It is hard to believe that this show came out less than 10 years ago.
The show feels like a procession of Canadian acting royalty and is one of the few recent shows where Vancouver got to play itself and no be a stand in for an American city.
Continuum follows a detective from the year 2077 trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for a team of ruthless terrorists from her time. With the help of one of the most influential men on Earth in her time now just a young man trying to find a purpose.
WHY I WATCHED
Canadian sci-fi typically doesn’t play so when I heard about a new sci-fi show that was actually set in Canada and featured time travel I was definitely going to give it a try. Canadian Sci-Fi seem to do less with more, in terms of SFX budgets mostly where US projects tend to spend more or indeed have more to spend on either side of the border.
As you can tell from the light synopsis this show deals with time travel. This it manages to do so not just touching on the technical but also the emotional fallout of time travelling. Rachel Nichols stars who I knew best for appearing on the later seasons of Alias.
I can’t talk about Continuum without discussing how it tackles time travel. It gets confusing certainly but I think it is very well done and seems to try to stick to a set of rules. You’ll have to judge for yourself but I’ve rarely seen it done better.
The other aspect of Continuum is its stark warning about the nature of the corporations and the danger when they are put ahead of people. The flash forwards do a good job of showing the worst case scenario of capitalism gone way too far.
Other than Rachel Nichols we have her co-star Victor Webster who I recognise from Mutant X. Roger Cross who appeared on 24 and The Gates before Continuum now co-starring on the excellent Coroner. Lexa Doig also appears who I remember from Andromeda and appeared in Stargate SG1. I’ll leave you to discover the great guest and recurring cast members for yourself.