While trying to hide one Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) from the other, Kiera (Rachel Nichols) tries to determine which one offers the time-displaced cop her best hope at getting back home. After only a few hours of returning, the future Alec has already made major changed to the timeline beginning with accidentally causing Kellog (Stephen Lobo) plan the assassination of Mr. Escher (Hugh Dillon), who he only learns later is actually Alec’s father. Kiera and the police also must deal with the reunified Liber8 as Garza (Luvia Petersen) returns home to find have made nice, and who Sonya (Lexa Doig) and Travis (Roger R. Cross) have made nice, and who the newly-elected Mayor (Tahmoh Penikett) wants desperately to distance himself from.
Needing help disposing of the younger (and deader) version of herself causes Kiera to go to Carlos (Victor Webster) for help but the murder and the motives behind it remain unsolved. The Mayor’s tragic story ends with the man serving Liber8 one last time before taking his own life, but Kiera’s conundrum about the multiple versions of her friend are still yet to be solved. Through his manipulations in the timeline the second Alec is able to prevent Emily‘s (Magda Apanowicz) death but is unaware of her helping Kellog to kill Escher or his true parentage.
“Minute Man” also includes flashbacks to the series of events that led Kiera to join the police force (featuring a pretty hideous wig for the Nichols), both to serve the state she believed in and to save her mother (Gabrielle Rose) and sister (Max Chadburn) from harsh penalties involving some illegal contraband found in their home. The episode also produces some Back to the Future II-style moments as scenes from last season’s finale are replayed, and slightly changed, due to the presence of a second Alec who Kiera is successfully able to hide from the younger version.
By the end of the episode Kiera is still stuck with the mystery of her death and the time anomaly of two Alec’s disrupting the timeline and any hope of her own future ever coming to pass. Although most of the episode centers around these events, and the Mayor’s troubles, the reemergence of a stronger Liber8 also means more trouble for Kiera and whoever gets in their way. In a timey-wimey episode featuring several small changes that have already led to big ripples, it will be interesting to see how much more Kiera lets the second Alec disrupt the timeline before being forced to take more drastic action.