In Review: Timeless – Pilot

When one of the world’s most dangerous fugitives steals a state-of-the-art time machine

Synopsis: When one of the world’s most dangerous fugitives steals a state-of-the-art time machine, the U.S. government asks a history professor, Lucy Preston, a soldier, Wyatt Logan, and a scientist, Rufus Carlin, to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and chase the criminal mastermind, Garcia Flynn, to the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.

Review: ‘Timeless’ was a show that I was very much looking forward to when I first glanced the trailer a couple of weeks back. And my enthusiasm was fairly justified.

In ‘Timeless’ we have a series, which channels the classic old school action adventure shows that we all enjoyed in the 80’s and 90’s, but with special effects and computer animation that could only have been dreamt of back then.

The opening episode sees Garcia Flynn going back in time to 1937 in order to do untold mischief.  In order to embark on his nefarious mission he steals a top secret time machine. Just how he knew about this top secret time machine is pretty much brushed over in the episodes story, but am sure we’ll eventually find out. Either way Flynn is an uber smart operator and on a dangerous mission, which could change the history of America and the world.

The heroes of the piece are all classic heroic archetypes that could have been plucked directly from the pages of most pulp novels or movies. In Wyatt Logan we have the classic solider who is extremely efficient and a confident marksman. With Lucy Preston we have the smart, sexy and somewhat geeky history professor who is there to try and make sure the team doesn’t change history to much for the worst. And then we have the pilot or the coder in the form of Rufus who in this opening episode is there to comment on how far black people have come in regards to being accepted by society as every bit as good as other races. In fact the moment in which they are captured by the bigoted 1930’s police force. Rufus takes the opportunity to give the officer a bit of an education in future history. And says, “I hope you live a very long time”. So he can see the likes of President Obama and Michael Jordan and so forth. This moment felt a little forced. But despite this Malcolm Barrett pulls it off marvellously well.

The CGI of the Hindenburg was pretty effective. Especially the bits where it explodes and hits the deck.

In terms of narrative. This was an obvious set up episode, which ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger in more ways than one.  Goran Višnjić  pretty good as the shows villain and it will be interesting to see how he develops over the coming episodes.

I enjoyed this opening episode and especially thought the period dress and setting was really good. Though I do feel they could have potentially done a bigger story with the Hindenburg.

I’m intrigued enough to keep watching this show for as long as it runs, but have a feeling that it will have a limited shelf life.

8.8
Timeless - Pilot
  • Story
    7.8
  • Acting
    9.0
  • CGI
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    5 October 2016 at 2:47 pm -

    “I’m intrigued enough to keep watching this show for as long as it runs, but have a feeling that it will have a limited shelf life.”

    ^This^ I’ll be happy if NBC airs the whole season.

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