Continuum Series Finale Preview: “Final Hour” [+ Erik Knudsen Exclusive Interview]
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Continuum concludes its four-season run Friday night on Syfy. Here at TV Goodness, we’ve been fans since day one, and while we’re sad to see it end, we are glad the team had a chance to wrap it up on their terms. And they do wrap it up.
Here’s what you need to know from last week: Travis sacrificed himself when he threw himself against Marcellus and the bomb that leveled VPD headquarters. Kiera and Alec are still planning to piggyback the Future Soldiers jump to send her home, even though theÂ planÂ has beenÂ jeopardized by Brad’s assault on Alec to retrieve the pen/ignition switch. Kellog was seemingly be about to help them (but we never can tell for sure), and now that he’s beenÂ handed off to the Future Soldiers, it seems unlikely that he will be able to help.
Going into the finale, we begin at the moment last week’s episodeÂ ended, as all roads lead to the warehouse. And that’s all I’m telling you.
Well, almost. WeÂ do get a “gang’s all here” of the remaining/surviving cast whose arcs haven’t concluded, which is awesome.Â Last week, I asked Erik Knudsen about getting to work across all the factions, as well asÂ with two Canadian heavyweights like Â Ian Tracey and William B. Davis. “I got to work with almost all the actors. I never really got to do much with the Super Soldiers, and thereÂ [were] a lot of talented actors [there],” he says. “That would have been intense [but] I got to work with a lot of the cast, thankfully.”
When Tracey was cast, Knudsen didn’t know ahead of time who Jason would turn out to be,Â but they had a great time working together.Â “[He] isÂ one of the most amazing actors. I love him,” he says. “Anytime I was working with him was just fun. It’s obviously awkward to be the father figure to Jason, but [Alec] knows that Jason has [already] learned his own things. I had no idea that Jason was going to be my son. Usually when you see the actor, you can [figure it out, but here that wasn’t the case].
Knudsen sharedÂ the character of Alec with Davis, andÂ he was excited to finally share the screen with him. “[The paradox scene]Â was the first scene I really ever got to do withÂ him, so I was super nervous,” he recalls. “He’s a fantastic actor. A long time ago, we met to pick up some subtle nuances that weÂ [could] use. Doing that scene with him,Â they put blue contacts in to match my eyes andÂ [it] was so strange.Â He’sÂ got the sideways smirk the same way [I do].Â It was like looking into a mirror and seeingÂ the future.”
“That scene is really important because we thought that Piron [was bad] and Alec was this bad guy in the futureÂ [who] had created this corporation, but really we find out that [future] Alec isÂ just as lost as he is a boy and he doesn’t know what do to anymore. He’s createdÂ a future that heÂ doesn’t like. He still has theÂ same heart and he’s still the same Alec. [Young Alec] realizes, ‘it’s me that has to change things and me that has to realize everything and thatÂ [future]Â Alec doesn’t have all the answers.”
He adds that those answers inform youngÂ Alec’s future, regardless of Kiera’s next step. “If Kiera was to go home, he knows what he has to do after that.Â The real answer is in his heart,” he explains.Â “It’s not money. It’s what you love, and it’s what you do with it.Â He knows he has to shape the future. If Kiera’s gone, he knows that the future relies in him, so he’s going to do his best to make the future that he wants it to be.”
Watch the Continuum finale Friday at 11 pm/10c on Syfy to see what that future holds. Here’s a sneak peek of “Final Hour.”Â Check back after the episode’s East Coast airingÂ for an exclusive interview with the show’s creator, Simon Barry.
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