Continuum S2 blog #2: Twoing the Splits

If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Keira’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

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Barely out the gate in its second season, two seems to be the magic number in Continuum. All the more appropriate that it played a pretty big part in episode 2, “Split Second” (it aired last night: watch it HERE).

Right off the bat, fans of the series will recognize the intentional titling convention: every episode in Continuum Season 2 will include the word “second” in its title. This is of course consistent with Season 1, wherein every episode included the word “time” in its title. (Betting Season 3 will be brought to us by the word “hour.” Who’s in?)

“Split Second” is an episode that takes the numeric assignation of its title very seriously. Here, finally, the time-deposed Liber8 terrorists break up into two groups, despite martyred leader Kagame’s wishes (well, unless it turns out to be according to his plan…). Travis now leads one half, and Sonia the other — so, Liber4 and Liber4? OK probably not.

Who’s to say which cell’s leader/vision will prove more “faithful” to Kagame’s vision, not to mention the vision of Alec2077, who we still don’t know is entirely trustworthy. This is one of the appealing factors of the villains in Continuum: they are the classic “good people (well, sort of good) doing bad things for higher reasons.” Nothing more dangerous than villains who think they’re the good guys.

In there here and now, Alec — who we know is trustworthy — ends up taking what we’ll hope is a devil-you-know job with Kellog. Kellog? OK, maybe Alec is not entirely to be trusted after all… We can certainly forgive the guy for being misled: for one thing, Kellog has a silver tongue, and could probably sell a guy a pencil for $50. For another, as we see at episode’s end, Kellog has babes AND champagne, and Alec is, after all, a teenage boy. Here’s hoping that Alec lives up to the “second” aspect of the titling and double-crosses Kellog. Soon.

What of our heroine, the time-lost Cameron, who wants to get back to the future, to her star-crossed love? Alec hits home, hard, when he tells her she’s going to have to “choose between protecting the future for your unborn family and protecting the future for those of us who are alive now.” She can’t have her stargate and tweak it, too. Tough news; tough love. For the time being, Cameron is going to keep trying to have it both ways. And we’ll be rooting for her.

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG!

Influence the World of Continuum Through Social Media

With the new showcase.ca/continuum and the power of social media, you can influence Continuum‘s future.

 

Throughout season two, 6-second Vine videos will be released on the site that will go deeper into the story leading up to the season two finale. The videos will focus on the ongoing pro- and anti-Liber8 conflict within Continuum, and it’s up to you to influence the outcome, which will be revealed during the second season’s undecided finale.

 

Every week, watch the videos and choose a side – #Liber8Now or #1FutureOurWay – and then share your opinions via Vine, Twitter, and Facebook. The more you share, the more you influence the future. Ensure that your side wins, and the season ends the way you want it to.

To view real-time results and get started, visit showcase.ca/continuum.

Weekend Movies: Iron, Stone, Lava, Sun, and Bond

When Casino Royale is the least actiony film on your weekend movie schedule, you’re clearly outdone yourself. Congrats, Showcase! Sincerely, Showcase.

 

Lava Storm Friday, April 26, 6pm ET

Solar Attack aka Solar Strike (MOW) Friday, April 26, 8pm ET

Batman Begins Friday, April 26, 11:30pm, plus Saturday, April 27, 12:30pm ET

Iron Man 2 Saturday, April 27, 10am, 3:30pm, and 10pm ET

Stonehenge Apocalypse Saturday, April 27, 6pm ET

High Plains Invaders (MOW) Saturday, April 27, 8pm ET

Casino Royale Sunday, April 28, 12:30am, 10am, and 3pm ET

 

Solar Attack aka Solar Strike (MOW)

The cast: Mark Dacascos, Joanne Kelly, Louis Gossett Jr.

The Showcase synopsis: “An incendiary segment of the sun has broken off and is hurtling toward Earth. To save humankind from certain destruction, the world’s scientists will be forced to take the ultimate risk.”

 

We all think of the sun as not that big a deal. Sure, get a little stingy with the SPF30 and it’s pink nose time, but otherwise, no harm no foul, right? Yeah, not so fast. You see, not unlike sharks, bears, and the mythical bear-sharks, the sun can ATTACK! Or, you know, strike, depending on which version of this movie you’re watching. My point here is this: start taking the sun seriously, because as G-type main-sequence stars go, it can be a bit of a diva.

 

“We are the world… We are the children…”

Batman Begins

The cast: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Gary Oldman

The Showcase synopsis: “After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.”

 

When the original Batman hit theatres in 1989, seventeen-year-old me was nonplussed. I found it pandering, cartoonish, and far too safe. I recall saying to my buddy, “I wanted a dark, gritty, tortured Batman! One who’ll take down a bad guy by snapping his neck or whatever.” Turns out what I wanted was Batman Begins. And poor young me needed to wait sixteen more years before it arrived. So out of respect for high school-aged me, give this fantastic flick a second look this weekend. It’s neck-snapping good.

 

Batman faces his greatest foe: cumulous cloud cover.

 

Iron Man 2

The cast: Robert Downey Jr., Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow

The Showcase synopsis: “Now the world knows billionaire inventor Tony Stark is Iron Man, he’s under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military.”

 

Why is Iron Man such a refreshing superhero? Because he’s real wisenheimer. Dude’s always got a fresh zinger chambered, and you can bet your glowing metal suit it’s not of the “It’s clobberin’ time!” persuasion (no offence, the Thing). Also, he doesn’t have some complex backstory that involves radiation. I find far too many crimefighters these days are brimming with unstable isotopes, which honestly ain’t the healthiest thing in the world (plus, good luck getting coverage with Great West – fuggedaboudit!).

 

Iron Man outfits: regular and casual Friday.   

 

Stonehenge Apocalypse

The cast: Misha Collins, Torri Higginson, Peter Wingfield

The Showcase synopsis: “When a group of archaeologists digs up a human skeleton near the historical monument of Stonehenge, an ancient piece of machinery hidden beneath the bedrock is triggered, starting a chain of events that may end the world.”

 

Between this movie and that old Doctor Who episode I saw as a kid where the rocks from Stonehenge come to life and kill people, I’m starting to rethink my upcoming sightseeing tour of the UK. Nuts to that!

 

“Quick, does anyone have a dryer sheet?”

 

High Plains Invaders (MOW)

The cast: James Marsters, Cindy Sampson, Sebastian Knapp

The Showcase synopsis: “A man goes to a small Colorado town to be hanged for his crimes in 1892. But then he has to save the town from alien bugs.”

 

Alien bugs in the 19th freakin’ century, dude! Do we even have to sell you on this? Geez.

 

“Top o’ the mornin’, Mr. Alien Insect, sir.”

 

Casino Royale

The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright

The Showcase synopsis: “Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale.”

 

Remember all that glowing stuff I said earlier about Batman Begins? Well, think of Casino Royale as the Batman Begins of the James Bond franchise. Producers finally decided to strip away the gloss, the gadgets, and the myriad catch-phrases. End result: a badass Bond who’s seriously cool to watch. Best of all, he’s not annoyingly superhuman like other Bonds I could name (I’m looking at you, Roger Moore).

 

“Please just surrender – my arm is getting tired from this massive gun.” 

Beauty and the Beauty on “Heart of Darkness”

Welcome back BATB lovers! Another hiatus and another insane episode. If you have not yet watched this week’s episode you can do so here. Just a heads up that next week’s blog post will be late as I will be in Jamaica and unable to live chat the episode with Christine until my return. Here’s our chat for “Heart of Darkness” – enjoy!

Sarah: Sooooooooo Heather has disappeared, Tess has moved in with Cat, and Vince and JT get Tess’ apartment
Christine: I totally forgot all of that!
Sarah: Well…that didn’t actually happen
Christine: hah
Sarah: But where are they going to live!? They blew up their gross manpad!
Christine: In the same apartment building with adjacent apartments? Both realistically way more expensive then their service job salaries can afford? re: friends
Sarah: Remember when Evan saw Vincent nonchalantly leap off the roof!? BUSTED
Christine: Ahhh that was the best. Think Evan is going to the dark side? Like, fully?
Sarah: Yeah he’s pissed. He was going to tell Cat he loved her!
Christine: Instead found her cross-species lover! I want to hear Evan say “You’re sleeping with an animal!”
Sarah: HAAA. I can’t wait. I like Evan
Christine: same
Sarah: Things have been pretty shaken up—Tess is IN. It’s what we’ve wanted all along!
Christine: Very true. Now Evan just needs to get on board with the good guys
Sarah: ohhhh Evan is getting shitfaced! He looks terrible

Christine: He wants revenge!
Sarah: He needs a haircut
Christine: He’s looking pretty greasy

Evan drowns his sorrows at the bar and fills his Muirfield connection in on what he witnessed regarding the Beast.

Sarah: Evan is totally selling vincent out to M (handsign)!
Christine: Can you blame him?
Sarah: Doesn’t he know that Cat could get hurt?! A panic button hmmmmm….wonder what happens when you hit it
Christine: WHOA
Sarah: WOOAHHHHH EASY EVAN

Direct from Evan punching someone’s lights out at the bar, we are at Cat’s apartment, where Vincent is settling into a comfortable domestic routine with his ladylove Cat.

Sarah: Look at these cozy two
Christine: Look how domestic they are!

Sarah: JT is homeless…kind of the short end of the stick in this deal
Christine: JT’s doing his laundry in the dorms lol poor JT
Sarah: While Vincent is getting laid and doing laundry at Cat’s!
Christine: But doesn’t JT have a girlfriend?
Sarah: I don’t know, did that work out? Vincent can predict knocks at doors now?
Christine: Super Beast-ears

Tess pays Cat a visit at her apartment breaking up the VinCat sex party. Tess and Cat catch up, and they try to figure out how they are going to move forward together.
 
Sarah: Awwwwwwkward
Christine: baaha Tess
Sarah: Sorry I trapped you in a tunnel and tranq’d you
Christine: “Just getting used to the whole manimal thing” nbd
Sarah: “sock block?” “hulk with a heart of gold” MAN these lines are killin’ me!
Sarah: Evan is gonna die
Christine: noo!
Sarah: well that is what Cat is suggesting here!

Cat gets a phone call and is notified that Evan is in the drunk tank. Once there, Evan lets her know that he knows about her boyfriend.

Christine: Evan in the drunk tank! Evan is off the rails
Sarah: Ohhh Evan is laying it on the line! He is SO mad
Christine: Losing it
Sarah: He’s not into the Manimal
Christine: Not a fanimal
Sarah: HAAAAAAA. Awe, he is so heartbroken
Christine: Gaaah poor evan!
Sarah: He is so mad, because she lied to him over and over and over again. And now I’m mad too!

Christine: Yeah this is pretty much Cat’s bad
Sarah: Evan just believes in science; Cat believes in love
Christine: Two worlds collide
Sarah: I believe in haircuts. Uh oh Evan trapped her!

After Evan lays it all on the line Cat becomes aware he has lured her there so that Muirfield can catch Vincent without Cat being in the way. JT and Vincent are making moves in the tunnel.

Sarah: Evan is always the dude making snap decisions with zero info
Christine: I believe in “spring rain scent”
Sarah: Well this is not good…Vincent about to get Cauuught
Christine: Is JT living in a tunnel?
Sarah: JT is a human, he needs to start living like one, not like a Manimal
Christine: Do you think JT ever gets jealous that he isn’t a Beast?
Sarah: Yeah, because Vincent has everything and JT has nothing. Did the Beast just scamper up that tunnel?
Christine: Baha why didn’t they show that? Would have been hilarious! It seems Beast’s radar for friends approaching doors is much better than sensing danger.
Sarah: This couple can’t get a lazy sunday to save their lives
Christine: They should have made a bottle episode with just Cat and Vincent hanging out ordering a pizza
Sarah: Every episode should be a bottle episode…like Friends.

Vincent and Cat escape the Muirfield roundup and meet in a public park to regroup. Cat tells Vincent about Evan, his love confession and about his partnership with Miurfield.
 
Sarah: Is Vincent smug that he won the girl? Seems proud that Evan is not pleased.
Christine: Well, Vincent is a monster
Sarah: Vincent is saying that muirfield is going to torture Evan…do you think?
Christine: Hmm, maybe Vincent will save Evan?

At the precinct, Gabe is going through all of Evan’s stuff. Cat rolls in questioning what he is up to. Gabe lets her know that he believes there is a mole in the department and is determined to find out who it is

Sarah: Do these people ever fight real crime anymore?
Christine: Naahh. The only crime happening in NYC is one vigilante.
Sarah: I hate this ADA. My Mom always told me to never use the word hate so I feel bad saying that, but like I really don’t like him,
Christine: Yeah what a dickhole

Sarah: He can write his own warrants! Mole! remember there was a reality show called the Mole? I think?
Christine: YEAH!
Sarah: Cat is the mole
Christine: LOVED that show

Vincent confronts Evan on a subway train for a face-to-face conversation that’s been a long time coming.

 

Sarah: Viincent/Evan meet up! I like this, Man vs. Manimal
Christine: That subway car is full of people! c’mon guys
Sarah: I have wanted this face off forever
Christine: Manitist (man scientist) vs manimal
Sarah: Vincent pulled the Cat card & Evan haaates it
Christine: Intense dick waving competition
Sarah: They both make great points. This is just a good face-off. I like this argument over who is the larger threat to Cat. Or who is the better Cat protector.
Christine: Very true Evan “She deserves to be with a man” – not letting the Manimal thing go I guess.
Sarah: Imagine you overheard this convo?
Christine: Right?!
Sarah: Ohhhh burn for Vincent, Evan just trapped him. Fucker!
Christine: Shiiit
Sarah: Captured! Two beefcakes fighting until the death over Cat. Hey? ROMANCE.

At the precinct JT comes to chat with Cat to let her know that Cat is missing. Tess joins them for the conversation. They deduce that Vincent was with Evan, and make a plan to go and save him from the grips of Muirfield.

Christine: “the creep at 6 o’clock” aka JT
Sarah: HAAAhah has a perv vibe. Oookay so our group is slowly coming together, these three are working together! That is the handshake of a trust circle.

Christine: Do you think JT and Tess would date?
Sarah: errrm no. lool “geek squad as backup” Tess is slaying me!

At Muirfield, Evan waits in the M waiting room. When the secretary leaves to go to the washroom, Evan grabs his keycard and starts poking around the facility.
Sarah: I hate the Muirfield offices
Christine: I know same
Sarah: Evan is always running his mouth
Christine: Evan needs to relax
Sarah: He’s gotten quite saucy since he had his heart broken. New man, no longer polite
Christine: Lowest point in his life—being rejected for a manimal
Sarah: I have a hard time believing that Muirfield would keep a folder full of papers
Christine: haha true

Evan finds Cat’s Mother’s file containing important Cat’s Mom info. While he does that, Cat Tess and JT find a way to break into M.
Sarah: Cat’s Mom…I guess those would have been pre-computer days
Christine: Conveniently
Sarah: ulgh I missed what was on that last paper
Christine: Vanessa Chandler? I think
Sarah: I like how easily these three have a plan to sneak into a secret facility. Tess just called him TJ HAHA.
Christine: I love Tess’ snark about JT
Sarah: We’re needed this crew together forEVA
Christine: totally
Sarah: ‘M’ is hi-tech…but not that secure

Inside the facility, Evan stumbles upon a lab full of cross species limbs.

Christine: EWW Freaky hand! wtf
Sarah: Are these new Beasts?!! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Christine: Nasty
Sarah: Don’t TOUCH it you idiot

Christine: bahahahha
Sarah: This room is amazing
Christine: Nuts
Sarah: Awwweeee poor vincent
Christine: A caged manimal
Sarah: Do you think Evan feels bad?
Christine: I think he does. Doesn’t Miurfield have security to see Evan creeping around?
Sarah: I love vincent so much my love runs DEEP
Christine: I love him kinda. I love Evan more

Evan also stumbles across a caged Vincent, and comes to some serious realisations about who he is, where he came from and where M is taking him.
Christine: ewww Beast face
Sarah: ewww

Christine: You FUCKED UP Evan!
Sarah: Evan needs to help him out NOW. Nowsies
Christine: Lend a hand-amil to the animal
Sarah: LOL handimal. Evan come ON how many times in this series has this happened
Christine: Well, how would he have known?
Sarah: Evan pulling a trigger before knowing what’s up. He thought Vincent was grown in a petree dish!!!
Christine: This could have all been solved if Cat had just trusted Evan a little instead of lies on top of lies
Sarah: OR if she just gave him a lil piece of ass on the side. These two need to stop butting heads like bulls and work together. Get the Friends crew together!!! “I’ll be there for YOUUUUUU”
Christine: Can’t Beast just tear open those bars?
Sarah: Yeah f’real
Christine: Isn’t that a signature Beast move?

When Evan finds out the truth from Vincent, he tries to help him to escape but the M agent beats him to it. And beats him. Meanwhile, Cat has entered the building and is on her way to help.
Sarah: Bah Evan, just a human. Meh.
Christine: bahah nice Cat
Sarah: YESSS that was amazing so many lab coats, so few people to put in them
Sarah: Will Evan grab a Beast limb? and fight with it?!

Cat does not make it to them before Evan gets shot in the stomach.

Christine: WHOAAAA No! NO!
Sarah: awwwe Evan
Christine: NO!!!
Sarah: oh no oh no
Christine: HE NEEDS SOME BEAST DNA STAT
Sarah: nonnnnnoooo
Christine: Don’t die Evan!!!
Sarah: He is going to become a Beast! Evan can’t die. He NEEDS to be part of the group!
Christine: Ugh I know. When did Beast get out? Did I miss something?
Sarah: Whaat I have no idea. awwweee
Christine: Poor Evan
Sarah: I can’t handle this! I can’t handle this at work right now!
Christine: Aww Evan lovvees Cat!
Sarah: team #makeEvanaBeast
Christine: HOLY YES

The three go to make a getaway together, refusing to leave anyone behind. On the way out Evan and Vincent have a on the side conversation about Cat’s parents.They make it to a hallway where Vincent must break through a large steel door in order to escape.
Sarah: Vincent is such a hero. Who are her parents?!
Christine: Whoa what about her parents? missed that!
Sarah: What’d I miss?!
Christine: I missed it too
Sarah: Vincent shouldn’t be keeping secrets from his lady love. Maybe we’re not meant to know
Christine: Let’s revisit when the ep ends
Sarah: Oh I love when he dents a door

Christine: haha yeah Beast rage. classic
Sarah: What is going on Evan is scarrreeed
Christine: bahah did you hear that “roaaarr”amazing
Sarah: rrraaaaaaawwwwrrrrr
Christine: I can’t handle this. Evan can’t die
Sarah: I am going to be so pissed if Evan dies
Christine: Seriously
Sarah: He wants to leave himself as bait
Christine: Cheek kiss! lame
Sarah: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO get ‘er pregnant!
Christine: Why does Evan need to stay behind!

Evan sacrifices himself to the Muirfied assailants in order for Vincent and Cat to be able to make a getaway; gets shot about a thousand times.

Sarah: This suuuuucks
Christine: Can’t Beast just carry him? OMG NOOOOO
Sarah: NO NOOOO
Christine: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Sarah: NOOOOO NOOOOOO
Christine: NO NO NO
Christine: Maybe they will make him a Beast?
Sarah: Is he dead? I don’t want him to be dead
Christine: I think so? I REALLY don’t want him dead

At the precinct, Gabe the mole hunter is shaking around his office and delves into a drawer full of pills to alleviate his pain. He also lets Cat know that the mole has confessed and fled the city.
Christine: Hey the DA has a shaky hand!
Sarah: I think this dude is a Beast
Christine: Like the fake hands at Miurfield!
Sarah: A muirfield experiment! But just his hand
Christine: Totally. When did Evan have time to confess to being a mole?
Sarah: That is what he was sending while he was dying…remember he was on his phone?Christine: I missed everything this ep
Sarah: hahaha well this is a tragic ep
Christine: Yeah what a downer
Sarah: the person who is Evan on twitter is going to have to change the handle @GhostofEvanMarks
Christine: Bahahaha #EvansGhost
Sarah: #ShotDeadEvan

Vincent catches up with Cat on the subway and they have a really sweet super romantic conversation. But its bittersweet becuase Evan is dead and that is the WORST.

 

Sarah: Vincent has loved her forever how romantic.THAT was the best day of his life?! Not when they finally banged?!
Christine: HAHA. Beast is such a overly-confident slime sometimes
Sarah: You are just mad that Evan is dead
Christine: These two selfish dummies killed Evan because they’re in love
Sarah: Wellllll Tess isn’t dead because she didn’t act impulsively
Christine:True. At least we can look forward to more Jess/JT banter
Sarah: Evan loved Cat, but didn’t listen to a word she said
Christine: She was lying to him though, so fair enough
Sarah: Well now I don’t even know what to thinK!
I DON’T KNOW! I just want Evan to be a Beast and to escape and join the team
Christine: Me toooo
Christine: He’s such a big character they can’t kill him…Maybe Murfield will have him on life support and bring him back
Sarah: Chop him up and use him for parts
Christine: ADA parts
Sarah: Yeah that guy is probably just all cobbled together. That is why he is so shaky
Christine: Do you think he’s working with Murfield or against them?
Sarah: ADA? Remember his spiky staff?
He wants the beast for SOME reason…its just not clear whether or not he is M (handsign)

 

 

Continuum S2 blog #1: First Second

If you could travel to the past for a chance to save the future, would you risk leaving behind your life, your family, your future? Law enforcer Kiera Cameron wasn’t even given a choice in the year 2077, when a conspiracy sent her over six decades back in time to track down a cell of terrorist/anarchist temporal fugitives. In modern-day Vancouver, she’s doing her job and maintaining her cover while holding out hope that she can eventually get home — assuming the home she knew still exists. Minute by minute and day by day, Keira’s learning that the only time she can trust anyone is now, and it might not be a question of how her dystopian adventure ends so much as when.

When the final episode of Continuum S1 aired last year, its provocative title suggested finality and resolution. Of course, “Endtimes” proved to be an intentional understatement — a bit of a bait and switch. And of course, fans didn’t mind.

The plot involved a major office building bombing, with the potential to wipe out every major character in the show in one fell swoop. The act was a time-shifted prophecy, as terrorist leader Kagame was the suicide bomber and it was indeed (albeit surprisingly) his times that ended. With various plot points still dangling — the role of future Alec, the intentions of (former?) terrorist Kellog, the murderous pecking order in the cell, the revelation of Kagame’s 2077 mentor — the episode coulda/shoulda ended with the phrase, TO BE CONTINUUMED!!

Certainly the biggest brain-blower in “Endtimes” was a one-two punch involving the teenage Alec, Keira’s only in-the-know modern-day friend. First, he received a message from his future self, whereupon he told Keira, “The truth is, I’m the one who sent you back in time, and you’re not going to believe why!” Beyond that startling-enough news (whose contents were kept shielded from us until the second season), we also learned that Alec’s far-future self engineered the entire year-2077 time jump, for both the terrorists and Keira. So, is Alec a good guy or a bad guy — or is he something in between? Regardless: What exactly is his agenda?

That last question is answered in the first episode of Continuum S2 (it aired last night: watch it HERE), which bears an equally provocative title: “Second Chances.” Here, Keira takes perhaps her biggest leap of faith to date, entrusting Alec with the time machine fragment she’s been carrying since her arrival in the past. It’s her only shot at getting back ‘home,’ and she technically has less reason to trust the teen than ever, having learned the contents of the future Alec’s message to his younger self: “I have gone down a dangerous path and I have taken the world with me. Only you can prevent this future from happening.”

There’s an old adage that maintains you can’t begin to understand what someone’s life is like until you walk a mile in their shoes. For my part, I can’t begin to imagine what Keira endures every day in ‘old’ Vancouver. As a cop, she understands ethics and morality: she knows when she is confronted with a situation that demands action and justice. But she’s also been thrown into a bigger-picture crossroads whereby she must make decisions that put her in the seat of simultaneous judge, jury and (sometimes) executioner. She wants to get back to her husband and son, and it goes without saying that her greatest nightmare is that doing ‘good’ in the past will lead to either not reuniting with her future family or having that family not exist in the first place. So, what to do, at any/all times?

“How do you know the future hasn’t already been changed?” quasi-reformed Kellog asks Kiera during a flirty (getting flirtier every episode, no?) conversation in a bar (see: flirty!). Fair enough: the whole concept of the ‘butterfly effect’ suggests that every new/different choice in the past will affect the future in some unknowable way. What impresses us most about Keira is that, faced with what could be debilitating inaction, she always chooses to put her best foot forward and work, at all times, for the greater good. Here’s hoping that the greater good includes her. As another saying goes: Time will tell…

SEE YOU NEXT EPISODE ON THE CONTINUUM BLOG! 

Continuum Season 2 Premiere – Sunday at 9PM ET/PT

Showcase’s number one hit series Continuum returns with even more mind-bending episodes in its World Broadcast Premiere on Sunday, April 21 at 9PM ET/PT. Hailed as an “exciting, action-packed romp” (io9) and a “hot new summer show” (Huffington Post Canada), the sophomore season picks up after the shocking season one finale that saw Kiera (Rachel Nichols) race to stop Liber8’s planned attack. The second season of the Canadian Screen Award and Saturn Award-winning series stars Nichols, Victor Webster, Roger Cross, Stephen Lobo, Erik Knudsen and features guest star Hugh Dillon.

 

In search for answers, Kiera continues her uneasy alliance with Detective Carlos Fonnegra (Webster), and season two sees her grapple with the big question that closed the first season – why was she sent back in time? While Alec (Knudsen) struggles to understand the implications of the mysterious message he received from his future self, the Liber8 terrorists become more strategic and even more lethal as they seek to ward off what they see as the seeds of a disastrous future.

 

In the season two premiere entitled “Second Chances,” an in-hiding Kiera must resurface and reunite with Carlos to solve a murder when the Mayor is killed in a brazen assassination. Trying to reconnect with Alec in an attempt to salvage their strained relationship, Kiera finds he’s changed since reading the message from his future self.

 

Continuum also stars Lexa Doig (V, Stargate SG-I), Omari Newton (Blue Mountain State, Sophie) and Luvia Petersen (The L Word).

 

Synopsis:

Season 2, Episode 1 “Second Chances”

Airs Sunday, April 21 at 9PM ET/PT

Kiera resurfaces after the Mayor is killed in a brazen assassination. She reunites with Carlos to solve the murder and also tries to reconnect with Alec, who has changed since reading the message from his future self.

 

Watch a recap of season one here and the promo here.

 

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Weekend Movies: Rainy Day Weekend

It’s going to rain the entire weekend (for all we know). So why not avoid the torrential downpour (that may or may not happen) by settling in to some fantastic weekend movies on Showcase?

 

Descent Friday, April 19, 6pm ET

Tasmanian Devil (MOW) Friday, April 19, 8pm ET

Constantine Friday, April 19, 11:15pm, plus Saturday, April 20, 3am ET

Star Trek Saturday, April 20, 11am, 3pm, and 10pm ET

Solar Attack, aka Solar Strike (MOW)Saturday, April 20, 6pm ET

Swamp Devil (MOW) Saturday, April 20, 8pm ET

Fantastic Four Sunday, April 21, 12:30am and1pm ET

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Sunday, April 21, 2:30am, 11am, and 3pm ET

 

Descent

The cast: Luke Perry, Natalie Brown, Michael Dorn

The Showcase synopsis: “When the Ring of Fire starts heating up with an unprecedented amount of volcanic activity, a team of scientists gathers with the hope of preventing a global catastrophe.”

 

Whether you’re Johnny Cash or just some dude who ingested too many suicide wings, a burning ring of fire is rarely enjoyable. Now picture something this uncomfortable on a global scale and you can see why Luke Perry’s brow is more furrowed than usual.

 

The final straw: that ring of fire just poked Luke Perry on Facebook. 

 

Constantine

The cast: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton

The Showcase synopsis: “The story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back.”

 

Admittedly, I’m disappointed Keanu Reeve’s character isn’t named ‘Jake Constantine,’ because how badass would that be? (answer: very extremely). But hey, silver medal try for naming him ‘John.’ Anyhow, it’s a small blip on an otherwise highly entertaining film about a man struggling with his demons (quasi-pun intended). Plus, with the notable exception of the Bill & Ted movies, nobody does brooding like my man Keanu. Exhibit A: the below photo.

 

“I get more brooding done by 9am than most people do all day.”

 

Star Trek

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy

The Showcase synopsis: “Brash young James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy as a vengeful, time-traveling Romulan creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.”

 

It ain’t a sequel, but it ain’t exactly a prequel either. And that’s just one of the cool things about J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot. Throw in some spot-on casting, a creepy bad guy, plus more action than the other 482 Trek films combined, and you can see why we decided to have this fine flick plug several key holes in our Saturday schedule.

 

Above: the ‘Star Trek’ gang watching ‘Star Trek’ on Showcase (meta, no?!). 

 

Swamp Devil (MOW)

The cast: Bruce Dern, Cindy Sampson, Nicolas Wright

The Showcase synopsis: “When a small town’s ex-sheriff is accused of a series of grisly swamp murders, he must prove that the Swamp Devil really exists and is responsible for the killings.”

 

Given a choice between a swamp devil and a swamp angel, I’ll take the former over the latter any day of the week. Reason being, swamp devils just don’t give an expletive. And that makes them interesting. Maybe they’ll rip you to bits. Maybe they’ll terrorize your family. Or maybe they’ll just settle in for the night with that Inside The Actors Studio episode they TivOd last week. Ain’t no way of knowing, bro!

 

Think of him as a biodegradable Cylon.

 

Fantastic Four

The cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

The Showcase synopsis: “A group of astronauts gains superpowers after exposure to cosmic radiation, and must use them to thwart the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.”

 

Look, this movie pretty much appeals to everyone: it features two dashingly handsome men, one gorgeous blonde gal, and for you armchair geologists out there, a dude made entirely of orange rocks. Not to mention a bad guy named Viktor Von Doom, who should appeal to Austro-Hungarian enthusiasts far and wide. The crime fighting is merely a bonus!

 

They’re like the Beatles of awesomeness. 

 

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The cast: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis

The Showcase synopsis: “The Fantastic Four learn they aren’t the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.”

 

Okay, some real talk: Viktor Von Doom is a pretty rough and tumble bad guy; I definitely wouldn’t want us to cross paths in a dark alleyway. That said, he seriously pales in comparison to a villain who literally EATS PLANETS FOR BREAKFAST. As far as primary antagonists go, Galactus is pretty much top of the food chain. I for one – admittedly out of sheer cowardice – bow down to his omnipotent powers. All hail Galactus!

 

Left to right: planet Earth, holycrapholycrapholycrap! 

Things You NeedWant to Know About Defiance

Defiance is here! On Monday we watched the highly anticipated Pilot, the jumping off point for the series that sets up the plot, characters, relationships and setting. If you have not yet watched the episode you can do so online here. Each week this blog will explore the relationships and facts that you need to know in order to keep up with the series, and also the details you want to know about that make the town unique and interesting. Here is our NeedWant list for the Pilot episode.


The premise:
Earth was invaded 34 years ago by a number of alien races. After fighting back for decades a truce is called between Humans and the Votans and they now must coexist peacefully among each other on the terraformed planet. Tracker Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) find themselves in a compromising situation wherein they need the assistance of the town of Defiance to get back on their feet. Once back on their feet, Defiance finds itself in a compromising situation wherein it needs the assistance of the two to stay on its feet. In the end the two Defiance visitors postpone their journey to sunny Antarctica to stay in town and help fight the good fight and keep everyone on their own feet.


The Votans are a collection of seven different alien species

From left to right:
Castithans – an aristocratic and etheral ace who precieve themselves as the most important species on Earth. They have made use of their intellectual instincts to excel in social situations.

Indogene – A tech-minded race who augment their bodies with a variety of cybernetic implants. This species has the fewest number on Earth.

Irathient – The most common Votan race. A proud tribal people often percieved as feral by others due to their agressive demeanor and deep love of the natural world.

Liberata – Servants and menial laborors they are humble and consider their life of servitude  atonement for the crimes of their ancestors.

Sensoth – large fur-covered race that prefer to live life in the slow lane. Kind souls often used as heavy laborers.

Gulanee – A rare, energy based race. Not politically or physically strong, the handful of Gulanee on Earth are spread out amongst the other Votan groups.

Volge - A race of automatons, disliked by all other races,they stand over eight feet tall, are covered in dense armor, and possess integrated internal weapons. Are hostile to Votans and Humans alike.

There are Mutant species:

Hellbugs - Hive-based eusocial insects with several different specialized castes, ranging from small Skitterlings that attack in swarms, to larger lion-sized Warriors. Are predators.
Biomen – Fully synthetic, sentient life-forms which can be mass-produced as shock troops in the war

The leading females have a lot of power…

Amanda Rosewater – Mayor of Defiance: A natural leader with a sharp political wit
Kenya Rosewater (Amanda’s sister) – Controller and master of the town’s needs & wants.
Doc Yewell – An accomplished doc with astounding brilliance
Irisa – A smart, strong independant warrior; loyal to Nolan
Stahma Tarr – Ambitious wife of one of the most powerful men in Defiance

among the powerful males

Nolan - Self assured and trained in combat. Newly appointed Cheif Lawmaker of Defiance
Datak Tarr – Powerful leader of Defiance‘s underworld
Rafe McCawley – Mine owner; Defiance‘s richest and most powerful human
Tommy LaSalle – A survivor of war; sharp and optimistic, the Lawkeeper’s Deputy

The NeedWant is a bar/brothel/gambling house in Defiance run by Kenya
and this happened there!


There is a Romeo and Juliet plot between the town’s two most prominent families

Christie McCawley, daughter of the town’s most influential citizen Rafe McCawley, is in love with Alak Tarr, son of powerful organized crime boss Datak. Rafe and Datak absolutely despise each other and their families do not get along. But these two crazy kids are together and their relationship may alter the McCawley family dynamics irreparably.


Fun stuff:
In 2046 Antarctica is a sunny getaway
Hopefully we get a holodeck-type vacation getaway episode that takes place in Antarctica so we can see what this place actually looks like.

Alien bathing outfits are SKIMPY!

Gotta keep it tight aliens because there is not much left to the imagination when it comes to swimwear here.

Defiance airs Mondays at 10pm et/pt.
Watch full episodes and Making Of video specials here.

Boardwalk Empire Roars onto Showcase

The series called “instantly captivating” (TV Guide) and “television at its finest” (Variety) brings the extravagance, glamour and allure of Atlantic City during the Roaring Twenties to Showcase, when the critically adored Boardwalk Empire makes its cable premiere. Starring Steve Buscemi in a role People Weekly calls “a brilliant, brutally funny performance,” Boardwalk Empire premieres Friday, April 26 at 10pm ET/7PM PT.

 

From Emmy® Award-winning writer Terence Winter and Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire follows underworld icon Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) as he reigns over vicious power struggles, notorious backroom politics, a constant onslaught by the Feds, and his own insatiable appetite for women, profits and power. Equal parts politician and gangster, Nucky ruled when Prohibition helped give rise to organized crime, doing business with the biggest names of the time including Lucky Luciano and Al Capone.

 

Nominated for 18 Emmy® Awards in its first season, Boardwalk Empire’s star-studded cast includes Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Kenneth Williams, Dabney Coleman, Paz de la Huerta, Aleksa Palladino, Paul Sparks, Anthony Laciura and Gretchen Mol.

 

Synopsis:

Episode 1 “Boardwalk Empire”

Airs Friday, April 26 at 10PM ET/7PM PT

On the eve of Prohibition, Atlantic City’s Treasurer, Nucky Thompson, condemns alcohol at a Women’s Temperance League meeting, where he is noticed by Margaret Schroeder, a pretty, pregnant housewife who comes to him for help in getting her abusive husband Hans a job. Later that evening, the duplicitous Nucky privately tells his Ward Bosses about the opportunity to make huge profits selling bootleg liquor. At a countdown-to-midnight blast at Babette’s Supper Club, he assures recently returned WWI vet Jimmy Darmody that his appointment as “Man Friday” to the new Chief Clerk of the Fourth Ward will lead to bigger things. Jimmy, meanwhile, has higher aspirations and ends up making an alliance that could have dire consequences for both him and Nucky.

 

Watch the promo here: http://youtu.be/bhGmvh7QJgQ

 

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Lost Girl 313: The Season Finale

Welcome to the season finale, which opens with Dyson and Bo’s mother Aife still imprisoned in Isaac’s compound (if you don’t know how they got there make sure to check out Ep 312 here).

Bo and Tamsin are still trying to rescue them, but right off the bat Bo gets bad news about Tamsin, who collapsed in last week’s episode – she’s reaching the end of her life cycle. In other words, she’s going to die (it’s the nature of being a valkyrie, apparently). Her ditzy friends are there to save her for now, but she still doesn’t have the powers she used to…although she could get them back if she can find a druid to recharge her. Bo and Tamsin find the druid, who gives them the drug that’ll help Tamsin out, which Bo says she’ll hold on to until they absolutely need it. He also secretly gives Tamsin a rune bottle, which should aid in any fight against Bo.

Meanwhile, Lauren confronts Isaac about his plans, and he reveals the impetus behind his Fae hatred. Turns out when he was young his brother was found dead (and headless). Isaac was blamed for it, and had to spend years in an asylum because of it. Once released, he started his investigation of the Fae, leading up to his current schemes. Which, he then reveals, include him turning himself Fae by using bone marrow from Dyson (more or less).

Bo and Tamsin head back to Isaac’s compound, where they’re captured pretty quickly. Bo is taken to Isaac, and then Lauren comes in with a surprising declaration – she’s ready to work for Isaac, as he’s convinced her that the Fae have ruined her life. Since she used to love Bo, she says she’ll perform the surgery on Dyson that will allow Isaac to become Fae, but only if Bo is let go.

Bo and Tamsin reunite within the compound, and Bo injects Tamsin with the drug they got from the druid. Using the powers they now have, they take out pretty much every guard and release the Fae prisoners. It’s too much for Tamsin though, and she collapses again.

Bo and the newly freed Aife confront Isaac, who apparently now is Fae (but not the way he expected thanks to Lauren…). He stabs Aife and makes a break for it, but Dyson (who survived the surgery…because Lauren only faked it) goes right after him. Bo is forced to leave her mother behind (which doesn’t turn out to well for the person who says she’ll look after her), as she and the revived Tamsin head out to battle…each other, as Tamsin finally reveals her true side.

Tamsin uses the rune bottle against Bo, but it’s nothing but a dud. After a lengthy fight, it’s pretty obvious that Bo is much more powerful than Tamsin. She could have killed her, but – better yet – convinces Tamsin to side with her.

At the same time that this is all happening, Hale rescues Trick from his captors. Turns out though that politics weren’t his thing, and he tells Trick that he’s give up his position as Ash. Hale then calls Vex (he’s back!), who’s captured the Morrigan (who had been holding Kenzi captive). Meanwhile, Trick and Stella jet off to Scotland, which should be safe during the coming battle.

Of course, this whole time Isaac has been on the loose, but Dyson finally catches him, goes all-out wolf, and kills him.

Meanwhile, Kenzi has escaped and has teamed up with one of the Morrigan’s henchman. Turns out she’s interested in the druid’s offer to make her Fae…

After killing Isaac, Dyson is picked up by Tamsin. Driving away, Tamsin sees Bo’s father in the middle of the road. Accelerating to hit and kill him, they drive right through them, and end up going over a cliff.

In the final scene, Bo’s father appears (well, not really – he only shows up as smoke) and spirits Bo away, which is how season three ends.

What did you think of the finale, and what do you hope to see in season four? Let us know below!