Continuum Review: “Second Wave”

Theseus takes the bull by the horns and addresses an Occupy Vancouver rally, future tech causes some difficulties, and some major characters find themselves in their enemies’ power.

BONUS: Learn why those cool brain implants may be a bad idea.

Title: “Second Wave”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Michael Rohl
Written by Matt Venables

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron
Victor Webster as Carlos Fonnegra
Erik Kundson as Alec Sadler
Richard Harmon as Julian Randol / Theseus
Luvia Petersen as Jasmine Garza
Roger Cross as Travis Verta
Omari Newton as Lucas Ingram
Brian Markinson as Inspector Dillon
Darcy Laurie as Martinez
Bruce Ramsay as Rosicki
Zak Santiago as Miller
Magda Apanowicz as Emily
Hugh Dillon as Escher
Terry Chen as Curtis Chen
Lexa Doig as Sonya Valentine
Jennifer Spence as Betty Robertson
John Cassini as Marco
Stephen Lobo as Matthew Kellog

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb


  • The police capture Garza and immediately resort to illegal techniques.
  • Kiera and Alec remain on good terms, and the future technology causes some major problems for everyone.
  • Kiera stumbles into a rally led by Theseus, and the tables turn very quickly.
  • The body-snatchers from the future return.
  • Alec encounters Escher as Emily realizes her feelings have complicated the situation.
  • Lucas Ingram struggles with memories of Chen and his own addiction to oxy.
  • Someone finally notices that Gardiner hasn’t been around lately.

High Point

The disturbingly plausible future tech resembles real technology, in both its advantages and drawbacks. In particular, this episode reminds us why permanent implants that access external signals/resources may not be a good idea.

Low Point

This week’s “Low Points” take the form of bothersome questions, so they’re not particularly low:

-Great! They’ve noticed Gardiner’s not around. Does anyone plan to follow up on that?
-How long will Betty linger in the background at her increasingly dangerous job?
-Just how many time-travelers from how many futures exist in our present? And will the series truly address the very serious problems created by multiple people able to manipulate history?

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Story: 5/6 The episode follows several plot threads without becoming overly confusing—unless you haven’t been watching the show, in which case the episode would make very little sense.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 The episode creates doubt and suspense over the outcome of several developments. Their willingness to kill characters helps here; in this instance, however, the character’s fate gets foreshadowed so clearly that it’s the equivalent of being appointed admiral by Darth Vader.

Production: 5/6.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Second Wave” receives 33/42