It’s that time of the week again where I get too swoon over a show. As you can see, I have chosen Timeless and I just want to clarify that I am not getting paid by NBC to talk about these shows (seriously, I WISH that was the case. I’d be living the dream). No, no, it’s a complete coincidence that I am featuring two NBC shows in a row, but when my TV-obsession strikes, I just have to go with it.
It’s no secret that I am a fan of time travel, but there were a couple new shows coming out and paired with the already running program from this season and I felt like the topic was a bit of an overkill. I tried pretty much all of them and Timeless definitely stuck with me the most so far.
An unlikely trio, made up of historian Lucy, soldier Wyatt and programmer/pilot Rufus, has to chase a criminal throughout history to prevent him from changing reality as they know it. All the while they are dealing with ripple effects in their personal life and the dangerous agendas of secret societies they are unaware of.
So, I want you to go into this with low expectations. Not just with that show, but pretty much everything! It helps so much in terms of enjoyment, believe me on this one. Timeless isn’t a bad show at all, however, it also isn’t groundbreaking. It is low-key SciFi. The episodes are sort of formulaic, with similar things happening each week. Let me break it down for you:
- Flynn (villain) registers somewhere in time, the trio follows with a vague idea of which historic event they have to protect.
- Some guy (in every single time period) crushes on Lucy.
- Rufus struggles being the black guy stranded in history, yet remains the character with the most sense of humour.
- Wyatt goes into situations guns blazing and finds a way to mention his dead wife.
- Flynn escapes because he was 5 steps ahead the entire time.
- They get back to their time, something has changed and only they can remember how it was before.
I do realise that it doesn’t sound like I am making much of a case for the show here, but you have to consider that once you know what you are getting into, you can enjoy the really fun part of the show – the characters! Lucy (Abigail Spencer – whom I love) is an insanely smart and strong woman. She might not literally run around kicking people’s asses, but that’s honestly what Wyatt is for. She is so dedicated to saving her family, beating herself up over things that weren’t really her fault, and all the while she’s doing an incredibly difficult job and trying to hold her life together. Wyatt (Matt Lanter) is a bit of a tough one for me. He’s like the Southern gentleman who wants to get his dead wife back, former soldier who went a little astray, if you know what I mean? I usually like Matt, but he’s sometimes a little too rash and then again also bland. He really shines when he takes care of Lucy though, but we are getting to that later. Now, Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) – he’s my precious cinnamon roll! He’s definitely the funniest of the bunch but also the geekiest. So, maybe that’s how I relate to him. He has to make some difficult decisions, but I think at his heart he’s a really good guy, he just needs to believe in himself more.
So, generally, I really enjoy watching this show. I can overlook holes in the time travel logic in favour of interesting historical cameos and development among the relationships of the main characters. If you can dispense belief as well at times, it is definitely worth checking out!
Choosing a ship was actually really difficult this week! On the one side there is the adorableness of Rufus and Jiya, but ultimately the angst of Lucy and Wyatt won. It’s just that Rufus and Jiya are so much less complicated. They simply had to express their feelings once and they were good to go. Now, if they can keep the communication coming, I am not worried about them one bit.
Lucy and Wyatt are a different story though. Wyatt still very much wants his wife back and Lucy is technically engaged, even if he is a by-product of changed reality. But those two have crazy chemistry and no one can tell me that they aren’t falling for each other. Can you grasp the implications of that though? Wyatt will have to let go of his wife, which I very much doubt that he is ready for. And Lucy, well, she’s going to sound crazy if she ever comes clean to her family. I think her part in all of this is easier, although she knows that he isn’t emotionally available. Oh, how I love couples that will probably need 3 seasons to get together! I mean, of course they are incredibly frustrating, but it works very well for me on this show.
There honestly aren’t that many reasons why you shouldn’t watch it. At least nothing much I can think of. Maybe stir clear of this if you aren’t into historical inaccuracies, time travel that doesn’t always make sense (especially when it comes to memory) and shows that don’t take themselves too seriously. *cough* Or if you find it ridiculous that there is at least one guy in every era who’s hitting on Lucy *cough*
Are you watching Timeless? Are you interested in checking it out?