As Syfy's hit alt-future thriller Continuum returns next week, it's the perfect time to recap on events so far – and take a sneak peek at what's to come. It's 2077. Members of terrorist organisation Liber8 are facing death when a critical error sends them back in time to the present day.
Along with them comes special agent Kiera Cameron. As the terrorists plot to alter the future by causing havoc in the here and now, Kiera must stop them – and find a way back to her home and family decades ahead. Take a look at our recap, and click on the other icon below for a preview of the new series ands scroll down for our exclusive chat with Continuum star Rachel Nichols.
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Control the past. Own the future. That's the notion behind Continuum's second series, which sees agent Kiera Cameron struggling to unlock the secrets of time and thwart a deadly plot.
With every act in the present day, she jeopardises a future she's desperate to return to.
Take a sneak peek at the new series with our clip, and click on the other icon below to recap on series one of Syfy's time-travelling hit.
Continuum continues (ahem) with a brand new second season on Syfy which promises more action sequences, more thrills and more chin-scratchingly intriguing space/time dilemmas.
Despite a hectic filming schedule - where she likens learning fight sequences to learning new dance routines - the delightful Rachel Nichols made time to answer our questions about what it's like playing Keira Cameron, the homesick cop who has found herself flung back from 2077 to 2012 to fight crime.
Season 1 of Continuum ended with the revelation that Alec was responsible for sending Keira back in time to 2012. How do you think Keira is going to deal with that information?
She asks Alec if there was anything specific said about her, he says no but we don’t know if that’s true. I think it’s less about how she’s going to deal with it and more about how Alec is going to deal with it in Season 2, because it doesn’t really affect her behaviour.
Throughout Season 1 Keira was desperate to get home to 2077 to be reunited with her family. Will this remain her main goal for Season 2?
I think it is still her main goal. However I believe in Season 2 she really believes that she was sent here for a purpose, she believes that she must complete this mission, even though she doesn’t know what it is, in order to be able to go home. If she doesn’t do what she’s supposed to do here, she will never make it back. So yes, getting home is her number one initiative but she now realises that she’s going to have to stay here and do a lot of other things before that’s going to happen.
Is there a part of Keira that is tempted to 'do a Kellogg' and lead the good life in 2012?
I think there is that part of her somewhere deep down inside that she would never really admit exists, or that she even thinks about, because obviously her number one priority is her son and her husband and they are not here with her. If she was given the opportunity to have them come back to this time with her I think she would be interested in that.
What are your hopes for Keira? Where would you like to see the story take her?
For Keira I like the moral debate, I like that she is realising more and more the differences between the world she came from and the world that she’s currently living in. I like it when she is challenged, I like it when she has to make tough choices. I like the idea that she is very aware this season that every action she does and every event that takes place while she is in this time might mean sacrificing her family in the future but it doesn’t deter her from still fighting for the greater good, which I think is really important as well.
Keira's other main motivation has been to stop Liber8, but it seems that the line between good (Alec) and bad (Liber8) has been becoming increasingly blurred throughout the last few episodes. Is Keira sure she is on the right side?
I think she wavers between a yes and a no answer to that question. I don’t believe she ever does anything that she consciously thinks is wrong side oriented. The Alec Sadler question is very important because she knows Alec is an 18-year-old boy and he hasn’t really started showing the signs of the evil dark Alec that he grows into. But then there’s the question of 'is her presence turning him into that Alec that he’s going to become?' I think that she wants to believe very much that she can help older Alec with the message he sent to younger Alec about making the world a better place.
Do you think Liber8 will change now that they have Sonya as leader?
I think Liber8 is always going to be changing. I think that’s one of the main aspects of a terrorist organisation, that people are always dying and new people coming in; there’s always a power struggle. Travis is the bruiser, the killer, the military grade CMR chip guy and Sonya’s very smart and very calculating so they definitely have two very different forms of leadership and I believe Kagame chose Sonya for the reason that she is more like him and less of a sort of bull in the china shop like Travis.
The Season 2 promo has yourself, Sonya and Alec all holding a time travel device and all saying the tagline 'Only one of us will control the past and own the future' - it's pretty exciting stuff! Do you think anyone will be getting back to 2077 in Season 2?
No. As Keira I’d love to say yes I get to go home to my family. As Rachel I would say no because once Keira gets to go home I’m not sure what would be left of the show. But I think it’s too soon for her to go home. There is too much she has been sent here to do, to find out and figure out, between Liber8 and Julian Randol and Alec Sadler; all the different sorts of mechanisms that are brought into this season. Keira wants to think that she’s going to get home but I don’t think it will come to fruition this year.
If you could choose one of those three to send back, who would it be and why?
It would be Keira, hands down, because she wants to get back to her family.
The show explores a couple of theories around time travel. One, that by going back in time you can and will alter the future, while the other seems to suggest that you can't change destiny and that what is meant to be will be. Which theory do you subscribe to?
I think it’s a combination of both. Of course if you go back in time alterations will be made to the future. Alec asks Keira at the beginning of season 2, 'did you even think about what might have happened if you had prevented that building from going down?' And she replies, 'no I hadn’t even thought about it.' Alec says, 'well these are the kind of things you need to think about.' Now Keira is not going to become an ostrich and stick her head in the sand hoping not to affect the future, hoping that someone will tap her on the shoulder one day and say, 'Hey you can go back to the future, I have a time device for you.' I think you can definitely affect what’s going to happen in the future but I’m not sure if you can change a person. I’m much more a believer in the idea that you can change events but I don’t know if you can change who a person is going to become.
If you could go back in time what era would you go to and why?
Well, I think I’m stealing one of Tony Amendola’s answers at one point during a press conference when he said 'Well, if I’m super rich I want to go back to the Elizabethan era and that would be fantastic.' If I got to be rich I would also go back to the 20’s to the Gatsby era, I would love that. I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, I love The Great Gatsby, I love the flapper dresses and the vibe of it all is so much fun. I’m always intoxicated by that era when I see it in movies or read about it in books. It’s a jazzy decade!
Although Keira is now living in 2012, she still has the benefit of lots of fancy future technology. Do you have a favourite piece of Keira's kit?
If you ask boys who watch the show they will say the suit is great. But that’s not my favourite. I like the multi-tool because it’s compact, it fits in an evening clutch and it can pretty much do anything I want it to. It unlocks doors, it can get money out of ATM’s, it can stop traffic, it can kill bad guys and it's small and manageable.
We've also seen you doing some pretty physical fight scenes in the first season. Did you have to do much training for the role? Will we see more of this kind of action in Season 2?
We will always see lots of action in Continuum. It’s one of the main things the show is based on, lots of fight scenes, lots of gun action. I didn’t have to do specific training. Fortunately for me, I usually stay in pretty good shape but I’ve also for years done a lot of stunt work and fight scenes and handled a lot of weapons. It’s kind of like riding a bike; it’s hard to forget. But every new fight sequence is like learning a new dance. You learn the moves and string them all together, so there’s always part of that that needs to be practiced. The fans will not be let down, season 2 has just as much action as season 1.
What else can the fans look forward to in Season 2?
I think there’s a lot of really interesting character development and a very fascinating mechanism that’s used for the first time. It involves Keira’s tech - she’s not even aware she has an on board psychiatrist. There are also a lot of interesting items, like future food, future technology etc being brought back into 2012, things that then exist years and years and years before they should and what effect that will have on the future, by bringing products back 65 years before they were invented. So all of that is very interesting.
What have you enjoyed most about being back on set and filming again?
The best thing about being back for season 2 is that it means the show is a success and people want to see more of it and that’s great! The scary thing is then you don’t want to let them down, which I can assure everyone we will not do. It’s like a family, I’m not Canadian, I’m one of the only cast members aside from Tony Amendelo who is American and everyone else is Canadian. The crew is back this year; we have pretty much everyone form the first season and it’s like coming home. It’s really comforting, all these friendly and familiar faces and people that you have a shorthand with already. We hit the ground running in January and haven’t missed a beat.
I love filming in Vancouver. I never even visited Vancouver until I moved here last year to shoot. It was a little rainy then, I admit, and I got a bit down. But this year has been gorgeous and I actually want to buy property here now and spend much more time here.
Finally, if you had to sum up Continuum to someone who had never seen it before how would you explain it and why should they tune in?
The very short version is: cop from the future fighting criminals from the future in the present day.
The slightly longer version: it’s a very in depth show. I like to tell people there’s something for everyone; there’s sci-fi, time travel and unbelievable characters. There is a lot of character development on this show, you can find something in most of the characters to identify with or appreciate or respect. Plus there is the procedural element. We are still solving crimes. There are a few light moments in the show and for all the techie people there’s Erik Knudsen who plays Alec Sadler and does an incredible job with his role. There’s something for everyone and it is exciting. If you want to sit down and be baffled and just have a million questions and get really excited and interactive about a show then this is the show you want to watch. For every question that gets answered five more will pop up and that’s what the fans have really liked, the fact that there are so many different answers to every question that you could pose. Basically, there is never a dull moment.
She (Keira) is very aware this season that every action she does and every event that takes place while she is in this time might mean sacrificing her family in the future.