Friday, July 19, 2013

Continuum - SciFi and TV Talk: Erik Knudsen Interview

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Future Shock - Interview with Continuum's Erik Knudsen

by Steve Eramo

Short of having a crystal ball or a time machine, there is no way to know what your future holds. What if, however, your future self tipped you off about what lies ahead? Continuum’s Alec Sadler is one young man who is privy to such restricted intel.

A teenage technical whiz living in present day Vancouver, Alec befriended Kiera Cameron, a CPS (City Protective Services) officer from 2077 who, in the show’s first season, traveled back in time with members of a terrorist cell called Liber8. That group’s mission is to alter history and prevent corporations from taking over and running the world. In order to save the future she knows, Kiera has to stop Liber8. It turns out that Alec is destined to head up one of the most powerful corporation that changes how people live in Kiera’s time.

In the season one finale, End Times, Alec receives an important message from his future self, giving him food for thought as well as the actor who plays him, Erik Knudsen, in the second season of Continuum...

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... “It’s always interesting stepping back into a role that you’ve been playing a little while,” notes Knudsen. “In this case, I had to take another approach to the part. At the beginning of season one, Alec was excited and in shock when he learned that Kiera is a time traveler, but then in season two it’s almost like Alec is a totally different person. At the end of the first season, he discovered why the future Alec [William B. Davis] sent Kiera [Rachel Nichols] back in time and that he’s responsible for it. Now in season two, he’s sort of stepping back and trying to figure things out, including the choices that he has with regard to his life.

Alec now knows what he’s destined to become and it’s kind of a hard pill to swallow when you have that type of information. You can’t help but think, ‘Do I even have free will? Can I change things?’ So in the second season of Continuum, we find out that the future Alec doesn’t like the world of 2077, and he’s now getting a second chance for his younger self to make a better future. My character has to determine what choices to make that will benefit humanity. Here’s the problem, though – if he does make different choices,, will he end up pushing society in a direction that will be even worse in 2077? So initially Alec is afraid to do anything, but then realizes that he has a chance to make things better and possibly will succeed in doing so...

Continuum airs Friday at 10/9C on Syfy in the US. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EPISODE TRAILER FOR 'SECOND LISTEN,' AIRING JULY 26, 2013.

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