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Continuum: Best Canadian Sci-Fi Show Ever

April 18, 2013

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I recently finished the first season of Continuum. This show is by far the best Canadian sci-fi TV show I have ever seen…ever. Definitely one of my new favourite sci-fi shows period. And a big A+ for Canadian television. But you know what’s even more phenomenal? Its level of amazing is the direct inverse of how lame the premise of the show sounds: A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Reading up on the history of the show apparently the creator tried to get a US network to pick it up. Naturally, they all thought “that is the stupidest sounding show we have ever heard.” But then a Canadian network, Showcase, heard about it and were like “wow, that sounds AMAZING!! Here’s lots of money!”

And normally in cases like that all you can do is:

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But not in this case. No. This show is addictive. Interesting twists and turns. Time travel. Flashbacks. Wrestling with various theories of time. Potential problems with time travel. And the coolest and most Canadian theme of all: who do you actually cheer for?

See, the show has a brilliant balance of good and bad to create maximum tension. Do you cheer for the people who have the noble cause but use the worst of means to achieve their ends? Or do you cheer for the people who support a horrible cause but do so using noble means? And are our heroes really heroes? And are our villains really villains? I.DON’T.KNOW.!.!

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But I love it! 😀

Now, the show isn’t perfect. There is reasonable level of suspension of disbelief. But it could be a lot worse. So if you are someone who can handle a little suspension of disbelief, and you like time travel, sci fi, twists and turns, and having Canada at the centre of world events instead of that other country, then this show is for you.

Season 1 is finished and season 2 begins this April 21st. If you have been itching for a new sci-fi tv show, I heartily recommend you give it a chance!

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