This was a really good episode. It started out reminding me of that Stargate: SG1
episode-- not surprising, given that some of the same creative personnel are involved-- but ended up also reminding me of that episode of Andromeda
, before it sucked, where they met their future counterparts, as well as several episodes of Babylon 5
where we got glimpses of what was to come.
Three being stuck in a time loop was as funny as you could imagine-- possibly funnier-- and pretty impossible to break out of, until somebody got trapped with him. One of the weaknesses of the plot, though, was the McGuffin that triggered the loop. Just some random experimental device that Adrian had ripped off from somebody. A bit too random, I thought, but no big deal.
The time loop actually turned out to be useful in several ways. The most obvious was that it helped the crew beat Ryo's nearly unbeatable assassin-- now he's stuck in the wall in his underwear. How embarrassing.
But it also gave Three time (how much, I wonder?) to think through the Sarah situation and to decide that she really is who she appears to be. And also, in the best scene of the episode, he finally, after countless failed attempts, made Five feel a little better. His reaction to that was priceless.
But then things got a little ominous. Android tried to test her calibration of the time loop device and she got it a bit wrong, managing to somehow get herself unstuck in time. She got shot by Three (I'm not sure if that was the past or the future), found herself crying in grief while looking much more human, was disassembled like the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
because she has connections to the android rebellion, and finally, in full Cyberpunk Goth mode, encountered a very elderly Five at "the end of time." Old Five rattled off a bunch of ominous things to come that somebody else has probably transcribed-- there was something about a Dwarf Star Conspiracy and Android meeting her maker-- and there was a general sense of death, doom, and assorted chaos on the horizon.