Continuum (TV series)
|Created by||Simon Barry|
|Music by||Jeff Danna|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||42 (list of episodes)|
|Production locations||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada / Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Original release||May 27, 2012 –|
October 9, 2015
Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series created by Simon Barry that premiered on Showcase on May 27, 2012, and ran for four seasons. It was produced by Reunion Pictures, Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and Shaw Media. The plot centres around the conflict between a group of terrorists from the year 2077 who time travel to Vancouver, British Columbia in 2012 and a police officer who unintentionally accompanies them. In spite of being many years early, the terrorist group decides to continue its violent campaign to stop corporations of the future from replacing governments, while the police officer endeavours to stop them without revealing to everyone that she and the terrorists are from the future.
City Protective Services (CPS) law enforcement officer Kiera Cameron lives with her husband and son in 2077-era Vancouver under the corporatocratic and oligarchic dystopia of the North American Union and its Corporate Congress, a technologically advanced high-surveillance police state. When a group of self-proclaimed freedom fighters known as Liber8 escape execution by fleeing to the year 2012, Kiera is involuntarily transported with them. Joining with Detective Carlos Fonnegra of the Vancouver Police Department and enlisting the help of teen computer genius—and future corporate oligarch—Alec Sadler, Kiera works to track down and thwart Edouard Kagame and his followers in the present day while concealing her identity as a time-traveller from the future, and tries to find a way to return home to her family.
Episodes from the first season and the second begin with the plot of the show narrated via a voice-over from the point of view of Kiera Cameron.
2077. My time, my city, my family. When terrorists killed thousands of innocents, they were condemned to die. They had other plans. A time travel device sent us all back sixty-five years. I want to get home, but I can't be sure what I will return to if history is changed. Their plan: to corrupt and control the present in order to win the future. What they didn't plan on was me.
Starting with the third season, the narration was replaced by a new sequence that contains a computer-animated version of the time travel device, scenes from previous seasons, and cast credits, before finishing with Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) holding the device, followed by the title card.
Cast and characters
- Rachel Nichols as City Protective Services (CPS) "Protector" Kiera Cameron, a law enforcement agent from 2077-era Vancouver who was sent back into the past with the members of Liber8 during their escape attempt at their execution. Cut off from her time period, she joins the Vancouver Police Department to pursue Liber8 and thwart their plans to alter the time-line using her new position in the police department and the technology that she brought with her. At the beginning of Season Three, Kiera travels back in time from a week in the future when Alec attempts to change history, but the changes to history result in the death of her past self—referred to in this article as "Green Kiera"—while the version of her from the original time-line, "Red Kiera", remains. In the series finale, Red Kiera finally returns to a different 2077 than the one she was originally sent from, and sees yet another version of herself, and 'her son' (though only from afar). She realises she can never be with her son, but through motivation from Alec, she realises she can at least love and experience him growing up in this new future from a distance.
- Victor Webster as Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Detective Carlos Fonnegra, Kiera's partner with the present-day police; she tells him the truth about her time-traveller status in the second-season episode "Second Truths", in order to stop a historically proficient serial killer. Throughout the course of the second season, Fonnegra becomes disillusioned with the VPD's changing police procedures and is seen shaking hands with and joining Julian (Theseus) at the conclusion of the episode "Second Time" with colleague Betty Robertson; however, the time-line where he defected was erased due to Alec and Kiera's time-travel allowing them to undo the events that led to him losing faith in the system. He had some trouble dealing with the discovery of two Kieras when he learned about the time-travel, although he was still willing to conceal the body of Green Kiera even if he kept the body on ice to talk to her about his complex feelings. He was promoted to Inspector when Dillon moved on to work with Kellog after a suicidal attack by Sonya left him disfigured and crippled, working with Kiera to deal with the threat posed by the new time-travellers and Kellog's schemes. When Red Kiera finally is returned to 2077, she found that a park was commissioned and named in his memory.
- Erik Knudsen as the young Alec Sadler. As a teenager, before he went on to create SadTech, Alec is reclusive and prefers to spend time in his computer lab; there, he is able to communicate with Kiera through her cybernetic implants, which he discovers to be based on his own inventions. As of the third season, there are two Alecs in the time-line: "Green Alec", who was initially only aware of the one time-line, and "Red Alec", who traveled back in time from a week in the future to save his girlfriend's life, distinguished from his "Green" self due to a scar on his left temple from where he was shot while preparing to use the time machine. Green Alec was eventually killed in a fight with Red Alec (after attempting to strangle him) when he proved to be too dangerous, his actions creating a new alternate time-line. After Kiera returned to her time, Alec worked with his new friends and allies to create a better world for her, with Kiera being reunited with the elderly Alec of 2077 upon her return, Alec showing her the bright new world they have created.
- Stephen Lobo as Matthew Kellog, a former member of Liber8. Kellog deserts Liber8 in the first season and hopes to build a new and wealthy life for himself in the past using his knowledge of the future. His corporate machinations include tricking Alec out of his own company as he seeks to create his own legacy, but his arrogance and self-centeredness lead him to a point where he even plans to betray his future self when he receives a message from the future. In the series finale, he double-crosses Red Kiera and Alec in an attempt to return to 2012 so that he can kill Liber8 and Kiera when they first arrive in this time and influence Alec himself, but as they expect that, they feed him fake coordinates and he is sent back to pre-Columbian times, where there is no technology to assist his time travel efforts, and he died of old age, offscreen.
- Roger Cross as Travis Verta, a member of Liber8 and super-soldier, Kagame's right-hand man, and lover of Sonya Valentine. After Kagame's death, he was opposed to Valentine, Kagame's designated successor, seeking more violent methods and recruiting criminals into his version of Liber8. The two eventually reconciled. He is killed in a fight with Kiera in "Second Time", but his death is undone after the time-line is later altered. In the penultimate episode, after Kellog makes him realise that unlike the others in Liber8, he won't be remembered for something noble, but rather as a killer and as the source of bio-military technology derived from his body, he dies sacrificing himself to save Carlos and the remaining police officers in VPD precinct from an explosion caused by the 2039 time traveler's replacement leader, taking said leader with him.
- Lexa Doig as Sonya Valentine, a member of Liber8 and Travis Verta's lover, who is designated by Kagame as his official successor as leader after his death, and now seeking to reform the world through ideas rather than violence, and recruiting middle and working-class people into her version of Liber8. She commits suicide in "The Dying Minutes" as the final execution of her plan to kill Dillon. (Regular Season 1–3)
- Tony Amendola as Edouard Kagame, the leader and spokesman of Liber8; he sacrificed himself in the first-season finale as part of a larger plan, with Liber8 donating funds to support his mother, who gives birth to him on the day his future self dies. In the new time-line, he works with Alec and Julian to build a new world, and he is shown as a more comfortable, casual man than his more ruthless "original" self. In the series finale, Kiera discovers that Kagame worked with Alec to build a new world. (Regular Season 1, recurring afterward)
- Omari Newton as Lucas Ingram, a member of Liber8 and former SadTech engineer who was forced to defect to Liber8's cause. He is not a soldier, but his technical skills remain crucial to his colleagues in Liber8. He sided with Sonya during the Liber8 civil war. His mental status is questionable in recent developments of the conflict, and he was briefly committed to a psychiatric ward, although he later escaped after his mental state stabilised. In "Power Hour", after killing the original leader of the 2039 time travelers named Marcellus to save Red Kiera and Garza, he is killed by Brad.
- Luvia Petersen as Jasmine Garza, a soldier and member of Liber8. Garza is physically strong, agile, and lethal; but she has been damaged mentally by corporate imprisonment. She sided with Travis during Liber8's civil war and claimed to become Travis' current lover. Garza also has a connection with elderly Alec: apparently she intended to serve as his "insurance policy" if his younger self seems to deviate from his plans, although as with everyone else, she doesn't know whether the purpose is to change Alec's path, or to ensure it. She is killed when she and Kiera try to escape the time-travelers' base, but is released by Kiera when she travels back to counter Alec's changes. In the series finale, Curtis asks her why she is still fighting when Liber8 has already won, then asks if it's because she believes Red Kiera is the hope for a better future, much like why he fights, to which she implies that she agrees before leaving. She and Curtis are the only members of Liber8 to remain alive as adults in 2015 at the end of the series.
- Jennifer Spence as Betty Robertson, a colleague of Detective Fonnegra, who generally handles the computer side of their cases; she begins to sympathise with Liber8's motives to the point of providing them with information, for which she is arrested and placed in ankle monitor surveillance when her connection to Liber8 is revealed. In "So Do Our Minutes Hasten", she is killed by a mercenary named Neelon working for Sonmanto when she gets close to discovering their illegal operations, along with a hacker whom he used as a ruse.[Note 1] (Regular Season 1–3)
- Brian Markinson as Vancouver Police Department Inspector Jack Dillon, Carlos and Betty's superior officer; he respects Kiera's insights despite the mysteries of her past. The red tape and politics of police work, which see him joining Piron board of directors, disillusion him and set him down a dark path that alienates Carlos and Betty and even surprises Kiera. He is critically injured in an attempted murder-suicide by Sonya in "The Dying Minutes". He is killed in the series finale as he attempts to stop Kellog from entering the portal to the future. Before dying, he says to Kiera that he knew that she came from future. (main seasons 1–3; recurring season 4)
- Ryan Robbins as Brad Tonkin, a time traveler from an alternate time-line in 2039 in which the Corporate Congress does not exist. He fires the fatal shot which kills Green Kiera with the help of Curtis Chen, after which he is hit by a van and wakes up in the hospital only remembering the name "Kiera Cameron". He recovers his memories thanks to a pharmaceutical treatment for Alzheimer's based on the future neuronarcotic "Flash". He is later captured with Kiera by Liber8 and reveals the (potentially worse) future that Liber8 has created. Red Kiera eventually forgives him for her counterpart's murder, and he assists them in thwarting the attempted invasion from his future. In the series finale, he decides to build with the others the future as Kiera dream. (Recurring Season 3, Regular Season 4)
- Richard Harmon as Julian Randol, Alec's stepbrother in 2012. Later in his life, he will be known as Theseus, the founder of Liber8 and mentor to Edouard Kagame. He is hired by Alec in "Revolutions per Minute" to act as an adviser for public affairs. In the series finale, he chooses to build with the others the future Kiera was dreamed.
- Gerry Nairn portrays the elderly Theseus in 2077.
- Terry Chen as Curtis Chen, a follower of the traveller and former member of Liber8. In the episode "Second Wave" it is revealed that Chen is a member of the Freelancer cell from 2077. He is killed by Kiera's handgun's safeguard system but is later revived by the Freelancers from the 2012 cell in the episode "The Dying Minutes". As Curtis is being introduced to the cell from the 2012 time-line, he immediately points out that his revival is a violation. After he finds out the Traveller is being held prisoner by the cell from this time-line, he kills Catherine and frees the Traveller. He was originally believed to be the shooter who killed Green Kiera in the episode "Minute by Minute" and was then imprisoned by the Freelancers in "Waning Minute" but later escapes in the same episode. In "3 Minutes to Midnight", it is revealed that he was not responsible for Green Kiera's death but was working alongside someone who was: Brad. In the series finale, he helps the Traveller to return to his time and stays in 2015 with Garza to build, with the others, the future as Kiera dreamed.
- Magda Apanowicz as Emily/Maya Hartwell, Alec's girlfriend. It is revealed in the second-season episode "Second Degree" that she is working for Escher. She is killed by the Freelancers in pursuit of the time travel device in "Second Last". In the episode "Second Time", Alec travels back to one week prior to her death and successfully prevents it. In the modified time-line first revealed in "Minute by Minute", she murders Escher and then finds herself caught in the paradoxical situation of two Alec Sadlers being in existence. She chooses the Red Alec who travelled in time to save her.
- Ian Tracey as Jason Sadler, an alleged former employee of the same prison where Liber8 escaped from, thrown back in time to 1992 rather than 2012. His sanity is not quite intact from his prolonged time alone; he has hinted that he has learned that there are other time travellers, capable of going back and forth through time that are present in their current era, known as Freelancers, but considering his mental state this information is regarded with questionable accuracy. In the third episode of the second season, "Second Thoughts", it is hinted that he is Marc Sadler (Alec's father). It is revealed in "Second Time" that he is Alec's son in 2077 instead and that he played a major role in sending Liber8 back in time. Starting in "Revolutions per Minute", he becomes a beta tester for Alec's Halo project and he recovers lucidity, but his mental health begins to deteriorate and in "3 Minutes to Midnight", he is responsible for attacking a random jogger and later he attempts to kill Julian because of what he knows he will become.
- William B. Davis as the elderly Alec Sadler in 2077. In the future, Alec founded SadTech in the later twenty-first century. He has risen to head one of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world, as its owner and CEO, his influence and technology dominate the North American Union. He was also a founding father of the Global Corporate Congress, and is currently Chairman of Superior Council. Alec is responsible for the presence of both Kiera and Liber8 in 2012; in season 2 it is suggested that he regrets having founded the corporate future world, due to all that has been lost to create it, and has set a plan in motion, with Kiera at the centre, to change it—or perhaps ensure it. After a brief meeting between his past self and his "original" self, Kiera meets the elderly Alec of the new time-line she created when she returns to 2077, this Alec assuring her that her friends built a better world in her memory, albeit at the cost of this world having its own version of Kiera that will prevent her from ever being with her son again.
- Nicholas Lea as Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Agent Gardiner. He believes that Kiera is feeding information to Liber8 due to her anomalous background, although Kiera and Carlos mistakenly speculates that he may be the mole himself. In "Second Degree", he and Kiera find a middle road when she asks him to help investigate about the Freelancers. In next episode, he is killed by Warren, one of the Freelancers for his investigation.[Note 2]
- Hugh Dillon as Mr Escher/Marc Sadler, ex-Freelancer, CEO and chairman of Piron, Alec's father, and a shadowy figure with powerful connections, who appears to know something about Liber8 and Kiera's true origin. He has protected Kiera and seeks to form an alliance with her, however his true motives are as yet unclear. In "Second Time", he reveals himself to be Alec's father. In the modified time-line first revealed in "Minute by Minute", he is murdered by Emily.
- Mike Dopud as Stefan Jaworski, a member of Liber8. He is the first of the Liber8 members to die in 2012 during a confrontation with Kiera and Carlos in "A Stitch in Time".
- Tahmoh Penikett as Jim Martin, politician and Carlos' friend. He is secretly working with Liber8 in his quest to become Mayor of Vancouver. In the modified time-line, He commits suicide in "Minute Men".
- John Reardon as Greg Cameron, Kiera's husband. He is a SadTech project leader, and Alec Sadler is his boss. He is primarily seen in Kiera's flashbacks to her life in 2077.
- Sean Michael Kyer as Sam Cameron, Kiera's young son. Kiera's abrupt separation from him causes her a degree of psychological anxiety. He is primarily seen in Kiera's flashbacks to her life in 2077, and he serves as her primary motivation for wanting to return home.
- Michael Rogers as Roland Randol, Julian's father and Alec's stepfather. Like his son, he is firmly against corporate leadership, but does not advocate violence to achieve Liber8's goals. He is killed in "Family Time" by a police sniper during an Emergency Response Team (ERT) operation, when said sniper mistakes Roland for a hostile and shoots him.
- Janet Kidder as Ann Sadler, Alec's mother and Julian's stepmother.
- Adrian Holmes as Warren, one of the Freelancers. He was sent back in time along with Jason from 2077. He is killed by Brad in "The Dying Minutes".
- Zak Santiago as Miller, one of the Freelancers. He is presumed dead[Note 3] in "The Dying Minutes" as he is never seen again.
- Rachael Crawford as Catherine, the leader of the Freelancers. She is killed by Curtis in "The Dying Minutes".
- Caitlin Cromwell as Elena, Kiera's "Protector" partner in 2077. She is revealed to have travelled back in time to the year 1975. She and Kiera briefly reunite in "Second Skin", only to see Elena die shortly after from Alzheimer's disease, leaving Kiera deeply distraught.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||May 27, 2012||August 5, 2012|
|2||13||April 21, 2013||August 4, 2013|
|3||13||March 16, 2014||June 22, 2014|
|4||6||September 4, 2015||October 9, 2015|
The first season has 10 episodes. On August 25, 2012, Showcase renewed Continuum for a second season of 13 episodes which premièred on April 21, 2013 (Showcase) in Canada, May 23, 2013 (Syfy) in the UK and on June 7, 2013 (Syfy) in the US. On June 5, 2013, Continuum was officially renewed for a third season which premièred on March 16, 2014 on Showcase in Canada and April 4, 2014 on Syfy in the US.
During an interview in May 2014, Simon Barry revealed that he had 7 to 10 seasons in mind for Continuum. Showcase announced on December 8, 2014 that Continuum had been renewed for a fourth and final season of six episodes, which began airing September 4, 2015 on Showcase in Canada, and on September 11, 2015 on Syfy in the US. The series concluded, with a complete and final outcome to the storyline, on October 9, 2015.
Series creator Simon Barry explains how the show was picked up by Showcase:
I had developed the idea for US networks (where I had been selling for several years, but not getting picked up) and before I got a chance to take Continuum out and pitch it, I was hired by CBS to write a different pilot. In the middle of that job, my director friend Pat Williams took a meeting at Showcase Network in Canada and called me in a panic because he didn't have anything to pitch. I gave him the idea for Continuum to pass on to the executives there. They immediately saw the potential and hired me to write a pilot script. Because it was first set up with Showcase, there was much more of an appetite for Sci-Fi and genre bending concepts. Showcase really understood what the show could be from day one.
The series premiered in Canada on May 27, 2012, with Season 1 consisting of ten episodes; and concluded on October 9, 2015, after forty-two episodes.
The series premiered in Australia on SF on February 21, 2013, and returned for season 2 on October 3, 2013. Season 3 premiered on Syfy (Australia) (the replacement to the now defunct SF) on May 5, 2014.
The show was cancelled mid-story, but was allowed to make a further six episodes in a fourth season to come to a conclusion. Because of the reduced number of episodes, the final season focused primarily on Kiera, Alec, Carlos and Kellog. Emily, Julian and the Traveler were originally all supposed to get larger stories, but their threads had to be dropped. The Traveler, who had a build-up in season three, was meant to be used as a way to branch out and expand the show's mythology by exploring his background in detail and how he was connected to everything. There were also talks about doing an entire season about the members of Liber8 and their individual backstories.
Simon Barry has also expressed interest in continuing the Continuum universe and mythology in other mediums if possible, as there were "some great ideas that never made it to the screen" due to the cancellation; for instance, he would love to follow Kellog's story after the final episode as a book or graphic novel. He also says he would love to see fans exploring the universe and characters in the form of fan fiction.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 80% approval rating for the first season, with an average rating of 7.2/10 based on 10 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Continuum blends time-tested genre ingredients to deliver a sci-fi crime drama that's solidly entertaining despite its overall familiarity." Reviewer Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times described the series as "slick" and highlighted its attention to detail. Reviewer David Hinckley of the New York Daily News compared Continuum positively to Life on Mars, another series with a time travelling police officer, and gave the show three stars out of five. According to Hinckley, the series has potential to do well, and if it "doesn't aim to soar, it executes the basics well".
On January 15, 2013, the day after the U.S. launch, the Canadian Screen Awards nominated Continuum for 5 Screenies: Best Drama Series, Writing, Direction, Music and Visual Effects. It won in the latter category. The show received a record 16 Leo Award nominations.
|2013||Leo Awards||Best Dramatic Series||Continuum||Won|
|Best Direction||William Waring, "Family Time"||Won|
|Best Direction||Patrick Williams, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Best Screenwriting||Simon Barry, "Endtimes"||Won|
|Best Cinematography||David Pelletier, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Best Editing||Allison Grace, "Family Time"||Won|
|Best Editing||Allan Lee, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Chris August, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Maya Mani, "A Stitch in Time"||Won|
|Best Stunt Coordination||Kimani Ray Smith, "Wasting Time"||Nominated|
|Best Male Guest Performance||Jesse Moss, "Matter of Time"||Nominated|
|Best Male Guest Performance||Ian Tracey, "Endtimes"||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Richard Harmon, "Family Time"||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Brian Markinson, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Jennifer Spence, "Playtime"||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lexa Doig, "Endtimes"||Nominated|
|Constellation Awards||Best Sci-Fi TV Series||Continuum||Won|
|Best Sci-Fi Film or TV Script||Continuum||Won|
|Best Female Performance in a Sci-Fi TV Episode||Rachel Nichols||Won|
|Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Sci-TV Film or TV||Continuum||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards (39th)||Best Television Presentation||Continuum||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of Canada||Drama Series||Simon Barry, "Second Time"||Nominated|
|2014||Leo Awards||Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series||Jamie Alain||Won|
|Best Dramatic Series||Continuum||Won|
|Best Screenwriting||Simon Barry||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Michael Wale||Won|
|Best Make-Up in a Dramatic Series||Jennifer Kipps||Won|
|Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series||Kimani Ray Smith||Won|
|Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Lexa Doig, "Split Second"||Won|
|Best Direction in a Dramatic Series||William Waring||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series||Roger R. Cross||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Jennifer Spence, "Second Opinion".||Nominated|
|Canadian Screen Awards||Supporting Actress||Luvia Petersen||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards (40th)||Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series||Continuum||Nominated|
|Best Television Actress||Rachel Nichols||Nominated|
|Best Television Supporting Actor||Erik Knudsen||Nominated|
|2015||Saturn Awards (41st)||Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series||Continuum||Nominated|
|Best Television Actress||Rachel Nichols||Nominated|
|Best Television Supporting Actor||Erik Knudsen||Nominated|
|Best Television Supporting Actress||Lexa Doig||Nominated|
|2016||Prix Aurora Awards||Best Visual Presentation||Continuum||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards (42nd)||Best Science Fiction Television Series||Continuum||Won|
|Best Television Actress||Rachel Nichols||Nominated|
|Best Television Supporting Actor||Erik Knudsen||Nominated|
The game site also includes a Comics section, featuring Continuum: The War Files, which is an eight part graphic novel that tells of the war going on in 2065, between the Corporations and Liber8. The comic was available only in Canada.
Rittenhouse released a trading card set based on the show in June 2014.
- Although, it was indicated at but never clarified whether Neelon had got orders to do this "job", or he had acted on his own.
- Possibly on orders of Catherine, the last leader of Freelancers.
- Presumed dead because he wasn't visibly there at the time of shoot-out. Later on, dead body was neither shown nor even mentioned in the episode. No development about his whereabouts till the conclusion of series finale.
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