It’s no secret that I absolutely love NBC’s ‘Timeless’ and think it tops 2016’s “Must See TV” list. This thrilling new time-travel drama from Eric Kripke (‘Supernatural’) and Shawn Ryan (‘The Shield’) truly has it all: humor, mystery, history, adventure, suspense, drama, wit, emotion, engaging characters, fantastic acting, stunning production values, fun-filled stories, and so much more.
I gush about ‘Timeless’ in my latest video (Watch it here!), but here are some things you should know before embarking on this grand adventure:
Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) established Mason Industries and they built a super cool time machine (it looks like an eye!).
Mystery man Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) steals the latest model and keeps traveling back in time to thwart Rittenhouse’s “evil” plans. He also has taken Anthony (Matt Frewer), a Mason Industry engineer who helped build the machine, along for the ride. Flynn insists his intentions are good and he’s simply misunderstood. He delivers some head-scratching reveals along the along.
Rittenhouse is some kind of government or political force that has agents way up there in rank. We learn that they were established a very long time ago and they may be responsible for a lot of huge landmark moments in American history.
Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey) is a Homeland Security agent who works with Mason to stop Flynn from destroying America (past and present) as we know it. Together, they assemble a kick-ass team to follow Flynn on his adventures through time.
Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) is a highly respected history professor who knows all sorts of facts off the top of her head. After their first mission, she returns home to discover that her sister no longer exists. What?! Yeah, I know! Leave it to Kripke to suck us in with a heartbreaking sibling bond.
Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) is a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Delta Force and he is badass. He’s the soldier of the bunch, so the gang relies on his survival skills and stellar instincts to get out of jams. We also learn that his wife died, so now that time travel is possible, he’d like to go back in time to save her life. Awww.
Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) is a brilliant programmer who knows all about the time machine’s intricacies, so he pilots the ship on all of their missions and uses his tech knowledge to save the day on many occasions. Also, the “powers that be” blackmail Rufus into spying on Lucy and Wyatt during their excursions. Yeah, he doesn’t like and neither do we!
There’s also a bit of romance brewing between Rufus and his co-worker Jiya (Claudia Doumit) and, of course, viewers are shipping Wyatt and Lucy because they are great together.
Time travel rules: You cannot go back to any period of time in which you exist. So there won’t be any “Whoa! It’s me.” slack-jawed moments. It also means that Wyatt can’t go back to save his wife, unless he recruits a little kid to do it for him. And they can’t simply go back in time to prevent Flynn from stealing the time machine in the first place. So don’t bother arguing about it.
We have seen some awesome historical moments (and even a little bit of twistory) so far:
The Pilot wonderfully sets the stage for the series and takes us back to the Hindenburg explosion.
Episode 2 breaks our hearts with “The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln“. Still one of the best episodes of this series and TV in general. It’s SO well done!
Episode 3 distracts us with Rat Pack swagger, but the real focus is on the atom bomb, since Las Vegas is known as the “Atomic City” back in 1962.
Episode 4 is so much fun because we get some killer James Bond actions when the Timeless trio teams up with Ian Flemming (Sean Maguire) in “Party at Castle Varlar“. Yes, it is as cool as it sounds. And surprisingly educational.
Episode 5 keeps us on the edge of our seats as the team becomes part of the action during “The Alamo.” We meet Davey Crocket and learn more about Wyatt’s experiences in the army. Lucy and Rufus also have some wonderful moments of their own.
Episode 6 starts giving us more insight on Rittenhouse when the team travels back to 1972 procure a crucial piece of evidence in “The Watergate Tape.” This episode is a fascinating game-changer that’s full of big revelations.
In Episode 7, Flynn leave the team “Stranded” in 1754, when he damages the time machine and Rufus has to find a way to repair it with limited resources. Despite how dire the situation sounds, there are a lot of funny moments and some great punchy dialogue mixed within the tension.
“Timeless” soars to the moon in episode 8 when Flynn plants a virus in NASA’s computer system, jeopardizing America’s standing in the “Space Race.” The episode reveals some more interesting history about Flynn. I also love the way they incorporate the history explored in ‘Hidden Figures‘ into the narrative when Rufus reaches out to Kathrine Johnson (Nadine Ellis) for help. It is very cleverly done.
In tonight’s episode, “Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde,” we’ll see Wyatt and Lucy working alongside the Depression Era’s most notorious duo. We’re all wondering if Wyatt and Lucy’s relationship takes a twist. So cool!
Next week’s “The Capture of Benedict Arnold“ will be all the rage given that everyone has Hamilton fever and is eating-up stories from the American Revolution. Will there be a turncoat among the team? Could Flynn be a good guy? Is Rittenhouse evil? Can Lucy’s sister be brought back? There are so many questions and the possibilities for this show are endless.
If you love shows and movies like “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Sleepy Hollow,” ” “Outlander,” “Supernatural,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Sliders,” “Timeline,” and “Frequency,” then this show is made for you. Please check it out and spread the word to your friends.
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