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Continuum (new TV series)
I thought the first episode was interesting, and set up a situation with good possibilities for entertaining stories in upcoming episodes. A band of terrorists with one cop get sent 60 years into the past (from 2077 to 2012), and the terrorists intend to start a war to prevent a corporation-dominated national government from arising. You can almost sympathize with the terrorists.

The lady pictured in the poster is the cop. She has some nifty gadgets she brought with her, including a bulletproof vest that is generations beyond Kevlar.

The season premier episode will be reshown this Thursday (Jan. 17) at 10-11PM on the Syfy channel, and again at 11 PM on Sunday. Despite what it says on the poster, episode 2 airs on Monday, Jan. 21, at 8 PM.

The actress (Rachel Nichols) who plays the cop reminds me of a younger Jodie Foster. She has that same intensity to her acting, at least in her portrayal of this character.

According to Wickipedia, the series originally "premiered on Showcase on May 27, 2012. The first season consists of 10 episodes. On August 25, Showcase officially renewed Continuum for a second season of 13 episodes."
ah a local show.... I always find those difficult to watch as everything is backwards.

It's like the last scene in Tron where they are going over the bridge to see the sun rise.... nope that is a sun set they're going the wrong way for a sun rise *sigh*
Continuum is a national show - and is going over pretty well. Also new is The Americans and The Following. It looks like TV is trying new things rather than just old retreads.
(01-16-2013, 11:32 PM)Belle Wrote: ...It's like the last scene in Tron where they are going over the bridge to see the sun rise.... nope that is a sun set they're going the wrong way for a sun rise *sigh*

I understand left vs. right on the screen, but how do you define east vs. west when your vantage point could be either north or south?
by what they see as they are going over the bridge they are going into North Vancouver and well they are looking to their left, being a local I know that the left is where the sun sets NOT where it rises

you can't really see a sun rise from that vantage point and if you could you'd be going into the park
I was not very impressed with The Following. Kevin Bacon isn't able to make it interesting enough for me, even though he is otherwise a memorable actor. The plot is basically too obviously designed to allow mundane dramatic stories week after week, without really resolving anything.

Another episode of Continuum is on tonight. I definitely look forward to it. It is easy to see why it would catch the fancy of so many viewers, since there is a definite over-arching plot. Of course, I always am fond of time travel stories--which is one of the reasons I liked Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
I missed a few episodes of Continuum, and it was hard to follow the convoluted plot lines after that (with all the people traveling back in time and doubling themselves and creating new time lines, so for instance the lead heroine was killed off, yet turned up alive and trying to find out who killed her, and some old guy showed up who was first thought to be the father of one of the key characters--the young Adam Sadler--then later turned out to be the son of Sadler). And I never did get to see the third or fourth seasons. But the local public library had all four seasons, and being retired and able to binge watch, I was able to watch the whole series, so all became clear (well, mostly). The last season was on blu-ray, which I appreciated.

In general, I like time travel stories, especially ones where the writers dare to allow changes, so Continuum was a lot of fun. One thing I did not like was the way the characters kept changing. Obviously some growth, perhaps even moments of epiphany when they change a basic viewpoint, are acceptable. But in this series you have some really bad people--the terrorist group Liber8--who did horrible things (like killing thousands of people by blowing up a building just to make a point), and the bad brother Justine Randall who shot a cop who was one of the heroes of the story, transform until they were almost good guys, actually working side by side with Kiera Cameron, the heroine; and people who were good could not always be counted on not to betray their own beliefs and motivations. Cameron herself was at times a bit shaky. When writers do this I get the impression they are not possessed of a sound moral certitude about right and wrong, and I hate it when writers do not get the basics of reality itself right. For me it is unforgivable for a fiction writer to tell lies about reality in the broad sense--like in the old Gor novels where the author, John Norman, repeatedly claims that women like to be dominated and abused to the point of enslavement.

I think in the final season there was a sense of rushing to wind up the story--after all, the fourth and final season consisted of only six episodes. The series was worth watching, but I don't think I want to buy DVDs of the series for myself.

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