by Ashley Binion
For those who love the concept of mind-control through tech, this was the episode for you.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Again, this week began with a flashback to 2077. Kiera sat in on a Sadtech demonstration, Alec’s future corporation. Lucas, Liber8 member, was in charge of the Sadtech demonstration. Essentially, they developed a mind-control device. Lucas ended up losing control of the soldier and he went haywire. So, maybe they aren’t quite ready for mind-control in the future.
In 2012, the show connected the flashback to Beta testers who begin to kill others through mind-control. When Kiera went to investigate at a prominent tech company, she tested a virtual reality prototype gaming system. It ended up wiping out her CMR.
Eventually, it was revealed that Fred Nettinger, lead programmer for the tech company, was working with Lucas. In exchange, he gave Nettinger the mind-control technology from the future, which was featured in the flashback sequence. Of course, Kellog ended up overhearing the entire conversation.
Alec had his hands full this episode. He continued to work on Kiera’s protector suit, had to figure out how to reboot Kiera’s CMR, and prevented Lucas from hacking Kiera.
Once Alec rebooted Kiera’s system, Lucas was able to access her CMR and control her. Kellog tried to warn her, but was unsuccessful. Commence the battle for Kiera’s mind. May the odds ever be in your favor!
In short, Kiera, under control of Kagame and Lucas, tried to kill Nettinger. When Carlos tried to stop her, they fought. If you ever wondered who would win in a fight between the Protector and the detective, well the answer is the girl from the future. She kicked his butt. Sometimes, I wonder what Carlos is even useful for.
She then tried to kill her partner, but Kellog talked her off of the edge just long enough for Alec to shut her down. With that, Kagame figured out Alec was the genius hacker who fought off Lucas.
For only the second time in the series, Alec left the ranch and met up with Kiera. After Alec rebooted her, he wanted to tell her something, but ended up keeping it to himself. I enjoyed seeing Alec and Kiera actually share a scene in the same room. Since the duo have so many scenes together, and their banter is done so well, they make it difficult to remember that they have only had a couple scenes where they are physically in the same room.
The Protector confronted Kellog about how he stole the piece to the time travel device. I always find their scenes and dynamic entertaining. They are clearly using each other for information, but underneath there seems to be this weird flirtatious energy. Let’s just say that I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up becoming romantic.
At the end of the episode, Alec began looking through encrypted files on Kiera’s CMR. The genius found one labeled, “Alec Sadler, 2012. Read Me First.” I wonder what’s in that file or if he even opened it. My interest is officially peaked.
What will Kagame do now he knows Alec is the one helping Kiera?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars