Continuum (TV series)

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Continuum
The intertitle of Continuum.
Continuum intertitle
Genre
  • Drama
  • Action
  • Science fiction
Created bySimon Barry
Starring
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36 (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)
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
Genre
  • Drama
  • Action
  • Science fiction
Created bySimon Barry
Starring
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36 (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)
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 for a third season[5] which premiered on March 16, 2014 on Showcase in Canada and April 4, 2014 on Syfy in the US.[6][7]

During an interview in May 2014, Simon Barry revealed that he has 7 to 10 seasons in mind for Continuum[8][9] while Rachel Nichols also hinted at a "completely different Kiera",[8][9] Simon Barry said in an interview that information about Season 4 will be announced by Shaw Media in July.[8] On July 16, 2014, Barry stated that Shaw would release renewal or cancellation news in early August.[8][10][11] However no announcement had been made by November although Denis McGarth stated on August 23, 2014 that news would arrive soon.[8][12][13] On September 26, Syfy confirmed that they were unlikely to save Continuum should Showcase choose to cancel it.[8][14][15] On November 13, 2014, Barry hinted that a decision will finally be made by the end of November, tweeting "November is the new August...".[8][16][17] However, no annoncement was made by December 2014.[8]

Prelude[edit]

Episodes from seasons 1 and 2 begin 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.

In Season 3, the narration was replaced by a new sequence that contains a CGI version of the time travel device, scenes from previous seasons, and cast credits, before finishing with Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) holding the device, followed by the title card.[18]

Plot[edit]

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 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-traveler 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 knows that Alec Sadler will become the 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.[19]

Technology[edit]

Kiera came through the portal with her standard City Protection Service equipment: Suit, enabling enhanced strength, bulletproof protection, complete invisibility with color-changing camouflage, an electric taser system, capable of emitting an energy shield bubble and advanced computer processing capabilities with built-in screens for data access in her wrists. Kiera is cybernetically enhanced with Cybernetic visual implants with functions that include biorhythm detection, heat detection and telescopic vision. When Kiera's suit is in proximity, she gains additional functionality, including complete personnel information on targets, and forensic data processing and computing. Kiera also has an electronic Multi-tool: a hand-held device that features wireless frequency generation (capable of matching current model wireless car door locks and other devices), a fingerprint duster that is electronically linked to her visual implants, a magnetic field generator, and a medical injector for various drugs from truth serum to stimulants.

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]

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.[20]

Broadcast[edit]

The series premiered in the UK on September 27, 2012 on Syfy (UK),[21][22] with season 2 returning on May 23, 2013.[23] The third season was rights for UK airings were again given to Syfy in November 2014.[24]

The series premiered in the U.S. on January 14, 2013 on Syfy,[25][26] with season 2 returning June 7, 2013,[27] and season 3 on April 4, 2014.[28]

The series premiered in Australia on SF on February 21, 2013,[29] and returned for season 2 on October 3, 2013.[30] Season 3 premiered on Syfy (Australia) (the replacement to the now defunct SF) on May 5, 2014.[31]

In Canada, the series debut in Canadian French on addikTV on November 6, 2013.[32]

Reception[edit]

Reviewer Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times described the series as "slick" and highlighted its attention to detail.[33] 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.[34] According to Hinckley, the series has potential to do well, and if it "doesn't aim to soar, it executes the basics well".

Awards[edit]

The series connected with Canada's television arts organizations. On January 15, 2013, the day after the U.S. launch, the Canadian Screen Awards (now one group after the merger of the Genie and Gemini Awards) nominated Continuum for 5 Screenies: Best Drama Series, Writing, Direction, Music and Visual Effects. It won in the latter category.

On February 20, 2013, Continuum was cited by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror (Saturn Awards) for Best Television Presentation. This category represents the best TV show of 10 or fewer episodes. There was a special circumstance as the Saturns' eligibility period is based on a calendar year (from January 1 to December 31). Since Continuum didn't debut in the U.S. until 2 weeks afterwards, an exception was made to include it in the TV Presentation lineup. It eventually lost, however, to Breaking Bad.

It was followed later that week by a nomination for the season 1 finale from the Writers Guild of Canada, only to be upset April 23 losing to The L.A. Complex.

The show was showered with an all-time record 16 Leo Award nominations.[35] The awards were handed out June 6 and 7 of 2013, competing against titles such as The CW's Arrow and CBC's Arctic Air. Continuum's nominations included:

For 2014, the Leo Award Nominations included:

On March 9, 2013 the Constellation Awards announced their nominations; Continuum was cited in four categories. Ultimately, on June 22, it won three: Best Sci-Fi TV Series, Best Sci-Fi Film or TV Script, and the first-ever acting award of any kind for Rachel Nichols (Best Female Performance in a Sci-Fi TV Episode).[36]

In 2014, the show was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards (Supporting Actress, Luvia Petersen and visual effects, again winning the latter), 3 Saturn Award nominations: Best Cable Series; Best Actress-Rachel Nichols; and Best Supporting Actor-Erik Knudsen. The Constellation Awards on March 10 nominated Continuum for the same three awards it won last year. On April 24, the show received a record 21 Leo Award nominations, tied for the fourth largest nomination haul by a comedy or drama series...in North American television history. The Leos will be handed out May 30-June 1 in Vancouver, the Saturns on June 26 in Burbank, CA and the Constellations on July 5 in Toronto.

In other media[edit]

Online game[edit]

Zeros 2 Heroes Media Inc. has created an alternate reality game website, Continuum The Game.[37]

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 of the war going on in 2065, between the Corporations and Liber8. For now, the comic is available only in Canada.[38]

Trading cards[edit]

Rittenhouse released a trading card set based on the show in June 2014.[39]

References[edit]

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  39. ^ "2014 Rittenhouse Continuum Seasons 1 and 2 Trading Cards". Cardboard Connection. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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