I must admit something upfront. I’m a fan of time-travel in a general sense. Books, movies (Side note: If you haven’t seen About Time, go watch it right now.) you name it, I’m game. That being said I don’t understand it at all. The whole time-turner thing in Prisoner of Azkaban makes perfect sense until I stop and think about it. Then I end up utterly confused and usually with a headache. So no surprise that I’m pretty intrigued by Timeless. Also, I saw about a trillion commercials for it during the NBC Olympic coverage so I feel like I’ve already watched it. I know it’s about time travel and saving the world but I’m vaguer as to the particulars so without further ado…
May 6, 1937
Crowds assemble on the ground to see the glorious Hindenburg. It plays out the way it’s described in history books. “Oh the humanity.”
The scene opens on a college lecture hall with Professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) she wraps up her lecture only to find out her tenure meeting has been cancelled and she has been denied. She goes home demoralized and her sister insists she “make her own future.”
Later that evening a Homeland Security official comes to Preston’s door because there was a shooting at Mason Industries and she is needed to solve a dire problem
A gentleman by the name of Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) invented a time machine that he didn’t alert the government about. It was stolen by terrorists. Lucy and Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) are sent back in time to prevent the terrorists from messing the timeline up because if they change something in 1937 (because obviously everyone wants to go back in time and see the Hindenburg) then it will have repercussions in present day.
Logan questions why they can’t go back to five minutes before the machine was stolen and scientist Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) explains that it destroys the fabric of reality. You can’t travel to someplace you exist.
They question a few people and make pop culture references galore while trying to track down Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) and when she spots him Preston gives chase though to no avail.
The blimp lands without issue and our merry band of time travelers tries to figure out why letting it land safely would be the endgame of an evil mastermind. Preston suggests Flynn helped it land so that he can take it out on the departure because some of the biggest names in history are listed on the manifest.
They are busted by the police before they can actually formulate a plan though. After spending a bit of time in lock-up, which gives Carlin the opportunity to give an awesome speech about black accomplishments from 1937 to present day, the trio breaks out and goes back to the airfield. They board the blimp to inspect it and find a bomb that is clearly too advanced for 1937.
While Logan tries to defuse the bomb, Carlin and Preston force a hostile takeover in order to demand the crew to land the blimp. The bad guy team comes to fight Logan and though the bomb is stopped, a gun is fired which causes the blimp to burn much the same way it did in history.
Flynn catches up with Preston outside the burning blimp and explains that things aren’t the way they seem. That he knows things that will happen in the future and that Preston has been questioning her vocation as a teacher. When Logan comes over to capture Flynn, a shootout ensues and journalist Kate Drummond (Shantel VanSanten) is killed in the crossfire.
When they return to present day, they are debriefed and Preston believes that Flynn is trying to destroy the nation in its infancy. The trio is told that Homeland Security will be in touch and sent home after being told that nothing has changed. Carlin and Mason have a whispered conversation about something that Carlin is “uncomfortable” with that seems to be spying on the agency.
Preston returns home to find that her sister no longer exists and her once ill mother is well. Before she can even piece what all of this means together, she is recalled by Homeland Security for another mission.
The show moves quick and a lot of information is thrown at you fairly quickly so it can be hard to keep track of at times. The idea of changing the small details in history and being able to profoundly modify present day is intriguing but the overarching plot that seems to have Lucy Preston at the center of the whole situation needs to be explained better because I’m not sure why I’m supposed to care about that. I like this show, but I don’t love it. I’ll give it another few episodes before I decide if I want to keep watching it or not.
There is a new episode of Timeless next Monday at 10 p.m.