March 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm #344682
Shooting begins today on its final season, done in too soon by Showcase and Shaw malfeasance…June 4, 2015 at 11:28 am #344684
Last June, it took Shaw Cable, who owns the channel that aired Continuum up north 187 days past Canadian upfronts to announce its fate. This year, it took them only a moment to announce when that final season will air. Instead of July 26, the season 4 debut has been pushed back to September 4, a Friday, at 9PM in Canada.
Allow me some speculation about what that means for American viewers: Friday is the key word in this story. If Showcase had kept to its original start date of July 26, the series would’ve ended around 3 weeks before Syfy would begin airing it. Syfy would run the risk of its American fanbase for the show searching other means to watch it, or try the risky route of getting a VPN (virtual private network) to get around Showcase not allowing anybody else to see it outside Canada.
The announcement, from here, confirms the show will remain on Friday nights in the States. So here’s 2 scenarios that are equally appealing to U.S. viewers of Continuum.
OPTION 1: It stays put Fridays at 10PM
Dark Matter will take over that timeslot in mid-month, and run for 13 episodes. With no pre-emptions, that takes the show’s season 1 finale to September 4. In this case, Continuum logically debuts the following week, and the Syfy and Showcase broadcasts are only a week apart.
OPTION 2: Syfy moves Continuum to Fridays at 9.
This is the better scenario for fans of the show. Also this mid-month, the new series Killjoys will debut. It will have 10 episodes. With no pre-emptions, its first campaign would end August 28. In this case, Continuum debuts September 4. And that means potentially Showcase and Syfy will be simpatico in airing the final season THE SAME NIGHT!
But (and you knew there’d be one…) This year, Labor Day is September 7 the latest possible Monday it can fall on. And that’s when they run their traditional weekend movie marathon starting the previous….Friday. So if Syfy won’t budge on their Labor Day marathon plans, look for Continuum to air in the States on September 11 (option 2) or September 18 (option 1).August 21, 2015 at 7:10 am #344686
After 426 days, tv’s best show that you’re not watching debuted its first episode to Canadian viewers online in preparation for its 9/4 debut on Showcase Channel and a week later on Syfy. Nominated for almost 60 awards from various Canadian TV arts organizations and the Saturn Awards, and more than 20 wins. Ignore it at your own peril and own cutting-off-nose-to-spite-one’s-face-ness.
Episode 4.01: Lost Hours
Written by Simon Barry; directed by Pat Williams
Alec’s bid to control Piron and the future – stopped by good Alec.
Who then gets muscled out of his own company in a power play by a
conniving Kellog. Which thus ensures the timeline Brad Tonkin was
sent back from 2039 to erase is still in play. His emergency beacon,
meant to sound an all-clear to his future mates, instead unleashes a
squad of 5 super-soldiers, hell-bent on destroying the timeline, and Vancouver, themselves – by any violent means necessary. As Kiera is seriously
injured in their escape from the future soldiers, Tonkin begins a
risky gambit to defeat them by trying to work from the inside and
earn their trust. Alec gets payback in spades when he hacks into
Piron and lays the company’s treacherous plans bare for the world to
see.August 22, 2015 at 7:45 pm #344687
bumpSeptember 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm #344689
Serien Junkies, a German entertainment website, steps up with the first advance review of the premiere (spoilers):
http://www.serienjunkies.de/continuum/reviews/4×01-lost-hours.html September 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm #344690
bumpSeptember 11, 2015 at 10:42 pm #344691
What an opener; review tomorrow. Continuum trending #1 on Twitter in the U.S. and Canada. Maybe Showcase Cable shoulda listened to its fans, yes?September 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm #344692
What an opener; review tomorrow. Continuum trending #1 on Twitter in the U.S. and Canada. Maybe Showcase Cable shoulda listened to its fans, yes?September 12, 2015 at 2:31 pm #344693
TV.com review. Get ready for a wild ride.
After an entirely-too-long-to-be-healthy hiatus, Kiera and the whole timey-whimey gang on Continuum is back for the fourth and final season of Canada’s sci-fi darling. It’s good to be back. Welcome back!
Proving that technology can be a crueler manipulator than the good Dr. Lecter, a botched escape from Kellog’s metroid soldiers of the future got Kiera a knock on the head that threw her CMR into Matrix-mode. I think we’ve all experienced enough heartbreak on this show to know that when Kiera woke up in a cross between a hospital room and an Apple store, that reveal that the year was 2080 and Kiera had just been in a coma the entire time was way too good to be true. Her doctor blamed her memories of Vancouver in the early 21st century on that neat CMR simulation trick, which basically confirmed that Kiera hadn’t been hallucinating the last three seasons. Her welcome return to her own time was the hallucination.
Skynet won’t need Terminators when the computers inevitably take over. It will just need to tap into our deepest regrets and psychological issues. It’ll be okay though. If there’s one thing The Matrix taught us, it’s that Big Brother loves us and reality blows.
Returning to her sucky low-tech, in-constant-peril, emotionally-isolated-from-basically-everybody reality, Kiera’s lesson was reinforced and kicked our resident HBIC back into sad-mommy mode. I’ve kind of been over this shit since the first season of Continuum, and the series’ slow-but-steady crawl towards writing a Kiera who is accepting of her situation and trying to build a life for herself was a welcome turn of events for me. I’m twisted like that.
In a way, the return of Kiera’s single-minded drive to jump back to her own time felt like a step back for her development as a character. This Kiera has more in common with her antsy, desperate Season 1 self than the rational, careful woman who took charge in Seasons 2 and 3. Knowing that this is Continuum‘s final season, however, makes the almost-regression easier to stomach. Kiera told Alec that she accomplished her mission by preventing him from becoming awful Old Alec. If we’re being honest though, Kiera’s mission won’t really be over until she is reunited with her family or, at the very least, returns to her time and sees firsthand the good that she accomplished during her worst vaycay ever.
Do we really want to leave Continuum in a sad Quantum Leap situation? With some halfassed epilogue blurb telling us that nope, Dr. Beckett never made it home? Sucks to be him. Let us all marvel at his good works.
Kiera deserves better than that.
Given Continuum‘s habit of constantly being awesome, I trust the writers implicitly as we begin the dive into the final chapter of Kiera’s story. Who knew smarmy Kellog would survive the first season of the series, let alone rise to become one of the gang’s most formidable frenemies. Kiera warned the metroid men that Kellog only has one priority: Kellog. Lots of villains get designated as selfish or self-serving, but so many, at their core, are driven by much loftier ideas than mere self-preservation. Kellog is a jerk, but he may not actually be eeeeeevil. The strength in Continuum‘s characters comes from their constantly shifting alliances. In reality, everyone on this show is out to benefit him or herself. The altruistic world-saving stuff is just something that happens along the way. Idealism, on Continuum, is for people who don’t have anything to lose. The thing is, most people have something they hold most dear—even if it’s just their own life.
“Lost Hours” gave us Garza saving Kiera from assassination, Alec and Julian teaming up to terrorize Kellog, and Kellog awkwardly trying to walk that fine line between being king of the world and irreparably breaking the world. These tumultuous alliances manage to feel natural instead of gimmicky because even after four seasons, these characters have avoided being pigeonholed into rigid roles with unwavering desires.
Who knows though? Kiera has returned to her headlong drive to return to her family in the 2070s. With this party gearing up to wind down, it’s possible that Kiera won’t be the only one returning to her roots as this series heads home.September 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm #344694
Den of Geek’s take on the season premiere: http://www.denofgeek.us/tv/continuum/249024/continuum-lost-hours-review
After a year and a half of waiting, Continuum returns for its final six episodes, and I have full confidence that the show will wrap up with mind-blowing action, brain-melting paradoxes, and thought-provoking conclusions. In “Lost Hours,” Kiera Cameron and Liber8 pick up where things left off, and the new antagonists, Kellog and his so-called Time Marines, set the tone for a stellar premiere. Although many elements merely set up future storylines, it was nice to see this great time travel show back on the air.
I couldn’t help but appreciate that the soldiers of 2039 actually trumped Kiera’s technology several times in this episode, especially when it came to her suit’s cloaking function. Since they came from the timeline created by Alec’s accelerated technology endeavors, it makes sense that their wartorn society created superior weaponry and armor. Their concussive blasts aren’t enough to kill Kiera, but she is certainly knocked around to a respectable degree.
In fact, being knocked cold sent Kiera into a preserving dream state, which may have tricked some viewers into thinking the whole series was a dream. Of course, the cruel joke is an effective jab at audience expectations, and although Kiera’s recovery is quick, it was nice to see her son, elder Alec, and the cognitive therapist again.
Bringing Emily back into the fold as well as the addition of Lucas from Liber8 creates a festive atmosphere as the new team decides to strike back at Kellog, who ended last season taking over Piron from Alec. Perpetrating a hack on Halo’s servers would have been no small feat for either Alec or Lucas alone, but as a combined force, they seem unstoppable! However, Lucas’ conversations with Garza and several furtive glances lead me to believe this alliance won’t last long.
Kellog himself seems oddly vulnerable having placed himself in the hot seat. Curtis tries to persuade him to accept assistance from the mysterious Traveler while Alec’s hack has him uncharacteristically berating Carlos and being on the defensive. It’s clear he’s not sure what the presence of future soldiers sent by an older version of himself means for his current plans. I’m definitely not used to seeing Kellog so off-balance, but on the whole, I like it, especially with the surprising message from himself at the end of the episode.
Giving faces and names to Kellog’s soldiers gives a personal touch to yet another ambiguously motivated group in a show where one often confuses the heroes with the villains and vice versa. Their mission seems logical given their future circumstances, but they’re clearly hiding something about a pivotal occurrence after Brad left their time. I’m anxious to see what the device is that they’re building.
The Traveler also continues to be an enigma carrying over from last season. He now has the face and the nearly seven-foot frame of actor Vladimir Ruzich, but his motives are completely unknown. As the season continues, I’m sure we will learn more about this observer character, and I hope it’s sooner rather than later.
Together with great action sequences, including an amazing battle with Emily as she is captured by Kellog’s goons, the little understated puzzles that present themselves in this episode spice up an otherwise low-key episode. My excitement at this series’ return overshadows all shortcomings, however, and Continuum is off to a great start for its final run.September 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm #344695
A stellar premiere, with the quality never dropping off like other shows does. It’s an absolute travesty that none of you have bothered to check out this series even once, and worse so that Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t have numbers for Continuum from season 2 on. Not even 5 critics could be corralled to reviewing it, which is shame on them. Rachel Nichols continues to solidify her standing as the best lead drama series actress out there that nobody is paying attention to. She’s got her own Scooby Gang (in the tradidion of another great cult classic, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to battle the new CEO of Piron, Matthew Kellog (Alec, Julian, Jason, Emily and Liber8’s Lucas). But now Kiera has to deal with 6 soldiers from the future, hell-bent on destroying the current timeline, and anything else that gets in their way – and she lost the first fight badly.
Can she defeat these Time Marines from the year 2039? Can Kiera somehow find a way to return home to 2077? It’s going to be fun finding out.September 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm #344696
Another review from TV Equals: http://www.tvequals.com/2015/09/12/continuum-lost-hours-review-season-4-episode-1/
It’s been over a year since we last saw Continuum on our screens and, following a season of the show that ended with somewhat of a reset, that’s both a blessing and a curse going into this 6-episode final run. A blessing because there’s a definite sense of it having cleared away some of the plot debris that had been building and building, and a curse because this is stillContinuum, and it’s hard to quite remember where we are.
But to my great surprise, it’s actually comprehensible again, even in spite of the time gap and knowledge that there’s only five hours left to wrap up the story. Welcome back, Continuum, we missed you.
We begin where we left off, with Kiera and Brad greeting the Powersuits, Kellogg having taken over Alec’s company and Emily being released from prison by an increasingly haggard looking Carlos. I say haggard in the most general sense, of course, because Victor Webster is looking dashing as always.
It seems that our gang have merely traded one terrifying future for another, and this time everyone bar Kellogg is more or less working for the good guys. Kiera’s truce with Liber8 and reconciliation with Alec mean that she has a considerable amount of fire power on her side, but it might not mean much if she can’t prevent future Kellogg and Brad’s former team from persuading present-day Kellogg to start fulfilling his ‘dark destiny’.
The opening action sequence was great and had a real video-game feel to it, but the moment I knew we had Continuum back at its best was the flash to 2080. Was it a dream? Has everything we’ve been watching for four seasons been real? We of course know the answer, but it doesn’t make it any less fascinating to wonder, or that the show decided to briefly pose the question at all.
The ‘it’s all a dream!’ move would be a real cop-out and betrayal of the audience, but I imagine the knowledge that Kiera’s tech goes into a detailed simulation program while she recovers from head trauma will come back before we’re done. Keep an eye out, folks, I sense the rug’s going to get pulled out from under us.
But it pushes Kiera to realise that she still wants to return home to her family, and we’re back to her quest to reunite with her son as the emotional throughline of the show. It was gone for a while, and both the character and the show felt a little emptier for it. No, we’re back where we started, and that also applies to Kiera’s relationships with Carlos and Alec. It’s a comforting feeling, but also makes me excited for what’s to come over the next few weeks.
Similarly, Kellogg was always going to be the show’s final boss, and the question now is whether it’ll be the one we’ve known all along or this new future version? As tedious as it was to watch two Alec’s battle it out last season, two Kellogg’s wouldn’t be as much of a problem. It would have been a shame for Kellogg to suddenly become evil incarnate for the final season, as he’s always lived in the grey-est of grey areas. That thankfully looks set to continue.
Liber8, Alec, Kiera and seemingly also Julian (a nice surprise, given Richard Harmon’s role onThe 100) have all worked out where their moral boundaries are at this point, and it’s been messy. Now it’s Kellogg’s turn, and I’ll be fascinated to see him either accept or reject the future that’s apparently mapped out for him.
As said, there’s not much time left, but we’ve got plenty to deal with between now and the series finale. Emily’s been taken, Liber8 have been tasked with taking out Kellogg and Alec is working to finally send Kiera home. Then there’s Carlos, who just looks like he needs a good nap. Hang in there, Carlos, not long left now.September 18, 2015 at 9:52 pm #344697
One of the best written episodes of the series tonight and the first U.S. review from TV After Dark:
A deeper exploration of moral cause and
effect snuck in the back door of a taut suspense thriller and that’s
exactly the kind of complexity we’ve come to love about Continuum.
CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD IN OUR DETAILED
Elder Kellog (Stephen Lobo), in the
form of a recorded hologram, urges his younger self to trust the time
traveling soldiers and help them secure a better future than the one
they left. Younger Kellog, relishing the title of Commander, has more
pressing immediate concerns—trading Emily’s (Magda Apanowicz)
life for the Piron data stolen by Alec (Erik Knudsen). Kellog takes
advantage and insists an indignant Keira (Rachel Nichols) not only
deliver the data in person but join him for dinner while Piron
engineers check that the data is intact. Little do they both know
that Travis (Roger Cross) and Garza (Luvia Petersen) plan to act on
Curtis’s (Terry Chen) advice to eliminate Kellog while he is
exposed and in the open.
Meanwhile, with the help of Lucas
(Omari Newton), Alec uses stolen Piron information to track down
Emily’s whereabouts and risks his life to rescue her by himself.
Nothing is that easy and they up in a fight for their lives to escape
the thugs holding her captive. With Alec away, Lucas gets a taste of
being the hero helping a desperate Kiera save the life of a poisoned
Kellog. Before Travis and Garza can move to finish the job, a
watchful Carlos (Victor Webster) crashes their party and the
intensity ratchets to eleven with nearly everyone’s lives hanging
in the balance on this episode of Continuum!
Kidnapping Emily was one thing, but a
willingness to kill her is an entirely different level for Kellog.
Stephen Lobo has created one of the most deviously likable characters
on this show. One minute he’s someone you loath, the next he says
something so clever yo have to laugh. That’s the Kellog we’ve
come to love through three seasons and Lobo has done a masterful job
of building a character we can both love and love to hate. But has
Kellog finally pushed too far toward the dark side?
As we watched Warlord Kellog convince
his younger self that the soldiers sent back were to be trusted to
ensure a better future, two things immediately popped into mind. For
one, others have fallen into the same trap of hubris thinking they
could manipulate the past to improve the future and the results were
disastrous. And as this series wraps is Kellog, both old and new, the
true antagonist for Keira and Alec? Curtis’s cryptic maneuvering
implied that the answer may still lie in Kellog’s court to decide.
“You don’t know everything. You and
that radio transmitter friend of yours.” ~ Kellog
“Agreed. We all know there’s so
many paths, with so many outcomes. A hero on one branch, a villain on
another. But you can’t achieve either all on your own.” ~ Curtis
Kellog may have been on to something
deeper when he slipped in his confrontation with Carlos and had to
back pedal to explain that kidnapping was simply an understood
subtext. Everything in this episode suggested an unspoken subtext
where each character struggled with their choices and actions.
Everyone has selfless and selfish tendencies that constantly battle
inside. Alec seems to have come to that realization already. Seeing
first hand how easy it would be to let himself fall prey to his own
self-centered agenda can change a man. That’s a rare gift few get
to see and certainly not to the vivid level that Alec witnessed.
Oddly, his older self gives Kellog a
similar opportunity. Which side will he ultimately choose? We don’t
know, but the fact that we’ve dug so deep into asking the question
means it’s damned good writing by Shelley Eriksen in this episode.
The ripple effect on Continuum is real.
In fact, it’s one of the show’s best qualities. Time and time
again, characters make decisions and the consequences of those
decisions hit home in some way that shows them just how much the
moments that matter can change a person’s future. And if someone is
prominent enough, it can change everyone else’s future with it.
With numerous choices and paths to follow, a person can quickly
become something completely different and that can have a lasting
effect on everyone around them.
“Actions have consequences. We all
know where I end up.” ~ Julian
“I’m getting Emily back. And I
don’t have to become asshole me to do it.” ~ Alec
Case and point? SadTech Alec and Piron
Alec were only a week apart, but through their actions and things
that happened to them they split into drastically different
directions throughout Season Three. In many ways Continuum has become
the ultimate character study of nature versus nurture. How much of
who we are is simply because of how we are born and how much of us is
shaped by our experiences and choices? It would seem that Continuum
is firmly in the camp that actions and choices define a person.
“Other you—was you all the way
through. Other you changed fast.” ~ Jason
“He certainly embraced his inner
shitheel.” ~ Lucas
So the question for every character may
ultimately present itself. Which side of their inner struggle do they
lean toward? Alec has been given the rare opportunity to alter his
path with knowledge of where he will go if he doesn’t. He’s
embraced his selfless side and that meant he cared more about getting
Emily back than his own safety. That’s a different Alec than Prion
Alec for sure, but Lucas was right. It was a pretty reckless endeavor
to go and do the saving himself. Behind the keyboard was Alec’s
“This is your superpower.” ~ Lucas
But the ripple effect is indeed real.
Had Alec not left to find Emily, Lucas would not have had an
opportunity to see himself in a different light. With Alec gone,
Lucas got a glimpse of a different path as he helped Kiera save
Kellog. He did it because Keira showed him it was the right thing to
do to ensure Emily survived.
Lucas hasn’t always made those
choices, but it’s entirely possible that he tapped into part of
himself that he’s often kept suppressed. We certainly felt the
small glimpse of joy as Kiera thanked him. Credit Omari Newton for
the subtle emotions we needed to see and feel in order to understand
this step of potential growth for Lucas. If actions do define a
person then it will be interesting to see where Lucas goes from here
now that a positive ripple has influenced him.
“No one has a monopoly on doing
the right thing.”
First things first, we did a happy
dance seeing Dillon again. Brian Markinson’s powerful presence on
this show leaves a bit of a vacuum when he’s not around. Sonya’s
(Lexa Doig) clapper bomb seems to have left a mark, but the man still
stands. Granted, if that was only a few weeks back in “real time”
we’re not sure how he healed (and scarred) so quickly. Television
Timeline issues aside, in addition to
the scars we could see, perhaps the near death experience also made a
mark we can’t yet see. Dillon was on a path of power and corruption
and it’s still quite possible that Sonya’s sacrifice wasn’t in
vain if Dillon’s choices from here influence the future for the
better. We don’t know if that’s the case, but it would bring this
character full circle and make her loss still have meaning.
“Everyone makes their choices.” ~
Fitting that Travis and Garza discussed
this just a short while before Dillon made his own choice to shoot
Travis and save Carlos in the process. If a man is defined more by
his choices and actions then Dillion would seem to be on a path to
redemption based on his actions alone. Is that the real reason he’s
working for Kellog? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?
“I know what I’m doing.” ~ Dillon
That certainly sounds like a man who
has an agenda he’s not yet willing to share with others (doesn’t
everyone on this show?). We look forward to seeing where Dillon’s
arc lands. He’s had one of the more frustrating rises from a
character we loved to one we no longer trusted and then one of the
most dramatic falls with Sonya’s attempt to kill him. All of that
has to change a man and we’ll be interested to see exactly how his
choices define him in the next few weeks.
FINAL VERDICT: As many characters
weighed choices and outcomes, each had to decide for themselves who
they might become. With just four episodes left, those answers may
not be far away after this intense entry punctuated by a surprising
Continuum continues to ask the tough
questions about the cause and effect of morality. It’s yet another
reason why this show is considered such smart television and why
loyal viewers have connected with it so strongly. But where some
shows muddy the themes and things only get more confusing over time,
somehow Continuum keeps nailing the right tone and character choices
make sense. They’ve achieved something unique that isn’t
confusing moral ambiguity, but rather an intelligent sliding scale of
moral cause and effect that viewers can relate to and understand.
In the case of Kellog, would he embrace
his selfish desires or wake a some point to realize he can change the
future to be better for everyone and not just himself? At the moment,
it would certainly seem Kellog is only concerned with himself. That
doesn’t surprise anyone. Kellog protecting Kellog has been his
number one priority all along. He sees the bigger picture for
everyone. He simply doesn’t care. He’s only focused on himself.
Time will tell if something can change his tune and get him to find
something selfless in himself again. In the meantime, he’s aligned
himself with the number one threat against a good future for all in
the time marines.
On the surface, this was a rescue story
with several characters making unexpected choices to move the plot.
Alec isn’t typically the guy who will go in and make the play in
the field and Lucas doesn’t often have Kiera’s back. But that’s
where Continuum sets itself apart from most series. It can deliver
action-packed thrills and still have layer upon layer of subtext that
keep viewers asking questions and playing “what if” games for
hours afterward. A show about the moral implications of time travel
could easily lose it’s way and fall into a swirl of confusion, but
by moving forward in ways that make sense, that’s exactly where
Continuum succeeds instead.
Creator Simon Barry, Writer Shelley
Eriksen and Director Pat Williams collaborated to bring something
deceptively clever to the screen in this episode. An intense,
thriller that kept us on the edge of our seats in the second half
hour was a curious thought experiment in disguise. What happens when
characters know their futures and have the chance to make different
choices to change their destiny? That’s intelligent writing and
well-crafted television. We were entertained by kick-ass action and
suspense, but then left thinking about the implications long after
the credits rolled.
As the episode closed, Alec realized on
his own what Older Kellog may have been trying to teach his younger
self. You can’t always focus solely on your own agenda and you
can’t always do things alone. The people around you matter. The
camaraderie of the dinner at the end was certainly an odd collection
of people to laugh and share a meal. Carlos might have given more
than a stern look to Kiera for Garza’s inclusion, but it did fit
with the story that Kiera is infiltrating Liber8. At least for now.
Time will tell if that story continues to hold water.
But it was the final choice by Emily
that might have been the one element that struck us as curious. We
get where she’s coming from. She sees herself as a weakness for
Alec to be removed. The real question is if Jason (Ian Tracey) were
telling her the truth. If she’s not his mother, who is? He
certainly seemed to weigh his answer carefully in Jason’s own
eclectic way. Was he telling the truth? Does Jason see the danger in
being too honest about how the future will play out? Is he trying to
change that future in a way we can’t yet see? Either way, her
departure was difficult to watch. Again. Leaving seems to be her M.O.
when things go sideways, but deep down can she really believe that
her absence is the best thing for Alec? We don’t think so, but we
don’t plan to miss a minute of the final four episodes of Continuum
to find out!