There are just a few episodes left before the Season 1 finale of Timeless, and so many questions left to answer. What is Lucy’s connection with Flynn? What’s the deal with Rittenhouse? Can Lucy save her sister? However, one question that’s making every Timeless fan sweat is whether the series will be renewed for a second season.
The series’ fate is currently on the bubble, according to series co-creator Eric Kripke, meaning that it’s completely up in the air whether the show will be renewed or cancelled. As most TV series go, that means it’s all about ratings.
The team behind The TV Junkies is all aboard the #RenewTimeless train, so to offer our support, we’re listing just a few reasons why we’d like to see Timeless stick around for Season 2.
Rufus, Wyatt and Lucy’s chemistry
While Timeless certainly isn’t your average procedural TV drama, it does rely on the key ingredient that can make or break one: a main cast to fall in love with. Thankfully the instant chemistry of Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett and Matt Lanter elevated the show to a genuinely fun experience from the pilot, and hasn’t let us down since. The “unlikely trio” may have taken a long time to truly trust each other, but watching the group’s dynamic develop over the first season has been a real highlight of the series.
The sheer brilliance of the costume and set departments
Arguably the real star of the series is American history itself, and it’s a character that wouldn’t have a leg to stand on without the unbelievable work the show’s crew members put in every single episode. The seamless execution of each new destination, from the Old West to Nazi Germany, is done so flawlessly that we often forget the sheer magnitude it must take to put these sets together each episode. Great work like that deserves to be rewarded.
Its refusal to whitewash history
Something that makes Timeless stand out from all of the other time travel shows out there is its willingness to look at the ugly side of America’s history, in the form of its racism and sexism. There’s a tendency to avoid these scenarios by largely keeping time travellers male and white, but Rufus’ role in Timeless has opened the door to so many different avenues and storylines, and not all of the dark and depressing variety. Meeting Katherine Johnson and the legend behind the Lone Ranger, Bass Reeves, were two serious highlights of the season, and a chance to showcase historical figures that have been largely ignored by high school textbooks.
Flynn is a great villain
Garcia Flynn is a complicated man, and that’s a great attribute to give to a villain. He’s neither a moustache-twirling cartoon character or misunderstood good guy, though Goran Visnjic does an amazing job bringing both sides to the table. Flynn is a man with a purpose, and one that will do anything to reach his goal, even if that means killing innocent people and irrevocably altering America’s history. He’s scary, unpredictable, and someone we can’t help but love to hate.
Getting to meet history’s colorful characters
History has given us no shortage of iconic figures to meet in Timeless‘s first season, from Abraham Lincoln and Ian Fleming to Harry Houdini and Jesse James. Each guest character brings that sense of wonder when you see the person in your history book portrayed on screen, and seeing our heroes meet them adds a little extra joy. Watching Lucy nerd out over historical figures is an unquestionable highlight of the show.
The Rittenhouse mystery
Though Timeless tends to fall under the case (or, in this instance, time period) of the week, each episode takes us one step closer to unraveling the mystery of Rittenhouse, an organization as old as America itself. As an overarching narrative, Rittenhouse has helped the writers tie the entire season together, not to mention giving us all the Illuminati conspiracy theories we can handle.
Its time travel has real consequences
Time travel is tricky, especially when you get into the age old debate of fate versus free will. From Lucy’s sister disappearing in the pilot episode, Timeless raised the stakes by confirming that any small action can have serious consequences for the future. In doing that, every little thing that goes wrong could spell disaster for the timeline, adding a kind of tension that doesn’t always exist in every time travel film or television show. It’s what makes Timeless that more thrilling to tune in each week for.
The romantic tension between Lucy and Wyatt
Lucy and Wyatt’s relationship started off pretty cut and dry–they annoyed each other, butt heads over every little thing, but despite that they slowly warmed up to one another as time went on. It’s the will they/won’t they dynamic that romance lovers can’t get enough of. Then Timeless goes and makes it even more complicated by adding Wyatt’s tragic past. Needless to say, Wyatt and Lucy have epic love story potential that needs to be seen through.
It’s fun to watch
Bottom line? Timeless is a thrill-ride action/adventure series that’s a joy to watch. Even if you’re not a history buff or a philosophy major, each episode gives us a chance to sit back and escape into an impossible world of time travelling adventure, with enough twists and turns to always keep us guessing. That, in itself, is worth a second season.
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Timeless airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC and Global.
Associate Editor Kelly Townsend always had strong opinions on TV growing up, so it was only natural to evolve from couch musings to online journalism. She can't ever choose a favorite series, so please don't ask. Her writing has also appeared on IndieWire and Tribute.ca. You can find her on Twitter at @kellybtownsend.