This was a year full of time travel-esque stories, some reasonably good, like Netflix’ Travelers, some not so good, like Frequency, and then there’s NBC’s Timeless, which comes down pretty close to the top, but really struggled in the ratings. So I guess that now that their 16-episode season is over, I have to give my views on the show. See you below the fold.When a seeming madman steals an experimental time machine, the creator tasks an unlikely trio, a military expert, a history teacher and an engineer, to hunt him down and foil his plans to change history and destroy the mysterious organization that helped bring the time machine project to life.
Cast-wise, this show is really strong. I love the main cast. The secondary players are a bit weaker, but there still isn’t anyone in it that I absolutely hate. That’s a good thing because there are a lot of shows recently that have had some pretty weak casts and some pretty bad acting.
But the one thing that really never set well with me was the whole Rittenhouse angle. Now I’m not a big fan of conspiracy theories anyhow, but when it gets to be this ludicrously big, I just check out. I mean, this comes off as Illuminati-levels of ridiculous, Rittenhouse has been effectively running the government for hundreds of years. And at the end when they start rooting out Rittenhouse members and it’s a bunch of corporate lawyers and some second rate politicians, that makes no sense at all.
I would have been much happier with a smaller story about Flynn stealing the time machine to save his family and our team trying to stop him from changing history and destroying the world. You don’t have to go big to be good. And at the end, when Lucy got permission to go back and change history so her sister is born, I can’t have been the only one to have thought “and they’re going to go save Flynn’s family and Wyatt’s wife too”. I mean, once they leave, it isn’t like Mason and his crew can control where they go or when they come back. Of course, they had to get Wyatt to give up on recovering his wife so next season he and Lucy could have a relationship and I really get sick of that kind of crap.
There could be some potential for future seasons here, although I think they’ve potentially written themselves into a couple of corners. Now that Lucy has her journal back, she obviously won’t write the same journal, meaning that Flynn won’t have it to guide him into the past. Paradox. And I hate the “everyone you know is part of this vast conspiracy” crap, which having Lucy’s mother be a part of it really puts a damper on Lucy being able to come back and give Flynn her journal anyhow. We’ll have to see if they have something up their sleeve or not.
It was good. I could have been better. It has potential. I hope they don’t squander it, assuming they have the ability to make more of this show in the future. If it comes back, I’ll watch. That’s a pretty decent endorsement anymore.