Continuum Review: “Minute of Silence”

They’re getting wise to the scam they accepted in the name of convenience.

Our cautionary SF detective series brings its key characters to a gray point, as the broadcast of the episodes in Canada and the U.S. falls closer together.

Title: “Minute of Silence”

Directed by Patrick Williams
Written by Simon Barry

Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron
Erik Kundson as Alec Sadler
Victor Webster as Carlos Fonnegra
Stephen Lobo as Matthew Kellog
Brian Markinson as Inspector Dillon
Omari Newton as Lucas Ingram
Anjali Jay as Jacqueline
Ian Tracey as Jason
Curtis Caravaggio as Neelon
Matthew Harrison as Derek Richardson
Jesse Reid as Ricky
Terry Chen as Curtis Chen
Josh Kalender as Commander
Michelle Harrison as Diana Bolton

Full cast and crew information may be found at the imdb

Premise

Kiera deals with another apparent time-traveller as the team investigates a high-energy, high-tech thief. As Kiera and Alec drift farther apart, she and Carlos grow closer to Liber8 while Alec strikes a deal with Kellog.

High Points

Our first scene with the high-tech theft gives this show a boost of visceral excitement and energy.

Low Point

While the acting is generally good, the tensions this week between Alec and Kiera feel very staged and televisional.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 4/6

Story: 5/6 This a good episode, but its parts felt disconnected.

Emotional Response: 4/6 Is it cheesy, clever, or fortuitous that they’ve named the security company Gray Point? Once the detectives arrive here, they definitely no longer see their world in black and white.

Production: 6/6

Overall: 4/6 Alec probes deep to remain on the cutting edge of technology.

In total, “Minute of Silence” receives 32/42

3 replies on “Continuum Review: “Minute of Silence””

  1. zocalo says:

    Alec’s desperate approach to resolve the problems with the Halo could get interesting. The setup is reminiscent of Marty McFly’s “invention” of the skateboard in Back to the Future, only getting even closer to a variation of the grandfather paradox wherein no one actually does the work. Given all the exposition about the importance of maintaining timelines, I wonder if this is something they are planning on exploring and whether it might have some repercussions beyond the obvious when Carlos inevitably finds out.

    No idea where they might be taking “John Doe”, but I’m guessing future Alec is somehow involved.

    • quantaman says:

      Alec’s desperation felt a little contrived. He’s obviously got a big chip on his shoulder trying to prove himself to the board, but that didn’t feel sufficient to push him as far as it did.

      • zocalo says:

        It was a bit extreme to be that desperate so soon, but maybe he’s supposed to be starting to panic at the idea that everything he knows about the future has Sadtech as the survivor and Piron as an also ran. Alternatively, maybe the producers are just setting us up to be either feel pleased with the outcome or like we’ve been kicked in the gut when one of the two Alecs inevitably gets killed off…

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