Monday, 28 January 2013

DVD REVIEW: Continuum - Universal Pictures UK

Release Date: 28/01/13


All ten episodes from the first season of the time-travelling Canadian sci-fi drama. Whilst attempting to stop eight terrorists, known as Liber8, from escaping execution, Vancouver law enforcement officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols) finds herself transported from the year 2077 to 2012. In her attempts to track down the terrorists and prevent them from changing the future, Keira joins the present day Vancouver Police Department, enlisting the help of 17-year-old tech geek Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) and local officer Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster). The episodes are: 'A Stitch in Time', 'Fast Times', 'Wasting Time', 'Matter of Time', 'A Test of Time', 'Time's Up', 'The Politics of Time', 'Playtime', 'Family Time' and 'End Times'.


I caught the first couple of episodes on the Syfy Channel and whilst I was interested it wasn’t something that originally stuck with me enough to watch it all the way through. Now this isn’t a case of because I was bored, it was more to do with a lot of the subtle nuances within that whilst you remember it at the time, over subsequent weeks when others work their way though, you’ve forgotten what has gone before which is why a DVD release is a real joy to own.

What you get within this, is a top notch story that whilst following some of the conventions that other futuristic time travel series have utilised really works on the principle character trying her damnedest to not affect the current time and thus change the future as she or her family will change. It’s a solid premise and when you add the heroine chasing a group of villains all set on starting a war that will change events, really works on so many levels.

Add to this solid performances, some wonderful film trickery to help you get the emotional aspects (though the use of camera filters) and solid story arc linking all ten episodes and it’s a series that works very well for me as a viewer. Great stuff.

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