Continuum

 
Time travel sci-fi with bloodless violence, tough heroine.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series raises some moral questions about changing the time continuum in order to change the outcome of future events. Issues surrounding the use of technology and its role in society are also brought up.

Positive role models

Cameron is a tough, committed law enforcement officer who holds her own as she hunts down terrorists, while still being sympathetic due to her obvious heartbreak over being separated from her family. The terrorists are ruthless in their efforts to get what they want, but believe that they are fighting for a moral cause.

Violence

Chasing bad guys, terrorism, executions, etc. are all major themes here. Guns, automatic rifles, and other weapons are visible and frequently used; people are punched, tagged with lasers, shot, stabbed, etc., but only limited injuries are shown. Explosions and other major action sequences are occasionally visible.

Sex

Cameron's uniform hugs her figure, but covers everything.

Language

Words like "bitch" are audible; "s--t" is muted.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drunken behavior is occasionally discussed.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Continuum contains some violent content, including lots of gunfire, stabbings, and discussions about terrorists, executions, and gang violence. That said, there is little blood or other major injuries visible. The show also contains some strong, but not constant language. The tough female character at the center of the story will be appealing to those looking for strong women heroes.

What's the story?

The Canadian import CONTINUUM is a dramatic science fiction series starring Rachel Nichols as Protective Services Officer Kiera Cameron, who finds herself transported from the year 2077 to 2012 during the state execution of a terrorist group. Liber8, the group comprised of masterminds like Matthew Kellog (Stephen Lobo), geneticist Sonya Valentine (Lexa Doig), and warrior Travis Verta (Roger Cross), is responsible for killing tens of thousands of people in their efforts to rebel against the technologically advanced police-like state. Luckily, Cameron connects with Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen), a teen techno-genius who is known in the future as the man who developed the high-surveillance wireless and cybernetic technology implanted into Cameron's body. After infiltrating the Vancouver police department, she creates an uneasy alliance with Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster), in hopes of locating the terrorists-at-large. But while she's committed to catching the convicted rebels from the future before they change the course of history, she can't forget her husband Greg (John Reardon) and their son Sam (Sean Michael Kyer) who she left behind, and how desperate she is to get home before her own timeline is changed.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While the time travel theme isn't completely original (think Doctor Who), the show succeeds at telling a well-developed story that combines elements of police procedurals with hi-tech fantasy. Also adding to the show's flair are the constant moral dilemmas that Cameron faces as she negotiates the importance of doing her job with her heartfelt desire to return to her family.

Continuum is an intelligent show, but one that also relies on some violent story lines and action-packed scenes filled with gun fire to tell it. However, like most Canadian productions, the amount of blood and gore visible is limited. Stateside sci-fi fantasy fans will definitely enjoy it, but it has enough here to appeal to those simply looking for a a well developed series to tune in to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to travel back in time. Would you try to change anything in order to make your present different? What kinds of problems would arise as a result of those changes? Do you think science will ever evolve enough to allow us to time travel?

  • What differences exist between TV shows and movies from different parts of the world? Why do some countries allow swearing on TV and/or more sexual content than shows in the United States? Why are shows from some countries less violent than others? Are these due to cultural differences? Differences in the laws that regulate media?

TV details

Cast:Erik Knudsen, Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster
Network:Syfy
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written byVery Concerned August 17, 2013
age 18+
 

Continuum Get Corrupted

SyFy Channel’s “Continuum” TV show’s 1st and 2nd season suffer from a bit of a convoluted plot line and the characters don't always act on plainly obvious choices. Time travel shows are never easy to do. HOWEVER - the SERIOUS problem with this show is that in the 2nd season they have started blatantly using PROFANITY. Here is a list of what has been used to date: -episode "Seconds" (Aug. 2, 2013): @41min. the male lead says the full word for "B...S..." - TWICE within 1 minute. - epsidode "2nd Wave" (Aug. 9, 2013): @22min. Keira (the female lead) says the "S" word. - episode "2nd Guessed" (Aug. 16, 2013): 3 bad words were uttered: -@16min: "B...S..." -@29min: "B...S..." -@39min: "S..." THIS should all be of serious concern to all parents that the language on this show is suddenly deteriorating. This is too bad in light of the fact that overall the show is ok. I find it difficult to give this show high marks for having main characters that are good role models when it is the 2 main characters that are doing all the profanity. At this point I'm going to have to take this show off my list of kid-safe shows, and you should too. Please let SyFy Channel, and their parent company of NBC, know that this is NOT acceptable. They are ruining a potentially good show. Thanks for your time.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byfergusonisrael June 18, 2013
age 17+
 

First season cleaner than second.

This sites review is accurate for the first season of continuum. It's more violent than I care for but no sexual visuals. That changed in the second season with full hind nudity, lots of kissing and some after the fact bedroom moments. Disappointing that a thrilling story would be clouded with the boobs and butts and severed heads that add nothing to the storyline.
Teen, 14 years old Written byteenagebibliophile June 22, 2014
age 12+
 

Very thought provoking and interesting!

I personally have been watching this show since it came out. I was 11, I believe, and my parents have never had a problem with it. The time travel aspect is great, and the characters are interesting. Most people have an issue with the profanity, but it's not that excessive. The s word, or some variation thereupon (bulls***) is used maybe once or twice an episode, but I think that strong language is the least of any possible concerns about this show. Some really important issues are tackled, and in season 3 especially, Continuum really makes the viewer think. There are some great ideas about morality and freedom included in the show. I think that Kiera is a great role model for teens. She is strong and independent and one of the few female leads on television. Kiera does make mistakes, but it just makes the character more realistic. There is some violence and character death, but not excessively so. Do not shy away from Continuum because of the profanity! It's an amazing show.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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