The Canadian science-fiction television series Continuum is thought-provoking, exciting, quality entertainment that is relevant to today’s reality. Below is a countdown of my top 5 reasons that Continuum is a must-watch TV series. (I describe only high-level concepts to minimize spoilers.)
First, a synopsis: There have been 3 seasons so far. If you haven’t seen the series yet, you could check out the 30-second trailer, or read this synopsis from SyFy.com:
“When a group of fanatical terrorists escape their planned execution in 2077 by traveling back in time to 2012, they inadvertently take City Protective Services officer Kiera Cameron with them. Trapped in a more “primitive” past, Kiera infiltrates the local police department to try to track down the terrorists before they change the course of history.”
5. Unique plot with twists and turns
Many of today’s TV series follow a small number of formulas, and you tend to know who exactly you should be rooting for, and you know who you should be booing. Continuum operates in the gray areas, and there are unexpected twists and turns all along the journey.
4. Strong female lead
Rachel Nichols plays the main character, Kiera Cameron. She is a strong, independent, focused woman who is devoted to both her family and to doing what she considers is “right.” Fortunately, she is also open-minded when dealing with her conundrum (See a sneak peek). Throughout the show you can watch her grow as a person and expand her perspectives. She is also a courageous bad-ass!
3. Believable characters with minimal drama
All of the actors are excellent, and the characters are believable. Their background stories and internal turmoils are shown by clear and interesting flashbacks. I welcome the minimal use of the typical over-the-top TV drama.
2. Time travel to the future
Continuum’s future setting warns us what could happen given certain kinds of decisions or events. It is also interesting to see the writers’ ideas of future technology: from Kiera’s awesome suit and weapon to her kid’s toys. Some of the technology and techniques have improved on concepts seen in the excellent science-fiction film Minority Report.
1. The plot is highly relevant
The number one reason that Continuum is a must-watch television series is its relevance to today’s reality. Most media does not cover the deep levels of corruption within our system. Also, we are kept so busy all the time, and because we feel helpless, we tend not to spend enough time thinking about the implications of that corruption and what we can do about it. The Continuum plot highlights that corruption in an exciting, entertaining way. Examples include:
The government primarily serves corporations.
More and more people have woken up to the fact that our governments, laws, policies, and guidelines are often bought and controlled by the richest people and the largest corporations, such as banks, weapon manufacturers, and processed food manufacturers. Continuum shows this fact in such a powerful way: in 2019, a “Global Corporate Congress” is established; they run North America and consist of executives from the largest corporations. (Learn about the real-life Bilderberg Group, a group of the most powerful, elite people in the Western world who meet annually but are quite secretive.)
Police are becoming increasingly brutal.
In the U.S., many cops are now equipped with military-grade armor and weapons, which supports their increased brutality. Today’s issues dealing with the loss of civil liberties, social profiling, and corruption of law enforcers are also portrayed in such a way as to say: We better resolve these issues now, before it’s too late. (Check out this excellent article summarizing the latest trends in police brutality and corruption.)
One frequently mentioned evil company is Sonmanto, which sounds awfully close to one of the real world’s most evil companies, Monsanto. The series highlights the fact that these large corporations know the negative consequences of their chemicals/products, but they keep it secret until they are able to make a maximum profit. (See Monsanto News, Articles, and Information.)
My only beef: Not enough beefcake!
Hey Continuum writers: If you’re going to sprinkle in gratuitous nudity, at least make it more balanced. The audience gets occasional hot naked women scenes. However, it is lacking the sprinkle of hot naked men. There are plenty of opportunities for the show’s primary hunk Carlos (played by Victor Webster) to strip, but the most we ever get from him is a (hunka hunka) chest. The man-loving fans of the show are being cheated.