Alasdair Stuart writes
Continuum, on paper, either shouldn’t work or be disposable popcorn. The show follows Kiera Cameron, a female cop from 65 years upstream, as she’s thrown back in time during an escape attempt by Liber-8, an anti-Corporate terrorist group. Kiera is a classic fish out of water and a lesser show would have spent an entire season, or seasons, making ever smaller bricks out of a premise which boils down to ‘Kiera almost catches the members of Liber-8 and gets home but fails.’
Continuum doesn’t do that, basically at all. Instead, it consistently unpacks and plays with its premise in ways few, if any, other genre shows have been brave enough to do. The show systematically takes all her support mechanisms, and its own plot crutches away, ranging from Kiera’s wearable super computer to her own belief that she’s fighting for the right side. Even better, it does the same thing for the members of Liber-8, who, suddenly faced with a world far nice than the one they escaped from. Loyalties shift, characters change and this all takes place around some really smart takes on established time travel plot lines. The show’s take on the Grandfather (or grandmother) paradox alone is fantastic and the season finale shakes things up in a way very few other series seem brave enough to do. Plus it’s chock full of ‘Oh it’s him!/her!’ casting and Vancouver actually gets to play Vancouver which is always nice to see.
Especially as, Deadline reports, SyFy have picked it up for a second run. Season 2 will premiere June 7th in the 10pm slot and, between then and now you can catch the entire first season either on the series’ homepage or, chances are, on SyFy itself, more than once. Give it a shot, it’s a really smart, fun show and the first season’s well worth picking up.
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