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By Suzanne

Interview with Victor Webster of "Continuum" on SyFy 4/17/13

Here is my interview with Victor Webster. He was so kind and had so much to say. I am a huge fan of his.

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Gisele transcribed the interview for me. I plan to go through again and see if I can figure out the parts she couldn't hear, but here it is for now.

The second season of Continuum starts in June. Are you still filming or is it all done?

"We're shooting Episode 9 right now of 13 episodes this season."

What can you tell us about the second season?

"In a nutshell, the second season has a ton of action, even more than last season. We go deeper into the characters, not just Kiera, Carlos, and Alec, but also all of the other Liber8 characters. We introduce new characters with new storylines. We go all out this year. We really take you out into the ?. We have new characters coming on, not necessarily Liber8. You'll have to watch and find out."

Will we learn in the first episode why Alec sent Kiera back in time (that's how the last episode left off)?

"There's a lot of very interesting information shared between Kiera and Alec. We don't want to talk about spoilers. Without getting into specifics, there are a lot of things shared. We don't know literally what the future holds for us. We don't know what's going on until we get the scripts and read them. Apparently, this year's cliffhanger's going to be ? as well.

Will we see a sort of triangle between Carlos, Kiera, and Kellogg in the second season?

"I don't know. This is a difficult position for Kiera to be in, because she has a husband, and she has a son who she's desperately trying to get back to. It'll be very interesting to see Kiera be able to do that and still hold the respect of the audience. So the writers will have to do that in an interesting way, and they're very creative. They don't do what other shows normally do. You know, most shows would have a love triangle and would have Carlos and Kiera at least having this sense of sexual tension; but because our show is so different and not normal, it doesn't follow any of the same paths that a lot of other shows do. I don't know if that's going to happen. Like I said, I've only read a few scripts yet, but I can see them going there in a very unique way, but I can see them not going there."

Will we see more of the future Alec, William B. Davis?

"He has a really good storyline in this season. Yeah, you're going to see more of him."

Has working on this show affected the way you look at technology at all?

"Oh, I'm a techno geek. I mean, I love technology. But the newest and latest, I always find out about it, read about it, want to know about it. Cars, phones, all that kind of stuff, so I love technology. ? is doing, the special effects, is so interesting to me. I want to live in that world with all of those gadgets, but I don't want to live in the world of a corporate dictatorship, so I wouldn't want to live in Future 2077, but I sure would love all the gadgets that they have.

"A lot of our shows are stolen from the headlines, things that are really happening now, and Battleship pawn in a what-if way. What if these stories were to grow and become more and more serious, where would we go from there? So this Future 2077 ? is the possibility if people start losing faith in the government, the way our government is, and start to give control over to privately-owned companies that ? with the budget. They don't believe that the US government can get the budget, but a lot of companies come in and say, 'Oh, we can do this, and we can do that.' What if one day they decide we should have a privatized budget? We've gone one step in that direction, so I feel like, it's within the realm of possibility. I don't know if it will be, but it sure does make you think."

It seems like the bad guys are kind of winning so far...

"Well, your heroes are only as strong as your villains. And the more that Liber8 succeeds, the more that we have to fight, the more the audience roots for us, and the more the audience gets drawn in the storyline. Also, this year we show a different side of Liber8. Why they're fighting. Why they're doing what they're doing. So, some of the audience may actually have empathy for the terrorists ? and why they're doing what they're doing. So that's going to be a very interesting dynamic as well.

Do you think that in the writing, there's a certain amount of inevitability about things in the present making the future come true? Like in episode 9 when Julian's father gets killed, which leads to his starting Theseus?

"And that's the question -- that's what makes us think, right? We can either create the future that we see. Has all this already happened? Has this all been planned out? Is this what created the future? Or are we, in essence, changing the future by what we're doing here? So, are we creating the future that we see, because this has already happened exactly this way, or is this a new event coming back and changing everything? And we're not going to know until we go back to 2077, for sure.

"Will we change the future? Yes, we will. But are we on Groundhog Day? Has this already happened before and now it's happening again?

The season finale blew my mind. Introducing the character of Jason, who's a little crazy, and escalating everything...awesome. And also introducing Nicholas Lea.  Will Nicholas Lea be back?

"Yes, both of them are back. We do some very interesting things with them, definitely.

Did it take you by surprise when you read it?

"I expect to be taken by surprise every time I read a script. I'm expecting to go, 'Are you kidding me? Really? This is what we're doing?' I love it, so I read it like a fan when I read the next episode that we're shooting. So, yeah, it takes me by surprise, but I'm expecting there to be some twists and turns."

A fan wiki describes Carlos as "He has approached his work with a single-minded obsession that is both a strength and a weakness." Do you think that fits?

"I do, because Carlos is the moral compass of the show. Carlos does everything by the book, and the only way to do it, is the right way to do it. There's no bending the rules. You've got to follow procedure. And that's what makes him a really good cop, because he does that. He doesn't put himself in any compromising positions, but sometimes we learn, especially in Season 2, that sometimes you need to bend the rules for the outcome that you want for the betterment of humanity for the greater good, but me doing that also affects Liber8 and their cause. Carlos can learn that sometimes you've gotta bend the rules, and he may not necessarily agree with it, but that's a perfect description of what Liber8 does. Like, you may not like the means by which they achieve their goals, but they're their achieving goals for the right reasons in their minds.

In the 7th episode, Carlos gets in trouble when he's suspected of murder. We got to see some his friends. Will we get to see more of his friends? Does Carlos have more friends and family we'll learn about?

? comes back. You'll see more of him and his character. You'll learn a little bit more about his past and his family a bit more, but so far, no more friends have come in. He's pretty much focused on catching Liber8. He doesn't have much of a social life."

In the 9th episode, Carlos gets shot. Was that fun to play? Were you shocked that he recovered so fast?

"That's one thing that we don't get to touch on so much, is the time frame of that. It was a few weeks that went by, but when you watch the episode, it seems like it was almost, like, a couple of days. But, yeah, the way that it was explained to me, it might have been a little bit convoluted, but it was at least a few weeks."

Do you think Carlos will ever remember what Kiera confessed to him in that episode?

"I think eventually he's going to remember something, and that's going to make him his questioning of Kiera that much greater, and in Season 2, she definitely does even more, because the more time that Carlos spends with Kiera, the more questions he has, because of her methods and, you know, her constantly talking to herself, and seeing things for the first time that she shouldn't be seeing for the first time -- all the things that we played out in Season 1. It creates more and more questions, and eventually that has to come to a head, and there needs to be a discussion at some point. Whether that happens in Season 2 or not, I can't tell you."

Do we find out who Escher is?

"We continue to explore who Escher is."

I heard that you're a Sci-Fi fan.  What other TV shows do you enjoy watching?

"Sci-Fi shows? I don't know if you'd consider 'Walking Dead' Sci-Fi? But I definitely enjoy that show. Anything with zombies in it I absolutely love. I don't get time to watch a lot of TV, but I go to the movies at least once or twice a week. I'm really looking forward to 'Oblivion' -- the new Tom Cruise movie coming out, which is supposed to be a really amazing Sci-Fi movie, so we'll see about that, and, you know, I'm a big fan of the Alien ? franchise. What other TV shows are there out there that are Sci-Fi? I watched the season premiere of 'The Bias ?" I thought that was pretty good. I enjoyed that. Anytime a Sci-Fi movie comes out, I'm there."

You have always looked very buff. I know you've done martial arts, but you must spend a lot of time in the gym to get to look like that. How many hours a day do you spend?

"A lot of it is one of the most difficult parts of it is the diet, it's having the proper fuel for my body to run on, and I have a nutritionist that makes food and delivers it to me, which makes it a little bit easier. I'm in the gym 5 to 6 days a week for an hour at a time.

Interview in March with him and Rachel Nichols

My review of Continuum

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