Monday, September 28, 2015

Continuum - Power Hour




Who do you trust?

We are half way through the final season of Continuum and the endpoint is fast approaching.  I felt for sure we would tackling the science issues surrounding the building a time machine in this present era and the subsequent power struggle for control of the device.

Instead, we are examining the  dynamics of trust and the issues each player must confront as they pursue their own goals instead of the benefits of helping each other.  

I like it.

And to think, as of my last blog post I was extolling the virtues of how "together" the Continuum "Scooby gang" was and their comfort level in being able to "chill" with each other and knock back a few beers.




It didn't take long for the ice to crack in those frosty drinks.  

Carlos recognized Kiera's secret agenda thanks to his policeman's intuition.  This has been an ongoing struggle for him and you'd think Kiera would be sensitive to it.  But perhaps this version of Kiera is only 99.99% of the original Kiera that was shot by Brad and she is less sympathetic to Carlos' perspective.  Just a thought.




Carlos' instinct proved correct when Kiera approached Alec and asked him to funnel all information through her first.   Pretty cold from Kiera 2.0.  If we jump ahead later in the episode this is what Alec says to Kiera...



Amen Alec, I was thinking the exact same thing when she revealed all things have to go her way in getting back to the future.  She softened a bit when she met Travis later on, but still, Kiera 2.0 can be pretty selfish at times.




An interesting counterpoint to all the trust issues afflicting some of the major characters is the dynamic going on between Alec and Julian.  

Julian learns his manifesto has been released online and he is not happy.  Like Alec, he doesn't want to be responsible for so much suffering in the future.   

(Oh, quick aside.  When they mentioned Betty earlier in the episode I felt a little sad for her fate.  Worse, I'm disappointed with myself that my usual radar didn't sound the alarm someone was going to die in the episode that was just trying to do their job and help the cause.  Sorry Lucas!  Did anyone else hear the foreshadowing bells go off?)

I'm back.  Alec is still resisting his inner A-hole and confides this to Julian...

 

Now that is a statement of faith and it is far from the ambition displayed by the now dead Alec doppelganger of last season.  I still think Alec has a bit of a agenda but maybe Emily's sudden departure was a wake up call for Alec.  Here are two people that are actually going to embrace their future with hopes to make it right.  Of course, more on Julian to follow.

Awkward Alert!

 

As Carlos looks on, Alec discovers Brad's complicity in the ongoing events.  So what is Carlos' response?

 
Well naturally.

Carlos still has job to do and Kiera is beginning to get in the way.  Not overtly in the way but she's not helping the cause.  She's helping her cause.

Awkward for Alec now and this can only lead to trouble down the road.


And as for trouble.




Isn't this little guy cute?  Holy smokes it's Kagame!  I knew we'd see him again!  Totally called it!  Ha, but not this young.  Look at that head of hair!

So now we are back to the Julian trust issues.

We find out how his manifesto got published despite his tossing it into the fire.


Of course, Curtis.   I think my radar is bored with going off every time this guy appears.

But hold on there, is something different going on?  Here is where my internal alarms bells went off and I want to know if you guys agree with me.


Clang, clang clang!

Did Curtis just offer Julian the option with killing little Kagame to make sure Julian's vision isn't ruined?  At face value it seems Curtis is just saying, "Guide the boy and ensure his future along the right road."

Then this happened...



Little Kagame knocks down all the blocks as if to say you can topple future Julian if don't like what you see!

Boom.

So, yes, please, is my tinfoil hat wrapped too tight?


Speaking of unlikely pairings that we all wished would happen.  (And have been heavily hinted at.)

 

Aren't they cute too?

Such a dynamic duo and so kick ass.

Naturally they want to kick each others ass  after a short time.  Then the worst happens.


Lucas is killed by Brad after saving Kiera.



Trust issues resolved for Carlos!  

It looks as though Kiera will be gravitating back to Carlos because it doesn't look like she can trust Brad anymore.  This should be a major development as Kiera needs all the allies she can muster to make sure her vision of the future is complete.  Brad was a big part of that.


So what does Brad do?

 

Pah!  This has to be a ploy by Brad.  Zorin already thinks he should be running the show and Brad put him right where he wants him to be.  Ready for the fall.

Agreed?


So who does Kiera turn to with Brad seemingly out of the picture?


Raise your hand if you think Travis will be behind bars for long.  Nobody?  Good.

Kiera's visit acts as a confessional of sorts.  She reaches out to Travis and claims she wants to do right by everyone without sacrificing what she needs.  He counters with what does she need?  He points out she is faced with a future of Kellog's making and that greed is his drug and his weakness.

He reminds her he must be stopped at all cost and is she willing to do that?

The implicit message there is Kiera will have to make sacrifices and her vision of the future isn't the be all and end all.

That would be a significant turnaround for Kiera and might point to the not so happy ending I've been predicting.  (Don't worry, part of my theory ends with Kiera returning to our timeline and partnering with Carlos on the police force.)


So what's the last major trust issue?





 
Bingo Kiera you win the prize.

My last tinfoil hat theory is that present Kellog is being played by future Kellog.

Kiera's right, he can't even trust himself.  He may think she is referring to his greed issues in the here and now, (hitting on Vasquez was a small example.)  What she really is saying is that future Kellog is playing a long game and is actually using himself in the past.  Brilliant.




We end with Julian joining the Kagame household.  Will he entrust his vision to the young revolutionary or will he snuff out that future like so many playing blocks?


Last aside.

Did everyone notice the episode led off with the "Previously on" flashback with Emily confronting Jason and her walking out on Alec?  Then the rest of the episode had nothing to do with it?  I'm telling you there is a major clue there and it has to do with Jason's and Emily's "secret."



 



 

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