Continuum S02E04 – Second Skin

 

In what could have been a goofy and silly episode – geeky civilian gets hold of a CPS suit, this week’s ep ended up being poignant, thrilling, and continued to move the Liber8 splinter groups agenda forward.

In the future segment, we get to see Kiera (Rachel Nichols)on a simulation that sees her freezing when Travis (Roger Cross) is holding her son hostage. Her partner Elena (Caitlin Cromwell) comes to her aid. We’re also given a reminder that she was in the execution room before the time-jump.

secondBack in modern-day Vancouver, the Liber8 faction over seen by Travis and Garza (Luvia Petersen) are upping their campaign and blowing up oil trucks, 7 in 4 hours, which starts to get people on their side, as they begin to punish corporations people already see as guilty.

I hope we get more of this idea, but without all the violence. Adding the violence in, it’s easy to see Liber8 as simply a terrorist faction, no matter what the ideology behind them, violence and the assault on the innocents, even as collateral damage, tends to make them look bad. But if they can find a way to get their ideas out there without violence, they may be able to incite the revolution they are so eager to have happen.

While this is going on, Alec (Erik Knudsen) is starting (finally) to have a bit of a flirt with the girl at the coffee shop, and also learns that there’s a spike in the data stream, indicating someone is using one of the Suits.

As Kiera tracks it down, she discovers that her partner has been here since 1975, and her suit was just sold at a garage sale. It falls into the hands of a dry-cleaner, Rex (Patrick Gilmore), who uses it as a sci-fi costume, until he learns that it can protect him.

lexaAt that point, the episode could have gone right off the rails into goofy, Greatest American Hero territory, but it didn’t, as not only Kiera starts hunting it down, but both sides of Liber8, which ends up seeing Travis in a knock down drag out fight with Rex, while Garza, who seems to get the upper hand, takes on Sonya (Lexa Doig).

The moments Kiera gets to spend with Elena are really nice, and add a lot of soul to the episode, especially at the close of the episode. Kiera’s been back in our time for a while, and she’s kind of kept a lid on things for a while, but she lets it slip for a moment, as she and Carlos (Victor Webster) share a nice moment.

Carlos also calls a gang member an ‘ass-clown,’ which made me laugh, because that’s a phrase I never tire of using myself!

Continuing to snoop around the edges, especially when he hears that there’s a suit involved is Agent Gardiner (Nicholas Lea) and he may or may not have gotten some information from Elena about the mysterious Escher.

I’m loving that this show continues to play it smart, and wants to challenge its viewers while entertaining them.

I hope the writing and the pace keep up…

What did you think of this week’s ep?

Continuum airs Sundays on Showcase.

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