The third episode sees Kiera seemingly thrust into leading police efforts against the futuristic terrorist gang that plagues the city. Kiera (Rachel Nichols) and Carlos (Victor Webster) gain a case about mysterious victims found with holes in their necks. When the victims are analysed it seems their genes say they are some type of futuristic soldier and are modified that way. Kiera and Carlos investigate these strange murders. In the mean time the terrorists are sick, well their leader is. Slowly they start talking about who will take over but will anyone get the chance?
This episode feels a little bit lagging compared to the first two in the sense that I feel there was an opportunity missed here in the villains scenes. While there has been much time developing the shows heroes like Kiera and friends. There haven’t been much about the villains. This episode had a lot of opportunity but in watching I just felt like the villains were very two dimensional. They are just villains because they are villains. I didn’t really feel anything for them and honestly at this point if they were all killed or just captured I wouldn’t miss them at all, in fact at this point I’d like them to be replaced. I just don’t know their purpose, why they do what they do. Also because there are many of them it’s difficult to feel that any of them have any screen presence at all, there is no fear when seeing them on screen, no terror from these terrorists. I feel at this point that Kiera can handle them for the rest of the season. There are long drawn out action scenes with one of the villains Curtis Chen (Terry Chen) that really go nowhere. I thought he was supposed to be good at hand to hand combat, he deals with Carlos easily enough but can barely even best Kiera.
Apart from the lack in villain development in the episode there is an interesting scene in the barn with Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) and his family. It seems his step father is not so pleased with technology which I guess provides proper explanation as to why all his computers and things are up in the barn, in secret. Not out in the open which is something I wondered since the beginning of this series. It would be intersting to see how long his family might let him work up there or if they might just interfere later on. What causes Sadler to start this company he has in the future? I think something is bound to happen, sooner or later but what?
Another observation I had was that if you’re a Caprica fan Hiro Kanagawa who was Curus Xander in Caprica makes an appearance in this episode as Doctor Neil Lamb which I guess is good if you were a fan of Caprica and wondered what he was up to now.
Overall it was a good episode but not great. It missed the mark I think at becoming something that may have been most memorable this season but like its title I guess it wasted time and missed quite a good opportunity. Hopefully the show recovers from this point for future episodes.