Continuum is a new Canadian cop show with an overarching serialized twist, coming to Showcase, Sunday, May 27. Take a look at the series and find out what creator Simon Barry has to say about the show’s series-spanning story arc.
How far would you go to save the future? That’s the question that bonds the high-concept time-travel element of Continuum to the character story it hopes viewers will invest in.
Continuum, starring Rachel Nichols (Alias), is described as:
A one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver. She is alone, a stranger in a strange land, and has eight of the most ruthless criminals from the future, known as Liber8, loose in the city.
Lucky for Kiera, through the use of her CMR (cellular memory recall), a futuristic liquid chip technology implanted in her brain, she connects with Alec Sadler, a seventeen-year-old tech genius. When Kiera calls and Alec answers, a very unique partnership begins.
Series creator Simon Barry offers his view on what Continuum holds for viewers:
It’s about a group of revolutionary terrorists from the future who are facing execution, so they pull a prison break. Instead of going through the wall they set off a bomb that is a wormhole and they travel back sixty-five years to 2012. A police officer who happens to be in the execution chamber with them, also comes along for the ride unintended. The story takes place from her point of view – the policewoman’s point of view as she tries to stop these terrorists from not only changing history, but also starting their revolution in our time.
As for the sort of seriability intrepid viewers can expect to find in Continuum — expect both procedural and serialized story:
I think it’ll attract people that like TV. We have elements of a typical police show that appeals to anyone who watches any police show. We have some good character relationship stories that I think would appeal to anybody. We have this displacement, fish-out-of-water situation for one of our characters that’s unique and we also have a big science fiction mythology that wraps around everything and keeps the serialized part of our series alive and kicking hopefully to season ten.
For a more visual insight into Continuum and its serialized offerings, check out the following trailers, teasers and sneak peeks:
Continuum Promo Trailer & teasers:
Continuum Sneak Peek:
The serial-procedural experiment has yielded mixed results this season (see Alcatraz, vs Person Of Interest for example – though the latter has certainly benefited from more time to find its way), so the big question will be whether Continuum can successfully combine both formats, while establishing the world of the story. However, with the promise of fully-rounded characters and a larger serialized mythology spanning the series, Continuum looks promising and has our attention. Let’s see where this goes..
Continuum premieres May 27 at 9pm on Showcase with 1.01 “A Stitch In Time”
Source: Continuum The Series