Continuum: The Desperate Hours
October 10, 2015 3:49 AM - Season 4, Episode 5 - Subscribe

The penultimate episode of Continuum. Despite sharing her agenda with her partner, Kiera pushes Carlos’ patience to the limit as she pressures him for more time. Kellog faces unexpected peril. Carlos reveals all to Dillon. The future soldiers stage a daring raid to free their recently imprisoned leader.
posted by zarq (12 comments total)
Wait. I am an episode ahead?
Sorry everyone.

Well, going to keep *sush* but I, for one, was happier about how the series ended than I have been for a long time.
posted by Mezentian at 5:17 AM on October 10, 2015

Yeah, I've been on the Canadian schedule, too, so I just finished watching the finale. We can talk about it next week!
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 5:30 AM on October 10, 2015

Good to hear, I like the show but do cycle between "oh cool" to "huh, use your super tech to solve this", to is that a time travel anomaly or just an overlooked plot hole.
posted by sammyo at 5:37 AM on October 10, 2015

I'm glad to hear about the finale, because I wasn't too impressed by this episode. It pretty much had the feel of "only one more episode? fuck it, lets start shooting." I actually fell asleep with about ten minutes left in the show. The dude with the energy weapon had just arrived at the senseless slaughter. What did I miss?
posted by Thorzdad at 6:55 AM on October 10, 2015

Don't get too excited about the finale. I'm okay with it, not as impressed as Mezentian. Finales are almost always disappointing and so these days if it's not like Lost or BSG then I count that as a "win".

I do agree that they wrapped everything up very quickly in this short season. But I don't think that was avoidable -- that they were given a final season to do so is fortunate. Much of the plot hasn't made much sense to me. Also, I think I never really like Kiera that much. With this show from the beginning I think I've often been on the verge of losing interest during episodes. But I've enjoyed it, overall.

I liked the stuff in this episode with Travis.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 8:02 AM on October 10, 2015

I'm going to miss this show a lot, personally. I'll also have more to say when the finale is fair game, but in the meantime, disorganized thoughts;

* Travis was pretty great. I've always liked the character, and it's good he got to go down swinging. (I'm a sucker for pretty much any confrontation between Sadtech and Kellog's Dark Future tech, as mentioned in an earlier thread. Watching Travis take down a guy in battle armor was a lot of fun.)

* Kiera's sudden urge to go home is one of the worst threads this season. The one nice thing about her (horribly dialogue-d) romantic connection with Beardy is that it seemed like she had come to accept that her 2077 was gone forever due to all the muddying up of the timeline, and that she should maybe start fresh. Sam's a note that's been hit often, each time with the message, "Accept that he's gone." I mean, that was the whole point of her teaming up with the Freelancers: she got to see an entire timeline getting Langolier-ed when it became invalid over the whole '2 Alecs' thing. *Her* Sam pretty clearly got the same treatment within a short timeframe of her going back.

Having her suddenly decide, "Nope, screw it, gotta get home!" over the fate of the entire world wasn't even maternal instinct or selfish assholery, it was clearly delusional given the information at her disposal: her Alec was never going to become the Alec from her home timeline. It just wasn't possible anymore. The only question was whether or not 2077 went dystopian in some way, not if it would still be 'her' home.

* I didn't mind when Kellog's goons started shooting everything up. They grew up in a timeline where shooting stuff was how anything got done, and they were the most loyal troops available given that they were entrusted with saving Future Kellog. Zorin struck me as a much likelier outcome to that environment than Beardy, and their assault on the precinct felt like exactly how they'd do stuff: "Screw it, who cares about keeping the timeline pure, we gotta get our MacGuffin!"

* While I'm really glad we got S4 at all, compressing it into such a tiny volume of episodes clearly mushed the finished product in a lot of spots.
posted by mordax at 9:03 AM on October 10, 2015

If y'all would like, I'd be happy to post a finale thread, since it has already aired on Showcase.
posted by zarq at 9:58 AM on October 10, 2015

if it's not like Lost or BSG then I count that as a "win".

That, and Fringe are my touchstones for shows that end, and not well.
posted by Mezentian at 10:03 AM on October 10, 2015

If y'all would like, I'd be happy to post a finale thread, since it has already aired on Showcase.

And time travel?
posted by Mezentian at 10:17 AM on October 10, 2015 [3 favorites]

And time travel?

Then we could have '2 threads, 1 zarq!'
posted by mordax at 11:45 AM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

Fanfare: Final Hour

So, I bent time. Pffft. What's the worst thing that could ha- *universe implodes*
posted by zarq at 12:10 PM on October 10, 2015 [2 favorites]

*is consumed in a paradox*
posted by mordax at 4:49 PM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]

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