Continuum: Season 1
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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 (Rachel Nichols, G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) with them. A stranger in a strange land, Kiera poses as a government agent and joins forces with police detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster, Castle) and teen tech wizard Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen, Jericho) to capture the terrorists before they can alter the future and turn the world upside down. Packed with explosive action and astonishing visual effects, Continuum: Season One is an adventure too thrilling to miss!
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The pilot wastes no time in getting down to business and quickly establishing the major characters and what's going on. Rachel Nicols shines as the cop from the future whose zapped back from 2077 to present day, fortunately bringing a ton of cool gadgets to keep sci-fi geeks happy and providing some unusual plot twists. Thanks to her Terminator-like Google Glasses overlay and high tech superhero suit, everyone around her looks positively low tech. Erik Knudson is excellent as the present day whizz kid who helps out our hero and Victor Webster brings chemistry as the cop sidekick.
It's actually one of the smarter shows on TV that casts the terrorists as partially sympathetic characters who have come back through time to prevent the takeover of democracy by corporations. The writers make full use of all the tricks that time travel allows, establishing characters 'then and now' and each week showing a little more about their motivations. But for all its cleverness, there are occasionally some really bad expository scenes and dialog from characters that's only there to explain the plot to the audience. The intro credits are also some of the worst on TV but thanks to my DVR I don't have to suffer though those. These minor problems aside, its well-paced and executed and about as good as gets for TV sci-fi.
I watched Season 1 last January/March and am currently watching the DVD set to refresh my memory before tonight's Season 2 premiere. Only 10 episodes and at $22.96 not as cheap as I'd like it to be but still an interesting idea with a cop from 2077 inadvertently finding herself in 2012 Vancouver British Columbia searching for escaped terrorists from her time.
Some criticize the "tech", I think a lot of it either already exists or is under consideration/development, the time travel device being the exception. My biggest complaint is the anti business tone taken by the plot line, I doubt that- with the worlds' governments collapsing, that the corporations would survive to take over and run things.
Lot's of plot mysteries introduced, hopefully to be explained as the series goes along. I want to know who supplied Liber8 with the time device and just what's going on with Kiera Cameron and young/old Alec Sadler- hopefully I'll get to find out.
Give Continuum a try, not a bad "cop story" even if you don't like science fiction..