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'Continuum' recap: Leaders of men

Season 3 | Episode 5 | “30 Minutes to Air” | Aired May 2, 2014

2077-ish Travis Verta drops in on his family. He shouldn’t be there; he’s endangering his wife and child. A law-enforcement unit led by serpentine officer Brenner (Rowland Pidlubny) breaks up the reunion.

Liber8 protesters target Fermitas in Kiera’s current timeline. “Why Fermitas?” she wonders on the phone to Carlos. It’s a weapons manufacturer. Curtis Chen approaches Kiera offering his partnership. She, skeptical, goes to see Catherine, who tries to ease her mind, but still won’t give up some of the Freelancers’ secrets. Kiera wants to know what’s behind door No. 3.

Betty’s Liber8 hotline starts ringing — it’s Lucas. Insp. Dillon won’t allow her to answer it. He’ll wonder what’s wrong, she warns, before being led away. Carlos wonders if she might be right. Just wait, Dillon says. Kiera’s arrival is upstaged by the Liber8 protester, Chrissy (Laci J. Mailey), who trespassed on Fermitas, planted the banner and happens to be Dillon’s daughter. Bureaucratic overseer Nora (Catherine Lough Haggquist) offers Dillon some cooperation on his daughter’s case. It sounds painful. Chrissy’s mom Niky (Jenn MacLean-Angus) gives him an earful in the elevator. Is he doing everything he can for Chrissy? Can he call in some favors? He warns her that “Chrissy will be held accountable.”

Continuum 305: Kellog, Alec (Syfy)Matthew Kellog visits current-timeline Alec in his office-lab. He wants in on Piron. Alec dismisses him with a wave of his tablet, which happens to have a Sadtech settlement offer on it. “You’ll find another tech-savvy kid to profit by,” Alec says. “We both know that I’m not unique.” Kellog scoffs: “You kidding me? You’re the damned architect of the future.” Kellog tells him he’s been reading a management book — wait, no, Alec wrote the management book in time-traveling Kellog’s future past. This is the clearest sign yet that this Alec is the mogul Alec of the future, which, by deduction, very likely means that every time-travel episode that has happened up to this point is the groundwork by which Kiera’s original future timeline occurs. Her world and its oppressive government seem to be right on track.

Continuum 305: Dillon, Diana, Travis (Syfy)Dillon appears on Diana Bolton’s show to answer questions about the treatment his daughter will receive, which is silly because he basically is saying “she’s guilty,” which will be quite the indictment if she goes to trial. Maybe he fully intends for her to plead guilty and take her medicine. Never mind, though, as Travis shows up on set with an armed group of full-on Liber8 terrorists.

Later, Kiera and Carlos arrive on scene to find out Travis let most people go, but kept Dillon and eight other hostages. Inside, Travis worries that Lucas’ contact has gone silent. Lucas vows to handle it. Dillon prods Travis about what he hopes to accomplish — these terrorist-led hostage situations never work out well for the terrorists, which Travis should know. Stay tuned, says Travis.

Emily and future-timeline Alec find out their funds have been frozen while trying to withdraw money from an ATM. “When did I become such a dick?” Alec wonders, because they know it’s current-timeline him, corporate him, increasingly irascible him who has done the freezing. Emily: Why’s he like this? What’s the difference? Envy, suggests Alec. He traveled through time and he got the girl — both wins in his eyes. Current-timeline Alec doesn’t have those experiences — or the pain of the loss of original-timeline Emily — to shape his outlook.

Back at the scene of the hostage situation, Carlos informs us they have 30 minutes to give Liber8 access to the station’s satellite network or people will die, but Kiera points out that Liber8 employs tech whizzes who could easily hack into it. Carlos has fully taken charge — wonder what this development says about his future and why Liber8 seems so damn obsessed with him? He stalls so that he may send in a team and Kiera in her super-suit. (I write “super-suit” so often only because I hear Samuel L. Jackson’s voice in The Incredibles every time I do, and it makes me giggle: “Honey, where’s my super-suit?” Now you know.)

In with the hostages, the power goes out, but Lucas has it covered — in 3, 2, 1 … Then he informs us that they’re waiting for satellite codes. Weird. As Kiera said, he’s a tech genius — now awaiting codes? Travis warns Dillon not to try to be a hero (he will fail), shoots the other commentator for being annoying, then lays into Diana for being an embarrassment to journalism and to humanity generally. He calls her “a pretty, empty puppet.”

Kiera has infiltrated the station. You can tell because a Liber8 guy is getting beaten up by air. Travis talks to Carlos — he’s going to shoot Diana next if he doesn’t get what he’s asked for. Betty informs Carlos by phone that the network won’t give access to the satellites because it was bought out by arms dealer Fermitas, which made the purchase to keep Diana quiet on a story about the company. It was a hush-hush deal, but — meh — Lucas kinda sorta maybe found out somehow. “Not me!” says Betty. Kiera checks in again: all this fuss to broadcast a manifesto? Not Liber8’s style. She deduces that Liber8 found out about the purchase through the safety deposit boxes they ransacked in last week’s episode.

There’s a bomb blocking the police’s progress into the building. A Fermitas rep shows up: Basically there’s no way they’re giving up any satellite codes. Carlos suggests that some kind of cooperation may help retrieve whatever info Liber8 stole out of Fermitas’ safety deposit box.

Dillon wiggles out of his bonds and pulls a gun on one of the Liber8 members. Travis shoots the hostage. (Way to secure the hearts and minds of the people, Travis!) Carlos calls and informs Travis that they’re sending codes. Lucas is “retasking the satellites.” Travis gives a speech: “The future is coming. It wants only one thing from [our children]: obedience.”

Kiera faces an advanced bomb. Luckily, Alec calls in. Can you check … I’m at Piron, he says. You thought I was the other me, says Alec. Betrayed! There’s so much to explain, she says, but this is officially Not. The. Time. He bails. (Douchebag move, future-mogul Alec.)

Meanwhile, Kellog is cocktailing in the lab with a beaker full of whiskey. Future Alec shows up and kills a beaker (or two) himself. Kellog lets on that he knows he’s time-traveler Alec. Beware the dance, Alec, Kellog says — maybe Emily’s especially.

Betty tells Carlos that the codes won’t allow anyone to see the broadcast. Carlos confronts the Fermitas rep: The codes were fake, the corpses will be real and that will be on you. Fermitas plans on sending in mercenaries. Carlos: I don’t think so!

Lucas figures out the codes were fake. Travis is ready to kill. Kiera sets off the fire-extinguisher system and the room erupts in chaos. Diana and Dillon bolt, and Travis shoots after them. Find them, kill them, says Travis.

Carlos tells Betty to use her connection to send Travis the codes and stop the carnage to come. The police squad busts through. The codes work and Lucas sends word to Garza that she’s clear.

Garza and her team infiltrate some unknown facility. Travis’ speech is finally broadcast, but we discover it’s a recording when Travis and Lucas zipline to another building.

Garza has stolen a hard drive from Fermitas that proves it was spying on other corporations. The information will bring down the “corporate congress,” including Piron and that weasel Alec Sadler. As a bonus, Travis’ message was broadcast too.

Carlos explains that Liber8 stole information from a secret Fermitas server farm. They ask the Fermitas rep what was stolen, but he’s not telling.

At the police station, Carlos tries to defend Betty, but Dillon says she’s responsible for a lot of this mess. She needs to make it right. Diana is on TV saying what a stud Dillon is. He smirks.

Kiera approaches Carlos: “There were two heroes last night: Dillon and you. You are a leader of men, Carlos Fonnegra.” Foreshadowing!

Continuum 305: Dillon, Chrissy (Syfy)In the interrogation room, Dillon speaks to his daughter in private, revealing his own plot to have her infiltrate Liber8 to bring them down. She’s completely on board. Let the child-in-danger drama begin.

Kiera tries to make Dillon feel better when he exits the room to a barrage of (fake) verbal abuse. She’ll come around, she says. You’ll get your child back. “What do you know about it?” Dillon replies. Oh, Kiera knows about losing a child.

Flash forward to the moments before Travis was taken by law enforcement in the future. He also knows what losing a child feels like. Brenner slithers over to the couch to tell Travis’ daughter (Alyssa Wellington) that she’s a patriot for helping them apprehend terrorists; then he tells her mom (Aliyah O’Brien) that she should be very proud.

Do you think Kiera’s original timeline is on track? Or do you think it’s lost beyond all hope? Tell us in the comments!

Continuum airs Fridays at 10/9 C on Syfy.

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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