At first blush, last night's Continuum didn't seem like it was going to be anything special: a clichéd "designer drug" storyline wrapped in with some gang warfare. But instead, it warped into a really fascinating look at the ways in which your memory can play tricks on you — and how time travel can screw up your memory.
The theme of memory came up in some really interesting ways throughout the storyline of "Second Thoughts":
1) There's a new street drug called "Flash," which is actually a major drug in 2077. Originally developed to help Alzheimer's Disease patients, it allows you to re-experience a particular memory with perfect clarity. (Pretty much exactly like the drug in Pagan Kennedy's superb novel Confessions of a Memory Eater.) Kiera's kid sister was hooked on this drug, and basically died because of it, and when Alec's friends take it, they're caught in a nasty car accident. But later, when Alec decides he's still interested in trying "Flash" so he can re-experience his father's death and remember what his father was trying to tell him, his friend warns that the drug might not actually present your real memories — instead, it might give you idealized versions of your memory, or the version you wish were real. (And then Alec uses it anyway, and apparently sees that his mother was talking to Jason, the weird savant guy from the future. And maybe this means Jason is actually Alec's dad?)