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Comments and queries for the week of October 16

Continuum’s end … and new beginnings

A bittersweet ending for sure. Kiera and Liber8 accomplished what they set out to do, but Kiera has lost everything. She should have stayed in 2015. I’m glad Alec and Emily got back together. I am curious as to what happened to Brad and Garza. I thought after Kellog realized he had killed his daughter he was going to sacrifice himself to stop his people from invading but nope, he was his old, selfish self. I hated that he killed Dillon. He got what he deserved in the end. —Sarah

Kiera is a mom—no way she’d just sit tight in 2015 if she had half a chance to know if her son was OK, lost or even never born in the new timeline. She’d be tortured in 2015 to always wonder—feeling she abandoned him and maybe played a role to prevent him ever existing except in her memory. She had to know. Tough but simple choice consistent to with her character to step into the unknown for her son. —B K

Kellog didn’t want to go back to 2077, he wanted to go back to 2012 and kill everybody when they arrived, to make a new future with poor, kid Alec. —JC

That was my understanding of Kellog’s plan too, but it left me with heaps of new unanswered questions. Like how did Kellog expect to take on Kiera, Garza and Travis in 2012 (even assuming he’d have other Kellog’s help and that Curtis would be neutral)? He’s not such a great combatant. Why didn’t 2030s Kellog send Brad to do that in the first place? —Emily


Comparing the major party platforms on culture

You need only look at PBS within the last 15 or so years as a prime example of what happens when a public broadcaster is cut financially and having to be creative to survive. They got lucky with Downton Abbey. But the kind of programming PBS once relied on, such as cooking shows, are entire networks in Food Network and Cooking Channel, plus online media sources in YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and so on. It’s why strong public media is a must, not a luxury. —Allan

I don’t think people realize how important exposure to Canadian storytelling is to their worldview and in turn the perceived value of anything coming out of this culture, whether it be the arts or goods and services. We have become quite apathetic and have massive inferiority complexes about our own country because we would rather evaluate ourselves through the eyes of American media. It might be conducive to business people who sell out our opportunities for the sake of an easier dollar, but it has been very culturally degrading.

Almost none of our broadcasters have any reason to exist so long as they don’t own their own content. We essentially have forfeit our ability to build a profitable industry. If you only spend a dollar on a show, you better expect a dollar for it. We need to get past the precipice into an atmosphere where investment is seen as worthwhile and then build on that momentum. The CBC doesn’t have to be a drain on our tax dollars if we give them the means to make a worthy product and build a name for itself worldwide like the BBC. Those are my thoughts on the matter, anyway. Cheers. —Andrew

 

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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