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'Continuum' 3x01 'Minute by Minute': Maintaining the continuum

Garza: "I can trust you, right?"
Garza: "I can trust you, right?"
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Catherine: “The continuum is like a tree. It can grow wild or it can be cultivated.”

Garza: "They seem to be interested in you."
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“Minute by Minute” is the season premiere of “Continuum.” Warning: this article does contain spoilers for tonight’s episode. To review the last case file, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for quotes from tonight’s episode. “Continuum airs Friday nights at 9 on Syfy.

A lot of information is thrown at the viewers, and if you are not paying attention, you can miss something crucial. Let’s tackle Kiera first. She learns that she and her fellow time travelers are being held captive by this group who have protected the continuum and history since almost forever. It is great to see the writers showing another branch of people who know about time travel, and who have their own goals and ideas about what should be done. The freelancers claim to be more like guardians, protecting the integrity of the continuum. It’s still unclear how framing Kiera for Gardner’s murder helped them do that. Their motives are really unclear, and while it was nice to hear their history tale, the writers need to spend more time developing this group and showing whether or not they are friend or foe. It doesn’t sound like Escher is one of them, so how does he fit into all of this? What are your theories and thoughts on Catherine, Curtis and the other guardians?

Alec has gone back a week before Emily died, and therefore he has created a new branch in the continuum tree - a new timeline. The writers do a decent job of reminding viewers what was going on that week prior. There are moments of slight confusion, which is to be expected since for most viewers. It has been awhile since last season aired. For some reason, Alec jumping back means that the timeline that Kiera is in, is dying. The writers don’t really clarify what causes a timeline to collapse. If anyone jump in history kills a timeline, then how many timelines have Kiera and the members of Liber8 collapsed? Perhaps when a person who could “radically change history” aka Alec Sadler does something, then it causes bigger events to shift than if a regular person time jumped. Alec already makes some big changes. Kellog and Emily team up and shoot Escher, which is a change in the bad guy scheme of things. If the freelancers claim to want the same things and Kiera, and Escher is dead, does this mean that Kellog is the guy to take down in this season? What do you think?

Here are some thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. Kiera and Garza team up for a bit. It is always great to see two characters who typically fight on opposite sides join forces. Garza and Kiera don’t spend a lot of one on one time, and so watching them work together is very entertaining, especially since Garza shares a story from her past. It also says a lot about Kiera’s character that in this new timeline, she still goes and saves this Garza. Kiera shoots the new timeline Kiera in the head, which isn’t much of a shock. There can only be on Kiera in the timeline, and so seeing Kiera lying dead in Alec’s lab did not have any shock value. What was great is Alec’s reaction to see Kiera dead. The emotional aspect of the scene is great. Of course the real interesting thing will be to see how Kiera handles Alec’s betrayal of taking the time travel device and jumping back to save Emily. What did you think of the episode?

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