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#Continuum: A Test Of Time @ContinuumSeries #Liber8

“You’re telling me I could be here for a reason. Part of some bigger plan?”-Kiera Cameron


Last year, I saw the following video that was very Anonymous-like but was really a promo for the Showcase sy fy program, Continuum:

Liber8 are the “terrorists” fighting against a futuristic society dominated by corporations, governed by the Corporate Congress. These antagonists function a lot like Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street, yet prefer lethal violence to send their message. Standing in their way are police persons, Protectors, like Kiera Cameron, played by Rachel Nichols (of GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra & Star Trek *JJ Abrams* fame). Liber8 is apprehended in the future, and were sentenced to death for the murder of thousands. However, they escape using a time bomb to send them back into time. They didn’t count on Kiera Cameron following them back 60 years into the past.

The episode “A Test Of Time” was the most compelling so far. Here, I think more implications of time travel, issues of life, economic, and notions of family just are in fuller view. It all starts out with Liber8’s leader, Eduardo, deciding to target Kiera’s grandmother (then a teenager), as part of a twisted experiment to see what would happen if Kiera’s grandma was murdered, would Kiera cease to exist? As the drama unfolded, Liber8 also begins to notice that one of its members is turning on them. In a plot twist, Eduardo and Travis also take Kellogg’s pregnant (future) grandmother as well. While they are alone hiding from our antagonists, Cameron and Lilly (her grandma) discover that Lilly is pregnant. Lilly is an emancipated teenager with no dreams or job. Horrified at the news, Lilly’s first response is that she must have an abortion, since she is without hope. Working out of self-preservation, Cameron talks to Lilly out of having an abortion, pointing out that she should discuss this with the father, and that there will be a possibility that her child will have a child, and they will surround Lilly with so much love, she will be really glad she made the right decision.

Kiera’s persuasive argument worked, and I think that there is a lesson to be learned here for person’s who are pro-life. Science fiction is always a great way to discuss ethics and culture, and Continuum is no exception. Officer Cameron makes her contention based on human love without a reference to a higher power of any sort. I think that this could be a possible example of the sort of arguments to be made in favor of life but from a common ground.

There other scene in this episode I found fascinating. One, was towards the conclusion of the ep, the hostage situation included the bodies of three pregnant women. It got me to thinking how in economics, as critic Gayatri Spivak notes, how undervalued the bodies AND labor of women and mothers are in corporation-driven economies as well as in Marxist theory. It could be possible Continuum is making a subtle criticisms of both capitalism and Marxism.

I can’t wait to watch what is ahead on this show, and I am glad it got renewed!

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#BlerdRage Alert: @Syfy cancels @AlphasSyfy #Alphas

Promotional poster

Promotional poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well over three years ago, I blogged on the Island Of Failed TV Shows and Pilots.

Today, we have to add one more unfortunately. SyFy has cancelled Alphas, a really neat show with a similar story line to Marvel’s X-Men, but a little different. If you haven’t already, please check it out, it’s on NetFlix. Optimistic Chad has made some interesting observations about the show. Hopefully he’ll blog about them sometime.

The decision was probably more about money and production costs since SyFy is experimenting with a huge investment, DEFIANCE, which will be both a show and an online Multi-platform video game.

I’m not too thrilled about this news or the prospect of that program either.

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Alphas Cancelled by SyFy After 2 seasons.

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The Strange Religious Turn of @Warehouse13 #Warehouse13

Anything Can Become An Artificact, Anything Can Become Sacred

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For my previous post on Warehouse 13, see: Warehouse 13: Science Fiction, Sexism: When Inclusion Becomes Oppressive

I have been a fan of the Syfy Original Program Warehouse 13 for a couple of years now. Up until this point, there hadn’t been any discussion of religion or a higher power, etc. No season (granted, the past 3 seasons were 13 episodes each, but still), there weren’t any allusions to religious figures or anything for that matter. This season however, season 4, everything has changed. Fans are now learning the origins behind what makes an “artifact,” what makes an artifact dangerous and the need for the Warehouse. Artifacts, in the world of Warehouse 13, are ” mysterious relics, fantastical objects, and supernatural souvenirs that are each packed with enough energy to somehow move and affect other objects.” Each episode of Warehouse 13 involves the core team of Artie, Myka, Pete, and Claudia using their skills to track down an artifact gone awry. In the first three seasons of Warehouse 13, “the monster of the week” was caused by the artifact that a person had either stolen or had been given accidently as a gift, etc. This season, fans learned that what makes an artifact is HUMAN ACTION, usually an act of courage. The Warehouse does not collect these items right away, but if things start going wrong, it is up to our favorite detectives to save the day.

The focus on the miraculous, the occurrences of the unexplainable in the everyday lives of humanity is similar to my conversation on miracles. Miracles do not violate creation in any way; what happens is that they occur within nature. Artifacts are not initially destructive in most cases; much of the time they start out with great creative potential. Whether we are referring to Harriet Tubman’s Thimble or Gandhi’s Doti, or Lewis Carroll’s Looking Glass or Pliny The Elder’s Scroll, Warehouse 13 serves as a part religious, part edu-tainment program. The roles that Brother Adrian and the Brotherhood (who seek knowledge with the permission of the Vatican)have given religious persons a new image. Rather than the trope in science fiction of the backwoods zealot, what we have in the Brotherhood are persons who are religiously devout and scientific minded. What it means to be religious in W13 is defined in part by human ethical actions during moments of great distress.

How have you dealt with the changes this season in Warehouse 13? Does it shed a positive light on persons who are both scientific-method affirming and religious?

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