Continuum Season 3 Review “Minute of Silence”

Warning: This review contains spoilers for episode 9 of Continuum’s third season, which hasn’t yet aired in the US.

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This season of Continuum has been a bit of a disappointment, especially after the thrill ride of the show’s second season and the promise of many more timey-wimey complications in this third run. It’s not that the stories are any less intelligently written, or that the series has compromised on its original vision – it’s just that season three hasn’t been any fun to watch, with characters tapping into the worst parts of themselves and driving each other away with bad decisions, suspicion and self-servitude.

This sort of thing can be done very well, even if it’s a bit of a downer from week to week, but with the two core relationships – Kiera and Carlos and Kiera and Alec – pretty much destroyed and the curious absence of any of the multiple villains we’ve been introduced to, there really isn’t anything anchoring the action. We began the season with the prospect of Kiera choosing which Alec she trusted the most with the world’s future (pretty high stakes), but that story thread seems to have been dropped and the darkening of present-day Alec fast-tracked to the point of ridiculousness.

Not only is Alec now a mustache-twirling villain, shockingly drilling into dead Kiera’s skull in search of vital tech at the end of this episode, but Kiera has also become largely unwatchable. For a show to get away with being as complicated as Continuum, you really have to care about what’s happening to these characters but, in spite of the affection held over from previous seasons, that’s been hard to muster of late. Carlos, given more to do this week in light of Betty’s murder, thankfully has an emotional arc to work through, and that’s one thing I’m looking forward to seeing resolved in next week’s finale.

One thing that’s definitely going to come into play is the discovery of a mysterious John Doe, also from the future and with no memory of who he is or how he got to 2014. For a minute there, I was convinced that he was Kiera’s son or someone equally connected, so it was a slight disappointment that, in the penultimate episode no less, we discover that he’s actually someone only introduced in this episode’s brief flashback. Again, we have no investment in this guy and, unless his presence turns into something very important next week, that’s only adding to the problem.

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