I’ve payed attention to the SyFy Channel with a modicum of interest only two times in my life. Once was when it broadcast the entire Babylon 5 series, in sequence, back to back each evening. The other was when Battlestar Galactica was on the air. Other than those two times I’ve found very little that’s compelling about the network. The merits of some of the other shows on the network (Eureka et al.) are certainly up for debate…but that’s for another time.
But two new series are approaching that is causing me to return with eyes of interest. This article covers one of them: Continuum.
Continuum is actually not a new show (as I recently found out), but one that is produced in Canada by Reunion Pictures et al. for the Showcase channel. This fact may be a good omen for the show, as it means the bigwigs at SyFy will keep their noses out of the production as long as the price point is right for the network. Since the show is produced in Canada and filmed in the Vancouver B.C. the price point should be attractive. At a minimum we are guaranteed a two season run. A ten episode season one is already in the can and has been broadcast in Canada. A thirteen episode season 2 is already in the works.
What we will see on the SyFy Channel on January 14, 2013 is being called a “series premier,” so it will be the season one episodes. Presumably we will see season two sometime after it is broadcast in Canada later this year.
So what’s Continuum about? It’s about time travel. Uh-oh. Yes, one of the move used and abused of all science fiction tropes. Serious continuity and plot issues can arise of a show is staffed with poor writers (a la Heroes), but I’m still going to give Continuum a shot. Because seeing honest to goodness science fiction broadcast on the SyFy Channel is a rare event.
Here’s a synopsis of the show:
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.
Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (Alias, Criminal Minds, G.I. Joe) as Kiera, Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) as detective Carlos Fonnegra – who Kiera allies with – and Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4) as Alec Sadler, the teenaged tech genius who could be Kiera’s key to saving the future.
Continuum comes from executive producers Simon Barry (The Art of War), Jeff King (Stargate SG-1, White Collar), Tom Rowe (Tin Man), and Pat Williams (Smallville).
Continuum premiers on the SyFy Channel on January 14, 2013.