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Season 1, Episode 8 Aired: 2012-07-22

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Continuum: Playtime Review

Up For a Little Game?

Reviewed: by Tyler Olson

***The review below contains minor spoilers.***

The character building took the back seat again this episode, so it instead focused heavily on story and action. The action scenes were fantastic, but it was the story that was the blew my mind.

Our parents have often said that it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Millions of people play video games every day, myself included, because taking control over a virtual life is always a new experience. But what happens when it is you who are being controlled by the game you are playing?

With all the amazing technology that we have been presented with so far, it was only at matter of time before something terrifying came up. This week, Continuum introduced to us a new, very frightening program that allows someone to hijack a gamer's mind and actions, turning the gamer into an avatar.

There are always times where someone playing a video game loses track of time, and before you know it, that one hour session turns into an all-night event. Time seems to just fly by once you're fully immersed into the game, but what if it is more than that? What if those terrible snacking habits are because of something that is programmed into us without our knowledge, or perhaps it keeps us addicted to the game, or worse yet, it takes over our bodies?

The FDA may save us from the likes of Torsion, but with the lack of safeguards from the government agencies watching over malicious code in programs, there is nothing stopping these things from being created. Sure, we probably don't have to worry about such things right now, due to the lack of technology, but this could become a reality as our computers get ever more powerful.

This brings us to the reason why Kiera got into this disturbing mess.

Thanks to some very liberal views from the Corporate Congress, in the future companies were allowed to do this and more. They didn't stop at thought control, and continued to control the body too. Just as we can grab a controller or use a keyboard to control a character on a screen, they created a way to do the same with a real and living person. The worst wasn't that they could openly test out such control, but that it was announced to congress with thunderous applause.


Sure, virtual reality games sound like fun, but what happens when someone turns off the safety protocols.

After seeing the sickening behaviour of her ruling government, I don't know how Kiera is still fighting for that future. It was obvious that she didn't have the same feelings that the congress did.

What we did get to see of the Corporate Congress looked more like a stage hall than a congress building, but that may be just the room we were shown. It was also interesting to see that current Liber8 members were the ones showcasing this awful technology, so they typically knew how to use it in present day.

Since Alec found a bunch of deleted memories when he was saving Kiera's mind, is it possible that her memories may have been altered in the same way she was being controlled? The way Kellog has become so bold with her lately, I have begun to suspect that he may have known her in 2077. Perhaps she may have been part of Liber8 and was just captured, then brainwashed into helping the congress take down her former friends. Even her child may have been a false memory which was created to keep her on track.

Like all her new friends, who all truly demonstrated how far they are willing to go to her help her, may quickly become enemies with a quick reprogramming. With Kagame now aware of Alec's involvement, and the access Alec has to Kiera's systems, her beliefs could be turned around really quickly.

If Kellog is going to continue helping Kiera, and getting face time with Carlos, he is going to have to think of a new name, or they will need to come up with a believable explanation. Perhaps he is a secret agent who has infiltrated the ranks to learn more about them. I'm sure they would believe that one, compared to telling them that they are time travellers from 2077.

I always suspected that the 2077 Alec knew something about the past, and his secret message in a bottle to his younger self proves it. We still don't know what the message is, but I suspect it will give us the cliff-hanger we need during the next episode to lead up to the season finale.

Only 2 episodes left, and so many possibilities to explore. I find myself torn between the part of me that can't wait to see how this season will end, and the part that wishes that there were more episodes to come. Hopefully this story can keep up, since I have always preferred story over gameplay.

ReviewScore

4.5
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