If you live in Canada and consequently get to watch the new sci-fi series Continuum starring Rachel Nichols and Victor Webster, you are the luckiest person alive and every Sci-Fi fan in America hates you deeply for it.
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Continuum is “a one-hour police drama centered on Kiera Cameron, a regular cop from 65 years in the future who finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver”. Folks who have seen the series are seriously in love with this gritty futuristic series that is just begging to be acquired by a US network (Syfy, hello?! Is this even a question?)
The series has only one episode left for its first season and there are rumors of it coming to the US. In anticipation of the upcoming finale, TV Equals was lucky enough to chat with series star Victor Webster who plays detective Carlos Finnegra, Kiera’s present day partner, about what is coming up in the final episode, the possibility of a second season and more.
Check out what he had to say below and don’t miss the season finale episode of Continuum which airs this coming Sunday August 5th at 9 pm ET/PT on Showcase (Canada only).
‘Continuum’ has been a hit up north. Must have been exciting getting all this positive feedback
Victor Webster: Yeah, you read the script and at that point it’s just paper and characters and ideas. To see it all come together and come to fruition the way that it has, basically from thin air, it has become a really great show.
How would you describe the series to someone who’s never heard of it?
Victor Webster: I would say that it is a character based procedural drama with elements of sci-fi.
And what attracted you to the project?
Victor Webster: I’m a big sci-fi nerd and I love procedural dramas. I love watching things unfold. I like to solve the case with the characters of the show.
So, when I read something that had all the elements of that and as smart as it was, based on things going on in our world right now, the occupy movement and the overall kind of faithless attitude with where our government and our world is going, nobody is really excited by the possibilities of where we’re going in the future.
And then taking that and building upon it, it seemed like a possibility, like something that could happen, yet it was still based in fiction. So, all of those elements together really drew me to it.
Carlos and Kiera have this really great chemistry. It seems organic. How did you and Rachel Nichols work at achieving that onscreen?
Victor Webster: I think part of it is that we get along really well off screen. She’s a really fun, smart person and so, me, as Victor, finds it really easy to get along with her, and so I think that translates.
Plus, our characters are really well written and the things that need to be there are there, and so that kind of inherent mistrust of Kiera, that questioning of her really needing me because she’s not really familiar with the environment that she’s in, all those things are written in. That takes a lot of the difficulty of having to tell the story, because it’s already there, and we can just concentrate on being us.
There’s a lot of action in the series. Did you do your own stunts and fights?
Victor Webster: We both do, actually. Rachel and I, we both have stunt doubles on set all the time, but I think that they get pretty bored because they don’t really do much.
Did you have to prepare for that level of physicality?
Victor Webster: Well, I come from a background of martial arts, since I was probably nine years old. I started training and I haven’t stopped. I still train two to three days a week now. For me it’s fun. If I don’t get to do that I get antsy. There’s no way that I could sit on set and watch my stunt double have all the fun. There’s just no way.
So, Kimani [Ray Smith] is our stunt coordinator/fight choreographer and he’s fantastic. He puts together these really great fights that are really easy to follow for us, but interesting enough and complex enough to keep the audience hooked. He’s all about us doing everything ourselves. He wants the audience to see our faces in the action.
What message do you have for the fans as they head into the final episode?
Victor Webster: Just buckle up your seat belts. It’s a ride. The whole series has been great, but they were very smart about the way that they wanted to end the show. I think that they did a really good job, at least this season.
Is there any talk of a second season?
Victor Webster: There’s a lot of talk. There’s talk from me, saying that I want to do it. There’s talk from Rachel, saying she wants to do it. I think it’s just a matter of hopefully getting things done. I haven’t heard definitively either way. I know we’re all hoping and talking about it, and so, until we get the word it’s a question mark. But I have faith.
This series is begging to be brought into markets like the U.S. and beyond. Is there a chance or hope for it coming to the U.S. soon?
Victor Webster: Yeah. I’m a very positive person and the feedback that I’ve been getting from everybody that’s watching the show and the people involved in the show, I personally can’t see how it wouldn’t end up there, but I might be biased.
I was recently at Comic-Con and I thought that would be a great place to introduce the series to the US market.
Victor Webster: Yeah, and well, it just started, and so chances are that we could be there next year.
If you could guest star on any other TV show, your pick of the litter, which one would it be?
Victor Webster: Game of Thrones.’
Which house would you be in?
Victor Webster: I would probably be a Sellsword, a mercenary to the highest bidder because I don’t really agree with the politics of any of them.
You just want to get into some fights?
Victor Webster: I just want to brawl. That would be a good definition of my character, for sure.