In an usual move, NBC did a complete u-turn and un-cancelled the time travel drama ‘Timeless’ after huge fan outcry on social media.
The show premiered in October 2016 with a 13-episode order which was quickly extended for a further 3 episodes. The first season concluded in February 2017. Over the course of the season ‘Timeless’ went from 12+ million viewers to almost halving by episode 16. This generally tends to happen with freshman shows when it comes to US viewership.
I’m not massively into time travel and on paper, the show really didn’t appeal to me. As I’m always one to try new shows, I gave the pilot episode a go – and I am so glad I did!
#1: THE CONSPIRACY
Every US show that involves the FBI or any other form of government agency is expected to have some type conspiracy theme. It’s a tried and tested formula that works and it fits ‘Timeless’ perfectly.
Without spoiling the show too much, I’ll give you a brief rundown on why I find the conspiracy in “Timeless” so enjoyable:
The premise of the show is a trio, all of which are top of their field (a historian, a soldier and an engineer) embarking on journeys through time to capture a former NSA asset who has stolen an experimental time machine in order to change history as we know it. The twist is that there is a mysterious organization behind it all called Rittenhouse. Each episode you begin to delve further into not only history but into the conspiracy. Its safe to say you can’t really trust anyones intentions during the course of the show.
#2: THE TRIO
Procedural dramas such as this have a core team at the forefront of the action. ‘Timeless’ has a great trio of characters at the heart of the show – Lucy Preston (Suits’ Abigail Spencer) is a brilliant and bright historian who is dragged into the mind-blowing world of time travel.
Wyatt Logan (90210’s Matt Lanter) is the muscle – a former US Army Delta Force Operative. He’s more than his role, his wife went missing and he hopes to travel back in time and change the course of history to bring her back.
Adorable Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett – The Hurt Locker) is the engineer of the ship and brings some much needed comedy to the team. He’s actually grown to be one of my favourite characters.
#3: THE HISTORY
I think this is a given considering this is a show about time travelling through history. I absolutely love tuning in each week to see where the team goes to next. We’ve met Al Capone and Bonnie & Clyde to name a few infamous historical figures. Lucy in particular, is excited to interact with the people she’s spent years reading about in books. As a viewer, I feel that excitement too as they’re essentially living the history we all know.
#4: THE FASHION
One of my favourite aspects of the show is the fashion. In particular, the period ensembles that Lucy gets to wear. Whether she’s running through the forest in a corset in the 1700’s or channelling the flapper style of the 1920’s – it’s always exciting to see what the costume department pulls together each episode. Her hair always looks incredible too!
#5: THE POTENTIAL "WILL THEY, WON'T THEY"
I love a potential love theme in my tv shows. Especially when it’s between the two leads – in the case of “Timeless” it’s Lucy and Wyatt. You can see them grow into loyal friends throughout and they have wonderful chemistry on-screen. I am excited to see what Season 2 brings us after the slow-burn of the first season.
So there you have it – just 5 reasons why you should be watching “Timeless”. I cannot wait for Season 2!