If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Keira’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.
Barely out the gate in its second season, two seems to be the magic number in Continuum. All the more appropriate that it played a pretty big part in episode 2, “Split Second” (it aired last night: watch it HERE).
Right off the bat, fans of the series will recognize the intentional titling convention: every episode in Continuum Season 2 will include the word “second” in its title. This is of course consistent with Season 1, wherein every episode included the word “time” in its title. (Betting Season 3 will be brought to us by the word “hour.” Who’s in?)
“Split Second” is an episode that takes the numeric assignation of its title very seriously. Here, finally, the time-deposed Liber8 terrorists break up into two groups, despite martyred leader Kagame’s wishes (well, unless it turns out to be according to his plan…). Travis now leads one half, and Sonia the other — so, Liber4 and Liber4? OK probably not.
Who’s to say which cell’s leader/vision will prove more “faithful” to Kagame’s vision, not to mention the vision of Alec2077, who we still don’t know is entirely trustworthy. This is one of the appealing factors of the villains in Continuum: they are the classic “good people (well, sort of good) doing bad things for higher reasons.” Nothing more dangerous than villains who think they’re the good guys.
In there here and now, Alec — who we know is trustworthy — ends up taking what we’ll hope is a devil-you-know job with Kellog. Kellog? OK, maybe Alec is not entirely to be trusted after all… We can certainly forgive the guy for being misled: for one thing, Kellog has a silver tongue, and could probably sell a guy a pencil for $50. For another, as we see at episode’s end, Kellog has babes AND champagne, and Alec is, after all, a teenage boy. Here’s hoping that Alec lives up to the “second” aspect of the titling and double-crosses Kellog. Soon.
What of our heroine, the time-lost Cameron, who wants to get back to the future, to her star-crossed love? Alec hits home, hard, when he tells her she’s going to have to “choose between protecting the future for your unborn family and protecting the future for those of us who are alive now.” She can’t have her stargate and tweak it, too. Tough news; tough love. For the time being, Cameron is going to keep trying to have it both ways. And we’ll be rooting for her.
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