Exclusive Continuum Sneak Peek: Kiera Snaps! Can a Battlestar/Smallville Vet Save Her Sanity?

The jarring time jump, dealing with life-and-death crises and the ongoing separation from her husband and son finally take their toll on Kiera this week on Continuum — and TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at the proverbial straw breaking the camel’s back.

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In Friday’s episode (Syfy, 10/9c), the occasion of her son Sam’s birthday steers Kiera on a path to an emotional meltdown — a spiral not helped any when Gardiner and his minions confront the mysterious “federal agent” about her litany of lies, in the course of a departmental “mole hunt.”

As seen in the clip below, when Gardiner pushes Kiera’s buttons a bit too hard, she shoves back — literally, triggering an internal diagnostic within her CMR that forces her to deal with her loss… or else. Press PLAY, then scroll down for more.

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Series star Rachel Nichols previously described the CMR safeguard as “an on-board shrink,” and one played be genre-TV vet Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica, Smallville). “and when your [stress] levels get to a certain point, the shrink comes in says, ‘Hi. I’m shutting you down until we talk through this and your levels are back to normal.'”

The intelligent intervention tees up what Nichols called “a very aggressive, beautiful and heart-breaking episode.” Costar Lexa Doig (aka Sonya) echoed that sentiment, telling us, “Rachel does a phenomenal job…. It’s quite heartrending, and quite touching.”