Waning Minutes

You record, not bear witness. You store data, not remember.

Much of the regular cast take the ep off as we visit days of futures past. Kiera recalls a future mission that went horribly wrong and brought her into contact with an off-the-grid community of “Gleaners.” We see the start of the doubts that have been growing in her, and we learn how Sonya Valentine came to be a part of Liber8.

In the epilogue, Alec witnesses a violent turn of events.

Title: “Waning Minute”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Amanda Tapping
Written by Sam Egan

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron
Lexa Doig as Sonya Valentine
Tony Amendola as Edouard Kagame
Rowland Pidlubny as Brenner
William B. Davis as Future Alec Sadler
Sharon Taylor as Pangea
Mike Dopud as Stefan Jowarski
Jon Reardon as Greg
Gwynyth Walsh as Mariah
Alex Barima as Nathan
Ben Cotton as Jaden
Rachel Crawford as Catherine
Terry Chen as Curtis Chen
Erik Kundson as Alec Sadler

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb

Premise

Kiera recalls events from her future that bring into question the society she helped protect.

High Point

The show progresses logically to a horrifying climax. The Global Corporate Congress can behave in entirely evil ways, yet their actions make sense, from their perspective.

Liber8 are still terrorists, and Jowarski is loathsome. Their side, nevertheless, continues to look more and more appealing.

Low Point

Hey, do those Freelancer cells have any facilities?

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 The show’s creators have delivered a different episode. The story uses the hoary convention of important characters who connect with each other before meeting in the established timeline, but they don’t overuse the convention In this case, the meetings might even make sense. These events might be part of the reason Kiera was selected for a certain mission, two seasons ago.

Effects: 5/6

Story: 6/6

Acting: 5/6 Good overall. Amendola as Kagame can be a little heavy-handed and revolutionarily cheesy, but that seems in character.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 5/6 The episode makes excellent use of location shooting.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Waning Minutes” receives 35/42