Ah Brion James and Tim Thomerson, I think I watched a few dozen (or more) movies in the 1980s-1990s that they were in. I remember James mostly for being a bad guy in most flicks.
But anyway, I was finally able to buy copies of seasons 2 & 3 of Continuum and in an effort to refresh my memory I started watching season 1 again. This time around I paid more attention to some of the background detail for the parts set in the future. The details I'm going to mention are more along the lines of "flavour/colour" elements.
The central character, Keira Cameron, is a female police officer from 2077 who gets dumped back to 2012 but we get to see a number of scenes of her in the world of 2077. The home she and her husband live in, is an apartment but considering he is some middle management figure in the main corporation we can probably safely assume they have the money for a "good" apartment...
The apartment is obviously one for the wealthy, however (I'm surmising) due to the lack of natural resources, it's sparce compared to what we would expect. Bare concrete walls, almost the entire apartment (they're polished concrete, but bare concrete none-the-less). They don't have large amounts of obviously expensive furnishings. Everyday food and drink is in the form of foil packets and the real display of wealth is in the wine rack with real bottled wine on display. From this I'm taking the idea that it's not simply a fashion trend to finish a building with bare concrete, it's probably (again, I'm surmising) done to reduce materials costs, even for the wealthy because natural resources are just too scarce to waste on such things unless you have more than the usual "wealthy" income.
Even for the wealthy, running water is a luxury and all clothes washing is done by dry cleaning methods to prevent the use of water. Through the first season, you can see some of the characters from 2077 enjoying a simple glass of water, really enjoying it, adding further emphasis to the lack of natural resources.
The less well off appear to live in apartment bocks as well, but they are tiny by comparison, essentially the same area as two rooms from the wealthy apartment. The poor appear to get their food from meal packages rather than as separate items of food that you would typically prepare in a kitchen to make a meal. The poorer apartments can also be seen to be in the process of being "run down", peeling paint, graffiti (although it's often electronic graffiti rather than paint), almost as though the corporations that control everything are skimping on the maintenance.
The most powerful man in the city appears to call an aerostat "home". He doesn't simply occupy the best apartment in the tallest building in the city, he doesn't even live "in" the city, he floats above it all.
But back to Cameron, as a police officer she has access to some advanced tech as would be expected but in this case it goes deep into cyberpunk territory. She has a brain implant that allows her to record, audio, visual and olfactory information for the purpose of evidence collection although it actually records everything and anything she see has seen, heard and smelt. All police officers can store up to 36 hours (I think it was 36, definitely 30+ but maybe 34...) before their headware is full and they need to "dump" the info collected to the central police server.
Police officers are also equipped with a HUD system directly into their eyes that allows magnifying an image they are viewing, gives them thermal tracking capability along with other vision modes and allows them access to any programmes installed and any info stored in their brain system (including, I think, access to their suit - more on that later). Their communications is via a tightly encrypted radio system that again, is part of the cyberware implanted into their head. Although it does suffer some interference in some areas, it appears to have quite a long range (as in city wide rather than dozens of kilometres).
By far the most impressive tech the police officers are issued however, is their service uniform.This suit is "grown" from carbon nano-tubes and has a fully intergrated computer system that allows changing the colour of the uniform, allows charging the outside of the suit with electricity and allows the suit to render its wearer almost invisible (I figure this is probably some sort of light bending tech as it's not the usual Hollywood complete invisibility sort of thing, the officer is visible as a sort of heat haze effect). The suit also provides protection from projectiles. For high risk situations the officers also make use of a helmet although this isn't explored to the same level as the suit it during the show.
Again, I'd say at the least, season 1 is worth watching. Even though I only watched it less than a fortnight ago, I'm enjoying watching it again. Time will tell if seasons 2 & 3 live up to the promise of the first. And if I can ever find some shop here that actually can get season 4 in stock, I'll be buying that as well because it apparently wraps up the entire story (due to the show being canned in season 4, even though the creator had plans for anything up to 10 seasons) and I would like to see how it ends, even if the later seasons do devolve into typical "police procedural" episodes.
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It's whether I win...