Timeless has the right mix of drama, humor, science fiction and good looks to be added to my must-watch TV shows every week.
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I’m a sucker for time travel TV shows, as well as books and movies. I watch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on the CW, which portrays periods of history in a slightly cheesy way. (I don’t mind a little cheese, now and then.) And I read The Chronicles of St. Mary’s book series, which has plenty of humor, but depicts important historical events as the brutal and bloody times that they were.
NBC has a terrible record when it comes to backing science fiction or fantasy TV shows, so I didn’t watch Timeless when it first premiered. I didn’t think it would last. I hate getting attached to a TV show only to see it cancelled right away. Now that it has returned for its second season, I decided to give it a go.
Timeless co-creators have excellent credentials.
Eric Kripke created NBC’s short-lived, dystopian series Revolution, as well as the CW’s unstoppable hit Supernatural. Shawn Ryan created The Shield, an awards magnet. These two powerhouse showrunners know how to unspool a story and keep a lot of balls in the air.
Although the cast is mostly unfamiliar to me (that’s rare, folks!), their credits also include a lot of great shows. Abigail Spencer starred in True Detective and Suits; Matt Lanter starred in 90210 and Commander in Chief; Malcolm Barrett was in The Hurt Locker and Dear White People. One of the main villains is played by Goran Višnjić, of ER fame.
Season 2 finds the main time-traveling team of Rufus (Barrett), a scientist; Wyatt (Lanter), a soldier; and Lucy (Spencer), a history professor, in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we all know it. (Of course.)
The evil organization looking to destroy the world is known as Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse wants to change history and reshape reality. I had no trouble hitting the ground running in the first episode. The relationships are clear, as well as the short-term goals. I’ll have to watch that first season to find out more about the long game, but I’m stoked to do it.
I watched the first episode of the second season. (The first season is not available on demand for free, or on Netflix, and I refuse to pay for it.) It’s a testament to Timeless that I’m already hooked. The writers do a great job of giving you just enough background to fill in the blanks without slowing everything down for an exposition dump.
Although I don’t know everything that’s come before, I have a pretty good idea. And my lack of knowledge only whets my appetite to binge-watch the first season when it’s finally available on Amazon Prime or Netflix. I’m already ‘shipping Lucy and Wyatt, and I’m dying to know why someone is imprisoned and why someone else has fainting spells.
The action is fast-paced.
There’s no time for boredom or too many questions. (That’s probably best in a show about time travel. Time travel can create huge plot holes, if it’s not handled well.) I dig the underdog vibe the team has, because who doesn’t root for the underdog?
After watching only two episodes, I only have one complaint: The secondary characters aren’t multi-dimensional. They serve very specific purposes to facilitate the story-telling. They have a very NCIS feel, in that the characters don’t drive the story, the action drives the story. The cast is only our acquaintances, not intimate friends, which is what I would prefer.
Timeless doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to depicting a time period. At least, not so far. In the season premiere, the gang visits No Man’s Land during WWI. There are bloody and maimed bodies strewn far and wide, which is pretty gruesome for a TV show. Plus, some of the characters were pretty scary, and some of them had to do some pretty horrible things. Luckily, it airs at 10 p.m.
Like I said, I’m only two episodes into the second season of Timeless. As the season rolls on, I’ll form a much stronger opinion. For now, I added Timeless to my DVR’s “to record” shows. I’m looking forward to seeing where we’re headed.
Thanks for reading! Do you watch Timeless? Give me your review in the comments!