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'Continuum' recap: Alec, meet Alec

Season 3 | Episode 4 | “A Minute Changes Everything” | Aired Apr 25, 2014

This week’s episode of Continuum begins in Kiera’s original timeline, when she was a Protector. In a major fire, she’s instructed to forsake a child in order to save corporate bigwigs, which, of course doesn’t sit well.

Images of dead Kiera haunt Carlos. He waits outside on the street for Julian Randol (Richard Harmon), future Liber8 founder and Alec’s half-brother. Carlos shows Julian a T-shirt with Julian’s face on it and warns him to lay low.

Continuum: s3 ep4: CarlossCampus security raids a Lions Gate University Liber8 party, which goes as well as anyone might imagine. Inspector Jack Dillon presides over a review of the disturbance. Carlos says to just let the kids be kids. Kiera, who has seen future Liber8, disagrees. Dillon notes that the situation has escalated; a gun was taken off of one of the security officers and is now “in the wind.” Carlos retrieves a list of outspoken Liber8-tied students from Betty’s office, noting a key taped beneath her bedazzled stapler.

Emily visits current-timeline Alec in his research office at Piron Corp. and tentatively takes in the space. She compliments his choice to eschew the corporate trappings in the executive office. Alec turns the convo to her relationship with his father, saying that his father knew her better. She swears that he knows her. Alec: “The heart is a feeble instrument — easily fooled.”

An aside: I don’t like this cold, detached Alec, but this is looking more and more like the correct version of events that leads exactly to the future that Kiera knows — i.e., Kiera was supposed to get zapped back into time; Alec was supposed to betray her and steal the device to travel a week back in time himself (prompting her to follow him) and warn Matthew Kellog about Escher; future Kiera is supposed to discover week-ago Kiera in a pool of their own blood; and Matthew is supposed to have Escher killed, so that Escher bequeaths his corporation to Alec, who will become a cold, detached old man who conspires to zap Kiera back in time … so on and so forth. Or not.

Alec and Emily conclude their “I love you, I hate you, I love you” conversation on a note that seems it will send Emily into the arms of passionate future-Alec, who risked everything and traversed time itself to save his beloved. When she tells current-timeline Alec that sometimes you have to endure hard experiences to be the kind of person who will put someone else first, she’s talking not about herself, but about the version of him that he cannot know (but probably will meet up with eventually, because it’ll be a blast when it happens). Then she says goodbye in a way that seems final. Sad-face Alec.

Continuum: s3 ep4: Liber8 protestersBack at the college, Kiera and Carlos investigate. Then she sees an old Liber8 friend and nearly chokes the life out of her. When they later request the assistance of a professor, Kiera stresses that Liber8 is a terrorist organization. The professor notes that some very famous rebel organizations throughout history — the United States’ Founding Fathers, for instance — have been labeled “terrorists.” Outside, a protest escalates, as security employs gas, leading to a confused situation in which the Liber8 protester Kiera choked gets shot.

At the first board meeting current-timeline Alec attends, he muffs a prepared speech — even with it written on index cards that he shuffles nervously. The board chairman (or so it appears) puts him out of his misery, telling him that he doesn’t have to continue, that they’re there to keep the transition running smoothly, and that if he really wants to contribute, he can head back to the lab, where they can best put his brain cells to use. No problemo! He decamps for his research office. Did I not mention that Inspector Dillon has taken his seat as the newest member of the board? He stares after Alec with a look that might be confused with pity, but then seems not that at all.

Continuum: s3 ep4: Kiera, CarlosIn reviewing the aftermath of the protest, Kiera and Carlos survey the scene, only to deduce that none of the protesters had guns. Someone’s lying. “Does this feel a little Kent State to you?” Carlos asks. “The old student revolution?” Kiera replies. “Never mind. I don’t even know why I brought it up,” he sighs. In the week-future timeline, Carlos turned to Liber8 in the end — will his discontent in this timeline lead to the same result?

Julian is stopped by TV news personality Diana Bolton (Michelle Harrison), who asks where his outrage is about the protest. “Where’s yours?” he spits into the camera.

Matthew catches up with a current-timeline Alec post-boardroom bombing and advises the downtrodden young Jedi to stop playing their game. He opts for a Star Trek metaphor, however: There’s no Kirk or Picard among them, and Alec needs to disengage or, Matthew says, “Find yourself a shark.” I’ve mixed a mixed metaphor. He should’ve said, “Stop being a redshirt, and find yourself a Vulcan” — or something. (Nerd!) In any case, Kellog would be happy to play the role of shark in this scenario.

In Dillon’s office, the inspector, Kiera and Carlos are on three different sides of the protest: Dillon with the corporate interests, Kiera against anything Liber8 and Carlos with the students. Carlos seems particularly petulant about the agendas flying around the room. Betty — who has her own agenda — swings by Carlos’ desk later, offering help with booking evidence. Kiera meets with the officer who shot the three students, but just as she’s about to get information from him, Dillon comes in and demands the room. Kiera drags her theories and philosophies over to Carlos and heaps them on his shoulders: “The system protects the people, right? Then, in order to protect the people, we must protect the system.” Carlos does not like Big Brother-robot Kiera — neither do I.

Julian’s TV newsperson stalker accosts him at a memorial for his dead followers. She’s all: Come be on my show! And he’s all: Get off! But then he bites: If he comes on the show, he’d say the shooting was a murder. Ordered by whom? she asks. He names Carlos, which I did not see coming. Unless … is there a conspiracy afoot?

Carlos and Kiera raid some college dorm rooms and find the gun lost earlier. The boy allegedly responsible faces Carlos in the interrogation room, but Kiera scanned him at the scene and he didn’t have residue on his hands. Carlos wants to investigate the old-fashioned way, because Kiera’s supersuit diagnostics aren’t admissible in court.

Jaqueline tries to cheer Alec up. He’s not so easily manipulated just now, however. When she leaves, he gets on the phone. Calling a shark, eh? Who could it be?

Julian appears on Diana’s show, making a case that Detectives Fonnegra and Cameron assassinated one of the Liber8 protesters during the confusion. When the cameras stop recording, she turns off the hard-nosed-reporter act and turns smarmy: “You’ve got the gift, son. Wow, you are electric.”

Fonnegra skulks around a dark warehouse of some sort. Gah! He’s visiting the corpse of current-timeline Kiera! He’s having a chat with her! He swigs from a paper-bag-wrapped bottle of presumably booze and tells corpse Kiera (basically) that he misses her.

The professor brings Kiera to meet with the outspoken college Liber8 member, who tells her that he found the gun and that Rebecca, the dead Liber8 gal, was a good person. Then the professor shows Kiera photos of police picking up the gun. They put it under that boy’s pillow, he says.

Kiera breaks the news to Carlos, who’s absolutely weary. He’s also discovered that Betty’s Liber8 activities have continued. He confronts her. She sputters, but he doesn’t want to hear it.

That kid in jail? Framed by the police, who were trying to divert attention away from their brother in blue. Dillon says the officer has to admit his guilt in the shooting or else they have to proceed with the boy as a suspect.

Alec returns to the board room. He’s more confident and pitches an idea to provide technologically advanced, militarized gear to police departments. Turns out the shark Alec called was — Dillon! The inspector agrees with Alec on every point and will make a powerful ally, says Jaqueline after the meeting. Also, she says, the insurance company won’t pay for damages to the antimatter lab because of the video evidence of Alec’s experiment. Alec: Wha? Roll the tape! Alec sees himself arriving from the future! Not as big a bang as I thought it would be, but the look on his face is still rather priceless.

Julian visits Carlos. Am I wrong that this conversation is super-cryptic in a way that suggests I don’t know half of what’s going on?

Trigger-finger officer shows up at the memorial, where Kiera places flowers. He tells her he’s not confessing to anything because he’s been told the outcome would be considered inconclusive.

Continuum: s3 ep4: fire victimsFlash forward to the aftermath of the fire. Kiera’s supervisor informs her that since she chose to save the girls instead of the corporate officers, she’s going to have to pay for the lost investment. As she passes behind a line of her fellow Protectors, they hold out their hands for her to squeeze — the only show of support they can offer her without upsetting their superiors or being recorded and betrayed by their own CMR suits.

Alec in the lab: He’s spying on future-Alec. The suited corporate bigwig confronts the damaged, scrappy nerd about what he’s doing there, but scoffs when future-Alec says, “Emily.” Where’s the device? Future-Alec won’t say. “If this was Star Trek, we’d fight now,” says current-timeline-Alec. “But it’s not,” says future-Alec. They agree that they won’t be friends. Later, in future-Alec’s hotel room, an intruder turns out to be half-naked Emily, who pushes him down on the bed. “I choose you,” she says, planting a kiss with the promise of more.

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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