3 Reasons to Catch Up on 'Continuum'
By Virginia DeBolt on April 11, 2014
Are you a fan of Continuum? If not, I'm here to convert you.
First, check out this extended preview of season 3, episode 1. It's from Showcase, the Canadian source of the show. The series is set in Vancouver. It appears on SyFy in the U.S, where season 3 just began airing.
If this show passed you by, here are three big reasons to catch up with Continuum and continue to watch the new episodes.
1. Rachel Nichols Stars
That's right, a female led science fiction tale. This one is a time travel story. Rachel Nichols stars as Kiera Cameron, who comes from 65 years in the future. In her own time, she has a husband and son to whom she wants desperately to return.
Rachel Nichols as Kiera in her Continuum body suit. Image: © 2013 Syfy Media
Part of her life as a law enforcement officer from the future is the marvel of a body suit she wears that connects her to any information she needs, and the suit is a nerdgasm of awesome tech.
2. It's Action Packed and Future Techy
When she arrives in our time, Kiera becomes a cop who astounds everyone in the department because she seems to know things no one else knows. Her cop partner in this timeline is played by Victor Webster. Her boss is a cranky Brian Markinson. (Brian Markinson seems to fill every casting niche when a cranky boss is needed.)
Victor Webster and Rachel Nichols in Continuum. Image: © 2013 Syfy Media
Part of the reason she knows everything is her body suit, and the other part is that she is connected to Alec Sadler. In the future, Alec Sadler is rich and part of the corporation. He invents the time machine. In our time, he is a young computer genius played by Erik Knudsen who tries to help Kiera and tries to figure out why his future self sent her back to him. His computers are in her head. There are terrorists from a group called Liber8 who want to free themselves from the corporation. One of my favorite leaders of Liber8 is played by Roger Cross. Other time travelers also want to change the future, or, like Kiera, return to the future they once had without causing any changes.
3. The Themes and Issues are Relevant
In the future, there is no government, there is only the corporation. How's that for an important and topical theme? As we come closer and closer to a money-run country rather than a democratic country, story lines dealing with all aspects of what this means are worth exploring. If you want to catch up and have to pay to do it, season 1 is better than season 2. The idea that there was no government, only the corporation, was a big part of season 1. In season 2, the stories were more about the police chasing the terrorists who are out to change the future - in other words, more police procedural and less time travel and sci fi. As you saw in the video above from episode 1 of season 3, there may be a return to the high tech, time travel, roots of the story in season 3. Season 3 is just starting on SyFy on Friday nights.
How to Catch Up
The first two seasons are available on Netfix. For those of you with access to Netflix, you're golden. At the Continuum channel on YouTube, you can catch up on episodes from season 1 and 2 at $1.99 per episode. It's also $1.99 per episode on Amazon Prime, with the entire season going for $14.99. That's cheaper than the iTunes price, which is $2.99 per episode. SyFy has a few videos, but not full episodes. A Season One 101 photo gallery at SyFy contains 20 photos with descriptions that can help you understand what is going on in the story and who a lot of the characters are. Speaking of photo galleries, check out this Pinterest Continuum board.