Okay, a few more words: stuff like this is precisely my cup of tea. A bit of RoboCop, a touch of Blade Runner in the future scenes, a lot of Terminator time travel, and even a bit of Alias (Rachel Nichols, who plays Kiera, was supposed to be spun off during the final season of Alias).
Essentially, the story is about a cop named Kiera Cameron from 2077, an oppressive, dystopian future where corporations rule (like today is any different), accidentally following a group of escaped terrorists back in time to 2012. Kiera managed to bring with her some cool cyborg-ish cop tech and a bulletproof costume, and I found one particular twist to be quite interesting -- she immediately connected via her internal software with a young man named Alec who had just created said software in 2012. It was pretty obvious to me almost immediately that the young man and Cigarette Smoking man in the future were the same person. Especially since future Alec had a knowing, unsurprised expression on his face when the terrorists and Kiera disappeared from the execution chamber.
I did find it a bit hard to swallow that handsome 2012 Canadian cop whose name I'm spacing (okay, that's Carlos Fonnegra, added later) believed Kiera's "I'm a cop from Oregon that I saw on the news" story without backup ID and a phone call from her lieutenant. But instantly making her a legitimate police consultant is obviously important to the plot, so I'm okay with it.
And so many interesting questions to explore. Is it indeed a one-way trip, as that one escapee told Kiera, or will she ever see her husband and son again? Will she catch the terrorists before they make hay of the past and screw up her present? (Considering how awful Kiera's time looked, that might be a good thing.) Will Kiera and the escapees even be able to screw up the past, or was all of this destined to happen? Future Alec's knowing expression suggested that it was indeed something that always happened, or will happen, but hey, we don't know. I'm interested in finding out.
I'm a little confused about why Syfy is claiming Continuum is "a Syfy original series" (like Lost Girl) when it's already aired in Canada, but whatever. I'm definitely planning to keep watching. And I sort of wish I had a reviewing slot open so that I could review it. Greater praise hath no Billie.
Addendum: Season three has ended and I am now a huge fan of this show; we'll soon be adding reviews for the first two seasons. I'm not going to include spoilers here, but I wanted to add a couple of things to this way-too-short review:
1. "A Stitch in Time" saves nine. That includes Kiera herself, plus the eight Liber8 prisoners: Travis, Sonya, Garza, Curtis, Kellog, Lucas, Jaworski (who died in this episode), and possibly Kagame, who seems to have gotten lost. I had a hard time keeping track of the Liber8 characters for awhile, but I know them now. Note also that Kiera's 2077 partner Elena vanished in the explosion but didn't show up in 2012.
2. Everything they did here beautifully sets up stuff they come back to later. Even the broken sculpture in the shape of a number eight, or infinity.
This is a quality science fiction series, and I love it. In retrospect, I would rate this pilot three out of four toy soldiers,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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