Sunday, September 13, 2015

Continuum Continues!



Continuum returns for its fourth and final season and brings with it visions of a bright and shiny future where families are reunited and the sins of the past have been fixed.

Yeah right.


It was hard to believe future Alec when he uttered the above line during the teaser trailer for this season let alone as he appeared alongside Kiera Cameron as she recovered from her three year coma.

Therein lies the bombshell that was dropped on us as it was revealed that Kiera's CMR suit can put her into simulation mode in order to protect her from serious brain trauma.  It was noted by Kiera's Doctor/nurse that she had been out for three years after she survived the blast in the execution chamber thanks to a controlled coma.  Also, thanks to Kiera's suit the vivid dreams she recollected was all part of the simulation



Boom!

So, what are we to believe?  Did Kiera really hallucinate the last three years as she lay in a coma?  If so, why did future Alec refer to fixing the past?  Or was that just an hallucination too?

When Kiera awoke in the back of that panel truck she saw young Alec and Carlos standing over her.  She told them the CMR suit protected her and as she did so she transitioned from older Alec to younger Alec.  It begs the question, with all the trauma Kiera has endured, how much of her supposed timeline was a creation of the suit and how much is factual?

Even Carlos remarked, "Kiera, your hallucinating."  How much of that was meant for us as viewers and not particularly Kiera? 

That's a lot to absorb and now my mind is reeling trying to think back on more clues where how much might be factual and how much is CMR suit created.

Would Continuum really do that to us?  Is this Simon Berry's ultimate curve ball.




For the time being I'm going to continue to believe this is a time travel show and Kiera's efforts to change the past along with Brad was a failure and we are living the Kellog timeline.




And who wants to live in a future controlled by a "dick" as revealed in the funniest moment of the episode.

Kellog is playing it close to the vest as he is kind of liking the way things are going for him now.  He's ousted dead Alec and is firmly in control of Piron.




Only a visit from Curtis casts doubt on Kellog's vision of a Kellog centered utopia especially when Curtis informs Kellog that future Kellog's soldiers are roaming about and his vision may not exactly conform with his older self's vision.

No worries, Curtis is here to help him along the way.




Like Curtis can be trusted!  Especially when he is accompanied by the mysterious and hulking "Traveller."

What is their agenda and who is this Traveller?  Is he a random wild card thrown in by Simon Barry or is he someone we already know.

Like Kiera's son Sam.  That's where my mind went.  Somewhere crazy where Sam is following in his mother's footsteps trapped in various time lines where only he knows the true one.

Unless of course, he is part of the hallucination too.


You'd better fix this Alec and you only have five more episodes to do it in!

How much do we trust Alec to send Kiera back to the future?  He's got Emily back and it looks like defeating Kellog and getting Piron back are worthy goals.  Surely Alec doesn't prefer a future led by a "dick" like Kellog.  

We just have to remember Alec is the one attempting to send Kiera back to the future when it was his future self that sent her back in the first place.  How much at odds are these two Alecs?   Can it be any worse than the two Alecs that were at odds in the same time line?  I think so.

Kiera seems to realize that too when she cautioned present Alec about his future self's motivations and not turning into that version of himself.  Alec agreed with her, but I don't know, alarms bells went off inside my own head.


At least Alec has his Scooby gang with him to keep him on the strait and narrow.  Well, that's if you can completely trust Julian and Lucas.  I think we all know they have their own agendas.  But at least they have no love for Kellog.


I was wondering if we were going to see Julian Randol again.  I'm glad he is still part of the story.  Just another monkey wrench to put into the mix.




I forgot how kick ass Emily was too.  I didn't exactly get her best side, but here she is executing that flying scissor choke hold thing we've so much of lately.  Very effective.




Speaking of kick ass.  Garza does what she does best and that is unloading a clip in order to save someone's rear end.  Specifically here, Kiera.




Here's Kiera landing on the car near where Garza appears.  Good thing the CMR suit saved her.  More possible head trauma though.  So is everything a simulation here afterwards?




More "kick-assitude" is provided by one of my TV favorites, Kyra Zagorsky.  She's playing Vasquez and please tell me her and Garza mix it up.

Everything seems to be going the good guys way until we see this.




Present Kellog meets with his future bathrobe wearing self.  And bathrobe wearing Kellog calls his more dapper self, "Buddy."

Is this just a hologram message for Kellog or can bathrobe Kellog really transit time with this communication device?  What it does mean is that both Kellogs will be on the same page (who needs you Curtis) while both Alecs will not.

Not good.

Odds and Ends


I didn't catch this guys name and it's not listed in IMDB but the actor is Michael Eklund.  If Gotham really wants to add The Joker to its show I pick this dude.  He looks crazy joker killer.

(Note: Reader Jo informs us the character's name is "Zorin.")




A nice moment near the end when Kiera and Carlos hold hands.  I'm not much of a shipper but shouldn't these two be a couple?  Her future husband is a jerk and Brad is okay but they have no real history like these two.

I wonder if Carlos still holds a torch for Kiera version 1.0 that was killed off last season and can never accept this one?

You know what they say about second chances Carlos, don't blow this!

7 comments:

  1. I think Simon Barry was having some fun with us. However, it is completely legitimate for the past 3 years to have been a simulation. Remember, old Alec has taken at least one memory out of her head. That was the 2077 murder case that would have led Kiera to discovering the time travel plot. We've also seen at the beginning of season 2 that in 2077, Kiera seemingly dreamed of being taken to the freelancer cages (before she ever time traveled). But when she awoke, there was one of Sadtech's drones outside her window implying false memory implantation. So I like that you are asking the questions about factual versus suit created reality.

    I have two major questions. First, what is Curtis and the Traveler's endgame? On one hand he seems to want to push Kellog into the awful 2039 future, but on the other hand, he tells Garza that they need to take care of the Kellog problem quickly. He seems to play both sides. Second, how is Kiera supposed to go home? That timeline was destroyed. The Kellog timeline they are on surely won't lead to it.

    It was a great episode eventhough it lacked Travis; we need him to come back from "up north". Guess Roger Cross can't be in every episode of every sci-fi show after all. Nice to have Continuum back!

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    1. "We've also seen at the beginning of season 2 that in 2077, Kiera seemingly dreamed of being taken to the freelancer cages"

      I was never sure if that was actually what Kiera was dreaming or if the show runners just threw that sequence in as a hidden preview to the finale and Kiera waking up was just caused by Elder Alec's tampering. Unless everything is a giant, convoluted repeating loop, how would Elder Alec have the CMR recording of Kiera being captured by the Freelancers in another timeline?

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    2. It's a good question. To me the editing of that scene made it look like she was dreaming. It could easily be interpreted as a hidden preview though. Kiera shouldn't be dreaming about something that hasn't happened to her yet. Otherwise, the convoluted loop may be the only option. Initially I thought that, but not so much now.

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    4. Chris, I wonder if we should consider another type of time travel. The one of the human consciousness where the mind travels through time but not the body. It would explain some of the scenarios we've seen and you've asked about. I rather hope not but you never know.

      You've asked some good questions. The Traveler is a real mystery. Why was he locked up? Was he set free because of the Kellogg time line? Is he the key to resetting the time line wherein young Alec's effort to send Kiera back will not be in vain? I would imagine so. That's why I want the Traveler to be someone we know like Sam. It would be a interesting plot twist and what is time travel without a twist?

      I know, a Travis free episode! How did they manage that? Everyone else was there. He is a busy man.

      Thanks for the feedback Chris!

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  2. Michael Eklund's character is Zorin. See: https://twitter.com/ContinuumSeries/status/640015683867144192

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