Timeless is a TV show on NBC about a team made up of history professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), soldier Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) and scientist Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) sent to catch the criminal Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) who has stolen a time machine and is destroying America by changing the past.
The team chases Flynn through history using the machine’s prototype called the ‘lifeboat’. Eric Kripke, best known for Supernatural and Revolution, and Shawn Ryan, best known for The Shield and Last Resort, created the show.
This show brings you through the history of important events such as Lincoln’s assassination, the Alamo, Watergate, Bonnie and Clyde, the moon landing, and many other events. Since I am very interested in history, I watch this show and look at accuracy and so far, it’s accurate to my standards. There are some things the producers get wrong, but if it is something I don’t know much about, I don’t really notice. This is a good show, not only because of the history, but because it captures your attention and keeps you engaged throughout. Timeless fits into many genres such as, action, mystery, adventure, science fiction, and drama, which makes it a complex show that has something to entice many people.
Some things that get a little annoying in the show is the way the show leaves it with cliffhangers and then takes longs break. For example, NBC aired an episode on Jan. 16 and now will not air an episode until Feb. 2. For the winter finale, the airdate was Dec. 12 and the show did not return until Jan. 16. Both times, they left unanswered questions. Another annoying thing about this show is the main villain, Rittenhouse. It is not one person, but an organization and it seems that they are pulling the strings. Right now, there are many unanswered questions about Rittenhouse. This is the group that Flynn is trying to destroy by going back to the past.
Timeless has only eleven episodes and is still new but it has some comparison to other media, such as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with the idea of a trio traveling back in time to protect the future or to change the present. Another comparison is that the structure of an episode of Timeless is similar to the structure of an episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Timeless’ structure consists of Flynn jumping back to the past to a historical point of time and the main team (Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt) find out that he went to the past and they travel back in time as well and try to stop Flynn’s scheme. Legends of Tomorrow’s structure is similar in that they go back in time to a certain period of time and try to stop the villain before the villain does something that will endanger the future or present.
The cinematography in the show makes it feel that you are there. It shows zoomed out or low-angle shots to show something important that the characters do not see or notice. It uses close-up shots to show the characters’ expression and feelings, so you can relate to the characters by feeling their anger, sadness, and fear. The music also does a lot for the show by showing suspense and joy.
If you like time-traveling shows, you should watch Timeless because it’s interesting and has its own uniqueness to it.