Check out our review of the third season of this entertaining Canadian based sci-fi TV serial that revolves around a detective from the dystopian corporate-dominated world of 2077 who finds herself unexpectedly dragged to modern-day Vancouver.
Studio and Year:
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Universal - 2014
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Steven Lobo, Jennifer Spence, Luvia Petersen, Roger Cross, Lexa Doig, Richard Harmon, Brian Markinson, Omari Newton
Pat Williams & Various
> Simon Barry & Various
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
December 23, 2014
"Everything comes full circle"
In Season 3 of Continuum, Kiera (Rachel Nichols) faces the immediate consequences of Alec's (Erik Knudsen) betrayal at the end of Season 2 when he disappeared in a flash of light with the time travel device Kiera hoped might send her home. Alec's impulsive decision sets in motion a chain of events which pushes Kiera into a shocking alliance with a former enemy. Kiera must also contend with a newly strategic Liber8, and a growing darkness in her police partner, Carlos (Victor Webster). Ultimately, all roads lead to young Alec, whose genius has never been more tested. And his choices force Kiera - and everyone to examine all they hold dear.
is a sci-fi crime series that revolves around Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols), a detective from the dystopian corporate-dominated world of 2077 who finds herself unexpectedly dragged to modern-day Vancouver. This season picks up where Season Two left off and finds Kiera having traveled one week into the past after reluctantly agreeing to work with the freelancers/guardians of history to fix the damage done by Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen) when he betrayed Kiera and time-traveled to try to prevent the execution of his girlfriend Emily aka Maya (Magda Apanowicz).
This act causes disorder and, for a while, there are two Kieras and two Alecs?that is, until one of the Kieras is murdered. While working to solve that mystery, Kiera is also faced with choosing between Old Alec and Young Alec, a decision that becomes more complicated after Young Alec inherits the multibillion dollar tech corporation Piron. Meanwhile, Kiera and Det. Carlos Fonnegra (Victor Webster) investigate Liber8 for stealing safety deposit boxes; however, her relationship with the anarchist group becomes less adversarial when they team up to fight a common threat.
The show is well written and features an engaging plot with a multi-genre theme centered in science fiction while containing elements of action, mystery, suspense, drama and crime. There is an excellent character base with the primary focus revolving around Kiera Cameron. The continuing plotline has an unfolding narrative that shifts between supporting subplots based both in the future and present/past. There is an evolving nature to the proceedings that seem to have an endless array of possibilities which keeps interest high. This is one of the show’s strengths and allows creator Simon Barry the opportunity to broaden/expound upon the implications of time travel on both the characters and story.
After watching all of Season Two on Blu-ray I was all in and caught Season Three when it aired. This season continued in the same vein and proved just as entertaining and immersive. There is a rewarding progression to the unfolding events that keeps it feeling edgy and the cast as an ensemble is really quite good. The series is shot in Canada and shown on the Showcase network as well as the SyFy network. The series returns in 2015 and I look forward for what lies in store during Season Four.
Continuum Season Three comes to Blu-ray with its 13 episodes spread over three BD-50’s, with the bulk of the bonus material found on disc three. The keep case is of the amaray type with the discs contained in the page style plastic inserts with the center push buttons. Here is the list of season two’s episodes:
- Minute by minutes
- Minute man
- Minute to win it
- Minute changes
- 30 minute to air
- Wasted minute
- Waning minutes
- So do our minutes hasten
- Minute of silence
- Revolutions per minutes
- 3 minutes to midnight
- The dying minutes
- Last minute
Season three contains thematic material, violence, and brief language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
- DSU Rating * (non-rated element):
Continuum Season Three comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 Mbps.
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- Color Reproduction:
This 1.78:1 framed video presentation offers appreciable high definition resolution that has a satisfying glossy aesthetic. Images are stable and sharp with plenty of discernible texture and revealing fine detail during close-ups. Many of the show’s sequences are shot in uneven and low lighting. Shadow delineation and depth is quite good. Blacks are deep while exhibiting appreciable dynamic range with stable yet slightly elevated contrast that never infringes upon fidelity. Colors are snappy and bright and sullen and muted where appropriate. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast.
The DTS-HD multi-channel soundtrack offers excellent lossless sound quality. Dynamics are robust without being ostentatious. Vocal reproduction is excellent as dialogue is rendered with clear intonation and deep room penetration through the center channel. The front soundstage is nicely diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The soundtrack doesn’t contain lots of discrete surround activity but there are moments that make great use of the platform via head turning off camera cues and involving spatial dimension/ambience through the rear channels. Bass response isn’t room shaking however it appropriately supports the source elements providing a tight, punchy low end.
- (HD) 13 Webisodes
- (HD) Continuum: Behind the scenes (4 segments totaling 28 minutes):
- Point of no return
- How does that sound?
- Making the cut
- Two Alecs
- Audio commentary for episodes “Minute by minute” and “Last minute”
is an engaging and entertaining sci-fi TV series that has an envelop pushing style that is complimented by good writing and a solid cast. It comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring excellent overall high definition audio/video and a complimentary assortment of bonus supplements that provide lots of insights from the cast/crew. Season Three proved as entertaining as the last and I look forward to season four which airs on the SyFy network 2015.
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