Review: Continuum: “Zero Hour”

“Zero Hour” is also the title of one of my favourite Star Trek episodes.

The official logo for ContinuumThis “Zero Hour” isn’t quite as good as that “Zero Hour,” but it’s still another strong showing from Continuum.

Eschewing the pulse-pounding action of the last few episodes, “Zero Hour” focuses more on big reveals and evolving the characters’ relationships.

Kiera and Brad’s trust is frayed almost to the breaking point following the death of Lucas, and as evidence mounts that his comrades from the future are planning something terrible, their time as allies might be coming to an end.

Alec, meanwhile, is torn with doubt. He’s terrified that every choice he makes could spawn a new dark future. When the fate of the world, of time itself, rests on your shoulders, how can you ever be sure of anything? Is the future written, or can it be changed, and if so, should it?

As he struggles with these issues, Jason reveals what he already told Emily: that Emily was not his mother. Over Jason’s objections, Alec insists on tracking down and meeting the woman his future self married.

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron in ContinuumWhat follows is history’s weirdest — and for Jason, most awkward — family reunion ever. Adds a little levity to what has otherwise been a pretty grim season.

In the end, though, meeting the mother of his son does little to dispel Alec’s doubts. Aid, instead, comes from an unexpected source: Curtis.

Kellogg is burdened with doubts. With the minions of his future self still refusing to offer any answers, he must take matters into his own hands, and he comes to discover there is no one Mathew Kellogg won’t screw over — not even Mathew Kellogg.

Although “Zero Hour” lacked anything that would fit the traditional definition of action, I still found it quite exciting, and the hour flew by.

We got a lot of important revelations in this episode, and it went a long way towards both setting the stage for Continuum’s conclusion and fleshing out the backstory of the series to date. Many questions have been answered.

Also, dat paradox.

Kiera, Alec, and Carlos in ContinuumI also greatly enjoyed Alec’s arc. In the end, it’s always been about him, and his agonizing over the consequences of his choices gets to the very heart of what Continuum is about.

This is, I think, one of the best things about speculative fiction: the ability to take something we all identify with, and turn it up to eleven.

We’ve all doubted ourselves. We’ve all worried that our choices might prove wrong, that our plans might fail, that we may come to ruin despite our best efforts. How much worse, then, to have the weight of all space-time on your shoulders? To know that the future of the human race is in your hands, and that you already failed once?

Fantastic.

Kellogg’s humbling was also great to see. One wonders if there’s anyone left willing to save him. He’s been pretty good at burning his bridges.

My one complaint about this episode — and season four in general, really — is that I’m not digging the continued tension between Kiera and Brad. It feels like a waste of all their development from last season, and it’s all getting a bit soap opera for my taste.

Ryan Robbins as John Doe in ContinuumMy weird random thought of the night: I wonder who does the cooking for these big dinners with Kiera, Alec, and Liber8? I can’t see Alec being much of a cook. Kiera’s probably used to robots doing all her cooking, or something. Julian probably only knows how to make gluten-free crap. I’m not sure Jason is allowed near sharp things.

Maybe Garza? Wasn’t she running a restaurant at some point?

Anyway.

Overall rating: 7.8/10

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