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  • Episode: Endtimes (Season 1, Episode 10)
  • Starring: Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Stephen Lobo, Roger Cross, Tony Amendola
  • Written By: Simon Barry
  • Directed By: Patrick Williams
  • Network: SyFy
  • Studio: Reunion Pictures
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Continuum: Endtimes Review

And now the waiting game

By Chuck Francisco     March 19, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The end has come and with it some questions have been answered. Delivered like a punch from Mike Tyson, we're suddenly enlightened and yet at the same time dazzled by more questions. Our Canadian Maniacs who prophesied a magnificent ending to the first season should feel vindicated, as the show has certainly delivered. It is a welcome reminder in our fast paced times that some experiences may not start off at full steam, but are worthing giving a chance to develop. It's a lesson I sometimes am forgetful of but one which I'm grateful to be reminded of.


Certainly lessons learned are a central theme of this week's Continuum. Revelations and new perspectives are not limited to our end as viewers, but rather spread around the spectrum of characters like a fanned out deck of cards. And just like those cards, it seems like nearly everything is on the table between Kiera and Kellog. The intoxicated sparks from the end of last week's episode ignited into an evening of carnal delights. In a rare turn it is Kellog who is being manipulated as Kiera used sex as a diversion to reacquire her stole portion of the time travel device. She warns him off, insisting their encounter never happened and won't happen again, but into his comforting company she quickly returns after failing to avert the world changing bombing. Kiera's lesson is in subterfuge, while it seems Kellog is learning to become a good person. From what we know of his history, he could have been one all his life if not for the brutal tactics of corporate oppression. 


We learn a great deal more about Kagame this week. My conjectures in last week's review forgot to take into account that we actually see his mother pregnant with him in an episode, so he cannot be Julian. In fact we find that Julian becomes Kagame's mentor down the line (still alive and imprisoned as Kagame awaits execution). I'm certain there's a piece of the puzzle in old Julian referring to Alec as "my brother" when younger Julian always specifically refers to him as "my step-brother", but There isn't enough additional information to solidly make a prediction. It has to mean something as that's too convenient a descriptor change to be coincidental. We also learn that whatever old Alec's plan entails, it's convincing enough to win a visible furious Kagame over. Kudos to Tony Amendola for masterfully conveying absolute hatred, dangerously confined anguish, and certain murder through his facial expressions in only a matter of seconds. While it's certain the former Liber8 leader will return in flashback sequences, his presence will be missed on the series. 


We also learn that it's Sonya who is to succeed Kagame as the leader of Liber8 and that part of the plan is to possibly remove Travis, at least that's how it's left as we pause between seasons. Another possibility is that Sonya allows him to live with assurances that he will follow her. Their history as lovers lends credence in this direction. It would also create a more tense and interesting subplot for the first half of season two. A brilliant move by the creative team was to use Sonya as heavy muscle in early episodes, then transition her to a more subdued role as protege to Kagame as we closed on the end of the season. How much information on Kagame and Older Alec's plan is detailed in the safety deposit box he leaves her? And was that placed there by Kagame or by one of these mysterious freelancers?


The number of time travel free radicals multiplied this week with the introduction of Jason, a prison worker from 2077 who was sent back with everyone else but because of some unknown factor was sent to 1992. He's spent twenty years unsuccessfully attempting to convince everyone of the impending societal upheaval. For his pains he was committed to a mental institution, which did far more damage to him, leaving him more than a little unhinged. Clearly his time machine is more shades conspiracy theory then scientific ingenuity. Because of this it's entirely likely that his freelance mercenary time travelers are a fabrication of his fractured mind. It's completely feasible that these unknown entities do exist though, once the time travel cat is out of the bag. I believe the show runners will use that unknown paranoia to great effect next season, straining Kiera's credibility with those around her as she see phantom menaces behind every action.


Yet another's obstacle to be thrown in Kiera's way is the special investigation agent. He'd been thrown off the scent by a mysterious call validating Kiera as a Section 6 agent, but that smoke screen was undone when he watched her activate her suit's shielding to protect herself and Alec, then when she activates her cloaking system. So he's likely it initiate a personal witch hunt after Kiera, even if he has to defy orders to do so. I wonder if a time travel policing agency may have been created and named Section 6 after Kiera's initial faux department. Older Alec would be behind it's inception, of course.


And of course we don't discover what old Alec's message to his younger counter part contains, being teased with a massive cliffhanger as the credits roll. He does confirm that the entire Liber8 escape was engineer purposefully by his older self and that Kiera's inclusion was not at all accidental. It makes me wonder how much Kiera's husband (who is clearly in Sadler's inner circle), knew about his bosses' plans for his wife. It's an amazing thing when a show can offer so much dynamic content and spur on so much speculation. 


The first season of Contiuum has been a steadily improving, thought provoking, heady time travel adventure. With plenty of mystery blooming from the early episodic roots, there's no indication of season two delivering anything less. Our fortunate Canadian brethren resume the journey on April 21st, but we Yanks will have to wait until next winter most likely. It's cold comfort, but at least season one comes to Blu-ray next week (and I've got a review of the set for you inbound). It's been a great ride, Maniacs. If you've stuck with the show (and my week reviews), I hope you've had as much fun as I have. Thanks for all of the comments, as I really dig the discussion we're getting from the show. See you in the future!

 

Chuck Francisco is a columnist and critic for Mania, writing Saturday's Shock-O-Rama, the weekly look into classic cult, horror and sci-fi. He is a co-curator of several repertoire film series at the world famousColonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA. You can hear him drop nerd knowledge on weekly podcast You've Got Geek or think him a fool of a Took on Twitter.

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heath0920 3/19/2013 4:07:28 AM

An excellent ending episode in that it answered SOME questions while throwing branches out in other directions for the show to develop next season. Can Kiera trust Alec knowing that in the future he will strand her in the past? While the 2012 Alec may not be the same personality, he IS the same person. That will certainly strain their relationship and give the actors range to emote. With Kiera's magic trick as the building came down, I agree with you that the military advisor will be on the hunt to catch her using this forbidden tech again. Kagame leaving Sonya in charge will likewise change the dynamic of Liber8 and I too hope she doesn't kill her ex off as it only leads to interesting subplots there in the future. And lastly, Kiera proved she was willing to sleep with Kellog to manipulate him into getting what she wanted, so her devotion to her marriage vows aren't iron clad. (And we saw that her husband already had one affair with another woman). Will this lead her ton accept Carlos's advances and further complicate BOTH their lives? Plus, what would happen if she became pregnant in 2012 with parents from two different eras?

monkeyfoot 3/19/2013 8:04:28 AM

Great season ender! My only thought on that is I hope the show only goes one more season. This is a fantastic limited series idea like we are used to seeing in comics. But if it goes on for 5 or 6 seasons I fear they will be dragging it out and padding it way too much ala Lost.  I see the greatness in this season is that every episode was tight and fit perfectly into a puzzle. But you can't keep that sort of thing going if the series is open ended till the ratings go down.

I'm betting Sonya lets Travis live. He is too interesting a firecracker in their midst that can go off at any moment. It would be a dramatic storytelling waste for him to be gone.

I definitely think Jason is right about other time travelers about. It makes it more interesting.

Heath, the idea that she might become pregnant from Kellogg is a fascinating idea especially if its unexpected even to the Elder Alec.

Was the actor who played elder Julian the same as the younger? If so, that was a great make-up/CG job!

One thing that I guess bothers me is that through the whole season Kiera has never been the master of her own fate. She has all along been the puppet of Kagame and now Elder Alec. It certainly happens in real life but I think what makes a protagonist or hero character cool is that they take their own destiny in their hands to be good or do the right thing. Perhaps all the revelations will lead to our heroine taking her life in her own hands and realizing the the wise words from that other future warrior John Conner with the words, "There is no fate but what you make. The future is not set."

mellowdoux 3/19/2013 10:16:49 AM

 I agree. Some experiences are definitely, as you say, "worthing" of giving a chance...

raynardmuldrake 3/19/2013 3:21:52 PM

Well we have Rat Boy and the Cigarette Smoking man this season...will Mulder and Scully be in the next season?  Trust No One

blankczech 3/19/2013 11:05:37 PM

 Very interesting final episode...can't wait for season 2...like Monkeyfoot I hope the series continues to progress at the same pace and doesn't start s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g  to take advantage of good ratings.

One thing i like about this series is that the story is bigger than the interesting characters that populate it.

I disagree with monkeyfoot that Kiera has been a puppet of Kagame and future Alec.  Kagame may have outsmarted her...and Future Alec may be trying to manipulate her...but the fact that she would go back to the future to be with her son in a heartbeat  ( if she could) shows where her priorities are at (apparently he means the world to her).

Kellogg is one of Continuum's most interesting characters.  Still trying to figure out why he was sent back.  I don't think it was a mistake or a coincidence.  Kiera didn't use her feminine wiles to reacquire the stolen portion of the time travel device (though she may have thought she did).  Kellogg had no use for that thing (he's in no hurry to return to 2077). He may have taken it simply to entice her into that manuever. I wonder if Kellogg has really forgiven those responsible for the death of his sister Laura and if not, who he holds responsible.

Wonder if future Alec played a role in getting the suspicious special investigator off Kiera's back?

Can't picture Kiera and Carlos hooking up.  I think Carlos is Kiera's best friend and every guy knows that being a girl's best friend is the kiss of death when it comes to a relationship.  

I'm really interested in the message Old Alec sent to his younger self and whether or not it's as valuable as the info Blake Griffin is passing on to his younger self in the Kia Optima ads.

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