After an up and down first season, Continuum spent the next two quietly becoming one of the best science fiction shows on television. It has everything you need: time travel, futuristic technology, conspiracies, and a heroine who kicks a lot of ass. The Canadian-produced show airs on Showcase in the Great White North, but in the US, Syfy has the honor of airing new episodes every Friday night, and we have a new sneak peek at this week’s installment, entitled “Minute of Silence.”
The network’s official synopsis for “Minute of Silence” is very, very brief. “These criminals are practically invisible. How will Kiera solve this crime?” Told you so. That doesn’t really tell you much about the episode, except that protagonist Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) will have a particularly difficult time apprehending these outlaws. And who can blame her, this clip is really like watching parkour video. These guys aren’t using your usual avenues to break into places. They’re willing to climb walls like acrobatic monkeys, balance precariously on thin ledges, and jump across large gaps to get into the buildings that they target. You can bet there it going to be a chase scene where these felons make a unique getaway.
These bandits are way more graceful than the vast majority of us sitting in the audience. Then again, maybe they’re getting a pumped up adrenaline surge from that sweet rock jam playing over the top of the action. Hey, it worked for Jessica Beil in Blade: Trinity, who’s to say it won’t pan out for these guys.
For those of you not familiar with Continuum, you’re really missing out. The story follows Kiera, a law enforcement agent from the year 2077. When she is accidentally sucked back in time to the present day, along with a group of terrorists who were about to be executed, she has to adapt to our way of life, stop the bad guys from using their knowledge to alter the future, and figure out a way to get back to her own life and the family she left behind. Things are way more complicated than that, but you get the general idea.
Sadly, I won’t actually be watching this episode, because I am still working my way through season two. I got a late start, but I’ll get there eventually. The quality of Continuum is one of the things that gives us hope that, now that Syfy has re-committed itself to producing original genre content, the network may once again become a relevant source in all things science fiction. You can check out our breakdown of all of the shows that they are currently developing HERE, or read our interview with Continuum co-star Victor Webster HERE.