Thanks to Netflix streaming, I recently discovered the Canadian TV show “Continuum.” Rachel Nichols (previously of “Alias” and the “GI Joe” movies) plays a dedicated police officer from the year 2077 who, along with a team of terrorists (played by Sci-Fi channel veterans you’ll recognize from shows like “Stargate” and “Andromeda”) is transported to the present day.
The show was created by Simon Barry, whose career is unusual in that he started off as a b-camera operator, and managed to break into writing and producing. Simon’s healthy skepticism about the powers-that-be was first displayed in the 2000 Wesley Snipes vehicle, “The Art of War,” in which Snipes played a shadowy United Nations agent who is framed for murder by the FBI.
In “Continuum,” Barry challenges the audience – and narrative convention – by presenting a situation in which the “good guys” actually work for an oppressive, fascist government, while the “bad guys” use murder and terrorism to fight for liberty and justice. In so doing, “Continuum” creates incredibly compelling, thought-provoking, and immensely enjoyable entertainment.