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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4
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CONTINUUM Season Three

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  571 minutes (13 episodes on 3 discs), webisodes, audio commentaries, featurettes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Defintion

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (episodes), English 2.0 Dolby Digital (extras)

Subtitles: English SDH

 

STUDIO: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment/ SyFy/ Showcase

RELEASE DATE: 12-23-2014

 

DISC 1- MINUTE BY MINUTE/ MINUTE MAN/ MINUTE TO WIN IT/ MINUTE CHANGES/ 30 MINUTES TO AIR

DISC 2- WASTED MINUTE/ WANING MINUTES/ SO DO OUR MINUTES HASTEN/ MINUTE OF SILENCE/ REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE

DISC 3- 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT/ THE DYING MINUTES/ LAST MINUTE/ Continuum: Behind the Scenes

CONTINUUM continued to reinvent itself as Alec Sadler’s actions at the end of season 2 causes a minor reset of the events at the end of season 2 and create an alternate timeline as the season deals with the complexities of time travel, the war against increasing corporate control over the governments and populations, two Alec Sadlers, and a major shift in the goals for Kiera Cameron and Liber8.   Kiera has to find out which Alec Sadler is right for the future she wants to get back to while she makes a deal with the devil as she agrees to work with the freelancers who believe their actions are preserving the right timeline (but the real question is which timeline as the future is in constant flux).  CONTINUUM is a very intelligent sci-fi series that unfortunately not enough people are watching as it is a reflection on timeless issues of increased corporate control, corporate corruption of the government, the negative impact that big businesses sometimes have on the world, and what actions are justified in fighting against the corporate future.   Also the show has a great episode that takes place mostly in the future as you get a glimpse into Cameron’s past on a mission where she crosses paths with Kagome and Sonya (for the first time) while trying to bring a terrorist to justice.  Then you have the mystery of a John Doe that Cameron gets involved with as she helps him remember his past which ties in with the overall season arc which races to THE DYING MINUTES (which feels like a season finale) before ramping it up further for LAST MINUTE (which could have been the final episode of the series if Showcase didn’t renew CONTINUUM for a final six episode shortened season).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio Commentaries for MINUTE BY MINUTE  and LAST MINUTE by creator Simon Barry and director/ executive producer Pat Williams as they reveal how the first two episodes changed when one actor became unavailable to return and LAST MINUTE commentary reveals thirteen minutes were cut from the episode.

 

Webisodes for every episode which amounts to extra scenes that relates to the episode or don’t fit in the overall narrative of that episode.  I do wish they had a deleted scenes section that include cut scenes from REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE (which they even mention in one of the featurettes of wanting to do a director’s cut of the episode they had to reshape) and LAST MINUTE

 

CONTINUUM: BEHIND THE SCENES-

POINT OF NO RETURN- a promotional featurette on season three

HOW DOES THAT SOUND?- all about the music of the TV series and their use of using an orchestra and reusing parts of themes for other themes

MAKING THE CUT- focus on the editing of an episode (REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE) where the B plot became the A plot and the original A and C plot became the B plot

TWO ALECS- it is all about the dynamic of having two versions of Alec for season 3

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  CONTINUUM’s third season continues to deliver an intelligently written timely sci-fi series with excellent character development.   The extras are great, but I do feel like some of the extras are missing like deleted scenes and director’s cut for a couple of episodes.   It will be sad to see CONTINUUM end after season four, but sci-fi fans should watch this series and fans of CONTINUUM should buy the first three seasons on blu-ray in support of one of the best sci-fi shows of all time.

 

This review is 2-10-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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