The year is 2077.
The government has failed and corporations have taken over control of
the country. A small group of rebels coordinate a massive attack on many
CEOs at once in order to destabilize the new world order.
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Thus begins Syfy's new Canadian import Continuum
, premiering Monday at 8pm. This bleak look at the future is beautifully rendered and sets the stage for an impressive time travel series that effortlessly combines serialized science fiction with crime procedural. The fact that it involves time travel is the icing on the cake of this must-watch new series.
Eight of the rebels are arrested and sentenced to die. But at their execution they enact a plan to travel back in time, only one of the future cops, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) travels back with them. The nine end up in 2012 where the rebels try to prevent the future from ever happening while Kiera attempts to bring them to justice to save her own future in hopes of one day returning to her husband and child.
The cat and mouse game is intriguing, but the true brilliance of Continuum lies in its handling of the time travel paradoxes. In the future, cops are outfitted with advanced technology in their brains to communicate with each other and assess situations. In 2012, Kiera is able to communicate with a present-day teen tech whiz, Alec Sadler (Jericho
's Erik Knudsen). How is he able to communicate with her, and more importantly, how is she able to access his encrypted frequency that he just created?
The answer lies in the future as Kiera instantly recognizes Alec's name the same way we might recognize Alexander Graham Bell if we traveled back to 1876. The dynamic between Kiera and Alec is a great one. She knows more than she's telling, and he knows it.Continuum
has already aired in Canada, so spoilers abound, but I'll let some of the big revelations of the pilot remain a mystery for you to discover. All I'll say is that, as always, actor William B. Davis (who played the iconic Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files
) plays an important role.
The way the show handles the inherent paradoxes of time travel is quite nice, especially for an avid time travel aficionado such as myself. There's plenty of action, wit, intelligence and more.
Plus, as an added incentive to watch, Continuum
has already been renewed for a second season in Canada, so you don't need to worry about it getting canceled anytime soon.
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