“She’s done more to change the future than Liber8 could have ever done. At the end of the day she is our best weapon.” ~ Curtis Chen about Kiera
The “Final Hour” has come and gone and along with it Kiera Cameron, Alec Sadler, Carlos Fonnegra, and Matthew Kellog (among others). Did Kiera accomplish her goal: to stop Liber8 and change the future for the better and finally return home? Maybe. Were all the questions that have built up over the last few seasons answered? Not really, but as far as series finales go, I admit that I found this one satisfyingly sweet.
Three years ago, Kiera Cameron travelled through time and began working with the VPD to track down and stop the terrorists known as Liber8 from messing with the future. Okay, that was her goal while the VPD was in the dark throughout the series, Carlos being the only one eventually “in the know” of her origins (and remaining an important, yet somehow underdeveloped character). Liber8 wanted to make the future better. Kiera wanted to stop them, but really just wanted to go home. In the end, the one person who had the greatest impact on events in the future was the one person who wanted them to stay the same, because otherwise that meant she wouldn’t see her son again. A lot of this season has revolved around the question of whether Kiera could actually get home to her future or if she’d be stuck in the past forever. Honestly, I half-expected that to be the case and she’d make a happily ever after with one of the male protagonists…probably Carlos. With all the opposition and trouble she was facing in addition to the backstabbing, manipulative bastard, Kellog, constantly getting in the way, Kiera has had a long and arduous fight to set things right and get home to Sam. And in “Final Hour” she finally did…. sort of.
Last week, we left off with Kellog escaping prison while Travis died heroically in the melee and explosion that took out police headquarters. This week Kellog finds himself trapped with Zorin’s group with Vasquez as his guard while Kiera and Alec rush to get to the warehouse to get Kiera back to the future. With Kellog’s number one priority to save himself motivating his actions, this episode really summed up his character in more ways than one. In captivity, he chose to do whatever it took to escape from Zorin’s group. Worried more about himself than anything else, he literally stabbed Vasquez in the back only for her to reveal that she is his daughter. This reveal was pretty interesting and I definitely would have liked to see how that could’ve developed, but alas, it was brushed under the rug like so much else does when a show is cut short. After murdering his daughter, he betrayed Kiera by ordering his guards not to help the police force, and then shot Inspector Dillon to death before stepping through the portal to save himself and go back to a barn where a kid genius was just getting started. The entirety of Kellog’s character was summed up in this episode and his final words to Kiera, “I choose me.” He was a backstabbing, greedy, self-absorbed asshat to the end.
Ultimately for the group, it was a good thing Kellog was so predictably narcissistic. If he hadn’t been so enamored with himself, they wouldn’t have been able to predict his betrayal and use the situation to their advantage. He basically screwed himself over by loving himself so much. If he had never stepped through the portal and had actually helped them then he wouldn’t have destroyed Brad’s future, but he also wouldn’t have ended up so far back in the past that Vancouver was nothing but trees with aboriginal people populating the land, which was fitting, in a way. I’m sort of glad he didn’t die, but at least he didn’t succeed. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed an ending like that at all, even if it would’ve been an interesting twist. The fact that in his final moments he underestimated Alec and Kiera was exactly as it should’ve been.
With Kellog destroying the bad future by stepping into the portal and using his device to go to the past (although not the past he expected), he made it possible for Kiera to possibly return to her future while Alec and the others worked on the present to make the future better…and they did just that. The only problem being that changing the future for the better meant that it was no longer Kiera’s future. While Sam existed and was her son, he was the Kiera’s son from this new and better timeline. The son of a Kiera who never joined the CPD and travelled back in time, and this was also fitting. I’m all for a happy ending by fixing the future, but I honestly don’t think I could’ve given the show much credit if she went right back to her life with her son in this future. That’s not how it works. Not that I know how time travel works, but based on what we’ve seen in the show, that’s not how it would’ve worked. It was one thing I was curious about throughout this season and her desire to return home using the portal from Brad’s future. I didn’t fully understand what she expected to happen as that portal was connected to Brad’s future, not hers, so it wouldn’t have helped. Using the portals in conjunction with the devices from her future to dial in a specific time after the bad future was destroyed was a good way to answer that problem in my highly unscientific, silly mind. And accounting for the changed timeline through a second Kiera was definitely needed.
Despite all of the goodbyes these characters had to say with Kiera heading home or possibly dying and former Inspector Dillon actually dying, the most tear-jerking moment for me was when older Alec ran into the room after Kiera returned. In this moment, William B. Davis captured young Alec (Erik Knudsen) perfectly with his actions and youthful exuberance in seeing his long lost and supposed dead friend return. His happiness at seeing her was perfect and I could easily see young Alec in that moment. It may have been a short moment, but it was a good one. His future, with no CPS and Corporate Congress, was the one Liber8 had hoped for and the one Kiera had made happen by befriending Alec and giving him the hope he needed for that future.
While I would have liked to know more about the Traveler as well as Curtis Chen and a few other things, this ending worked well for the series. They can only address so much in six episodes after all. That being said, there is one thing I think they could’ve taken a little time to address since they brought it up twice in the finale. Jason took the time to write a note, then he specifically gave it to Kiera to give to Alec in 60 years. Yet, after that final mention of the note, we never saw it again. What did it say? I’m assuming since Alec married Emily, Jason was never born in the new timeline, so what did he want his father to know? Or did it just become completely irrelevant since his father is no longer his father? (Or did I just miss something?)
In the end, though there were some loose ends and much more I’d like to see or have explained, I think this was a satisfying conclusion to the series. I would’ve loved to see Continuum continue for a while longer, but at least we got these last six episodes and some closure. So what did you think of the finale?
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