So disappointing to see this attempt at SciFi. This show doesn't come anywhere near the greatness of shows like battlestar galactica. It is entirely unclear who are the bad guys and who are the good guys (i certainly don't want to live in a future where corporations own everything and we're made to shut up and do what we're told) The whole show is based on the premise of ensuring the world keeps going down the path to a horrible future.
Would give this zero if i could.
Will we see an intelligent SciFi show on TV ever again? :-(
A mix of recent major events (bailouts, terrorism) with some hi-tech gizmos (even time travel!) aiming to convince us, that corporations bring order and well-being to the world. And they bailout the governments (ha-ha-ha). And everybody opposing them is a ruthless terrorist, even guilty for the 9/11-like events...
Worst of all why is the main character fighting to protect tyranny? It would've been more believable if the "bad guys" were fighting to protect facism and the main character, Kiera, travels back in time to protect the people against corporate tyranny. The only way for this show to be watchable is when they show violence or killing, it should be reminded that the Gov. Corp. is the one that regularly engages in rape and murder, not the people.
Show is getting to "Soap Opera Like" really quickly now. The plots have no real substance & police procedures are about as stupid as you can get. For one, if I suspected someone of being a mole I'd follow their every movement but in this episode the one person they arrest gets out of jail & then meets a bad guy moments later. At the very least the episode should have ended with 20 cops coming out of no where to arrest her immediately after getting in the SUV..
I really wanted to like this show. The espoused ideology and the over the top portrayals of psychopathic anti-corporatists is patently ridiculous though and really, assuming "freedom fighters" from the future are evil nutjob psycho's is it really that hard to kill one cop... At least its not as mind numbingly-dumb as "Revolution". I only made it through a 1/2 the first season, so maybe it gets better...
When I saw the first episode I had high hopes that this would be my fringe replacement but after watching the second episode yesterday I realized that its not to be. I really don't like the way it's going and the acting is pretty bad.
Well, I' ll go out and say it. I don't like this one. When I first read the plot I thought it was pretty interesting, being a sci-fi fan myself but after two episodes (I know it's not much but I just don't like at all and I want to watch so many other shows) I was totally turned off by the wooden acting, especially from Rachel Nichols, and the convenient events happening to progress the plot. That's that then, moving on to other things. .
Good, Bad we may never know I guess you can decide for yourself, and it seems the writers have solved the grandfather paradox or I should say grandmother paradox. Its another cop fans I think are ready for more space adventure not earthly dilemma. I myself am done with cop shows. To make sarcasm clear on the time paradox if he didn't die this everything they do is moot. I will be waiting for Netflix to release the second season purchasing it on Vudu or disc will be out of the question I really hope they clear up there time paradox in the next season, in which Im surprised it got when firefly got one.
I had some high hopes, but both the lines as written, and the delivery as acted... are a bit camp. I've only seen the first few episodes and I'm already 100% behind the 'bad guys' and hoping they win. It's pretty bad when you're not rooting for the main character in a series.
not always a good thing. I think this show is too cryptic-you have to have watched the previous episodes to understand what is happening in the newer episodes. Acting is average and the script is, well, maybe not so spectacular. The concept of time travel is somehow lost in all the movements of the story in the world of the present. Not that impressed.
The show is ok, but the biggest problem is that the protagonist is a defender of a dystopian future, whereas the antagonists are freedom fighters... this is backwards. The show also doesn't have enough sci-fi in it. It's mostly a cop show.
I'm just having a really, really hard time rooting for people who want the future to be dominated by corporations. Aren't things bad enough already??!! Why is the main character so clueless? I like the idea, but when does the main character wake up from her completely uncritical thinking that the world is better off dominated by corporations that look only after themselves and have removed human liberties like freedom of speech. The plot is really confusing to me. Not that the supposed bad guys are going about it the right way, but still? How can any viewer espouse the cause of corporate dictatorship?
Being a sucker for time travel stories and a huge fan of shows like Fringe and Dr. Who, I gave Continuum an excited try. Unfortunately, what is a pretty interesting story at the core is wasted on moments of cringeworthy dialogue exchanges, huge plot holes, personality traits changing to suit the story's flow, threads swept under the rug and multiple deus ex machinas (Kiera's suit and implants combined with Alec's mad hax0r skills and technology at disposal).
I really wanted to give this show a chance as there's good potential, yet all of the aforementioned has made me adamant about passing on season 3. That, and the Matthew Kellog character - he is just unbearable.
And somebody could finally come up with something new instead of the usual, over-boring and corporate-driven dystopian future (although the CGI here is executed really well).
As some wrote, the fact that Kiera changed the future by arresting the serial killer might be a hint that the future can be changed, and that it does not affect memories -- or one's past timeline. As someone else pointed out, this might just be a trick, and writers could make pieces fall together -- we won't know until the end.
However, the few "in this timeline" final words tend to direct us to the old and usual time theory, where paradoxes result in the continuum being divided into parallel timelines. Gross, but convenient.
This might explain why Chen is still alive (coming from another timeline). And what if Lucas' visions were from parallel timelines as well ? Him mentionned after being totally forgotten by the show ? He sure has some role to play in the upcoming events... Good thing is, there are still many doors left open to diverge to any kind of answers. We don't actually know where Chen's reappeared from, neither what Alec might have changed in the past he allegedly went to. If any, it's with our time that Continuum has been playing. Serious time-mess might start in the next season.
Opening the paradox door is surely tempting, but risky as well. This exercise, if not handled carefully, can end up very badly.
Take Fringe, for example. The two parallel universes were really well-managed, and characters exchange lead up to many intense situations, while preserving the intergity of the show's universe. On the other hand, there were some really ill-advised moves : the popping-out-to-thin-air+underwater-reappearance of Peter, the god-knows-why observer's invasion still makes me feel nauseous about this show. Earlier, mixing self, future-self, alternate-self, parallel-self, robot-self... at the same time just made me not care about characters -- there will still be some other "self" left no matter how many were killed.
Lost, despite many failures, provided one utterly perfect demonstration of a rigid timeline.
As I can't think of a show that experimented on self-correcting future, I'll mention the "Looper" movie, which deals in its own way with "self correction".
So, there are plenty of opportunities for Continuum just now, and the father-son twist gives us hope that writers know what they're doing.
Of course, we have to endure Carlos absurd behavior (turning to Julian, not avenging on the mole that almost got him killed), a police that looks like a grocery store (come and go as you like !), badass psychopaths with so much good intentions -- tough childhood for sure, and an especially weird lock-them-in-a-box-instead-of-killing-them-so-they-can-escape-and-mess-again-with-the-timeline-in-season-3 final.
But what will forge the identity of this show will be the strength of it's time theory. If carefully weaved, it will redeem it all.
Corporate Super Cop Hit Woman.... vs Anti-Corporate Thugs. The heroin- loving mother, pretty, smart, compassionate, SS style super Cop. Product of Corporate America. The Villains- The Evil, brutal, heartless thugs, who oppose Corporate control... OF COURSE... Opposition to the almighty Corporation has left any actual cause buried far behind the blood lust and brutality. What first appears as Dark Satire, shows itself as quite different once you pay attention. Corporate Future World... Happy little boy, just wants mommy to read him a bedtime story. Those who oppose Corporate control.. Cruel, heartless, and EVIL... even went as far as to mimic the 9/11 trade tower attack, as the outcome of ant-corporation activism. Nice Message for the more impressionable younger viewers..... Very minor negativity shown in the Corporate Future World, except the anti-corporation revolutionaries. This is not SATIRE... it is just one little step in gaining corporate allies. I like the show, I hate to say, BUT I can't help but notice, That it is promoting a very EVIL agenda.... under the guise of SATIRE
Not a bad premise, but why did they have to hire Rachel Nichols as the lead? I realise I'm going to be in the minority, but there's just something about her that irritates me. The only other thing I've seen her in was Criminal Minds - and I was so pleased when she left.
As for Continuum, I'm definitely on the Rebels side, even though I get the impression that we're supposed to be on the Protector's side.
I expected that the Rebels had gone back in time to stop the rise of the corporations, I just don't understand why their first move is to arm themselves. Surely with a few decades to change things there were better ways. As for Keira's miraculous acceptance by the local police - I didn't find that very believable. Nor can I feel any sympathy for her supposed grief at having left her family behind in 2077.
All in all, I've found it a bit disappointing. I hope it picks up in the next few episodes.
Just to be clear, this TV series is written by wild-eyed, left wing, socialist liberals. But that aside, it is a great time travel story. The good guys and the bad guys don't really make much sense. Corporations take over the world, but they have created a Congress to do so. And, oh yes, there is lots of regulation. Clearly, whoever wrote this has never set on a board for anything. But, like a lot of the radical stuff on TV today, I can get past it and still have fun. This is a good one.
When I was younger, I was a big fan of something called The Power Rangers. My favourite of the bunch was Time Force... Picture it: A young female cop's fiance-and partner-is murdered by a mutant criminal, just before he escapes imprisonment for life by travelling back in time (along with a prison full of criminals), from the year 3000 to the then present time of 2001. Our young hero follows him into the past, where she must join forces with a man whose resemblance to her dead fiance is uncanny, and re-capture all the mutant criminals, whilst trying to find a way back to her time.
Sound familiar? (Minus the mutants and dead fiance thing.) That's kind of what I thought when I first heard about Continuum. I had mixed feelings about it. Whilst the above story line would work great-better, even-as an adult show rather than one for kids, how dare they steal such awesomeness from my childhood and make it better?? Look, I'm a sucker for sci-fi, and all things time travel-y, so I was going to check it out anyway. And it did sound kind of awesome. Is it? Well it's... Interesting.
Sure the pilot was high on exposition and low on character moments, but dudes, it's a pilot. That's kind of how they work. It gave us a sense of what all other episodes will be like-a cop show with a dash of time travel madness. Which is okay for me, I guess. Personally, there are FAR TOO MANY cop shows out there for my liking, but TV is like family. You can't ask for what you want. You just hang with the ones can stand and avoid the rest until Christmas.
I reckon the 'Terrorist Hunt of the Week' will bore me sometimes, and there will be some dull episodes. But there is also the possibility of some great episodes, it all rests on which direction the writers take this. Standard procedural or serialised mystery? Obviously, there is a major conspiracy going on... And is Keira's fiance involved? And what about Liber8, the terrorists? The pilot didn't touch on their background at all, and simply set them up as The Bad Guys. But they're fighting for freedom. Whose side should we really be on? And what is up with Keira's suit?? That thing can do everything except bake cookies. Or maybe it can, and we just haven't seen it yet. Seriously, with that suit and her bionic woman set up, she's like Inspector Gadget minus the hat.
Yes, I have added it to my 'watch list'. Let's hope Continuum reaches its potential, and doesn't become the next Alcatraz...
And for old times sakes: Time for Time Force! Yeah!
All of the reviewers who think that Continuum is some type of propaganda or that it sympathizes with big corporations are way off base and out of touch. The fact that the group of characters in the show who are fighting for liberty (liber8) favor violence as a tool is not meant to demonize real life people who want those same freedoms and rights, nor is it meant to make freedom/rights advocates synonymous with terrorists. It's meant to prove that two different groups of people can have the same passion and fervency for one thing (liberty), yet, simultaneously, have irreconcilable ideology about another thing (murder as a means to an end). People often hate what they don't understand. That is why I think the authors of the low score reviews don't like Continuum. Put frankly, they can't wrap their heads around the complex and dynamic protagonist/antagonist relationships of the story. This show isn't just the old familiar proverbial "good guy vs. bad guy" narrative. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, though. And I get the appeal of a single, clearly-defined antagonist and protagonist, but that's not how life is. To me, the most alluring aspect of Continuum--besides Rachel Nichols--is the stark contrast between the fantasticalness of the technology and the verisimilitude of the morality. Check out this URL to discuss, debate, and read about Continuum more in depth:
When I saw this show in 2012, it seemed to me one of the best sci-fi of the past years. The drop in quality in the second season is huge, but perhaps will improve. I like Rachel Nichols a lot, but some of other actors are even better.
Many scifi shows have loads of plot holes and gaffs but this one doesn't, at least nothing noticeable. It is basically a Cop show with time travel and gadgets thrown in for good measure. It is quite well written and though I think Kiera's overexagerated desire to return to her own time is a bit too hammy the show is otherwise a great watch. I can't wait to see Season 3.
When I first heard about this show, I went online to look for more info in order to find out if it was worth watching - my favorite series were between seasons, so I was hunting around for possible replacements. Based on the first reviews on this site, I gave it up. They were mixed and confusing, not very helpful. Then, in a moment of desperation, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I've seen the whole season 1 already and I think it was actually pretty good. The premise of time travel isn't new, but there's a twist to it: the leading character, Kiera, is some kind of cop who works for the corporations that took over the government in the future. There'a a feeling of totaliarianism in the air, a touch of George Orwell's "1984". And that's the most intriguing thing about it: if Kiera is supposedly our "hero" why is she working for the "bad guys"? An interesting question, which was not entirely answered in the first season, but to which we were given small clues: Kiera's joining the terrorists' trip through time wasn't as random as it first seemed. Also, I think the ramifications of changing the past are being dealt with nicely.
I think the acting is OK, not as bad as people claim. There are some occasionally cheesy dialogues, which could be passable if they weren't delivered with a very unimaginative choice of songs (oh, there are a few irritating video clips in the end of the episodes, but since this is one of my pet peeves, it is probably OK with a lot o people). The effects are usually bad; I hope the budget or creativity of the people responsible for it improves. The future takes place in 2077 , so it is a 65-year time difference in relation to our time, which makes the advances in technology seem a bit too big for such a small amount of time, honestly. On the other hand, I think they make sense in the plot, so they're acceptable. All in all, a series that stands out and is promising and I'm definitely looking forward to its second season.
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