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Continnum: Season Two - Blu-ray Review

5 stars

Continuum is the best science fiction show currently on television. It is also probably the best Science Fiction show that you aren’t watching. Currently beginning its third season, Continuum is a Canadian-based import starring Rachel Nichols as Kiera Cameron, a cop from 2077 hurled 65 years into the past – along with a terrorist group embarking on a war against all corporations – who discovers the future she left may not be the future she returns to if she can’t stop Liber8’s plans to “purify” the culture.

But is her future worth returning to? The corporations are the government and Kiera doesn’t realize that her being sent to the past was not a mistake. It was the plan. Someone doesn’t want the future to play out as it has. And that someone she meets in the past as a young man…the only one who can help her. If it sounds dense, trust me, the show is well thought out, structured, and thought-provoking. It's also a bit more nuanced than your typical good cops vs. bad guys.

Co-starring Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, and Stephen Lobo, Season Two picks up following the events of the Season One finale. The timeline has been altered and Kiera decides to work on the edge of the law, getting support and resources from her friends at Vancouver P.D., while keeping their hands clean of her tactics. Unfortunately, Kiera may never be returning to her son in 2077.

The corporate-dominated future has had its first major blow. And yet in the future, it still exists. Just how can a future timeline exist when the past gets altered? Turns out, time fractures into alternate routes. It splits into two. And Kiera – along with Liber8 and others aware of her mission or the future – are breaking all sorts of laws. They are enemies of Time itself and, yes, there are agents who enforce continuity. Yes, Continuum goes there and then leaves you hanging. Thank God Showcase keeps renewing this series.

Continuum combines some really sharp writing and characterization with the best moments of Star Trek and any other series that deals with Time Travel. Created by Simon Barry, Continuum dares to ask some challenging questions and then commits to following the road less traveled into a sort of Brave New World. Of course, there are no sure things and, as Season Two unfolds, we begin to see Time itself run out of sync and fold in on itself. Is it by design? Who has cheated? Who has sent these characters back? The answer: one single person.

Support good television. Watch Continuum.

Continnum: Season Two - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - March 25, 2014
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (2 BDs)
Region Encoding: A, B

The digital photography settles into a more cinematic look this season and Universal’s solid 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation. The image is reasonably sharp and well-defined, benefitting further from some really robust contrast whenever it has plenty of light to play with. More dimly-lit stretches can get kind of noisy, and black levels sometimes struggle in those moments as well. Being a serious genre series lensed in Vancouver and all, it follows that Continuum's palette tends to be rather subdued. Colors do pop at times when appropriate. The 24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks are also a nice touch for this explosive series.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Eleven, count 'em, eleven cast and crew audio commentaries anchor Season Two's supplemental package, which represents a dramatic upgrade from the near-barebones complement of extras the Blu-ray release of Season One offered.

Special Features:

Clocking in at well over an hour, Continuum gets more behind-the-scenes love than most television series releases. Few stones are left unturned, and everyone from creator Simon Barry to the average crew member pop up to discuss the show and its second season.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes (74 min)

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