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'Continuum' recap: The future explodes into the past

Season 3 | Episode 7 | “Waning Minutes” | Aired May 16, 2014

Continuum, episode 207: Curtis imprisoned (Syfy)Kiera makes a visit to the Freelancers’ aquarium holding pens. Imprisoned Curtis, guilty of killing current-timeline Kiera, tells future Kiera she sleepwalked through life, which gnaws at her. She turns for solace, but only sees some old pals, including future Alec and a familiar tattooed face also in the units.

Flash forward: Kiera battles tattooed Stefan Jaworski (Mike Dopud).

Once he’s overcome, she has him transported via a flying CPS vehicle, but a crash obliterates the vehicle, killing all on board except Protector Kiera and the prisoner. Kiera wakes to a glitchy CPS suit and stumbles toward the prisoner: “On your knees!” She knocks him to the ground. He asks her to heal him: “Would you mind pulling this piece of fascist gunship out of my leg?” That done, he tries to bribe her to let him walk away, suggesting she claim to have blacked out in the crash and he disappeared. Not happening, she says. He then gives her a hard time for talking the official line even when no one is listening, and claims she doesn’t know what he’s about. “I know what any citizen needs to know about you: It’s either you or us,” Kiera says.

Desert-survivalist-types come along and march them away at gunpoint to a secret location, where Jaworski’s reception doesn’t go too well: “This man is wanted on charges of murder!” The inhabitants are Gleaners, who “eke out a living as free men.” The doctor — a less militant version of our old Liber8 friend Sonya Valentine — checks out her CMR, and just to be safe, blocks it by a null field. The device would wipe out some of her memories if she tries to remove it, she warns. In explaining her association with the Gleaners, Sonya says, “These people live an honest life — there’s nobility in that.”

Kiera’s husband, Greg, meets with a SadTech corporate rep. What he’s selling: Kiera has been declared inactive and the SadTech actuary is trying to settle up, but no one told Kiera’s husband that she died (perhaps because she hasn’t).

Kiera continues defending the status quo to the camp: What works for 30 people can’t work for 30 million. The Gleaner leadership explain that the community came about because of corporate control over seeds for farming; they made it so that seeds wouldn’t grow without all of their fertilizers and such. The Gleaners busted out of that monopoly.

Continuum, episode 207: Kagame recovers (Syfy)Sonya talks with someone behind a curtain — it’s Liber8 leader Edouard Kagame, recovering from a gunshot wound.

Kiera continues having to face the music for atrocities committed by CPS. One armed Gleaner says that an inspector came by his family’s farm and shot his father because they were unregistered. She’s sorry. “It’s the apology they’ve all been waiting for,” Jaworski says.

Kagame discusses the literature he shared with Sonya and encourages her to open her mind to other possibilities. He also wants to know about the CPS officer.

Jaworski tells Kiera that it’s in their interests to cooperate — with each other — and get the hell out of there.

Kagame cuts himself and bleeds into an apple. I cringe and think, WTF?

The Gleaner leadership debate their options: One says they need to protect Kagame. Another says that they could make some money off the Liber8 dude. They don’t quite know what to make of Kiera, but agree to question her: “See how strident this Protector is.”

Bound together, Jaworski and Kiera both try to manipulate their guard, the one whose father had been shot. News flash: It’s not working. But the doctor comes in and stops him from killing either of them. “When we get out of here, I’m going to make you pay,” Kiera promises Jaworski. He tells her that she knows she’ll be disposed of because she will sell the Gleaners out.

Watching a Gleaner farmers’ market, Jaworski notes that the Gleaner food is being purchased by officials. Kiera: Really? Future Kiera is so naïve.

Kagame wants to know the doctor’s story. She says she was offered a job in the SadTech supersoldier program. She couldn’t turn it down, but also couldn’t accept it. They discuss how the program strips away humanity: “It’s inhuman,” says the doc. But the Gleaners — are they truly free?

Kagame bled into fruit so that he would be traced by 2076-ish Alec Sadler, who tells his Protectors: “All acts are authorized. Maximum response.”

Continuum, episode 207: Jaworski scan (Syfy)The bounty hunter and Kiera are subjected to scans, and Kiera learns she’s been declared dead. Jaworski: “Aw, you bummed her out. She still thought the cavalry was coming.” He is on the 10-most-wanted list and the reward is 50,000 bit currency or life credit. Jaworski directs them to a contact, who offers 1 million bit currency. You can walk away, says Kiera. If you do this, your community breaks your truce. Jaden (Ben Cotton) excuses Kiera and Jaworski, looks up Kagame and realizes how wanted the Liber8 revolutionary movement leader is.

Old SadTech corporate nightmare Alec is informed that Kiera may be alive. He says to leave the hubby to him.

Kiera experiences blindness and headaches from the nullifier unit and collapses, after giving speeches about how wrong her captors are. She wakes up in the medical hovel and starts talking to Kagame. He tells her the Gleaners care about her well-being and says how sorry he feels for her: “You’re conditioned to see the world in a certain way — like a dog.” He hopes she gets over it and, when her symptoms come raging back, he instructs her to push the button for another dose of sedative.

The Gleaner leaders discuss whether to keep on or take off Kiera’s nullifier. Doc: It could kill her. It’s not a chance they should take. Take it off.

Your visual field will clear in a couple of hours, Sonya says after removing the device, then knocks her out with some sedative.

The bounty hunter, taking a walk with Jaden, realizes he has been set up. This isn’t a friendly stroll to trade him to his contact.

Sonya catches Kagame packing up. He tells her: I’m being betrayed. I’m leaving. I could make it with your help. She agrees to take him only so far.

Kiera wakes and discovers everyone gone. She hides, and stops a Gleaner who comes by. Where’s Jaworski? The frightened woman says, “I feel like we’ve made a terrible mistake.” On their walk, the Gleaner guide feels ill. Kiera IDs her symptoms as pregnancy and says they’ll walk and talk. As they do, they run across splayed-out Jaworski. But rescue is imminent: A team of Protectors picks up Kiera, the preggers woman and Jaworski.

Alec talks to Greg and tells him that Kiera’s dead, and he should tell her son that she served a higher cause. But she’s not, so — I’m not sure where they’re going with that move.

The Gleaners are bombed out of existence.

Continuum, episode 207: Kagame, Sonya escape (Syfy)Kagame and Sonya witness the destruction. Kagame: “What the corporation cannot own, it destroys.” Sonya doesn’t want to be a revolutionary, but Kagame urges her to take the supersoldier job: “You’ll be on the inside. That is your purpose. You will heal us all.”

Jaworski and Kiera talk on the transport. “Enjoy your cage,” she says. He: “Even in the cage, I’ll be freer than you’ll ever be.” (Am I sensing some electricity between these two? When Jaworski is awakened in the past, as he inevitably will be, will he make moves on her?)

In the present past, Kiera talks to Catherine: “Each of us is judged by what we leave behind.” Alec said that — will say that. Kiera: Jaworski says I was asleep, and so did Curtis. There’s something to what they see. “Zealotry,” Catherine says. “Commitment,” Kiera corrects. “I’m not asleep anymore.”

Future Alec wakes to find Curtis has hanged himself, but when guard comes, only-mostly-dead Curtis wraps his legs around the guard’s neck and breaks it.

Next week’s preview suggests that Kiera is truly switching sides. If so, it’s the biggest turning point yet.

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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