REVIEW: CONTINUUM SEASON 4 PREMIERE

It’s here. After months of uncertainty around Continuum‘s faith, in December it was revealed that the show would come back for a final, shortened, fourth season. Now it has returned and what it offers is the great, complicated and sophisticated look at what the future holds.

The show is not really back until September 4th, but there is a pre-release for the first episode for all three of Showcase’s shows coming out in September — Continuum, Lost Girl, and Mr. Robot. Once I found out about this I jumped the ceiling with my heart beating in my chest harder than it does when I work out.

The Simon Barry show picks up where we left off last summer with Kiera and Brad cutting off Vancouver’s electricity and bringing Iron Man reminiscent robocops to this timeline. To add more fuel to the fire of intensity, Kellog has taken over Piron by tricking the other Alec into signing the documents which makes Kellog the CEO of Piron.

Throughout the episode, there is one moment where you might think is a cheap way for the writers to do something, which they are not actually doing. Sounds convoluted, but once you see the episode, you will know what this is all about. It is a smart move in order to speed up Kiera’s personal need — to get back home, to her family, to Sam.

“The show returns with a bang, bringing back the great acting and masterful storytelling we have come to expect from it.”

However, do not take it that this episode is mostly drama; it’s not. It is one of the few shows, whose action scenes are indeed nail-bitingly intense. In addition, we learn more about the robocops, who they are and why they are here. The episode is well-paced and filled with a lot of action and drama. The show returns with a bang, bringing back the great acting and masterful storytelling we have come to expect from it.

I have always been the person who supported the theory of time travel that you cannot  change the past, regardless of what you do, because it is bound to happen. For example, you kill someone who is crossing the street with your car unintentionally; you want to fix this. You find a way to get back in time and you stop yourself from doing this (if the other you believes it) and you turn left. However, then you take left, instead of right, and that same person is there, because he has also decided to take a left turn. You kill him. Or you might kill him some other day, it has to happen. That’s how it works — you can’t change the past… or at least that’s how I thought things worked before I watched this show.

“Continuum has changed my perspective on time travel with its multi-timeline concept, which actually makes sense.”

Continuum has changed my perspective on time travel with its multi-timeline concept, which actually makes sense. Every action in the past creates another timeline in which you don’t kill the person crossing the street (you are a really bad driver). In the other one — you do. This is thoroughly explained in the premiere of the third season.

You can watch the premiere early on one of the many platforms it has been released: Shaw Media digital properties: Action-tv.ca, ETCanada.com, MyLifetimeTV.ca, Slice.ca, Showcase.ca, GlobalTV.com, and the Global Go App; on iTunes, YouTube, set-top box with most major television providers through Global On Demand and Showcase On Demand, the accompanying online portal for Showcase On Demand, and with Canadian streaming service, Shomi (available August 25).

What did you think of the premiere? Is it good? Did you love it as much as me? Also, what’s your take on the time travel concept?

Also, for all of you fans out there, I am giving away this poster of the show:

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TV REVIEW: SENSE8

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Sci-fi been in my parents’ blood, always in my blood and will be passed down my children’s blood. I haven’t quite had enough of really, really good science fiction on TV. Don’t get me wrong, I watch almost all supernatural and fantasy shows and enjoy them all. In fact, I am making subtitles for one of them. However, Netflix’s SENSE8 is the best show on television. Ever. Period.

Movies, TV and books are my passion; my biggest one. I am at the movies each week at least once, I have a list of shows I watch every day, I read a book a fortnight. Around the time Jupiter Ascending came out–a movie I had fun watching — I learned about this strange, matrix-like show called Sense8. I had no idea what the bizarre title meant so after reading the brief plot summary I knew what I was doing on June 5th.

Months and months went by, the first month of the summer was approaching and buzz started circling around this show. Once the first trailer hit, I watched it a quadrillion of times and, therefore, learned it by heart, sounds weird, but that is what I am like once I get obsessed. Then the next two dropped, though I only saw them a few times because I did not want to spoil myself.

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Turns out I had nothing to worry about. The trailer gave away nothing but glimpses of what I would later find an exhilarating show. As much as negative hype there was surrounding Sense8, I had belief in it; even more so in the Wachowski siblings. The Matrix is one of my all-time favourite films and I have been entertained with their follow-ups. Before I knew it, June 5th came by and gave Netflix’s new project a try.

I had, to some extent, lowered my expectations of Sense8 due to the endless flow of mixed reviews about it. I knew the critics had seen just the first three episodes, but I still bought into their opinions. Gladly, I was pleased to find out they were horribly wrong about the show. Immensely wrong.

What critics make out to be a slow, convoluted mess was actually an incredible show with an engaging and fresh script. The creators’ concept of eight, completely different people, from all walks of life, turned out to have been developed and crafted to more than just that; it’s been brought to being as a masterpiece.

The idea of eight individuals to be connected by a mental connection is not only ambitious, but also enticing. I have always wanted to know what some other human might be feeling or thinking at some point, but I have never imagined just that. From episode one, you are on a rollercoaster that only goes up, building the tension right up until the vastly satisfying and exciting climax. The message that we are all the same, regardless of gender, race and sexuality is very well-conveyed.

The first half of the season — or shall I say movie? — is about getting to know the characters, to find out who they really are and why they are doing what they are doing. You see them develop throughout the entire 13 hours of runtime. You feel for them, every moment of their life. Or you don’t. What do I know about you?

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Each character is well-rounded and yet complex. One is Wolfgang, the German guy who breaks into apartments, cracking safes, but has a teeny tiny heart of gold. Other is Nomi, a transgender who is fighting her own demons and lives in San Francisco. Third is Riley, a DJ from Iceland, living in London, trying to find her place among the crowd. You also have Lito — the Mexican actor, who is pretending to be straight in front of the cameras and Sun, a Korean businesswoman at day and ass-kicker at night, literally. In addition, there are Kala, the Indian girl, which is forced into marrying a man she doesn’t know and Capheus an African bus driver, taking care for his mother. Will is a Chicago cop which has to take care of his sick father and put up with tough criminals.

As you can see, this is one of the most diverse shows out there. I will lie if I say there are no stereotypical characters, there are. However, as they develop, they get personalities and you become more invested in them. This is where the Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski shine — they have created not only characters that you, as a viewer, truly care about, but also a world so big and epic in scope, it feels wrong to watch on your laptop or even TV. The beautiful cinematography and intelligent storytelling deserve to be seen on the biggest screen possible, as well as with a great audio system. The soundtrack is both heart-pumping and heart-breaking when it needs to be.

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In a nutshell, Sense8 is Netflix’s best show to date and it does a stellar job combining many personal moments as well as innovative action scenes and great storytelling. Oh, and don’t believe that there is so much sexual content. There are four or five sex scenes at most. Yes, some are unconventional, but even these scenes are shot masterfully and with taste. So, where do you stand on this one? Have you seen Sense8? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Make sure to let me know in the comments section down below.

Chicago P.D. Season 2 Review

It’s that time of the year again when TV shows are reaching their season finales, going on vacation until autumn comes around. Now, some storylines have been wrapped up, but other are just beginning to tangle.

On May 20th, I was deeply upset by the fact one of my favourite TV shows was reaching it’s spring finale. After many weeks of suffering over events that had occurred, i would finally get a resolution.

Following the events of the previous season, the Intelligence unit is back together on the small screen fighting crimes in Chicago. Keep in mind this is not a recap, but a review of the season. I won’t go into much details. However, there might be some minor and major spoilers so if you haven’t watched all episodes do it, then come back to discuss.

The first two episodes i found very strong continuation of the storyline from last year about Jin. It is resolved nicely and tightly. As our characters get ore serious arcs, the show becomes even grittier and darker. For example, Antonio is getting a divorce, starting a second job as a driver which doesn’t end well for some people. I found this a really strong storyline, though it was short. It showed that sometimes people need to take up jobs they are not dying for.

The crime cases became more and more realistic. There was one episode, the sixth I think, which was really emotional. A child was brutally murdered. The circumstances made me feel really sad for the mother and I even shed a tear or two.

As the season progresses, we learn more about Erin’s past and get to know her better. She’s the star of the season, especially in the last couple of episodes. Indeed, I was rooting for her to get together with Jay and that eventually happened. Unfortunately, the Linstead ship sank, considering they are working together.

Conversely, things were much brighter for Ruzek and Burgess. They got together, started living together and in the end got engaged. Like literally, the end. They are such a cute couple. I am glad Ruzek dumped his previous interest.

The plot resolving around Burgess and Atwater is very up-and-down one. At one moment he’s upstair, the next – she is. The rivalry between two friends, two partners is one way of adding even more drama. Nevertheless, sometimes it feels forced, I don’t know why.

To this day, I don’t know if I like Voight. He’s the most ruthless character on the show and yet has a heart of gold for his people. For Lindsay, at least. When they robbed him I was so eager to see him make those bastards pay. Many might not approve his methods, but I think they are needed. Some people are not afraid of the court *cough* Greg Yates and other psychos *cough*. Mentioning his methods, I remember a lot of people thinks the writers went too overboard with the police brutality. Even so, I disagree with them because this is what life is; cops don’t always follow the rules.

I applaud Dick Wolf for doing what he does with crossovers. Especially, the last one. Yes, it was disturbing and grim, but it was extremely well executed. I respect him for going all the way with Dallas Roberts’s character. Nadia’s death was terrible with all the details explicitly stated, but it was needed to show that even he can be caught. I really liked her character, she was developed from an addict to a woman who was accepted to train for police. R.I.P. Nadia.

Her death took a strong toll on Erin. It destroyed her. They were best friends and taking into account what Lindsay saw, I would be damaged too. But her old habits started returning. The presence of her mother did not help either. Instead, she continued making her drink and take drugs. The very last scene with Erin lying on the table, surrendering her badge was such a powerful and heart-breaking moment. The look on her face when she tells Voight she quits shows she doesn’t feel right to do it, but does it anyway. Thus, she may found a way to grieve for a while and then come back fresh as a cucumber.

Also, the plot around Koteas’s character can get quite confusing, the biggest shock was delivered in the last episode with the revelation that he has another daughter, but not from his wife.

in short, Chicago P.D.’s second season is a great all-rounder with excellent stories, great action and superb acting. It has all the right built-up throughout the 22 episodes and you get some real peyoffs, even though some stories are left for us to follow in September/October. I am looking forward to see what the executive producer, Dick Wolf, has to offer next season with a third show in the Chicago franchise: Chicago Med. Perhaps we’ll get a four-part crossover. Only time and Wolf will tell.

CHICAGO P.D. RETURNS FOR A THIRD SEASON WEDNESDAYS, THIS FALL ON NBC.