I've been watching Continuum
on Netflix (and watched the Season 3 premier on a platform that may or may not have been legal). It was a stand in for Alphas
, which I went into knowing the show ended on a cliffhanger, so it was nice to pick up on another show that's full of cliffhangers and is still airing.
The show has a lot of old sci-fi time travel tropes, but it does them well overall. The twist at the end of Season 1 was unexpected by me until about 5 minutes to the end of the episode. The show's mythology builds nicely to the point where the twists creep in with a sense of inevitability, Oedipus-like: you can time travel to the past or future, but you can't escape your destiny.
Season 2 introduced some more factionalism, which at times got a little overcomplex but there's few enough characters where you can sort them out. There's more mythology building and twists than the first season, getting more complex and intricate, with slow reveals about who's on what side (and what the sides even are).
I only watched the first two episodes of Season 3 so far. The plots start to tangle a bit, thanks to sticking with the ol' "multiple timelines" trope, and I think we're up to five or so separate factions with sometimes unclear motives. The theme music present in the first two seasons starts to grate a little bit here and feels overly dreadful.
It's a great looking show, and I appreciate that it has a strong female lead who isn't bogged down by a love interest (there is a potential one, but their relationship is a side bar without the "will they or won't they" vibe that other shows might do). I don't watch a lot of Canadian shows (it's produced and set in Vancouver), but the writing is generally sharp and with fun future tech.