Originally Posted by Aleron Ives
The problem is that most episodes play out like typical crime dramas, except that the perpetrator doesn't change from episode to episode. Kiera thwarts a different Liber8 plot in each one, and while the group's plans may become clearer over time, individual episodes have the same structure of getting called to investigate a crime, finding out Liber8 is behind it, and stopping them. The show would be better if it relied more on science-fiction elements, rather than police procedurals. As it stands, being from the future only means that Kiera gets to shoot a fancy gun now and then or use her suit to pull off a stunt, so the scifi elements in Continuum feel like halfhearted additions designed to differentiate it from the slew of other crime dramas, rather than the show's backbone.
I agree. The only real sci-fi we get is the opening scene which usually involves an episode of Kiera's cop life leading to an element or reveal which figures into the plot of this time period. I understand that. That's what makes the show affordable to make, I guess.
I don't know when or if we'll get another show like BSG which had such a huge amount of space battles and other expensive CGI effects depicting cool, futuristic events. These shows have budgets. But if 'Continuum' is an international ratings success and they're getting a decent check from Syfy for broadcast rights to supplement the production costs, maybe the second season can spend a little more time in Kiera's time, with the bump in production design that would require. I'd like that.