Even when there’s a lot of science fiction on TV, as there has been recently thanks to shows like The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and The 100, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lot of good science fiction on TV. When the rare gem slips through that’s genuinely worthy of praise, it’s something to celebrate. Well, I hope you’ve stocked up on streamers and party hats, because one of the better recent SF shows currently in production is returning for a third season this week. It’s time to set your DVRs for Continuum, people!
Continuum is actually a Canadian series, originally broadcast on the Showcase network and later imported down here to the States thanks to Syfy (one of the only reasons we’re still accepting Syfy’s phone calls). It stars Rachel Nichols (Alias, Star Trek) as Kiera Cameron, an officer in City Protective Services — essentially the cops tasked with upholding the law in a semi-dystopian 2077-era Vancouver where the corporations have eclipsed governments as the order of the day. During what was supposed to be an execution of several terrorists, Kiera gets dragged back to modern day via an unexpected
plot time travel device. Stranded in the past, Kiera poses as a modern-day cop and begins hunting down the escaped convicts, both because it’s her job and because they may hold the only chance she’s got to return to her home time…and her family.
Continuum is one of those shows that had a ton of good buzz before it migrated down here, but when I first checked it out I wasn’t blown away and lost interest. However, scuttlebutt from people I trust has it that the second season is where the show really started firing on all cylinders, so this is one I’m definitely planning on binge-watching at some point. If you never checked it out but we’ve piqued your interest, here’s the good news: the first two seasons are available streaming on Netflix Instant.
Continuum’s third season begins with the episode “Minute by Minute,” which premieres this Friday, April 4, at 10/9c on Syfy.
Keira Cameron’s world has disintegrated. Alec Sadler betrayed her chance of going back to 2077, using the time travel device in hope of saving his girlfriend. Now Kiera & Liber8, prisoners of the Freelancers scramble to escape their grasp.
Intelligence (CBS, 10/9c) — “Being Human”
When Gabriel and Riley learn that sleeper agents are embedded in the U.S. government, they’re shocked when their identities are revealed.
Star-Crossed (The CW, 8/7c) — “To Seek a Foe”
Grayson (Grey Damon) continues to seek solace from Emery (Aimee Teegarden) after the incident with his mother. Feeling guilty for her part in everything, Emery tells Julia (Malese Jow) she’s going to support Grayson during this trying time with his family, putting her relationship with Roman (Matt Lanter) on hold. Zoe (guest star Dora Madison Burge) sets a trap for Taylor (Natalie Hall) using black cyper, but Lukas (Titus Malkin, Jr.) is the one affected and is rushed to the hospital. When Roman realizes black cyper is involved, he and Drake (Greg Finley) try to find a cure for the deadly poison before it kills Lukas. Meanwhile, Eva (guest star Stephanie Jacobson) gets closer to the truth about Julia’s recovery.
The Tomorrow People (The CW, 9/8c) — “Smoke and Mirrors”
Fed up with Jedikiah’s (Mark Pellegrino) constant lies about his father, Stephen (Robbie Amell) makes a choice about his alliances. Trusting in Ultra and Hillary (guest star Alexa Vega), Stephen wants to bring in a break-out to Ultra to see if things have really changed, much to Cara’s (Peyton List) dismay. Meanwhile, Stephen’s brother (guest star Jacob Kogan) goes missing after Jedikiah forces Stephen to protect him.
Face Off (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Industrial Revolution”
Los Angeles Union Station inspires the artists before they create futuristic robots tailored to specific professions.
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Return of the Skeksis”
The creature designers are given the chance to reimagine the fictional species Skeksis from The Dark Crystal. Later, their characters appear in a screen test for the original 1982 film.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8/7c) — “End of the Beginning”
Agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett are back to help Coulson’s team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’S nefarious enemy — the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master’s identity?
Person of Interest (CBS, 10/9c) — “Most Likely to…”
Reese and Shaw pose as alumni at a high school reunion in order to keep eyes on the latest POI. Meanwhile, Finch and Fusco travel to Washington, D.C., to investigate the motivations behind Vigilance’s latest attack.
The 100 (The CW, 9/8c) — “Earth Kills”
An antibiotic is sought to treat Jasper’s wounds. Meanwhile, Bellamy and his crew hunt for food.
Nova (PBS, 9/8c) — “Wild Predator Invasion”
The effort to return apex predators — such as coyotes, bears and panthers — to the wild in order to restore the natural balance to off-kilter ecosystems is detailed.
Revolution (NBC, 8/7) — “Austin City Limits”
Jason gives Miles info about the Patriots’ plans, prompting Miles and Monroe to head to Austin to try to sabotage the Patriots’ next move. Meanwhile, Priscilla’s bizarre behavior troubles Aaron.
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz, 9/8c)
Leonardo’s quest for the Book of Leaves continues; Pope Sixtus deals aggressively with Florence, leaving Lorenzo to make sacrifices; and Lucrezia undertakes an alliance-forming mission to Rome.
Believe (NBC, 9/8c) — “White Noise”
Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) and Tate (Jake McLaughlin) resurface in Philadelphia where Bo is drawn toward a young woman and her husband, a blogger whose unrelenting pursuit of a mysterious story is threatening to tear the couple apart. Meanwhile, Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan) takes forceful action to track down a traitor within Orchestra. Delroy Lindo and Jamie Chung also star.
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (Fox, 9/8c) — “Hiding in the Light”
The Ship of the Imagination travels back in time to reveal 11th century Europe and North Africa during the golden age of Islam, when brilliant physicist Ibn al-Haytham discovered the scientific method and first understood how we see, and how light travels. Later, William Herschel discovers the infrared and the signature hidden in the light of every star, eventually unlocking one of the keys to the cosmos.
Resurrection (ABC, 9/8c) — “Insomnia”
Bellamy struggles to keep Jacob safe from outside forces. But a tragic incident from his past as a cop continues to haunt him. Elaine is pressured to find out where dad Caleb hid the stolen bank money before the FBI comes to town and learns the truth about Arcadia. Maggie delivers shocking news to Rachael, and Caleb gives Bellamy a chilling warning.