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Continuum Review: It Has Begun

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Damn. Continuum hasn't been renewed for a fourth season.

There have been many sci-fi shows who have left us with a kick-ass cliffhanger to which we were never given a conclusion. Invasion, Jericho and Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles come to mind as examples. 

What we had in Continuum Season 3 Episode 13 was a new beginning. All of the work our trusty heroes and heroines did to thwart the futures they had seen was for naught. 

There are some dangling pieces out there that should have lead us to this conclusion, but it was too easy to imagine that the moments were miniscule and would soon be obsolete. We learned here never to underestimate Kellog.

What's amazing about this is that even with Brad coming back with knowledge of Kellog pulling strings in his timeline, he was unable to adequately predict what the scoundrel might do. Essentially, Kellog made any big showdown between the Alecs useless.

There was a big showdown between the Alecs. CAlec wanted to move forward with Halo and the remaining members of Liber8, newly awakened Kira, her partner Carlos and Brad worked together to stop the successful rollout of a product that not only intruded upon the individual rights of the people, but was years ahead of its time. The launch of such an invasive product alone should have scared many.

Seeing CAlec being touted as the new Steve Jobs was the weakest point of the finale. Was Julian still working with CAlec to promote Halo? Without his intuitive understanding of the human psyche, it makes no sense that the world was going wild over an invasive tool for the government to track your every move.

I realize the series is produced in Canada and things may be different there. I have many friends in the area and I don't believe that personal tracking is something they would welcome. Here in the U.S., the citizens fight adamantly against even producing a piece of ID to vote. If we hauled out Halo, all hell would break loose.

So, the squealing teens with their CAlec T-shirts for a device advertised as a health and lifestyle oracle (Halo, get it?) putting peace of mind within reach is bull. The audience should have been full of pharmaceutical reps, doctors and old folks hoping for the miracle of an extended life. Ah well. Nothing is perfect.

Stopping Halo was supposed to stop all of their futures from coming to fruition. CAlec was kidnapped (thank you Carlos!) and Alec took his place. Unfortunately, that wild card Kellog had all of that under control. 

It was easy to forget that Curtis went to Kellog in a diner and they made some sort of deal. It seemed such a slight scene at the time. We never learned what came of it. It's safe to assume now that the "traveler" the Freelancers were holding had all of the information necessary about the future to ensure it comes true.

Unless I'm wrong, the future we see in the waning minutes of the finale belongs to Brad. His beacon (THAT's what the device in the safety deposit box was!) was supposed to send a signal back if they didn't succeed in thwarting the nasty future. We don't know who devised the beacon, but if we're to scope out Brad's future, it was Kellog.

Curtis and the "traveler" had to have been using Kellog to do what they couldn't. He had the ins with CAlec and could talk him into signing away his rights to Piron. If Piron (and no doubt what would have been Sadtech) is Kellog's to run, with the help of Curtis and the "traveler" then it's also likely, given Kellog's status in what we saw of Brad's timeline, that they were instrumental in ensuring things turned out exactly as they wished.

Brad was a dupe. He was sent back to manipulate Kiera and Liber8 into doing exactly what the future ("traveler" and Kellog) wanted. Is the "traveler" an older Kellog? It's starting to seem that way. Someone must have figured things out and ended their reign of terrorism on personal freedoms and utilized a time device going back set the trap again. It was a great way to keep their desires in tact.

Oh. It's just brilliant, really. We all thought that Kiera was the key and she would be able to set things straight, but by standing by Liber8 and killing CAlec, she may have played right into their hands. If there isn't a renewal, I fully expect the plans to be laid out before the faithful viewers.

Interesting Bits:

  • It's so amazing to think someone would rather erase their husband and child from their timeline than force and entire country (world?) to go through the future she endured without personal freedom. Kiera kicks ass.
  • Kiera and Brad together is comfortable and makes sense. Even if they were pushed there by unnatural forces, they do have kindred spirits that few can understand.
  • Did anyone else catch that Dillon didn't die? When CAlec was on Firing Point, the host mentioned hopes of his full recovery. That's gonna leave a mark.
  • The Alecs showdown was pretty intense. Their ridiculously similar taste in fashion (alright, CAlec only when he wants to appeal to the masses, but still) made it damn difficult to be certain who died. Only one knew of the glass prison, however.
  • What was CAlec hoping to do with the giant Toblerone Orange Time Device slice? If he came so close to making one, why didn't he make it the proper size? Something has to be up with that.
  • The Freelancers lair being taken over by Liber8 makes me wonder if they don't eventually become the organization thorough an odd time-loop dawn. The "traveler" knows all and seems to be pulling the strings.
  • It's very cool that the finale didn't reset time again, but instead brought the future into the present through some sort of wormhole that was activated by the beacon (didn't you get that impression?). It seems Brad's future starts right now.

This was an absolutely amazing season and a very fitting finale. We don't currently have any doubles that we know of left. The "traveler" is the outlier. Is that an elderly, dreadlocked Kellog? It wouldn't surprise me if that bastard made it forward 1000 years only to return to ensure he could do it all over again.

What did you think of the finale? Are you aching for more? Watch Continuum online because right now that's all we have. Here's hoping we meet again!

Who is the "traveler"?

 

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Wolfshades

I binge-watched the last four episodes, primarily because it was otherwise hard to follow. So many different plot lines, to go along with the various timelines, just made it a chore. Binge-watching actually helped a lot: I'm guessing that this series - especially the final season - would have done much better with ratings if had been posted all at once on Netflix. That said, the writing was otherwise quite good, as was the acting. As a native of Canada, I can tell you that we don't take kindly to being tracked. We're probably on a par with America that way. But, like America, I think we take a lot of gadgets for granted, and don't stop to consider the many ways in which our metadata is put out there. As a prime example: Facebook. As another: smartphones in general. Both of these mediums track a heck of a lot of our collective data - data that we trust is not being used against us. Enter NSA and yadda yadda….now our governments have the ability to know everything about us. I didn't find the Steve Jobs-like auditorium deal hard to believe at all. Remember when the first iPhones came out? People did exactly like the show described: they missed work, and they lined up outside of stores just to get this new gadget. Watch the same thing happen when the Google Glass product launches, or when the new Apple iWatch makes its debut. We love technology - all of us, not just Canada - and we'll trample each other in an effort to be the first one on the block with one.

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@ Douglas Wolfe

Netflix posts a season-at-a-time and had season 2 up pretty quick after it finished airing on TV. My bet is the producers want the eyeballs watching more than they want to hardball on price to air "used merchandise", so odds are good that season 3 will be ready for binge watching. If you were LUCAS INGRAM you would Google a "proxy" server in Canada and log in there, then re-route to Showcase and watch full episodes for free. But that takes a genius-lever hacker to pull off that feat, so I guess waiting on Netflix is all there is for regular people. http://liber8-gilead.blogspot....

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@ Douglas Wolfe

Maybe I'm tainted because I worked for a company who was merely trying to get doctors and hospitals all of a patient's health information in real time (no records changing hands and all that) that I find it so hard to believe. Even the pros, who you would think would want that information at hand didn't take well to the idea. While all of your examples do track our data, they aren't promoted as such. Halo was there primarily to track data -- not to talk to friends, make a phone call, etc. I think it's all dependent upon the gadget. Remember the Segway? That was going to change the future of transportation. Instead it changed the future of city tours and makes people look like asshats. LOL Having binge watched, were the motivations of Brad or the traveler any clearer?

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@ Carissa Pavlica

"Having binge watched, were the motivations of Brad or the traveler any clearer?" Insufficient Data. Brad is motivated by family loss and grief, plus patriotism, and testosterone gladiator self-image, anger, hate, sense of purpose, loyalty. The usual stuff. He's a sucker, fell for Curtis Chen's story first about Alec & Kiera, fell for a whopper about his time beacon. He's not a deep thinker. Like Kiera, it's been years since he had a hot date. Rastafarian Mon say's it has begun -- he expected this was going to happen sooner or later. What "it" is waits until season 4 for elaboration. It could be that the robo warriors are police chasing him through time, Kiera's-CPS upgraded. These could be the real "Freelancers" -- Catherine's people never called themselves "Freelancers" and in fact described themselves as a self-appointed vigilante cult to oppose "Freelancers" (anarchist time travelers). Catherine feared "something" never described. Perhaps these robo warriors is that something. She feared Rasta-Mon too, kept him in dungeon. She knew stuff we don't, and now we find out the "Hard Way", because Chen killed her.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I hear you! The gathering and management of real time patient information is rife with objections and (most importantly) the inherent confusion that comes with cross-platform multi-formatted patient records. It's a huge task - here in Canada, the effort is there, but it's a constant uphill battle. Halo wasn't being touted as an information-gathering device, so much as a health device. They put the emphasis on that, which made it more palatable to the masses. Although Travis' transmission which interrupted the halo presentation shouldn't have come as much of a surprise to the audience. The pitfalls of a Big Brother device like that should have been obvious from the get-go. Still, I maintain that there is a mass innocence/willful ignorance about devices in general. Many people are starry-eyed at the prospect of new technology and will go out of their way to get their hands on it. I know I'm repeating myself a bit, but look at the buzz around the iWatch: it too is being touted (probably leaked by Apple) as a new wearable health device. In fact, it's the *ultimate* health device, making others obsolete. It's going to transmit your data to your other iDevices, I think - and therein lies the hole. If it transmits to the cloud, where else can it go? Most people I know tend not to think about such things. As to your question: no, binge-watching didn't answer all of my questions about Brad, and it for sure didn't shed much light about the traveller. I think your guess as to it being future Kellog is brilliant - and it's something I hadn't considered. It makes sense - the man is far more nasty and opportunist than either of the young Alecs (or old Alec) were.

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Now I am thinking everyone was right last week with the Traveler being Kellogg (I had a whole Julian theory). Honestly, I am hoping Brad was only a dupe. But that conversation just before he was sent off seemed to indicate something more nefarious, combined with the fact that Brad was so very unhappy pretty much once Alec and Emily reappeared and basically tried to get Kiera to talk him into using the beacon. Like that his feelings for Kiera, Alec, Liber8 and all of that are actually real. He is committed to that warning he gave the group in Alec's old lab that there is no more time traveling and this is the timeline. But, I wonder did he really realize that the beacon was likely leading an attack team to the location. But then also, and this was pointed out by someone else, Jason's glasses. Wouldn't Kellogg have known? I mean, those were being used as spyware. The only caveat is that Kellogg couldn't have known which Alec survived (so that explains why he would want to take over) but he has to know this Alec is not actually good news for him. This Alec is from a future time, this Alec has a whole team behind him, and I have thought for some time that this version of Julian and Alec will get along brilliantly. I hope this gets renewed.

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@ Kate

Now that I've had time to digest it, I'm kinda worried about Brad, too. I really want Kiera to have a person from an alternate time on her side, someone who understands her. However, if he believed in Kellog, setting off the beacon if the wrong Alec was killed could have been his mission. Completely agree with you about this Julian and our Alec. It's a shame they haven't gotten to know each other yet, because they are far more kindred than the combinations of their own time.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Or, I guess since we know most of his game by now, Paul on Orphan Black.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I do ultimately think that Brad changed his mind and alliances but he might have talked himself into the explanation that he told Kiera about the beacon. And like that he hoped they had fixed things well enough. If you will, he sort of his on what I imagine is Ward's eventual trajectory on AoS or Tom's on the Blacklist only he already had given up his mission for love.

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I think the 'traveler' is Kiera's son Sam from her previous future.

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@ Elkhawk

Because there are so few people in your world? Why not Agent Gardiner? How about Kagame come back to life? Maybe it's Alec-2077 who joined a monastery and grew dreadlocks? There have been so many characters whom have passed away on this show what makes "Sam" so special or even "Kellog". This series bumps off and disposes of people every week. Maybe it's Catherine's future self? Maybe it's Kiera-2099? Probably it's Carlos, who doesn't have much of a role in a future without power, by candle light, so he volunteers to get sent to the future for training? Maybe it's Betty's son from that other timeline, the one you won't see until season 7?

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Who knows if we'll see more of Continuum??? I do hope we see more or Rachel Nichols soon if not... I applaud this season that just finished to be more thinking Sci-Fi than the first couple of seasons which was pretty much a cop show.. Maybe people who didn't like it prefer that??? Probably hurt ratings since it made it more difficult to drop in... Oh well.. Not many SCI-FI shows get conclusions and the ones to mind that did ( FRINGE, BSG), did not have well received ones... I'm glad the reviewer mentioned Invasion... That one season wonder deserved more...

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As far as both Alecs dressed alike, one was supposed to replace the other in the snatch plan, and Piron Alec dressed predictably, making SadTech Alec's clothing choice for him.

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Rodney p

Thanks writers for giving us THE WORST SEASON YET of Continuum. There was no point for this past season. This season was purely a total waste of time.

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@ RODNEY P

Yeah, I go to fan sites of TV shows which I don't like to leave comments because I have no life either. Is your mom's basement as cozy as mine? -- I love the mere steps to the washer-dryer feature.

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