Asked what will capture viewers and bring them back week after week, series star Victor Webster said, "I would tune in because I like a show that makes you think." The series, he believes asks as many questions as it answers, exploring some pretty important themes. The show, he explained, is "fast paced, relatable, within the realm of possibility."
Bringing in "aspects from many genres," Continuum presents ideas, "relevant for today, but brought through the future," an offers a 'perspective through someone who has come from the future." The series has both thriller and character aspects that he believes will resonate with audiences.
Nichols added that the show has procedural, serial, as well as character-driven elements. "The sci-fi genre allows us to do so many things" with social commentary, whether on corporations, government or society itself. But the show is also very much about family as her character's driving force is to reunite with her own 2077 family while she is stuck in our present. She believes that "audiences from other genres will get into it."
With dual timelines and multiple story threads and perspectives, it is a huge task to maintain control on the entire story. It has been the downfall of more than one otherwise excellent genre television series (yes, I'm talking about you X-Files).
Barry explained, "It is a full time job managing all the threads the show's mythology introduces. First day in the writing room, we all made a decision. Had to know their rules of time travel and where the show was going to end." Although it's impossible to pinpoint an exact number of episodes or years to shoot for, there is a "possibility that there would be several years of mythology that can play out, but you don't want to get too far ahead of yourself. Know that the mythology has many stories within them, but focus on one component that is manageable. Stay focused on central characters' goals and issues."
Continuum premieres on Syfy Monday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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