Television shows these days are hit and miss. The big ones I’ve been into are Castle, NCIS, and the Mentalist. When they introduced Alcatraz I began to watch it from episode one. I loved the concept of the show but the acting left something to be desire, so they killed. I tried to get into Unforgettable, but again, the acting was horrible. It’s dead too. They finally – and swiftly – killed CSI Miami (which took longer than I thought it would considering David Caruso’s less than stellar acting ability). Are there any good shows to latch on to? (By good I mean, well written – key – well acted, well produced and with a certain amount of depth to it.)
The answer may be yes. Continuum.
After watching the first episode I walked away with the sense the the quality was comparable to Stargate SG-1 (which I loved). It has fairly well known and tested sci-fi actors in it including Rachel Nichols (StarTrek, Conan the Barbarian, G.I. Joe), Victor Webster (Surrogates, Castle), Erik Knudsen (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Lexa Doig (Andromeda, Stargate SG-1) and William Davis (X-Files) among others.
The story-line seems quite promising and offers something for philosophical reflection. Here’s the basic synopsis of this police sci-fi mix [spoiler alert]:
The story begins in the year 2077. The democratic government system has fallen and been replaced by the corporations when the corporations bailed out the government some years earlier. In this futuristic world, automobiles are scarce do to the lack of fuel (you don’t even see flying cars) as is running water. At the opening of the pilot episode group of terrorist have emerged on the scene and have bombed a building in an attempt to take out the leaders of the corporations.
Just before the terrorists are killed via capital punishment one of them employs a device that sends them reeling back in time to the year 2012 (thus, the majority of the show will take place in today’s world). A police officer named Keira Cameron (“Criminal Minds”) who was on duty in the execution chamber attempts to stop the terrorists from using the device and ends up reel back in time with them.
With no hope of returning to the future Keira starts on her mission to catch the terrorists before they can do any real damage. (She has a pretty nifty uniform that is fully of futuristic electronic tricks.) Thus the main plot line.
But there’s something to reflect on in this story line. In today’s world we tend to despise terrorists and root for good, honest law-enforces who want to do their job by protecting the citizens from terrorists. No doubt we want Keira to win. We like her. I think we always will (the show makes her out to be a very human heroine who will stop at nothing to catch the terrorists but who cries at night because she’ll never see her little boy or husband again, and desperately wants to get back to them, after all, her son as a dentist appointment “tomorrow”). But the escaped terrorists may not be entirely bad guys, after all, why are they terrorists? Who are they fighting against and what are they fighting for? Well, they’re actually fighting for liberty and democracy in a very tightly controlled corporation-government system world.
By all accounts they’re terrorists, and yet, by all accounts they’re us, they’re freedom fighters fighting to liberate people from the corporations as they fight for democracy. So who’s side are you on?