Continuum: A Stitch in Time
by Ashley Binion
Continuum is a Canadian sci-fi television show that just premiered in the U.S. on Syfy. It has already aired its first season across the Northern border, so I was excited to see what all the hype was about. It didn’t disappoint.
Set in modern-day Vancouver, Kiera Cameron is transported from 2077 to our present day and tracks down deadly terrorists from the future.
Warning: Spoiler Alert
The story begins in 2076, when the head of the terrorist network Liber8, Edouard Kagame, is arrested by Kiera. Along with other members of his cell, he was scheduled to be executed for blowing up buildings with thousands of people inside. However, they found a way to escape.
An interesting premise of the 2077 future is that the government and democracy don’t exist, but instead dictated by corporations. Liber8 wants to go back to the ways of democracy and freedom. This bothered me somewhat. Are we, as an audience, supposed to disagree with Liber8’s ideas or their method of relaying them? Because I agree with their message of trying to restore democracy, but not their method of killing innocent people.
The prisoners entered the execution room while Kiera’s husband Greg and an unknown elderly man discuss the ongoing execution. He noticed his wife was in the room and pleaded to be let in. However, the elderly man told the guard not to do so.
As they were being prepped for their execution, guards gave them suspicious looking pieces of something, which they then threw in the middle of the circle. Kiera, noticing that they had something strange, leapt in to try and stop it, but she was too late and they were all transported to 2012.
When she recovered from the time travel, she began chasing one of the fugitives. She asked for backup through her communication device. However, instead of it being her people, it was the inventor of the frequency Alec Sadler. As the episode progressed, she began to trust him. Their multiple interactions were my favorite in the episode.
Of course, she returned to the scene of their entry the next day. The police now occupied the area and she introduced herself to Detective Carlos Fonnegra as an officer from Portland. Since she knew all about the Liber8 terrorists, they duo began working together to catch the fugitives.
Alec, wanting to know his future, asked Kiera a couple times about what happens to him. She doesn’t tell him. But the final scene showed a flashback of Kiera and her son being introduced to Greg’s boss, Alec Sadler. He was the old man who Greg was talking to during the execution and he seemed quite pleased that the prisoners escaped. This revelation created so many questions, and I can’t wait to see where the story will go.
I loved all of the future technology that was on display throughout the episode. In sixty years, I doubt that we will have these cool gadgets, but it is fun to look and covet them.
To me, it seemed as if the show was a version of Alcatraz, an officer tracking down fugitives from a different time. Hopefully, the series stays away from becoming a full-fledge sci-fi procedural and continues to unravel mythology.
What did you think of the pilot? Will you be tuning in again?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars