Continuum (TV series)

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Continuum
The intertitle of Continuum.
Continuum intertitle
GenreDrama
Action
Science fiction
Cyberpunk
Created bySimon Barry
StarringRachel Nichols
Victor Webster
Erik Knudsen
Stephen Lobo
Roger Cross
Lexa Doig
Tony Amendola
Omari Newton
Luvia Petersen
Jennifer Spence
Brian Markinson
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Simon Barry
Sara B. Cooper
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyJoel Ransom
Running time44 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Reunion Pictures
Boy Meets Girl Film Company
Shaw Media
GK-tv
Broadcast
Original channelShowcase
Original runMay 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)[2] – present
External links
Website
 
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Continuum
The intertitle of Continuum.
Continuum intertitle
GenreDrama
Action
Science fiction
Cyberpunk
Created bySimon Barry
StarringRachel Nichols
Victor Webster
Erik Knudsen
Stephen Lobo
Roger Cross
Lexa Doig
Tony Amendola
Omari Newton
Luvia Petersen
Jennifer Spence
Brian Markinson
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Simon Barry
Sara B. Cooper
Location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
CinematographyJoel Ransom
Running time44 minutes[1]
Production company(s)Reunion Pictures
Boy Meets Girl Film Company
Shaw Media
GK-tv
Broadcast
Original channelShowcase
Original runMay 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)[2] – present
External links
Website

Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series created by Simon Barry and produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and GK-TV.

The series centers on the conflict between a group of rebels from the year 2077 who time-travel to Vancouver, BC, in 2012, and a police officer who accidentally accompanies them. In spite of being many years early, the rebel group decides to continue its violent campaign to stop corporations of the future from replacing governments, while the police officer endeavours to stop them without revealing to anyone that she and the rebels are from the future.

The show premiered on Showcase on May 27, 2012.[2] The first season has 10 episodes.[2] On August 25, 2012, Showcase renewed Continuum for a second season of 13 episodes[3] which premiered on April 21, 2013 (Showcase) in Canada, May 23, 2013 (Syfy) in the UK and on June 7, 2013 (Syfy) in the US.[4] On June 5, 2013, Continuum was officially renewed and will be returning for a third season[5] slated to premiere in March 2014.[6]

Plot[edit]

Every episode begins with the plot of the show narrated by a voiceover from the point of view of Kiera Cameron.

2077. My time, my city, my family. When terrorists killed thousands of innocents, they were condemned to die. They had other plans. A time travel device sent us all back 65 years. I want to get home but I can't be sure what I will return to if history is changed. Their plan, to corrupt and control the present in order to win the future. What they didn't plan on was me!

City Protective Services (CPS) law enforcement officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) lives a quiet, normal life with her husband and son in 2077-era Vancouver. Under the corporatocratic and oligarchic dystopia of the North American Union and its "Corporate Congress", life goes on in apparent freedom under a technologically advanced high-surveillance police state.

When a group of anarcho-socialist self-proclaimed freedom fighters known as "Liber8" escape execution by fleeing to the year 2012, Kiera is involuntarily transported with them into the past. Joining with Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) and the Vancouver Police Department, and enlisting the help of teen computer genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), Kiera works to track down and thwart Edouard Kagame (Tony Amendola) and his followers in the present day while concealing her identity as a time-traveller from the future.

Kagame and the members of Liber8 plot to alter the past to avert the rise of what they see as a dictatorial and Orwellian corporate regime to be stopped at all costs. Meanwhile, Kiera learns that Alec is none other than Alec Sadler, future corporate mogul and head of SadTech, one of the mega-corporations that dominate the world in 2077.

Fighting to return home to her family, Kiera finds that her presence in 2012, and that of the members of Liber8, may be no accident at all.

Time travel[edit]

Throughout the series, multiple theories are suggested as to the nature of time travel and its effect on the timeline of events leading from 2012 to 2077.

In discussion with Kiera, Alec posits that his future self recalled his interactions with Kiera in the past, potentially inspiring the creation of his own cybernetic technology from her futuristic implants and equipment and leading to a "time loop" whereby conditions in 2077 cannot be altered. Otherwise, Alec and Kiera consider that Kiera and Liber8's presence in the past may have already altered the timeline and created a separate chain of events, and thus the state of the world in 2077 is no longer certain.

Evidence for each possibility is presented over the course of the series. Ultimately, the first season finale, "Endtimes", reveals that the elderly Alec Sadler orchestrated the time jump that sent Kiera and the members of Liber8 back in time and that he knew precisely what was to occur in 2012. At the start of the second season, the contents of a message sent from the 2077-era Alec to his younger self reveal that his apparent goal is to avert the corporate-dominated future that his actions and inventions created. It is, however, unclear whether this is possible and what implications it may have for the unfolding timeline; it is presently unclear if future-Alec has any memory of the events of 2013 since Kiera went to the past, although the fact that he appears to have been aware that Kiera would be in a position to meet himself -- implanting certain codes and messages in her suit and CMR -- along with his knowledge of the freelance time travelers that Kiera learned about during her time in the past, suggests that at least some version of the time-travel happened before.

Series creator and executive producer Simon Barry has confirmed that the creative staff have established a set of "rules" for the version of time travel depicted, which will be further explored as the series progresses.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The main cast of the show at Fan Expo Canada. From left: Erik Knudsen, Victor Webster and Rachel Nichols

Recurring cast[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesFirst broadcastDVD and Blu-ray release date
Season premiereSeason finaleRegion 1Region 2Region 4
110May 27, 2012 (2012-05-27)August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)March 26, 2013[8]January 28, 2013[9]April 24, 2013[10]
213April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)[11]August 4, 2013N/AN/AN/A
3TBAMarch 2014 (March 2014)[12]N/AN/AN/AN/A

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Series creator Simon Barry explains how the show was picked up by Showcase:

I had developed the idea for US networks (where I had been selling for several years, but not getting picked up) and before I got a chance to take Continuum out and pitch it, I was hired by CBS to write a different pilot. In the middle of that job, my director friend Pat Williams took a meeting at Showcase Network in Canada and called me in a panic because he didn't have anything to pitch. I gave him the idea for Continuum to pass on to the executives there. They immediately saw the potential and hired me to write a pilot script. Because it was first set up with Showcase, there was much more of an appetite for Sci-Fi and genre bending concepts. Showcase really understood what the show could be from day one.[13]

Broadcast[edit]

Continuum premiered in the UK on September 27, 2012 on Syfy.[14][15] The show aired in the U.S. on January 14, 2013 on Syfy.[16] The show premiered in Australia on SF on February 21, 2013.[17] In France, Syfy broadcast the show on November 12, 2013.[18] In Canadian French, addikTV broadcast the show on November 6, 2013.[19]

Reception[edit]

Reviewer Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times described the series as "slick" and highlighted its attention to detail.[20] Reviewer David Hinckley of the New York Daily News compared Continuum positively to Life on Mars, another series with a time travelling police officer, and gave the show three stars out of five.[21] According to Hinckley, the series has potential to do well, and if it "doesn't aim to soar, it executes the basics well".

In other media[edit]

Online game[edit]

Zeros 2 Heroes Media Inc. has created an alternate reality game website, Continuum The Game, hosted on http://continuum-the-game.com/ .[22]

Online comics[edit]

The game site also includes a Comics section, featuring Continuum: The War Files, which is an eight part graphic novel that tells the war that is going on in 2065, between the Corporations and Liber8. For now, the comic is available only in Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Showcasedotca . (April 29, 2013). "Social Media Expands the World of Continuum". YouTube. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "'Continuum Sponsorship Opportunities'". Shaw Media Advertising Release. March 22, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Continuum Gets Renewed for Season Two!". Showcase. August 25, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (26 March 2013). "Syfy Announces 'Continuum' Season 2 Premiere Date". TVLine. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Coming to Showcase in 2013/14, June 05, 2013
  6. ^ Slated to premiere in March 2014, November 21, 2013
  7. ^ Vogt, Tiffany (January 21, 2013). "Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster and EP Simon Barry Delve into the Complex World of the new Syfy Series CONTINUUM". The TV Addict. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Continuum-Season 1 of the Syfy Series on DVD, Blu-ray Disc". TV Shows on DVD. March 22, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Continuum - Season 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Continuum - Season 1". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nichols, Rachel (February 27, 2013). "Continuum S2 - A message from Rachel Nichols". YouTube. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Press Release". Shaw Media. November 21, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane. "The Origins of Continuum, Our New Favorite Time Travel Show". io9. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Munn, Patrick (August 23, 2012). "Syfy UK Acquires Rights To Canadian Series 'Continuum'". TVWise. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  15. ^ Munn, Patrick (August 23, 2012). "Syfy UK Sets Premiere Date For 'Continuum'". TVWise. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Syfy Is Importing Canada's Sci-Fi Drama Continuum". August 27, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ Knox, David (February 5, 2013). "Airdate: Continuum TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ Meunier, Audrey (January 27, 2013). ""Continuum" débarque à notre époque le 12 novembre sur Syfy" ["Continuum" landed in our time on 12 November on Syfy] (in French). 
  19. ^ Meunier, Audrey (January 27, 2013). ""Continuum" Saison 1" ["Continuum" Season 1] (in French). 
  20. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (February 8, 2013). "They're From the Future, and Canada: 'Continuum' on Syfy Is Latest Canadian TV Import". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ Hinckley, David (January 14, 2013). "TV review: 'Continuum'". Daily News. New York. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Continuum The Game". Zeros 2 Heroes Media Inc. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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