Warning:This review is for the season finale, which has aired in Canada. If you are watching in the US or UK, major spoilers lie ahead.
Does anyone else feel like their head’s about to explode? If this season of Continuum hasn’t already been confusing enough, the season finale, ‘Second Time’, throws even more characters and situations in to mess with us. It was an episode that had a lot to get through and only just about managed it – with Kiera and the bulk of Liber8 ending up where we saw them in the opening to season two’s very first episode. But where’s Alec sent himself to? And will Carlos go over to the dark side?
As much as I’ve complained about the amount of stuff we’ve had to keep track of this year, I’m aware that a science-fiction series that makes its audience sit up and think is something to be celebrated. I feel more attached to the show and its characters because of the little bit of effort it takes to understand everything, and it’s a power that other throwaway, popcorn shows just don’t have. Anyway, as well as shifting the pieces around the board a little, this finale did clear up a few things.
The freelancers are protecting the anomalies in time that Kiera, Alec, Jason and Liber8 have created over the past two seasons. They’re getting pretty cheesed off with all of the overtime they must be clocking in so, when it becomes clear Kiera has found a way home with the device reassembled, they arrive to stop the trip from taking place. Our lead freelancer is only in 2013 at all because he interrupted the original event in 2077, and it’s revealed that Jason was also sent back at the same time as Kiera and Liber8. But he isn’t Alec’s father – he’s his son. Esher is Alec’s father, and he appears to originate from the present. Got all that?!?
Kiera’s intention of returning to her original time provides a nice excuse for emotional farewells and no one filing a missing-persons report. Those of you who’ve read all of my reviews will know that I’m a massive fan of Kiera and Carlos’ friendship, so I was glad that they got their sweet moment in the middle of the episode. Hopefully they’ll be reunited next year, but now Carlos is on the run and bunking with Julian (and Betty for that matter) it’s going to be a very different show. Does this mean that we’re done with the police procedural element of the show? It looks that way, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
In yet another parallel to the beginning of the season, Travis is the one to bite the dust. Instead of being gunned down by his girlfriend, however, it’s Kiera that manages to kill him despite his snazzy new CMR suit. It’s a bittersweet moment given that Travis has become more than just an interchangeable villain this year, but it will give Sonya another reason to hate Kiera when they resume their ongoing war. But let’s face it, the biggest cliffhanger lies with Alec, as he now resides in an undisclosed point in time. Will the freelancers catch up to him before he changes anything significant?
The second season of Continuum has been a big step up from the first in terms of confidence and overall quality, and it really is like no other show on television right now. The test of a good finale is whether you can wait to see what happens, and I’m pretty eager to find out how our heroes and villains are going to get out of their respective messes.
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