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.

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By EdGross - 1/14/2013
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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DRMidNite - 1/14/2013, 4:45 AM
Saw the show when it came out. Really not all that great. Like a lame-ass remake of Time Trax or something.
PsyGuy - 1/14/2013, 5:56 AM
I watched it online earlier... It's not great.
Nick56 - 1/14/2013, 8:14 AM
Saw the first few episodes when it originally aired it was good but I never really got into it. Visually its well made
EdGross - 1/14/2013, 8:47 AM
What's amazing is that as you watch the show, you find yourself getting swept up in it. By the time of the 10th episode, you're frustrated that the season is over.
goatman - 1/14/2013, 11:12 AM
@DRMidNite
While it certainly has similarities to TimeTrax - a cop from the future hunts criminals whom escaped to the past - it's hardly the same thing, let alone a remake.

Continuum has a dystopian element in its future that's neither Blade Runner nor Mad Max, but focuses on the corruption of wealth and business as it slithers its way into government and widening the gap between the rich and the poor. Even the "present" has a slightly surreal element that makes it seems like it's just a few years from our own reality.

Ed's summary of the show is spot on. Nichols is believable as the show's heroine, a tough, smart and attractive female lead. Erik Knudson fluently portrays the naive young boy genius Alec discovering what kind of man he will become. Old Alec, played by X-Files alum William B. Davis, gives an acceptable, though not particularly compelling, performance as the mystery man with all the answers. And Victor Webster, who portrays Nichols present day partner on the police force, is about as convincing as he was on Mutant X, Charmed and Harper's Island, which is to say he's not particularly out of his element as a sensitive tough guy with the looks of an underwear model.

The supporting players include many recognizable actors from other popular shows and/or movies, such as Stephen Lobo from Smallville and Painkiller Jane; Jennifer Spence from The 4400 and Stargate Universe; Tony Amendola from Stargate SG-1; Lexa Doig from Andromeda, The 4400 and Stargate SG-1; and Roger Cross of 24. Even the lesser characters are often well known television character actors.

The show has an emotional element in Nichols' character being away from her future family and that relationship is presented as "flashbacks", but just when it feels like the show is going for waterworks, it pulls back and returns to the action. Other flashbacks are used to tie together some theme common in both the present and the future, but they are never particularly shocking or mind boggling. In some cases, the flashbacks can even be a distraction from the pace of the show. That's not to say they aren't engaging or emotional, but they don't usually dig very deep.

The action is well directed and the effects are decent enough that I never felt like the show was held back by its budget, though it clearly is limited compared to major network shows.

I give the show a solid B-. It's not as good as the greats - Twilight Zone, X-Files, Fringe or Doctor Who, but it certainly holds its own among a slew of often barely mediocre sci-fi shows that both the networks and cable channels try to pass off as the next big thing. I ended the Season 1 wanting to know what happened next and I will tune in for Season 2.
JSEarls - 1/14/2013, 1:02 PM
It DOES start somewhat slow, but -- as those who've watched the whole season know -- there IS some great character development & some excellent parts where it explores some interesting areas. IMO it's a not a show for a niche fanboy crowd, it's meant to connect w/ a larger audience...& like most procedurals...it does.

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