Continuum Season 1 Eps 7-10 (TV Show Review)
As far as I am concerned Continuum has been the find of the year for me. It started off in 2012 with a 10-episode first season, but has since been renewed for a third season, which actually closes out this coming Sunday. Having seen the first six episodes more than a month back, I got hooked in right from the start, partly because I consider Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Lexa Doig and Tony Amendola to be great actors, and partly because the story and characters were just so good. It was a streak that I was hoping the next four episodes would maintain successfully.
And they do. Episodes 7-10 deal a lot with the complexities of relationships that Rachel Nichols’ Kiera Cameron has with all the people around her, especially Victor Webster’s Carlos Fonegra and Erik Knudsen’s Alec Sadler. That’s not all of course, for many other characters occasionally take the spotlight too, but it is a fact that episodes 7-10 of Continuum‘s first season are pretty damn god, as good as the previous six episodes, if not better in fact. Each episode offers something completely different from each other, and is all the better for it.
The seventh episode deals with contemporary union politics in 2012 Vancouver, with Kiera and Carlos getting drawn in on a murder investigation where the victim is an investigative journalist and a friend of Carlos’. The prime suspect also happens to be another friend of Carlos, with the possible motive of campaign financial fraud (he is running for a top union seat). The best thing about this episode is how writer Sara B. Cooper interweaves issues of trust and friendly judgement into the story. With all the secrets that Kiera is hiding, she isn’t one to lecture someone else on keeping secrets, but she does get put into that kind of situation and seeing how she and Carlos deal with all the crap thrown their way really brings out the best in their relationship. They started off as friendly enough, but they’ve slowly developed into a team as well, and in a team, the members watch out for each other. That’s what the thrust of this episode is, I think, and I enjoyed that. It also put Kiera in a more dominating position than usual and I liked that we get to see some really cool high-tech futuristic forensics here.
The eighth episode deals with one of my favourite elements of SF shows, virtual reality/immersive software experiences. In this case, we see two very odd murders happen where the killers commit suicide after killing their targets and it turns out that both killers worked as beta-testers for the same game development company that was making some really high-tech next-gen gaming experiences. This was an interesting episode because it dealt with Kiera’s CMR tech in a very personal way and it made the members of Liber8 a major threat in a really big way. After all, once you can control someone’s mind, how far can you go in the pursuit of your objectives? Liber8’s leader Edouard Kagame is absolutely brilliant in this episode, and while we don’t exactly see much of him, we do feel the effects of all that he has been working towards in this season, and Tony Amendola knocks it all out of the park.
Episode nine deals with Kiera and Carlos investigating Alec’s father for a possible high-volume purchase order for manure. Weird as that sounds, it turns out that for specific large orders like the one reportedly put in by Alec’s father, the city government needs to verify and confirm since horse manure can indeed be used as an explosive or something, in the right quantities that is. Seeing Kiera and Alec meet face-to-fate in the latter’s own turf was a most unique experience since it put a lot of pressure on him. Erik Knudsen was fairly good here, and we got to see him do a lot of cool things, things we’d never have seen otherwise. Best of all though, was that Kiera finally got her suit back. It had malfunctioned a while back and was under Alec’s keeping, so that he could repair it. Now that she gets it back in this episode, she kicks ass and takes names all the way.
Episode ten is as great a finale as I could have wanted. It brings together everything that has happened so far in this show’s first season, and it really puts a capstone on all of it. Watching this episode, and knowing that the ending was going to be big, for show-creator Simon Barry was the writer on this one after taking a break since the third episode, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. With everything that happens in the previous episode, neither of our trio of main characters are in a good place right now and even as we deal with the fallout of all of that, we also see Kagame finally put his big plans into motion, plans that will chance the course of history in a way that no one can imagine. Given how the finale ends, Kiera is going to be in an even worse situation by all accounts, and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.
With the first season over, there are obviously some thoughts I have on how the show has tackled everything, most importantly: its lead character Kiera Cameron.
When the show started, Kiera was a bit worse off in comparison to the other characters, but over the course of this season, she has really come into her own, to the point where she can properly navigate her way around 2012 technology and society without raising any real suspicions. She’s been strong in the way that doesn’t imply physical or just even mental strength, she’s been strong in a way that she appears to be just a normal character, a cop who is willing to go above and beyond to do her duty. She’s made friends along the way and she’s always stuck to her principles, even if that means that she might have to refuse a chance to go back to her own time, to her husband and her son. She’s been entirely natural, and that’s what I love about her.
In addition, Victor Webster’s Carlos Fonegra has proven to be quite the sounding board for Kiera, and no better time than episodes 7 and 10, which was really, really good in that regard. He almost always played second fiddle to Kiera as well, so that was a neat bit of role-reversal since female characters, especially cops, don’t really get to take the lead so much and certainly not on the same level as Kiera does.
Then there’s the fact that Simon Barry and all the writers have done an incredible job working in the mystery of how and why Kiera got sent back in time herself and just what it all means. Carrying through an entire season is no mean task here and it is more than evident here.
In the wake of shows like Arrow, The Blacklist and Agents of SHIELD ending, Continuum is certainly proving to be as a great a show as could be expected, and I love every single moment.
Posted on June 21, 2014, in Continuum, Review Central, TV Show Reviews and tagged Action, Alec Sadler, Andrea Stevens, Boy Meets Girl Film Company, Brian Markinson, British Columbia, Canadian-American TV Show, City Protective Services, Continuum, Continuum Season 1 Episode 10, Continuum Season 1 Episode 7, Continuum Season 1 Episode 8, Continuum Season 1 Episode 9, Continuum Season 1 Finale, Crime, Crime Drama, Cyberpunk, Detective Betty Robertson, Detective Carlos Fonnegra, Drama, Edouard Kagame, Erik Knudsen, Female Heroes, Female Protagonists, Female-Centric TV Shows, Floyd Kane, GK-TV, Inspector Jack Dillon, Jasmine Garza, Jennifer Spence, Kiera Cameron, Lexa Doig, Lucas Ingram, Luvia Petersen, Luvia Peterson, Matthew Kellog, Omari Newton, Patrick Williams, Paul Shapiro, Protector Kiera Cameron, Rachel Nichols, Reunion Pictures Inc., Review, Review Central, Roger Cross, Sara B. Cooper, Science Fiction, Showcase, Simon Barry, Sonya Valentine, Stephen Lobo, Syfy, Tahmoh Penikett, Time Travel, Tony Amendola, Travis Verta, TV Show, TV Show Review, Vancouver, Vancouver Police Department, Victor Webster, William B. Davis, William Waring. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.