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‘Timeless’ Season 2 premiere review and sneak peeks: The Time Team is back and better than ever

Hold on to your hoodies, Clockblockers! ‘Timeless’ returns with an epic blast from the past.

“The War to End All Wars” perfectly sets Season 2’s tone and pulls no punches. The Time Team is at war with Rittenhouse and things are going to get ugly. Lines are crossed, sides are chosen, sacrifices are made, and we see how some people are prepared to go to extremes to save their loved ones, history and the world.

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It is unfathomable to think that NBC could’ve cancelled ‘Timeless’ after Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke pitched their brilliant plan for this season. When it comes to time travel and conspiracy narratives, writers must flush everything out carefully. Especially when they have super sleuth viewers who notice every tiny detail. Kudos to the ‘Timeless’ Writers Room, you all brought your A-game and then some.

The relationships forged in Season 1 are totally paying off in the premiere, as you can already tell from the steamy promos. Rufus and Jiya are still going strong. Wyatt is mad as Hell after losing Lucy to Rittenhouse. Actually, he’s downright grumps without Lucy. You have to love our Hero in a Hoodie for calling his buddy out on it: “You’re in love with Lucy. Just admit it.” Squee!!!! Yeah he is. So, what is Wyatt going to do about it?

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Judging by their smoldering smooch, it seems like Lucy might eventually be the one who makes the big move. However, I should tell you that things start heating up from the get go. Fireworks are practically going off around Lyatt when they reunite and have a moment to themselves. Major swoon-worthy stuff, you guys! You are going to melt from the heat coming off of the screen. (See HERE.)

NBC released an official description for the episode, which I found to be shockingly spoilery. Most of it is fine, but I’m going to omit a certain part of the last line. (If you’ve already read it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, continue to avoid it because it reveals a big twist.)

“THE WAR TO END ALL WARS” (Sunday, March 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
After barely escaping an explosion at Mason Industries, Wyatt (Matt Lanter) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) chase the Mothership back to a French battlefront during World War I to rescue Lucy (Abigail Spencer) from Rittenhouse. They discover Lucy has recruited Marie Curie (guest star Kim Bubbs), the famous French scientist and the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes, to help save the life of a wounded American soldier. […] who Rittenhouse is bringing to the present to be their leader.

Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke are the creators, writers and executive producers. Tom Smuts (“Bosch,” “Mad Men”) and Arika Lisanne Mittman (“Elementary,” “Tyrant,” “Dexter”) are co-showrunners and executive producers. Don Kurt (“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” “Good Girls Revolt,” “Justified”), Greg Beeman (“American Gothic,” “Minority Report,” “Falling Skies”), John Davis (“The Blacklist”), John Fox (“The Blacklist”) and Marney Hochman (“The Chicago Code”) also executive produce.

“Timeless” is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

For the most part, Clockblockers deduced as much from teasers, promotional images and all of the Season 2 footage that has been released. This uber trailer gives me goosebumps every time!

As many of you already noticed, the Time Team is operating out of a different location. The synopsis and trailer reveals that Mason Industries blows up. We’re not surprised to see that Rittenhouse fights dirty.

The new secret location is less spacious, which causes a bit of tension and makes for some entertaining awkward moments. It also leads to a little extra eye-candy (you’re welcome).

Wyatt

Jokes aside, you will quickly realize that no one puts Wyatt in a bunker. Check out this sizzling sneak peek from the premiere (slight spoilers):

Wyatt won’t let anyone stop him from finding Lucy. Of course Rufus won’t let his buddy go it alone. It is really satisfying to see how much their relationships have evolved since Season 1. Lucy, Rufus and Wyatt have forged an unbreakable bond and it only gets better with time.

Obviously, we all know where Lucy’s loyalties lie. Nonetheless, Carol relentlessly tries bringing her daughter into the family business. Lucy was so close to her mom last season, so it is heartbreaking that they can’t work together on the same team.

You can see how much they have in common in this sneak peek:

It is adorable to see them fangirling when they interact with Marie and Irene Curie, which you can see in this clip from People:

 

The writers set up a fascinating parallel. Both mother/daughter dynamics are bittersweet. You can’t help but wonder what it would take to make Carol come around and leave Rittenhouse. Yeah, we know “it’s in their blood,” but still…it’s bad blood that they need to be rid of.

You’ll get some answers to your burning questions in NBC’s official First Look at Season 2, but there are some more spoilers:

Bottom line: ‘Timeless’ continues to excel at using history to bring icons to life while also cleverly humanizing them. The production values are top-notch. The acting is superb. The cast’s chemistry is sublime. The writing is stellar. Basically, take everything you loved about Season 1, now supercharge it, and you get Season 2.

Count me in for the long-haul because wherever the Time Team goes, I will gladly follow.

‘Timeless’ Season 2 premieres Sunday, March 11 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

*Thanks to http://timelessfans.com/ and @simymonna  for the screenshots.

3 replies »

  1. An outstanding review. Thank you for capturing the essence of the episode 01 without divulging more stuff. Incredible writing room. The actors have fleshed out the characters n made them real to the point that wyatt n lucy are now bigger than lanter n spencer. Look forward to more of your writing.

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