by Alexander Lloyd Curran
The politics of (against) Time.
Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a Vancouver City Protective Services officer, is transported from the year 2077 to 2012 when eight resistance members, known as Liber8, escape execution through time travel.
With the help of 17 year old tech genius Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) and VPD officer Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster), Kiera must survive in our time period, and pursue Liber8 as they battle to alter the course of history and change the future.
So let us begin with creator Simon Barry who gives us Continuum: A political, revolutionary, thriller set in the past, present and future which also is a study and stab at the problems we face in our real world.
The year is 2077 – After corrupt governing bodies and greed obssessed corporations rule the entire known world thus turning humanity into slaves via the corporate congress. Sound familiar?
The main opposition to this is a group called Libert8, who will fight and use their lives to change the oppression and such slavery forced upon them.
Anyone taking any notice to our real life struggles will be reminded of real-life groups such as the great work in play from Open Revolt: New Resistance, Green Star, the great Global Revolutionary Alliance, are the real life equivalents, to name but a few legendary examples. Where such groups are fighting against injustice, corruption from the oppressors in power, and striving towards a better way of life. One where we preserve our cultures, traditions, national identity/sovereignty, and social justice. They are fighting and working not just to honour our ancestors but towards a better place for future generations. Continuum for those of us paying attention is a refreshing reminder of the struggles we face and that are still in motion today.
The leaders of this group on Continuum are arrested by the oppressive government(In a move reminiscent of what happened to the RAF) and are to be executed, yet during the execution they use a technological device to travel through time back to the year 2012, our protagonist Kiera (Rachel Nichols), one of these ”oppressive” guards, attempts to thwart their plans and is transported back with them via the present time leaving her family behind in the future, Kiera has a powerful weapon a futuristic body suit armed with an array of powerful gadgets and weapons.
The group (Liber8) are determined to take down the manipulative corporations that will one day dominate the known human world. The series asks the question of how far would you go and how much would you pay for the greater good, and who is the real hero: Kiera or Liber8?
In the present Kiera makes herself a key ally in Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) a youth tech/I.T. genius who is destined to create the technology in the future setting, The future version of him is played by X-Files William Davis.
We see Kiera go undercover at the Vancouver Police Department. Having the resources and database access she needs to help her track the group. Working with front line cops, Kiera is positioned best to hear about whatever it is the group have planned and hopefully intervene. Kiera finds herself partnered with Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster).
The series has excellent acting and set pieces, Tony Amendola and Roger R. Cross give extremely poignant, layered performances as the great leaders of Libert8. The series has a very realistic and revolutionary tone while Rachel Nichols and Erik Knudsen attempt to inject humour into the show. The pacing is very fast and there are plenty of action scenes but the highlight of the show is it’s deep mythology and ethical questions. We rediscover our freedoms in the present through Kiera who grew up in the restrictive corporate society.
This is in the same league as Fringe and Caprica: Two of my other great loves. It is political. It is powerful. Plus it is imaginative, scientific and faithful.
Viewers must keep in mind that this is a budget Canadian cable series and not expect overblown effects.
On the whole, Continuum is most definitely one of the best series of the year and a must watch for any political radical, any lover of science fiction or psychological thrillers which take a stab at problems we face in real life. Continuum may or may not be a success for showcase. That does not matter. What matters is the inspiration it gives and light it bestows on the struggles ongoing in life. This is a reminder.