Friday, April 12, 2013

tv review: CONTINUUM Season One

SyFy Channel
aired: 1/14/13 (SyFy US)
released: 3/26/13

Rating: Loved it!

In the year 2077, the ruthless leaders of the terrorist group Liber8 escape execution by time traveling to 2012, taking tough-as-nails cop Kiera Cameron with them. A stranger in a strange land, Kiera  poses as a government agent and joins forces with police detective Carlos Fonnegra and teen tech wizard Alec Sadler to capture the terrorists before they can alter the future and turn the world upside down.

My Thoughts

I know, I know, it's not about books or even a book that landed on a screen. It's just awesome, so bear with me!

I marathoned this season in one night. It's almost 7 a.m., and I am utterly exhausted . . . yet still watching the special features just to get a little more of the Continuum experience. That in itself should tell you how much I loved this show! Rachel Nichols is fabulous as Kiera Cameron. I didn't really have any knowledge of her past acting jobs, so there were no preconceived notions going in. I am a fan of Victor Webster from his Mutant X days (I know, I'm old), and I will admit that I sort of expected him to have superpowers and/or always win in a fight. It's not Victor's fault that I can't let go of Brennan Muwlray. Kiera's husband is a snake, and I thought so from the very beginning, but most of the rest are pretty good. I like all of the cops in 2012, and her kid in 2077 is absolutely adorable. Alec is adorable. He reminds me a lot of Birkoff from La Femme Nikita (you know, the good one with Peeta Wilson). Birkoff is one of my favorite tv characters of all time, so I do not make comparisons to him lightly.

Time travel is a fascinating subject, especially when it's done right. Continuum is one of the few shows that handles it well. The show jumps back and forth between 2012 and 2077 - in storyline only - and it is interesting to see how the future develops, how relatively minor choices made in 2012 can affect the future. The future technology is also pretty mind-blowing, and I have to wonder how much of it is actually viable.

This is such a fun show! I can't wait for season two to premiere on June 7 on SyFy (US)!!!

1x01 A STITCH IN TIME Future cop Kiera Cameron is swept along with eight ruthless terrorists who've time traveled to 2012 to escape incarceration and their planned execution. I was unsure about this in the beginning, to be honest, because time travel is always tricky to pull off. Luckily, the time travel issue was addressed in this episode, and I found it believable enough to continue watching. Kiera is not just a touch cop, she has a soft side that she's not afraid to show. She is very easy to relate to. I also liked Alec. It's a little odd that he accepts Kiera so quickly, but that's really the only questionable thing about the series so far.

1x02 FAST TIMES When Kiera learns Liber8 is trying to return to the future, she plans to go with them so she can return to her husband and son. My heart broke for Kiera in this episode. She was obviously not going to make it back to the future, as that would have ended the series in only two episodes. This one was heart-wrenching.

1x03 WASTING TIME Kiera and Carlos investigate a series of murders where the victims have been drained of their endocrine fluid. Honestly, this one had some gross moments. I could have done without the holes in the back of a bunch of people's heads. I'm not sure how realistic the science is, but the idea that parts of the human brain can be harvested and turned into a drug is incredibly creepy!

1x04 MATTER OF TIME When a scientist working on clean energy is slain, Kiera believes it might be the work of Liber8. This episode brought up some interesting concepts of ethics in time travel. Kiera allows someone to get away with one crime because of what this person contributes to society in the future. Which is more important, justice or innovation?

1x05 A TEST OF TIME Liber8 decides to eliminate Kiera's grandmother so their archenemy will never exist. My favorite episode so far! I would LOVE to meet my ancestors, and the idea that Kiera was able to do so - but could not let anything slip that could jeopardize her future - is fascinating.

1x06 TIME'S UP When Liber8 kidnaps the CEO of a major corporation, Kiera and Carlos race against time to save her. I didn't really love this episode, but I did see how it tied in with the Occupy Wall Street movement and how it made perfect sense to put that together with Liber8's manifesto. Of course a group like that, arriving in 2012, would want to put it to good use in furthering their cause. Also, Alec's stepbrother is a spoiled brat. Wow.

1x07 THE POLITICS OF TIME Kiera investigates the death of a reporter, unaware that Carlos was with the victim the same night she was murdered. TAHMOH PENIKETT!!! That should really be enough of a review. Alas, I will continue. I hate when he doesn't play a nice guy. Also, Liber8 is jumping into politics! Yikes! This could be getting pretty dicey soon.

1x08 PLAYTIME When two murder-suicides occur on the same day, Kiera and Carlos investigate the only link between them: a video game company where the shooters worked. Oh, goodness. There is some seriously disturbing technology shown in 2077. The way they brought it into 2012 was actually something that I had wondered about after discovering that she had bionic upgrades that at the very least linked with her suit and her means of communication. Very interesting. As an aside, I keep going back and forth on Kellogg, but he really came through in this episode. I wanted to hug him, just a little.

1x09 FAMILY TIME Kiera and Carlos track large quantities of stolen annonium nitrate to the farm belonging to Alec's stepfather. I was wondering when Alec would be brought more fully into the story instead of just chillin out in his computer room / barn. This storyline had a very bittersweet tinge to it - you know soon after going in that something terrible is going to happen. Looking past that, though, it was nice to see Alec show some backbone in a non-computer-related arena. I really enjoy his character, and I hope to see more of him in the future.

1x10 ENDTIME Kiera races the clock to stop a world-changing terrorist attack that was planned in 2007. HOLY TROUT, BATMAN! Endtime was very twisty and turny and completely threw me for a loop! I can't wait to jump into season two and hopefully figure out what the heck is going on in 2077 that started all of this. Once again, I really felt for Kiera in this episode. It's always difficult to see her grasp for hope and have it torn away so cruelly.

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