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Continuum series on Netflix worth checking out


One of the great things about Netflix is that it exposes someone who does not watch regular TV anymore to some great shows that said someone would not have been exposed to otherwise.

Continuum is one of those series that I have discovered on Netflix and that has captured my imagination as it projects a possible future, and imagines how people from that future would see the world that we lived in in 2012.

What I find interesting about stories that ground themselves in a future time is how they perceive the present, the future, and the past.

If you are not familiar with the show, it ran on Showcase originally from May 27, 2012 to October 9, 2015.

It revolves around Detective Kiera Cameron, a “protector” or police officer from the year 2077 who was raised to rely on technology more than anything else, even herself.

Cameron finds herself catapulted into the year 2012, away from her husband and son, with a group of deadly criminals called Liber8 in Vancouver, Canada.

Liber8 wants to take down the corporations that will one day rule the world — thus altering the course of the future and changing the 2077 that Cameron calls home.

She enlists the help of a teenage tech genius named Alec Sadler, who is the creator of the very technology that makes her police uniform allow her such cool things like turning invisible and deflecting bullets.

She is able to work with the Vancouver Police Department’s Detective Carlos Fonnegra to keep an eye on Liber8.

Cameron learns to rely more on herself than the technology that at times has overridden her hesitations and forced her to act in situations she questioned. 

What also makes this show interesting is the debate about whether our current government is worth keeping or if we would be better off being run by a corporation.

The ideals Liber8 fights for seem justifiable, but their methods are violent, so the viewer finds him or herself at any moment agreeing with the criminals, and at the same time, hoping that the protector is able to stop them.

Creator Simon Barry and the script writers do well to develop dynamic characters that at once wow the viewer and then frustrate them as they make many selfish and selfless decisions, and no character is depicted as all bad or all good.

Rather each character shows the potential for both good and bad, as they grapple with concepts of destiny, fate and free choice.

Adding to the show is its interesting play with time travel and its exploration of what can change and what actually changes when we mess with time, and you have yourself an engaging science fiction series that I certainly recommend for all of its possibilities.

The series has only four seasons, with season four wrapping up the show in only 6 six episodes.

The series was directed by:

Pat Williams…(17 episodes, 2012-2015); David Frazee

…(7 episodes, 2012-2015); William Waring…(6 episodes, 2012-2014); Mike Rohl…(3 episodes, 2012-2013); Amanda Tapping…(3 episodes, 2013-2014); Jon Cassar…(2 episodes, 2012); Simon Barry…(2 episodes, 2013-2014); Paul Shapiro…(1 episode, 2012); Rachel Talalay…(1 episode, 2012).

The series writing credits go to: Simon Barry…(creator) (42 episodes, 2012-2015); Jeremy Smith…(26 episodes, 2012-2015); Jonathan Walker…(26 episodes, 2012-2015); Matt Venables…(25 episodes, 2012-2014); Laura Collini…(21 episodes, 2012-2013); Raul Inglis…(13 episodes, 2013); Floyd Kane…(10 episodes, 2012); Andrea Stevens…(10 episodes, 2012); Shelley Eriksen…(7 episodes, 2013-2015); Sam Egan…(4 episodes, 2012-2014); Jeff King…(4 episodes, 2012-2014); Alison Hunter…(2 episodes, 2012); Denis McGrath…(2 episodes, 2014); Sara B. Cooper…(1 episode, 2012); Todd Ireland…(1 episode, 2015). Information from IMD website