As a girl who grew up loving adventure stories, Timeless was made for me. I think of it as a mash-up of Indiana Jones and Quantum Leap, but with a woman at the center this time.
Like Indiana Jones before her, Lucy Preston is a scholar thrust into situations she is often unprepared for in a quest to preserve history. It’s her knowledge and quick wit that allow her to help the Time Team complete each mission. And like Sam Beckett in every episode of Quantum Leap, Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus need to find a way to adapt and blend in to a new time and place each episode.
After a stellar first season that struggled to find a solid audience, Timeless narrowly escaped cancellation and was granted a second season. With season two due to premiere on March 11, there is just enough time to get caught up or refresh yourself on how last season ended a year ago.
Highlights of Season 1
If you’re jumping into the series with fresh eyes and don’t have time to get fully caught up, these are the episodes you should check out. These aren’t necessarily my favorites – they’re simply those that focus on informing the major storyline.
This episode introduces all the main characters and sets up the plot of the series. Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus take the Lifeboat on their first mission to track down Flynn before he can rewrite history surrounding the Hindenburg disaster.
2. ‘The Capture of Benedict Arnold’
Flynn and the team are surprised to learn that Rittenhouse (the conspiracy that drives the series) began with one single man. When Lucy thwarts Flynn’s plan to wipe out the Rittenhouse family, he forces her onto the Mothership with him and travels through time before Wyatt and Rufus can stop him.
3. ‘The Red Scare’
Rufus is suffering from a gunshot wound from an encounter with Al Capone in the previous episode. With Rittenhouse closing in on their hideout, Agent Christopher surrenders herself so the team can escape in the Lifeboat with Jiya on board to pilot the ship. In the first season finale, the team finally seems to gain the upper-hand over Rittenhouse with help from Lucy’s grandfather.
What we want from Season 2
More details about the end-game for Rittenhouse
The huge veil of secrecy surrounding the conspiracy, with very few answers, annoys more than it entices. Give us some direction on exactly what Rittenhouse is trying to accomplish.
We know they want to rewrite history to fit their agenda. But other than the fact that their agenda is evil, we’ve been given no details as to what havoc they might wreak. Considering the show miraculously escaped cancellation last year, I’m hoping they start offering some clarity about the vague threat of Rittenhouse.
More interaction with prominent female characters in history
Josephine Baker, Katherine Johnson, and Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie & Clyde) each made a memorable appearance in the first season. I love that I get to learn a little about history in each episode. It would be great to see more instances where women impacted the history of our country — for better or worse.
More guest actors from Supernatural
Jim Beaver had a small recurring role as an NSA agent in the final episodes of the first season. Misha Collins had a surprisingly brief appearance as Eliot Ness. Eric Kripke created both Supernatural and Timeless. As a viewer and fan of both series, it’s fun to see members of the Supernatural family pop up in the world of Timeless.
Timeless is a unique show that effortlessly blends history, mystery, romance, adventure, and comedy. The adventures continue on NBC starting March 11 at 10/9c. Tune in to see which characters from history we’ll meet next.
The entire first season is currently available on nbc.com and Hulu.
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