Season 2 Episode 5

Second Opinion

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 26, 2013 on Syfy
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The day of Sam's birthday causes Kiera emotional stress and trouble when Inspector Dillon is relieved of duty and a new regime threatens Kiera's cover identity. Meanwhile, Alec accepts Kellog's partnership offer and meets Jason.

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  • Fantastic in a very different way!

    This was definitely different to the usual Continuum we see, but no less intriguing. The story was superb and we had major developments taking place in the Vancouver Police Department. There has been a change of management resulting in some very complicated interpersonal dynamics.

    I loved the concept of a cognitive therapist! That was hilarious and stunning at the same time.

    Meanwhile I don't want to spoil what happened, but wow! Finally the character of Betty steps up and becomes significant - albeit in an entirely unexpected way!

    I am absolutely floored and stunned! I'm impatiently awaiting the chance to watch the next one! Perfect show!moreless
  • Doctor Calling

    The stress of her son's birthday, seeing Dillion replaced by a woman far less willing to accept her murky cover story, one of her friends being fingered as the Liber8 spy, and Gardiner's continued attack forces Kiera over the edge and activates her CMR psychological program that forces Kiera to deal with the guilt of abandoning her son and accept the fact that she may never make it home.

    A dramatic episode that gives Nichols quite a bit to do, and the episode sets up the events of her loosing control in a way that doesn't seem forced. By the end our heroine has things back under control, but not without a lot of internal struggle.

    You can find my full recap and review (with pics) at RazorFinemoreless
  • Character development!

    Well, this one was a different episode from what Continuum usually does.

    In the wake of last episodes emotional finish, this episode used Kiera's time of emotional upheaval to drive home some character points and to establish some new story points.

    There was no action in this one and almost the whole episode took place in a couple of places - the police station and Alec's new geek-home. Having the whole emotional stuff take place in a confined space in addition to beeing "locked in" by the mole hunt aimed to amplify the whole situation. Then the whole thing with Sam and his birthday gets added and we have a situation where Kiera has to deal with an onslaught of difficult emotional topics and is totally isolated, since she's also cut of from Alec by that neat "built in" psychologist.

    That whole thing pointed out to the character and us, that she may be stuck here forever and may be all alone in her fight against Liber8. Maybe the only guy she can trust is Carlos. But everyone else is still under suspicion of beeing the mole. At least from her point of view. That certainly makes it a difficult working environment.

    This whole thing was really well acted out by Rachel Nichols. We got to see her all emotional which was a nice change since Kiera is usually much more controlled and reserved.

    One could really see the "big" reveal at the end coming a long way off. I wonder if there wasn't a better way to motivate Kiera to wipe the computer. Because that, at least to me, was a big pointer and sort of spoiled the reveal.

    What remains a mystery to me is where the whole Alec story is going. I get that he wants to hang out with the guy he thinks is his dad. What I don't get is that he is working with - and trusting - Kellog. With Kellog lurking in the background, I would not have been surprised if he had been the one running the mole. Also we haven't really learned much about the mysterious . I just hope these two sorylines go somewhere interesting.

    All in all I did like this episode, even though it was slightly different that what Continuum usually does.moreless
  • Power to the people

    This is a great series. The storyline is intriguing and I find myself drawn into the perception of the creators of this series.
Catherine Lough Haggquist

Catherine Lough Haggquist

Inspector Nora Harris

Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Dr. Fairweather

Guest Star

Matthew Kim Mandzij

Matthew Kim Mandzij

Ed Lam/Data Agent

Guest Star

Omari Newton

Omari Newton

Lucas Ingram

Recurring Role

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

Betty Robertson

Recurring Role

John Cassini

John Cassini


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Kiera: (about Sam) I think about him every day. Every move I make, I wonder, does this hurt him? Am I harming him? And then it gets worse. I love him so much, and I don't even know if he lives.
      Dr. Fairweather: Well, that's all theory.
      Kiera: Not to me.
      Dr. Fairweather: All those questions that can never be answered. In that way, madness lies.

    • Kiera: I lost my temper.
      Alec: So Dr. Feelweird cut us off? Unbelievable. Let me check the code. I'm locked out.
      Dr. Fairweather: No outside operator has access until the results of the review are completed. Even Alec Sadler.
      Alec: I designed you.
      Kiera: Will design you.
      Alec: What do you think I should change when it comes time for me to design it?
      Kiera: Remove its ability to erase my memories.
      Dr. Fairweather: Only those memories causing the distress leading to the disruption of functionality.
      Kiera: Only my whole life, then.
      Alec: You won't know me.
      Kiera: I won't know anybody.

    • Kiera: Alec, I need your help. I can't deal with this primitive database. Did you find anything?
      Alec: No Escher anywhere. I looked into Piron; privately held so there's no annual report and very little promotional material. If Escher's running it, then he's like the Great Oz: hands on lever, all curtain.
      Kiera: In 2077, Piron is one of the top 20 corporations. They have a seat at the Congress and Escher got them there.
      Alec: Well, in 2013, it might as well be Sadtech: just an idea.

    • Inspector Harris: We still need to discuss your family. Section Six.
      Kiera: Tell me to go.
      Inspector Harris: Excuse me?
      Kiera: Have me escorted out of the building. You have the power to do that. I am under no obligation to prove anything to you because technically, I do not work here. Ask anyone in this building if they would rather have me alongside them or not, and then do what you want. But enough dancing around the issue. The call is yours. Make it.
      Carlos: Remind me never to play poker with you.

    • Dr. Fairweather: (after her interaction with virtual Sam) A lot of truth there. But you didn't let him go.
      Kiera: No, I never will.
      Dr. Fairweather: Perhaps you don't have to, but something has to change.
      Kiera: I know. I have to accept the truth that I may never get back to him. It doesn't mean I have to stop trying. But it means I have to accept that I may never get there.

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