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, Kiera’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.
With one episode left to go in Continuum S2, this week’s episode was perfectly named: “Second Last” (it aired last night: watch it HERE). As you are well aware, every episode title this season has started with the word ‘second’ — so, what’s the ‘penultimate’ factor at play in terms of what this one’s title is suggesting?
Gardner’s body turns up in a car trunk (alert: grotesquely effective) and Kiera ends up on the run. She hasn’t exactly been framed, but the VCPD understandably wants her to do some ’splainin’ and both she and Carlos realize that the world of 2013 can’t handle the truth about her time travel. So, in terms of this plot thread, the message is: she’s got one episode left to clear her name. The question will be whether or not she can do it without blowing her cover.
Emily officially quits working for Escher, but he won’t let her go unless she gets “one thing” for him…and what it is remains a mystery by episode’s end. We’ll likely find out next episode but my money’s on the time travel device, as Emily does spend a huge chunk of the rooftop shootout finale (vs. “the freelancers”) holding said contraption. Easy to pull a switcheroo, no? Of course, given the outcome of that shootout, not sure where/how she would have hid the thing — but Escher always plans two steps ahead, right?
No surprise to see Escher coming further into the forefront (also no surprise that Hugh Dillon is nailing the role, such a great minimalist actor). Alec confronting Escher — well, Alec about to confront him — is also no surprise, and in fact it’s the showdown we’ve all been looking forward to since the day that the corporate character was introduced. Given how the aforementioned rooftop gunfight played out, not to mention that worth-one-million-words look in Alec’s angry eyes, it’s gonna be one heck of a face-to-face. I do hope that next episode Escher finally reveals what is his part in this story.
Of course, the biggest reveal next episode will be the results of the online fan vote re. the path that VCPD officer Betty will follow. She’s been sympathetic to Liber8 all season, but will she officially join Julian, Travis and Sonya? The fans themselves made the decision (the vote closed on the day this post was written) but it’s pretty cool to know that two different scripts were filmed in advance. A pretty awesome idea, letting the show’s true fans participate in its evolution. Sometimes, the future can be friendly!
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