The Morality Scale in Continuum

While I remain infuriated with its ending, Continuum has been one of my favorite Science Fiction TV shows over the past few years. One of the aspects that grabbed (and kept) my attention most was the matter of morality and ideals.

The story’s premise is pretty clear cut, with a Protector (Kira Cameron) hunting down a group of dangerous prisoners who traveled in the past to change the course of history. I was expecting multi-layered characters and was curious to see how the show would handle it as I started the first season. Continuum lived up to my expectations.

I like how we start we cops versus terrorists and see the story gain many ramifications as alliances and relationships take new directions over the seasons, some that the viewer may root for and some quite surprising.

I like how even the main character, Kira, has her motives questioned multiple times during the narrative. She isn’t always likeable although one might relate to her selfish wants of seeing her son again. While the moral scale is always shown and the characters err on one side or the other, depending on their arc and situation, most characters fall into a strong “grey” zone.

In this, I found that Continuum did a better job than Caprica did. Caprica also depicted many characters who had questionable motives and made similar decisions. AS much as I found the show interesting, I never cared for the characters the way I did for several ones in Continuum, even some starting out as villains. Continuum came up with a variety of characters and made them extensively credible, which for me, made the ending even more terrible on so many levels. Without giving spoilers away, the ending had coherence but was emotionally devastating.

The show came to a rather organic ending, without being cancelled too early, or dragging on beyond its time. I hope to get to rewatch it at some point, especially now that I am aware of the characters’ journeys, I am curious to see how it might have been foreshadowed more than I picked on it at first viewing.

Did you watch Continuum (and/or Caprica)? How did you perceive the depiction of morality scale in either or both shows?

2 thoughts on “The Morality Scale in Continuum

  1. I’ve never seen Caprica (not interested in it), but I loved Continuum, and I thought the ‘grey morality’ there was handled better than just about anything else I’ve seen.

    I didn’t LIKE the ending for Continuum, but it did feel like the RIGHT ending, if that makes any sense. An ending that was better for the characters — for the viewers — would have felt dishonest and not following logically from what had happened throughout the story. And it was, based on what had gone before, the BEST outcome that the characters could have.

    1. Agreed that the “grey morality” was well done in Continuum. They didn’t sacrifice character development for it, so that worked well.

      I think that the ending made sense for the most part, despite how I hated it. But with all the timeline jumps and alterations, I wonder why (as far as I remember) it never crossed Kira’s mind that what happens at the end could be an option. It feels that all she fought for in the end bit her back on a personal level (although this can be very realistic).

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