EXCLUSIVE: This Week on CONTINUUM with Creator Simon Barry
Premiering tonight on Syfy is the time-travel television series Continuum, and in the first installment of a new exclusive feature on CBM's SciFi Media Zone page, creator Simon Barry teases what viewers can expect from each episode.
Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, Criminal Minds) as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day. When a group of fanatical terrorists escapes their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time to 2012, they inadvertently sweep along Kiera, a dedicated City Protective Services officer. With unexpected assistance from teen tech genius Alec Sadler, played by Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), Kiera infiltrates the local police department and forms an uneasy alliance with her new partner, detective Carlos Fonnegra, portrayed by Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place). Though desperate to get back to her husband and son, Kiera concentrates on bringing down the terrorists before they change the course of history. Executive producers of Continuum are Simon Barry (The Art of War), Jeff King (Stargate SG-1, White Collar), Tom Rowe (Tin Man), Pat Williams (Smallville) and Reunion Pictures. The premiere episode, "A Stitch in Time," is written by Simon Barry and directed by Jon Cassar (24, Terra Nova)
"This week on Continuum is the incident that starts it all," explains Barry. "The execution that turns into a prison break in an unexpected way and the beginning of a journey for Keira Cameron. This episode is also about her meeting Alec, a young man who, through her, discovers probably more than he should know about his own future and this develops a relationship between them."
Elaborating a bit on the the basic premise, he notes that the fugitives call themselves Liber8, a terrorist organization from the perspective of the future. "And what Liber8 manages to do through a conspiracy is put together a prison break, if you will, but it’s not the kind of prison break that goes through a wall or a tunnel. They are given the kind of technology - experimental technology that allows them to basically set off a bomb that creates a wormhole - a time travel portal if you will," says Barry. "And so their escape is on the one hand a planned event, but they aren’t supposed to end up in 2012. They were only supposed to end up kind of at the tipping point of their future revolution. So it’s a bit of a mistake, but they realize very quickly that they can still change history from the perspective of 2012. Kiera, who has been brought back with them, realizes that as much as she wants to get back, her ability to get home is inextricably tied to stopping this group of people from executing their mission, which is to change history."
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