apparently.

    • Gardiner: So, are we gonna do this?
      Kiera: You and me working together?
      Gardiner: Uh-huh.
      Kiera: What have we got to lose?

    • Ann: Just let me explain.
      Alec: Explain what? Why you lied in a court of law? That's perjury, you can go to jail.
      Ann: You don't understand.
      Alec: Do you know what you've done? I'm supposed to testify tomorrow.
      Ann: And I'm not asking you to lie, Alec.
      Alec: Well, if I tell the truth, then I send my mother to jail. If I lie, then I risk sending us both.
      Ann: Look, Julian needs our protection. He has no one else.
      Alec: Julian shot a police officer in cold blood. He tried to blow up a building, he was ready to do it. He doesn't deserve our protection.
      Ann: He's family, Alec. Families do not turn their backs on one another.
      Alec: No. Apparently, they throw one another to the wolves and then fight over the scraps.

    • Alec: I don't know why you're letting Gardiner help you.
      Kiera: Give a dog a bone, he'll chew on it for hours.

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