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Sci-Fi Continuum (SyFy)

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by fredelon, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. fredelon

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    This a great show made in Vancouver about Time travel.

    Continuum.jpg

    Continuum is a one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land, and has eight of the most ruthless criminals from the future, known as Liber8, loose in the city.

    The show is available on legal streaming in Canada, Through the ShowCase web page.

    http://continuumtheseries.com/episodes/page/3

    This is the best sci-fi show I have been watching since Battlestar Galactica Reimagined. Hollywood North (Vancouver...) once again is giving us some great sci-fi stuff.
     
  2. superintelligentone

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    http://io9.com/5920868/the-origins-of-cont...ime-travel-show
     
  3. superintelligentone

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    Rachel Nichols' Canadian Cable TV series gets picked up by SyFi-UK Channel
    http://www.tvwise.co.uk/2012/08/syfy-uk-acquires-rights-to-canadian-series-continuum/
     
  4. superintelligentone

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    Rachel Nichols' Canadian Cable TV series gets picked up by America's SyFi Channel
    http://www.tv.com/news/news-briefs-syfy-is...ontinuum-29439/
     
  5. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Thanks to my DVR I've been watching this one on SyFy. :)

    After watching all of the episodes that have aired to date, it is starting to lose my attention a bit. An episode about VR mind control? Homemade bomb terrorists? Enemies who might be friends and vice versa? Seems to be a bit of tried & tested script writing going on by keeping it safe. Even the premise of the show, that corporations have taken over civil government, was something dealt with years ago in the RoboCop franchise (and which is also getting its own reboot).

    The actors are doing a fine job with the material though so I'll keep on watching.
     
  6. Azhria Lilu

    Azhria Lilu Rocket Ranger

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    It's kept me curious... looking forward to seeing season 2.
     
  7. Alien Soup

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    In the US Syfy has picked up the second season of Canadian import Continuum. The 13-episode second cycle of the time-traveling police drama will premiere June 7 and air in the Friday 10 PM slot. Season 1 of Continuum averaged 1.35 million total viewers, 644K adults 25-54 and 537K adults 18-49 on Syfy. It stars Rachel Nichols and co-stars Victor Webster and Erik Knudsen.

    Outside of the US the second season was announced back on August 25, 2012 for a premier date of April 21, 2013, on the Canadian network Showcase.
     
  8. Anthony G Williams

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    TV series: Continuum

    I have watched the first few episodes of Continuum, a new Canadian TV series. This features Rachel Nicholas as Keira Cameron, a “protector” (police officer) living with her husband and child in Vancouver in 2077. She is on duty at the planned execution of the leaders of Liber8, a terrorist group responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people, when a strange force is released which sends them – and her – back in time to 2012.

    The world of 2077 is a very different place, one in which huge international corporations have taken over the duties of governments and run police states which tolerate no dissent. Liber8, led by Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola), is dedicated to breaking their hold on power and restoring democracy, and see their group’s displacement into the past as a golden opportunity to stop the corporations before they can gain power. Keira Cameron is equally determined to stop them and, after they begin a violent crime spree to obtain weapons and money, works with the Vancouver police to track them down. She is aided by Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), a geeky young computer genius who has devised a communications technology able to link up with her advanced systems.

    This series is proving to have a nicely-judged blend of elements with several inbuilt tensions: between Cameron and the terrorists, whom she despises but also needs as they hold the key to her return to her family in 2077; between Cameron and the present-day police - particularly Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) - who are unaware of her background and are curious to find out as much about her as possible; within the terrorists, between the dedicated fanatics and those who welcome the opportunity to start afresh and use their knowledge to become very rich; and indeed in the conflict between Liber8 and the world of 2077. Who would not support the idea of a democracy battling against a police state? Yet it is the democrats who are the ruthless terrorists and the representative of the police state who is the heroine. There is also a developing mystery about the role of Alec Sadler, who we also see in 2077 (played by William B Davis) as the elderly head of a powerful corporation who has become acquainted with Cameron and is present when she is thrown back into the past.

    As an occasional break from the 2012 action we see the protagonists in the years leading up to 2077, revealing their past histories. There are some nice SF touches particularly concerned with Cameron’s bulletproof protector suit, which is packed with advanced technology and can also make her invisible, and with the systems built into her body. There are some impressive scenes when she looks at views of Vancouver in 2012 and then superimposes her knowledge of the same view in 2077. There is even some humour, as Cameron comes to grips with the limitations of 2012 technology, and a touch of incipient romance in the growing attraction Detective Fonnegra feels for her. Rachel Nicholas (an actress I haven’t seen before) is very good as Keira Cameron, revealing an appealing blend of tough competence and vulnerability as she struggles to cope with the loss of her family.

    All in all this is shaping up to be one of the best TV series I’ve seen in a long time. The plot is complex and intriguing, the story lines adult and convincing, and I enjoy the effective blend of SF and detective elements, my two favourite genres. Highly recommended.


    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
     
  9. Gemma

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    I know it has been on TV for a little while now but I've only just got around to watching this series, I've got 2 episodes left of season one and I think we've reached episode 7 in the second season which I've got saved on my HD box.

    I didn't think I was going to enjoy it when I watched the very first episode but it has turned out to be pretty good so far with some good stories and ideas.

    Anyone else watched it? Enjoyed it?
     
  10. Kevin

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    I've been watching and so far it has been enjoyable. The pace of the action is pretty slow at times but there is still enough of the mystery factor that is drawing me in to watching it.
     
  11. Aliascharmed

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    Also has Vicotr Webster from Charmed and Mutant X. He's is never a bad reason to watch a show either.
     
  12. Azhria Lilu

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    Yeah, he is a bit of nice eye-candy :)
     
  13. Kevin

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    ... and this week SyFy has announced that they'll also pick up the third season of Continuum. It had already been renewed for a third season by Showcase for the Canadian market.
     
  14. Gemma

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    I've watched all of this so far but I must admit I nearly gave up watching it on more than one occasion - at times the story was a mess and it seemed to lose its way but it all came good again towards the end of the third season.

    I haven't been able to find out any information on whether it has been renewed for a fourth season or not, does anyone know?
     
  15. Kevin

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    I have to agree with where the story line went; by the middle of S3 it was all over the place but mostly came back together again by the end. Between the multiple alternate timelines, multiple alternate copies of characters, and changing alliances it was hard to keep up with at times. With the S3 ending they must have realized it and cleaned house for a slight reboot of the story.

    As far as I know it hasn't been announced yet.
     
  16. Daryn

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    I agree that the story line got a bit unwieldy at times and with so many characters coming into play, the whole thing felt like it needed some streamlining, but I'm still invested in the two main characters, Alec and Kiera and would really like to see it continue for another season.
     
  17. Gemma

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    After months of waiting, Continuum has been renewed for a 6-episode fourth and final season.

    Source: http://deadline.com/2014/12/continuum-renewed-season-4-final-6-episodes-1201316200/

    I thought it could have done a bit more than that. Glad to see it return to wrap up the story though, must have been a long fight for that. Would have been annoyed if it was just canned like so many other shows.
     
  18. Kevin

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    The mini-season is getting closer. It'll premiere September 15 in Canada. I don't know about the other markets yet.
     
  19. Anthony G Williams

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    TV – Continuum Season 3

    At long last the third season of the Canadian time-travel serial has become available on DVD in the UK. To refresh your memories, this follows the efforts of Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) a 2077 "Protector" (paramilitary law officer), thrown back to the present day in an incident which also sends back members of Liber8, a terrorist organisation. Liber8 is fighting to stop major corporations from taking over the country and turning it into a police state, and in fleeing to the past hope to change history by preventing this from happening. Cameron, who despite being the heroine is working for that police state, is desperately trying to stop them since, if they were to succeed, the future she had left behind would vanish, destroying any hope that she might some day return to her husband and child.

    The first two seasons are full of plot complexities as the Liber8 members subdivide while Cameron (aided by some high-tech hardware) tries to establish a new identity in the present day as a detective, despite being regarded with suspicion by her new colleagues. Another key figure is Alex Sadler, who in 2077 is an elderly industrialist of immense power and who seems to have something to do with the time-travelling incident. Cameron comes across him as a young computer geek in the present day (Erik Knudsen) and they work together to hunt down Liber8.

    In the third season, even more complexity is added by a further leap back in time of only a week by Sadler and Cameron, which results in two of each of them sharing the same timeline. Also featuring are the Freelancers, a covert group with knowledge of the future who act to police time travel in order to prevent the kind of changes Liber8 want to make, and someone who appears to come from a very different alternative future. The original Sadler has inherited control of a large corporation and is trying to establish himself by introducing far-reaching technical innovations inspired by what he has learned from Cameron, while his double from the near future has a different agenda. The complexities pile up and both concentration and a good memory are required to keep track of everything that is going on, particularly since the scenes keep jumping between the present and the future – the latter to fill in more of Cameron's backstory. Meanwhile Cameron seems to be no closer to getting back to her home in the future – and the moral ambiguity which underlies the story becomes more marked, with indications that she is beginning to feel some sympathy with the aims of Liber8, as even more ruthless criminals emerge to fight for the corporations. In the final episode there is twist after twist in the plot, setting up what should be a dramatic final half-season of six episodes, due to show on Canadian TV this autumn.

    The standard of the previous seasons is maintained, my only complaint being the lack of any of the flashes of humour that the serial started with. Continuum is still the best TV SF drama since Fringe, and provides top-class entertainment.


    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
     
  20. Kevin

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    With my binge watching of Supernatural lately I missed that Continuum aired this week here in the US, two episodes back-to-back.

    Looks like they are trying to wrap-up some of the various loose ends by shifting the focus of who the bad guys are to one main character that is turning into a mutual enemy of the various time traveler factions.

    With two episodes down out of the six for the season, there is still a lot that needs to be covered yet.
     

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