tek's rating: ½

Timeless, NBC, Sundays 10pm
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Season One
An alleged terrorist named Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic, whom I know from Extant) and his associates steal a time machine (called "the Mothership"), which was invented by a guy named Connor Mason (who is basically Elon Musk, if Elon Musk were a black British guy). They also take with them a scientist named Anthony Bruhl (Matt Frewer), a member of Mason's team on the time machine project. At first, it's assumed that Flynn kidnapped him, as they needed him to pilot the Mothership. However, in later episodes it will be discovered that Bruhl is working with Flynn's group willingly, even if reluctantly. Meanwhile, following the theft of the Mothership, a few people are recruited to chase Flynn through time. They include a historian named Lucy Preston, whose mother, Carolyn (Susanna Thompson, whom I know from Voyager and Arrow), was apparently rather well-known and important, in some capacity I don't yet fully understand; and a soldier named Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan (whose wife, Jessica, died at some point prior to the series); and a computer scientist named Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett, whom I know from Better Off Ted). The three of them use a prototype time machine called the Lifeboat to chase Flynn into the past and try to stop him from changing history... though exactly how and why he wants to change any particular event are somewhat unpredictable, at first.

Well, Mason forces Rufus to secretly make audio recordings of what happens on his missions with Lucy and Wyatt. We eventually learn this is because Mason is involved with a sort of secret society called Rittenhouse. We also learn that what Flynn is trying to do by changing history is to weaken Rittenhouse's control over... pretty much everything that's happened in America since before America was a country. Because it's a nefarious organization. However, stopping Rittenhouse also means doing a lot of harm, so it's kind of unclear whether it's even worth it or not. And the team that's trying to stop him may have to question whether they're even on the right side. Things get more complicated when various secrets come out, like the fact that Flynn has a journal ostensibly written by Lucy sometime in the future, when he says she'll be on his side. And it further divides the team when Wyatt and Lucy learn that Rufus had been recording them. But ultimately, the three of them remain on each other's side, whether or not they can trust anyone else. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has a special agent named Denise Christopher presiding over the whole operation at Mason Industries, and she eventually begins investigating Rittenhouse. There's also a programmer at Mason Industries named Jiya, who develops a romantic relationship with Rufus. Oh, and Mason himself doesn't seem to be all that happy about his own involvement with Rittenhouse, so it's unclear whose side he'll ultimately land on.

On a more personal front, in the pilot episode, changing the past changed Lucy's present in some very unexpected ways. Her mother, who had been dying, is now perfectly healthy. Which seems good, but also, Lucy's sister Amy never existed. So it takes awhile to figure out how that happened, and of course Lucy very much wants to get Amy back. Also, Lucy is now engaged to a man named Noah, whom she's never met. So she does her best to avoid him, while not letting him know why she's avoiding him. (Because of course, the whole time travel thing is top secret.) Meanwhile, Wyatt hopes that somehow their time traveling could give him a chance to save his late wife's life, regardless of the rules against changing history. Oh, and part of the reason Flynn wants to stop Rittenhouse is because they're responsible for the deaths of his wife and daughter, for which he was blamed. And eventually, we learn that a former Mason Industries time machine pilot named Emma Whitmore has been hiding from Rittenhouse in the 19th century for some time now. But she ends up joining Flynn's team. Subsequently, Anthony Bruhl turns against Flynn, who ends up killing him. So from then on, Emma is his Flynn's pilot. Also, Jiya begins training to become a time pilot, as a possible replacement for Rufus.

And... there are a few surprises I'll avoid spoiling for now, though I'll probably have to reveal them when I update the review for season two. Meanwhile, it's been fun seeing a bunch of famous historical figures, and whatnot. And I guess that's all I can say, for now.

Season Two
Details coming soonish, I hope.

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