Though Timeless doesn’t premiere until March 11th, I got a sneak preview, and while I can’t divulge the spoilers here, I can tell you that Kripke, Ryan & Co spent their hiatus really reworking the show and creating a much more cohesive, and interesting story and world than the one we last saw. I can’t wait to let you in on my full-on, spoiler-y thoughts about it after the premiere airs.
There are some (shock!) time jumps, both in the time machines and the storyline, and we do end up on the front during WWI, but is it to change history? Or preserve it?
We do run into a famous face while there, but the whole story doesn’t revolve around them, which is refreshing. Unlike Flynn, who was taking a sledgehammer to history, repercussions be damned, Rittenhouse is a much more focused, strategic foe. I’m both excited and interested in seeing how the ragtag time travel (relative) amateurs do against a much more sophisticated and experienced enemy.
One of the things I found most frustrating last season was a seeming imbalance between plot lines. The finale last year felt disjointed and over-stuffed. The premiere actually lets viewers breathe while at the same time widening the world Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus are in, and raising the stakes with each problem the Time Team faces. I finished the premiere with more questions than answers, but also with a sense of excitement to see what happens next. Rather than feeling like plot holes, these questions are more like the natural product of the kind of storytelling that leaves you wanting more.
And guys… I know I said I was over the Wyatt/Lucy ship last year, and I meant it at the time, but I’m a big enough person to admit when I climb back onto a bandwagon, and I’m back hoisting my sails on the U.S.S Lyatt. That being said, I still find Jiya and Rufus especially to be the most underutilized and interesting characters. I’m hoping the new season brings with it more storylines that revolve around these two, and judging by the premiere, there will be some key plot points surrounding more than just Lucy and her Baddie Mom or Wyatt and his dead wife.
What I can tell you guys about the premiere is:
- Rufus and Wyatt get into some Real Talk.
- I’m excited to see how people react to what happens after Lucy’s mom drops her Rittenhouse bombshell last season, and Lucy’s reaction.
- I think it’s safe to say that people shouldn’t forget about Jiya’s role and her strange vision in last season’s finale.
- Rufus is still my #1 fave.
There is a lot of fun stuff to see, and if you were on the fence last season about continuing to jump through time with the team, I think you should absolutely give it another go! And, if you haven’t had a chance to watch season one (which, what have you been doing? It’s 16 episodes?) you can binge the first season on NBC.com or Hulu!
Until the premiere on March 11th 10/9c, check out the “New Mission” trailer below (with some fan love tagged on as a bonus)