Everybody on Continuum keeps fumbling the ball, and it all adds up to accelerating dystopia — a world that's going to go south way faster than it did in the "original" timeline. The only question is, who's making the absolute worst decisions? Let's break it down. Spoilers ahead...
First off, sorry I missed recapping last week's Continuum, due to the Memorial Day holiday and stuff. If I'd recapped it, I would have written something along the lines of, "We're starting to see corporations going to war against each other, and this show is maybe getting a little too unsubtle in its 'corporations are evil' messaging, instead of sticking to the gray areas."
This week, the storyline about Greypoint Security, a division of Sonmanto, continues. A plucky young guy is stealing advanced tech from various corporations — including Piron — and it turns out he's working for Greypoint. Kiera and Carlos discover the truth and arrest the thief plus the main Greypoint thug, who shot Betty. And meanwhile, Kiera is babysitting an amnesiac who knows her name and turns out to be (not surprisingly) from the future.
So who makes the worst decisions this week? Surprisingly, for once, it's not Kiera.
Carlos is upset about Betty's death, and goes to rattle Dillon's cage even after Kiera warns him it's not a good time. Carlos wants to go after Betty's killers, but Dillon has basically made a deal to bury Betty's Liber8-mole past, and any investigation will just ruin everything. Carlos basically starts wearing a Liber8 armband at the VPD office, trumpeting his anti-corporate sentiments to anyone who will listen.
And meanwhile, Carlos does something shockingly dumb, which betrays Kiera's trust — he shows the other Kiera's dead body to Suit Alec. Carlos is still obsessed with the idea that the living Kiera isn't the "real" Kiera, even though she's given him no reason to believe that, and he says stuff that fuels Alec's paranoia. Plus it's totally predictable when Alec decides to rob Kiera's corpse (more on that in a bit.)
And finally, Carlos decides to take tips from Liber8, without being particularly subtle about it. (Carlos sympathizing with Liber8 and even working with them isn't a bad idea, but he could be a bit more sneaky.) And then he leads Kiera on a raid of the Greypoint HQ without a warrant, which means everything they get there is probably not admissable in court. (Unless Canadian law is really different.)
Alec, meanwhile, is continuing his streak of being really bratty to Kiera — so she didn't tell him that there was another version of her, who died. That's kind of a personal secret, and maybe she had her reasons? He could at least ask her.
Meanwhile, Alec has made the ill-advised decision to commit to a 60-day rollout for super-tech that won't even exist for a decade or more. And he's insisting on impossible specs — like, no galvanic mesh thingy on the back of the neck, the whole thing has to be just a magic bracelet. (Ya know, people might only need to wear this gizmo once a month. Almost nobody needs minute-by-minute health updates 24/7.)
And Alec has tried to dismiss his old partner Kellog, not remembering that Kellog is supersmart and from the future. In return, Kellog has been spying on Alec via Jason's clever specs, and has poached a lot of Alec's best people. Kellog sues Alec for breach of contract, and Alec has no defense. (I would get Kellog deported. He has no proof of citizenship, after all.)
So in the end, Kellog gets what he wants — Alec throws a ton of money at him and hires him as a consultant, giving him a seat on the board. Although, as Alec himself observes, this is probably just one stage on Kellog's nefariously zig-zaggy scheme.
And finally, there's Alec's stint of corpse-robbing, cutting up Kiera's dead body and removing some key part of her CMR — which is dumb less in a short-sighted way and more in a "bringing about future technology that people aren't ready for and hastening the collapse of civilization" way.
Dillon, meanwhile, is continuuing to have tunnel vision. Because he works for Piron, he seems to have bought into the idea that the corporations can never commit crimes and Liber8 is responsible for everything bad that happens.
When Dillon realizes that not only was Sonmanto's security subsidiary behind the Fermatas gas attack and the high-tech robberies, but they were watching everything he said or did, he seems pretty bummed. But it's not entirely clear if he's learned anything from this — Dillon seems like he's good at playing Tough Cop, but not so good at keeping an open mind.
And judging from next week's promo, it looks like Dillon is going to start realizing he's made a huge mistake hanging out his daughter as bait for Liber8.
Kiera's main questionable decision this time around is choosing to trust the amnesiac from the future. Who knows her name and has military training and nanotech, along with mysterious GPS coordinates that lead to a cemetary. And he has a wee device with a hologram showing himself with a woman and child, in the future.
He keeps hitting on her and giving the crazy-eye while saying he's crazy, and her response is, "Come crash on my couch for a few days."
Why does she trust him? Just her instincts. Even though he could easily be a Liber8 plant, or something worse. In a frame story, we see the time Kiera helped to bust an illegal operation that was removing people's citizenship chips, and it appears her mysterious house guest was the doctor helping to run that shop. (Update: Apparently it wasn't the same guy. Sorry about that.)
The Freelancers aren't in this episode, except for Curtis, who mounts an attack on Kiera that gets thwarted by her amnesiac friend. But I'm still nominating them for the people making the worst decisions — if their goal is to keep history from being changed too much, they've got a funny way of going about it.
They know Kiera's dead body is out there, but they make no move to get rid of it before someone like Alec plunders it. They know Alec is developing supersoldier tech years before it should exist. (Even if Alec says he's not interested in helping the military.) They know Greypoint is assembling the components of some kind of supersoldier gear — probably based on future knowledge. And their main play seems to be hanging around their headquarters, spouting platitudes at Kiera about preserving her dystopian future.
Of course, we still don't know what the Freelancers are hiding behind their fancy secret door.