Sea­son 4 Con­tin­uum

Farewell to the time-trav­eller’s life

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UK Broad­cast Syfy from 17 Novem­ber

Canada Broad­cast Show­case, fin­ished

Episodes Re­viewed 4.01-4.06

It’s never nice when a se­ries we love gets can­celled, but it is nice when there’s enough warn­ing for the show to go out on its own terms, with­out one of those bloody aw­ful cliffhang­ers that are the bane of our lives. Thank­fully Con­tin­uum’s fi­nal sea­son – a cu­ri­ously short­ened chunk of six episodes – had enough “end is nigh” warn­ing to weave a fi­nale that sat­is­fies on al­most ev­ery level. There’s a per­fect con­clu­sion to al­most ev­ery sin­gle char­ac­ter’s arc (and there are a lot of arcs to jug­gle), the ac­tion and drama keep the pulse rate up while those fi­nal acts play out, and the con­vo­luted plot­ting fi­nally un­rav­els enough to al­low a peace­ful fi­nal scene that makes so much sense you’re sur­prised you didn’t see it com­ing right from the very start. Some­how, the most com­pli­cated show on TV has man­aged to give us a sim­ple, calm end­ing. And... re­lax.

The best thing about this fi­nal sea­son, how­ever, is that it ends at all – be­cause Con­tin­uum was in real dan­ger of col­laps­ing un­der its own weight. This has never been the eas­i­est of shows to watch, its time-trav­el­ling co­nun­drums, po­lit­i­cal wran­gling and soap­opera-style dou­ble deal­ings of­ten threat­en­ing to con­fuse any­one not play­ing close at­ten­tion – and even those who are. If an­other sea­son had been green­lit, I sus­pect the se­ries would have tried our pa­tience a lit­tle too much: heck, there are even scenes in this lim­ited run that leave you feel­ing weary (how many times can Kel­log/Brad/Travis/Dil­lon/Alec/ etc dou­ble-cross some­one, any­way?). Sol­diers jump­ing through por­tals to in­vade our time, Kel­log rul­ing the fu­ture and threat­en­ing his own self in the past, Kiera dilly-dal­ly­ing with fel­low time-trav­eller Brad, who may or may not be a traitor... And then throw in the show’s only duff note, a mega-time-trav­eller who looks a bit like a hip­ster Je­sus, and you’ve got a lot to take in.

And yet, of course, it’s all im­mensely en­joy­able, with killer fight scenes and so much chutz­pah you wish other shows on TV would take note. Farewell, Kiera Cameron, Liber8 and your var­i­ous messed-up re­al­i­ties: we will miss you. Jayne Nel­son

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