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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4
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CONTINUUM Season Two

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  573 minutes (13 episodes on three discs), 11 audio commentaries, 13 featurettes

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

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (episodes), English 2.0 Dolby Digital (special features)

Subtitles: English SDH

 

STUDIO:  Universal Studios Home Entertainment/ SyFy/ Showcase/ Timely II Productions/ Reunion Pictures/ Boy Meets Girl Film Company/ Shaw

RELEASE DATE:  3-25-2014

 

DISC 1- SECOND CHANCES/ SPLIT SECOND/ SECOND THOUGHTS/ SECOND SKIN/ SECOND OPINION

DISC 2- SECOND TRUTHS/ SECOND DEGREE/ SECOND LISTEN/ SECONDS…/ SECOND WAVE

DISC 3- SECOND GUESSED/ SECOND LAST/ SECOND TIME/ Continuum: Behind The Scenes


CONTINUUM is one of my favorite new sci-fi shows.  It comes down to the writing and the characters not being black and white (who exactly is good and evil).   The second season expands on the mythology as you wonder if Keira is hurting her chances of getting back to the future by the little changes she does and Alec ponders whether he should become the man that future Alec Sadler is. Liber8 continues to splinter as Travis follows a more violent path and Sonya explores a more peaceful approach to accomplishing Liber8’s goals.   Then you have the mysterious Mr. Escher and the Freelancers to worry about.    


I thought the second season of CONTINUUM improved upon the first season and there isn’t a single bad episode among them (which is probably due to the scripts being written before the season goes into production).   It explores how dark and compromised our characters can get in order to achieve what they think is for the greater good while Carlos (Kiera’s partner) remains the moral compass who might be able to stop Kiera from compromising herself too much.  Alec gets tempted as he gets the opportunity to create all of the technology he is responsible for creating in Kiera’s future.   However, Kiera runs the risk of not being able to return to the future she came from with every minor change she makes (like going after an infamous serial killer who is well known in the future of 2077 timeline).   One of the things I like about CONTINUUM is that it isn’t a show about things being clearly black and white.  You can debate whether Kiera is the true good guy (despite the fact she comes from a corporately controlled future) or should Liber8 be the ones to succeed in their goals to free people from the corporate dictatorship of 2077 even if their methods of doing so are questionable. 


SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio Commentaries-

SECOND CHANCES with director/ executive producer Pat Williams, creator Simon Barry, and actress Rachel Nichols

SPLIT SECOND with actor Victor Webster, Stunt Coordinator Kimani Ray Smith, and VFX Supervisor Adam Stern


SECOND SKIN with Co-Executive Producer Shelley Eriksen and Executive Story Editor Jonathan Lloyd Walker


SECOND OPINION with actors Brian Markinson and Jennifer Spence


 


SECOND TRUTHS with Co-Executive Producer Shelley Eriksen and Executive Story Editor Jonathan Lloyd Walker


SECOND DEGREE with actors Erik Knudsen and Richard Harmon in a commentary track where they are better paired off with a director or a writer than just with each other.  You can skip listening to this track.


SECOND LISTEN with actors Omari Newton and Luvia Petersen

SECONDS… with director Mike Rohl and actors Erik Knudsen and Richard Harmon

SECOND GUESSED with actors Omari Newton and Luvia Peterson


SECOND LAST with director Amanda Tapping and actor Magda Apanowicz is the best audio commentary of the eleven as Amanda and Magda have good chemistry as Amanda gives the in and outs of directing CONTINUUM and finding the directors did lots of things differently.

SECOND TIME with director/ executive producer Pat Williams, creator Simon Barry, and actress Rachel Nichols


CONTINUUM: BEHIND THE SCENES (73 minutes in total) which features interviews with the cast and creator Simon Barry in a detailed look and discussion of CONTINUUM season 1 and 2- these featurettes were originally behind-the-scenes video that are available on the Continuum web site at showcase.ca/continuum:


RELOADING SEASON 2 KICKOFF- looking forward to what season 2 will bring to the story of CONTINUUM

EVOLUTION OF AN ATCION SCENE- a look at how the sequence leading to Travis’s escape evolved for SPLIT SECOND

WHAT WE DO ABOUT TRAVIS…- a talk about the changes for the character of Travis for season 2

CASTING CONTINUUM- a look at the casting of the characters with some actor auditions and little known facts like the actor who plays Julian originally auditioned to play Alec and Kiera was originally a guy named Kyle.


DO YOU THINK I’M PRETTY?- discussion about the unscripted creepy exchange between Garza and Alec which originally was going to be a scene involving Travis until Roger Cross said it didn’t make sense (since Travis was outside)

CONTINUUM AT FANEXPO- creator Simon Barry moderates a panel at Fanexpo with the cast of CONTINUUM as he asks them questions

KNOW YOUR CREW- actor Omari Newton goes around interviewing various crew members about their roles in the production of CONTINUUM 


ALEC: PAST & PRESENT- Eric Knudsen and Richard Harmon discuss the character of Alec present and future (at a record store) in addition to other actors also talking about Alec Sadler

CREATING THE FUTURE- a look at the production design of the future and how they almost got Syd Mead (but he was too expensive for their budget)

AN ACTOR’S JOURNEY- Rachel Nichols discusses playing the role of Kiera with Victor Webster (Detective Carlos Fornnegra).

THE BAD GUYS- the actors who play members of Liber8 discuss their characters

YOUNG LOVE- Erik Knudsen and the actress (Magda Apanowicz) cast as Alec’s love interest Emily talk about their chemistry, bagels, their characters, and how she called her agent to get her on the show after watching the pilot for CONTINUUM with a friend

GONE FISHING- the cast talks about the show while out fishing and how they think season 3 might go


The season 2 blu-ray is a big improvement over the season one blu-ray with the amount of extras, but Universal didn’t include the extra video content that were shown on the Showcase web site where fans in Canada could choose the fate of Beth.  I wish they also included the teasers and trailers for the show.


FINAL ANALYSIS: CONTINUUM season 2 improves on the great first season with some great extras even though a few extras are missing from being included on this set. 


This review is 3-30-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com


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