TV: Timeless

Show: Timeless
Episode: Pilot
Network: NBC
Airs: Mondays 10/9 C
Starring: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcom Barrett, Goran Visnjic
Rating: TV-PG
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
FA Scorecard: B

Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) has a life that isn’t too far out of the ordinary. She’s a college professor who is renowned for her knowledge of history, anthropology, cultures and customs.  Her students enjoy her classes and her colleagues admire her knowledge. When she isn’t working, she’s at home taking care of her mother who is also a world renowned historian. She also happens to be battling a life threatening illness. Lucy and her sister Amy, split the caretaker duties.

But one day Lucy’s not so exciting life takes a very weird and very unbelievable twist. You see, terrorists have stolen the government’s top secret time machine. Lucy and two other men are the only people who can save the universe from the unraveling of the space time continuum.

If you have watched or read any other time travel adventures, that premise isn’t exactly new. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad premise. One of my friends described the pilot of Timeless as “standard first episode time travel for the average non-sci fi geek.” Yeah. That pretty much nails it. But they did it fairly well.

Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) plays a super soldier military man who for once, is actually a good guy. My husband fist pumped in delight at that one. (Honestly, how often these days are the military the bad guys? It seems to be a very overplayed plot device. So it was a breath of fresh air to see a military guy actually being a good guy.

Rufus Carlin (Malcom Barrett) has one of the toughest jobs on this gig. See, an African American has a really hard time finding any point at all in history that is a safe place for him. But for some reason, his presence on this team is absolutely vital. It’s a fabulous way to increase the tension exponentially as the story plays out. I really, really like this character a lot.

The first adventure of this odd little crew is a trip back to New Jersey in 1937 to visit the Hindenburg.  For me, this was a great storyline to get things started. I enjoyed watching the crew as they were quite literally tossed into a completely weird and abnormal situation.

I had some issues with the fact that they all adapted pretty quickly. Not a lot of questioning or completely freaking out. I mean there was some, but I get the story has to move along at a pretty quick pace in order to set the foundation in place. All the typical wibbly wobbly timey wimey tropes are in this one. (You and I can definitely be friends if you get that reference! Bonus points for the Whovians in the house!) But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable.

They did a good job at setting up the premise and there was some twisty suspense that managed to catch me off guard and surprise me. The ending was a nice little surprise. The characters were likeable and the story moved along at a decently good clip. There were just enough nuggets dropped here and there throughout the story to make you realize things are much deeper than they appear on the surface.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I’ll give it a shot. I just hope to see things move into some fun new territory instead of just reliving the same old Sliders, Quantum Leap, Doctor Who type ‘changing history’ storylines.

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