By Jamie Ruby
Canada's hit scripted series, Continuum
, premieres for the first time in the US, on Monday on Syfy. The series follows Kiera Cameron, played by Rachel Nichols, a City Protective Service Officer from 2077 who ends up trapped in present day after terrorists inadvertently take her along as they escape their execution.
Cameron must learn her away around the vastly different world, with only the help of teenage tech expert Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), who discovers her secret. In attempt to find the terrorists she works to hide her true identity and infiltrate the police department in hope to stop them from changing the future. Her ultimate goal is also to return to her husband (John Reardon) and son in her future. With her new partner at the precinct, Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster), they try to track down the terrorists.
While watching Continuum
, it didn't take very long for me to know that I'm going to love this show. The characters are well developed, and well-acted, and the storyline is really intriguing. Of course there are also all the cool gadgets that sci-fi geeks will love. The effects of course are also fantastic, and the design of 2077 is a cool one.
More specifically, I really enjoyed Kiera's interactions with Alec. He's a bit quirky, and also entertaining. It's fun to watch him start to piece things together as he realizes where she is from.
Kiera's relationship with Carlos is also an interesting one as it starts to develop. It's a good bet that she will struggle in the future with not being able to tell him the truth.
The terrorist storyline is also engaging, because I get a feeling that as the story unravels, we may discover that there may be some validity to what they're after, even if obviously their methods were abhorrent.
I also enjoy the fact that this show, as of what I've seen so far, seems to know what it's doing. It talks about both theories of time travel, even if it hasn't yet picked a side, but I hope and suspect that that means the writers won't just throw in things that are totally inconsistent if they do choose a side. However, I'm not sure that they really even need to, which is very refreshing.
The tag line, "control the past; save the future," actually sums it up pretty well, though it's obviously not that simple. Continuum
is a complex sci-fi drama that fans of many genres will love. It's definitely got continuity, but it also has some procedural elements, and the stories, even if science fiction, I think will appeal to a wide variety of viewers. If you are looking for something exciting, fun, and unique, check out Continuum
; you won't be disappointed.
Stay tuned to SciFi Vision for an interview with stars Rachel Nichols and Victor Webster and creator Simon Barry.