I have just spent the last few days catching up with the last few episodes of the third series of this time-travel science fiction series. The final series will be heading our way soon, even after it tried to keep the figures up and has had some very good strong writing and casting over the first three series.
This great show from Canada (the one one in recent times being Lost Girl) has confidently been a show giving us a near future tale set in 2077, where a female patrol officer Kiera gets sent back in time to our present 2015 (or 2012 when the show began) along with a group of fugitive radical criminals who she has to track down in order to return to her family in the future.
With some episodes set in the dystopian future where there are hi-tech police but sinister crime groups, and then mostly the series follows Kiera in our present time as she meets up with tech-genius Alec Sadler when he is still a teenager, and they attempt to trace the radical group in our time.
It has often been a surprisingly good show, and had many moments when it has drawn upon current topical themes and modern events in politics, news and relating to terrorism, the internet, evolving new technology and more. One of the strong points has been the successful use of a well written and well acted female lead character, one who is very intelligent, emotional when needed, and also does kick real ass at times.
One of the other very good elements of the show has been how it has on a number of occasions when they have shown that both the supposed ‘good guy’ characters-Kiera, the present day police force and detectives and news media may at times be doing bad things, and even some of the previously established ‘bad’ characters can do things which then show them to be good people in some ways, which has been intended to reflect our real world and how at times the media can portray figures as simply ‘bad’ or ‘good’ with no other sides to the stories.
So we recently did learn that the show, like many other sci-fi or fantasy shows, is soon to be axed but has after obvious strong audience support been granted a final mini series to close up the story. This is really frustrating as I personally have viewed it as possibly one of the most challenging and engaging current genre shows, brave and confident to sometimes ask viewers to question our world, our lives, how we see the things around us in our present times, and how our views may even possibly greatly affect our future.
While I am still watching the third series (which I believe has finished over in the U.S. now) and it is possibly nearly half way through, it has shown to be continually or even more challenging more than a month in. This could actually be one real reason why the show was dropped-some viewers may have been highly confused with the extreme time jumping and alternate versions of characters from various time-lines suddenly entering the series-which was actually really great and could have happened sooner I now think. Beyong this, it is still pushing the audience, flipping back and forth in time, just when I thought that had all settled down, and there are still mysteries around, various characters waiting to change the rules and get control of the present, tomorrow or both.
It now is reminding me a little of the last Joss Whedon series Dollhouse, which again was cancelled early but regularly challenged the audience and eventually used the early ending date to really twist the tale around and go out with a defiant head held high. As one of the very most topical, provocative and interesting sci-fi shows in recent times, I hope that Continuum can have similar end unless it does find some way to keep going for a while.