Just before a short hiatus (hey, it’s a holiday weekend in Canada), the show amplifies the conflict, and delivers us into heavy conspiracy territory. Our heroes have never been closer to sharing Liber8’s fears.

Title: “So Do Our Moments Hasten”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Pat Williams
Written by Jeremy Smith, Matt Venables, Jeff King

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron
Victor Webster as Carlos Fonnegra
Jennifer Spence as Betty Robertson
Luvia Petersen as Jasmine Garza
Erik Kundson as Alec Sadler
Brian Markinson as Inspector Dillon
Stephen Lobo as Matthew Kellog
Richard Harmon as Julian Randol / Theseus
Ian Tracey as Jason
Danielle Kremeniuk as Adele Mason
Curtis Caravaggio as Neelon
Terry Chen as Curtis Chen
Seth Whittaker as Elton Bibby

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb.

Premise

A terrorist attack gets blamed on Liber8, but Cameron, Fonnegra, and Robertson have serious doubts not shared by Dillon. Meanwhile, Garza tries to clear her group’s name, a whistleblower leaks possible corporate secrets, Kellogg send Jason to Sadtech, a mercenary stalks several characters, and a grand conspiracy comes into focus.

High Point

We move effectively from future dystopia back to the circumstances that could create one, and I liked the opening even if the inclusion of Kiera’s mother was a bit heavy-handed. “The whole due process thing: not very important because this is terrorism,” says Dillon—and the show then proceeds to demonstrate why due process matters.

We’re deep in the show’s murky politics and ethics, as our heroes begin to suspect Liber8 is right—and Liber8 tries to clear their name, not of terrorism, but of a specific terrorist act that they would not commit.

Low Point

This is less a true Low Point than a series of questions and observations. Feel free to offer your thoughts and responses.
The current culture of conspiracy theory shapes this show and this episode in particular, but it also leads to certain potential problems:
-Would Monsanto dump fake incriminating evidence so they could expose it? Yes, that would help discredit their opponents and create grounds for reasonable doubt if future misdoings became public knowledge. Yet, in the current world of the internet and conspiracy theory, as many people would believe the false evidence and laugh at the claim it was faked. The existence of this material, though faked, could seriously hurt their corporate reputation. And it won’t take anyone long to learn that Adele was acting under corporate orders. It’s not like she conceals the fact.
-Cameron, Fonnegra, and Robertson can figure out the conspiracy. We can figure out the conspiracy. The tinfoil hat set, which jumps on the most spurious of conjecture, would have plausible evidence of the conspiracy. The conspirators would have to know how much scrutiny their actions will bring on themselves– scrutiny that could actually hurt them. I hope for, at least, an episode acknowledging this fact.
-Kiera’s future society suffers from paranoia; it’s the natural condition in dictatorships. You would think, then, that her suit could detect a bugging device, especially one presumably made with the early version of technology common in her era.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6 We’re in a conspiracy thriller, but Continuum doesn’t pull punches, even with some key characters.

Effects: 5/6

Story: 6/6 We’re getting a clear direction for, at least, this season.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 Kiera, Dillon, Betty, and Carlos have had slow journeys into the people they are becoming. We also get a sense at how Julian, currently, in Jasmine’s words, as “threatening as a head cold,” could grow into the feared Theseus.

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6

In total, “So Do Our Moments Hasten” receives 35/42