TIME AND TIME AGAIN

The past, present and fu­ture of Con­tin­uum ex­plored

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

the Short Road

1 Barry says that the sci- fi se­ries is get­ting a proper send- off but there were lots of plots and sub­plots left on the writ­ing room floor when it was an­nounced that sea­son four would be the last. “The best anal­ogy would be that we had a long road trip planned with lots of side trips to small towns and to­wards the end of the trip, we got on the free­way to fin­ish the trip. If we had more time and more sea­sons, we would have been able to find those side sto­ries and other ad­ven­tures that were con­nected to the larger mythol­ogy.”

Po­lice Academy

2 Fan favourite de­tec­tive Car­los has been played ex­pertly by Vic­tor Web­ster. This comes as less of a sur­prise with knowl­edge that the ac­tor’s fa­ther is a po­lice of­fi­cer. Barry tells Red Alert that Kiera’s part­ner might ac­tu­ally en­joy some suc­cess in the fi­nal sea­son. “Car­los, and Vic­tor in par­tic­u­lar, has a big heart and his phys­i­cal­ity be­lies a very sen­si­tive per­son so we felt that the re­ward for Car­los would have to be some­thing big­ger for him. It had to be a vic­tory in a larger sense so we tried to make sure that was part of his story. I think we suc­ceeded.”

Kiera evolved

3 Rachel Ni­chols trans­formed time- trav­el­ling cop Kiera Cameron from ac­tion hero to dra­matic lead. “From the point of writ­ing, I know that my­self and the other writ­ers started to an­chor the sto­ry­telling in a way so that we could drive the other el­e­ments of the story around what we knew Rachel [ Ni­chols] was go­ing to de­liver in terms of the emo­tional stakes,” ex­plains Barry. “That re­ally helps you as a writer be­cause that means you’re not just telling one story. You’re im­me­di­ately lay­er­ing ev­ery­thing that you are do­ing with an added level of emo­tion.”

Po­lit­i­cally Charged

4 “We never wanted pol­i­tics to in­ter­fere with our sto­ry­telling but hav­ing said that we know that the fu­ture and no­tions of the fu­ture are loaded with po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions be­cause the de­ci­sions we make in the present have a rip­ple ef­fect into the fu­ture,” ex­plains Barry. “A lot of the de­ci­sions we make are linked to pol­i­tics, busi­ness and so­cial change so we felt that it was im­por­tant to the show in terms of which fu­ture we get and which fu­ture we want to pre­serve.”

sci- fact!

Con­tin­uum makes a virtue of film­ing in Van­cou­ver ( like all sci- fi shows) by be­ing

set in Van­cou­ver.

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