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Continuum Review: Kiera's Awakening

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It's actually painful to imagine that we could have missed all of this back story if we never made it to Continuum Season 3.

This entire season is about flipping the terrorist movement of Liber8 and our ideas about it on its head. We're discovering the humanity behind it and it's brilliant.

In Continuum Season 3 Episode 7 it was time to learn about Sonya, who has consistently been the most hard-nosed character and the most difficult to understand.

Learning about Travis' family only enhanced what the character was already portraying on his own; what was revealed about Sonya was so monumental that it will be impossible not to look at her through new eyes when she makes her next appearance.

When Kiera is transporting one of the most wanted criminals, Jaworski, their flyer crashes. It's time to see the human side of Kiera in her world, something we have seen very little of. They're taken in by a group of gleaners, a new-agey clan who lives off the land and stays off the Corporate Congress radar by not stockpiling weapons or doing anything dastardly. Or so they think.

In this short sojourn into an unknown society, Kiera comes into contact with both Eduard Kagame and Sonya Valentine. Eduard was a traveler who happened upon the village and comes under the care of Dr. Valentine. As we meet her here, Sonya is a kind woman with a good heart.

It's Sonya who gets Eduard to understand that the Protectors cannot be held fully accountable for their actions because their minds have been subtly altered without their knowledge or explicit consent. 

Edouard: You told me you fled the city because you got a job offer you couldn't turn down and you couldn't accept.
Sonya: SadTech super soldier program.
Edouard: What you know about implants make you uneasy.
Sonya: They nudge you. They change how you think, what you accept. You record instead of bear witness, store data instead of bear witness, it's...
Edourard: Inhuman.

Very little about this entire situation seems random. It seems Eduard sought out Sonya based upon his knowledge of her unique skill set. As Kiera tells the story to Katherine, we learn he is the one who ordered the strike on the gleaners that propelled Sonya back to SadTech. 

Edouard: Take what you're feeling and put it toward something right. This is your place and your time. Follow your instincts to take a moral stand.
Sonya: I'm not a revolutionary Edouard.
Edouard: No, you're a healer, and that's something far more useful.

His intention was to bring her into the Liber8 fold so that she could make a great impact, and the only thing that would get her moving was to truly devastate life as she knew it. He had to prove to her the capabilities of the Corporate Congress so she would want to stop them.

It's simply fascinating that the three of them were once so close and that it has taken so long for Kiera to break free of her corporate control. By young Alec, an actual human, interacting with her CMR, she's been able to think for herself. Kiera no longer relies on implanted thoughts. Although she still records, she also bears witness because her partners give her that capacity.

We've been wondering which way Kiera would turn and if she could go home. At the end of the installment, she says she's going home, but I wonder now if her driving force to get there is to change the future and drive out the Corporate Congress from the inside with the knowledge she has of young Eric Sadler, similar to what Sonya tried to do from inside SadTech.

You also have to wonder how her husband chose to talk to their son when she didn't return home the second time she was lost. He loved his wife and the thought of giving her an actuarial value was repulsive. He had some time to think about it, so hopefully he was able to do her justice. 

If she gets home, perhaps they'll both learn just how much she's worth when she tries to upend the world and bring true meaning back to life and strip away government influence.

What do you think the result of "Waning Minutes" will be?

 

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The Corporate Congress may have targeted the missiles, but Eduardo Kagame pulled the trigger, and the "Guardians of the Timeline" are OK with all that. You are pretty much on your own, Arnie.

Maine-skeptic

I'm of two minds about season 3. I'm not sure the series hasn't jumped its tracks, although I think this was a good episode. What I like is having more back story on the Liber8 crew, and the actress playing Sonya does a good job of making her a sympathetic character. What I don't like is the destruction of key plot points from the first season: the believability of Keira's innocence, and Alec's innocence. One of the things that attracted me to the series was that you could sense an awakening was coming in Keira, but you could also understand why she never saw through the corruption in the 2077 society. She'd been raised in it, and she bought the propaganda. She seldom saw the uglier sides of life under the Corporate Congress, and when she did, she viewed it only through the prism of the Protector indoctrination. We've been given several indicators this season that she was much better informed than that. They're going to need to explain why she saw all this crap and never "woke up" before she time-traveled. Maybe they hinted at that when Sonya referenced the impact of the implant on a Protector's persona. It's hard to say. Meanwhile, Alec 2.0 appears to have had an evil personality transplant. He isn't behaving or reasoning consistently with the Alec 1.0, in that he could completely flip to the dark side just because he found out his girlfriend killed a man he never trusted or knew was his father. On the one hand, he's willing to time travel and betray Keira to save her life, and on the other, he writes her off without even questioning why she did it? I hope all these changes are all part of a larger plan, scriptwise, and not some unrelated ratings ploy that destroys the integrity of the series.

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Maine Skeptic: the show is written season by season without any contract already signed for the next season. Given the cancellation rate of Sci-Fi TV series, the writers and producers can't have any great expectations that there will be a next season unless THIS season packs a lot of pow. Each episode needs a lot of drama, explosions, gun battles, hand-to-hand combat, and plot tension. The episodes are pretty much standalone with some connective storyline loosely included. The episodes are often filmed simultaneously by different director and writer teams working on specific episodes. Not only do writers not know what is happening next season, they don't even know the fine-grain details of what is happening in other episodes this season. In a world where the Corporate Congress already forbids job security for TV creative types, this is what you get. The Bad Guys come from the future with future-tech and the knowledge how to make it in the field. Including their super training and super ability, they are badder than regular bad guys. The Good Guys have to be more powerful than the regular good guys, and that creates the series arms race. Liber8 is so cruel because the Corporate Congress is so cruel because Theseus is so cruel because the CPS is so cruel. This is the backstory to Continuum. When the gift of a next season is dropped on them they have to think up new episodes that build on the "continuum" of the past seasons. There are more than a few glitches in the continuum.

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@ Maine Skeptic

I think what the device did to Kiera played a major portion in her awakening, and I'm also beginning to wonder if traveling farther from her original timeline is making it easier for her mind to rid itself of the control the implant had over it. Kiera saw some horrible things and early on in her role as Protector she fought against the way they wanted her to act, as we saw when she saved the children over the corporate big wigs. The longer she was under their "nudging" the more commonplace it became for her to do what they expected of her. She has probably had more moral ambiguity than she's let on, but seeing herself killed, the changed in the Alecs and learning about the Freelancers has opened her eyes more completely. She doesn't have to hide behind what she believed anymore. As for CAlec, I'm going with the theory that absolute power corrupts absolutely. So much went down with Alec before he time traveled that didn't with CAlec that being given the world made the difference. Also, I think there may be more, subtle changes in this timeline that we are yet unaware of. Things seemed to be going in a different direction before Alec time traveled, but we don't know to what extent.

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What I found fascinating about this episode is that I think I just watched my farm getting torched by the corporate-ordered carpet bombing, 50 years from now.
PS: The Mamquam is only about 100 m away from where I am writing this....

Continuum Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Jaworski: Would you mind pulling this hunk of fascist gun ship out of my leg?
Kiera: How's that?
Jaworski: I might have nerve damage.
Kiera: I'm sure I'll get over it.

Loose lips feed CPS chips.

Jaworski
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