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Five Reasons You Should Be Watching Continuum

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continuumThere’s a dearth of quality sci-fi on television right now. Admittedly, I’m a tough critic, but die-hard sci-fi fans tend to be. Even though I tried repeatedly, I never got into Almost Human, (or Falling Skies or Under the Dome). I stopped watching Helix after three baffling episodes, and suffered through an episode-and-a-half of Revolution before reaching the same decision NBC recently did. There’s Doctor Who, of course, which remains in a category of its own, but the pickings are slim, which is why anyone who appreciates sci-fi should be tuning into Continuum (just for the record, Orphan Black makes the short list too, and I don’t count Cosmos as sci-fi, even though creationists would have us believe it’s fiction). Continuum’s first season is pretty strong, but the show has only improved from there. Now, 7 episodes into season three, the show has officially become a go-to genre fix for me.

Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.

Continuum

Here’s the helpful “green branch / red branch” explanation of the timelines

Time travel

Continuum is a time travel show that has become more than just a show about jumping through time. The premise, for those who don’t know, is that in the year 2077, the world has become a dystopian surveillance state. Protagonist Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols, who also showed up on Alias and Star Trek) is a City Protective Services officer who attends the execution of a group of terrorists, only to get accidentally sucked into their last-minute time travel shenanigans. Whisked back 65 years, Kiera hooks up with the Vancouver Police Department and tries to stop the terrorists while also trying to get back home to her family.

But here’s the thing—the better she is at stopping the terrorists, the more likely it is that she’s eradicating the life she had in 2077. She won’t necessarily change the future, as the time travel paradox suggests that what she is doing has always been a part of the plan, but she may be starting a new timeline altogether. That dynamic tension, as well as the discovery of the time travel rules of the show, functions as compelling driving force.

Season three has upped the ante even more. Another major character, Alec (Erik Knudsen), also took a spin with the time travel device, so now the timeline has split and there are two Alecs. One of them will bring about the future as they know it, and Kiera has to figure out which. She jumps back too, and now there are two of her. They don’t heed Doc Brown’s advice about not messing with the space-time continuum—the dueling Alecs come face to face more than once and fisticuffs ensue. But now all this time-travel stuff has become exponentially more complicated due to the multiple strands.

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Comments

  1. Grim Fandango says:

    Revolution is great, the second season especially what with the ‘nano’s absorbing all the electricity which is why there’s no power!

  2. sounder says:

    Continuum makes a future prediction about a ‘Global Corporate Congress’ running the North American Union (NAU) an economic and political union of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This kind of prediction has been speculated for some time. Usually by the tinfoil hat crowd. Now, with a Supreme Court that’s fast-tracking the belief of corporate personhood or ‘corporations are people’ the next step is corporations running for public office.

    tinfoil off.

    • Shaun Murry says:

      Did you notice they were investigating Sonmanto which sounds an awful lot like monsanto? I about died laughing- and wondered if anyone else made the connection.

  3. LS Pnuema says:

    I like Continuum….glad they’re continueing it.
    …of the names mentioned, Falling Skies and Under The Dome are really good sci-fi shows.

  4. maryjanescomicsandrecordshop says:

    Sorry, I tried watching it, and I watch lot of Sci-Fi, but it was soooo boring.

  5. disqus_0GG9PW7s3A says:

    This author has no taste. Being human and revolution were both awesome

    • Emil Knight says:

      The UK version of Being Human was awesome. The US version sucked. I was disappointed at almost every level by the US version…

      • debbers says:

        Thanks for the heads up on the UK version. If I knew there was a UK version before, I must’ve forgotten. I can’t wait to check it out.

        • Ronald Smith says:

          The UK version was great until the final two seasons then it went off the rails

    • Shaun Murry says:

      The author said Almost Human, not Being Human. Different show. Being Human was the vamp, the wolf, and the ghost- and it was awesome. I never saw Almost Human so I don’t even know if it was good or not.

  6. hondo says:

    Is it really necessary to take a swipe at creationists?

  7. James Patrick Bowler says:

    Oh man I did the same damn thing with Helix….I WANTED to get into it….but my goodness if the plot line made no sense whatsoever.

  8. ZecsMarquis says:

    I’m not sure what’s up with the beginning knock on Revolution. I watch The Blacklist, Revolution, AND Continuum as well as Falling Skies. I love them all equally, and I really love Continuum! I think they’re all great shows. Strange poke there…as others said, there’s nothing really wrong with Revolution, NBC is just retarded. Literally. The mass just wants brainless content like reality and talent shows. Die hard fans of shows with story or breadth just aren’t as big these days, it’s really sad.

  9. Jeff Bonczyk says:

    continuum is great. not just because its an awesome show.. but ALSO because of the state of the USA right now. whether people want to see it or not.. we are slowly but surely losing our freedoms.. patriot act, HR 347, and sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA bill are just a few examples.. and dont take my word for it.. do the research yourself.

  10. Riven Daniel says:

    …………..save for the flashbacks, these are the most shallow reasons to watch a tv show ever

  11. Ronald Smith says:

    I can agree Continuum is a great show. But so is Revolution and Falling Skies, you may want to give them another shot. But it looks like NBC is going to leave us hanging on Revolution.

  12. Michiel van den Boogaart says:

    The CMR and her suit are two seperate things 😉 Not one as you seem to suggest in the article

  13. Christopher Tkachuk says:

    I really enjoyed Revolution. It got off to a really slow start, but if you start halfway through the first season (when they rescue her brother) it gets really good.