Continuum: Season One
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Television, Science Fiction, Drama
Street Date: March 26, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray
The Film: Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a police officer from the year 2077, is pulled back in time along with the members of Liber8, a terrorist organization, to 2012. Trapped in the past Kiera poses as government official in order to help track down the terrorists before they can change the course of the future.
The Extras: Interviews with members of the cast and the show’s creator Simon Barry.
Recommendation: When it comes to Syfy original programming I try not to get too excited. I love science fiction, but I tend to hold it to a high standard and often find myself being disappointed more often than I am entertained. So I approached “Continuum” cautiously. Time travel is a tricky plot device that comes with plenty of clichés and pitfalls and police procedurals have been done to death. To combine the two is a dangerous concoction. Insert a heavy dose of political and social commentary into the mix and you’re asking for real trouble. Trouble is exactly what I’m looking for.
In “Continuum” Simon Barry has created a smart series filled with complex characters and a justified paranoia when it comes to the power giant corporations could exert over bankrupt governments. It’s a sink or swim proposition and more often than not “Continuum” gets it right. I’m particularly impressed with the show’s willingness to stray into gray areas where good and evil aren’t nearly as black and white as you might expect.
There are moments where it feels like the writers are making the rules up as they go along because Kiera seems to have access to whatever kind of future crime fighting technology she needs to address the challenge at hand. The show also feels emotionally muted. The audience is repeatedly told that Kiera wants to return to her life as it was, but I’m rarely convinced of it. I need to want her to be able to return to her old life as much as she does. Rachel Nichols is great at being “hard as nails,” but she’s rarely given the chance to be vulnerable or insecure. There is a beautiful scene in the season’s final episode where Kiera’s suffering finally becomes real. The series needs more of those emotional moments. Without them Kiera becomes more of an android and less of a person.
I’m excited to see where the second season will take us.
-Ryan Michael Painter