Continuum – Second Listen

by Alan Rapp on July 28, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Continuum – Second Truths
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Continuum - Second Listen

Introduced in last week’s episode, “Second Listen” picks up the thread of Kiera (Rachel Nichols) and Agent Gardiner (Nicholas Lea) working together to find out who is stealing the bodies of time travelers, and why. When every clue leads to a dead end, including the drivers of the van who have simultaneous strokes in front of Kiera and Gardiner before they can properly be questioned, the mystery only deepens sending Kiera to Mr. Escher (Hugh Dillon) for help. Although the mystery man offers far less than he knows, he does give Kiera a way to identify the group of time traveling freelancers by the tiny tattoos between their fingers.

Gardiner continues to make headway on the case by investigating the law offices who handled the insurance policies on each man they are able to tie to the group, but Kiera is forced to abandon it when Alec‘s (Erik Knudsen) roommates are killed and the boy genius is kidnapped by Garza (Luvia Petersen), who through the flashforwards we get in this episode we discover has a rather intimate relationship with the older Alec (William B. Davis) in the future and was given a specific purpose by the old man – find and kill Alec Sadler. Thankfully, his quick thinking and the timely arrival of his cop buddy from the future stop the plan from literally being executed.

Alec’s brush with death gives him the confidence and focus to continue his work without the weight of future expectations on his shoulders, which was probably the old man’s plan all along. The situation also helps cement Alec’s relationship with Emily (Magda Apanowicz), for both of them and even gets Kiera to give the woman a real chance. Although Gardiner makes progress in his investigation it ends abruptly with the agent’s death leaving the true motives of the freelancers and their body snatching unsolved and leaves Kiera to continue forward without her favorite frenemy.

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