Continuum Review: “Second Skin”

Kiera and Alec become aware of another time-traveler, a fanboy thinks he has super-powers, and the confrontation with Liber8 heats up as Alec tries to live his own life.

Title: “Second Skin”

Cast and Crew

Director: William Waring
Writer: Shelley Eriksen

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron
Victor Webster as Carlos Fonnegra
Erik Kundson as Alec Sadler
Karin Konoval as Old Elena
Caitlin Cromwell as Elena
Nicholas Lea as Gardiner
Roger Cross as Travis Verta
Richard Harmon as Julian Randol
Lexa Doig as Sonya Valentine
Luvia Petersen as Jasmine Garza
Jesse Moss as Shane Mathers
Brian Markinson as Inspector Dillon
Omari Newton as Lucas Ingram
Jennifer Spence as Betty Robertson
Magda Apanowicz as Emily
Carrie Fleming as Tammy

Full cast and crew information may be found here.


Kiera and Alec realize there’s another time-traveler about when they detect another suit in operation. The suit has fallen into the hands of an aging fanboy using it for cosplay— who soon develops the ideas he’s become some kind of superhero.

Both Liber8 and Kiera want the suit, but only Kiera has discovered its origin. It belonged to her old partner, Elena. Elena also got thrown back in time—but she landed in 1977, and exists in the present as an elderly woman.

High Point

This story made effective use of time-travel, and Karin Konoval shines as old Elena.

Low Point

Liber8’s discovery of the suit involves a needlessly far-fetched coincidence.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 This feels a little different than anything Continuum has done before, even if it ends with the requisite battle between Kiera and Liber8.

Effects: 5/6

Story: 5/6 The story offers us a little to think about regarding life’s tapestry, and the choices we make, in between the action sequences. It may not have been subtle, but it was worthwhile.

Jasmine Garza (Luvia Petersen )makes a memorably creepy entrance into the thrift shop, and we get the inevitable cat(suit)fight between Garza and Valentine.

Acting: 5/6 As with this week’s Doctor Who, an extra steals the ep.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 4/6 Next week’s episode, apparently, will finally have people confronting Kiera with questions they should have been asking last season.

In total, “Second Skin” receives 33/42