Starring: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey, Claudia Doumit, and Goran Visnjic
Created by Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan
Written by Eric Kripke & Shawn Ryan, Directed by Neil Marshall
In the time-traveling theme of 2016-17 season, Timeless is perhaps the most transparent yet most ambitious of them all. NBC's latest Monday 10pm launch follows a team including teacher Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), bodyguard Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter), and engineer Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) as they travel through time to stop a criminal mastermind, Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) who has stolen an experimental time machine. The pilot brought us to 1937 and the Hindenburg disaster.
But Timeless, I worry about you and I worry that you are going to get incredibly convoluted incredibly fast especially given an interesting but odd twist to the end of the pilot. I love the idea of jumping to different eras in time and trying to stop a criminal, but I worry that this show is going to end up with mythology and twists it can't get itself out of. Although I think there are interesting elements to explore too such as race in different eras (especially with a black member on the team), I do worry about them going too far down political streets that don't seem essential to the construct of the show.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Definitely but with the many reservations I have expressed.