Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Friday 10:00 PM Jul 07, 2013 on Syfy
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Alec’s mother is shot by a bullet meant for Julian while Dillon’s new Liber8 task force is put to the test when Kiera must decide how far she will go to stop Julian's murderous future.

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  • The Myth of Pure Evil

    "Nobody can tell us who we are, Julian. We create our own future, that's the only destiny that there -- Alec

    Kiera here is the victim of the Myth of Pure Evil. She believes that all has the right to second chance except the true devils. Future Julian may be a monster who sees that the end justifies the means. But he still believes that he is doing the right thing. Himself being a victim to the myth of pure evil. This Episode really brings forth that this show itself is not the victim to the myth of pure evil. Even if it has set up much of the narrative around Kiera as being the good cop fighting evil criminals.

    I just love how Continuum makes me think about my own future and my own fate. Can I craft it as I go along? For me this is one of the better philosophical shows in along with Suits, Revenge, The Borgias and The Sarah Connor Chronicles :-)

    Read more about The Myth of Pure Evil from Roy Baumeister and Jonathan Haidt 96moreless
  • Spectacular and intense!

    This episode blurred the line between good and evil and it is one of the best things about the show - there is no clear cut good guy or bad guy. There are many dimensions to it and it is very interesting and quite difficult to pick a side or to somehow distinguish between good and evil.

    There were some intense scenes in the woods there and it was really intriguing. I also loved the scenes from 2035 - so far we've dealt with the present and 2077 so it was nice to get info about events from somewhere in between.

    This show is just amazing! Can't wait for more!

    ETA: Was a little surprised there was no continuation to the Gadner storyline after what happened last time.moreless
  • Pivotal Episode


    The line between good and bad, and bad and good has officially been crossed, we assumed that the future wasn't exactly as Kiera portrayed it as. Now we know that the gray area is a lot larger than we may have assumed, and she may be the reason behind it.

    What if things were all predestined and maybe everyone going back to the past is exactly what happened, and will happen again.

  • Good and evil has many layers

    Continuum can become one of the most important TV series in years. This episode is a precious gem.
  • Finally!

    I've been waiting for the goodie vs baddie plot to be expanded upon significantly since S1 and really enjoyed this episode. We've seen snippets of the future, but I don't think there has been anything I've seen which definitely says "these guys are evil". There was a bit about food banks a few weeks ago, but corruption isn't exactly unheard of in democracies.

    The factory slaves were interesting, it seemed to imply that the public didn't know what was really happening, so it could have been far more beneficial for Liber8 to free them and reveal the truth - rather than committing mass-murder. I don't think we've seen anything to imply the the existing government has gone around murdering people. Though, I'm not entirely convinced that Liber8 would be able to run the city/country/world(?) any better than the corporations. And realistically, if democracy were to suddenly sprout, I suspect it would be the corporate bosses that had the money to get elected.

    So, presumably Kiera will eventually figure out that the only form of society she has ever known (and probably been fed propaganda about since she was born) may not be ideal. I wonder how easy it is to realise this without experiencing the alternative? I'm pretty sure we know she's been taught that the politicians in our time mucked it all up and the kind, generous corporations stepped in to sort things out and are doing an amazing job. I'm not sure if she yet has any reason to disbelieve that, she seemed to have a pretty nice life in 2077, really.

    One thing I thought was a bit odd was that Cigarette Smoking Alec didn't think it important to mention in his message to young Alec that, by the way, your step-brother becomes a terrorist and murders thousands of people; so maybe try and stop that. Surely it would have been up there.moreless
Catherine Lough Haggquist

Catherine Lough Haggquist

Inspector Nora Harris

Guest Star

Tanaya Beatty

Tanaya Beatty


Guest Star

Bruce Ramsay

Bruce Ramsay


Guest Star

Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson

Inspector Dillon

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 (2)

    • Kiera: When darkness falls and fear sets in, he'll be the one the nightmares bring. Black, his soul, and cold, his core, he'll paint a T across your door.
      Carlos: I don't remember that one.
      Kiera: That was our nursery rhyme growing up. Theseus was the monster under every child's bed.
      Carlos: Sounds grim.
      Kiera: He killed tens of thousands. Created an army, launched attacks against cities and towns, destroyed anyone who didn't agree with his radical vision. He inspired Liber8.
      Carlos: And Julian is Theseus? It's too hard to reconcile.
      Kiera: Every monster starts off as someone's baby.

    • Kiera: (voiceover) Many years before I was born was a time of unrest and suffering. Public government collapsed. In the years that followed, everyone had to pull together and do their share to build a better society. People worked at New Pemberton and other factory cities throughout the Union to create a better future. But that was destroyed by one man and the zealots who followed him.

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