CONTINUUM – Season 3 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
This episode is a science fiction story set in the CONTINUUM universe.
After Lucas (Omari Newton) MacGyvers his way out of a mental hospital, using, among other things, materials stored in a copy of Orwell’s 1984, Liber8 engineers some bank robberies, aided by future technology. The episode begins, however, with a flash forward to Kiera’s future and the rooftop on which Emily was killed (in the other timeline) in 2013. The building is apparently still standing in 2077, and the future has changed. Cameron is preparing to take an informant into custody when her superiors let her know that the intelligence has been obtained from another source, and order her to kill him. When she is reluctant to comply, they override her controls and compel her to shoot him.
Liber8 kidnaps paralysed people, then uses the same sort of chip implant that made (will make) Kiera murder her prisoner to enable them to walk. They then strap explosives to the grateful victims and send them out to rob banks. Later, when Kiera captures one of the robbers and moves to sever the wires connecting the implanted technology, the victim begs her not to do that, because he will be crippled again if she does. “They’ll kill you if I don’t,” she says, and cuts the wires. The scene vividly illustrates that while connection to Liber8 may be dangerous, it can bring freedom.
The explosives are rigged to implode, so they kill only the person wearing them. Liber8 minimizes the impact on those not directly involved with the operation. The target of the robberies is not money, but corporate secrets stored in safe deposit boxes.
Because Liber8 is apparently unaware that Kiera (or any protector) is alive in 2014, Cameron is able to thwart the next robbery using her super suit. The Kiera in this timeline must have kept a very low profile since arriving, or else Liber8 is aware of the original Kiera’s death and not of the second Kiera’s arrival.
Corporate Alec inherits his dad’s corporation and learns that Emily (Magda Apanowicz) is really Maya Hartwell, and that she was hired by his father to spy on him. He also sees the evidence that his dad was using to blackmail Emily/Maya. Corporate Alec is not a romantic, and all this scary new information puts him off the relationship. (Did some trauma specific to this timeline make him react this way?) After his anger chases EM from his office, she runs into Bad Alec down the street, who explains to her what he did (timeline wise). She of course does not believe him until she sees his other self walking toward the two of them.
The conflict between the two Alecs is the crux of the matter. Emily is Alec Sadler’s Rosebud. If he loses Emily, either through a refusal to trust in her, or through her death, he will become the evil genius who creates the 2077 nightmare that Cameron originally called home.
The episode was written by Shelley Eriksen, who also wrote two other excellent CONTINUUM stories: 2.4 (Second Skin) the episode that introduced Emily, and 2.8 (Second Listen) in which Garza warns Alec about his future self. (Did Garza’s warning happen in this timeline?)
Momona Komagata (the hostage who gets kicked around a bit) will star in WEREWOLVES IN SPACE, a black-and-white film set in the 1960’s. A local teen named Debbie (Komagata) sees a ‘shooting star’ land outside of town. Her boyfriend Skip investigates and finds the wreck of a spaceship.
Michelle Harrison (Diana Bolton) will be Nora Allen in the upcoming CW series THE FLASH.
The Banff World Media Festival has nominated CONTINUUM for a Rockie Award. Winners will be announced during the festival (8-11 June).