I’ve decided what it is that rubs me the wrong way about Continuum. It’s modern sci-fi by the numbers. It’s not bad it’s just terribly terribly predictable and average.
Oddly enough that seems to bug me more than a show just being bad. Because if it was bad I’d stop watching. Instead I keep watching and wishing it was better.
Now to be fair season 2 of Continuum was several notches above the first season which, until the last couple of episodes did nothing to distinguish itself at all.
Unfortunately most of the core problems remain. The central characters lack chemistry. It’s not that the acting is bad, there’s just no spark amongst them. The dialogue is adequate, but there’s no zip there to make up for the missing chemistry with the actors.
Even more frustrating is the character development. Which is happening. But mostly off screen! Major changes in character behavior occur either without any explanation or just with some off hand references. And I’m talking about major character change like becoming a revolutionary leader with oratory skills or you know suddenly changing sides completely. Or spending three quarters of a season trying to kill each other then just getting back together.
And of course there’s the small matter of taking a season and a half to even bother to give us the back stories of some of the characters. It’s hard to care about them when they are cyphers.
There’s a lot happening in season 2 so you won’t be bored while you’re watching. But there’s actually too much happening. Too many characters, too many plotlines. It almost feels like two seasons worth of story arc were crammed into one 13 episode run.
Continuum can’t be faulted for its ambition. They’re throwing conspiracies, time travel and everything else at us. They’re just not executing it very well.