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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Discussed in regards to [[spoiler:Julian]]. Kiera attempts it but ultimately can't go through with, then realizes that her near-miss [[StableTimeLoop may in fact have inspired him to become what she remembers]] (which it did).

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Discussed in regards to [[spoiler:Julian]]. Kiera attempts it but ultimately can't go through with, then realizes that her near-miss [[StableTimeLoop may in fact have inspired him to become what she remembers]] (which it did).didn't).

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* ActorAllusion:
** "Matter of Time" has one to Rachel Nichols' role in ''Film/StarTrek2009'' (see also ShoutOut, below):
---> '''Carlos''': Did anybody ever tell you you watched too much ''Star Trek'' as a kid?\\
'''Kiera''' (''Smiles, then stops short and looks confused for a second.'')
** The leader of the anti-corporate protesters in "Matter of Time" named "Mr. Vincent" is Vincent, from {{Series/Eureka}}.


* TimeyWimeyBall: By the third season, so many competing timelines have piled on top of one-another that [[spoiler:Kiera and [=Liber8=] have basically decided it isn't worth fighting anymore]]. There's too many variables now to just pull certain strings for the outcome they want.

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* TimeyWimeyBall: By the third season, so many competing timelines have piled on top of one-another that [[spoiler:Kiera and [=Liber8=] have basically decided it isn't worth fighting anymore]]. There's There are too many variables now to just pull certain strings for the outcome they want.



** In 2077, Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send [=Liber8=] back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.
** Dillon, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for the entire Vancouver Police Department, leading to the genesis of CPS.

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** In 2077, Alec Sadler masterminded masterminds the plot to send [=Liber8=] back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.
** Dillon, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for the entire Vancouver Police Department, then leading to the genesis of CPS.



** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. Kiera's future friend comes from a future where [=Liber8=] won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, [=Liber8=] falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.

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** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. Kiera's future friend comes from a future where [=Liber8=] won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is ''is a complete hellhole''' hellhole'' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, [=Liber8=] falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.



** [=Liber8=]'s plan in "Time's Up" is engineered so a CorruptCorporateExecutive must admit her corruption, or otherwise die when her fate is decided by people voting online. [[spoiler:She chooses to confess, but either way her company is in ruins and [=Liber8=] makes a fortune off of short-selling the corporation's stock in advance.]]
** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. [=Liber8=] kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict that clears him anyway, making sure [=Liber8=] won either way.

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** [=Liber8=]'s plan in "Time's Up" is engineered so a CorruptCorporateExecutive must admit her corruption, or otherwise die when her fate is decided by people voting online. [[spoiler:She chooses to confess, but either way her company is in ruins and [=Liber8=] makes a fortune off of by short-selling the corporation's stock in advance.]]
** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. [=Liber8=] kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict that clears him anyway, making sure [=Liber8=] won wins either way.


** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of raising a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''. However, as we only have one old man's say about what the world is now like, and see almost none of it besides a cityscape.

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** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of raising a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''.''Literature/LogansRun''. However, as we only have one old man's say about what the world is now like, and see almost none of it besides a cityscape.


* HelpYourselfInTheFuture: Often. Kellog uses his knowledge of the future to manipulate the stock market and get filthy rich, which he then uses to both set himself up with fine living and help his less-than-fortunate grandmother. Kiera gives advice to her own grandmother. In the first season finale, Kagame arranges for a large sum of money to be delivered to his mother.

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* HelpYourselfInTheFuture: Often. Kellog uses his knowledge of the future to manipulate the stock market and get filthy rich, which he then uses to both set himself up with fine living and help his less-than-fortunate grandmother. Kiera gives advice to her own grandmother. In the first season finale, Kagame arranges for a large sum of money to be delivered to his mother. However, Alec points out that Kellog's method is in no way sustainable, as the more the future changes, the less his knowledge matters. This forces Kellog to try to set Alec up as a [[Future Famous Person|FutureFamousPeople]] to help fund his lifestyle.



* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future Alec has this problem with Past Alec. Thanks to Future Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them, causing Past Alec to take measures to ensure Future!Alec doesn't have access to his resources.]]

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* IHatePastMe: Happens twice:
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After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future Alec has this problem with Past Alec. Thanks to Future Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them, causing Past Alec to take measures to ensure Future!Alec doesn't have access to his resources.]]
** Present day Kellog later realizes [[spoiler: his future self is dying of kidney failure, and wants to use present Kellog as an UnwillingDonor.
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* InsistentTerminology: Alec is very insistent on the fact that Roland Randol is only his step-father and quickly corrects anyone who refers to Roland as Alec's father. He continues doing so even after [[spoiler:Roland is killed]].

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* InsistentTerminology: Two examples:
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Alec is very insistent on the fact that Roland Randol is only his step-father and quickly corrects anyone who refers to Roland as Alec's father. He continues doing so even after [[spoiler:Roland is killed]].killed]].
** Everyone insists on calling the sphere the "Time Travel Device" and never "Time Machine".



** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of raising a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''.

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** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of raising a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''. However, as we only have one old man's say about what the world is now like, and see almost none of it besides a cityscape.
* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: The show goes out of it's way to adhere to certain rules of time travel, but only explains them over the course of the first three seasons, and very slowly. In order, it works as such:
** TimeTravel only works in one direction (backwards), and anyone who time travels will be forced to take TheSlowPath back to their period, assuming they live long enough.
** Time travelers are cut off from the causal effects of their journey directly, even if on their own timeline, and have RippleEffectProofMemory. This means that even if a past version of them, or ancestor, is killed by the changes to the timeline, they remain alive and unaffected.
** The moment a time traveler makes the journey, the time period they originate from begins to erase, meaning anyone they left behind is effectively killed by their journey. Much of Kiera's angst during the series is caused by her coming to terms with this, especially because it means her son Sam is effectively dead.
** Season 4 goes completely OffTheRails after a future version of Kellog manages to break the first and third rule, causing both a StableTimeLoop and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong situations to each successfully occur SIMULTANEOUSLY.

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* OffTheRails: The GambitPilup of Season 3 goes completely to hell in Season 4 due to a new faction finally figuring out how to break the rules of time travel.


-->--'''OpeningNarration (Seasons 1 and 2)'''

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-->--'''OpeningNarration -->-- '''OpeningNarration''' (Seasons 1 and 2)'''
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* TakeThat: A possibly unintentional one to the RoboCop franchise, in that 2077 in the first timeline is identical to that [[OneNationUnderCopyright Omni Consumer Products runs practically everything in Detroit at least]], which is painted, [[JustifiedTrope quite accurately as a dystopia.]]

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* TakeThat: A possibly unintentional one to the RoboCop ''Franchise/RoboCop'' franchise, in that 2077 in the first timeline is identical to that [[OneNationUnderCopyright Omni Consumer Products runs practically everything in Detroit at least]], which is painted, [[JustifiedTrope quite accurately as a dystopia.]]

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* TakeThat: A possibly unintentional one to the RoboCop franchise, in that 2077 in the first timeline is identical to that [[OneNationUnderCopyright Omni Consumer Products runs practically everything in Detroit at least]], which is painted, [[JustifiedTrope quite accurately as a dystopia.]]


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on Creator/{{Showcase}} Television in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on Creator/{{Showcase}} Television Creator/ShowcaseTelevision in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on Creator/{{Showcase}} in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on Creator/{{Showcase}} Television in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/{{Showcase}} Showcase Television]] in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/{{Showcase}} Showcase Television]] Creator/{{Showcase}} in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase Television]] in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment [[Creator/{{Showcase}} Showcase Television]] in Canada and Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.


** [=Liber8=]'s intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's dead-set against changing it]].

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** [=Liber8=]'s intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's have known that she would be dead-set against changing it]].it as she didn't want her family erased out of existence]].


* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Liber8 storms a VPD police precinct to free one of their comrades. A few officers were killed trying to stop them.

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* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Liber8 [=Liber8=] storms a VPD police precinct to free one of their comrades. A few officers were killed trying to stop them.



* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: In "Waning Minute", Sonya is shown to have initially gone off-the-grid when she was given the opportunity to run the SuperSoldier project. The offer was such that refusing was basically impossible without ruining her life, but at the same time the work was so morally repugnant that she couldn't accept. Kagame convinces her to go along with it as a mole for Liber8.

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* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: In "Waning Minute", Sonya is shown to have initially gone off-the-grid when she was given the opportunity to run the SuperSoldier project. The offer was such that refusing was basically impossible without ruining her life, but at the same time the work was so morally repugnant that she couldn't accept. Kagame convinces her to go along with it as a mole for Liber8.[=Liber8=].



* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[VillainHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about how bad the totalitarian NAU government is. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.

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* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [=Liber8=] [[VillainHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about how bad the totalitarian NAU government is. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.



* BadFuture: The main timeline future is this for Liber8. Brad Tonkin's future is this for everyone.

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* BadFuture: The main timeline future is this for Liber8.[=Liber8=]. Brad Tonkin's future is this for everyone.



** Throughout Season 1, Kiera wishes that that the police in 2012 were more like the CPS in 2077, who use harsh and draconian measures in the pursuit of justice and to hunt down terrorist suspects, innocent or not. Come Season 2, the police start adopting more of these measures, only to turn them against Kiera, believing her to be the Liber8 mole in their department.
** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the Crapsaccharine World of 2077, you get the pure Crapsack World of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from all-out war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]

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** Throughout Season 1, Kiera wishes that that the police in 2012 were more like the CPS in 2077, who use harsh and draconian measures in the pursuit of justice and to hunt down terrorist suspects, innocent or not. Come Season 2, the police start adopting more of these measures, only to turn them against Kiera, believing her to be the Liber8 [=Liber8=] mole in their department.
** Liber8 [=Liber8=] wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the Crapsaccharine World of 2077, you get the pure Crapsack World of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from all-out war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]



** Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda. [[spoiler:She actually does sleep with him once, but things went right back to the status quo afterward.]]

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** Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 [=Liber8=] fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda. [[spoiler:She actually does sleep with him once, but things went right back to the status quo afterward.]]



** For Kiera and the VPD during Seasons 1 and 2, Liber8. For most of Season 3, [[InspectorJavert Inspector Dillon]] is even more convinced of this. [[spoiler:Even Kiera stops being so sure about it after some pointed discussions with Carlos.]]

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** For Kiera and the VPD during Seasons 1 and 2, Liber8.[=Liber8=]. For most of Season 3, [[InspectorJavert Inspector Dillon]] is even more convinced of this. [[spoiler:Even Kiera stops being so sure about it after some pointed discussions with Carlos.]]



** Also, for most of the third season, the [[spoiler:Freelancers]] are this for the main cast, as [[spoiler:Liber8 tries to avoid them, and Kiera has to join them in order to gain some measure of protection.]]

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** Also, for most of the third season, the [[spoiler:Freelancers]] are this for the main cast, as [[spoiler:Liber8 [[spoiler:[=Liber8=] tries to avoid them, and Kiera has to join them in order to gain some measure of protection.]]



** [[spoiler:Kellog's]] ultimate plan in the series finale is to [[spoiler:go back in time to when Liber8 and Kiera first appeared, kill them all and basically take over the world with his future knowledge and technology, with no one to oppose him]]. Luckily it fails spectacularly due to sabotage from Alec and Kiera, because they figured he'd betray them.

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** [[spoiler:Kellog's]] ultimate plan in the series finale is to [[spoiler:go back in time to when Liber8 [=Liber8=] and Kiera first appeared, kill them all and basically take over the world with his future knowledge and technology, with no one to oppose him]]. Luckily it fails spectacularly due to sabotage from Alec and Kiera, because they figured he'd betray them.



* BloodKnight: Plenty among Liber8.

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* BloodKnight: Plenty among Liber8.[=Liber8=].



** Both the season one premiere and finale episodes begin with the Liber8's bombing of the Sadler skyscraper in 2077. Although the premiere showed the tower falling from Kagame and Kiera's point of view, the finale shows the same from the point of view of Travis and Chen just as they're leaving the tower.
** Also, [[spoiler:the second season starts with Keira dreaming that she's imprisioned in an industrial style facility, and ends with her and Liber8 all actually imprisoned in exactly such a facility]].

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** Both the season one premiere and finale episodes begin with the Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s bombing of the Sadler skyscraper in 2077. Although the premiere showed the tower falling from Kagame and Kiera's point of view, the finale shows the same from the point of view of Travis and Chen just as they're leaving the tower.
** Also, [[spoiler:the second season starts with Keira dreaming that she's imprisioned in an industrial style facility, and ends with her and Liber8 [=Liber8=] all actually imprisoned in exactly such a facility]].



* ChekhovMIA: The Liber8 leader, Kagame, is present for the time jump in the series premiere but doesn't arrive in the past with everyone else. It turns out [[spoiler:he was a little further away from the device than the others, leading him to arrive several days later during the fourth episode, "Matter of Time".]]

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* ChekhovMIA: The Liber8 [=Liber8=] leader, Kagame, is present for the time jump in the series premiere but doesn't arrive in the past with everyone else. It turns out [[spoiler:he was a little further away from the device than the others, leading him to arrive several days later during the fourth episode, "Matter of Time".]]



** Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Escher proves himself a good one in the second season, [[spoiler:but his plans fell through at the last minute and he ended up [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting unceremoniously murdered]] in the next season]].

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** Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Escher proves himself a good one in the second season, [[spoiler:but his plans fell through at the last minute and he ended up [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting unceremoniously murdered]] in the next season]].



* ChildSoldiers: Downplayed, but present; a band of teens inspired by Liber8 (including Julian Randol) turn up in the ninth episode of the first season, preparing to set off a van full of ammonium nitrate as part of "Operation Theseus".

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* ChildSoldiers: Downplayed, but present; a band of teens inspired by Liber8 [=Liber8=] (including Julian Randol) turn up in the ninth episode of the first season, preparing to set off a van full of ammonium nitrate as part of "Operation Theseus".



** Dillon makes a deal with Escher to better equip the police force to deal with Liber8. [[spoiler:As a part of that deal, the police force is gradually being converted into CPS.]]

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** Dillon makes a deal with Escher to better equip the police force to deal with Liber8.[=Liber8=]. [[spoiler:As a part of that deal, the police force is gradually being converted into CPS.]]



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Kiera has difficulty acknowledging that in the present, protest in the form of civil disobedience is not actually a criminal offense - a point on which she is reminded by Carlos when she wants to crack down on peaceful protesters who just happen to have some Liber8 sympathies.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Kiera has difficulty acknowledging that in the present, protest in the form of civil disobedience is not actually a criminal offense - a point on which she is reminded by Carlos when she wants to crack down on peaceful protesters who just happen to have some Liber8 [=Liber8=] sympathies.



* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Most of Liber8]] seems to cross this in "3 Minutes to Midnight".

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Most of Liber8]] [=Liber8=] ]] seems to cross this in "3 Minutes to Midnight".



** In "Minute to Win It", we're introduced to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Sonmanto"]], a corporation targeted by Liber8. They're shown in the episode to be willing to sic a battery of lawyers on anyone who impedes corporate profits, and are obviously hiding some sort of big secret [[spoiler:which turns out to be chemical weapons sales to Middle Eastern terrorists]].

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** In "Minute to Win It", we're introduced to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Sonmanto"]], a corporation targeted by Liber8.[=Liber8=]. They're shown in the episode to be willing to sic a battery of lawyers on anyone who impedes corporate profits, and are obviously hiding some sort of big secret [[spoiler:which turns out to be chemical weapons sales to Middle Eastern terrorists]].



** [[spoiler:Jim Martin]] is implied to have killed himself after [[spoiler:his association with Liber8 comes to light and torpedoes his career]].

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** [[spoiler:Jim Martin]] is implied to have killed himself after [[spoiler:his association with Liber8 [=Liber8=] comes to light and torpedoes his career]].



** Kiera reluctantly accepts help from Garza in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" when dealing with a case where Liber8 is being framed for the murder of a company's entire board of directors.
** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad's BadFuture. She even admits that while she may not agree with their methods, they share the same goals.

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** Kiera reluctantly accepts help from Garza in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" when dealing with a case where Liber8 [=Liber8=] is being framed for the murder of a company's entire board of directors.
** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] [[spoiler:[=Liber8=] ]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad's BadFuture. She even admits that while she may not agree with their methods, they share the same goals.



** When Liber8 kidnaps a CEO, they force her to read statements denouncing herself as a criminal, though this isn't really taken seriously. [[spoiler:Later, they strap a bomb to her, which will only be disarmed when she admits to the fraud she and her company's board engaged in. That ruins her company.]]
** Later, Liber8 [[spoiler:forces Jim Martin to "confess" to a variety of crimes and malfeasance, some true, some not true. His political career is dead in the water after that, as is [[AteHisGun the man himself]].]]

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** When Liber8 [=Liber8=] kidnaps a CEO, they force her to read statements denouncing herself as a criminal, though this isn't really taken seriously. [[spoiler:Later, they strap a bomb to her, which will only be disarmed when she admits to the fraud she and her company's board engaged in. That ruins her company.]]
** Later, Liber8 [=Liber8=] [[spoiler:forces Jim Martin to "confess" to a variety of crimes and malfeasance, some true, some not true. His political career is dead in the water after that, as is [[AteHisGun the man himself]].]]



** Flashbacks to Liber8 members' lives often reveal that they cared for people.

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** Flashbacks to Liber8 [=Liber8=] members' lives often reveal that they cared for people.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 are ruthless {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 [=Liber8=] are ruthless {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.



* FaceNodAction: In the pilot episode, two members of Liber8 do this before creating a time vortex to the past.

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* FaceNodAction: In the pilot episode, two members of Liber8 [=Liber8=] do this before creating a time vortex to the past.



** A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. Then it's revealed that Liber8 actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed the gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.
** In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Liber8 is framed for an attack on a corporation's board of directors. [[spoiler:It turns out their rival, Sonmanto, arranged the hit and framed Liber8 for it so they could drive down the stock price then buy them out.]]

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** A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. [=Liber8=]. Then it's revealed that Liber8 [=Liber8=] actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed the gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.
** In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Liber8 [=Liber8=] is framed for an attack on a corporation's board of directors. [[spoiler:It turns out their rival, Sonmanto, arranged the hit and framed Liber8 [=Liber8=] for it so they could drive down the stock price then buy them out.]]



* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 (both splinter factions), Escher, the Freelancers, Jim Martin and Julian Randol are all running their own agendas. it's actually called attention to in the third season, which dropped a few more gambits in for good measure.

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* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 [=Liber8=] (both splinter factions), Escher, the Freelancers, Jim Martin and Julian Randol are all running their own agendas. it's actually called attention to in the third season, which dropped a few more gambits in for good measure.



* GovernmentConspiracy: What is suggested on how the first season is being played out. Some in Liber8 suggest this possibility, which is [[spoiler:how they were able to escape CPS custody for instance]].

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* GovernmentConspiracy: What is suggested on how the first season is being played out. Some in Liber8 [=Liber8=] suggest this possibility, which is [[spoiler:how they were able to escape CPS custody for instance]].



** The same happened to Kellog, who was ''not'' originally a member of Liber8. [[spoiler: His sister was, before she was killed]].

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** The same happened to Kellog, who was ''not'' originally a member of Liber8.[=Liber8=]. [[spoiler: His sister was, before she was killed]].



* HumansAreBastards: When a corporate CEO is captured and apparently held for ransom by Liber8, the rebels set up an online poll for the public to decide whether she lives or dies. By the time the poll closes, almost two-thirds of the votes are for her death, out of several hundred thousand in total. This dips into FridgeHorror when one realizes that the reason why Liber8 were forcing her to admit her corporate indiscretions was because ''very few people knew about them'' -- so basically, the people are voting for her death simply based on her position and status in society.

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* HumansAreBastards: When a corporate CEO is captured and apparently held for ransom by Liber8, [=Liber8=], the rebels set up an online poll for the public to decide whether she lives or dies. By the time the poll closes, almost two-thirds of the votes are for her death, out of several hundred thousand in total. This dips into FridgeHorror when one realizes that the reason why Liber8 [=Liber8=] were forcing her to admit her corporate indiscretions was because ''very few people knew about them'' -- so basically, the people are voting for her death simply based on her position and status in society.



** Kiera points out that if the Freelancers were honest about their talk of sacrifice then [[spoiler:Curtis Chen]] should've let Liber8's execution proceed as scheduled.

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** Kiera points out that if the Freelancers were honest about their talk of sacrifice then [[spoiler:Curtis Chen]] should've let Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s execution proceed as scheduled.



* IHaveYourWife: Liber8 holds Kellog's grandmother hostage to force his cooperation in finding Kiera's grandmother. He turns this back on them by finding Kagame's mother instead.

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* IHaveYourWife: Liber8 [=Liber8=] holds Kellog's grandmother hostage to force his cooperation in finding Kiera's grandmother. He turns this back on them by finding Kagame's mother instead.



** Even if Kellog is self-serving, he nevertheless is a valuable source of information for Kiera and seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's shock troops from finding him and blowing him away). In spite of this, it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.

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** Even if Kellog is self-serving, he nevertheless is a valuable source of information for Kiera and seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s shock troops from finding him and blowing him away). In spite of this, it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.



** Carlos hits the bar after a hard day in "Minute Man". [[spoiler:Learning that there are two Kieras (the younger version dead), two Alecs (both alive), and about Jim Martin's association with Liber8 would be hard for pretty much anyone to swallow.]]
** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillon refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major Mood Whiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]

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** Carlos hits the bar after a hard day in "Minute Man". [[spoiler:Learning that there are two Kieras (the younger version dead), two Alecs (both alive), and about Jim Martin's association with Liber8 [=Liber8=] would be hard for pretty much anyone to swallow.]]
** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 [=Liber8=] being framed and Dillon refusing to budge on Liber8 [=Liber8=] being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major Mood Whiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]



** Kiera obviously has no recognizable jurisdiction in 2012, so she pretends to be a detective from Oregon. The police inspector in the Vancouver Police Department is naturally livid that a US cop is trying to butt in on his investigation. However, once cops start dying he does not hesitate to ask for her help. By the end of the pilot he is demanding that she stay and help them catch the killers. Thanks to Alec's hacking skills, Kiera stays with the VPD to catch Liber8 disguised as a member of a top secret government group.
** Kiera invokes this when the VPD inspector suggests that the US Department of Defense could help them track down the ex-military members of Liber8. Kiera replies that since they did not start their criminal activities until after leaving the military, they are a purely civilian matter. Of course, her real reason for invoking jurisdiction is that the military would have no record of these people ever serving in the armed forces (or existing at all).

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** Kiera obviously has no recognizable jurisdiction in 2012, so she pretends to be a detective from Oregon. The police inspector in the Vancouver Police Department is naturally livid that a US cop is trying to butt in on his investigation. However, once cops start dying he does not hesitate to ask for her help. By the end of the pilot he is demanding that she stay and help them catch the killers. Thanks to Alec's hacking skills, Kiera stays with the VPD to catch Liber8 [=Liber8=] disguised as a member of a top secret government group.
** Kiera invokes this when the VPD inspector suggests that the US Department of Defense could help them track down the ex-military members of Liber8.[=Liber8=]. Kiera replies that since they did not start their criminal activities until after leaving the military, they are a purely civilian matter. Of course, her real reason for invoking jurisdiction is that the military would have no record of these people ever serving in the armed forces (or existing at all).



** Liber8 pulls one in the series premiere. After stealing a variety of weaponry, they raid a series of banks and Kiera thinks she's deduced that Liber8 has used the early break-ins as a distraction and are going after the final bank that they hit. Kiera and her 2012-era partner thwart the terrorists there, but when Kiera returns to the police station, she finds that the gang used the whole operation as cover to raid the precinct and retrieve their imprisoned comrade.
** In "Time's Up", Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a 2012-era corporation. As Kiera is trying to rescue the victim, she tries to determine what their real goal is: are they in it for the ransom money, or are they trying to make a political statement and earn street cred with the local anarchist groups? In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the plan was to expose the fraud the CEO was involved in, ruin the corporation, and in the process make a fortune short-selling the corporation on the stock market to fund their next operation.]]

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** Liber8 [=Liber8=] pulls one in the series premiere. After stealing a variety of weaponry, they raid a series of banks and Kiera thinks she's deduced that Liber8 [=Liber8=] has used the early break-ins as a distraction and are going after the final bank that they hit. Kiera and her 2012-era partner thwart the terrorists there, but when Kiera returns to the police station, she finds that the gang used the whole operation as cover to raid the precinct and retrieve their imprisoned comrade.
** In "Time's Up", Liber8 [=Liber8=] kidnaps the CEO of a 2012-era corporation. As Kiera is trying to rescue the victim, she tries to determine what their real goal is: are they in it for the ransom money, or are they trying to make a political statement and earn street cred with the local anarchist groups? In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the plan was to expose the fraud the CEO was involved in, ruin the corporation, and in the process make a fortune short-selling the corporation on the stock market to fund their next operation.]]



* Letters2Numbers: "Liber8". This is apparently a reference to the fact that there are eight members of the group in 2012, their earliest appearance.
* LivingLieDetector: Kiera, thanks to her implants being able to conduct detailed medical scans simply by staring at a person. That said, it's not entirely accurate. When [[spoiler: Julian]] is tortured for information about Liber8, Kiera states that he was lying when he claimed not to know where Travis was. Since Travis had paid him a visit earlier, but was then asked to leave, [[spoiler:Julian]] technically knew where he had been, but was in no position to give up his current whereabouts, creating a false positive. Later, in "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Alec is able to reprogram her CMR so he reads as telling the truth, even though he was lying]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Carlos, of course. The worst part is that he knows Kiera is lying, he just has no idea what the truth is. [[spoiler:She eventually tells him halfway through the second season]]. Even Liber8 feels bad for him.

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* Letters2Numbers: "Liber8"."[=Liber8=]". This is apparently a reference to the fact that there are eight members of the group in 2012, their earliest appearance.
* LivingLieDetector: Kiera, thanks to her implants being able to conduct detailed medical scans simply by staring at a person. That said, it's not entirely accurate. When [[spoiler: Julian]] is tortured for information about Liber8, [=Liber8=], Kiera states that he was lying when he claimed not to know where Travis was. Since Travis had paid him a visit earlier, but was then asked to leave, [[spoiler:Julian]] technically knew where he had been, but was in no position to give up his current whereabouts, creating a false positive. Later, in "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Alec is able to reprogram her CMR so he reads as telling the truth, even though he was lying]].
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Carlos, of course. The worst part is that he knows Kiera is lying, he just has no idea what the truth is. [[spoiler:She eventually tells him halfway through the second season]]. Even Liber8 [=Liber8=] feels bad for him.



* LoveMakesYouDumb: Lampshaded in "3 Minutes to Midnight" when Liber8 gets the drop on Kiera in the middle of the day out in the open. Travis figures she must have strong feelings for Brad to be that distracted.

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* LoveMakesYouDumb: Lampshaded in "3 Minutes to Midnight" when Liber8 [=Liber8=] gets the drop on Kiera in the middle of the day out in the open. Travis figures she must have strong feelings for Brad to be that distracted.



* MadBomber: Liber8 not only blows up an office building as part of their terrorist campaign, but also like to leave explosive "surprises" for the police.

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* MadBomber: Liber8 [=Liber8=] not only blows up an office building as part of their terrorist campaign, but also like to leave explosive "surprises" for the police.



** Liber8. While on the surface, an obvious pun of "Liberate", it can also be seen as representing Liber, the Roman god of Freedom and 8, the number of members within the group.

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** Liber8.[=Liber8=]. While on the surface, an obvious pun of "Liberate", it can also be seen as representing Liber, the Roman god of Freedom and 8, the number of members within the group.



* AMillionIsAStatistic: Liber8's actions are said to have caused the deaths of 30,000 or so people in an effort to bring down the comparatively small number of Corporate Congress board members. Though these numbers might be inflated by propaganda, the urban cataclysm in the first scene of the pilot cannot have had a small number of casualties (and who knows what else occurred off-screen).
* MindControlDevice: A chip exists in the future which allows remote control of a human or animal's brain. Travis had one when he was a SuperSoldier, debtors get them when they're enslaved to repay what they owe, Curtis makes bugs and a police dog into his servants using them, while Liber8 uses them to turn various white collar criminals into bank robbers using them.

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* AMillionIsAStatistic: Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s actions are said to have caused the deaths of 30,000 or so people in an effort to bring down the comparatively small number of Corporate Congress board members. Though these numbers might be inflated by propaganda, the urban cataclysm in the first scene of the pilot cannot have had a small number of casualties (and who knows what else occurred off-screen).
* MindControlDevice: A chip exists in the future which allows remote control of a human or animal's brain. Travis had one when he was a SuperSoldier, debtors get them when they're enslaved to repay what they owe, Curtis makes bugs and a police dog into his servants using them, while Liber8 [=Liber8=] uses them to turn various white collar criminals into bank robbers using them.



** [[spoiler:Chen]] is one for the Freelancers, planted in Liber8.
** Dillon plants [[spoiler:his own daughter]] into Liber8.

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** [[spoiler:Chen]] is one for the Freelancers, planted in Liber8.[=Liber8=].
** Dillon plants [[spoiler:his own daughter]] into Liber8.[=Liber8=].



* NewspaperDating: After Kiera and Liber8 arrive in 2012, there's a shot of a newspaper box where the front page mentions austerity measures in the Canadian federal government's 2012 budget.

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* NewspaperDating: After Kiera and Liber8 [=Liber8=] arrive in 2012, there's a shot of a newspaper box where the front page mentions austerity measures in the Canadian federal government's 2012 budget.



** Liber8's activities in the past have led to the police department teaming up with Piron and throwing out the book, seemingly laying the foundations for the future privately-owned police state.
** Kiera accuses [[spoiler: Curtis Chen]] of this because of his failure to give up his own life to prevent Liber8 from time traveling in the first place.

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** Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s activities in the past have led to the police department teaming up with Piron and throwing out the book, seemingly laying the foundations for the future privately-owned police state.
** Kiera accuses [[spoiler: Curtis Chen]] of this because of his failure to give up his own life to prevent Liber8 [=Liber8=] from time traveling in the first place.



** And Liber8 gets another with the arrival of Brad Tonkin. [[spoiler:While they may have averted their future, his is even more terrible in the opposite direction. No control instead of too much has left humanity on the brink.]]

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** And Liber8 [=Liber8=] gets another with the arrival of Brad Tonkin. [[spoiler:While they may have averted their future, his is even more terrible in the opposite direction. No control instead of too much has left humanity on the brink.]]



** Liber8's activities lead to the creation of CPS. Because they are so beyond the ability of the police force to handle and have such a specific agenda against the corporations, Piron ends up funding the VPD to transform them into the CPS.

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** Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s activities lead to the creation of CPS. Because they are so beyond the ability of the police force to handle and have such a specific agenda against the corporations, Piron ends up funding the VPD to transform them into the CPS.



** Lucas, when the VPD (acting on intelligence provided to Kiera by Alec) break through his electronic security measures and pinpoint the location where Liber8 are holding a corporate CEO.

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** Lucas, when the VPD (acting on intelligence provided to Kiera by Alec) break through his electronic security measures and pinpoint the location where Liber8 [=Liber8=] are holding a corporate CEO.



* OnlyAFleshWound: Travis and some of the other members of Liber8 can shrug off wounds with ease, though this makes some sense since several of them are super-soldiers from the future.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Travis and some of the other members of Liber8 [=Liber8=] can shrug off wounds with ease, though this makes some sense since several of them are super-soldiers from the future.



* PapaWolf: Dillon [[spoiler:deeply regrets letting his daughter become The Mole inside Liber8, and in an emotional moment asks Kiera to do everything she can to retrieve Christine, his daughter.]]

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* PapaWolf: Dillon [[spoiler:deeply regrets letting his daughter become The Mole inside Liber8, [=Liber8=], and in an emotional moment asks Kiera to do everything she can to retrieve Christine, his daughter.]]



** Liber8 figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a [[DuelingHackers struggle between Alec and Lucas]] to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]

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** Liber8 [=Liber8=] figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), [=Liber8=]), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a [[DuelingHackers struggle between Alec and Lucas]] to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]



* PoliceBrutality: As the VPD [[spoiler:becomes more militarized and targeting anyone who even expresses the loosest ideological sympathies with Liber8, it's implied that this becomes increasingly common.]] Kiera's use of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on [[spoiler:Julian]] ''really'' doesn't help matters.

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* PoliceBrutality: As the VPD [[spoiler:becomes more militarized and targeting anyone who even expresses the loosest ideological sympathies with Liber8, [=Liber8=], it's implied that this becomes increasingly common.]] Kiera's use of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on [[spoiler:Julian]] ''really'' doesn't help matters.



** Kiera thinks so, with good reason. The VPD in 2012 thinks they are dealing with a standard street gang muscling in on new territory. Instead, Liber8 are ruthless revolutionaries, including former military specialists and super-soldiers, who have no qualms about killing cops and leaving a high body count. The police are completely unprepared for this and are easily outmaneuvered.

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** Kiera thinks so, with good reason. The VPD in 2012 thinks they are dealing with a standard street gang muscling in on new territory. Instead, Liber8 [=Liber8=] are ruthless revolutionaries, including former military specialists and super-soldiers, who have no qualms about killing cops and leaving a high body count. The police are completely unprepared for this and are easily outmaneuvered.



** Most of Liber8, though it's [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] somewhat as they actually (to varying degrees) believe in the message that Kagame is preaching. That being said, it's strongly hinted that without Kagame, their group would tear itself apart. [[spoiler:Which it almost immediately does once he dies.]]

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** Most of Liber8, [=Liber8=], though it's [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] somewhat as they actually (to varying degrees) believe in the message that Kagame is preaching. That being said, it's strongly hinted that without Kagame, their group would tear itself apart. [[spoiler:Which it almost immediately does once he dies.]]



* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn't written by Sonya because it wasn't pompous enough.

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* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 [=Liber8=] press release wasn't written by Sonya because it wasn't pompous enough.



** The Anti-Liber8 Taskforce become increasingly this over the course of Season 2, taking drastic measures to hunt down those suspected of being criminals to the point where "guilty until proven innocent" seems to be their new mantra. [[spoiler: The Season 2 finale has Dillon reviewing Escher's plans to turn them into the CPS]].
** In Season 3, [[spoiler:active censorship on university campuses and security and police crackdowns over even relatively minor events (pro-Liber8 dances and peaceful protests) are apparently regarded as normal. Granted, a building ''did'' get bombed by Kagame, but even so, this kind of heavy-handed response is more characteristic of an emerging police state rather than a reasoned law-enforcement response to seeking out the principal backers of Liber8.]] [[InspectorJavert Kiera's]] behavior toward Rebecca, one of Julian's lieutenants, does not help.

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** The Anti-Liber8 Anti-[=Liber8=] Taskforce become increasingly this over the course of Season 2, taking drastic measures to hunt down those suspected of being criminals to the point where "guilty until proven innocent" seems to be their new mantra. [[spoiler: The Season 2 finale has Dillon reviewing Escher's plans to turn them into the CPS]].
** In Season 3, [[spoiler:active censorship on university campuses and security and police crackdowns over even relatively minor events (pro-Liber8 (pro-[=Liber8=] dances and peaceful protests) are apparently regarded as normal. Granted, a building ''did'' get bombed by Kagame, but even so, this kind of heavy-handed response is more characteristic of an emerging police state rather than a reasoned law-enforcement response to seeking out the principal backers of Liber8.[=Liber8=].]] [[InspectorJavert Kiera's]] behavior toward Rebecca, one of Julian's lieutenants, does not help.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Liber8 is willing to blow up buildings full of people just to kill a few members of a corporation. Kagame tries to shift to a more peaceful method following their trip back in time, [[spoiler:but he still blows himself up and takes a building with him]]. After that, [[spoiler:Sonya and Travis end up forming separate groups, Travis being the violent one while Sonya uses more subversive methods]].

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Liber8 [=Liber8=] is willing to blow up buildings full of people just to kill a few members of a corporation. Kagame tries to shift to a more peaceful method following their trip back in time, [[spoiler:but he still blows himself up and takes a building with him]]. After that, [[spoiler:Sonya and Travis end up forming separate groups, Travis being the violent one while Sonya uses more subversive methods]].



** Lucas shows signs of this. [[spoiler:He starts hallucinating conversations with the dead Kagame. In the end of season 3, he breaks down the hardest when Liber8 become convinced that their efforts have been for nothing]].

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** Lucas shows signs of this. [[spoiler:He starts hallucinating conversations with the dead Kagame. In the end of season 3, he breaks down the hardest when Liber8 [=Liber8=] become convinced that their efforts have been for nothing]].



** Travis, the SuperSoldier who spends the most time commanding Liber8.

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** Travis, the SuperSoldier who spends the most time commanding Liber8.[=Liber8=].



** Liber8's intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's dead-set against changing it]].

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** Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's dead-set against changing it]].



* ShroudedInMyth: Theseus, the man who inspired Liber8, is a famous revolutionary by 2077. To those protecting the establishment, like Kiera, he is almost literally Hitler. To those fighting against it, he's basically Jesus. [[spoiler:He's Julian Randol]]. Even Sonia, normally quite composed and in control, is nearly in tears from a chance to talk to him face to face.

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* ShroudedInMyth: Theseus, the man who inspired Liber8, [=Liber8=], is a famous revolutionary by 2077. To those protecting the establishment, like Kiera, he is almost literally Hitler. To those fighting against it, he's basically Jesus. [[spoiler:He's Julian Randol]]. Even Sonia, normally quite composed and in control, is nearly in tears from a chance to talk to him face to face.



* StableTimeLoop: In a fourth-season conversation between young Alec and old Alec, young Alec encourages his future self to continue to work on time travel, and also name-drops Kiera, leading old Alec to make sure she's sent back with Liber8.

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* StableTimeLoop: In a fourth-season conversation between young Alec and old Alec, young Alec encourages his future self to continue to work on time travel, and also name-drops Kiera, leading old Alec to make sure she's sent back with Liber8.[=Liber8=].



** When Dillon loses his job thanks to poor progress in stopping Liber8, he makes a deal with Escher to get it back, starting him on a dark path that never stops getting darker.

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** When Dillon loses his job thanks to poor progress in stopping Liber8, [=Liber8=], he makes a deal with Escher to get it back, starting him on a dark path that never stops getting darker.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A literal ''male'' example. In one early episode, Liber8 are casually preparing for their next operation in the kitchen of a normal suburban house. Shortly thereafter, the viewer sees that they have murdered the resident and left his body in a freezer in the garage.
* SuperSoldier: Travis and several of the more militant members of Liber8.

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A literal ''male'' example. In one early episode, Liber8 [=Liber8=] are casually preparing for their next operation in the kitchen of a normal suburban house. Shortly thereafter, the viewer sees that they have murdered the resident and left his body in a freezer in the garage.
* SuperSoldier: Travis and several of the more militant members of Liber8.[=Liber8=].



* ThisMeansWar: Explicitly invoked by Dillon in the first episode after Liber8 have blown through the VPD station to retrieve Lucas.

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* ThisMeansWar: Explicitly invoked by Dillon in the first episode after Liber8 [=Liber8=] have blown through the VPD station to retrieve Lucas.



* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8, as well as for the alternate 2039 which sent back Brad.
* TimeyWimeyBall: By the third season, so many competing timelines have piled on top of one-another that [[spoiler:Kiera and Liber8 have basically decided it isn't worth fighting anymore]]. There's too many variables now to just pull certain strings for the outcome they want.

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* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8, [=Liber8=], as well as for the alternate 2039 which sent back Brad.
* TimeyWimeyBall: By the third season, so many competing timelines have piled on top of one-another that [[spoiler:Kiera and Liber8 [=Liber8=] have basically decided it isn't worth fighting anymore]]. There's too many variables now to just pull certain strings for the outcome they want.



** Kiera starts to have real problems with this in season 3, when the CorruptCorporateExecutive angle is really played up while Liber8 segues away from violent terrorism to more Robin Hood-esque social activism. [[spoiler:Kiera ultimately decides that her future is no longer worth fighting for, joining up with Liber8 to stop Past!Alec from setting it in motion.]]

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** Kiera starts to have real problems with this in season 3, when the CorruptCorporateExecutive angle is really played up while Liber8 [=Liber8=] segues away from violent terrorism to more Robin Hood-esque social activism. [[spoiler:Kiera ultimately decides that her future is no longer worth fighting for, joining up with Liber8 [=Liber8=] to stop Past!Alec from setting it in motion.]]



* TrappedInThePast: Kiera and Liber8. Within that, the Liber8 members thought they would be going back six years, not sixty five. [[spoiler:Kagame, though, was well aware that they were going back to 2012.]]

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* TrappedInThePast: Kiera and Liber8. [=Liber8=]. Within that, the Liber8 [=Liber8=] members thought they would be going back six years, not sixty five. [[spoiler:Kagame, though, was well aware that they were going back to 2012.]]



* TrueCompanions: Subverted by Liber8. At first they seem to be extremely loyal to each other and willing to go to great lengths to rescue each other from the police. However, we are later shown that there are deadly divides within the group that are kept in check by the group's leaders. They are also willing to sacrifice one of their own in order to kill Kiera. [[spoiler:Without Kagame, the group fractures in short order.]]
* {{Turncoat}}: Kellog offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012. The end of season 2 sees [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] become arguably ''heroic'' examples of this.

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* TrueCompanions: Subverted by Liber8.[=Liber8=]. At first they seem to be extremely loyal to each other and willing to go to great lengths to rescue each other from the police. However, we are later shown that there are deadly divides within the group that are kept in check by the group's leaders. They are also willing to sacrifice one of their own in order to kill Kiera. [[spoiler:Without Kagame, the group fractures in short order.]]
* {{Turncoat}}: Kellog offers to betray Liber8 [=Liber8=] in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012. The end of season 2 sees [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] become arguably ''heroic'' examples of this.



* VillainHasAPoint: Liber8 is correct about the future being a brutal police state that steps on the rights of its citizens. Even our heroes are alarmed as they see more authoritarian measures begin to take hold in 2012.

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* VillainHasAPoint: Liber8 [=Liber8=] is correct about the future being a brutal police state that steps on the rights of its citizens. Even our heroes are alarmed as they see more authoritarian measures begin to take hold in 2012.



** Liber8 itself, depending on your point of view. Despite being a terrorist group, it's suggested that they have a certain amount of Robin Hood-esque popularity, particularly in the present day.

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** Liber8 [=Liber8=] itself, depending on your point of view. Despite being a terrorist group, it's suggested that they have a certain amount of Robin Hood-esque popularity, particularly in the present day.



** Liber8 is fighting to take down pro-corporate governments and restore true democracy. However, they are willing to kill 30,000 people in order to assassinate the twenty corporate leaders in charge of the system. In 2012, they have no problem murdering police officers simply to obtain weapons and create a distraction.

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** Liber8 [=Liber8=] is fighting to take down pro-corporate governments and restore true democracy. However, they are willing to kill 30,000 people in order to assassinate the twenty corporate leaders in charge of the system. In 2012, they have no problem murdering police officers simply to obtain weapons and create a distraction.



** In 2077, Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.

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** In 2077, Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 [=Liber8=] back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.



* WildCard: Kellog. First he is a willing part of Liber8, then he decides to strike out on his own and seek a quiet and rich life, then he provides key intelligence to Kiera, and then he is seen [[spoiler:searching Kiera's apartment and stealing her recovered fragment of the time-travel device]].

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* WildCard: Kellog. First he is a willing part of Liber8, [=Liber8=], then he decides to strike out on his own and seek a quiet and rich life, then he provides key intelligence to Kiera, and then he is seen [[spoiler:searching Kiera's apartment and stealing her recovered fragment of the time-travel device]].



** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. Kiera's future friend comes from a future where Liber8 won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, Liber8 falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.

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** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. Kiera's future friend comes from a future where Liber8 [=Liber8=] won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, Liber8 [=Liber8=] falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.



** Liber8's plan in "Time's Up" is engineered so a CorruptCorporateExecutive must admit her corruption, or otherwise die when her fate is decided by people voting online. [[spoiler:She chooses to confess, but either way her company is in ruins and Liber8 makes a fortune off of short-selling the corporation's stock in advance.]]
** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. Liber8 kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict that clears him anyway, making sure Liber8 won either way.
* YouAreTooLate: Invoked by the Liber8 leader/spokesman, Edouard Kagame, when he is arrested in the first scene of the pilot after broadcasting a speech outlining the group's manifesto. Kiera arrives with a number of officers to apprehend him, but moments later, they can only watch as a large office tower explodes in the distance.

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** Liber8's [=Liber8=]'s plan in "Time's Up" is engineered so a CorruptCorporateExecutive must admit her corruption, or otherwise die when her fate is decided by people voting online. [[spoiler:She chooses to confess, but either way her company is in ruins and Liber8 [=Liber8=] makes a fortune off of short-selling the corporation's stock in advance.]]
** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. Liber8 [=Liber8=] kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict that clears him anyway, making sure Liber8 [=Liber8=] won either way.
* YouAreTooLate: Invoked by the Liber8 [=Liber8=] leader/spokesman, Edouard Kagame, when he is arrested in the first scene of the pilot after broadcasting a speech outlining the group's manifesto. Kiera arrives with a number of officers to apprehend him, but moments later, they can only watch as a large office tower explodes in the distance.



** Liber8 is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore human rights like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.

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** Liber8 [=Liber8=] is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore human rights like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.

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* UnwantedAssistance: More than once, a hostage has professed to agree with [=Liber8=] and gotten shot by Travis for doing so.


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase Television]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase Television]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] Creator/{{Syfy}} in the UK and the USA.



* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below. Surprisingly, despite that example being censored, Sonya got away with being braless while dressed as a HotScientist.

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* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] Creator/{{Syfy}} broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below. Surprisingly, despite that example being censored, Sonya got away with being braless while dressed as a HotScientist.


Kiera Cameron (Creator/RachelNichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

Underground, motivated and very dangerous, the surviving Liber8 terrorists are determined to wage their war against the forces they believe will destroy the future in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and it's up to Kiera to stop them. Luckily, she's not alone: she's quickly pulled into the orbit of [[FriendOnTheForce Detective Carlos Fonnegra]] (Victor Webster) and the Vancouver Police Department, who think she's an expert on this "new street gang up from Portland," and Alec Sadler (Eric Knudsen), a [[TeenGenius young tech prodigy]] who will shape the future Kiera and the terrorists come from.

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Kiera Cameron (Creator/RachelNichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 [=Liber8=] during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

Underground, motivated and very dangerous, the surviving Liber8 [=Liber8=] terrorists are determined to wage their war against the forces they believe will destroy the future in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia and it's up to Kiera to stop them. Luckily, she's not alone: she's quickly pulled into the orbit of [[FriendOnTheForce Detective Carlos Fonnegra]] (Victor Webster) and the Vancouver Police Department, who think she's an expert on this "new street gang up from Portland," and Alec Sadler (Eric Knudsen), a [[TeenGenius young tech prodigy]] who will shape the future Kiera and the terrorists come from.


''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase]] Showcase Television]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK and the USA.


''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK and the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a Canadian [[Main/CanadianSeries Canadian]] science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase]] in Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK and the USA.


''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on the Showcase channel in Canada, SyFy UK in the UK, and SyFy in the USA.

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''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. It aired on the Showcase channel [[Creator/CorusEntertainment Showcase]] in Canada, SyFy UK Canada and [[Creator/SyFy Syfy]] in the UK, UK and SyFy in the USA.

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* LukeYouAreMyFather: Inverted. In Season 4, [[spoiler:Jason]] reveals to [[spoiler:Emily]] that [[spoiler:she is ''not'' his mother]].

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* UnexpectedPositive: Subverted. In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Alec shows off his new health-monitoring wrist bracelet, the Halo, to the Piron board. He convinces a naysayer of its value by having him try it out, and identifying markers for colon cancer. In private, however, he admits that the "data" it collected was all guesswork and information from the man's company insurance files, and he doesn't have a working prototype yet.

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* [[spoiler: {{Utopia}}]]: The ending events of the series change the fictitious version of the late 21st century from a fairly stock CyberPunk-ish {{Dystopia}} to [[spoiler: an equally cookie-cutter socialist utopia that might have been dreamed up by Edward Bellamy or David Harvey]].


* AuthorTract: The series is already pretty {{Anvilicious}} with its RippedFromTheHeadline plots, but the [[spoiler: Zero-growth economy utopia in the form of the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Vancouver at the end]] takes the series' AuthorTract elements UpToEleven, recalling Edward Bellamy's ''Literature/LookingBackward''.

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* AuthorTract: The series is already pretty {{Anvilicious}} with its RippedFromTheHeadline RippedFromTheHeadlines plots, but the [[spoiler: Zero-growth economy utopia in the form of the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Vancouver at the end]] takes the series' AuthorTract elements UpToEleven, recalling Edward Bellamy's ''Literature/LookingBackward''.

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* AuthorTract: The series is already pretty {{Anvilicious}} with its RippedFromTheHeadline plots, but the [[spoiler: Zero-growth economy utopia in the form of the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Vancouver at the end]] takes the series' AuthorTract elements UpToEleven, recalling Edward Bellamy's ''Literature/LookingBackward''.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There are plenty of them in 2012 and things will only get worse in the future. Apparently in 2077 the people in charge do not see it as much of a problem that a corporation is withholding food shipments, causing food riots, and not even trying to hide it. [[spoiler:And by 2035, ''[=SadTech=]'' owns an entire factory (if not the entire gulag-style system of complexes) devoted just to using [[MindControlDevice zombified debt slaves]] to turn out more chips to control even more people.]]

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There are plenty of them in 2012 and things will only get worse in the future. Apparently in 2077 the people in charge do not see it as much of a problem that a corporation is withholding food shipments, causing food riots, and not even trying to hide it. [[spoiler:And by 2035, ''[=SadTech=]'' owns an entire factory (if not the entire gulag-style system of complexes) devoted just to using [[MindControlDevice zombified debt slaves]] to turn out more chips to control even more people.]]]] In 2012, [[spoiler: Kellog]] goes for this trope.


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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The David Harvey-esque [[spoiler: utopia at the end]].


** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of begging a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''.

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** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of begging raising a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''.


** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of begging a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}'' or ''LogansRun''.

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** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of begging a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}'' ''{{Rollerball}}'' or ''LogansRun''.


** A more cynical viewer might read elements of this trope into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, which they founded, but the {{Utopia}} appears to be more or less played straight, in spite of begging a number of questions about how society has been reorganized, and whether competition and ambition have been suppressed in the name of an egalitarian utopia a la ''{{Rollerball}'' or ''LogansRun''.



** A more cynical viewer might read this into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, since they founded the new world, but it appears to be just about played straight.


* ManipulativeBastard: Alec in 2077 knows both his own past and future, as well as that of others, the man is very good at getting anyone to do what he wants.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Alec in 2077 knows both his own past and future, as well as that of others, the man is very good at getting anyone to do what he wants. And then of course, there's Kellog.



* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a dark shirt and black tie. {{Averted}} with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey (that's just good corporate PR, no doubt).

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* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a dark shirt and black tie. {{Averted}} with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky dark or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey (that's just good corporate PR, no doubt). to emphasize their ByTheBookCop nature.



** [[spoiler:Chen]] may be one for the Freelancers, planted in Liber8… or vice versa.

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** [[spoiler:Chen]] may be is one for the Freelancers, planted in Liber8… or vice versa.Liber8.



** Chen appears to know much more about the effects of all the time-travel than anyone and what is really going on, but his unwillingness to ''actually tell anyone'' has caused many problems. His statement that [[spoiler:Kellog will get what's coming to him]] and that both he and The Traveler expected to see [[spoiler:the lights going out and even more future-travelers showing up]] may mean that some things ''have'' to happen before they can take action, potentially averting this in the long-run.

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** Chen appears to know much more about the effects of all the time-travel than anyone and what is really going on, but his unwillingness to ''actually tell anyone'' has caused many problems.problems, namely because he's [[spoiler: TheMole for the Freelancers]]. His statement that [[spoiler:Kellog will get what's coming to him]] and that both he and The Traveler expected to see [[spoiler:the lights going out and even more future-travelers showing up]] may mean that some things ''have'' to happen before they can take action, potentially averting this in the long-run.


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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Carlos is a good guy example near the end of the fourth season.


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** A more cynical viewer might read this into the older characters' description of the {{Utopia}} at the end of the series, since they founded the new world, but it appears to be just about played straight.

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* DamselOutOfDistress: [[spoiler: Emily]] is kidnapped and Alec launches a rescue. By the time he gets there she's already beaten one of her captors to death and quickly breaks the others neck then compliments Alec on how badass he was for rescuing her.

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** Jason zigzags this; when first introduced, he's already more than a little out there due to the same temporal jet lag as Lucas. He gets a bit better after some time spent with the main cast (he still makes for a very confusing conversationalist, but he becomes very useful), only to get much worse in Season 3 when [[spoiler:his HALO bracelet starts driving him nuts]].

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* NewEraSpeech: In 3x13 "Last Minute", [[spoiler:it looks like Green Alec's keynote is going to be one of these, and the episode opens with him rehearsing it, stumbling over a particularly difficult part, implying he will get to, and power through, that part. When it actually happens, he gets less than twenty seconds in before Lucas sabotages the big screen behind him, broadcasting Travis. After about another fifteen seconds, the backstage team restore the screen to normal, Alec offers a sardonic remark, and it looks like everything will get back on track, but then Garza fires two warning shots from above and everything goes to hell.]]


* HeelFaceTurn:
** [[spoiler:Lucas, Travis and Garza all become helpful to Kiera, though only Lucas really becomes a "good guy."]]
** In the final episode it's revealed that [[spoiler:Kagame becomes Alec's best friend rather than his nemesis in the new utopian timeline]].



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Emily skips town midway through the last season, having become convinced that she and Alec were never meant to be]].



** Also, having changed the future so many times can lead to an unwanted outcome. [[spoiler: Both Liber8 and Kiera learn that the hard way.]]

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Briefly in 3x01 "Minute by Minute", where [[spoiler:Kiera-A and Alec-A, the ones who travelled back in time, both wear almost entirely black (Kiera with a flash of burgundy), while Kiera-B and Alec-B (the ones from the new timeline) wear a variety of colours.]]


* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:When the morally conflicted Dillon rejoins the good guys in the final episode, he gets fatally gunned down in the ensuing crossfire]].



* GenderIsNoObject: Say one thing about the future dystopias: there's no gender discrimination for police and military jobs. There are just about as many {{Action Girl}}s as there are Guys.



** Carlos doesn't believe Kiera's initial claim to be a time traveler, and she lets him walk away instead of showing him any of the future-tech gadgets she has on her person at that very moment.

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** Carlos doesn't believe Kiera's initial claim to be a time traveler, and she lets him walk away instead of showing him any of the future-tech gadgets she has on her person at that very moment. She doesn't make the same mistake with [[spoiler:Dillon. She shows him her future gun immediately before revealing her story]].



* ISeeDeadPeople: [[spoiler:Ingram, first implied with Kagame then confirmed with Chen. It's suggested to be a side-effect of time travel, similar to how Jason is kinda crazy.]]
** [[spoiler: Although his seeing Chen is now up the air, since the Season 2 finale reveals that Chen is now inexplicably ''alive'' again]].

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* ISeeDeadPeople: [[spoiler:Ingram, first implied with Kagame then confirmed with Chen. It's suggested to be a side-effect of time travel, similar to how Jason is kinda crazy.]]
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However, his seeing Chen is now up the air, since the Season 2 finale reveals that eventually explained as Chen is now inexplicably ''alive'' again]].coming back from a different timeline]].



* PapaWolf: Dillon [[spoiler:deeply regrets letting his daughter become TheMole inside Liber8, and in an emotional moment asks Kiera to do everything she can to retrieve Christine, his daughter.]]

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* PapaWolf: Dillon [[spoiler:deeply regrets letting his daughter become TheMole The Mole inside Liber8, and in an emotional moment asks Kiera to do everything she can to retrieve Christine, his daughter.]]


** A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. Then it's revealed that Liber8 actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed said gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.

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** A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. Then it's revealed that Liber8 actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed said the gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order-which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order-which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said the corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.



** In "Time's Up", Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a 2012-era corporation. As Kiera is trying to rescue the victim, she tries to determine what their real goal is: are they in it for the ransom money, or are they trying to make a political statement and earn street cred with the local anarchist groups? In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the plan was to expose the fraud the CEO was involved in, ruin the corporation, and in the process make a fortune short-selling said corporation on the stock market to fund their next operation.]]

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** In "Time's Up", Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a 2012-era corporation. As Kiera is trying to rescue the victim, she tries to determine what their real goal is: are they in it for the ransom money, or are they trying to make a political statement and earn street cred with the local anarchist groups? In the end, [[spoiler:it turns out that the plan was to expose the fraud the CEO was involved in, ruin the corporation, and in the process make a fortune short-selling said the corporation on the stock market to fund their next operation.]]


''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Four seasons have aired, with the series finale airing October 9, 2015. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver.ran for four seasons from 2012 to 2015. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Four seasons have aired, with the series finale airing October 9, 2015. ''Continuum'' is It aired on the Showcase channel in Canada Canada, SyFy UK in the UK, and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.
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* ArcWords: a meta-example. Each episode's name of one season has a certain word in it. [[spoiler: Time for One. Second for Two. Minute for Three. Hour for Four.]]



* BadassGrandpa:
** The 65-year-old Kagame is able to briefly hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Kiera, a highly trained and much younger Protector. It helped that her Protector suit had been damaged previously.
** [[spoiler: Future Alec Sadler]] could also be said to qualify, though less of a physical badass and more of a GuileHero.

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* BadassGrandpa:
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BadassGrandpa: The 65-year-old Kagame is able to briefly hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Kiera, a highly trained and much younger Protector. It helped that her Protector suit had been damaged previously.
** [[spoiler: Future Alec Sadler]] could also be said to qualify, though less of a physical badass and more of a GuileHero.
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* BittersweetEnding: The final minutes of the series finale has this in spades. [[spoiler:The future army and the time-line they're from is destroyed, Kellog's own plan is thwarted by being sent into the distant past (and presumably killed), and Kiera finally is sent back to her own time. She meets Kagame and at first thinks that everyone has failed, but he is a kind old man who remembers her from the stories "Uncle Julian" told, and warmly greets her. Old!Alec appears and explains that over sixty years have passed since he saw her last and that they've all made a better future. She asks to see her son and he takes her to see him, but holds her back from going to him... unfortunately, ''another Kiera'' is there who is from that time-line and the boy's real mother. It is the closest Kiera will ever get to going home or seeing her son again, and she and Alec are saddened and stand together in silence as the credits start to roll. The end.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The final minutes of the series finale has this in spades. [[spoiler:The future army and the time-line they're from is destroyed, Kellog's own plan is thwarted by being sent into the distant past (and presumably killed), past, and Kiera finally is sent back to her own time. She meets Kagame has successfully influenced time to put it on the path of a utopia, but in doing so, her younger self never went back in time and at first thinks that everyone has failed, but he is a kind old man who remembers her from the stories "Uncle Julian" told, and warmly greets her. Old!Alec appears and explains that over sixty years have passed since he saw her last and that they've all made a better future. She asks to see still in this timeline, so there are two Kieras. The time-traveling Kiera can thus never reunite with her son and he takes her to see him, but holds her back from going to him... unfortunately, ''another Kiera'' is there who is from must be content that time-line and the boy's real mother. It he is the closest Kiera will ever get to going home or seeing her son again, and she and Alec are saddened and stand together in silence as the credits start to roll. The end.]]happy]].



** Mostly averted as Valentine rarely fights anyone and Kiera and Garza usually end up fighting (and beating up) men.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The second season ends with Kiera, Jason, and [[AssholeVictim Garza]] imprisoned by the [[KnightTemplar Freelancers]] while Carlos and Betty appear to join Theseus' branch of Liber8.]]


* ArcWords: a meta-example. Each episode of one season has a certain word in it. [[spoiler: Time for One. Second for Two. Minute for Three. Hour for Four.]]

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* ArcWords: a meta-example. Each episode episode's name of one season has a certain word in it. [[spoiler: Time for One. Second for Two. Minute for Three. Hour for Four.]]

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* ArcWords: a meta-example. Each episode of one season has a certain word in it. [[spoiler: Time for One. Second for Two. Minute for Three. Hour for Four.]]


* CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one -- [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician who eventually wins a by-election to become the new mayor of Vancouver. His father, Tony Penikett, was the Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.


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* OffingTheOffspring: In the series finale [[spoiler: Kellogg stabs Vasquez]], and she reveals she's his daughter from the future right before dying.


''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Three seasons have aired so far. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Three Four seasons have aired so far.aired, with the series finale airing October 9, 2015. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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** Kiera wants nothing more than to go home. However, when [[spoiler: she is finally able to, she learns that there is another version of her raising Sam in a much better future.]]


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** Also, having changed the future so many times can lead to an unwanted outcome. [[spoiler: Both Liber8 and Kiera learn that the hard way.]]


* BrickJoke: In "Playtime", Betty describes a banned energy drink as being popular with hackers and coders. Later, Alec is shown drinking it at his computer.

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In "Playtime", Betty describes a banned energy drink as being popular with hackers and coders. Later, Alec is shown drinking it at his computer. computer.
** Starting in the second season, Carlos keeps comparing Kiera with Batman and himself with Commissioner Gordon. Fast-forward to the series finale and [[spoiler:the final scene of the show takes place in 2077 in the ''"Commissioner Carlos Fonnegra Memorial Park"'']].

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* TrashTheSet: The penultimate episode features Kellogg's future army attacking Carlos's VPD precinct, which sustains heavy damage in the firefight before a grenade utterly destroys it.


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the series finale it is not revealed what happened to [[spoiler:Garza or Tonkin.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the series finale it is not revealed what happened to [[spoiler:Garza [[spoiler:Garza, Chen or Tonkin.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the series finale it is not revealed what happened to [[spoiler:Garza or Tonkin.]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances, that want to make the world a better place.]] Sound familiar?]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances, that want to make the world a better place.]] Sound familiar?]]familiar?]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances, that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances, that want to make the world a better place.]]]]]] Sound familiar?]]

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** "Final Hour: [[spoiler:Kellog discovers that 'Vasquez' is his daughter in the gone-horribly-wrong 2030s timeline.]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances circumstances, that want to make the world a better place.]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances that want to make the world a better place.]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances that want to make the world a better place.]]]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances]] [[{{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a group, brought together by circumstances]] [[{{Irony}} circumstances that want to make the world a better place.]]]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] group, brought together by circumstances]] [[{{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{Irony}} [[{{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]


* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{Irony}}that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{Irony}}that [[{Irony}} that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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* [[TheChosenOne The Chosen Ones]]: [[spoiler:Alec remarks to Jason, Carlos, Brad, Garza and Curtis that with the future army stopped and Kiera gone, it's up to them to build the better future they all want. Come 2077, it's revealed that they succeeded and that Julian and Kagame were also instrumental. [[CallBack Eight people who are part of a secretive group]] [[{Irony}}that want to make the world a better place.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:Kellog's]] ultimate plan in the series finale is to [[spoiler:go back in time to when Liber8 and Kiera first appeared, kill them all and basically take over the world with his future knowledge and technology, with no one to oppose him]]. Luckily it fails spectacularly due to sabotage from Alec and Kiera, because they figured he'd betray them.


* BittersweetEnding: The final minutes of the series finale has this in spades. [[spoiler:The future army and the time-line they're from is destroyed, Kellog's own plan is thwarted by being sent into the distant past (and presumably killed), and Kiera finally is sent back to her own time. She meets Kagame and at first thinks that everyone has failed, but he is a kind old man who remembers her from the stories "Uncle Julian" told, and warmly greets her. Old!Alec appears and explains that over sixty years have passed since he saw her last and that they've all made a better future. She asks to see her son and he takes her to see him, but holds her back from going to him... unfortunately, ''another Kiera'' is there who is from that time-line and the boy's real mother. It is the closest Kiera will ever get to going home or seeing her son again, and she and Alec are saddened and stand together in silence. The end.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: The final minutes of the series finale has this in spades. [[spoiler:The future army and the time-line they're from is destroyed, Kellog's own plan is thwarted by being sent into the distant past (and presumably killed), and Kiera finally is sent back to her own time. She meets Kagame and at first thinks that everyone has failed, but he is a kind old man who remembers her from the stories "Uncle Julian" told, and warmly greets her. Old!Alec appears and explains that over sixty years have passed since he saw her last and that they've all made a better future. She asks to see her son and he takes her to see him, but holds her back from going to him... unfortunately, ''another Kiera'' is there who is from that time-line and the boy's real mother. It is the closest Kiera will ever get to going home or seeing her son again, and she and Alec are saddened and stand together in silence.silence as the credits start to roll. The end.]]

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* BlackAndNerdy: Lucas Ingram.
* BloodKnight: Plenty among Liber8.


* BlackAndNerdy: Lucas Ingram.
* BloodKnight: Plenty among Liber8.

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* BlackAndNerdy: Lucas Ingram.
* BloodKnight: Plenty among Liber8.
BittersweetEnding: The final minutes of the series finale has this in spades. [[spoiler:The future army and the time-line they're from is destroyed, Kellog's own plan is thwarted by being sent into the distant past (and presumably killed), and Kiera finally is sent back to her own time. She meets Kagame and at first thinks that everyone has failed, but he is a kind old man who remembers her from the stories "Uncle Julian" told, and warmly greets her. Old!Alec appears and explains that over sixty years have passed since he saw her last and that they've all made a better future. She asks to see her son and he takes her to see him, but holds her back from going to him... unfortunately, ''another Kiera'' is there who is from that time-line and the boy's real mother. It is the closest Kiera will ever get to going home or seeing her son again, and she and Alec are saddened and stand together in silence. The end.]]


** Meanwhile, Kellog comes to the horrifying realisation that his future self has [[spoiler:sent a team of commandos back in time ''to steal his kidneys''], which means future Kellog will have no more use for present Kellog after [[spoiler:the planned invasion from the horrible-future 2039]].

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** Meanwhile, Kellog comes to the horrifying realisation that his future self has [[spoiler:sent a team of commandos back in time ''to steal his kidneys''], kidneys'']], which means future Kellog will have no more use for present Kellog after [[spoiler:the planned invasion from the horrible-future 2039]].


** Meanwhile, Kellog comes to the horrifying realisation that his future self has [[spoiler:sent a team of commandos back in time ''to steal his kidneys'']].

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** Meanwhile, Kellog comes to the horrifying realisation that his future self has [[spoiler:sent a team of commandos back in time ''to steal his kidneys'']].kidneys''], which means future Kellog will have no more use for present Kellog after [[spoiler:the planned invasion from the horrible-future 2039]].

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** Kiera letting the idea of going "back to 2077" distract her from stopping Kellog is at least partially responsible for the chain of events leading up to [[spoiler:the destruction of the VPD]], since her distraction ensnared Alec and Carlos in a web of half-truths and misdirections that kept both from ably assisting her had they been focussed on stopping Kellog.

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* StableTimeLoop: In a fourth-season conversation between young Alec and old Alec, young Alec encourages his future self to continue to work on time travel, and also name-drops Kiera, leading old Alec to make sure she's sent back with Liber8.


* WorkOffTheDebt: In the future, debtors can be sentenced to work off their debt under control of [[MindControlDevice mind control implants]].



** Liber8 is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore "human rights" like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging Democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.

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** Liber8 is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore "human rights" human rights like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging Democracy-advocating, democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.


* FutureMeScaresMe: A big thrust of the show is preventing Alec from becoming the brutal industrial tyrant he has become by 2077. Future Alec, for his part, wants the same thing.

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A big thrust of the show is preventing Alec from becoming the brutal industrial tyrant he has become by 2077. Future Alec, for his part, wants the same thing.
** Meanwhile, Kellog comes to the horrifying realisation that his future self has [[spoiler:sent a team of commandos back in time ''to steal his kidneys'']].

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* RealityEnsues: Kiera may be an ActionGirl, but she actually has difficulty with a lot of her fights, especially with men who are bigger and stronger than her. Examples includes her fights with Travis and Chen, where she nearly died and had to win due to some sort of luck.


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 are ruthless {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 are ruthless {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.


** [[spoiler:Sonya]] does this to take out [[spoiler:Dillon]] in "The Dying Minutes".

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** [[spoiler:Sonya]] does this to take out [[spoiler:Dillon]] in "The Dying Minutes". [[spoiler:She fails]].


** "The Dying Minutes" left a lot of work for the morgue. [[spoiler:Most of the Freelancers, including Catherine, followed by Sonya and Dillon in a TakingYouWithMe from the former.]]

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** "The Dying Minutes" left a lot of work for the morgue. [[spoiler:Most of the Freelancers, including Catherine, followed by Sonya and Dillon in a failed TakingYouWithMe from the former.]]towards Dillon]].


* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 are ruthless WellIntentionedExtremists doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Liber8 are ruthless WellIntentionedExtremists {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to hurt regular people.


* TelevisionGeography: While the show makes some effort to refer to real parts of the Lower Mainland, there's no good reason for an oil truck being driven around Stanley Park. Considering how narrow the roads are there, it's about the most impractical thing to do. Also, sharp-eyed people will notice parts of the GVRD stand in for other parts of the GVRD.

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* TelevisionGeography: While the show makes some effort to refer to real parts of the Lower Mainland, there's no good reason for an oil truck being driven around Stanley Park. Considering how narrow the roads are there, it's about the most impractical thing to do.do (and there's no reason to anyway, unless the driver took a wrong turn en route to or from the Lion's Gate Bridge). Also, sharp-eyed people will notice parts of the GVRD stand in for other parts of the GVRD.


* CarCushion: In "Lost Hours", Kiera is thrown off a building. A combination of her suit's shield technology and a well-placed car save her from being roadkill.



* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's [[SpyCatsuit Protector uniform.]] It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. A second suit also shows the ability to stop bullets aimed at the head. Notably, a cosplaying civilian who wears the second suit uses it to stop a robbery.

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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's [[SpyCatsuit Protector uniform.]] It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. A second suit also shows the ability to stop bullets aimed at the head.head, though this seems to be a military-restricted function. Notably, a cosplaying civilian who wears the second suit uses it to stop a robbery.



** In the first season it's "time".
** In the second season it's "second".
** In the third season it's "minute".

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** In the first season season, it's "time".
** In the second season season, it's "second".
** In the third season season, it's "minute"."minute".
** In the fourth season, it's "hour".


** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to a Bad Future, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in Powered Armor]].

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** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to a Bad Future, BadFuture, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in Powered Armor]].PoweredArmor]].


->''2077. My time, my city, my family. [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized When terrorists killed thousands of innocents, they were condemned to die.]] They had other plans.''\\

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->''2077. My time, my city, my family. [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized When terrorists killed thousands of innocents, they were condemned to die.]] die. They had other plans.''\\



''[[TrappedInThePast A time travel device sent us all back 65 years.]] [[GetBackToTheFuture I want to get home,]] but I can't be sure [[ForWantOfANail what I will return to if history is changed.]] [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters Their plan: to corrupt and control the present in order to win the future.]] [[RightManInTheWrongPlace What they didn't plan on was me.]]''

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''[[TrappedInThePast A ''A time travel device sent us all back 65 years.]] [[GetBackToTheFuture years. I want to get home,]] home, but I can't be sure [[ForWantOfANail what I will return to if history is changed.]] [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters changed. Their plan: to corrupt and control the present in order to win the future.]] [[RightManInTheWrongPlace future. What they didn't plan on was me.]]''''



'''''Continuum''''' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Three seasons have aired so far. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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'''''Continuum''''' ''Continuum'' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. Three seasons have aired so far. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.


* PsychoSerum: The [[spoiler:HALO bracelet]] has a roughly 6% chance of causing violent psychosis, on account of it being designed using [[spoiler:Kiera's CMR as the key component]] without concern for the compatibility issues. [[spoiler:Alec insists he can work the defect out, though it's unclear if that will succeed.]]

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* PsychoSerum: The [[spoiler:HALO bracelet]] has a roughly 6% chance of causing violent psychosis, on account of it being designed using [[spoiler:Kiera's CMR as the key component]] without concern for the compatibility issues. [[spoiler:Alec insists he can work the defect out, fix that part, though it's unclear if that he will succeed.]]


** Kiera obviously has no recognizable jurisdiction in 2012, so she pretends to be a detective from Oregon. The police inspector in the Vancouver Police Department is naturally livid that a US cop is trying to butt in on his investigation. However, cops start dying and he does not hesitate to ask for her help. By the end of the pilot he is demanding that she stay and help them catch the killers. Thanks to Alec's hacking skills, Kiera stays with the VPD to catch Liber8 disguised as a member of a top secret government group.
** Kiera invokes this when the VPD inspector suggests that the US Department of Defense could help them track down the ex-military members of Liber8. Kiera replies that since they did not start their criminal activities until after leaving the military, they are a purely civilian matter. Of course, her real reason for invoking jurisdiction is that the military would have no record of these people ever serving in the armed forces.

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** Kiera obviously has no recognizable jurisdiction in 2012, so she pretends to be a detective from Oregon. The police inspector in the Vancouver Police Department is naturally livid that a US cop is trying to butt in on his investigation. However, once cops start dying and he does not hesitate to ask for her help. By the end of the pilot he is demanding that she stay and help them catch the killers. Thanks to Alec's hacking skills, Kiera stays with the VPD to catch Liber8 disguised as a member of a top secret government group.
** Kiera invokes this when the VPD inspector suggests that the US Department of Defense could help them track down the ex-military members of Liber8. Kiera replies that since they did not start their criminal activities until after leaving the military, they are a purely civilian matter. Of course, her real reason for invoking jurisdiction is that the military would have no record of these people ever serving in the armed forces.forces (or existing at all).



** Discussed in "A Matter of Time", when Kiera lets Melissa Dobeck get away with both the murder of Dr Aames and stealing his research into anti-matter, because she's credited in the future as the woman who solved the world's energy crisis.

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** Discussed in "A Matter of Time", when Kiera lets Melissa Dobeck get away with both the murder of Dr Dr. Aames and stealing his research into anti-matter, because she's credited in the future as the woman who solved the world's energy crisis.



* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this. As of the season 3 premiere this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and the old timeline to start disappearing from existence.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Due to multiple timelines, it's possible that people we see die will come back in the timeline we're watching. To date, the people who have died and not returned (barring flashback):

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* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this. As of the season 3 premiere premiere, this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and the old timeline has begun to start disappearing from existence.fade away.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Due to multiple timelines, it's possible that people we see or have seen die will come back in the timeline we're watching. To date, the people who have died and not returned (barring flashback):


** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the Crapsaccharine World of 2077, you get the pure Crapsack World of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from a violent war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Emily was assigned to shadow Alec by Mr. Escher but as of "Second Wave" she's fallen for him for real.]]

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** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the Crapsaccharine World of 2077, you get the pure Crapsack World of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from a violent all-out war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Emily was assigned to shadow Alec by Mr. Escher Escher, but as of "Second Wave" she's fallen for him for real.]]

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* BottleEpisode: "Second Opinion" takes place almost entirely in the police station and has no action scenes and very few special effects.


* FakeAmerican: Rachel Nichols is herself American, playing someone from Vancouver. You can hear the difference in Kiera and Alec's accents when they say "sorry." Fittingly, Kiera masquerades as someone from Portland in 2012.


* CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one -- [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician who eventually wins a by-election to become the new mayor of Vancouver. His father, Tony Penikett, was the Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.

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* CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one -- [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician who eventually wins a by-election to become the new mayor of Vancouver. His father, Tony Penikett, was the Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.


* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[VillainHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about opposing the totalitarian NAU government. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.

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* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[VillainHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about opposing how bad the totalitarian NAU government.government is. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.



* JerkassBall: Carlos in "Second Truths". Though Kiera's inexplicable knowledge does strain credibility in this one, Carlos is a lot more confrontational about it, in order to motivate Kiera to [[spoiler:finally tell him the truth about herself]].


* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[JerkassHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about opposing the totalitarian NAU government. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.

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* AntiVillain: The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[JerkassHasAPoint [[VillainHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about opposing the totalitarian NAU government. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.



* CallBack: When Garza has Alec tied up, she creepily asks if he thinks she's pretty. In a later episode, it's revealed that in 2077, Alec told her that she looked pretty before sending her back in time.



* KnightTemplar:
** Numerous characters, to the point where it'd probably be easier to list the ones who ''aren't'' this.
** Most notably, the Freelancers. [[spoiler:Kiera even outright calls them a "cult", given their apparent single-minded focus on preserving some sort of "orthodox" timeline.]]

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* KnightTemplar:
** Numerous characters, to the point where it'd probably be easier to list the ones who ''aren't'' this.
**
KnightTemplar: Most notably, the Freelancers. [[spoiler:Kiera even outright calls them a "cult", given their apparent single-minded focus on preserving some sort of "orthodox" timeline.]]



* Letters2Numbers: "Liber8".

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* Letters2Numbers: "Liber8". This is apparently a reference to the fact that there are eight members of the group in 2012, their earliest appearance.



* LoveMartyr[=/=]ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].

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* LoveMartyr[=/=]ExtremeDoormat: LoveMartyr: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].



* MagicalDefibrillator: {{Subverted}} in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Though it certainly helps that Future!Alec knows both his own past and future, as well as that of others, the man is very good at getting anyone to do what he wants.

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* MagicalDefibrillator: {{Subverted}} in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted Double Subverted when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Though it certainly helps that Future!Alec Alec in 2077 knows both his own past and future, as well as that of others, the man is very good at getting anyone to do what he wants.



* MeaningfulName: Liber8. While on the surface, an obvious pun of "Liberate", it can also be seen as representing Liber, the Roman god of Freedom and 8, the number of members within the group.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
Liber8. While on the surface, an obvious pun of "Liberate", it can also be seen as representing Liber, the Roman god of Freedom and 8, the number of members within the group.



* MenAreTheExpendableGender:
** [[spoiler:Stefan Jaworski, Curtis Chen, Roland Randol, and Edouard Kagame]] are the only main characters who died in the first season; all are male.
** {{Inverted}} in "A Test of Time", when Liber8 tries to hunt down Kiera's grandmother and end up killing [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s instead, along with at least one unfortunate woman who was mistaken for [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]].
** [[spoiler:Then say goodbye to Emily in "Second Last".]]

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* MenAreTheExpendableGender:
** [[spoiler:Stefan Jaworski, Curtis Chen, Roland Randol, and Edouard Kagame]] are the only main characters who died in the first season; all are male.
** {{Inverted}} in "A Test of Time", when Liber8 tries
Alec Sadler's company, which is said to hunt down Kiera's grandmother and end up killing [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s instead, along with at least one unfortunate woman who was mistaken for [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]].
** [[spoiler:Then say goodbye to Emily in "Second Last".]]
have brought about a dystopic police state, is called [=SadTech=]. Sad... Tech.



* MrFanservice:
** Carlos Fonnegra, played by Victor Webster is, well, in the words of MST3K, a "Stump [=BeefKnob=]/Gristle [=McThornBody=]". [[note]]Check out the [[http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nicknames_for_Dave_Ryder list]] of [[TheWikiRule nicknames]] for Dave Ryder, as pretty much every one of them applies here[[/note]]
*** Bonus points for being a beefy police officer that somehow manages to be both a pretty boy ''and'' ruggedly handsome at the same time. I mean, just ''look'' [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005543/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 at him.]]
*** A blatant use of this is when an attacker catches him by surprise in the shower, followed by a fight scene which he remains nude for the entirety of, complete with (since this ''is'' still on a family-friendly television station) precise editing and camera angles. ''Very'' precise.

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* MrFanservice:
**
MrFanservice: Carlos Fonnegra, played by Victor Webster is, well, in the words of MST3K, a "Stump [=BeefKnob=]/Gristle [=McThornBody=]". [[note]]Check out the [[http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_Nicknames_for_Dave_Ryder list]] of [[TheWikiRule nicknames]] for Dave Ryder, as pretty much every one of them applies here[[/note]]
***
Webster. Bonus points for being a beefy police officer that somehow manages to be both a pretty boy ''and'' ruggedly handsome at the same time. I mean, just ''look'' [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005543/?ref_=tt_cl_t2 at him.]]
***
A blatant use of this is when an attacker catches him by surprise in the shower, followed by a fight scene which he remains nude for the entirety of, complete with (since this ''is'' still on a family-friendly television station) precise editing and camera angles. ''Very'' precise.



** Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite her actress being a model in real life -- although her Protector suit ''is'' suspiciously form-fitting.
** Played straight by Emily, particularly in "[[VaporWear Second]] [[SexyShirtSwitch Degree]]".

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** Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite Kiera spends a lot of time in her actress being a model in real life -- although tight catsuit. She also strips down to her Protector suit ''is'' suspiciously form-fitting.
underwear in the series premier. Mostly, though, she stays pretty well-clothed.
** Played straight by Emily, particularly in "[[VaporWear Second]] [[SexyShirtSwitch Degree]]".



* NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture: Majorly averted.
** Justified since nearly all CPS technology from 2077 was created by Alec Sadler, who already had the prototype versions built in 2012. Played with in the second episode, where he mentions having to upgrade his own system to accommodate Kiera's version, since it was eating up too much of his bandwidth.



* OnlyAFleshWound: Travis and some of the other members of Liber8 can shrug off wounds with ease, though this makes some sense since most of them are super-soldiers from the future.

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* OnlyAFleshWound: Travis and some of the other members of Liber8 can shrug off wounds with ease, though this makes some sense since most several of them are super-soldiers from the future.



* PoliceAreUseless: Kiera thinks so, with good reason. The VPD in 2012 thinks they are dealing with a standard street gang muscling in on new territory. Instead, Liber8 are ruthless revolutionaries, including former military specialists and super-soldiers, who have no qualms about killing cops and leaving a high body count. The police are completely unprepared for this and are easily outmaneuvered.
** Gradually averted as the VPD get more used to Liber8's tactics and capabilities.
** Returns full-force in "Family Time", when the [=ERT=] units are ''utterly convinced'' that Roland Randol (Alec's step-father) is the one masterminding the hostage situation on his own farm -- thanks to his history of hardline activism, plus Julian and Hoyt pretending to be Roland when the [=ERT=] team calls to negotiate. A [=ERT=] officer ends up sniping [[spoiler:Roland]] as the standoff is ending, while [[spoiler:[[KarmaHoudini his son Julian gets away scot-free]]]].
** And possibly somewhat true in 2077. When her suit gets damaged, Kiera seems to realise that the future has become heavily reliant on their tech to make their jobs easier, but this in turn has caused them to lose their gut instincts.

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* PoliceAreUseless: PoliceAreUseless:
**
Kiera thinks so, with good reason. The VPD in 2012 thinks they are dealing with a standard street gang muscling in on new territory. Instead, Liber8 are ruthless revolutionaries, including former military specialists and super-soldiers, who have no qualms about killing cops and leaving a high body count. The police are completely unprepared for this and are easily outmaneuvered.
** Gradually averted as the VPD get more used to Liber8's tactics and capabilities.
** Returns full-force in
In "Family Time", when the [=ERT=] units are ''utterly convinced'' that Roland Randol (Alec's step-father) is the one masterminding the hostage situation on his own farm -- thanks to his history of hardline activism, plus activism. They assume that Julian and Hoyt pretending to be Roland when Hoyt's voices are Roland, and the [=ERT=] team calls two boys never correct them. This ultimately leads to negotiate. A [=ERT=] officer ends up sniping [[spoiler:Roland]] as [[spoiler:the police shooting the standoff is ending, while [[spoiler:[[KarmaHoudini his son Julian gets away scot-free]]]].
** And possibly somewhat true in 2077. When her suit gets damaged, Kiera seems to realise that the future has become heavily reliant on their tech to make their jobs easier, but this in turn has caused them to lose their gut instincts.
innocent Roland]].



* PresentDay: Subverted. The show takes place in 2012, but many of the major characters are from 2077.

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* PresentDay: Subverted. The show takes place in 2012, 2012-2014, but many of the major characters are from 2077.



* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn't written by Sonya because it wasn’t pompous enough.

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* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn't written by Sonya because it wasn’t wasn't pompous enough.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** On the protagonistic side, there's Inspector Dillon, Carlos and Betty's boss at the VPD.
*** This has started to slip in the second season, as Dillon has adopted an [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "ends justify the means"]] approach towards catching Liber8, starting with teaming with Piron Corp. and Mr. Escher. It's got Carlos concerned at the very least; Cameron less so, since this is pretty much how she's used to operating.
** On the antagonistic side, there's Edouard Kagame, who is much more calm, rational and pragmatic than his often-violent subordinates in Liber8.
* RedShirt[=/=]RedshirtArmy: The [=VPD=], including the Emergency Response Team.
* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Garza, Travis, Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]], ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
** On the protagonistic side, there's Inspector Dillon, Carlos and Betty's boss at the VPD.
*** This has started to slip in the second season, as Dillon has adopted an [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "ends justify the means"]] approach towards catching Liber8, starting with teaming with Piron Corp. and Mr. Escher. It's got Carlos concerned at the very least; Cameron less so, since this is pretty much how she's used to operating.
** On the antagonistic side, there's Edouard Kagame, who is much more calm, rational and pragmatic than his often-violent subordinates in Liber8.
* RedShirt[=/=]RedshirtArmy:
RedShirt: The [=VPD=], including the Emergency Response Team.
* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera Past Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera.Present Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Garza, Travis, Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]], ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]



* RobbingTheDead: [[spoiler:Alec does this to Kiera's corpse at the end of "Minute of Silence", presumably to jump-start Halo and his eventual future-tech.]]

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* RobbingTheDead: [[spoiler:Alec does this to Kiera's corpse at the end of "Minute of Silence", presumably to jump-start Halo and his eventual future-tech. Carlos and the remaining Kiera treat this as his final descent into villainy.]]



* SacrificialLion: Two villainous examples from Liber8, Jaworski and Chen. [[spoiler:Chen, however, came back in the next season finale.]]
* SarcasticConfession: Kellog tells his broker that he's from the future and knows what's going to happen, which they both laugh off as a joke.

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* SacrificialLion: Two villainous examples from Liber8, Jaworski and Chen. [[spoiler:Chen, however, came Chen dies several episodes into the show, after being established as the group's second-in-command. [[spoiler:He comes back in the next season 2 finale.]]
* SarcasticConfession: SarcasticConfession:
**
Kellog tells his broker that he's from the future and knows what's going to happen, which they both laugh off as a joke.



* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness. He levels out in Season 3, escaping from the mental institution he was incarcerated at with the help of Sonya. She gives him some medication that keeps him sane.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Travis. Averted for Lucas; he is much more calm and intellectual.
** Starts to shift in the third season. In "Minute to Win It", Travis is insistent on keeping the amount of collateral damage to a minimum (though, mind you, [[spoiler:he's perfectly fine with using mind-controlled white-collar criminals as bank robbers and killing them after the fact]]). At the same time, Lucas adopts a much more cavalier, MadScientist-style attitude.

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* SanitySlippage: SanitySlippage:
** Lucas shows signs of this. [[spoiler:He starts hallucinating conversations with the dead Kagame. In the end of season 3, he breaks down the hardest when Liber8 become convinced that their efforts have been for nothing]].
**
[[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness.Temporal Sickness. He levels out in Season 3, escaping from the mental institution he was incarcerated at with the help of Sonya. She gives him some medication that keeps him sane.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Travis. Averted for Lucas; he is much more calm and intellectual.
ScaryBlackMan:
** Starts to shift in Travis, the third season. In "Minute to Win It", Travis is insistent on keeping SuperSoldier who spends the amount most time commanding Liber8.
** One
of collateral damage to a minimum (though, mind you, [[spoiler:he's perfectly fine with using mind-controlled white-collar criminals as bank robbers and killing them after the fact]]). At the same time, Lucas adopts major freelancers is a much more cavalier, MadScientist-style attitude.scary black man in a nice suit.



** Somewhere along the line, Alec helped create the OneNationUnderCopyright. In a twist, 2077!Alec now deeply regrets how things have played out and wants his past self to avert it.

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** Somewhere along the line, Alec helped create the OneNationUnderCopyright. In a twist, 2077!Alec now Alec comes to deeply regrets regret how things have played out by 2077 and wants his past self to avert it.



** And finally, in the third season, [[spoiler:the new timeline Past!Alec has his when he inherits Piron. He then comes across certain damaging information that his future self was better prepared to hear, becoming increasingly cold as the season progresses. This is topped off by him trying to strangle Future!Alec to death, for which he got stabbed in the neck]].

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** And finally, in In the third season, [[spoiler:the new timeline Past!Alec timeline's Alec has his when he inherits Piron. He then comes across certain damaging information that his future self was better prepared to hear, becoming increasingly cold more evil as the season progresses. This is topped off by him trying to strangle Future!Alec to death, for which he got stabbed in the neck]].progresses]].



** Although to be fair, he may have come to the same conclusion as Alec that [[spoiler: she wasn't really his grandmother]] or simply realized that with no risk of temporal paradoxes threatening his existence, this means that he's now [[TheUnfettered free]] to do ''[[ScrewDestiny anything?!]]''



* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]RubberBandHistory[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Season 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.
** As things are, the course of events depends on the importance of the incident or the person that is affected by TimeTravel. As the [[spoiler:leader of the Freelancers]] states in the season three premiere, [[WhatMeasureIsAMook thousands can die]] without having an effect on the timeline, as long as the [[OneManIndustrialRevolution truly important people]] turn out as they originally did. This explains why Kellogg's grandmother can be safely killed/a mass murderer taken out without repercussions: RubberBandHistory evens out the changes and makes sure that any ButterflyOfDoom is suffocated (otherwise, the numerous changes would lead to serious long-term consequences, considering how much Young!Alec's life was affected so far). [[spoiler: But once Alec Sadler ''really'' goes off the rails, shit hits the fan.]]
** The show's setting apparently includes a many-worlds multiverse, so that while they're in "the past" they're not in ''their own'' past, but the past of an alternate timeline that has them as time-travellers in it. Which is how Kellog's grandmother can die as a young girl without affecting him. However, [[spoiler:the season 3 premiere shows that a severe-enough disruption to history can cause a given branch of history to collapse and cease to exist.]]
** It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline that she re-encounters in 2013/4 is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.

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* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]RubberBandHistory[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Season 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.
** As things are, the
The course of events depends on the importance of the incident or the person that is affected by TimeTravel. As the [[spoiler:leader of the Freelancers]] states in the season three premiere, [[WhatMeasureIsAMook thousands Thousands can die]] without having an effect on the timeline, as long as the [[OneManIndustrialRevolution truly important people]] turn out as they originally did. This explains why Kellogg's grandmother can be safely killed/a mass murderer taken out without repercussions: RubberBandHistory evens out the changes and makes sure that any ButterflyOfDoom is suffocated (otherwise, the numerous changes would lead to serious long-term consequences, considering how much Young!Alec's life was affected so far). [[spoiler: But once Alec Sadler ''really'' goes off the rails, shit hits the fan.]]
** The show's setting apparently includes a many-worlds multiverse, so that while they're in "the past" they're not in ''their own'' past, but the past of an alternate timeline that has them as time-travellers in it. Which is how Kellog's grandmother can die as a young girl without affecting him. However, [[spoiler:the season 3 premiere shows that a severe-enough disruption to history can cause a given branch of history to collapse and cease to exist.]]
** It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline that she re-encounters in 2013/4 is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Kiera's CMR actually comes with a built-in therapist program. It's impressively sophisticated, too, managing to incorporate the reality being thrust 60 years into the past after Kiera pokes some holes in its initial logic that she's become psychotic.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is at least initially set in 2077, after a governmental collapse led to the rise and dominance of corporations. Thanks to TimeTravel, though, this doesn't last beyond the first act of the series premiere, though the effects of it are felt through flashbacks of the future.



* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.



** When Past!Alec takes over Piron and cuts Kellog out, Kellog sues him based on an exclusivity clause in their old contract. Alec reads between the lines and installs Kellog as a board member. [[spoiler:What he failed to anticipate was Kellog tricking him into signing away the company, but by then it was Future!Alec who got the bad news.]]
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Past!Kiera]] gets an odd variation with the incomplete time travel device. By leaving it incomplete, she's atomized across time and space. [[spoiler:Alec was attempting to hide the fact that he took her CMR, but Kiera noticed before he went through with it.]]
* VillainHasAPoint: Carlos even realizes it, as he points out that pro-Liber8 student groups are being harrassed for what are comparatively minor offences and so feel that the authorities are not taking their concerns seriously about the problems with the North American economy of 2013.

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** When Past!Alec Alec takes over Piron and cuts Kellog out, Kellog sues him based on an exclusivity clause in their old contract. Alec reads between the lines and installs Kellog as a board member. [[spoiler:What he failed to anticipate was Kellog tricking him into signing away the company, but by then it was Future!Alec who got the bad news.]]
* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Past!Kiera]] [[spoiler:Past Kiera]] gets an odd variation with the incomplete time travel device. By leaving it incomplete, she's atomized across time and space. [[spoiler:Alec was attempting to hide the fact Carlos notes that he took her CMR, but Kiera noticed before he went through with it.]]
it's like a Viking funeral.
* VillainHasAPoint: Carlos even realizes it, as he points out that pro-Liber8 student groups are being harrassed for what are comparatively minor offences and so feel that the authorities are not taking their concerns seriously Liber8 is correct about the problems with future being a brutal police state that steps on the North American economy rights of 2013.its citizens. Even our heroes are alarmed as they see more authoritarian measures begin to take hold in 2012.



* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's [[PunchClockVillain too ingrained in the system]] to apparently realise she's protecting a [[CrapsackWorld future run by a brutal police-state]]. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Alec Sadler in 2012. He invented the technology that Kiera depends on in the future, so his computers are able to interface with her suit and her cybernetic implants. This is briefly taken to borderline creepy levels when Alec [[HormoneAddledTeenager comments on Kiera's good looks]] when she pauses to look in the mirror in her hotel room. She promptly demands that Alec cut the connection; to his credit, he complies.
** An interesting element of Alec being a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection is that Kiera seems specifically interested in keeping him one: when he first starts hearing her on his computer he offers to meet her but she quite firmly turns him down. They finally meet in person in "Matter of Time", but only because Alec tracked her down and broke into her apartment. She's pretty pissed, but gets over it quickly. And she returns the favor in the season 2 opener, anyway.

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* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's [[PunchClockVillain too ingrained in the system]] to apparently realise she's protecting a [[CrapsackWorld future run by a brutal police-state]]. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Alec Sadler for Kiera in 2012. He invented the technology that Kiera depends on in the future, so his computers are able to interface with her suit and her cybernetic implants. This is briefly taken to borderline creepy levels when However, it soon becomes clear that Alec [[HormoneAddledTeenager comments on has a lot more importance to the story and the world's future than as Kiera's good looks]] when she pauses to look in the mirror in her hotel room. She promptly demands that Alec cut the connection; to his credit, he complies.
** An interesting element of Alec being a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection is that Kiera seems specifically interested in keeping him one: when he first starts hearing her on his computer he offers to meet her but she quite firmly turns him down. They finally meet in person in "Matter of Time", but only because Alec tracked her down and broke into her apartment. She's pretty pissed, but gets over it quickly. And she returns the favor in the season 2 opener, anyway.
pet hacker.



** Future Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.

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** Future In 2077, Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.



** Future Julian Randol is guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of people... who had been converted by the NAU into mindless slaves and were apparently incapable of being freed without dying.

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** Future In 2077, Julian Randol is guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of people... who had been converted by the NAU into mindless slaves and were apparently incapable of being freed without dying.



* WhamShot: [[spoiler:Quite literally in Season 3, Episode 1 "Minute by Minute"; Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]

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* WhamShot: WhamShot:
**
[[spoiler:Quite literally in Season 3, Episode 1 "Minute by Minute"; Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: Travis brutally kills a young woman in her 20's when she is misidentified as Kiera's grandmother. That being said, most of the Liber8's (save [[TechnicalPacifist Kagame]], [[TheEngineer Ingram]] and [[DirtyCoward Kellog]]) are indifferent or [[BloodKnight downright enthusiastic]] about murdering anyone they feel like.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Travis brutally kills The villains never hold back on hurting or killing someone because she's a young woman in her 20's when she is misidentified as Kiera's grandmother. That being said, most of woman. For that matter, the Liber8's (save [[TechnicalPacifist Kagame]], [[TheEngineer Ingram]] and [[DirtyCoward Kellog]]) are indifferent or [[BloodKnight downright enthusiastic]] about murdering anyone heroes never hold back on killing various female {{mook}}s they feel like.run across.



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Implied to have happened to [[spoiler:Travis]] in the first season finale. [[spoiler:Lucky for him, being a SuperSoldier helped immensely in surviving it.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Implied to have happened to [[spoiler:Travis]] in the first season finale. [[spoiler:Lucky for him, being a SuperSoldier Super Soldier helped immensely in surviving it.]]



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Liber8 is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore "human rights" like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging Democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters:
**
Liber8 is a group of murderous, violence-addicted terrorists... who are fighting against the world's oppressive corporate overlords in order to restore "human rights" like freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right to peaceably assemble, and pretty much the rest of the Bill of Rights. And remember... the hero of this story, [[ActionGirl Kiera Cameron]], is trying to '''''stop''''' these rampaging Democracy-advocating, liberal-minded monsters out of a combination of loyalty to the job and a fear that their meddling may negatively affect her personally.


* AliensInCardiff: Vancouver is the 35th most populous metro area in North America, but it's apparently the epicenter of the region's future.



* FakeAmerican: In-universe, Kiera is a Canadian pretending to be an American while working with a Canadian police department.
** To make things even more [[MindScrew brain-bendy]], Rachel Nichols is herself American, playing someone from Vancouver.
** It appears that in the future, Mexico, [[FallenStatesOfAmerica the US]] [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica and Canada]] are joined in the "[[DividedStatesOfAmerica North American Union]]", so presumably all (former) Mexican, US and Canadian citizens now have the same citizenship.
* FakingTheDead: In "waning Minute", [[spoiler:Chen]] seems to have hung himself in the Freelancer prison. When they open the cell to get him down, he breaks the guard's neck and walks out.

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* FakeAmerican: In-universe, Kiera is a Canadian pretending to be an American while working with a Canadian police department.
** To make things even more [[MindScrew brain-bendy]],
Rachel Nichols is herself American, playing someone from Vancouver.
** It appears that in
Vancouver. You can hear the future, Mexico, [[FallenStatesOfAmerica the US]] [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica difference in Kiera and Canada]] are joined Alec's accents when they say "sorry." Fittingly, Kiera masquerades as someone from Portland in the "[[DividedStatesOfAmerica North American Union]]", so presumably all (former) Mexican, US and Canadian citizens now have the same citizenship.
2012.
* FakingTheDead: In "waning "Waning Minute", [[spoiler:Chen]] seems to have hung himself in the Freelancer prison. When they open the cell to get him down, he breaks the guard's neck and walks out.



* {{Fanservice}}: "Second Listen" has a full-body shot of Garza naked from behind.

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* {{Fanservice}}: {{Fanservice}}:
** One of the first things Kiera does when she gets to 2012 is strip down to her underwear and stare at herself in the mirror. Seeing her through her own eyes, Alec mutters that she's pretty.
**
"Second Listen" has a full-body shot of Garza naked from behind.



* FictionalCounterpart: None here. The Vancouver Police Department is depicted as it is. Well, right up until Dillon [[spoiler: leads it on a path towards a StartOfDarkness]] in the later episodes of season 2.
** The real BC electric company is called B.C. Hydro, not B.C. Power. Some of the universities, etc, are also fictional.
* FiveBadBand: Liber8.
** BigBad: [[ChekhovMIA Edouard Kagame]], the group's leader and the instigator of the time jump.
** TheDragon: Travis Verta, ''de facto'' leader of the group in 2012 until Kagame reappears from the time jump, and [[spoiler:the leader of his own faction after Sonya tries to assassinate him on Kagame's final orders]].
** TheBrute: Jasmine Garza, Curtis Chen, and Stefan Jaworski, although [[spoiler:the latter two die to bring the "five" back to "FiveBadBand"]].
** EvilGenius: Lucas Ingram.
** DarkChick: Sonya Valentine.
*** [[spoiler:DragonAscendant: After Kagame's death, as per his request.]]
** SixthRangerTraitor: Matthew Kellog.

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* FictionalCounterpart: None here. The Vancouver Police Department is depicted as it is. Well, right up until Dillon [[spoiler: leads it on a path towards a StartOfDarkness]] in the later episodes of season 2.
**
The real BC electric company is called B.C. Hydro, not B.C. Power. Some of the universities, etc, are also fictional.
* FiveBadBand: Liber8.
** BigBad: [[ChekhovMIA Edouard Kagame]], the group's leader and the instigator of the time jump.
** TheDragon: Travis Verta, ''de facto'' leader of the group in 2012 until Kagame reappears from the time jump, and [[spoiler:the leader of his own faction after Sonya tries to assassinate him on Kagame's final orders]].
** TheBrute: Jasmine Garza, Curtis Chen, and Stefan Jaworski, although [[spoiler:the latter two die to bring the "five" back to "FiveBadBand"]].
** EvilGenius: Lucas Ingram.
** DarkChick: Sonya Valentine.
*** [[spoiler:DragonAscendant: After Kagame's death, as per his request.]]
** SixthRangerTraitor: Matthew Kellog.
fictional.



** Alec Sadler from 2077.

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** Alec Sadler from is revealed to be a powerful merchant-prince in 2077.



* FutureMeScaresMe: Alec isn't quite sure what to make of his future self from Kiera's limited descriptions, and asks Kiera about him. Kiera bluntly states that future Alec is a powerful man and didn't get that way by being a nice guy.

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* FutureMeScaresMe: A big thrust of the show is preventing Alec isn't quite sure what to make of his future self from Kiera's limited descriptions, and asks Kiera about him. Kiera bluntly states that future Alec is a powerful man and didn't get that way becoming the brutal industrial tyrant he has become by being a nice guy.2077. Future Alec, for his part, wants the same thing.



* GreyAndGrayMorality:
** On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order-which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.
** Evolving to more of a BlackAndGrayMorality (at least for viewers) as more of the [[spoiler:officially-sanctioned lies and brutality of the mid to late 21st century are exposed in the show,]] and as several characters start to move towards that future.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality:
**
GreyAndGrayMorality: On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order-which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way. \n** Evolving to more of a BlackAndGrayMorality (at least for viewers) as more of the [[spoiler:officially-sanctioned lies and brutality of the mid to late 21st century are exposed in the show,]] and as several characters start to move towards that future.



* HeroAntagonist: Julian/[[spoiler:Theseus]] can be perceived as an example of this, though this depends largely on how the viewer perceives the issues the series deals with.



* HiddenAgendaVillain:

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* HiddenAgendaVillain:HiddenAgendaVillain: Some villains' motives are kept secret for a while.



** ScrewDestiny: Julian's decision to [[spoiler:spare Kiera]] could be considered an aversion.



** Also Alec, being a [[TeenGenius teenager]] who is apparently [[OneManIndustrialRevolution the most brilliant computer programmer of his age]].

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** Also Alec, being a [[TeenGenius teenager]] who is apparently [[OneManIndustrialRevolution the most brilliant computer programmer Notably averted by Alec. In spite of spending his age]].life coding in his hacker cave, he dresses and behaves normally and has no apparent interest in stereotypical geek culture.



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Future Julian, as Theseus, insists that it is better that the "chipped" prisoners in the factories are shut off and killed before the factories are destroyed. It appears that there really is no way to disable the chips without killing the workers.]]
* IDontPayYouToThink: Escher says this to [[spoiler:Emily]]. She counters that she isn't being paid to be a zombie, either.



*** The finale of the second season is called "Second Time".



* IdiotBall: Even if Kellog is self-serving, he nevertheless is a valuable source of information for Kiera and seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's shock troops from finding him and blowing him away). In spite of this, it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In season one, every episode has the word "Time" somewhere in it. In season two, it's "Second;" in season three, it's "Minute."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Future Julian, as Theseus, insists that it is better that the "chipped" prisoners in the factories are shut off and killed before the factories are destroyed. It appears that there really is no way to disable the chips without killing the workers.]]
* IDontPayYouToThink: Escher says this to [[spoiler:Emily]]. She counters that she isn't being paid to be a zombie, either.
* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future!Alec has this problem with Past!Alec. Thanks to Future!Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past!Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future!Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them, causing Past!Alec to take measures to ensure Future!Alec doesn't have access to his resources.]]

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* IdiotBall: IdiotBall:
**
Even if Kellog is self-serving, he nevertheless is a valuable source of information for Kiera and seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's shock troops from finding him and blowing him away). In spite of this, it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In season one, every episode has the word "Time" somewhere in it. In season two, it's "Second;" in season three, it's "Minute."
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Future Julian, as Theseus, insists that it is better that the "chipped" prisoners in the factories are shut off and killed before the factories are destroyed. It appears that there really is no way to disable the chips without killing the workers.]]
* IDontPayYouToThink: Escher says this to [[spoiler:Emily]]. She counters that she isn't being paid
** Carlos doesn't believe Kiera's initial claim to be a zombie, either.
time traveler, and she lets him walk away instead of showing him any of the future-tech gadgets she has on her person at that very moment.
* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future!Alec [[spoiler:Future Alec has this problem with Past!Alec. Past Alec. Thanks to Future!Alec's Future Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past!Alec Past Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future!Alec Future Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them, causing Past!Alec Past Alec to take measures to ensure Future!Alec doesn't have access to his resources.]]



** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillon refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major MoodWhiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]

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** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillon refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major MoodWhiplash Mood Whiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Discussed in "A Matter of Time", when Kiera lets Melissa Dobeck get away with both the murder of Dr Aames and stealing his research into anti-matter, because she's credited in the future as the woman who solved the world's energy crisis.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
**
Discussed in "A Matter of Time", when Kiera lets Melissa Dobeck get away with both the murder of Dr Aames and stealing his research into anti-matter, because she's credited in the future as the woman who solved the world's energy crisis.



* KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne:
** The Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have to do something about her counterpart and one of the two Alecs in the new timeline. [[spoiler:Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intent to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]
** Ends up happening with [[spoiler:Future!Alec to Past!Alec as the head of Piron, though he certainly didn't intend to murder him going in. Becomes a moot point when Kellog takes over right then and there, having manipulated Past!Alec into signing away the company during the course of normal business]].

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* KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne:
** The Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have to do something about her counterpart and one of the two Alecs in the new timeline. [[spoiler:Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intent to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]
**
KillAndReplace: Ends up happening with [[spoiler:Future!Alec to Past!Alec [[spoiler:Future Alec replaces his earlier self as the head of Piron, though he certainly didn't intend to murder him going in. Becomes a moot point when Kellog takes over right then and there, having manipulated Past!Alec into signing away the company during the course of normal business]].there]].



* KilledOffForReal:

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* KilledOffForReal:KilledOffForReal: Due to multiple timelines, it's possible that people we see die will come back in the timeline we're watching. To date, the people who have died and not returned (barring flashback):



** [[spoiler:Chen]], when Kiera offs him in a fight (due partially to Kellog's machinations). [[spoiler:He returns alive and well as a Freelancer in the season 2 finale.]]



** [[spoiler:Emily]] is shot by the Freelancers during a confrontation for the time travel device. [[spoiler:This is undone by Alec in the season 3 premiere.]]
** [[spoiler:Travis]] is dropped down an elevator shaft to his death in a fight with Kiera in the season 2 finale, "Second Time". [[spoiler:This is undone when Alec goes back to a point in time before his death, creating a new timeline.]]
** [[spoiler:Garza]] is shot and killed trying to escape the Freelancers in the third season premiere. [[spoiler:This is undone by Alec's creation of the new timeline, as well as Kiera freeing her after arriving in the past.]]



** [[spoiler:Kiera]] in the one-week-prior timeline at the end of "Minute by Minute" at the hands of an unknown assailant. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Kiera arrives from the "future" timeline shortly beforehand and replaces her dead counterpart.]]


Added DiffLines:

* ThereCanBeOnlyOne: The Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have to do something about her counterpart and one of the two Alecs in the new timeline. [[spoiler:Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intent to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]


* AntiVillain: A rare case of the hero fitting this trope, as a person that acts heroic and noble and has endearing personality traits and a strong moral compass, but nevertheless has fought her entire life for a system and an ideology that made life miserable for the majority - and the further the series progresses, the more disturbing the picture of said system gets. The true villains on the other hand may act violent instead of heroic, but at least are [[WellIntentionedExtremist fighting this system]].
* ApocalypseHow / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A significant enough disruption to a timeline can cause it and any closely related timelines to collapse in on themselves and cease to exist.

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* AntiVillain: A rare case of The WellIntentionedExtremist organization Liber8 [[JerkassHasAPoint is actually quite right]] about opposing the hero fitting this trope, as a person that acts heroic and noble and has endearing personality traits and a strong moral compass, but nevertheless has fought her entire life for a system and an ideology that made life miserable for the majority - and the further the series progresses, the more disturbing the picture of said system gets. The true villains on the other hand may act violent instead of heroic, but at least are [[WellIntentionedExtremist fighting this system]].
* ApocalypseHow / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A significant enough disruption to a timeline can cause it and any closely related timelines to collapse in on themselves and cease to exist.
totalitarian NAU government. Flashback sequences also give several members sympathetic backstories.



* AssociationFallacy / GuiltByAssociation: [[spoiler: Roland Randol]] is mistaken as the leader of the hostage-takers in "Family Time", due to being [[spoiler: an anti-corporation demonstrator]], when he's actually one of the hostages himself. [[spoiler: He ends up being killed by an [=ERT=] team as a result]].
** The same happened to Kellog, who was ''not'' originally a member of Liber8. [[spoiler: His sister was, before she was killed]].



* TheAtoner: Future!Alec makes a few allusions to being this and to the time travel plot being a BenevolentConspiracy to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, but whether this is true is debatable so far.

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* TheAtoner: Future!Alec Future Alec makes a few allusions to being this and to the time travel plot being a BenevolentConspiracy to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, but whether this is true is debatable so far.



* BadassGrandpa: The 65-year-old Kagame is able to briefly hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Kiera, a highly trained and much younger Protector. It helped that her Protector suit had been damaged previously.

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* BadassGrandpa: BadassGrandpa:
**
The 65-year-old Kagame is able to briefly hold his own in hand-to-hand combat against Kiera, a highly trained and much younger Protector. It helped that her Protector suit had been damaged previously.



** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to a BadFuture, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in PoweredArmor]].

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** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to a BadFuture, Bad Future, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in PoweredArmor]].Powered Armor]].



** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the CrapsaccharineWorld of 2077, you get the pure CrapsackWorld of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from a violent war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]

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** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the CrapsaccharineWorld Crapsaccharine World of 2077, you get the pure CrapsackWorld Crapsack World of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from a violent war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]



* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda. [[spoiler:She actually does sleep with him once, but things went right back to the status quo afterward.]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: BelligerentSexualTension:
**
Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda. [[spoiler:She actually does sleep with him once, but things went right back to the status quo afterward.]]



* BenevolentConspiracy: Future!Alec sees what he is doing as this.

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* BenevolentConspiracy: Future!Alec Future Alec sees what he is doing as this.



* BigBadFriend: In an interesting twist on this trope, [[spoiler:Alec Sadler]] may be shaping up to be this, seeing as [[spoiler:he is one of Kiera's staunchest allies but his future self was the one who sent Liber8 back in time and told Kagame to blow up Building 2 in the first season finale. As well, he has been revealed to have uploaded something to Kiera's CMR and told his younger self that the future course of humanity depends on him]].
** [[spoiler: Furthermore, it's revealed that as early as 2035, [=SadTech=] designed the [[RestrainingBolt mind-control chips]] implanted in those who have committed "crimes" against the NAU and may even be responsible for operating the factory-gulags themselves]].
** LivingWithTheVillain: [[spoiler:Kiera's husband is revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major OhCrap during the Pilot when he realised that Kiera was present in the execution chamber]].

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* BigBadFriend: In an interesting twist on this trope, [[spoiler:Alec Sadler]] may be shaping up to be this, seeing as [[spoiler:he is one trope: [[spoiler:The goal of Kiera's staunchest allies but his future self was the one who sent Liber8 first three seasons is to prevent the Alec in 2077 from being evil. When young Alec goes back in time and told Kagame to blow up Building 2 in the first season finale. As well, he has been revealed to have uploaded something to Kiera's CMR and told a week, his younger earlier self starts down that the future course of humanity depends on him]].
** [[spoiler: Furthermore, it's revealed that as early as 2035, [=SadTech=] designed the [[RestrainingBolt mind-control chips]] implanted in those who have committed "crimes" against the NAU
path, creating a good and may even be responsible evil Alec for operating the factory-gulags themselves]].
** LivingWithTheVillain: [[spoiler:Kiera's husband is revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major OhCrap during the Pilot when he realised that
Kiera was present in the execution chamber]].to contend with.]]



* BlackAndWhiteMorality: While the background implies GreyAndGrayMorality (see below), the characters all are uniformly bad guys on one side and good guys on the other. Well, up to a certain point. Several characters ''do'' experience a StartOfDarkness that will ultimately lead to the dystopia Kiera is trying to get back to.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:It also turns out that Chens death wasn't permanent as he was brought back to life at the end of Season 2 with some help from the Freelancers.]]



* BookEnds: Both the season one premiere and finale episodes begin with the Liber8's bombing of the Sadler skyscraper in 2077. Although the premiere showed the tower falling from Kagame and Kiera's point of view, the finale shows the same from the point of view of Travis and Chen just as they're leaving the tower.

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* BookEnds: BookEnds:
**
Both the season one premiere and finale episodes begin with the Liber8's bombing of the Sadler skyscraper in 2077. Although the premiere showed the tower falling from Kagame and Kiera's point of view, the finale shows the same from the point of view of Travis and Chen just as they're leaving the tower.



* {{Bowdlerize}}: On the U.S. airing, the word "shit" is silenced. Which makes little sense, given that the same word is typically allowed to slide by on cable shows.
** Although they let the closed captioning slide.

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: On the U.S. airing, the word "shit" is silenced. Which makes little sense, given that the same word is typically allowed to slide by on cable shows.
** Although they let
silenced, though it still appears in the closed captioning slide.captioning.



* CanadaDoesNotExist: {{Averted}}. The show doesn't hide its Vancouver origin. In the pilot, Inspector Dillon resents Kiera (posing as a U.S. detective) working in Vancouver without informing him. By the second episode Carlos is already talking about using the RCMP for a manhunt, and Liber8 attacks a van with "BC Power" displayed on the side.
** Episode 4 has Vincent talk about "hiring a skywriter to write 'I told you so' over [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaletown Yaletown".]]



* CaptainErsatz: Sonmanto is a big corporation that deals primarily in food production and is shady as hell. Does that sound like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto anyone you know]]?
* CardboardPrison: Lucas almost casually escapes from the facility he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict. They also weren't counting on his knowledge of technology from the future. Really, though, every prison is cardboard in this show. Lucas' confinement in the mental hospital is probably the longest incarceration in the entire series. Most of the time, whenever one of the bad guys gets captured, he or she is out again in an episode or two, if not the same episode. The present just isn't prepared for Liber8's skills and abilities.

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* CaptainErsatz: Sonmanto is a big corporation that deals primarily in food production and is shady as hell. Does that sound like The name is a spoonerized version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto anyone you know]]?
Monsanto]].
* CardboardPrison: Most periods of captivity are very short. Most notably, Lucas almost casually escapes from the facility he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict. They also weren't counting on his knowledge of technology from the future. Really, though, every prison is cardboard in this show. Lucas' confinement in the mental hospital is probably the longest incarceration in the entire series. Most of the time, whenever one of the bad guys gets captured, he or she is out again in an episode or two, if not the same episode. The present just isn't prepared for Liber8's skills and abilities.



* TheChessmaster: Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Escher proves himself a good one in the second season, [[spoiler:but his plans fell through at the last minute and he ended up [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting unceremoniously murdered]] in the next season]].
** '''Kellog'''. [[spoiler:He played almost everyone for the entirety of the third season, which ends with him on top in both the present and future.]]

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* TheChessmaster: TheChessmaster:
**
Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Escher proves himself a good one in the second season, [[spoiler:but his plans fell through at the last minute and he ended up [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting unceremoniously murdered]] in the next season]].
** '''Kellog'''.Kellog. [[spoiler:He played almost everyone for the entirety of the third season, which ends with him on top in both the present and future.]]



* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's [[SpyCatsuit Protector uniform.]] It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a second suit shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off to Alec to study after the hijinks of trying to get it from a civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera. In addition to having all her abilities, it projects a shield around his head to prevent headshots and can shoot sonic blasts]].

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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's [[SpyCatsuit Protector uniform.]] It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a A second suit also shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off ability to Alec to study after stop bullets aimed at the hijinks of trying to get it from head. Notably, a cosplaying civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew wears the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on second suit uses it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera. In addition to having all her abilities, it projects stop a shield around his head to prevent headshots and can shoot sonic blasts]].robbery.



* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: Kellog runs the more realistic "quick guaranteed investments" version, lacking a way to go back to the future. He also takes it a step further by then investing in the future creators of the technology society will come to depend on.
** It appears Mr. Escher is doing the same thing, only on a longer timescale since Piron will exist in 2077.



* CreateYourOwnVillain: Kagame once advocated passive resistance and peaceful tactics to bring about the return of democracy, only for the NAU to raid his peaceful demonstration, arrest him and [[TraumaCongaLine take his family away]]. Needless to say, he got ''[[ThisMeansWar pissed]]!''
** Kiera worries about having done this, after she nearly shoots [[spoiler: Julian]] in cold blood, after discovering [[spoiler: he will become [[TheDreaded Theseus]]]]. It's heavily implied that this was one of the events that [[StableTimeLoop set this in motion]].

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: CreateYourOwnVillain:
**
Kagame once advocated passive resistance and peaceful tactics to bring about the return of democracy, only for the NAU to raid his peaceful demonstration, arrest him and [[TraumaCongaLine take his family away]]. Needless to say, he got ''[[ThisMeansWar pissed]]!''
** Kiera worries about having done this, after she nearly shoots [[spoiler: Julian]] in cold blood, after discovering [[spoiler: he will become [[TheDreaded Theseus]]]].the infamous Theseus]]. It's heavily implied that this was one of the events that [[StableTimeLoop set this in motion]].



* CrapsaccharineWorld:
** The North American Union in 2077.
*** On the one hand, the corporations of the day are said to have "bailed out" failed governments in the 2050s, and gained a stranglehold on power as a result. For example, food rations are withheld arbitrarily simply to drive the price up for people who need that food. And God help you if you go into debt after about 2030, as corporations are legally empowered to throw you in a slave labor camp!
*** On the other hand, people high up in the corporations or directly under their employ (Kiera and her husband, for example) lead relatively good lives. Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era, which keeps it from being a total CrapsackWorld. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.
* CueCardPause: Young!Alec has this problem [[spoiler:in front of Piron's board of directors. As he's been distracted by Emily's betrayal, he hasn't had time to prepare his speech. It goes off about as well as you would expect.]] Kellog even accurately predicts almost exactly what went down when he buttonholes Alec later.

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* CrapsaccharineWorld:
**
CrapsaccharineWorld: The North American Union in 2077.
*** ** On the one hand, the corporations of the day are said to have "bailed out" failed governments in the 2050s, and gained a stranglehold on power as a result. For example, food rations are withheld arbitrarily simply to drive the price up for people who need that food. And God help you if you go into debt after about 2030, as corporations are legally empowered to throw you in a slave labor camp!
*** ** On the other hand, people high up in the corporations or directly under their employ (Kiera and her husband, for example) lead relatively good lives. Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era, which keeps it from being a total CrapsackWorld. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse).thoughts. Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.
* CueCardPause: Young!Alec Alec has this problem [[spoiler:in front of Piron's board of directors. As he's been distracted by Emily's betrayal, he hasn't had time to prepare his speech. It goes off about as well as you would expect.]] Kellog even accurately predicts almost exactly what went down when he buttonholes Alec later.



* TheCutie / HeroesWantRedheads: Emily.
** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie: Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this. As of the season 3 premiere this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and the old timeline to start disappearing from existence.]]
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: "Waning Minute" reveals that [[spoiler:the CMR technology is designed to influence how the users think]].

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* TheCutie / HeroesWantRedheads: Emily.
TheCutie: Emily instantly gets Alec's eye.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul:
** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie: Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this. As of the season 3 premiere this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and the old timeline to start disappearing from existence.]]
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul:
"Waning Minute" reveals that [[spoiler:the CMR technology is designed to influence how the users think]].



* CyberPunk: It has some bits of Cyberpunk, especially with the North American Union under corporate rule.

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* CyberPunk: It The show has some bits of Cyberpunk, especially with notably the North American Union under corporate rule.dystopic future, cybernetic implants, detective work, and the focus on the Internet.



* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Kiera sleeps with Kellogg]] between the penultimate episode of season one and its finale. Their relationship goes right back to normal after that, though.

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* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Kiera sleeps with Kellogg]] between the penultimate episode of season one and its finale. Their relationship Kiera goes right back to normal spurning his advances after that, though.that.



** [[spoiler:Betty]] is a professional hacker working for those in authority who leaks sensitive information before leaving to seek asylum elsewhere after deciding that her employers are abusing their power. Similar stories should be familiar to anyone who has followed the news in the early 2010s.

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** [[spoiler:Betty]] is a professional hacker working for those in authority who leaks sensitive information before leaving to seek asylum elsewhere after deciding that her employers are abusing their power. Similar stories should be familiar This sounds similar to anyone who has followed the news in the early 2010s.contemporary whisteblowers such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.



* DragonInChief[=/=]DragonWithAnAgenda: Arguably Travis, who is ''much'' more intimidating and overtly dangerous than the [[AffablyEvil mild-mannered]] and [[TheChessmaster manipulative]] Kagame. Travis also does a pretty good job starting the heralded "war" before Kagame [[ChekhovMIA reappears from the time jump]], and even though Kagame quickly reasserts himself as the group's leader, you get the sense that if Travis ever got ''really'' displeased, he could dispense with Kagame (or pretty much any rival) with ease. [[spoiler:Anticipating this, Kagame's final order to Sonya is to kill him before taking leadership herself, since succession would fall to Travis otherwise. Unfortunately, Sonya failed to follow through, and Travis ended up breaking off into his own cell with Garza.]]

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* DragonInChief[=/=]DragonWithAnAgenda: Arguably Travis, who DragonInChief: Travis is ''much'' more intimidating and overtly dangerous of a threat day-to-day than the [[AffablyEvil mild-mannered]] and [[TheChessmaster manipulative]] Kagame. Travis He also does a pretty good job starting the heralded "war" before [[spoiler:lasts much longer, because Kagame [[ChekhovMIA reappears from the time jump]], and even though Kagame quickly reasserts kills himself as the group's leader, you get the sense that if in a suicide bombing]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda:
Travis ever got ''really'' displeased, he could dispense with takes the lead in the absence of Kagame, but Kagame (or pretty much any rival) with ease. [[spoiler:Anticipating this, Kagame's final order never seems to completely trust his leadership. Before [[spoiler:killing himself, Kagame tells Sonya is to kill him before taking leadership herself, since succession would fall to Travis otherwise. Unfortunately, Sonya failed to follow through, and Travis ended up breaking off into assume his own cell with Garza.]]place as the new leader]].



* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking into [[PeoplePuppets Kiera's mind]], no less!

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** Kiera's sister killed herself due to an addiction.
* DuelingHackers: Alec, Lucas and Betty are all competing for information at various times. Alec and Lucas, Lucas even duel over hacking into [[PeoplePuppets Kiera's mind]], no less!mind]]!



** And in the same episode, [[spoiler:Kiera joins the Freelancers once it's revealed that the timeline she's in is collapsing thanks to Alec trying to change the past, and as a consequence her family may never exist unless she fixes it]].
*** Within that, [[spoiler:Chen makes a secondary offer to be Kiera's partner, reasoning that they share a unique background which neither Alec or Carlos can truly appreciate. Having previously ''killed him'' and aware of his obvious distaste for the arrangement in general, she doesn't go for it. Then she discovers that he killed her younger temporal duplicate.]]

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** And in the same episode, [[spoiler:Kiera joins the Freelancers once it's revealed that the timeline she's in is collapsing thanks to Alec trying to change the past, and as a consequence her family may never exist unless she fixes it]].
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it]]. Within that, [[spoiler:Chen makes a secondary offer to be Kiera's partner, reasoning that they share a unique background which neither Alec or Carlos can truly appreciate. Having previously ''killed him'' and aware of his obvious distaste for the arrangement in general, she doesn't go for it. Then she discovers that he killed her younger temporal duplicate.]]



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: As soon as he gets settled in 2012, Kellog looks up the woman who will be his grandmother and tries to help her and her family. He takes it quite badly when [[spoiler:Travis kills her.]]

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas:
** Flashbacks to Liber8 members' lives often reveal that they cared for people.
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As soon as he gets settled in 2012, Kellog looks up the woman who will be his grandmother and tries to help her and her family. He takes it quite badly when [[spoiler:Travis kills her.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kagame, Ingram and Kellog are rather put off (to varying degrees) by the brutal extremes to which their Liber8 colleagues are willing to go.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: In the flashback scenes to the future, Sonia Valentine is shown wearing more brightly colored winter clothes. In the present, she is typically wearing a dark leather jacket.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Kagame, Ingram and Kellog are rather put off (to varying degrees) by the brutal extremes to which their Liber8 colleagues are willing ruthless WellIntentionedExtremists doing everything for their belief in the greater good. As such, they focus their attacks on their perceived enemies and won't go out of their way to go.
hurt regular people.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: EvilCostumeSwitch:
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In the flashback scenes to the future, Sonia Valentine is shown wearing more brightly colored winter clothes. In the present, she is typically wearing a dark leather jacket.jacket.
** When Alec turns evil, he starts wearing suits and parts his hair.


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* GuiltByAssociation:
** [[spoiler: Roland Randol]] is mistaken as the leader of the hostage-takers in "Family Time", due to being [[spoiler: an anti-corporation demonstrator]], when he's actually one of the hostages himself. [[spoiler: He ends up being killed by an [=ERT=] team as a result]].
** The same happened to Kellog, who was ''not'' originally a member of Liber8. [[spoiler: His sister was, before she was killed]].


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* HeroesWantRedheads: Emily, Alec's love interest, has bright red hair.


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* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler:Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this. As of the season 3 premiere this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and the old timeline to start disappearing from existence.]]


** Kellog seems significantly less psychopathic than the other Liber8 terrorists (although he's plenty weaselly to make up for it).

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** Kellog seems significantly less psychopathic than the other Liber8 terrorists (although he's plenty weaselly Kellog, in spite of being a selfish megalomaniac, always has a smile and is keen to make up for it).engage in friendly smalltalk before getting down to business.


Now has a [[Characters/ContinuumTV Character Sheet]] and [[Recap/Continuum recap page]].

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Now has a [[Characters/ContinuumTV Character Sheet]].

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Now has a [[Characters/ContinuumTV Character Sheet]].
Sheet]] and [[Recap/Continuum recap page]].


* CardboardPrison: Lucas almost casually escapes from the facility he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict. They also weren't counting on his knowledge of technology from the future.
** Really, though, every prison is cardboard in this show. Lucas' confinement in the mental hospital is probably the longest incarceration in the entire series. Most of the time, whenever one of the bad guys gets captured, he or she is out again in an episode or two, if not the same episode.
** {{FridgeBrilliance}} kicks in when you recall that Liber8 are from a future. Where they had to pick up skills to not only evade the Law. But escape from it, skills made more formidable when said law is backed by futuristic technology.

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* CardboardPrison: Lucas almost casually escapes from the facility he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict. They also weren't counting on his knowledge of technology from the future. \n** Really, though, every prison is cardboard in this show. Lucas' confinement in the mental hospital is probably the longest incarceration in the entire series. Most of the time, whenever one of the bad guys gets captured, he or she is out again in an episode or two, if not the same episode.
** {{FridgeBrilliance}} kicks in when you recall that Liber8 are from a future. Where they had to pick up
episode. The present just isn't prepared for Liber8's skills to not only evade the Law. But escape from it, skills made more formidable when said law is backed by futuristic technology. and abilities.

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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: The 2077 setting.

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** {{FridgeBrilliance}} kicks in when you recall that Liber8 are from a future. Where they had to pick up skills to not only evade the Law. But escape from it, skills made more formidable when said law is backed by futuristic technology.


* CrapsackWorld: An alternate future is created in which, rather than an oppressive corporate-run dictatorship/plutocracy, North America is []spoiler: ''in a constant state of conflict between several warlord factions''.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: An alternate future is created in which, rather than an oppressive corporate-run dictatorship/plutocracy, North America is []spoiler: ''in a constant state of conflict between several warlord factions''.]]


* DesignatedGirlFight: Mostly averted as Valentine rarely fights anyone and Kiera and Garza usually end up fighting (and beating up) men.

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* DesignatedGirlFight: DesignatedGirlFight:
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* DesignatedGirlFight: Mostly averted as Valentine rarely fights anyone and Kiera and Garza usually end up fighting (and beating up) men. Two noteworthy exceptions are:
** In "A Test Of Time", Kiera engages Garza in a shootout while shielding two more girls from the gunfire (one of whom is Kiera's own grandmother). Since there were no men around to fight with this is not a "classic" case of ''Designated Girl Fight'' but still counts within the context of the episode.
** In "Second Skin", Garza and Valentine have a truly classic ''Designated Girl Fight'' when they get into a knock-down drag-out fistfight while Travis beats up the (male) civilian they're after. Garza comes out on top eventually, but she has to work for it.

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* DesignatedGirlFight: Mostly averted as Valentine rarely fights anyone and Kiera and Garza usually end up fighting (and beating up) men. Two noteworthy exceptions are:
men.
** In Played with in "A Test Of Time", when Kiera engages Garza in a shootout while shielding two more girls from the gunfire (one of whom is Kiera's own grandmother). Since grandmother), though there were no men around to fight with this is not a "classic" case of ''Designated Girl Fight'' but still counts within at the context of the episode.
time.
** In Played straight in "Second Skin", when Garza and Valentine have a truly classic ''Designated Girl Fight'' when they get into a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown knock-down drag-out fistfight fistfight]] while Travis beats up the (male) civilian who they're after. all looking to capture. Garza eventually comes out on top eventually, victorious, but she has to work for it.

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* RunningGag: Carlos comparing Keira to Batman, and her not getting it.

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*IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: In season one, every episode has the word "Time" somewhere in it. In season two, it's "Second;" in season three, it's "Minute."

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: in a somewhat {{anvilicious}} way, this series does its best at addressing a number of contemporary real world issues and debates involving corporations, police brutality, government surveillance, and other themes.


* EvilCostumeChange: In the flashback scenes to the future, Sonia Valentine is shown wearing more brightly colored winter clothes. In the present, she is typically wearing a dark leather jacket.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Kiera has difficulty acknowledging that in the present, protest in the form of civil disobedience is not actually a criminal offense - a point on which she is reminded by Carlos when she wants to crack down on peaceful protesters who just happen to have some Liber8 sympathies.


* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute".

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** Really, though, every prison is cardboard in this show. Lucas' confinement in the mental hospital is probably the longest incarceration in the entire series. Most of the time, whenever one of the bad guys gets captured, he or she is out again in an episode or two, if not the same episode.

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* ExactWords: In the Pilot, Kiera gets Lucas Ingram to talk by threatening to find his grandmother in the present day and make sure his mother is never born (thus preventing him from ever existing.) When asked by a present-day cop what she said to him to make him talk, she simply responds "We talked about his future."

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** In "Second Degree," Alec inserts a cylindrical plug into Kiera (to hook up her CMR to the Arc supercomputer), causing her to gasp and moan. When Alec asks if she's okay, she responds that she's fine, and that it "feels amazing."


** "Game Time" rams home for Kiera just how much of a machine she has become, that she can be made into a robotic puppet by a sufficiently skilled computer hacker. When she tearfully tells Alec at the end that she needs a reboot, it is clear that she knows that her free will is entirely conditional.

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** "Game Time" "Playtime" rams home for Kiera just how much of a machine she has become, that she can be made into a robotic puppet by a sufficiently skilled computer hacker. When she tearfully tells Alec at the end that she needs a reboot, it is clear that she knows that her free will is entirely conditional.


Not to be confused with the [[{{Webcomic/Continuum}} webcomic]] or the [[TabletopGame/{{Continuum}} role-playing game]] of the same name.

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[-''Has nothing to do with ''Film/StargateContinuum'' besides also being centered on time travel. Not to be confused with the [[{{Webcomic/Continuum}} webcomic]] or the [[TabletopGame/{{Continuum}} role-playing game]] RPG]] of the same name.''-]


* BodyHorror: Of the CyberneticsEatYourSoul variety. "Game Time" really rams home for Kiera that she is a cyborg, not fully human anymore, and that her possession of free will is highly conditional. At the end, when she tearfully tells Alec that she needs a reboot, it is both poignant and horrifying.

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* BodyHorror: Of the CyberneticsEatYourSoul variety. "Game Time" "Playtime" really rams home for Kiera that she is a cyborg, not fully human anymore, and that her possession of free will is highly conditional. At the end, when she tearfully tells Alec that she needs a reboot, it is both poignant and horrifying.


* BodyHorror: "Game Time" really rams home for Kiera that she is a cyborg, not fully human anymore, and that her possession of free will is highly conditional. At the end, when she tearfully tells Alec that she needs a reboot, it is both poignant and horrifying.

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* BodyHorror: Of the CyberneticsEatYourSoul variety. "Game Time" really rams home for Kiera that she is a cyborg, not fully human anymore, and that her possession of free will is highly conditional. At the end, when she tearfully tells Alec that she needs a reboot, it is both poignant and horrifying.


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** "Game Time" rams home for Kiera just how much of a machine she has become, that she can be made into a robotic puppet by a sufficiently skilled computer hacker. When she tearfully tells Alec at the end that she needs a reboot, it is clear that she knows that her free will is entirely conditional.

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* BodyHorror: "Game Time" really rams home for Kiera that she is a cyborg, not fully human anymore, and that her possession of free will is highly conditional. At the end, when she tearfully tells Alec that she needs a reboot, it is both poignant and horrifying.


** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:in Alec's new timeline Emily disposes of Escher and someone does the same to Kiera's counterpart]].

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** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:in Alec's new timeline Emily disposes of Escher and someone Brad does the same to Kiera's counterpart]].


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:And now Chen is somehow alive again, with no explanation. It can't even be excused as an earlier timeline version of him since he clearly remembers going back in time with the rest of Liber8. He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:And now Chen is somehow alive again, [[spoiler:It also turns out that Chens death wasn't permanent as he was brought back to life at the end of Season 2 with no explanation. It can't even be excused as an earlier timeline version of him since he clearly remembers going back in time with the rest of Liber8. He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions some help from Kiera about his death.the Freelancers.]]


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** For Kiera and the VPD during Seasons 1 and 2, Liber8.

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** For Kiera and the VPD during Seasons 1 and 2, Liber8. For most of Season 3, [[InspectorJavert Inspector Dillon]] is even more convinced of this. [[spoiler:Even Kiera stops being so sure about it after some pointed discussions with Carlos.]]


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** Also, for most of the third season, the [[spoiler:Freelancers]] are this for the main cast, as [[spoiler:Liber8 tries to avoid them, and Kiera has to join them in order to gain some measure of protection.]]


* BigBad: Until proven otherwise, it looks like [[spoiler:Escher]] is this. ''Maybe''.

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* BigBad: BigBad:
** For Kiera and the VPD during Seasons 1 and 2, Liber8.
**
Until proven otherwise, it looks like [[spoiler:Escher]] is this. ''Maybe''.
** As of the end of the third season, it's [[spoiler:Kellog]].


** When Past!Alec takes over Piron and cuts Kellog out, Kellog sues him based on an exclusivity clause in their old contract. Alec reads between the lines and installs Kellog as a board member. [[spoiler:What he failed to anticipate was Kellog tricking him into signing away the company, but by then it was Future!Alec who got the bad news.

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** When Past!Alec takes over Piron and cuts Kellog out, Kellog sues him based on an exclusivity clause in their old contract. Alec reads between the lines and installs Kellog as a board member. [[spoiler:What he failed to anticipate was Kellog tricking him into signing away the company, but by then it was Future!Alec who got the bad news.]]

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** "Last Minute": [[spoiler:On the cusp of believing that they've finally changed the world for the better, Kiera and Brad [[OhCrap realize that something has gone horribly wrong]], while simultaneously [[MagnificentBastard Kellog]] reveals that he's been subtly manipulating Alec and Jacqueline to gain control of Piron, reopening the possibility of a 2039-like timeline.]]


* YouCantGoHomeAgain: kiera is driven by her desire to get back to her family, but as time passes that goal slips further away, until finally she is forced to accept that she is likely never getting home after the timeline has been mucked with so much.

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: kiera Kiera is driven by her desire to get back to her family, but as time passes that goal slips further away, until finally she is forced to accept that she is likely never getting home after the timeline has been mucked with so much.


** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad’s BadFuture.

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** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad’s BadFuture.Brad's BadFuture. She even admits that while she may not agree with their methods, they share the same goals.


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'''''Continuum''''' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. As of 2013, twenty three episodes have aired over two seasons, and the show has been renewed for a third. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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'''''Continuum''''' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. As of 2013, twenty three episodes Three seasons have aired over two seasons, and the show has been renewed for a third.so far. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.



** '''Kellog'''. [[spoiler:He played almost everyone for the entirety of the third season, which ends with him on top in both the present and future. And if the series doesn't get renewed, he ultimately wins.]]

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** '''Kellog'''. [[spoiler:He played almost everyone for the entirety of the third season, which ends with him on top in both the present and future. And if the series doesn't get renewed, he ultimately wins.]]


** '''Kellog'''. [[spoiler:He played almost everyone for the entirety of the third season, which ends with him on top in both the present and future. And if the series doesn't get renewed, he ultimately wins.]]



** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad’s BadFuture.

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** Chen appears to know much more about the effects of all the time-travel than anyone and what is really going on, but his unwillingness to ''actually tell anyone'' has caused many problems. His statement that [[spoiler:Kellog will get what's coming to him]] and that both he and The Traveler expected to see [[spoiler:the lights going out and even more future-travelers showing up]] may mean that some things ''have'' to happen before they can take action, potentially averting this in the long-run.

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** In "Last Minute" Kiera allies with [[spoiler:Liber8]] in order to prevent Alec from setting in motion the events that lead to Brad’s BadFuture.

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** Kiera and Brad have an epic one in the final scene of season 3 when [[spoiler:a group of time travelers in PoweredArmor materialize around the beacon]].


** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to the BadFuture, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in PoweredArmor]].

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** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to the a BadFuture, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in PoweredArmor]].


* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season 2 ends with all the time travelers save Lucas locked up by the Freelancers, Alec back in time trying to save Emily, Dillon going over Escher's guidebook to create CPS, and Carlos and Betty joining Julian's group.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season BadFuture: The main timeline future is this for Liber8. Brad Tonkin's future is this for everyone.
* TheBadGuyWins:
** Season
2 ends with all [[spoiler:all the time travelers save Lucas Lucas]] locked up by the Freelancers, while Alec has [[spoiler:gone back in time trying to save Emily, Emily]]. Meanwhile, Dillon going over Escher's guidebook to create CPS, and Carlos [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty joining join Julian's group.]]group]].
** Season 3 has [[spoiler:Kellog usurp control of Piron from Alec. This evidently leads to the BadFuture, as Brad Tonkin's temporal beacon summons a bunch of goons in PoweredArmor]].



* KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:The Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have to do something about her counterpart and one of the two Alecs in the new timeline. Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intend to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]

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* KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:The KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne:
** The
Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have to do something about her counterpart and one of the two Alecs in the new timeline. Someone [[spoiler:Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intend intent to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]]]
** Ends up happening with [[spoiler:Future!Alec to Past!Alec as the head of Piron, though he certainly didn't intend to murder him going in. Becomes a moot point when Kellog takes over right then and there, having manipulated Past!Alec into signing away the company during the course of normal business]].



** And Liber8 gets another with the arrival of Brad Tonkin. [[spoiler:While they may have averted their future, his is even more terrible in the opposite direction. No control instead of too much has left humanity on the brink.]]



* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below.

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* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel SyFy]] broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below. Surprisingly, despite that example being censored, Sonya got away with being braless while dressed as a HotScientist.



* SmugSnake: Kellog, in "Minute of Silence", having [[spoiler:maneuvered Alec into essentially re-founding SadTech.]]

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* SmugSnake: Kellog, in "Minute of Silence", having [[spoiler:maneuvered Alec into essentially re-founding SadTech.]][=SadTech=]]]. He's not content with that level of smugness, though, and really outdoes himself in the season finale, where he reveals that he [[spoiler:stole Piron right out from under Alec's nose]].



* StartOfDarkness: The series implies this as the plot trajectory for Julian, Alec, and the VPD: especially [[spoiler:Dillon after he speaks with Escher.]]

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* StartOfDarkness: The series implies this StartOfDarkness:
** Julian gets his when his ill-conceived activism goes horribly wrong in the first season, though his morality actually goes back up in the following seasons.
** Somewhere along the line, Alec helped create the OneNationUnderCopyright. In a twist, 2077!Alec now deeply regrets how things have played out and wants his past self to avert it.
** When Dillon loses his job thanks to poor progress in stopping Liber8, he makes a deal with Escher to get it back, starting him on a dark path that never stops getting darker.
** And finally, in the third season, [[spoiler:the new timeline Past!Alec has his when he inherits Piron. He then comes across certain damaging information that his future self was better prepared to hear, becoming increasingly cold
as the plot trajectory season progresses. This is topped off by him trying to strangle Future!Alec to death, for Julian, Alec, and which he got stabbed in the VPD: especially [[spoiler:Dillon after he speaks with Escher.]]neck]].



** In a metaphysical version, [[spoiler:Past!Alec, currently suffering from a stab wound to the jugular, uses his last breath to tell Kiera that her future dies with him, before deliberately removing the object so he bleeds out immediately]].



** Kiera starts to have real problems with this in season 3, when the CorruptCorporateExecutive angle is really played up while Liber8 segues away from violent terrorism to more Robin Hood-esque social activism.

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** Kiera starts to have real problems with this in season 3, when the CorruptCorporateExecutive angle is really played up while Liber8 segues away from violent terrorism to more Robin Hood-esque social activism. [[spoiler:Kiera ultimately decides that her future is no longer worth fighting for, joining up with Liber8 to stop Past!Alec from setting it in motion.]]



* UnwittingPawn: In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Carlos and Julian both get roped into a whistleblowing scheme on Sonmanto which turns out to be an intentional plant to discredit the latter, as well as work up some sympathy points Sonmanto can use to avoid blame for another incident.

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* UnwittingPawn: UnspokenPlanGuarantee: The plan in the season 3 finale is never openly explained, but it worked out pretty well. Unfortunately the later stages did have a specific goal, so that of course had a few hiccups.
* UnwittingPawn:
**
In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Carlos and Julian both get roped into a whistleblowing scheme on Sonmanto which turns out to be an intentional plant to discredit the latter, as well as work up some sympathy points Sonmanto can use to avoid blame for another incident.incident.
** When Past!Alec takes over Piron and cuts Kellog out, Kellog sues him based on an exclusivity clause in their old contract. Alec reads between the lines and installs Kellog as a board member. [[spoiler:What he failed to anticipate was Kellog tricking him into signing away the company, but by then it was Future!Alec who got the bad news.


* AdultFear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe her son from existence. Doubly so in season 3, where [[spoiler:Alec's trip through time carries the very real possibility that her future is outright gone]].

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* AdultFear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe her son from existence. Doubly so in season 3, where [[spoiler:Alec's trip through time carries the very real possibility that her future is outright gone]].gone. In "3 Minutes to Midnight", following the revelation that Brad is from a different time, she's pretty much accepted that she can never go home.]].


* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Most of Liber8]] seems to cross this in 3 Minutes to Midnight

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Most of Liber8]] seems to cross this in 3 "3 Minutes to MidnightMidnight".

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* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Most of Liber8]] seems to cross this in 3 Minutes to Midnight

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* ShowSomeLeg: In order to get access to Piron's servers, Sonya walks in dressed as a HotScientist and flirts with the maintenance guy, getting him to walk out so they can have coffee later.


* UnexplainedRevery: Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer in the season 2 finale. He's eventually revealed to come from an alternate timeline.

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* UnexplainedRevery: Chen UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen]] is somehow alive and a Freelancer in the season 2 finale. He's eventually revealed to come from "The Dying Minutes" reveals he was "merged" with an alternate timeline.timeline version of himself, which brought him back to life.

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* ClarkesThirdLaw: In "The Dying Minutes" we are introduced to a cloaked figure that looks like a sorcerer straight out of a fantasy story when he uses his advanced technology to [[spoiler:resurrect Curtis]].


** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]]: Matthew Kellog.

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** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]]: SixthRangerTraitor: Matthew Kellog.



* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 (both splinter factions), Escher, the Freelancers, Jim Martin and Julian Randol are all running their own agendas.

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* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 (both splinter factions), Escher, the Freelancers, Jim Martin and Julian Randol are all running their own agendas. it's actually called attention to in the third season, which dropped a few more gambits in for good measure.



** "The Dying Minutes" left a lot of work for the morgue. [[spoiler:Most of the Freelancers, including Catherine, followed by Sonya and Dillon in a TakingYouWithMe from the former.]]



* LivingLieDetector: Kiera, thanks to her implants being able to conduct detailed medical scans simply by staring at a person. That said, it's not entirely accurate. [[spoiler: When Julian is tortured for information about Liber8, Kiera states that he was lying when he claimed not to know where Travis was. Since Julian had seen Travis at his follower's hideout and asked him to leave, he was technically lying about not knowing where he ''was''. This false-positive thus obscured the fact that he genuinely didn't know where Travis was ''now'', the actual intent of the question being asked]].

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* LivingLieDetector: Kiera, thanks to her implants being able to conduct detailed medical scans simply by staring at a person. That said, it's not entirely accurate. When [[spoiler: When Julian Julian]] is tortured for information about Liber8, Kiera states that he was lying when he claimed not to know where Travis was. Since Julian had seen Travis at his follower's hideout and had paid him a visit earlier, but was then asked him to leave, he was [[spoiler:Julian]] technically lying about not knowing knew where he ''was''. This false-positive thus obscured had been, but was in no position to give up his current whereabouts, creating a false positive. Later, in "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Alec is able to reprogram her CMR so he reads as telling the fact that truth, even though he genuinely didn't know where Travis was ''now'', the actual intent of the question being asked]].lying]].



* TakingYouWithMe: The de-facto leader of [[spoiler:Julian's]] teen terrorist group in "Family Time", once cornered by Kiera, decides that if he can't escape, he can at least be a martyr by detonating his homemade bomb. Kiera's much better with her gun, however, and he gets gunned down before he can make good on the threat.

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* TakingYouWithMe: TakingYouWithMe:
**
The de-facto leader of [[spoiler:Julian's]] teen terrorist group in "Family Time", once cornered by Kiera, decides that if he can't escape, he can at least be a martyr by detonating his homemade bomb. Kiera's much better with her gun, however, and he gets gunned down before he can make good on the threat.threat.
** [[spoiler:Sonya]] does this to take out [[spoiler:Dillon]] in "The Dying Minutes".


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* TimeyWimeyBall: By the third season, so many competing timelines have piled on top of one-another that [[spoiler:Kiera and Liber8 have basically decided it isn't worth fighting anymore]]. There's too many variables now to just pull certain strings for the outcome they want.

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* LoveMakesYouDumb: Lampshaded in "3 Minutes to Midnight" when Liber8 gets the drop on Kiera in the middle of the day out in the open. Travis figures she must have strong feelings for Brad to be that distracted.


* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Jim Martin thinking he could con both Travis and Sonya into eliminating each other for him. When they realise they've being played, they decide to end their feud with each other and [[EnemyMine join forces]] to get revenge.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
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Jim Martin thinking he could con both Travis and Sonya into eliminating each other for him. When they realise they've being played, they decide to end their feud with each other and [[EnemyMine join forces]] to get revenge.revenge.
** Liber8's activities lead to the creation of CPS. Because they are so beyond the ability of the police force to handle and have such a specific agenda against the corporations, Piron ends up funding the VPD to transform them into the CPS.


** Alternate future [[spoiler:Kellog]] is a rebel leader who sends [[spoiler:Brad and alternate Chen back to fix their extremely messed up future]].

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** Alternate future [[spoiler:Kellog]] is a rebel leader who sends [[spoiler:Brad Brad and alternate Chen back to fix their extremely messed up future]].future.



* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 [[spoiler:(both splinter factions)]], Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] are all running their own agendas.

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* GambitPileup: The second season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 [[spoiler:(both (both splinter factions)]], factions), Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] Julian Randol are all running their own agendas.



** Then compounded when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec's new future]] has sent its own agents o fix things. [[spoiler:Liber8 and Kiera so woefully screwed things up that they figure killing them and letting history plod on ''has'' to be better than what they've got.]]

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** Then compounded when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec's new future]] has sent its own agents o to fix things. [[spoiler:Liber8 and Kiera so woefully screwed things up that they figure killing them and letting history plod on ''has'' to be better than what they've got.]]things.



** [[spoiler:It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline that she re-encounters in 2013/4 is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.]]
* TemporalSickness: Time travelers occasionally suffer from this, though so far there doesn't seem to be any particular pattern to it. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 ([[spoiler:though it's hinted he wound up in Freelancer custody for a while, which wouldn't have aided his sanity]]). Late in season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations, though he eventually gets back to a slightly more amoral normal thanks to [[spoiler:Sonya]].

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** [[spoiler:It It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline that she re-encounters in 2013/4 is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.]]
owner-of-seemingly-everything.
* TemporalSickness: Time travelers occasionally suffer from this, though so far there doesn't seem to be any particular pattern to it. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 ([[spoiler:though it's hinted he wound up in Freelancer custody for a while, which wouldn't have aided his sanity]]). Late in season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations, though he eventually gets back to a slightly more amoral normal thanks to [[spoiler:Sonya]].normal.



* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8, as well as for [[spoiler:the alternate 2039 which sent back Brad.]]

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* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8, as well as for [[spoiler:the the alternate 2039 which sent back Brad.]]



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Inspector Dillon is replaced as head of the department by a more ByTheBookCop. The new boss is much less tolerant of Kiera's activities and more antagonistic toward her. Subverted when [[spoiler: Dillon is reinstated and he begins to turn the department into a prototype of the corporate police force that Kiera belonged to in 2077. Things like due process and civil rights quickly go out the window.]]

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Inspector Dillon is replaced as head of the department by a more ByTheBookCop. The new boss is much less tolerant of Kiera's activities and more antagonistic toward her. Subverted when [[spoiler: Dillon is reinstated and he begins to turn the department into a prototype of the corporate police force that Kiera belonged to in 2077. Things like due process and civil rights quickly go out the window.]]



* UndyingLoyalty: Sonya's loyalty to Kagame is absolute. [[spoiler:As Travis learns the hard way, it even trumps their relationship.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer in the season 2 finale. He's eventually revealed to come from an alternate timeline.]]

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* UndyingLoyalty: Sonya's loyalty to Kagame is absolute. [[spoiler:As As Travis learns the hard way, it even trumps their relationship.]]
relationship.
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen UnexplainedRevery: Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer in the season 2 finale. He's eventually revealed to come from an alternate timeline.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. [[spoiler:She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. [[spoiler:She She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.]]



** [[spoiler:Future Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.]]
** [[spoiler:Dillon]], of all people, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for [[spoiler:the entire Vancouver Police Department]], leading to the genesis of CPS.
** [[spoiler:Future Julian Randol is guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of people... who had been converted by the NAU into mindless slaves and were apparently incapable of being freed without dying.]]

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** [[spoiler:Future Future Alec Sadler masterminded the plot to send Liber8 back into the past, as part of a gambit to avert the current future.]]
future.
** [[spoiler:Dillon]], of all people, Dillon, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for [[spoiler:the the entire Vancouver Police Department]], Department, leading to the genesis of CPS.
** [[spoiler:Future Future Julian Randol is guilty of the murder of tens of thousands of people... who had been converted by the NAU into mindless slaves and were apparently incapable of being freed without dying.]]



** In "Seconds" (Season 2, Episode 9), the very final shot reveals [[spoiler:that [[GutPunch Alec Sadler's company owned the entire prison-gulag complex]] that made the very control chips used to keep workers in a zombie state for the duration of their "sentence".]]

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** In "Seconds" (Season 2, Episode 9), the very final shot reveals [[spoiler:that that [[GutPunch Alec Sadler's company owned the entire prison-gulag complex]] that made the very control chips used to keep workers in a zombie state for the duration of their "sentence".]]



** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. [[spoiler:Kiera's future friend comes from a future where Liber8 won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, Liber8 falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.]]

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** "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. [[spoiler:Kiera's Kiera's future friend comes from a future where Liber8 won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and Chen back. Combined with Kiera outing Garza as working for Alec (after a fashion) and the alt!Chen a Freelancer, Liber8 falls apart at the sheer pointlessness of it all.]]

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: While attempting to grill [[spoiler:Brad]] for information on the future, Garza grabs a nail gun and puts a nail through Kiera's foot to force his cooperation. It got him talking.


* FutureBadass: Alec Sadler from 2077.

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* FutureBadass: FutureBadass:
**
Alec Sadler from 2077.2077.
** Alternate future [[spoiler:Kellog]] is a rebel leader who sends [[spoiler:Brad and alternate Chen back to fix their extremely messed up future]].


* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 ([[spoiler:That said, the temporal shift may have damaged his HALO connection, and on top of that it's likely he was actually imprisoned in a Freelancer facility for some time.]]) and, in late Season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.

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* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, Time travelers occasionally suffer from this, though not for everyone. so far there doesn't seem to be any particular pattern to it. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 ([[spoiler:That said, the temporal shift may have damaged his HALO connection, and on top of that ([[spoiler:though it's likely hinted he was actually imprisoned wound up in a Freelancer facility custody for some time.]]) and, a while, which wouldn't have aided his sanity]]). Late in late Season season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.hallucinations, though he eventually gets back to a slightly more amoral normal thanks to [[spoiler:Sonya]].


* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8.

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* TimeTravel: Of the SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong variety for Liber8.Liber8, as well as for [[spoiler:the alternate 2039 which sent back Brad.]]


* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 and, in late Season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.

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* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 ([[spoiler:That said, the temporal shift may have damaged his HALO connection, and on top of that it's likely he was actually imprisoned in a Freelancer facility for some time.]]) and, in late Season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.

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* JugglingLoadedGuns: In "3 Minutes to Midnight", Lucas waves around a pistol [[spoiler:from the future]] in the middle of a rant, complete with warnings for him not to. When he pulls the trigger, [[spoiler:he finds out it packs a fair bit more of a punch than he expected]], though mercifully his only "victim" was a wall.


* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Throughout Season 1, Kiera wishes that that the police in 2012 were more like the CPS in 2077, who use harsh and draconian measures in the pursuit of justice and to hunt down terrorist suspects, innocent or not. Come Season 2, the police start adopting more of these measures, only to turn them against Kiera, believing her to be the Liber8 mole in their department.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
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Throughout Season 1, Kiera wishes that that the police in 2012 were more like the CPS in 2077, who use harsh and draconian measures in the pursuit of justice and to hunt down terrorist suspects, innocent or not. Come Season 2, the police start adopting more of these measures, only to turn them against Kiera, believing her to be the Liber8 mole in their department.department.
** Liber8 wants nothing more than for the public to wake up and see the corporations for what they really are. [[spoiler:Come "3 Minutes to Midnight", they get to learn the result. Instead of the CrapsaccharineWorld of 2077, you get the pure CrapsackWorld of 2039, where civilization has collapsed from a violent war between the corporations and the people, and humanity is going down the drain.]]



* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn’t written by Sonya because it wasn’t pompous enough.

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* PsychoSerum: The [[spoiler:HALO bracelet]] has a roughly 6% chance of causing violent psychosis, on account of it being designed using [[spoiler:Kiera's CMR as the key component]] without concern for the compatibility issues. [[spoiler:Alec insists he can work the defect out, though it's unclear if that will succeed.]]
* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn’t wasn't written by Sonya because it wasn’t pompous enough.



** Then compounded when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec's new future]] has sent its own agent(s?) to keep their version of history on course.

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** Then compounded when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec's new future]] has sent its own agent(s?) to keep their version of agents o fix things. [[spoiler:Liber8 and Kiera so woefully screwed things up that they figure killing them and letting history plod on course.''has'' to be better than what they've got.]]



** In "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Dylan claims that Alec's HALO bio-monitoring can be used to detect subversive behavior]]. Given this is technology from the future, there's a very real possibility it is ''actually used this way''.

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** In "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Dylan [[spoiler:Dillon claims that Alec's HALO bio-monitoring can be used to detect subversive behavior]]. Given this is technology from the future, there's a very real possibility it is ''actually used this way''.



* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer, a contradiction not helped by his utter refusal to clarify his existence.]]

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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer, a contradiction not helped by his utter refusal Freelancer in the season 2 finale. He's eventually revealed to clarify his existence.come from an alternate timeline.]]


* {{Thoughtcrime}} Kiera implies that this will be the case in the future
--> Suspect: "The worst I did was wish him dead...that's not a crime is it?"
--> Kiera: "Not Yet."

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* {{Thoughtcrime}} {{Thoughtcrime}}:
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Kiera implies that this will be the case in the future
--> Suspect: "The -->'''Suspect:''' The worst I did was wish him dead...that's not a crime is it?"
--> Kiera: "Not Yet."
it?\\
'''Kiera:''' Not yet.
** In "3 Minutes to Midnight", [[spoiler:Dylan claims that Alec's HALO bio-monitoring can be used to detect subversive behavior]]. Given this is technology from the future, there's a very real possibility it is ''actually used this way''.



** In "Revolutions Per Minute", it is revealed that the amnesic man [[spoiler:is from yet another future time-line where it appears that Kellog usurped Alec as the future corporate and tech-leader, and his world is even worse than the one Kiera came from. Oh, and further analysis of Dead!Kiera's CMR shows that, before he lost his memory, he was working with Chen and it was actually he who killed her. Yes, his time-line appears to have been so bad that he was sent back to kill Kiera to prevent it, along with using the mystery device he had in the safety deposit box (which is now confiscated by the Freelancers).]]

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** In "Revolutions Per Minute", it is revealed that the amnesic man [[spoiler:is from yet another "3 Minutes to Midnight" is, both in-universe and out, simply mind-boggling. [[spoiler:Kiera's future time-line friend comes from a future where it appears that Liber8 won, and they are practically ecstatic at their victory. Then he clues them in on the reality of it. What the corporations didn't get through manipulation, they instead tried to take by force. The end result? 2039 Vancouver '''is a complete hellhole''' and Kellog usurped Alec as the future corporate is a revolutionary trying to fix things by sending him and tech-leader, and his world is even worse than the one Chen back. Combined with Kiera came from. Oh, and further analysis of Dead!Kiera's CMR shows that, before he lost his memory, he was outing Garza as working with Chen for Alec (after a fashion) and it was actually he who killed her. Yes, his time-line appears to have been so bad that he was sent back to kill Kiera to prevent it, along with using the mystery device he had in alt!Chen a Freelancer, Liber8 falls apart at the safety deposit box (which is now confiscated by the Freelancers).sheer pointlessness of it all.]]

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* WhamLine: "Revolutions Per Minute" has one hell of a doozy for Kiera.
-->'''"John Doe"''': [[spoiler:Who the hell is Alec Sadler?]]

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* {{Thoughtcrime}} Kiera implies that this will be the case in the future
--> Suspect: "The worst I did was wish him dead...that's not a crime is it?"
--> Kiera: "Not Yet."

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** Then compounded when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec's new future]] has sent its own agent(s?) to keep their version of history on course.


** [[spoiler:It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.]]

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** [[spoiler:It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline that she re-encounters in 2013/4 is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.]]

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** [[spoiler:It is revealed that the [[LamePun "Citizen chip"]] removal specialist Kiera busted in her timeline is actually from an ''alternate'' to that, where Kellog has taken the place of Alec Sadler as the owner-of-seemingly-everything.]]


* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's Protector uniform. It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a second suit shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off to Alec to study after the hijinks of trying to get it from a civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera. In addition to having all her abilities, it projects a shield around his head to prevent headshots and can shoot sonic blasts]].

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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's [[SpyCatsuit Protector uniform. uniform.]] It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a second suit shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off to Alec to study after the hijinks of trying to get it from a civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera. In addition to having all her abilities, it projects a shield around his head to prevent headshots and can shoot sonic blasts]].

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* PapaWolf: Dillon [[spoiler:deeply regrets letting his daughter become TheMole inside Liber8, and in an emotional moment asks Kiera to do everything she can to retrieve Christine, his daughter.]]

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* InspectorJavert: At various times in the series, Kiera, CSIS Agent Gardner, and Dillon.

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* SmugSnake: Kellog, in "Minute of Silence", having [[spoiler:maneuvered Alec into essentially re-founding SadTech.]]

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* VikingFuneral: [[spoiler:Past!Kiera]] gets an odd variation with the incomplete time travel device. By leaving it incomplete, she's atomized across time and space. [[spoiler:Alec was attempting to hide the fact that he took her CMR, but Kiera noticed before he went through with it.]]

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** In "Revolutions Per Minute", it is revealed that the amnesic man [[spoiler:is from yet another future time-line where it appears that Kellog usurped Alec as the future corporate and tech-leader, and his world is even worse than the one Kiera came from. Oh, and further analysis of Dead!Kiera's CMR shows that, before he lost his memory, he was working with Chen and it was actually he who killed her. Yes, his time-line appears to have been so bad that he was sent back to kill Kiera to prevent it, along with using the mystery device he had in the safety deposit box (which is now confiscated by the Freelancers).]]

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* PurpleProse: Sonya’s preferred writing style, to the point that in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" Kiera is able to determine that a Liber8 press release wasn’t written by Sonya because it wasn’t pompous enough.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In "Minute of Silence", Lucas gives Carlos some intel on [[spoiler:Betty's]] killer with no strings attached. They may be on different sides, but both want to see her killer go down.

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* RobbingTheDead: [[spoiler:Alec does this to Kiera's corpse at the end of "Minute of Silence", presumably to jump-start Halo and his eventual future-tech.]]

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* LeParkour: A thief in "Minute of Silence" steals military technology from various corporations through a combination of parkour and hacking.


** "Minute Man" reveals that pretty much anything dating back to before the corporate takeover is considered contraband. Kiera's mother had an old book collection which is considered subversive material, and the only reason she didn't end up jailed is because Kiera claimed she was bringing them in to be disposed of, and manages to strike a bargain with the officer who happened to discover them.[[note]]There's a book called "The Conspiracy Theory of 2044". It's possible this book deals with Julian as Theseus, and the labor camps of the 2030s that he helped destroy, which could be considered subversive given the widespread poem below.[[/note]]

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** "Minute Man" reveals that pretty much anything dating back to before the corporate takeover is considered contraband. Kiera's mother had an old book collection which that is considered subversive material, and the only reason she didn't end up jailed is because Kiera claimed she was bringing them in to be disposed of, and manages to strike a bargain with the officer who happened to discover them.[[note]]There's a book called "The Conspiracy Theory of 2044". It's possible this book deals with Julian as Theseus, and the labor camps of the 2030s that he helped destroy, which could be considered subversive given the widespread poem below.[[/note]]



** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. Liber8 kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict which clears him anyway, making sure Liber8 won either way.

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** "Second Degree" has [[spoiler:Julian's]] trial. Liber8 kidnaps the family of a juror to get him to vote innocent, which Kiera discovers. To keep the family safe, they can't reveal the fact until they've performed a rescue, by which time the trial is nearly over. The presiding judge, also in their pocket, then delivers a bench verdict which that clears him anyway, making sure Liber8 won either way.


* ChildSoldiers: Downplayed, but present; a band of teens (including Julian Randol) inspired by Liber8 turn up in the ninth episode of the first season, preparing to set off a van full of ammonium nitrate as part of "Operation Theseus".

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* ChildSoldiers: Downplayed, but present; a band of teens inspired by Liber8 (including Julian Randol) inspired by Liber8 turn up in the ninth episode of the first season, preparing to set off a van full of ammonium nitrate as part of "Operation Theseus".


* HideYourGays: {{Averted}}, as Future!Kiera is shown investigating the murder of a woman's same-sex spouse.


* CardboardPrison: Lucas almost casually escapes from the prison he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict.

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* CardboardPrison: Lucas almost casually escapes from the prison facility he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict. They also weren't counting on his knowledge of technology from the future.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There are plenty of them in 2012 and things will only get worse in the future. Apparently in 2077 the people in charge do not see it as much of a problem that a corporation is withholding food shipments, causing food riots, and not even trying to hide it. [[spoiler:And by 2035, ''[=SadTech=]'' owns an entire factory (if not the entire gulag-style system of complexes) devoted just to using zombified "criminals" to turn out more chips to control even more people.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Kagame once advocated passive-resistance and peaceful tactics to bring about the return of democracy, only for the NAU to raid his peaceful demonstration, arrest him and [[TraumaCongaLine take his family away]]. Needless to say, he got ''[[ThisMeansWar pissed]]!''
** Kiera worries about having done this, after she nearly executes [[spoiler: Julian]] in cold-blood, after discovering [[spoiler: he will become [[TheDreaded Theseus]]]]. It's heavily implied that this was one of the events that [[StableTimeLoop set this in motion]].

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: There are plenty of them in 2012 and things will only get worse in the future. Apparently in 2077 the people in charge do not see it as much of a problem that a corporation is withholding food shipments, causing food riots, and not even trying to hide it. [[spoiler:And by 2035, ''[=SadTech=]'' owns an entire factory (if not the entire gulag-style system of complexes) devoted just to using [[MindControlDevice zombified "criminals" debt slaves]] to turn out more chips to control even more people.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Kagame once advocated passive-resistance passive resistance and peaceful tactics to bring about the return of democracy, only for the NAU to raid his peaceful demonstration, arrest him and [[TraumaCongaLine take his family away]]. Needless to say, he got ''[[ThisMeansWar pissed]]!''
** Kiera worries about having done this, after she nearly executes shoots [[spoiler: Julian]] in cold-blood, cold blood, after discovering [[spoiler: he will become [[TheDreaded Theseus]]]]. It's heavily implied that this was one of the events that [[StableTimeLoop set this in motion]].



* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Kiera scheduled one, but decided against it, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to save her own future existence).

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Kiera scheduled one, but decided against it, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to [[GrandfatherParadox save her own future existence).existence]] as well).



** On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order -- which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.

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** On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order -- which order-which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.



* HideYourGays: Averted, as Future!Kiera is shown investigating the murder of a woman's same-sex spouse.

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* HideYourGays: Averted, {{Averted}}, as Future!Kiera is shown investigating the murder of a woman's same-sex spouse.



* SinisterSurveillance: this combined with PoliceBrutality are a major part of the VPD's Start of Darkness once [[spoiler:it falls under the control of Escher]], who seems to be quite fond of exploiting surveillance tech himself.

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* SinisterSurveillance: this This combined with PoliceBrutality are a major part of the VPD's Start {{start of Darkness darkness}} once [[spoiler:it falls under the control of Escher]], who seems to be quite fond of exploiting surveillance tech himself.



* StatusQuoIsGod: Kellog [[spoiler:loses his grandmother when Travis guns her down, and breaks down (to the point of implied alcoholism) as a result. He even freely does Kiera a favour by using his new boat to take her future grandparents to safety.]] By ''the very next episode'', he's right back to being manipulative and weaselly, even to the point of [[spoiler:sneaking into Kiera's apartment to steal her fragment of the time-travel device]].
** Although to be fair, he may have come to the same conclusion as Alec that [[spoiler: she wasn't really his grandmother]] or simply realised that with no risk of temporal paradoxes threatening his existence, this means that he's now [[TheUnfettered free]] to do ''[[ScrewDestiny anything?!]]''
* StopHelpingMe: More than once, a hostage has professed to agree with Liber8 and gotten shot by Travis for doing so.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Kellog [[spoiler:loses his grandmother when Travis guns her down, and breaks down (to the point of implied alcoholism) as a result. He even freely does Kiera a favour favor by using his new boat to take her future grandparents to safety.]] By ''the very next episode'', he's right back to being manipulative and weaselly, even to the point of [[spoiler:sneaking into Kiera's apartment to steal her fragment of the time-travel device]].
** Although to be fair, he may have come to the same conclusion as Alec that [[spoiler: she wasn't really his grandmother]] or simply realised realized that with no risk of temporal paradoxes threatening his existence, this means that he's now [[TheUnfettered free]] to do ''[[ScrewDestiny anything?!]]''
* StopHelpingMe: More than once, a hostage has professed to agree with Liber8 and gotten shot by Travis for doing so.
anything?!]]''


* GambitPileup: The second series has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 [[spoiler:(both splinter factions)]], Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] are all running their own agendas.

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* GambitPileup: The second series season has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 [[spoiler:(both splinter factions)]], Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] are all running their own agendas.



* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]RubberBandHistory[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Series 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.

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* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]RubberBandHistory[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Series Season 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.



* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 and, in late Series 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.

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* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 and, in late Series Season 2, [[spoiler:Ingram]] is institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.


* BatmanGambit: In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Alec shows off his new health-monitoring wrist bracelet, the Halo, to the Piron board, convincing a naysayer by identifying markers for colon cancer. In private, however, he admits that the "data" it collected was all guesswork and information from the man's company insurance files. Now he only has two months to make a working prototype, though fortunately Jason is familiar with the technology, even if it is antiquated by future standards.



** Kiera reluctantly accepts help from Garza in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" when dealing with a case where Liber8 is being framed for the murder of a company's entire board of directors.



** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillion refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major MoodWhiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]

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** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillion Dillon refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major MoodWhiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.]]



** [[WeHardlyKnewYe Jaworski]], late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime".

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** [[WeHardlyKnewYe Jaworski]], late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime"."Playtime" and has an entire focus episode in "Waning Minute".



* LoveMartyr[==]ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].

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* LoveMartyr[==]ExtremeDoormat: LoveMartyr[=/=]ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].



* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel [=SyFy=]]] broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below.

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* NippleAndDimed: It received several forms of censorship for the American [[Creator/SciFiChannel [=SyFy=]]] SyFy]] broadcast, including this; see SexyShirtSwitch, below.



* NoMacguffinNoWinner: Suggested in regards to the time travel device in "Second Last". Kiera is understandably set against it, and they don't get the opportunity to act on it anyway.
* NonindicativeName: The ''"freelancers"'' are anything but. In fact, they’re the most disciplined and cohesive organization in the show, with a rigid hierarchy.

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* NoMacguffinNoWinner: NoMacGuffinNoWinner: Suggested in regards to the time travel device in "Second Last". Kiera is understandably set against it, and they don't get the opportunity to act on it anyway.
* NonindicativeName: NonIndicativeName: The ''"freelancers"'' are anything but. In fact, they’re the most disciplined and cohesive organization in the show, with a rigid hierarchy.



* NostalgiaFilter: The in-universe FantasticDrug Retrevinol (or "Flash"), first appearing in episode "Second Thoughts", causes hallucinogenic flashbacks to pleasant past experiences that are far more satisfying than was the actual event being remembered, meaning the drug "cannot be trusted".

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* NostalgiaFilter: The in-universe FantasticDrug Retrevinol (or "Flash"), first appearing in episode "Second Thoughts", causes hallucinogenic flashbacks to pleasant past experiences that are far more satisfying than was the actual event being remembered, meaning the drug "cannot be trusted".



* OhCrap: Lucas, when the VPD (acting on intelligence provided to Kiera by Alec) break through his electronic security measures and pinpoint the location where Liber8 are holding a corporate CEO.

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Lucas, when the VPD (acting on intelligence provided to Kiera by Alec) break through his electronic security measures and pinpoint the location where Liber8 are holding a corporate CEO.



** Kellog has a ''massive'' one in "So Do Our Minutes Hasten" when he's confronted by [[spoiler:Chen]], both because of a past betrayal and because the man is supposed to be ''dead''.



** As things are, the course of events depends on the importance of the incident or the person that is affected by TimeTravel. [[spoiler: As the leader of the Freelancers states in S3E1,]] [[WhatMeasureIsAMook thousands can die]] without having an effect on the timeline, as long as the [[OneManIndustrialRevolution truly important people]] turn out as they originally did. This explains why Kellogg's grandmother can be safely killed/a mass murderer taken out without repercussions: RubberBandHistory evens out the changes and makes sure that any ButterflyOfDoom is suffocated (otherwise, the numerous changes would lead to serious long-term consequences, considering how much Young!Alec's life was affected so far). [[spoiler: But once Alec Sadler ''really'' goes off the rails, shit hits the fan.]]

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** As things are, the course of events depends on the importance of the incident or the person that is affected by TimeTravel. [[spoiler: As the leader [[spoiler:leader of the Freelancers Freelancers]] states in S3E1,]] the season three premiere, [[WhatMeasureIsAMook thousands can die]] without having an effect on the timeline, as long as the [[OneManIndustrialRevolution truly important people]] turn out as they originally did. This explains why Kellogg's grandmother can be safely killed/a mass murderer taken out without repercussions: RubberBandHistory evens out the changes and makes sure that any ButterflyOfDoom is suffocated (otherwise, the numerous changes would lead to serious long-term consequences, considering how much Young!Alec's life was affected so far). [[spoiler: But once Alec Sadler ''really'' goes off the rails, shit hits the fan.]]



* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel. [[spoiler: [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 and in late Series 2, Ingram is also institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.]]

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* TemporalSickness: Possibly a side effect of time travel. [[spoiler: travel, though not for everyone. [[CrazyHomelessPeople Jason]] spent some time in a mental institution after being stranded in 1992 and and, in late Series 2, Ingram [[spoiler:Ingram]] is also institutionalised after developing full blown psychosis and hallucinations.]]



* TooDumbToLive[=/=]YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Alec's friends driving while using mind-altering drugs in "Second Thoughts". And him for being in the car with them and apparently not seeing anything dangerous about that scenario.

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** Kiera starts to have real problems with this in season 3, when the CorruptCorporateExecutive angle is really played up while Liber8 segues away from violent terrorism to more Robin Hood-esque social activism.
* TooDumbToLive[=/=]YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: One of Alec's friends driving decides to drive while using under the influence of a mind-altering drugs in "Second Thoughts". And him for being in the car with them and apparently not seeing anything dangerous about drug that scenario.is explicitly designed to make the user have intense flashbacks.

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* UnwittingPawn: In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Carlos and Julian both get roped into a whistleblowing scheme on Sonmanto which turns out to be an intentional plant to discredit the latter, as well as work up some sympathy points Sonmanto can use to avoid blame for another incident.


* INeedAFreakingDrink: Carlos hits the bar after a hard day in "Minute Man". [[spoiler:Learning that there are two Kieras (the younger version dead), two Alecs (both alive), and about Jim Martin's association with Liber8 would be hard for pretty much anyone to swallow.]]

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Carlos hits the bar after a hard day in "Minute Man". [[spoiler:Learning that there are two Kieras (the younger version dead), two Alecs (both alive), and about Jim Martin's association with Liber8 would be hard for pretty much anyone to swallow.]]
** Kiera, Betty, and Carlos all have this reaction at the end of "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", after a rousing day of Liber8 being framed and Dillion refusing to budge on Liber8 being guilty. [[spoiler:Makes for major MoodWhiplash when Betty is assassinated for digging into it when she steps outside to meet a source.
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* FalseFlagOperation: A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. Then it's revealed that Liber8 actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed said gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.

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A multi-layered one in the season two premiere. The mayor is assassinated, which on the surface seems to be Liber8's MO. However, the mayor's stance against organized crime makes the VPD consider that it might have been a hit by the gangs themselves to frame Liber8. Then it's revealed that Liber8 actually is responsible, having anticipated that deduction and framed said gang, all to hide the real reason: moving their own favored candidate into position for election.election.
** In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", Liber8 is framed for an attack on a corporation's board of directors. [[spoiler:It turns out their rival, Sonmanto, arranged the hit and framed Liber8 for it so they could drive down the stock price then buy them out.]]



** [[spoiler:Betty,]] at the end of ''So Do Our Minutes Hasten''.

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* ActionGirl: Practically every named female character, with the possible exception of Betty.

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* ActionGirl: Practically every named female character, with the possible exception of Betty.Betty and Alec's Mom.


* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: In "Waning Minute", Sonya is shown to have initially gone off-the-grid when she was given the opportunity to run the SuperSoldier project. The offer was such that refusing was basically impossible without ruining her life, but at the same time the work was so morally repugnant that she couldn't accept. Kagame convinces her to go along with it as a mole for Liber8.



** [[spoiler: Future Alec Sadler]] could also be said to qualify.

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** [[spoiler: Future Alec Sadler]] could also be said to qualify.qualify, though less of a physical badass and more of a GuileHero.



* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally [[spoiler:FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda.]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Kellog and Kiera, though it's largely one-way as [[NoYay Kiera is (mostly) keeping faithful to her husband from 2077]]. Originally [[spoiler:FoeYay, FoeYay, but Kellog defects from Liber8 fairly quickly and becomes Kiera's ally, albeit one with his own agenda.agenda. [[spoiler:She actually does sleep with him once, but things went right back to the status quo afterward.]]



** [[spoiler: LivingWithTheVillain: Kiera's husband is revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major OhCrap during the Pilot when he realised that Kiera was present in the execution chamber]].

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** [[spoiler: LivingWithTheVillain: Kiera's [[spoiler:Kiera's husband is revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major OhCrap during the Pilot when he realised that Kiera was present in the execution chamber]].



* TheChessmaster: Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Both are one-upped, however, by the man ''really'' manipulating the timeline: [[spoiler: Escher]].

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* TheChessmaster: Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Both are one-upped, however, by Escher proves himself a good one in the man ''really'' manipulating second season, [[spoiler:but his plans fell through at the timeline: [[spoiler: Escher]].last minute and he ended up [[DroppedABridgeOnHim getting unceremoniously murdered]] in the next season]].



* DidntSeeThatComing: In season 3, Kellog thinks he has all the angles worked out when Kiera gets on his case. Then she tells him that [[spoiler:Escher, who he just had murdered, is Alec's father]]. Kellog is visibly stunned by the twist, but to his credit is able to make sure Kiera can't use it against him.



** In "Minute to Win It", we're introduced to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Sonmanto"]], a corporation targeted by Liber8. They're shown in the episode to be willing to sic a battery of lawyers on anyone who impedes corporate profits, and are obviously hiding some sort of big secret.

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** In "Minute to Win It", we're introduced to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Sonmanto"]], a corporation targeted by Liber8. They're shown in the episode to be willing to sic a battery of lawyers on anyone who impedes corporate profits, and are obviously hiding some sort of big secret.secret [[spoiler:which turns out to be chemical weapons sales to Middle Eastern terrorists]].



*** Within that, [[spoiler:Chen makes a secondary offer to be Kiera's partner, reasoning that they share a unique background which neither Alec or Carlos can truly appreciate. Having previously ''killed him'' and aware of his obvious distaste for the arrangement in general, she doesn't go for it.]]

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*** Within that, [[spoiler:Chen makes a secondary offer to be Kiera's partner, reasoning that they share a unique background which neither Alec or Carlos can truly appreciate. Having previously ''killed him'' and aware of his obvious distaste for the arrangement in general, she doesn't go for it. Then she discovers that he killed her younger temporal duplicate.]]



* FantasticDrug: Retrevinol (or "Flash" in street slang), a drug from the future originally used as an Alzheimer's treatment. It allows the user to vividly recall memories, but results in a dangerous sleepwalking effect as they get lost in their memory, not to mention addiction as they continue to pine for their brighter past. It's implied the drug also glamorizes the memory to some extent, making it feel better than it was in reality. It appears in episode "Second Thoughts". The drug's effect is identical to that of the drug "Refrain" in the anime series ''CodeGeass''.

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* FantasticDrug: Retrevinol (or "Flash" in street slang), a drug from the future originally used as an Alzheimer's treatment. It allows the user to vividly recall memories, but results in a dangerous sleepwalking effect as they get lost in their memory, not to mention addiction as they continue to pine for their brighter past. It's implied the drug also glamorizes the memory to some extent, making it feel better than it was in reality. It appears in episode "Second Thoughts". The drug's effect is identical to that of the drug "Refrain" in the anime series ''CodeGeass''.''Anime/CodeGeass''.



* FriendOrIdolDecision: In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler: despite vowing to help Kiera, a grief-stricken Alec uses the device to go back in time to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Emily's life]], preventing Kiera from going home. This perhaps mirrors Kiera's decision earlier to dive after the device rather than stay and cover Emily in the first place]].

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* FriendOrIdolDecision: In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler: despite vowing to help Kiera, a grief-stricken Alec uses the device to go back in time to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Emily's life]], preventing Kiera from going home. This perhaps mirrors Kiera's decision earlier to dive after the device rather than stay and cover Emily in the first place]].



** Kiera herself gets this in the third season, constantly reminding Alec of [[spoiler:his betrayal of her by going back to save Emily]], even though [[spoiler:Emily's death]] is solely Kiera's fault because she placed more importance on getting back home than she did on protecting others. It certainly doesn't help that Alec's actions snowballed into [[spoiler:her younger self getting a bullet to the head and Escher being killed off by Emily]].

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** Kiera herself gets this in the third season, constantly reminding Alec of [[spoiler:his betrayal of her by going back to save Emily]], even though [[spoiler:Emily's death]] is solely Kiera's fault because she placed more importance on getting back home than she did on protecting others. It certainly doesn't help that Alec's actions snowballed into [[spoiler:her younger self getting a bullet [[spoiler:She ends up handing him over to the head Freelancers and Escher being killed off by Emily]].siding with his current-timeline self, reasoning that the latter has a better chance of ensuring her future.]]



* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Julian, as Theseus, insists that it is better that the "chipped" prisoners in the factories are shut off and killed before the factories are destroyed. It appears that there really is no way to disable the chips without killing the workers.]]

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler:Julian, [[spoiler:Future Julian, as Theseus, insists that it is better that the "chipped" prisoners in the factories are shut off and killed before the factories are destroyed. It appears that there really is no way to disable the chips without killing the workers.]]



* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future!Alec has this problem with Past!Alec. Thanks to Future!Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past!Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future!Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them.]]

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* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future!Alec has this problem with Past!Alec. Thanks to Future!Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past!Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future!Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them.them, causing Past!Alec to take measures to ensure Future!Alec doesn't have access to his resources.]]

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** Liber8 itself, depending on your point of view. Despite being a terrorist group, it's suggested that they have a certain amount of Robin Hood-esque popularity, particularly in the present day.

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** Starts to shift in the third season. In "Minute to Win It", Travis is insistent on keeping the amount of collateral damage to a minimum (though, mind you, [[spoiler:he's perfectly fine with using mind-controlled white-collar criminals as bank robbers and killing them after the fact]]). At the same time, Lucas adopts a much more cavalier, MadScientist-style attitude.

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Kagame looks down on the Gleaners because they’ve found a way to compromise with the Corporate Congress while still living apart. [[spoiler:It’s implied this is one of the reasons why he arranges for their community to be annihilated.]]


* BorrowedBiometricBypass: In "Waning Minute", Jaworski is able to use a biometrically-locked rifle by amputating the user's finger and holding it to the scanner.



* CassandraTruth: When Agent Gardner catches her using her Protector suit and demands answers, Kiera flat-out tells him exactly who she is. Naturally, he doesn't buy it.

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* CassandraTruth: When Agent Gardner catches her Kiera using her Protector suit and demands answers, Kiera flat-out tells him exactly who she is. Naturally, he doesn't buy it.


* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: "Waning Minute" reveals that [[spoiler:the CMR technology is designed to influence how the users think]].



** It appears that in the future, Mexico, [[FallenStatesOfAmerica the US]] [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica and Canada]] are joined in the "[[DividedStatesOfAmerica North American Union]]", so presumably all (former) Mexican, US and Canadian citizens now have the same citizenship.

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** It appears that in the future, Mexico, [[FallenStatesOfAmerica the US]] [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica and Canada]] are joined in the "[[DividedStatesOfAmerica North American Union]]", so presumably all (former) Mexican, US and Canadian citizens now have the same citizenship. citizenship.
* FakingTheDead: In "waning Minute", [[spoiler:Chen]] seems to have hung himself in the Freelancer prison. When they open the cell to get him down, he breaks the guard's neck and walks out.



** At the end of the same episode, [[spoiler: Alec discovering that Past!Kiera was murdered in his new timeline, with the culprit ([[AmbiguousSituation possibly]]) being Present!Kiera [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne herself]]]].

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** At the end of the same episode, [[spoiler: Alec discovering that Past!Kiera was murdered in his new timeline, with timeline]].
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: "Waning Minute" is mostly set in
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* StopHelpingMe: More than once, a hostage has professed to agree with Liber8 and gotten shot by Travis for doing so.


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jim Martin]] is implied to have killed himself after [[spoiler:his association with Liber8 comes to light and torpedoes his career]].

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** Kiera nearly commits suicide in a flashback to escape the pain of a deadly plague. She doesn't go through with it, of course, since the cure is brought in moments later.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Sonmanto is this in the future, relative to the other members of the Corporate Congress. [[spoiler: They came up with a cure for a nasty battlefield chemical weapon. It turns out they created the weapon.]] Even ''Travis'' admits that they had him fooled.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: VillainWithGoodPublicity:
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Sonmanto is this in the future, relative to the other members of the Corporate Congress. [[spoiler: They came up with created a cure for a nasty battlefield chemical weapon. It turns out weapon, [[spoiler:which they created the weapon.]] themselves created]]. Even ''Travis'' admits that they had him fooled. fooled.
** In season 3, Sonya's plan is essentially to subvert this for all the members of the future Corporate Congress by exposing their dirty laundry and erasing any public trust for them. If they have no support, they won't have the leverage to become the leaders of the future NAU.

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* CaptainErsatz: Sonmanto is a big corporation that deals primarily in food production and is shady as hell. Does that sound like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto anyone you know]]?

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Sonmanto is this in the future, relative to the other members of the Corporate Congress. [[spoiler: They came up with a cure for a nasty battlefield chemical weapon. It turns out they created the weapon.]] Even ''Travis'' admits that they had him fooled.


* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:her counterpart in the new timeline is killed]].

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* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:her counterpart in the new timeline is killed]].


CardboardPrison: Curtis almost casually escapes from the prison he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It".

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* CardboardPrison: Curtis Lucas almost casually escapes from the prison he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It".It". But then again, it is a mental hospital, so security isn't quite as strict.


** An oddly literal example with Travis. Part of the SuperSoldier program involved implanting him with a ControlChip that lowered his empathy and compassion, whilst ramping up his aggression, making him the unstable psychopath that he is today.

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** An oddly literal example with Travis. Part of the SuperSoldier program involved implanting him with a ControlChip [[MindControlDevice control chip]] that lowered his empathy and compassion, whilst ramping up his aggression, making him the unstable psychopath that he is today.



* LukeIAmYourFather: Using the memory recall drug Flash, Alec discovers that his father, Marc Sadler, is [[spoiler:Jason, the homeless, somewhat crazy time traveler Kiera worked with in the season one finale]]. Turns out to be subverted, however; [[spoiler:Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, and the season 2 finale reveals Jason is in fact his ''son'', while ''Escher'' is his father, who faked his death in the fire years ago.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Using the memory recall drug Flash, Alec discovers that his father, Marc Sadler, is [[spoiler:Jason, the homeless, somewhat crazy time traveler Kiera worked with in the season one finale]]. Turns out to be subverted, {{subverted}}, however; [[spoiler:Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, and the season 2 finale reveals Jason is in fact his ''son'', while ''Escher'' is his father, who faked his death in the fire years ago.]]



* MagicalDefibrillator: Subverted in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]

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* MagicalDefibrillator: Subverted {{Subverted}} in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]



** Inverted in "A Test of Time", when Liber8 tries to hunt down Kiera's grandmother and end up killing [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s instead, along with at least one unfortunate woman who was mistaken for [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]].

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** Inverted {{Inverted}} in "A Test of Time", when Liber8 tries to hunt down Kiera's grandmother and end up killing [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s instead, along with at least one unfortunate woman who was mistaken for [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]].



* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a dark shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey.

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* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a dark shirt and black tie. Averted {{Averted}} with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey.grey (that's just good corporate PR, no doubt).


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* MindControlDevice: A chip exists in the future which allows remote control of a human or animal's brain. Travis had one when he was a SuperSoldier, debtors get them when they're enslaved to repay what they owe, Curtis makes bugs and a police dog into his servants using them, while Liber8 uses them to turn various white collar criminals into bank robbers using them.


* CanadaDoesNotExist: Averted. The show doesn't hide its Vancouver origin. In the pilot, Inspector Dillon resents Kiera (posing as a U.S. detective) working in Vancouver without informing him. By the second episode Carlos is already talking about using the RCMP for a manhunt, and Liber8 attacks a van with "BC Power" displayed on the side.

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* CanadaDoesNotExist: Averted.{{Averted}}. The show doesn't hide its Vancouver origin. In the pilot, Inspector Dillon resents Kiera (posing as a U.S. detective) working in Vancouver without informing him. By the second episode Carlos is already talking about using the RCMP for a manhunt, and Liber8 attacks a van with "BC Power" displayed on the side.


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CardboardPrison: Curtis almost casually escapes from the prison he's held in during the third season episode "Minute to Win It".


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Kiera did, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to save her own future existence).

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Kiera did, scheduled one, but decided against it, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to save her own future existence). existence).

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Kiera did, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to save her own future existence).


* AdultFear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe her son from existence.

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* AdultFear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe her son from existence. Doubly so in season 3, where [[spoiler:Alec's trip through time carries the very real possibility that her future is outright gone]].

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* IHatePastMe: After travelling back in time, [[spoiler:Future!Alec has this problem with Past!Alec. Thanks to Future!Alec's meddling, Escher is killed and the revelation of his relation to Alec and Emily's association with him hits pretty hard, rendering Past!Alec a fair bit more cynical. It certainly doesn't help that Future!Alec isn't forthcoming about the details of his little adventure beyond doing it to save Emily, which only further drives a wedge between them.]]


* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness. Averted in Season 3 when he is shown to be quite sane. The possible reason for him going crazy to start may be answered in the jury-rigged control devices he fabricates: he may have one inside him, programmed to show him visions and make him appear insane.]]

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* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness. Averted He levels out in Season 3 when 3, escaping from the mental institution he is shown to be quite sane. The possible reason for was incarcerated at with the help of Sonya. She gives him going crazy to start may be answered in the jury-rigged control devices he fabricates: he may have one inside him, programmed to show some medication that keeps him visions and make him appear insane.sane.]]


* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness]].

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* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Ingram, apparently as a result of TemporalSickness]].TemporalSickness. Averted in Season 3 when he is shown to be quite sane. The possible reason for him going crazy to start may be answered in the jury-rigged control devices he fabricates: he may have one inside him, programmed to show him visions and make him appear insane.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Carlos Fonnegra seems to be leaning to the "cynicism" end at times, especially when he witnesses more and more blatant examples of corporate interference with the ability of an impartial law enforcement agency's officers to do their jobs.
-->'''Carlos:''' Why don't we just skip to the end where they call us all "protectors"?

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** Dillon plants [[spoiler:his own daughter]] into Liber8.


*** Within that, [[spoiler:Chen makes a secondary offer to be Kiera's partner, reasoning that they share a unique background which neither Alec or Carlos can truly appreciate. Having previously ''killed him'' and aware of his obvious distaste for the arrangement in general, she doesn't go for it.]]



** Later, Liber8 [[spoiler:forces Jim Martin to "confess" to a variety of crimes and malfeasances, some true, some not true. His political career is dead in the water after that, as is [[AteHisGun the man himself]].]]

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** Later, Liber8 [[spoiler:forces Jim Martin to "confess" to a variety of crimes and malfeasances, malfeasance, some true, some not true. His political career is dead in the water after that, as is [[AteHisGun the man himself]].]]


* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking [[PeoplePuppetinto Kiera's mind]], no less!

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* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking [[PeoplePuppetinto into [[PeoplePuppets Kiera's mind]], no less!


** In "Second Skin", Garza and Valentine have a truly classic ''Designated Girl Fight'' when get into a knock-down drag-out fistfight while Travis beats up the (male) civilian they're after. Garza comes out on top eventually, but she has to work for it.

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** In "Second Skin", Garza and Valentine have a truly classic ''Designated Girl Fight'' when they get into a knock-down drag-out fistfight while Travis beats up the (male) civilian they're after. Garza comes out on top eventually, but she has to work for it.


* DesignatedGirlFight
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* DesignatedGirlFight
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DesignatedGirlFight: Mostly averted as Valentine rarely fights anyone and Kiera and Garza usually end up fighting (and beating up) men. Two noteworthy exceptions are:


** In "A Test Of Time", Kiera engages Garza in a shootout while shielding two more girls from the gunfire (one of whom is Kiera's own grandmother).
** In "Second Skin", Garza and Valentine get into a knock-down drag-out fistfight while Travis beats up the (male) civilian they're after. Garza comes out on top eventually, but she has to work for it.

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** In "A Test Of Time", Kiera engages Garza in a shootout while shielding two more girls from the gunfire (one of whom is Kiera's own grandmother).
grandmother). Since there were no men around to fight with this is not a "classic" case of ''Designated Girl Fight'' but still counts within the context of the episode.
** In "Second Skin", Garza and Valentine have a truly classic ''Designated Girl Fight'' when get into a knock-down drag-out fistfight while Travis beats up the (male) civilian they're after. Garza comes out on top eventually, but she has to work for it.


* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Okay, the existence of Kiera's family may be in question if she doesn't succeed in preserving the original timeline as unaltered as possible. But while her stakes are admittedly high, the very fact that her future is an extremely crappy place for A LOT more people makes it hard to root for her. [[spoiler:Even moreso since she already witnessed first-hand the measures the system is willing to take (like engineering food shortages to raise their profits, mind-controlling her to make her kill informants that aren't of any further use, trying to coerce her into letting perish children in a fire in favor of executives who enjoy a higher priority etc.) - and that's just the stuff she saw herself. Given that she should see that her future is going to be a lot worse than the present and that she is about to bring that future, one wonders whether she's just really desperate or actually [[WellIntentionedExtremist considers the system of the future in spite of all its shortcomings an ultimately beneficial system]]. ]]

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Okay, the existence of Kiera's family may be in question if she doesn't succeed in preserving the original timeline as unaltered as possible. But while her stakes are admittedly high, the very fact that her future is an extremely crappy place for A LOT more people makes it hard to root for her. [[spoiler:Even moreso since she already witnessed first-hand the measures the system is willing to take (like engineering food shortages to raise their the company's profits, mind-controlling her to make her kill informants that aren't of any further use, trying to coerce her into letting perish children in a fire in favor of executives who enjoy a higher saving priority etc.) - and that's just the stuff she saw herself. Given that she should see that her future is going to be a lot worse than the present and that she is about to bring that future, one wonders whether she's just really desperate desperate, has only temporary memory bouts, or actually [[WellIntentionedExtremist considers the system of the future in spite of all its shortcomings an ultimately beneficial system]]. ]]


* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Okay, the existence of Kiera's family may be in question if she doesn't succeed in preserving the original timeline as unaltered as possible. But while her stakes are arguably high, the very fact that her future is an extremely crappy place for A LOT more people makes it hard to root for her. [[spoiler:Even moreso since she already witnessed first-hand the measures the system is willing to take (like engineering food shortages to raise their profits, mind-controlling her to make her kill CIs that aren't of any further use, trying to coerce her into letting perish children in a fire in favor of executives who enjoy a higher priority etc.) - and that's just the stuff she saw herself. Given that she should see that her future is going to be a lot worse than the present and that she is about to bring that future, one wonders whether she's just really desperate or actually [[WellIntentionedExtremist considers the system of the future in spite of all its shortcomings an ultimately beneficial system]]. ]]

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Okay, the existence of Kiera's family may be in question if she doesn't succeed in preserving the original timeline as unaltered as possible. But while her stakes are arguably admittedly high, the very fact that her future is an extremely crappy place for A LOT more people makes it hard to root for her. [[spoiler:Even moreso since she already witnessed first-hand the measures the system is willing to take (like engineering food shortages to raise their profits, mind-controlling her to make her kill CIs informants that aren't of any further use, trying to coerce her into letting perish children in a fire in favor of executives who enjoy a higher priority etc.) - and that's just the stuff she saw herself. Given that she should see that her future is going to be a lot worse than the present and that she is about to bring that future, one wonders whether she's just really desperate or actually [[WellIntentionedExtremist considers the system of the future in spite of all its shortcomings an ultimately beneficial system]]. ]]


* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The more we see of the future, the more apparent it becomes that Kiera was a tool of the evil overlord. After the events of "Seconds" and "Second Wave", it's risen to the point that the only reason Kiera isn't a VillainProtagonist is because of her naivete.

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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The Okay, the existence of Kiera's family may be in question if she doesn't succeed in preserving the original timeline as unaltered as possible. But while her stakes are arguably high, the very fact that her future is an extremely crappy place for A LOT more we people makes it hard to root for her. [[spoiler:Even moreso since she already witnessed first-hand the measures the system is willing to take (like engineering food shortages to raise their profits, mind-controlling her to make her kill CIs that aren't of any further use, trying to coerce her into letting perish children in a fire in favor of executives who enjoy a higher priority etc.) - and that's just the stuff she saw herself. Given that she should see of that her future is going to be a lot worse than the present and that she is about to bring that future, one wonders whether she's just really desperate or actually [[WellIntentionedExtremist considers the more apparent it becomes that Kiera was a tool system of the evil overlord. After the events future in spite of "Seconds" and "Second Wave", it's risen to the point that the only reason Kiera isn't a VillainProtagonist is because of her naivete.all its shortcomings an ultimately beneficial system]]. ]]


** "Minute Man" reveals that pretty much anything dating back to before the corporate takeover is considered contraband. Kiera's mother had an old book collection which is considered subversive material, and the only reason she didn't end up jailed is because Kiera claimed she was bringing them in to be disposed of, and manages to strike a bargain with the officer who happened to discover them.

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** "Minute Man" reveals that pretty much anything dating back to before the corporate takeover is considered contraband. Kiera's mother had an old book collection which is considered subversive material, and the only reason she didn't end up jailed is because Kiera claimed she was bringing them in to be disposed of, and manages to strike a bargain with the officer who happened to discover them.[[note]]There's a book called "The Conspiracy Theory of 2044". It's possible this book deals with Julian as Theseus, and the labor camps of the 2030s that he helped destroy, which could be considered subversive given the widespread poem below.[[/note]]

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** In Season 3, [[spoiler:active censorship on university campuses and security and police crackdowns over even relatively minor events (pro-Liber8 dances and peaceful protests) are apparently regarded as normal. Granted, a building ''did'' get bombed by Kagame, but even so, this kind of heavy-handed response is more characteristic of an emerging police state rather than a reasoned law-enforcement response to seeking out the principal backers of Liber8.]] [[InspectorJavert Kiera's]] behavior toward Rebecca, one of Julian's lieutenants, does not help.


* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. She [[spoiler:She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.]]


* CueCardPause: Young!Alec has this problem [[spoiler:in front of Piron's board of directors. As he's been distracted by Emily's betrayal, he hasn't had time to prepare his speech. It goes off about as well as you would expect.]]

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* CueCardPause: Young!Alec has this problem [[spoiler:in front of Piron's board of directors. As he's been distracted by Emily's betrayal, he hasn't had time to prepare his speech. It goes off about as well as you would expect.]]]] Kellog even accurately predicts almost exactly what went down when he buttonholes Alec later.


* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Kiera, to an extent. Having grown up in the NAU and being a member of the CPS, she is reasonably aware of how the system works. But she's also thoroughly sold on their version of history, and thus her story of Theseus is wildly inaccurate compared to what actually happened. She doesn't even know any real details about what happened in the 1960s and 1970s, years of mass agitation by people of color and student movements in Canada and the USA.]]

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* VillainHasAPoint: Carlos even realizes it, as he points out that pro-Liber8 student groups are being harrassed for what are comparatively minor offences and so feel that the authorities are not taking their concerns seriously about the problems with the North American economy of 2013.

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* CueCardPause: Young!Alec has this problem [[spoiler:in front of Piron's board of directors. As he's been distracted by Emily's betrayal, he hasn't had time to prepare his speech. It goes off about as well as you would expect.]]


* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Cigarette Smoking Gunman]]: [[TheXFiles William B. Davis]] appears for a few minutes as a corporate executive before Kiera is sent back in time. At the end of the pilot, in a flashback, he returns and is revealed to be [[spoiler:Alec Sadler]].

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* [[ChekhovsGunman ChekhovsGunman: Chekhov's Cigarette Smoking Gunman]]: [[TheXFiles Gunman. William B. Davis]] Davis (known for playing the villain on ''Series/TheXFiles'') appears for a few minutes as a corporate executive before Kiera is sent back in time. At the end of the pilot, in a flashback, he returns and is revealed to be [[spoiler:Alec Sadler]].


** Jaworski, late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime".

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** Jaworski, [[WeHardlyKnewYe Jaworski]], late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime".



** [[spoiler:Kagame]] in the first season's finale.

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** [[spoiler:Kagame]] in the first season's finale.finale, as part of a ThanatosGambit.



** [[spoiler:Escher]] is on the receiving end of BoomHeadshot in the season 3 premiere, "Minute by Minute".

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** [[spoiler:Travis]] is dropped down an elevator shaft to his death in a fight with Kiera in the season 2 finale, "Second Time". [[spoiler:This is undone when Alec goes back to a point in time before his death, creating a new timeline.]]
** [[spoiler:Garza]] is shot and killed trying to escape the Freelancers in the third season premiere. [[spoiler:This is undone by Alec's creation of the new timeline, as well as Kiera freeing her after arriving in the past.]]
** [[spoiler:Escher]] is on the receiving end of BoomHeadshot in the third season 3 premiere, "Minute by Minute".Minute".
** [[spoiler:Kiera]] in the one-week-prior timeline at the end of "Minute by Minute" at the hands of an unknown assailant. [[spoiler:Subverted, as Kiera arrives from the "future" timeline shortly beforehand and replaces her dead counterpart.]]


** [[spoiler:Betty]] is a professional hacker working for those in authority who leaks sensitive information before leaving to seek asylum elsewhere after deciding that her employers are abusing their power. Similar stories should be familiar to anyone who has followed the news in the early 2010s.

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** [[spoiler:Betty]] is a professional hacker working for those in authority who leaks sensitive information before leaving to seek asylum elsewhere after deciding that her employers are abusing their power. Similar stories should be familiar to anyone who has followed the news in the early 2010s. 2010s.
** In "Minute to Win It", we're introduced to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed "Sonmanto"]], a corporation targeted by Liber8. They're shown in the episode to be willing to sic a battery of lawyers on anyone who impedes corporate profits, and are obviously hiding some sort of big secret.

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* AncientConspiracy: [[spoiler:The Freelancers are a secret order founded in the 12th century by a time traveler from the 22nd century with the purpose of preventing time travelers from changing history.]]

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* NonindicativeName: The ''"freelancers"'' are anything but. In fact, they’re the most disciplined and cohesive organization in the show, with a rigid hierarchy.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Carlos goes to town on a DirtyCop in "Minute to Win It". Kiera points out how out-of-character this is for him, so he was probably venting given all the craziness of the past two episodes.


* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking [[GrandTheftMe into Kiera's mind]], no less!

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* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking [[GrandTheftMe into [[PeoplePuppetinto Kiera's mind]], no less!



* GrandTheftMe: Liber8 figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a [[DuelingHackers struggle between Alec and Lucas]] to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]



* PeoplePuppets:
** Liber8 figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a [[DuelingHackers struggle between Alec and Lucas]] to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]
** In "Minute to Win It", Lucas and Sonya wire up a bunch of people with implants that allow them to be controlled remotely. In the future, it's shown that the military can control their troops remotely if necessary, as demonstrated when Kiera is forced to execute an informant who [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer had worthwhile information]].



* PsychoForHire: Most of Liber8, though it's [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] somewhat as they actually (to varying degrees) believe in the message that Kagame is preaching. That being said, it's strongly hinted that without Kagame, their group would tear itself apart. [[spoiler:Which it almost immediately does once he dies.]]

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* PsychoForHire: PsychoForHire:
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Most of Liber8, though it's [[ZigZaggingTrope zigzagged]] somewhat as they actually (to varying degrees) believe in the message that Kagame is preaching. That being said, it's strongly hinted that without Kagame, their group would tear itself apart. [[spoiler:Which it almost immediately does once he dies.]]]]
** While her record was only hinted at previously, [[spoiler:Emily]] is shown to have a rather impressive rap sheet. The same file also has video of her brutally shanking a fellow inmate. Apparently she's mellowed out since then, [[spoiler:though she's not above assassinating Escher]].


* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Series 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.

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* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]RubberBandHistory[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Series 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.consistent.
** As things are, the course of events depends on the importance of the incident or the person that is affected by TimeTravel. [[spoiler: As the leader of the Freelancers states in S3E1,]] [[WhatMeasureIsAMook thousands can die]] without having an effect on the timeline, as long as the [[OneManIndustrialRevolution truly important people]] turn out as they originally did. This explains why Kellogg's grandmother can be safely killed/a mass murderer taken out without repercussions: RubberBandHistory evens out the changes and makes sure that any ButterflyOfDoom is suffocated (otherwise, the numerous changes would lead to serious long-term consequences, considering how much Young!Alec's life was affected so far). [[spoiler: But once Alec Sadler ''really'' goes off the rails, shit hits the fan.]]


** Kiera points out that if the Freelancers were honest about their talk of sacrifice then [[spoiler:Curtis Chen]] should’ve let Liber8’s execution proceed as scheduled.
** And if Kiera herself were more honest with herself, jumping after the TimeyWimeyBall instead of saving Emily, then constantly berating Alec over saving Emily would qualify.
* IHaveYourWife: Liber8 holds [[spoiler:Kellog's grandmother]] hostage to force his cooperation in finding [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]]. He turns this back on them by [[spoiler:finding Kagame's mother instead]].

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** Kiera points out that if the Freelancers were honest about their talk of sacrifice then [[spoiler:Curtis Chen]] should’ve should've let Liber8’s Liber8's execution proceed as scheduled.
** And if Kiera herself were more honest with herself, jumping after gets this in the TimeyWimeyBall instead of saving Emily, then third season, constantly berating reminding Alec over saving Emily would qualify.
of [[spoiler:his betrayal of her by going back to save Emily]], even though [[spoiler:Emily's death]] is solely Kiera's fault because she placed more importance on getting back home than she did on protecting others. It certainly doesn't help that Alec's actions snowballed into [[spoiler:her younger self getting a bullet to the head and Escher being killed off by Emily]].
* IHaveYourWife: Liber8 holds [[spoiler:Kellog's grandmother]] Kellog's grandmother hostage to force his cooperation in finding [[spoiler:Kiera's grandmother]]. Kiera's grandmother. He turns this back on them by [[spoiler:finding finding Kagame's mother instead]].instead.



** In the first season it’s "time".
** In the second season it’s "second".

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** In the first season it’s it's "time".
** In the second season it’s it's "second".



** In the third season it’s "minute".

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** In the third season it’s it's "minute".


* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** All of the episode names in the first season are phrases incorporating the word "time".
** The second season episode titles involve the word "second".

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
**
IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of the episode names in the first season are phrases incorporating the a specific word which changes every season:
** In the first season it’s
"time".
** The In the second season episode titles involve the word it’s "second".



** The third season uses "minute".

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** The In the third season uses it’s "minute".


* PuttingOnTheReich: The CPS have shades of this in how they operate, which in keeping with the heavy undercurrent of authoritarianism in 2077. It seems that this began as early as 2035, where "criminals" were implanted with [[RestrainingBolt mind-control chips]] and set to work in factories.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: PuttingOnTheReich:
**
The CPS have shades of this in how they operate, which in keeping with the heavy undercurrent of authoritarianism in 2077. It seems that this began as early as 2035, where "criminals" were implanted with [[RestrainingBolt mind-control chips]] and set to work in factories. [[spoiler:And they also love going after "subversive" material, confiscating anything that might contradict the official story of the pre-2050 world.]]

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** And if Kiera herself were more honest with herself, jumping after the TimeyWimeyBall instead of saving Emily, then constantly berating Alec over saving Emily would qualify.


* EngineeredPublicConfession: When Liber8 kidnaps a CEO, they force her to read statements denouncing herself as a criminal, though this isn't really taken seriously. [[spoiler:Later, they strap a bomb to her, which will only be disarmed when she admits to the fraud she and her company's board engaged in. That ruins her company.]]

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* EngineeredPublicConfession: EngineeredPublicConfession:
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When Liber8 kidnaps a CEO, they force her to read statements denouncing herself as a criminal, though this isn't really taken seriously. [[spoiler:Later, they strap a bomb to her, which will only be disarmed when she admits to the fraud she and her company's board engaged in. That ruins her company.]]
** Later, Liber8 [[spoiler:forces Jim Martin to "confess" to a variety of crimes and malfeasances, some true, some not true. His political career is dead in the water after that, as is [[AteHisGun the man himself]].
]]

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* HookersAndBlow: Gord Solomon is introduced this way in "Minute Man".


* YouAlreadyToldMe: Kellog gets Kiera to admit to [[spoiler:her and Alec having traveled back in time]] through this method, having guessed as much from their behavior and just needing to confirm it.


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* YouJustToldMe: Kellog gets Kiera to admit to [[spoiler:her and Alec having traveled back in time]] through this method, having guessed as much from their behavior and just needing to confirm it.

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* YouAlreadyToldMe: Kellog gets Kiera to admit to [[spoiler:her and Alec having traveled back in time]] through this method, having guessed as much from their behavior and just needing to confirm it.

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** Twice for Emily. [[spoiler:First, she signs on with Escher to watch Alec, apparently to escape her DarkAndTroubledPast. In the season 3 timeline, Kellog recruits her to assassinate Escher, then hits her with the revelation that he was Alec's father to keep her under his control.]]


* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Kiera sleeps with Kellogg]] between the penultimate episode of season one and its finale.

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* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler:Kiera sleeps with Kellogg]] between the penultimate episode of season one and its finale. Their relationship goes right back to normal after that, though.



* DefectorFromDecadence: At the end of season 2, [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] end up being this.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: At the end of season 2, [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] end up being this. [[spoiler:It's reset in the season 3 premiere, though it's not necessarily out of the question in the new timeline.]]



* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: The future apparently has a serious problem with even the most iconic fiction franchises. Kiera fails to pick up an obvious Franchise/{{Batman}} reference in the season two premiere. Alec is actually surprised when Kiera makes a modern-day pop culture reference.
** LostCommonKnowledge: Game such as RockPaperScissors and paintball have also faded into obscurity.

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* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: The future apparently has a serious problem with even the most iconic fiction franchises. Kiera fails to pick up an obvious Franchise/{{Batman}} reference in the season two premiere. Alec is actually surprised when Kiera makes a modern-day pop culture reference.
** LostCommonKnowledge: Game
reference. Games such as RockPaperScissors and paintball have also [[LostCommonKnowledge faded into obscurity.obscurity]]. Justified in "Minute Man", where it's revealed that the NAU had basically all pre-NAU material labeled as subversive contraband.


* AbortedArc: [[spoiler:The end of the season 2 finale shows Carlos and Betty going to join forces with Julian in protest of the corporatization of the police force. That timeline gets wiped out in the season 3 premiere.]] However, it could serve as {{Foreshadowing}} for where Carlos may be headed.



* DealWithTheDevil: Alec lets Kellog sponsor him. Subverted in that he repeatedly stands up to Kellog and lets him know he won't just be a puppet.

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* DealWithTheDevil: DealWithTheDevil:
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Alec lets Kellog sponsor him. Subverted in that he repeatedly stands up to Kellog and lets him know he won't just be a puppet.puppet.
** Dillon makes a deal with Escher to better equip the police force to deal with Liber8. [[spoiler:As a part of that deal, the police force is gradually being converted into CPS.]]
** Alec and Kiera both have to make decisions they aren't completely comfortable with between the end of the second season and the beginning of the third. [[spoiler:Alec robs Kiera of a chance to get home to save Emily, and as a consequence Kiera has to ally with the Freelancers to keep him from totally wiping out her future. She even describes it as such.]]



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Jim Martin]] is implied to have killed himself after [[spoiler:his association with Liber8 comes to light and torpedoes his career]].



* INeedAFreakingDrink: Carlos hits the bar after a hard day in "Minute Man". [[spoiler:Learning that there are two Kieras (the younger version dead), two Alecs (both alive), and about Jim Martin's association with Liber8 would be hard for pretty much anyone to swallow.]]
* InLoveWithTheMark: [[spoiler:Emily legitimately falls for Alec Sadler, despite having been hired by Escher as a spy/bodyguard for him. When she admits this to Escher, he actually views it as a plus for her work, and uses it to manipulate her into doing as he says so he doesn't learn the truth.]]



* InLoveWithTheMark: [[spoiler:Emily legitimately falls for Alec Sadler, despite having been hired by Escher as a spy/bodyguard for him. When she admits this to Escher, he actually views it as a plus for her work, and uses it to manipulate her into doing as he says so he doesn't learn the truth.]]



* KillAndReplace / ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:Kiera is (at least) heavily implied to have killed her past counterpart in Alec's new timeline in "Minute by Minute", and is instructed by the Freelancers that the same must happen to one of the two Alecs.]]

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* KillAndReplace / ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:Kiera is (at least) heavily implied to KillAndReplace[=/=]ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:The Freelancers indicate that Kiera will have killed to do something about her past counterpart in Alec's new timeline in "Minute by Minute", and is instructed by the Freelancers that the same must happen to one of the two Alecs.Alecs in the new timeline. Someone beats her to the punch with her counterpart, while Alec from one week later seems to intend to stay out of the way now that Emily has avoided her past fate.]]



** [[spoiler:Jaworski]], late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime".
** [[spoiler:Chen]], when Kiera offs him in a fight (due partially to [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s machinations). [[spoiler:Then he comes back as one of Lucas' hallucination in the next season.]]
*** [[spoiler:Now he appears to have been a Freelancer all along, possibly explaining (some) of his appearances in Lucas' hallucinations.]]

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** [[spoiler:Jaworski]], Jaworski, late in the series premiere, though he reappears in a flashback in "Playtime".
** [[spoiler:Chen]], when Kiera offs him in a fight (due partially to [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s Kellog's machinations). [[spoiler:Then he comes back [[spoiler:He returns alive and well as one of Lucas' hallucination in the next season.]]
*** [[spoiler:Now he appears to have been
a Freelancer all along, possibly explaining (some) of his appearances in Lucas' hallucinations.the season 2 finale.]]



** [[spoiler:Gardiner]] is executed for getting too close to [[spoiler:the Freelancers]].
** [[spoiler:Emily]] is shot by the Freelancers during a confrontation for the time travel device.
*** As of "Minute by Minute", [[spoiler:Alec's time-travel has reversed events to the point that she is still alive.]]

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** [[spoiler:Gardiner]] is executed for getting too close to [[spoiler:the Freelancers]].
the Freelancers.
** [[spoiler:Emily]] is shot by the Freelancers during a confrontation for the time travel device.
*** As of "Minute
device. [[spoiler:This is undone by Minute", [[spoiler:Alec's time-travel has reversed events to Alec in the point that she is still alive.season 3 premiere.]]



* LoveMartyr / ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].

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* LoveMartyr / ExtremeDoormat: LoveMartyr[==]ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].



** Someone in the VPD. Kiera believes Gardiner might be it, using his position to undermine her and hopefully expose her as a fraud. For his part, Gardiner suggests to Inspector Dillon that the obvious suspect is Kiera. [[spoiler:It's actually Betty, working for Ingram.]]

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** Someone in the VPD. Kiera believes Gardiner might be it, using his position to undermine her and hopefully expose her as a fraud. For his part, Gardiner suggests to Inspector Dillon that the obvious suspect is Kiera. [[spoiler:It's actually Betty, working for Ingram.Betty.]]



** [[spoiler:Chen]] may be one for The Freelancers, planted in Liber8… or vice versa.

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** [[spoiler:Chen]] may be one for The the Freelancers, planted in Liber8… or vice versa.


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** "Minute Man" reveals that pretty much anything dating back to before the corporate takeover is considered contraband. Kiera's mother had an old book collection which is considered subversive material, and the only reason she didn't end up jailed is because Kiera claimed she was bringing them in to be disposed of, and manages to strike a bargain with the officer who happened to discover them.

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* AbortedArc: [[spoiler:The end of the season 2 finale shows Carlos and Betty going to join forces with Julian in protest of the corporatization of the police force. That timeline gets wiped out in the season 3 premiere.]] However, it could serve as {{Foreshadowing}} for where Carlos may be headed.


Kiera Cameron ({{Creator/RachelNichols}}) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

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Kiera Cameron ({{Creator/RachelNichols}}) (Creator/RachelNichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

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Now has a [[Characters/ContinuumTV Character Sheet]].


* CurbStompBattle: Travis against a group of [[WhiteGangBangers prison white supremacists]]. And a few other examples with Travis.

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* CurbStompBattle: CurbStompBattle:
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Travis against a group of [[WhiteGangBangers prison white supremacists]]. And a few other examples with Travis.Travis.
** [[spoiler:Emily against the Freelancer who accosts her in Alec's home.]]


Kiera Cameron (RachelNichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

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Kiera Cameron (RachelNichols) ({{Creator/RachelNichols}}) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:And now Chen isn't even dead at all, though it is possible that his currently living self is at an earlier point in his life than the person that Kiera killed.]]
** [[spoiler: That doesn't seem likely seeing as he recalls being at the execution, and a flashback sequence in a much later episode shows enigmatic art in his prison cell (meaning he might have been recruited into the Freelancers around that time). He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:And now Chen isn't is somehow alive again, with no explanation. It can't even dead at all, though it is possible that his currently living self is at be excused as an earlier point timeline version of him since he clearly remembers going back in his life than time with the person that Kiera killed.]]
** [[spoiler: That doesn't seem likely seeing as he recalls being at the execution, and a flashback sequence in a much later episode shows enigmatic art in his prison cell (meaning he might have been recruited into the Freelancers around that time).
rest of Liber8. He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]


* ProductionPosse: Plenty of the actors are familiar faces from other Vancouver-filmed franchises like the Franchise/StargateVerse and the reimagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''. Only a few of them, like Roger Cross, have been involved in American-based TV shows.


* TheDanza: Actor Terry Chen plays Liber8 revolutionary soldier Curtis Chen.


* ActorAllusion: Multiple.
** "Matter of Time" has one to Rachel Nichols' role in ''Film/StarTrek'' (see also ShoutOut, below):
---> '''Carlos''': Did anybody ever tell you you watched too much ''Star Trek'' as a kid?\\
'''Kiera''' (''Smiles, then stops short and looks confused for a second.'')
** The leader of the anti-corporate protesters in "Matter of Time" named "Mr. Vincent" is Vincent, from {{Series/Eureka}}.


** [[spoiler: That doesn't seem likely seeing as he recalls being at the execution, and a flashback sequence in a much later episode shows enigmatic art in his prison cell. He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]

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** [[spoiler: That doesn't seem likely seeing as he recalls being at the execution, and a flashback sequence in a much later episode shows enigmatic art in his prison cell.cell (meaning he might have been recruited into the Freelancers around that time). He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]

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** [[spoiler: That doesn't seem likely seeing as he recalls being at the execution, and a flashback sequence in a much later episode shows enigmatic art in his prison cell. He did die, that much is clear, but the means of his revival isn't and he tends to avoid questions from Kiera about his death.]]


** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:in Alec's new timeline Emily disposes of Escher and someone koes the same to Kiera's counterpart]].

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** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:in Alec's new timeline Emily disposes of Escher and someone koes does the same to Kiera's counterpart]].


** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:Kiera disposes of Escher and ''[[KillAndReplace her own counterpart]]'' in Alec's new timeline]].

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** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:Kiera [[spoiler:in Alec's new timeline Emily disposes of Escher and ''[[KillAndReplace her own counterpart]]'' in Alec's new timeline]].someone koes the same to Kiera's counterpart]].


* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:she her counterpart in the new timeline is killed]].

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* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:she her [[spoiler:her counterpart in the new timeline is killed]].


* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:she [[KillAndReplace kills off her counterpart]] in the new timeline]].

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* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:she [[KillAndReplace kills off her counterpart]] counterpart in the new timeline]].timeline is killed]].


* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Verta, Garza, Travis, Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]], ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]

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* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Verta, Garza, Travis, Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]], ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]


* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Travis]] appears to suffer this fate in the season 2 finale, complete with flat-line on a computer monitoring his vitals, but he shows up in a tank later hooked up to life support, which suggests he'll pull through ([[spoiler:again]]).

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Travis]] appears to suffer this fate in the season 2 finale, complete with flat-line on a computer monitoring his vitals, but he shows up in a tank later hooked up to life support, which suggests he'll pull through ([[spoiler:again]]). It's rendered moot when [[spoiler:the ResetButton undoes the circumstances of his death]].


* EnemyMine: A bit looser than most examples, but Kiera teams up with Gardner to find out who's been stealing the bodies of time travelers, reasoning that he'll be helping her and be too busy to keep hounding her for the truth in the meantime. [[spoiler:Getting murdered by the thieves at least makes the latter a non-issue.]]

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* EnemyMine: EnemyMine:
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A bit looser than most examples, but Kiera teams up with Gardner to find out who's been stealing the bodies of time travelers, reasoning that he'll be helping her and be too busy to keep hounding her for the truth in the meantime. [[spoiler:Getting murdered by the thieves at least makes the latter a non-issue.]]



** And in the same episode, [[spoiler:Kiera joins the Freelancers once it's revealed that the timeline she's in is collapsing thanks to Alec trying to change the past, and as a consequence her family may never exist unless she fixes it]].



* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Verta, Garza, Travis and Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]] ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]

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* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Verta, Garza, Travis and Travis, Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]] gangster]], ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]



* SacrificialLion: Two villainous examples from Liber8, Jaworski and Chen.

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* SacrificialLion: Two villainous examples from Liber8, Jaworski and Chen. [[spoiler:Chen, however, came back in the next season finale.]]


* ActingForTwo: Alec does a bit of this after time-travelling a week into his past in "Minute by Minute". Kiera, meanwhile, averts this as [[spoiler:she [[KillAndReplace kills off her counterpart]] in the new timeline]].



* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera.]]

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* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera. All in all, the switch from the collapsed timeline to Alec's new timeline reversed the deaths of Emily, Verta, Garza, Travis and Sonya's [[TheDragon right-hand gangster]] ''and'' most of the known Freelancers.]]


** Alec's decision to [[spoiler: go back in time to save Emily. He accidentally causes a ButteflyOfDoom that leads to ''reality itself'' beginning to unravel in the timeline he'd departed from, killing ''everyone'' except for Kiera, who was sent to correct the damage]].

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** Alec's decision to [[spoiler: go back in time to save Emily. He accidentally Emily causes a ButteflyOfDoom that leads the destruction of an entire timeline (just not the one he's in), and the Kiera from his old timeline is the only one to ''reality itself'' beginning survive. Now she is (implicitly) working against him to unravel in make sure the timeline he'd departed from, killing ''everyone'' except stays on course, which may or may not pose problems for Kiera, who was sent to correct the damage]].Emily later]].



* NostalgiaFilter: The in-universe FantasticDrug Retrevinol or "Flash", first appearing in episode "Second Thoughts", causes hallucinogenic flashbacks to pleasant past experiences that are far more satisfying than was the actual event being remembered, meaning the drug "cannot be trusted".

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* NostalgiaFilter: The in-universe FantasticDrug Retrevinol or "Flash", (or "Flash"), first appearing in episode "Second Thoughts", causes hallucinogenic flashbacks to pleasant past experiences that are far more satisfying than was the actual event being remembered, meaning the drug "cannot be trusted".


* TheExtremistWasRight: It's revealed in Series 3 premiere that [[spoiler: the Freelancers are actually TimePolice and their concerns about alterations to the continuum are ''completely'' justified. When Alec jumps back in time one week, he sets off a ButterflyOfDoom, which leads to ''reality itself'' coming apart in the timeline he left behind]].


* ApocalypseHow / TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: A significant enough disruption to a timeline can cause it and any closely related timelines to collapse in on themselves and cease to exist.



* BoomHeadshot: Regularly.
** [[spoiler:Agent Gardiner]] is put down by [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill several in succession]].
** Attempted on [[spoiler:Alec Sadler in mid-time-jump]] by a Freelancer in the second season finale; it misses, but he spends the next episode with a wound on his left temple.
** All over the place in the third season premiere, "Minute by Minute". Garza finishes off several Freelancer {{mooks}} by this method, then [[spoiler:gets killed the same way as the timeline is collapsing]], and ''then'' [[spoiler:Kiera disposes of Escher and ''[[KillAndReplace her own counterpart]]'' in Alec's new timeline]].



* KillAndReplace / ThereCanBeOnlyOne: [[spoiler:Kiera is (at least) heavily implied to have killed her past counterpart in Alec's new timeline in "Minute by Minute", and is instructed by the Freelancers that the same must happen to one of the two Alecs.]]



** [[spoiler:Emily is shot by the Freelancers during a confrontation for the time travel device.]]

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** [[spoiler:Emily [[spoiler:Emily]] is shot by the Freelancers during a confrontation for the time travel device.]]device.
*** As of "Minute by Minute", [[spoiler:Alec's time-travel has reversed events to the point that she is still alive.]]
** [[spoiler:Escher]] is on the receiving end of BoomHeadshot in the season 3 premiere, "Minute by Minute".



* ThisMeansWar: Explicitly invoked by Dillon in the first episode after Liber8 have blown through the VPD station to retrieve Lucas.


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* ThisMeansWar: Explicitly invoked by Dillon in the first episode after Liber8 have blown through the VPD station to retrieve Lucas.


* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram).

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Notably averted. The two Liber8 members to die early in the series were white (Jaworski) and Asian (Chen), whereas the '''two''' male black characters are the group's ''de facto'' [[DragonInChief leader]] (Verta) and TheEngineer (Ingram). [[spoiler:And now Chen isn't even dead at all, though it is possible that his currently living self is at an earlier point in his life than the person that Kiera killed.]]



* CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one - [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician. His father, Tony Penikett, was the premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.

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* CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one - -- [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician. politician who eventually wins a by-election to become the new mayor of Vancouver. His father, Tony Penikett, was the premier Premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.


** [[spoiler:Chen]], when Kiera offs him in a fight (due partially to [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s machinations). [[spoiler:Then he comes back as a ghost in the next season.]]
*** [[spoiler:Now he appears to have been a Freelancer all along, and is clearly not dead or a ghost.]]

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** [[spoiler:Chen]], when Kiera offs him in a fight (due partially to [[spoiler:Kellog]]'s machinations). [[spoiler:Then he comes back as a ghost one of Lucas' hallucination in the next season.]]
*** [[spoiler:Now he appears to have been a Freelancer all along, and is clearly not dead or a ghost.possibly explaining (some) of his appearances in Lucas' hallucinations.]]



* OnlySoManyCanadianActors: It seems so. A majority of the actors involved are Canadian-based.



* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around.]]

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* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around.around... until Past!Kiera gets bumped off, leaving only Present!Kiera.]]


** The implication at the end of the same episode that Kiera [[spoiler: killed [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne her counterpart]] in Alec's new timeline]].

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** The implication at At the end of the same episode that Kiera episode, [[spoiler: killed Alec discovering that Past!Kiera was murdered in his new timeline, with the culprit ([[AmbiguousSituation possibly]]) being Present!Kiera [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne her counterpart]] in Alec's new timeline]].herself]]]].

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** The implication at the end of the same episode that Kiera [[spoiler: killed [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne her counterpart]] in Alec's new timeline]].


* TheOrder: The Freelancers.

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* TheOrder: The Freelancers. Freelancers, who double as TimePolice.


* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]]. ''Averted'' with Kellog, who only tries to make it sound like he is going to be this when he decides to sponsor Alec, but later praises Alec's independent spirit (albeit somewhat snidely) in spite of the sponsor-client relationship.

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* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]]. ''Averted'' with Kellog, who only tries to make it sound like he is going to be this when he decides to sponsor Alec, but later praises Alec's independent spirit (albeit somewhat snidely) in spite of the sponsor-client relationship. relationship.
* TheExtremistWasRight: It's revealed in Series 3 premiere that [[spoiler: the Freelancers are actually TimePolice and their concerns about alterations to the continuum are ''completely'' justified. When Alec jumps back in time one week, he sets off a ButterflyOfDoom, which leads to ''reality itself'' coming apart in the timeline he left behind]].


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** Alec's decision to [[spoiler: go back in time to save Emily. He accidentally causes a ButteflyOfDoom that leads to ''reality itself'' beginning to unravel in the timeline he'd departed from, killing ''everyone'' except for Kiera, who was sent to correct the damage]].


* IdiotBall: Given that Kellog ''has'' actually had decent information for Kiera on more than one occasion and he seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's shock troops from finding him and blowing him away), it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.

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** The third season uses "minute".
* IdiotBall: Given that Even if Kellog ''has'' actually had decent is self-serving, he nevertheless is a valuable source of information for Kiera on more than one occasion and he seems genuinely uninterested in Liber8's revolutionary agenda (and thus somewhat interested in her continued existence to help keep the rest of Liber8's shock troops from finding him and blowing him away), away). In spite of this, it's surprising how often she blows him off when he's trying to reach her with critical, time-sensitive info. This is actually lampshaded in season two, when Kellog points out ''exactly this''. Kiera still gives him the cold shoulder.



** [[spoiler: Although his seeing Chen is now up the air, since the Season 2 finale reveals that Chen is now inexplicably ''alive'' again, possibly as a result of Alec's [[TimeyWimeyBall interference]] in the past]].

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** [[spoiler: Although his seeing Chen is now up the air, since the Season 2 finale reveals that Chen is now inexplicably ''alive'' again, possibly as a result of Alec's [[TimeyWimeyBall interference]] in the past]].again]].



** Done by [[spoiler:Alec]] in the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:jumping back a week to save Emily after she died in a firefight with the Freelancers]].

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** Done by [[spoiler:Alec]] in the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:jumping back a week to save Emily after she died in a firefight with the Freelancers]]. Then done by [[spoiler:Kiera]] to keep him from making a mess of things, [[spoiler:since his interference has pretty much destroyed her future unless she corrects it]].


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* TimeCrash: In the season 3 premiere, [[spoiler:Alec's]] use of time travel causes the current timeline to collapse. The sky has gone gray, lightning is striking everywhere, and there are periodic earthquakes. It's not clear how things would have gone if they had ridden it to the end, but it doubtless would have been awful.


* {{Frameup}}: The murder of [[spoiler:Gardner]] is pinned on Kiera by the Freelancers to make trouble for her.



* RippleEffectProofMemory: Possibly. [[spoiler: In the Season 2 finale, Chen is revealed to be somehow ''alive'' again in the current timeline, implying that Alec going back in time caused something to interfere with his death. Kiera however, still remembers killing him, leading her to freak out]].



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Liber8's intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's dead-set against changing it]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong:
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Liber8's intended goal, though they end up a lot further back than they had assumed they would go, [[spoiler:and things are soon revealed to be more complicated]]. In the second season, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Alec himself desires the same, and left a message for his younger self telling him that only he could avert that future. Doubly strange is the fact that he sent Kiera even though he should know she's dead-set against changing it]].it]].
** Done by [[spoiler:Alec]] in the season 2 finale, [[spoiler:jumping back a week to save Emily after she died in a firefight with the Freelancers]].


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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Chen is somehow alive and a Freelancer, a contradiction not helped by his utter refusal to clarify his existence.]]


** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie: Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this, and it remains unclear if he will succeed and what effects it will have.]]

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** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie: Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this, this. As of the season 3 premiere this has resulted in the creation of a completely separate branch of alternate timelines in the space-time continuum and it remains unclear if he will succeed and what effects it will have.the old timeline to start disappearing from existence.]]


* CrapsackWorld: The North American Union in 2077. The corporations of the day are said to have "bailed out" failed governments in the 2050s, and gained a stranglehold on power as a result. People high up in the corporations or directly under their employ (Kiera and her husband, for example) lead relatively good lives. Go further down, though, and the poor are left at the whim of the corporations, who may casually withhold rations just to drive up the price. [[spoiler:And God help you if you go into debt after about 2030, as corporations are legally empowered to throw you in a slave labor camp!]]
** It should be noted that the future shown in the series actually displays quite a few redeeming qualities that prevent it from being a ''complete'' CrapsackWorld. Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.

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* CrapsackWorld: CrapsaccharineWorld:
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The North American Union in 2077. The 2077.
*** On the one hand, the
corporations of the day are said to have "bailed out" failed governments in the 2050s, and gained a stranglehold on power as a result. People For example, food rations are withheld arbitrarily simply to drive the price up for people who need that food. And God help you if you go into debt after about 2030, as corporations are legally empowered to throw you in a slave labor camp!
*** On the other hand, people
high up in the corporations or directly under their employ (Kiera and her husband, for example) lead relatively good lives. Go further down, though, and the poor are left at the whim of the corporations, who may casually withhold rations just to drive up the price. [[spoiler:And God help you if you go into debt after about 2030, as corporations are legally empowered to throw you in a slave labor camp!]]
** It should be noted that the future shown in the series actually displays quite a few redeeming qualities that prevent it from being a ''complete'' CrapsackWorld.
Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era.era, which keeps it from being a total CrapsackWorld. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.


* WhamMoment: [[spoiler:Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]

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* WhamMoment: [[spoiler:Emily WhamShot: [[spoiler:Quite literally in Season 3, Episode 1 "Minute by Minute"; Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]


* WhamMoment [[spoiler:Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]

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* WhamMoment WhamMoment: [[spoiler:Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]

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* WhamMoment [[spoiler:Emily kills Mr. Escher.]]

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** In the season 3 premiere when [[spoiler:Kiera and Garza team up to escape the Freelancer stronghold.]]

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** Kiera points out that if the Freelancers were honest about their talk of sacrifice then [[spoiler:Curtis Chen]] should’ve let Liber8’s execution proceed as scheduled.


** Kiera accuses [[spoiler: Curtis]] of this because of his failure to give up his own life to prevent Liber8 from time traveling in the first place.

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** Kiera accuses [[spoiler: Curtis]] Curtis Chen]] of this because of his failure to give up his own life to prevent Liber8 from time traveling in the first place.

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* ResetButton: Hit hard in the season 3 premiere. [[spoiler:Alec's time traveling in the season 2 finale causes that entire time line to collapse into itself, causing the show to reset to the events of "Second Guess", only with two Alecs and two Kieras running around.]]

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** Kiera accuses [[spoiler: Curtis]] of this because of his failure to give up his own life to prevent Liber8 from time traveling in the first place.

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** The show's setting apparently includes a many-worlds multiverse, so that while they're in "the past" they're not in ''their own'' past, but the past of an alternate timeline that has them as time-travellers in it. Which is how Kellog's grandmother can die as a young girl without affecting him. However, [[spoiler:the season 3 premiere shows that a severe-enough disruption to history can cause a given branch of history to collapse and cease to exist.]]


* KnightTemplar: Numerous characters, to the point where it'd probably be easier to list the ones who ''aren't'' this.

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* KnightTemplar: KnightTemplar:
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Numerous characters, to the point where it'd probably be easier to list the ones who ''aren't'' this.this.
** Most notably, the Freelancers. [[spoiler:Kiera even outright calls them a "cult", given their apparent single-minded focus on preserving some sort of "orthodox" timeline.]]


* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims.

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* TemporalMutability[=/=]StableTimeLoop[=/=]YouAlreadyChangedThePast: [[WordOfGod According to series creator Simon Barry]], ''Continuum'' has a consistent model for temporal mechanics that blends different conceptual models of time travel and will gradually be revealed as the plot develops. Thus far, it's clear time is mutable to some extent yet there are also numerous stable time loops in play. Future!Alec has detailed knowledge of the series as it's progressed thus far (it's not clear just how precise it is, but certainly enough to set events to his liking), yet Kiera has directly altered events in the timeline, namely in stopping a murderer who had not only avoided capture in her time but had successfully killed many more victims. Series 3 eventually reveals that a big enough change will create an alternate timeline, but otherwise the timeline is consistent.



* TimePolice: The Freelancers are a vigilante cult who, in the absence of any real TimePolice (that we've seen so far anyway), decide it's their duty to serve precisely this function.

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* TimePolice: The Freelancers are a vigilante cult who, in the absence of any real TimePolice (that we've seen so far anyway), decide it's their duty to serve precisely this function. Per their beliefs in not changing history, however, the cult was set up in the 12th century and members are locally recruited.



* {{Turncoat}}: [[spoiler:Kellog]] offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012. The end of season 2 sees [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] become arguably ''heroic'' examples of this.

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* {{Turncoat}}: [[spoiler:Kellog]] Kellog offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012. The end of season 2 sees [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] become arguably ''heroic'' examples of this.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is at least initially set in 2077, after a governmental collapse led to the rise and dominance of corporations. Thanks to TimeTravel, though, this doesn't last beyond the first act of the series premiere although there are flashbacks of the future.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is at least initially set in 2077, after a governmental collapse led to the rise and dominance of corporations. Thanks to TimeTravel, though, this doesn't last beyond the first act of the series premiere although there premiere, though the effects of it are felt through flashbacks of the future.



* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's [[PunchClockVillain so ingrained in the system]] to apparently realise she's protecting a [[CrapsackWorld future run by a brutal police-state]]. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".

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* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's [[PunchClockVillain so too ingrained in the system]] to apparently realise she's protecting a [[CrapsackWorld future run by a brutal police-state]]. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".



** An interesting element of Alec being a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection is that Kiera seems specifically interested in keeping him one: when he first starts hearing her on his computer he offers to meet her but she quite firmly turns him down. [[spoiler:They finally meet in person in "Matter of Time", but only because Alec tracked her down and broke into her apartment. She's pretty pissed, but gets over it quickly. And she returns the favor in the season 2 opener, anyway.]]

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** An interesting element of Alec being a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection is that Kiera seems specifically interested in keeping him one: when he first starts hearing her on his computer he offers to meet her but she quite firmly turns him down. [[spoiler:They They finally meet in person in "Matter of Time", but only because Alec tracked her down and broke into her apartment. She's pretty pissed, but gets over it quickly. And she returns the favor in the season 2 opener, anyway.]]



** [[spoiler:Dillon]], of all people, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for [[spoiler:The entire Vancouver Police Department]], leading to the genesis of CPS.

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** [[spoiler:Dillon]], of all people, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the entire Vancouver Police Department]], leading to the genesis of CPS.


Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

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Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) (RachelNichols) is an ordinary police officer -- ordinary, that is, for the corporate-run, vaguely dystopian future of 2077 in the Vancouver District of the North American Union or NAU. She's assigned the routine job of guarding captured terrorists belonging to Liber8 during their very public execution. However, the group has an escape plan that involves TimeTravel and Kiera is pulled along with them back to 2012.

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* JuryAndWitnessTampering: Julian is found not guilty at his trial for [[spoiler:Roland's death]] because of witness perjury and jury tampering [[spoiler:and a corrupt judge]].

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* UnbelievableSourcePlot: Kiera works as a consultant for the police force and provides information based on her knowledge of the future and her communications with the [[GadgeteerGenius smart]] [[TeenGenius kid]] through her communication implants. Sometimes it seems silly that she doesn't just tell her partner what's up so she wouldn't have to convince him to follow a lead every time she has insider information, but she is certain that no one would believe her. [[spoiler:Eventually, she trusts Carlos with the information, but they continue to keep it secret from others.]]


* Downer Ending: [[spoiler: The second season ends with Kiera, Jason, and [[AssholeVictim Garza]] imprisoned by the [[KnightTemplar Freelancers]] while Carlos and Betty appear to join Theseus' branch of Liber8.]]

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* Downer Ending: DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The second season ends with Kiera, Jason, and [[AssholeVictim Garza]] imprisoned by the [[KnightTemplar Freelancers]] while Carlos and Betty appear to join Theseus' branch of Liber8.]]


* Downer Ending: [[Spoiler: The second season ends with Kiera, Jason, and [[AssholeVictim Garza]] imprisoned by the [[KnightTemplar Freelancers]] while Carlos and Betty appear to join Theseus' branch of Liber8.]]

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* Downer Ending: [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: The second season ends with Kiera, Jason, and [[AssholeVictim Garza]] imprisoned by the [[KnightTemplar Freelancers]] while Carlos and Betty appear to join Theseus' branch of Liber8.]]

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* InformedAttractiveness: Some of the other cast members mention how pretty Kiera is upon meeting her and bring it up time and time again thereafter, and various other recurring/one-episode characters regularly do the same. YMMV, however.

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* ThisMeansWar: Explicitly invoked by Dillon in the first episode after Liber8 have blown through the VPD station to retrieve Lucas.


* GoryDiscretionShot: Of the "split second' variety. When Travis is in a prison fight, he breaks the arm of one of his assailants, then ''stabs him in the neck with the exposed bone''.


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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Carlos, of course. The worst part is that he knows Kiera is lying, he just has no idea what the truth is. [[spoiler:She eventually tells him halfway through the second season]]. Even Liber8 feels bad for him.
-->'''Travis:''' It must really ''suck'' to be you.


* AffablyEvil: Kellog seems significantly less psychopathic than the other Liber8 terrorists (although he's plenty weaselly to make up for it).
** Arguably Kagame, a wise, thoughtful old man with an affable personality who just happens to be a leader of a WellIntentionedExtremist faction responsible for plenty of death and destruction.

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** Arguably Kagame, a Kagame. A wise, thoughtful old man with an affable personality who just happens to be a leader of a WellIntentionedExtremist faction responsible for plenty of death and destruction.


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* ForgottenPhlebotinum: Most of the special tools Kiera uses show up once and are never used again. While many of these simply don't come up again (the fingerprinting powder is just a more advanced version of modern fingerprinting powder; the police stuff works fine most of the time), the truth serum would be ''very'' useful in a number of situations, but is only used once in the very first episode. Then again, it's possible Kiera has a limited supply and no way to replenish it.

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**Arguably Kagame, a wise, thoughtful old man with an affable personality who just happens to be a leader of a WellIntentionedExtremist faction responsible for plenty of death and destruction.

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** A terrorist attack on a major urban center sparks tougher, gloves-are-off measures by the authorities in catching the perpetrators - measures that can easily be abused against people who had nothing to do with the attack or the group that carried it out.


** Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.

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** It should be noted that the future shown in the series actually displays quite a few redeeming qualities that prevent it from being a ''complete'' CrapsackWorld. Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.

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** Though a corporate-run, privatized police state, the 2070s NAU in the series (or at least the province of it that we see) actually has some degree of freedom, from what we see of the era. Academics, including those with anti-corporate and anti-government views, are allowed to freely express their thoughts (it's possible some corporate strings may have had to have been pulled in order to make this happen, however, but it still allows for some criticism of authority in intellectual discourse). Many individuals in both the present and future would obviously be happy that gay marriage is perfectly legal and respected in the NAU Vancouver of the 2070s, just as it is in RealLife present-day British Columbia.


* TooDumbToLive: Alec's friends driving while using mind-altering drugs in "Second Thoughts". And him for being in the car with them and apparently not seeing anything dangerous about that scenario.

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive[=/=]YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb: Alec's friends driving while using mind-altering drugs in "Second Thoughts". And him for being in the car with them and apparently not seeing anything dangerous about that scenario.


* NoSuchAgency: Kiera legitimizes her association with the Vancouver Police Department by bluffing about such a program. Gardner quickly catches on.

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* NoSuchAgency: Kiera legitimizes her association with the Vancouver Police Department by bluffing about such a program. Gardner Gardner, who has reason to actually be familiar with real top-secret government programs, quickly catches on.


* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a purple shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey.

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* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a purple dark shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually shown wearing a friendly shade of grey.

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* BenevolentConspiracy: Future!Alec sees what he is doing as this.


* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a purple shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who usually wear grey.

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* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a purple shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who who, despite working for a government intelligence agency, are considerably ''less'' spooky or intimidating and are usually wear shown wearing a friendly shade of grey.


* HeroAntagonist: Julian/[[spoiler:Theseus]] can be perceived as an example of this, though this depends largely on how the viewer perceives the issues the series deals with.



* {{Turncoat}}: [[spoiler:Kellog]] offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012.

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* {{Turncoat}}: [[spoiler:Kellog]] offers to betray Liber8 in exchange for Kiera letting him stay in 2012. The end of season 2 sees [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] become arguably ''heroic'' examples of this.


* MysteriousBacker: Escher. Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department. Later less helpful as detrimental, as he [[spoiler:becomes Dillon's EvilMentor]] and leads him (and the entire police department) on a gradual StartOfDarkness towards a DayOfTheJackboot dystopian path.

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* MysteriousBacker: Escher. Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department. Later less helpful as than detrimental, as he [[spoiler:becomes Dillon's EvilMentor]] and leads him (and the entire police department) on a gradual StartOfDarkness towards a DayOfTheJackboot style dystopian path.


* MysteriousBacker: Escher. Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department.

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* MysteriousBacker: Escher. Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department. Later less helpful as detrimental, as he [[spoiler:becomes Dillon's EvilMentor]] and leads him (and the entire police department) on a gradual StartOfDarkness towards a DayOfTheJackboot dystopian path.

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* DarkMessiah: Theseus.


* TheAtoner: Future!Alec makes a few allusions to being this, but whether this is true is debatable so far.

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* PhoneyCall: Kiera constantly pretends to be calling her nonexistent colleagues in Section 6 when she's actually talking to Alec. In a twist, she doesn't even talk to him on her phone -- they talk using her implants, and she holds the phone up to her ear so it doesn't look like she's talking to herself.

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* HideYourGays: Averted, as Future!Kiera is shown investigating the murder of a woman's same-sex spouse.

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** [[spoiler:Betty]] is a professional hacker working for those in authority who leaks sensitive information before leaving to seek asylum elsewhere after deciding that her employers are abusing their power. Similar stories should be familiar to anyone who has followed the news in the early 2010s.


** On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order -- which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations.
** Evolving to more of a BlackAndGrayMorality (at least for viewers) as more of the [[spoiler:officially-sanctioned lies and brutality of the mid to late 21st century are exposed in the show.]]

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** On one side, we have a bunch of psychopaths trying to avert the total control of the NAU by the corrupt Congress of megacorporations. On the other side, there is Kiera, a good cop protecting law and order -- which are, at least in 2077, dictated by said corrupt megacorporations.
megacorporations. Overlapping the entire conflict is a possible BigBad seeking to exploit the timeline for his own mysterious ends, as well as yet another WellIntentionedExtremist faction who capture and imprison those who tamper with the timeline (''whether on purpose or by accident'') and have no hesitation killing anyone who gets in their way.
** Evolving to more of a BlackAndGrayMorality (at least for viewers) as more of the [[spoiler:officially-sanctioned lies and brutality of the mid to late 21st century are exposed in the show.]]show,]] and as several characters start to move towards that future.

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* TheMenInBlack: The Freelancers' uniform is a black suit with a purple shirt and black tie. Averted with the few CSIS agents we see, who usually wear grey.


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* NoSuchAgency: Kiera legitimizes her association with the Vancouver Police Department by bluffing about such a program. Gardner quickly catches on.

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** [[spoiler:Chen]] may be one for The Freelancers, planted in Liber8… or vice versa.

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* GlassyPrison: Where the Freelancers keep temporal violators that they capture. Not much is revealed about why they imprison some of their targets while killing others, [[spoiler:like Gardner]], outright.

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** Though not much has been revealed about The Freelancers, it seems they are dedicated to the fairly reasonable goal of preserving the correct timeline and preventing temporal tampering… regardless of who they have to kill or imprison in order to do so.

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** [[spoiler:Dillon]], of all people, after speaking to Escher, begins taking ''much'' more extreme measures, leading to a StartOfDarkness not only for himself but for [[spoiler:The entire Vancouver Police Department]], leading to the genesis of CPS.


* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]]. ''Averted'' with Kellog, who only tries to make it sound like he is going to be this when he decides to sponsor Alec.

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* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]]. ''Averted'' with Kellog, who only tries to make it sound like he is going to be this when he decides to sponsor Alec.Alec, but later praises Alec's independent spirit (albeit somewhat snidely) in spite of the sponsor-client relationship.


* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]].

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* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]]. ''Averted'' with Kellog, who only tries to make it sound like he is going to be this when he decides to sponsor Alec.


* SinisterSurveillance: this combined with PoliceBrutality are a major part of the VPD's Start of Darkness once [[spoiler:it falls under the control of Escher]].

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* SinisterSurveillance: this combined with PoliceBrutality are a major part of the VPD's Start of Darkness once [[spoiler:it falls under the control of Escher]]. Escher]], who seems to be quite fond of exploiting surveillance tech himself.


* StartOfDarkness: The series implies this as the plot trajectory for Julian, Alec, and the VPD.

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* StartOfDarkness: The series implies this as the plot trajectory for Julian, Alec, and the VPD. VPD: especially [[spoiler:Dillon after he speaks with Escher.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: Alec lets Kellog sponsor him. Subverted in that he repeatedly stands up to Kellog and lets him know he won't just be a puppet.


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* EvilMentor: Kagame to Julian. Escher to [[spoiler:Alec]] and possibly [[spoiler:Dillon]].

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** Garza invokes this to {{troll}} Kiera during her interrogation.

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* BigBad: Until proven otherwise, it looks like [[spoiler:Escher]] is this. ''Maybe''.


* BlackAndWhiteMorality: While the background implies GreyAndGrayMorality (see below), the characters all are uniformly bad guys on one side and good guys on the other.

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: While the background implies GreyAndGrayMorality (see below), the characters all are uniformly bad guys on one side and good guys on the other. Well, up to a certain point. Several characters ''do'' experience a StartOfDarkness that will ultimately lead to the dystopia Kiera is trying to get back to.

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* PoliceBrutality: As the VPD [[spoiler:becomes more militarized and targeting anyone who even expresses the loosest ideological sympathies with Liber8, it's implied that this becomes increasingly common.]] Kiera's use of the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on [[spoiler:Julian]] ''really'' doesn't help matters.


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* SinisterSurveillance: this combined with PoliceBrutality are a major part of the VPD's Start of Darkness once [[spoiler:it falls under the control of Escher]].


* TheChessmaster: Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]].

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* TheChessmaster: Kagame, who literally plays chess in "Time's Up". His showing up causes Liber8's plans to become much more elaborate and subtle, making it that much harder for Kiera to pull even a Pyrrhic victory over him. But even Kagame is dwarfed by the man who plotted and instigated his trip back in time, [[spoiler:2077-era Alec Sadler]]. Both are one-upped, however, by the man ''really'' manipulating the timeline: [[spoiler: Escher]].


* DefectorFromDecadence: [[Spoiler: Carlos and Betty]] at the end of season 2.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: [[Spoiler: Carlos and Betty]] at At the end of season 2.2, [[spoiler:Carlos and Betty]] end up being this.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: [[Spoiler: Carlos and Betty]] at the end of season 2.


* FictionalCounterpart: None here. The Vancouver Police Department is depicted as it is.

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* FictionalCounterpart: None here. The Vancouver Police Department is depicted as it is. Well, right up until Dillon [[spoiler: leads it on a path towards a StartOfDarkness]] in the later episodes of season 2.

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** In the season 2 finale when [[spoiler: Carlos teams up with Julian after leaving an increasingly brutal and corrupt police force]].

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* TimePolice: The Freelancers are a vigilante cult who, in the absence of any real TimePolice (that we've seen so far anyway), decide it's their duty to serve precisely this function.

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* TheAtoner: Future!Alec makes a few allusions to being this, but whether this is true is debatable so far.


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* StartOfDarkness: The series implies this as the plot trajectory for Julian, Alec, and the VPD.

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* AdultFear: Kiera has no idea how time travel works in her universe, and is therefore constantly terrified that she's going to wipe her son from existence.


--> '''Hoyt''': He was a warrior who united the people of Athens.
--> '''Alec''': He was also [[DisneyVillainDeath pushed off a cliff]] when the people turned ''against'' him.

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--> '''Hoyt''': He was a warrior who united the people of Athens.
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Athens.\\
'''Alec''': He was also [[DisneyVillainDeath pushed off a cliff]] when the people turned ''against'' him.



-->When darkness falls
-->and fear sets in,
-->he'll be the one
-->the nightmares bring.
-->With blackest soul
-->and coldest core,
-->he'll paint a "T"
-->across your door.

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-->When --->When darkness falls
-->and
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* ShroudedInMyth: Theseus, the man who inspired Liber8, is a famous revolutionary by 2077. To those protecting the establishment, like Kiera, he is almost literally Hitler. To those fighting against it, he's basically Jesus. [[spoiler:He's Julian Randol]]. Even Sonia, normally quite composed and in control, is nearly in tears from a chance to talk to him face to face.
-->'''[[spoiler:Julian]]:''' I'm not interested in being recruited.\\
'''Sonia:''' This isn't about you ''joining'' anyone! This is about you ''leading'' '''everyone!'''



* WrittenByTheWinners: In "Time's Up", it's mentioned that the corporations prevent anyone from learning about their history. Kagame is old enough to have been taught prior, and Kellog seems to have at least a working knowledge of that history.
** Invoked in "Seconds", where Carlos (accurately) notes this might be the case with the "official history" that Kiera knows.

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* WrittenByTheWinners: In "Time's Up", it's mentioned that the corporations prevent anyone from learning about their history. Kagame is old enough to have been taught prior, and Kellog seems to have at least a working knowledge of that history.
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history. Invoked in "Seconds", where Carlos (accurately) notes this might be the case with the "official history" that Kiera knows.

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*** The finale of the second season is called "Second Time".


* AssociationFallacy / GuiltByAssociation: [[spoiler: Roland Randol]] is mistaken as the leader of the hostage-takers in "Family Time", due to being [[spoiler: an anti-corporation demonstrator]], when he's actually one of the hostages himself. [[spoiler: He ends up being killed by the SWAT team as a result]].

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* AssociationFallacy / GuiltByAssociation: [[spoiler: Roland Randol]] is mistaken as the leader of the hostage-takers in "Family Time", due to being [[spoiler: an anti-corporation demonstrator]], when he's actually one of the hostages himself. [[spoiler: He ends up being killed by the SWAT an [=ERT=] team as a result]].

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* GoryDiscretionShot: Of the "split second' variety. When Travis is in a prison fight, he breaks the arm of one of his assailants, then ''stabs him in the neck with the exposed bone''.

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* MysteriousBacker: Escher. Although it's clear he has his own ulterior motives, he is honestly pretty helpful to Kiera and, to an extent, the police department.


* FootFocus: On Emily, while she sneaks down a flight of stairs in "Second Degree". [[spoiler:And again while she proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] the intruding {{Mook}} who necessitated the sneaking.]]



* MsFanservice: Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite her InformedAttractiveness, and her actress being a model in real life. Although her Protector suit ''is'' suspiciously form-fitting.

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* MsFanservice: MsFanservice:
**
Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite her InformedAttractiveness, and her actress being a model in real life. Although life -- although her Protector suit ''is'' suspiciously form-fitting.form-fitting.
** Played straight by Emily, particularly in "[[VaporWear Second]] [[SexyShirtSwitch Degree]]".
** Also played straight with a full-body nude shot (from behind) of Garza in "Second Listen".


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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:After Julian Randol is cleared of attempting to murder Carlos, the judge responsible for the verdict gets a lethal visit from Travis]].


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* WaifFu: Not that she's much of a waif, but [[spoiler:Emily very capably takes down and kills an intruding {{Mook}} who is much taller, larger and better-armed than she is]].


* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's so ingrained in the system to apparently realise she's protecting a future run by a brutal police-state. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".

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* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's [[PunchClockVillain so ingrained in the system system]] to apparently realise she's protecting a [[CrapsackWorld future run by a brutal police-state.police-state]]. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".


* TheCutie / HeroesWantRedheads: Emily.
** [[spoiler:KillTheCutie: Towards the end of Season 2. Alec goes back in time himself in an attempt to avert this, and it remains unclear if he will succeed and what effects it will have.]]



** TheDragon: Travis Verta, ''de facto'' leader of the group in 2012 [[spoiler:until Kagame reappears from the time jump]].
** TheBrute: Jasmine Garza, Curtis Chen, and Stefan Jaworski, although [[spoiler:the latter two die to bring the "five" back to "FiveBadBand".]]
** EvilGenius: Lucas Ingram
** DarkChick: Sonya Valentine
** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]]: Matthew Kellog

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** TheDragon: Travis Verta, ''de facto'' leader of the group in 2012 [[spoiler:until until Kagame reappears from the time jump]].
jump, and [[spoiler:the leader of his own faction after Sonya tries to assassinate him on Kagame's final orders]].
** TheBrute: Jasmine Garza, Curtis Chen, and Stefan Jaworski, although [[spoiler:the latter two die to bring the "five" back to "FiveBadBand"."FiveBadBand"]].
** EvilGenius: Lucas Ingram.
** DarkChick: Sonya Valentine.
*** [[spoiler:DragonAscendant: After Kagame's death, as per his request.
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** EvilGenius: Lucas Ingram
** DarkChick: Sonya Valentine
** [[spoiler: SixthRangerTraitor]]: Matthew KellogKellog.



* FullFrontalAssault: In "Politics of Time", after a journalist is murdered, the same assailant enters Carlos' home and attacks him while he is in the shower before he fights them off. It's a rare (and completely [[FetishRetardant non-sexual]]) cross-gender example, as by this point, Kiera has deduced that the killer is a woman, [[spoiler:later shown to be Garza]].

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* FullFrontalAssault: In Inverted in "Politics of Time", when after a journalist is murdered, the same assailant enters Carlos' home and attacks him while he is in the shower before he fights them off. It's a rare (and completely [[FetishRetardant non-sexual]]) cross-gender example, as by this point, Kiera has deduced that the killer is a woman, [[spoiler:later shown to be Garza]].



* InformedAttractiveness: Some of the other cast members mention how pretty Kiera is upon meeting her and bring it up time and time again thereafter, and various other recurring/one-episode characters regularly do the same.

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* InformedAttractiveness: Some of the other cast members mention how pretty Kiera is upon meeting her and bring it up time and time again thereafter, and various other recurring/one-episode characters regularly do the same. YMMV, however.



* Irony



** [[spoiler:Stefan Jaworski, Curtis Chen, Roland Randol, and Edouard Kagame]] are the only main characters to have died so far; all are male.

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** [[spoiler:Stefan Jaworski, Curtis Chen, Roland Randol, and Edouard Kagame]] are the only main characters to have who died so far; in the first season; all are male.



*** This has started to slip in the second season, as Dillon has adopted an [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "ends justify the means"]] approach towards catching Liber8, starting with teaming with Piron Corp and Mr. Escher. It's got Carlos concerned at the very least; Cameron less so, since this is pretty much how she's used to operating.

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*** This has started to slip in the second season, as Dillon has adopted an [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "ends justify the means"]] approach towards catching Liber8, starting with teaming with Piron Corp Corp. and Mr. Escher. It's got Carlos concerned at the very least; Cameron less so, since this is pretty much how she's used to operating.

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* OminousMultipleScreens: Escher has a wall full of little screens. He uses it to keep an eye on everything via the city's many surveillance cameras.

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* LoveMartyr / ExtremeDoormat: Alec's mother. She went along with Roland's anti-corporate grassroots campaign to support her husband, willingly choose to commit perjury in order to protect Julian, [[spoiler: who was on trial for shooting a cop and ''domestic terrorism'']] and later turns out to [[spoiler: have been married to the villainous Mr Escher (aka Marc Sadler)]].


** [[spoiler: Kiera's husband is somehow involved in the conspiracy]].

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** [[spoiler: LivingWithTheVillain: Kiera's husband is somehow revealed to have been involved in the conspiracy]].conspiracy to send Liber8 back in time, hence his major OhCrap during the Pilot when he realised that Kiera was present in the execution chamber]].

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Throughout Season 1, Kiera wishes that that the police in 2012 were more like the CPS in 2077, who use harsh and draconian measures in the pursuit of justice and to hunt down terrorist suspects, innocent or not. Come Season 2, the police start adopting more of these measures, only to turn them against Kiera, believing her to be the Liber8 mole in their department.


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** [[spoiler: Although his seeing Chen is now up the air, since the Season 2 finale reveals that Chen is now inexplicably ''alive'' again, possibly as a result of Alec's [[TimeyWimeyBall interference]] in the past]].


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* RippleEffectProofMemory: Possibly. [[spoiler: In the Season 2 finale, Chen is revealed to be somehow ''alive'' again in the current timeline, implying that Alec going back in time caused something to interfere with his death. Kiera however, still remembers killing him, leading her to freak out]].

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* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Inspector Dillon is replaced as head of the department by a more ByTheBookCop. The new boss is much less tolerant of Kiera's activities and more antagonistic toward her. Subverted when [[spoiler: Dillon is reinstated and he begins to turn the department into a prototype of the corporate police force that Kiera belonged to in 2077. Things like due process and civil rights quickly go out the window.]]

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* AlliterativeName: Kiera Cameron.

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-->"It's okay man, [[TemptingFate laser focus]]!"


* MsFanservice: Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite her InformedAttractiveness, and her actress being a model in real life.

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* MsFanservice: Surprisingly averted by Kiera, despite her InformedAttractiveness, and her actress being a model in real life. Although her Protector suit ''is'' suspiciously form-fitting.


** [[spoiler:Alec's new girlfriend, Emily]] is one for [[spoiler:Escher]]. The reason for it isn't clear, though it at least appears to be watch-only at the moment.

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** [[spoiler:Alec's new girlfriend, Emily]] is one for [[spoiler:Escher]]. The reason for it isn't clear, [[spoiler:Escher, though it at least appears to be watch-only at the moment.she also serves a protective role]].


* MagicalDefibrillator: Subverted in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler:Then played straight when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]

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* MagicalDefibrillator: Subverted in the season two premiere, where it fails to revive a flatlined patient with multiple gunshot wounds. [[spoiler:Then played straight [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted when the victim, Travis, turns out to have one ''built-in'', which successfully revives him.]]


** Julian gets this retroactively in "Seconds". [[spoiler:Despite acting like he's trying to reform, then calling Alec out for selling him out when Alec is innocent of that, he swipes Alec's phone, and several episodes later he gives it to Lucas so he can use it to further Julian's agenda.

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** Julian gets this retroactively in "Seconds". [[spoiler:Despite Despite acting like he's trying [[spoiler:trying to reform, then calling Alec out for selling him out when Alec is innocent of that, he swipes Alec's phone, and several episodes later he gives it to Lucas so he can use it to further Julian's agenda.agenda]].


** Evolving to more of a BlackAndWhiteMorality (at least for viewers) as more of the [[spoiler:officially-sanctioned lies and brutality of the mid to late 21st century are exposed in the show.]]

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* DuelingHackers: Alec and Lucas, hacking [[GrandTheftMe into Kiera's mind]], no less!


* GrandTheftMe: Liber8 figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a struggle between Alec and Lucas to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]

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* GrandTheftMe: Liber8 figures out how to hack into Kiera's cybernetic implants, controlling her in order to kill a video game company executive (who can identify the members of Liber8), followed by Carlos and then herself. This results in a [[DuelingHackers struggle between Alec and Lucas Lucas]] to wrest control of Kiera's mind from each other. [[spoiler:Alec wins, but in the process, Kagame and Ingram deduce that he's the one they are up against.]]


* GambitPileup: The second series has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 ([[spoiler:both splinter factions]], Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] are all running their own agendas.

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* GambitPileup: The second series has this in spades. Kellog, Liber8 ([[spoiler:both [[spoiler:(both splinter factions]], factions)]], Escher, the Freelancers, [[spoiler: Mayor]] Jim Martin and [[spoiler:Julian Randol]] are all running their own agendas.


* FriendOrIdolDecision: [[spoiler: Despite vowing to help Kiera, in the Season 2 finale, a grief-stricken Alec uses the device to go back in time to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Emily's life]], preventing Kiera from going home]].

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* FriendOrIdolDecision: In the season 2 finale, [[spoiler: Despite despite vowing to help Kiera, in the Season 2 finale, a grief-stricken Alec uses the device to go back in time to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Emily's life]], preventing Kiera from going home]].home. This perhaps mirrors Kiera's decision earlier to dive after the device rather than stay and cover Emily in the first place]].


** TheBrute: Curtis Chen, also Jasmine Garza and Stefan Jaworski.

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** TheBrute: Jasmine Garza, Curtis Chen, also Jasmine Garza and Stefan Jaworski.Jaworski, although [[spoiler:the latter two die to bring the "five" back to "FiveBadBand".]]


** The above being said the real BC electric company is called B.C. Hydro. Also, some of the universities, etc, are fictional so it becomes a kind of meta- case of [[CaliforniaDoubling Vancouver Doubling]].


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** The real BC electric company is called B.C. Hydro, not B.C. Power. Some of the universities, etc, are also fictional.


* Casting Gag: Perhaps an accidental one - [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician. His father, Tony Penikett, was the premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.

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* Casting Gag: CastingGag: Perhaps an accidental one - [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician. His father, Tony Penikett, was the premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.


** A meta example -- [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Tahmoh]] [[{{Series/Dollhouse}} Penikett]] appears as a somewhat-crooked union politician in "The Politics Of Time". His father, Tony Penikett, was the premier of Canada's Yukon Territory from 1985 to 1992.


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'''''Continuum''''' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. The first season was commissioned for ten episodes and a second season has been announced for early 2013. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.

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'''''Continuum''''' is a Canadian science fiction series that premiered in May 2012, which was entirely filmed in Vancouver. It was created by Simon Barry, who also acts as one of the show's executive producers. The first season was commissioned for ten As of 2013, twenty three episodes have aired over two seasons, and a second season the show has been announced renewed for early 2013.a third. ''Continuum'' is aired on the Showcase channel in Canada and SyFy UK [[CaptainObvious in the UK]], and began airing on the SyFy network in the USA in January 2013.


** Early in season one, Chen damages Kiera's Protector uniform by jabbing her with an power cable. [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale, Kiera uses this to beat Travis, who has managed to get his hands on another Protector uniform.]]

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** Early in season one, Chen damages Kiera's Protector uniform by jabbing her with an a power cable. [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale, Kiera uses this to beat Travis, who has managed to get his hands on another Protector uniform.]]


* ChekhovsGun: Garza is shown to have barbell nipple piercings in a flash-forward to 2077. In the present, she uses them to pick some handcuffs a few episodes later.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
** Early in season one, Chen damages Kiera's Protector uniform by jabbing her with an power cable. [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale, Kiera uses this to beat Travis, who has managed to get his hands on another Protector uniform.]]
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Garza is shown to have barbell nipple piercings in a flash-forward to 2077. In the present, she uses them to pick some handcuffs a few episodes later.


* DisneyVillainDeath: Travis appears to suffer this fate in the season 2 finale, though it looks like he may have survived since he appears in a tank at the end with respirator equipment.

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Travis [[spoiler:Travis]] appears to suffer this fate in the season 2 finale, though it looks like complete with flat-line on a computer monitoring his vitals, but he may have survived since he appears shows up in a tank at the end with respirator equipment.later hooked up to life support, which suggests he'll pull through ([[spoiler:again]]).

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* DisneyVillainDeath: Travis appears to suffer this fate in the season 2 finale, though it looks like he may have survived since he appears in a tank at the end with respirator equipment.


* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's Protector uniform. It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a second suit shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off to Alec to study after the hijinks of trying to get it from a civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera]].

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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Kiera's Protector uniform. It grants her enhanced strength, speed, and reflexes. It acts as a BulletProofVest capable of stopping rounds from an assault rifle. It has an InvisibilityCloak, a built-in computer to augment her own bio-implants, can change color, and its sleeves can be used as a stun gun. When it gets damaged and Kiera loses access to most of her fancy gadgets, she is forced to rely on her instincts and her experience as a police officer in order to do her work. Alec manages to repair it just prior to the finale. In "Second Skin", [[spoiler:a second suit shows up, belonging to Kiera's partner in the future. She passes it off to Alec to study after the hijinks of trying to get it from a civilian who bought it at a yard sale, drew the attention of Liber8. Travis gets his hands on it in "Second Last", and it seems to work even better for him than it does for Kiera]].Kiera. In addition to having all her abilities, it projects a shield around his head to prevent headshots and can shoot sonic blasts]].


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* GroinAttack: Kiera uses one on Travis in the season 2 finale, ''with her gun''. [[spoiler:Even with a Protector uniform of his own shielding him from castration, this still clearly hurt like hell.]]

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*** [[spoiler:Now he appears to have been a Freelancer all along, and is clearly not dead or a ghost.]]


* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's so ingrained in the system to apparently realise she's protecting a future run by a brutal police-state. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale and calls her "the true villain of this story".

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* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's so ingrained in the system to apparently realise she's protecting a future run by a brutal police-state. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale and calls finale, calling her "the true villain of this story".

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* VillainProtagonist: Kiera technically, though it's only because she's so ingrained in the system to apparently realise she's protecting a future run by a brutal police-state. Travis lampshades this fact during the Season 2 finale and calls her "the true villain of this story".

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* KnightTemplar: Numerous characters, to the point where it'd probably be easier to list the ones who ''aren't'' this.


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** The Anti-Liber8 Taskforce become increasingly this over the course of Season 2, taking drastic measures to hunt down those suspected of being criminals to the point where "guilty until proven innocent" seems to be their new mantra. [[spoiler: The Season 2 finale has Dillon reviewing Escher's plans to turn them into the CPS]].

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** An oddly literal example with Travis. Part of the SuperSoldier program involved implanting him with a ControlChip that lowered his empathy and compassion, whilst ramping up his aggression, making him the unstable psychopath that he is today.

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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler: Both played straight and averted. Alec in the Season 2 finale uses the Time Travel Device to go back to rescue Emily, but denies Kiera her chance to return home to 2077]].


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* FriendOrIdolDecision: [[spoiler: Despite vowing to help Kiera, in the Season 2 finale, a grief-stricken Alec uses the device to go back in time to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl save Emily's life]], preventing Kiera from going home]].


* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Season 2 ends with all the time travelers save Lucas locked up by the Freelancers, Alec back in time trying to save Emily, Dillon going over Escher's guidebook to create CPS, and Carlos and Betty joining Julian's group.]]



** Escher, whose motives remain totally unknown, though it's hinted he's from the future. [[spoiler:"Second Guess" seems to hint that he wants the time travel device.]]
** The Freelancers, [[spoiler:who are apparently from the future even further ahead than Kiera and are kidnapping time travelers for unknown reasons, including stealing corpses of already dead ones.]]

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** Escher, whose motives remain totally unknown, though it's hinted he's from the future. [[spoiler:"Second Guess" seems to hint [[spoiler:The finale reveals that he wants the time travel device.he's Alec's father, and desires control over time, calling it "the family business".]]
** The Freelancers, [[spoiler:who are apparently from the future even further ahead than Kiera and are kidnapping time travelers for unknown reasons, including stealing corpses Kiera. The finale reveals that they try to protect the integrity of already dead ones.the timeline.]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: Using the memory recall drug Flash, Alec discovers that his father, Marc Sadler, is [[spoiler:Jason, the homeless, somewhat crazy time traveler Kiera worked with in the season one finale]].
** [[spoiler: Subverted. Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, which the S2 finale reveals is due to Jason being Alec's son! Played straight in the S2 finale by Escher, who faked his death in the fire years ago.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Using the memory recall drug Flash, Alec discovers that his father, Marc Sadler, is [[spoiler:Jason, the homeless, somewhat crazy time traveler Kiera worked with in the season one finale]].
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finale]]. Turns out to be subverted, however; [[spoiler:Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, which and the S2 season 2 finale reveals is due to Jason being Alec's son! Played straight is in the S2 finale by Escher, fact his ''son'', while ''Escher'' is his father, who faked his death in the fire years ago.]]


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** The season 2 finale in spades. [[spoiler:All the time travelers have been captured by the Freelancers, Carlos and Betty have joined Julian, Alec has gone back in time to save Emily, and Dillon is hard at work creating CPS.]]

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** [[spoiler: Subverted. Alec only assumed Jason was his father due to the DNA match, which the S2 finale reveals is due to Jason being Alec's son! Played straight in the S2 finale by Escher, who faked his death in the fire years ago.]]


* MoralityPet: [[spoiler:Garza to Alec, in a very twisted variation. At the request of his future self, she is his "fail-safe" in that if he starts to go down the same road that will lead to the corrupt future they came from, she will kill him. Even though she didn't do it the first time (it ended up being more of a ScareEmStraight tactic), it is clear that it's not over yet.]]

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* MoralityPet: MoralityChain: [[spoiler:Garza to Alec, in a very twisted variation. At the request of his future self, she is his "fail-safe" in that if he starts to go down the same road that will lead to the corrupt future they came from, she will kill him. Even though she didn't do it the first time (it ended up being more of a ScareEmStraight tactic), it is clear that it's not over yet.]]