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'Continuum' season 3 premiere: Dang — somebody broke space-time again

Season 3 | Episode 1 | “Minute by Minute” | Aired Apr 4, 2014

When we left Continuum at the end of season 2, distraught computer genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) had robbed law enforcer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) of her chance to get back to her family in 2077 by using the time-travel device himself. Timeline enforcers the Freelancers took Kiera and anyone else not of 2012 into custody and locked them up in a kind of garden of single-serve, people-size Tupperware that would make it extremely embarrassing to have any sort of bodily function more complex than a hiccup.

As we return, we discover that Alec’s time jump has landed him in the same spot, but at that point, it’s an active lab, and Alec is surrounded by melting equipment. The bewildered researchers call for security.

Kiera is still being held in the future-people tanks, and the Freelancers pull her out for a chat. They blame her for Alec’s time travel. Curtis (Terry Chen) interrogates her about Alec: “When is he?”

Alec hides portions of the device in a park, burying them and entering their GPS coordinates into his phone.

Back to Kiera, who divulges that Alec went to save his girlfriend, Emily (Magda Apanowicz), from being killed — a week ago, she deduces. She recalls their fight and flight, and says to Curtis, “How are you alive? I killed you, I remember.” Curtis says he’ll let her in on his secrets soon enough, but this is a war, and all wars have sacrifice in common.

Alec runs straight for Emily, but stops when he sees week-ago Alec. Jason (Ian Tracey), 2077 elderly-Alec’s discombobulated middle-age son, appears beside week-later Alec. “Who are you?” he asks, nodding in the direction of week-before Alec (who hasn’t seen them). Alec explains that he’s from a week in the future and that Emily is in danger. Jason may be loony tunes, but he’s always so sweetly helpful.

Curtis brings Kiera to meet Catherine (Rachael Crawford), keeper of the cells. “Head freelancer?” asks Kiera. Yep. A war started 100 years after Kiera was born. Technology for time travel found its way into the hands of criminals, so someone went back 1,000 years to look out for and eliminate future-people crimes. “We are simply guardians of history,” Catherine says. They ask their members to avoid time travel. The important part: Destiny is not set. The continuum is like a tree, she explains, and can grow wild or be cultivated. When Alec went back, he grew a new branch, and now he may not become the corporate titan he does in the current timeline, which would impact every human on the planet. They’re on the same side, she explains to Kiera: We’re all now fighting for continuity.

Jason and Alec go to Alec’s old lab. Matthew Kellog (Stephen Lobo) enters. Alec tells Matthew that he’s not going to allow him to do bad, selfish things. Matthew doesn’t know what the hell Alec is talking about: “I would never —” Alec: “Trust me, you already did.” Alec says Matthew needs to focus on the real threat: Stan Escher (Hugh Dillon), who pulled a Darth Vader move last season and outed himself as Alec’s father. Alec sums it all up: He’s got a power source that can work the time-travel device, which means he’s a danger to everyone and everything.

The Freelancers have been collecting people throughout the years. Kiera wants to know how she could possibly help. And she’s very hostile to the idea. They want her to join forces with them to undo the damage Alec can cause by being out of his timeline. As Kiera is led away, she runs into Liber8’s Jasmine Garza (Luvia Petersen) in the stairwell. They eyeball each other, Kiera raises a brow, then both turn on their freelancer captors. Kung-fu fighting and tumbling down stairs ensue. Garza finally gets a gun and kills the two Freelancer guards. Kiera and Garza form an unsteady alliance to escape the complex: “You in or out?” Garza asks. “What about us?” Kiera asks. “When we get out of here? You don’t mess with me, I won’t mess with you,” Garza posits. Then the jailbreak alarm goes off.

Continuum s3 ep1: Emily, Alec (Syfy)As Alec and Jason walk together, Jason brings up the butterfly effect: If Alec changes one thing, a whole bunch of unexpected trouble could follow. Then, unexpectedly, Emily playfully tackles Alec on the street. They kiss. Jason exits with a grimace. In a coffee shop, Emily and Alec talk about going to Thailand. Emily wants to tell him something. Alec says to save it (he knows she’s a spy-guardian hired by his father to protect him). For now, he needs to go. He needs to find Kiera.

Kiera and Garza battle through the maze of a complex, trying to find their way out. A flying robo-surveillance unit discovers them. They blow it out of the air, then hide since they’ve been surveilled. Garza offers to get herself caught to give Kiera a chance to get away, but is killed instead of captured. Kiera escapes through a duct of some kind and finds herself overlooking a vast sky over a spillway, with the city in the distance. A violent lightning storm starts hitting the buildings as Curtis beats her into submission and leads her away.

He then brings Kiera before Catherine, who informs them that this timeline is breaking down. They want to send her back a week to Alec’s new timeline in a rudimentary time machine. Not a chance, Kiera says, but she finally agrees, given that she’ll probably be dead either way. Catherine says to stay away from week-ago Kiera. Current future-Kiera gets suited up and sits in the time machine. It’s like a compact version of the space-time-travel machine in Contact, but it looks like a ball-shaped censer.

Future Alec goes to the police station and tells week-ago Kiera where the device and its current keepers are. He also tells her to avoid getting framed, that he’s sorry, and so on and so forth — basically completely ignoring Jason’s warning about the butterfly effect. Kiera’s partner Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) is a man of few words this episode, but looks studly enough saying them.

Matthew goes to meet Escher. Matthew says they’re after the same goals. Escher is his usual bastard self. Matthew tells him to stay put. A change of perspective shows a gun barrel aimed at Escher. A shot is fired and Escher hits the ground. The gunslinger exits the museum and removes her face covering (that’s not a suspicious look at all), revealing Emily.

Current future-Kiera arrives in the week past. She releases Garza, who’s all, “What the hell are you doing? Why?” Kiera basically tells her to not look a gift horse yada yada. Continuum s3, ep1: Kiera, Garza (Syfy)Garza finds the spillway and performs a graceful dive off of it. Kiera gets caught and shows Catherine a smart-tattoo that holds codes that authenticate her appearance in this timeline under future-Catherine’s orders. Kiera tells them they have a problem: There are now two Alec Sadlers in this timeline. The bigger problem: determining which of the two results in the future everyone wants.

Alec packs his things in the lab and finds week-ago-timeline Kiera shot in the head. He realizes what he’s done: In changing the events of that timeline, he’s killed Kiera. Just as he’s about to collapse in despair, he turns to see week-future future-Kiera standing behind him.

My immediate thought: She shot herself because this week-ago timeline is now corrupted; however, the previews for next week say this will be a mystery to be solved. What do you think? Give us your theories in the comments.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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