Continuum continues no longer.
The sci-fi entry from the great white north ended it's fourth and final season (US market) this past Friday night and more than one character (cork) screwed themselves out of the future.
As I write this I'm still wondering if I should subtitle this blog post, "The Price of Love" or " No Good Deed Goes Unpunished." There were a couple of twists (befitting a corkscrew) and by and large the series ended up on an up note albeit one that was slightly off key.
Was I satisfied with the way Continuum ended? Not particularly. I can't argue with the vision of a better world was made manifest, no para-military police, no corporate congress and lots of fountain work. (Hey, was all the imagery a tribute to Rand's "The Fountainhead" or Aronofsky's, "The Fountain?") But the finale and it's predecessor was so action laden it made me yearn for a little more exposition into the struggle of changing the future and the implications thereof.
No, I didn't want everyone sitting around the table drinking beers together (although I love that part of the final season) and arguing the merits of changing the past and future. I just thought we got that action set piece out of the way in "The Desperate Hours."
So, I'm going to editorialize a little here.
You'd think in a age where "Black Lives Matter" and "Blue Lives Matter" there would be a little more sensitivity to the body count from this show.
Particularly the amount of policeman that were snuffed out in extreme fashion in this past episode and the penultimate one. One of the stars characterized a policeman's ending as "epic" on Twitter. He was decapitated in grisly fashion. I have an image of it but you know, no, not gonna post it.
With the editorializing out of the way let's get to the twist ending and how the series wrapped things up.
So, spoiler alert from now on.
Keira makes it back to the future and in doing so she is reunited with Sam.
She never left him.
Keira did such a wonderful job of inspiring everyone in the past that apparently she never had to travel back in order to right things.
Ouch, the "Price of love" indeed Alec.
Keira 2.0 made it back to the future to witness the self that never was shot by Brad. Brad and Alec had warned her the future may not be the same one she left and Sam may not even be there when she returned.
They didn't say Keira may be there though. Twist!
One could argue Alec waited sixty years to break her heart.
I thought there might be a paradox with two Keiras running around. But as we know, at one point we had two Keiras and two Alecs at the same time too. Did the Traveler have anything to do with this? At face value I would say absolutely not. (More on him later.) No, Keira made her own future.
I had posited in a crackpot theory that Keira should grab Sam from the future and return to the past via moving the wormhole. Rebuild the future from the past with all the people you've come to know and love and have your son with you.
Then again, I expanded on that theory in my comments to reader Chris when I said, "Ha, that would make it possible for Keira to grab the wrong Sam in a future where she never left him. Ouch."
Ouch indeed and very close!
So now Keira 2.0 is stuck in a future where she doesn't belong. Most of the people she knew from the past are dead and gone those who are left are in their twilight years.
Maybe Keira 2.0 can tend to the Fonegra fountain park collecting coins from well wishers and dreaming of being sent to the past.
She does have a timeball and time travel should still exist considering there is a "time tunnel" in the past. Maybe this the Continuum spin off we've been hearing about lately. (I cringed at some of the possible clues to this during the episode.)
It looks as though most of the players on the right side of history got the happy ending they deserved. (I guess Brad didn't deserve his as much.) Kagame, mentored by his uncle Julian and compatriot Alec flourished in a peaceful future. Alec got to spend his time with Emily after all. Carlos became so beloved they memorialized him with a freaking park.
Jason? Alec not his dad? Is that what the note was about? Was there a spliter-in-time dad with a different mother? We'll never know. (Cough, spin-off.)
All in all it looks as though Keira got the most bittersweet ending of them all.
No good deed goes unpunished Protector.
The Other Twist
Cork screwed yourself didn't you Kellog?
So in the end there was nothing redeeming about Kellog and ultimately nothing to be redeemed.
He was always a selfish character, at times funny and other times personable and charismatic.
But someone had to take the fall.
While trying to save his own butt in the present and cheat his fate he ended up killing his future.
Kellog murdered Vasquez when she wouldn't accede to his plans. In the cruelest twist of fate she turned out to be his own daughter. Both she and his future self knew what he was capable of and planned accordingly. If they only factored in the lengths he was willing to go to.
"I choose me."
I did laugh at this moment. Typical Kellog. Irredeemably selfish to the end. Laughter not at him murdering his own daughter but his utter self absorption as he tap danced into time.
Alec managed to reprogram Kellog's timeball and send him to the distant past of Canada's ancestral forebears. That's not to say he's dead. Knowing Kellog he is at least the shaman of the tribe now if not its chieftain.
The Spin Off Series
This is definitely not carved in stone.
I would think it would be difficult for Simon Barry to sell this series considering he was barely able to finish Continuum. He was granted just six episodes in order to wrap things up. What makes us think he'll get another shot with a similar theme?
The unanswered questions are, what happens to Keira now? Sam stalker?
Or Time Cop?
She can't exactly go back to the Carlos past. They formed the future thinking she may be dead and the lessons she left behind inspired them to build a better future.
What was the great Traveler mystery? What did he fix? Does it involve Keira?
She did leave a few people behind.
And group like this with their kick ass capabilities should not go unwasted.
If the Traveler returns coupled with Keira's time ball, she could get the band together again (minus Carlos, Alec and Julian) and right all the wrongs any mischievous character might enact with the wormhole device or any other time machine.
Works for me.
Odds and Ends
I did love Continuum's vision of a time device.
Those physical planes slamming into each other perhaps evolving into multidimensional branes that allowed a wormhole to be possible was great fun.
The spitting of light particles from the other end of the device was pretty awesome too. As if a chrono-chromatic light effect stabilized the wormhole and allowed it to develop and hold while it went through its tethering function.
That should be one selling point to a future series Simon Barry.
Can Rachel Nichols be convinced to come back to TV? She just did a stint on "Chicago Fire" and her movie vehicle "Pandemic" is in post production. Seemingly, the world is her oyster.
We grew fond of a lot of the faces we got close to via the box in our living room. Oh wait, no one calls it a box anymore. A plane? A panel or brane? That's it. TV is our traveling device that takes across time and the universe. It won't be long before we see all our friends again. And if the band can get back together, all the better.
In the meantime, just turn on the TV and you'll find Roger Cross anywhere! Right, Travis Verta, Six (Dark Matter), Kevin O'Donnell (Bones), Reggie Fitzwilliam (The Strain), Matt (The Returned), Boyd Bloom (Motive), Detective Luca Hilton (Arrow) Cartlton (Orphan Black), and on and on.
Thank God for him!