We're still massively enjoying Continuum, the Canadian time-travel cop show. Episode three, "Wasting Time," which aired Sunday on Canada's Showcase network, was a an awesome blast of action and betrayal. The show is continuing to make great use of its setup, in which the future cop Kiera is always bouncing off her two "partners": Alec the teenage nerd in her head and Carlos, the wiseguy cop. Any time she's talking to both of them at the same time, it's usually quite entertaining. Also, this episode fleshed out the dynamics among our future terrorists nicely, and included a pretty brutal fight scene. But there's one question we're left asking. Spoilers ahead...
Actually, two questions. The first is: Did Curtis really have to die? It almost felt too sudden. We were just learning to hate his psychopathic ass, and now he's gone. The setup, in which the potential death of terrorist leader Travis makes the group start to splinter, was pretty fascinating to watch. Kellogg, the sociopathic con man, fears that Curtis will take leadership once Travis is dead — so he first tries to make a deal with Kiera, and then sets up Curtis to be killed. Meanwhile, Kiera is trying to track the group through a pair of murders they're committing to get Human Growth Hormone to cure Travis. The whole thing is pretty fun — and then Curtis is dead, and Kellogg is apparently out of the group. That was fast. I'm not sure whether to feel glad this show is willing to spring some huge twists this early instead of making us wait — or sad that all of the potential of Curtis and Kellogg's rivalry won't be fulfilled in future episodes.
But the other question is, how will the anti-corporate terrorists from the future, Liber8, connect up with Alec's stepfather and his anti-corporate group? It seems more and more likely that there'll be some connection — for one thing, the Liber8 gang is down to four members now, which is barely enough to share a couple pizzas, let alone pull off anything ambitious. For another, we've seen enough glimpses of Alec's stepdad and his anti-corporate meetings to know it has to be significant. And meanwhile, we know that Alec is going to grow up to be the head of one of those evil corporations — who also has some weird role in the gang escaping into the past. Oh, and who is that other teenager who keeps glaring at Alec during the Occupy Saskatoon meetings? Anyway, I'm cautiously optimistic that something really interesting might come out of the raw irony of a future corporate overlord having a stepdad who's possibly going to have some connection to a gang of anti-corporate rebels.
All in all, this show is continuing to be pretty darn entertaining — and it's refreshing to see a show that actually explores its own premise, instead of having random tangents like "everybody gets amnesia" or a dull "____ of the week" format. Here's hoping it keeps building on the stuff it's set in motion already. And that Curtis is somehow not really dead.