Thread: Continuum (UK)
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Old November 30 2012, 01:23 AM   #53
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Re: Continuum (UK)

So, the first season is now over in the UK. Some thoughts.

First about the series generally.

Continuum understood the basics of the weekly police procedural element, and executed it competently enough. It was a little fuzzier on developing Liber8's members either as characters or how their general agenda is supposed to be working. The show was pretty good in getting a handle on Kiera Cameron as the stoic cop and her odd relationship with the nerdy, nebbish youth Alec. The basic idea was sound and I was never that annoyed or bored - it's not great, but it was consistently okay and a pretty fun watch. I'm definitely onboard for next year.

And now some thoughts on the big reveals in the final episode:

A wealthy corporatist, one of the key people in the quasi-dystopian future of 2077, is responsible for the entire plan executed by Liber8, the supposed nemeses of that corporate culture, in 2012. This includes the death of the only person who totally knew what was going on, who kills himself with a bit of poetic license (death on the day of his birth) which in terms of controlling the plan does not make a lot of sense.

Why would Kagame agree to do what Alec says? Alec's goals and his must therefore be basically the same - and given that Kagame consults with Julian for advice, the implication is the goal must be something that Liber8 wants (so he hasn't betrayed, or thinks he hasn't betrayed, his principles).

This is the kind of mystery that could collapse into nothingness and make the show an incoherent mess. Indeed, since Continuum's writing usually doesn't reach above adequate, I'm not completely convinced that they'll have a satisfying answer - but they might, and if they do, well, it could take the show to interesting places. The series has been hinting at Alec from the future's involvement in these events since the first episode, so this plot point does seem to be executed with some subtelty and confidence.
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