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#1 OFFLINE   TomCat

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:55 PM

Continuum is supposed to be about a female cop ("protector") from 2077 that jumps back in time to 2012. OK.

But the show itself seems to have experienced its own time jump; Syfy is positioning the show as a brand new show. New to them, maybe, but not only did this show apparently jump all the way from Canada, it also jumped from 2012 to 2013. IOW, it appears this show is not really "new" as the first 10 eps are clearly marked in epguides as if they aired beginning last May. Not only that, the DTV GUI reports equivalent original air dates for this week's and next week's ep.

NBC used to say "if its new to you, it's new to you", or something about that inane when puffing up Seinfeld eps in the summer a decade and a half ago. This is no less stupid. There is something to be said for full disclosure, but I don't really care whether they are pulling the wool here or not, just that they bring us a good show.

Well, that boat has sailed. Maybe Syfy was less than forthcoming regarding this show's genesis because they are so embarassed by it, and think "new show" badging will somehow automagically wash the stink off of crapola production and writing in what is really a second-hand hand-me-down from the Klondike.

It used to be that you could tell a Canadian import by its hokey amateurish production and casts of unknowns. It was a little like triple-A ball for producers; they could hone their craft up north and then try for the big leagues in LA. That line blurred a lot with quality shows like Rookie Blue and Flashpoint, which are better than a lot of Hollywood fare.

But Continuum is a throwback, with 1990's hokum aplenty and a storyline that makes little sense even if you suspend disbelief and accept the time travel dilemma. The level of cleverity here never seems to rise above "running gun battle" (ho hum). It may have one of the most stunning creatures ever to walk the planet as its lead, but she has been much better in Alias, Criminal Minds, and a couple of others that I can't quite recall at the moment (Injustice?). Always a hot-babe fave, I always looked forward to Rachel Nichols in anything, and was always happy to cut her a break on average acting chops. After all, she's not there because she's Olivier, she's there for the exact reason we all imagine.

But maybe those more-expensive shows had better directors and could coach her into a role more effectively. Here, she seems to be completely single minded with a cardboard cut-out personality that makes her anything but interesting. Too bad; she's pretty fine. Maybe I'll just watch this one with the sound off.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

The air dates are the original Canadian air dates. You know SyFy does this if you've read any of the other threads in here on shows that originated in a different country then aired on SyFy.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Yep, loved the pilot, it's a keeper. Has gotten excellent reviews.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

I enjoyed it as well.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

i enjoyed it too, I did notice the date discrepancy but just adjusted my SL to both and problem solved
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

Yup. Enjoyed it as well. As for the OAD, as mentioned, that's how SyFy has always done it with regard to series that aired in other countries first. IFC does it as well with 13 and The Audience Network does it as well.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

Yup. Enjoyed it as well. As for the OAD, as mentioned, that's how SyFy has always done it with regard to series that aired in other countries first. IFC does it as well with 13 and The Audience Network does it as well.


It makes total sense to me to use that date. After all it's called "Original Air Date" not "Original U.S. Air Date".
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:32 AM

It makes total sense to me to use that date. After all it's called "Original Air Date" not "Original U.S. Air Date".


+1

Of course, it would be nice if the guide data could use the First Run flag correctly in combination with DirecTV's algorithm for recording first run shows so that you didn't need to update your SL to record First Run and Repeats. :)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Of course, it would be nice if the guide data could use the First Run flag correctly in combination with DirecTV's algorithm for recording first run shows so that you didn't need to update your SL to record First Run and Repeats. :)


Agreed!
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

It's not just other countries, SyFy says they have all new episodes of Fringe too.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

Watching the first episode as I post this. So the Big Business Dictatorship are the good guys and the Democratic Rebels are evil. With a plot like that, I don't see this show lasting very long.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

I have to agree with this. I asked myself, just WHO exactly, are the good guys, and who are the bad guys? There is no one to really support.

It almost looks like the cigarette smoking man from X-Files is going to be a good guy in this series. :) (Yeah, I know, Wm. B. Davis). Does he actually REMEMBER the girl from so many years ago? That would tell us a lot about how time travel works in "this universe".
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:53 PM

Watching the first episode as I post this. So the Big Business Dictatorship are the good guys and the Democratic Rebels are evil. With a plot like that, I don't see this show lasting very long.


I think the fact that the rebels don't care about civilian casualties is what is supposed to make them evil. The attack they did to take out the board killed thousands of normal citizens.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:22 PM

Rachel Nichols has always been a fav of mine, glad to see her back...it was interesting, we'll have to see where it goes....

Isn't Lost Girl the same where its a Canadian transport and shown there 1st as well?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

So far this new show is intriguing time will tell but so far I'm eagerly awaiting episode two.

Indeed. Lost Girl has the same issue though I've forgotten if it picks up as "new" or in fact requires I flag "both" Going to have to check on that stuff.

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Rachel Nichols has always been a fav of mine, glad to see her back...it was interesting, we'll have to see where it goes....

Isn't Lost Girl the same where its a Canadian transport and shown there 1st as well?


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 02:06 PM

Both come up as new for Dish :)
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

Both come up as new for Dish :)


They come up as new for DirecTV, but do you set your SL for First Run or Repeats for recording them? The Guide Data implies that it is not a First Run (even though for us here in the U.S. it is).

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:03 PM

Setting the Dish timer for 'New Episodes' picks up Continuum.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

They come up as new for DirecTV, but do you set your SL for First Run or Repeats for recording them? The Guide Data implies that it is not a First Run (even though for us here in the U.S. it is).

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 03:06 PM

I like the first episode nd looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:26 PM

I think it's a cool show although a somewhat unbelievable premise which has been done countless times in the past (terminator, etc.). I wonder when they are going to get around to the theory that if a time traveler does something in the past to change the future everything blows up.

Meanwhile, I also wonder how long the protector is going to cry about not seeing her kid & husband anymore and take up with her hunky new partner...

This will probably take 3 or 4 seasons like Castle.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 01:49 PM

The producers are on record as saying that this just isn't going to happen.

I thought about this show in comparison to the other 20 shows I am watching, and each of the other 20 is clearly superior, so I guess this is where I draw the line. I'm clearly in the minority it appears, as I am shocked by how many here actually like this drivel.

No worries; you're allowed. Vanilla and chocolate, and all that. I guess somebody likes it; it's already renewed in Canada. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo also has its audience, so there is room for all.

Also, I should go on record as saying that it was no surprise that a Canadian import is branded as "new", this obviously happens all the time, and I don't need that pointed out to me. But it is still an insult to our intelligence. That can be overlooked if you like the show. I really don't (second ep was a little better, with its "high point" being, guess what, yet another ham-handedly choreographed running gun battle), so I can't overlook that. I'm out.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

The use of "new" is not an absolute, it is situational, circumstantial and subjective. The laundry soap, "Tide" is a good example. The makers of Tide use it quite regularly as an attention-getter, even if only the package graphics have changed.

Like many other consumer products, the adjective 'NEW" on a package doesn't necessarily mean the product is actually new. It is the same with descriptions of tv shows. If a show is new to a country, DMA or market, then use of the word 'new' is justified and appropriate.

Personally, as far as I'm concerned, any show that I haven't seen is 'new' to me. ;)

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

The use of "new" is not an absolute, it is situational, circumstantial and subjective. The laundry soap, "Tide" is a good example. The makers of Tide use it quite regularly as an attention-getter, even if only the package graphics have changed.

Like many other consumer products, the adjective 'NEW" on a package doesn't necessarily mean the product is actually new. It is the same with descriptions of tv shows. If a show is new to a country, DMA or market, then use of the word 'new' is justified and appropriate...

No one's arguing that, first off.

Second, you could not be more incorrect. There are CPSC laws on the books that strictly spell out the usage of terms like "new" in advertising. For instance, for a package to use the word "new", this means that something in the formulation would have to have had a change, and to a certain level of significance, in the last 6 months. If the product does not change, 6 months passes, and the package still says "new", there is a significant liability issue with a strong possibility of hefty fines. "Improved", is also only allowed if there is a proven change that is obviously deemed an "improvement" by the CPSC.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Kinda liking this show.... :)

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