When Rachel Nichols showed up for last year’s Fan Expo Vancouver to promote Continuum, she and the rest of the cast didn’t know how the packed room of fans would receive the Canadian sci-fi series.
The crowd ate up the twisty time-travel premise, as well as the promise of lots of action and moral ambiguity, with Nichols starring as Kiera Cameron, a police officer from 2077 who’s sent back in time to present-day Vancouver, along with the terrorist group Liber8. It didn’t hurt the chances of winning over the hometown crowd that Continuum is the only current (of many) genre series filming in Vancouver that lets the city play itself..
The local response was encouraging, and the rest of the world has followed suit, with Continuum being picked up by networks around the globe, including Syfy, which in will debut Season 2 in June.
Nichols and crew returned to Vancouver’s Fan Expo over the weekend to tease what happens on the heels of the first season’s explosive finale that saw Kiera survive a collapsing building but potentially blowing her cover in the process. She told Spinoff Online she was anticipating not only the fan turnout but also the questions that will be asked.
If Continuum fans didn’t have questions before, the teaser shown before the panel certainly had them looking forward to figuring out the reappearances of some Season 1 favorites, the addition of new faces, prison-yard shenanigans and unexpected alliances, as well as the potential implications of time travel.
Nichols acknowledged there’s some pressure now that Continuum has attracted a dedicated fanbase. “It’s definitely a double-edged sword because you’re happy when you get [the attention], but you’re so scared to let fans down,” she said. “But we’re on Episode 10 of Season 2, and I got to say, it’s pretty awesome.”
At the center of Continuum’s second season will be the relationship between Nichols’ Kiera Cameron and brilliant hacker Alec Sadler (played by Erik Knudsen), who received a mysterious message from his future self in the Season 1 finale. Alec has discovered he was the one who sent Kiera back in time, and it’s a plot point that’s sure to complicate their dynamic.
“He’s responsible for her coming back in time, so the relationship will change a bit, from what I’ve done to her, taking her away from her family. But I’m not the person that she can blame,” Knudsen said, referring to his future self, a powerful tech giant played by The X-Files veteran William B. Davis.
Kiera and Alec’s friendship will be tested early on in the second season, but Knudsen explained, “He helps her and she help him. And he’s the only person she has. It’s a friendship that’s very strong.”
While Kiera Cameron has taken more than a season to adjust to life in modern Vancouver, Nichols, who had previously worked primarily on American productions, revealed the quickest way to adjust being surrounded by Canadians.
“The first thing I did was become a diehard Canucks fan,” she said. “That was really important.”
Continuum Season 2 airs Sunday nights on Showcase in Canada, and will return to Syfy on June 7.