Timeless deals with the cliffhanger from season one, and introduces a new threat to history.
NBC’s Timeless is coming back for season two! Season one started out with Connor Mason’s (Paterson Joseph) secret project to invent a time machine. All was going well until their time machine was stolen by Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić) to wreak havoc on the past. Mason Industries recruits historian Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) and soldier Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) to accompany their pilot Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) to go back in time to recover their Mothership from Flynn in the Lifeboat that they had in case of emergencies. However, it doesn’t go as planned and Mason Industries tries to track down Flynn for the majority of the first season. Flynn’s motivation for changing history is that he was framed for the murder of his family by Rittenhouse, and he wants to dismantle the organization to save his family. Flynn drops little hints throughout the first season about this mysterious Rittenhouse figure. The audience, along with the Time Team (Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus), finds out that Rittenhouse is a secret organization embedded within the US government. Their goal isn’t fully known just yet, but Flynn insists that he wants to stop Rittenhouse and that they would do much worse to history, given the chance.
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The Time Team gets thrown into a new adventure every episode, and Timeless goes bigger and better with each one. They go back in time to the Hindenburg in 1937, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865, NASA during the moon landing in 1969, and so much more. In addition, the Time Team has to worry about consequences of changing history. Lucy experiences this first hand when she arrives back home after their first mission to the Hindenburg, discovering that her sister was never born, her mother is healthy (when she previously had terminal cancer), and she’s engaged to a man she never met. The consequences of time travel show up throughout the season, although not all of them are bad. The team’s interactions with an American spy during World War II Germany inspire a new James Bond movie featuring CIA agents Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus. Timeless is smart, witty, and intriguing, all while equally balancing out the mysteries of the present with the possible detrimental effects of time travel on present reality. Season two starts back up with the cliffhanger at the end of season one and continues to explore what Rittenhouse is planning within history. If you’re not already watching Timeless, or need to convince your friends to watch, here are the top five reasons we are excited for season two!
1. It’s a time travel show that accurately portrays historical events.
There are quite a few time travel shows, but Timeless stands out from the rest in that it is the most historically accurate. Timeless seamlessly blends the past with the present and examines how they affect one another, rather than focus on one over the other. Every episode is another adventure in time to prevent history from changing while attempting to blend in and not draw attention to themselves. After the first few time travel missions, Mason Industries realizes that their plan to stop Garcia Flynn isn’t ending anytime soon, and they stock up on clothes from each era and geographic region. Timeless’s details really stand out, from historically accurate driver’s licenses and currency to traditional etiquette when addressing important figures. Luckily, the team has Lucy to navigate history so they can focus on stopping Flynn. The Time Team will face more missions and an even bigger threat in season two with a trip to the Salem Witch trials in 1692, as well as visits to 1955, 1941, and more.
2. A Timeless question: Would you change history, if given the chance?
Timeless poses the question: what would you do if you were given a time machine? Although it sounds like fun, the Time Team discovers firsthand the repercussions of changing history. Lucy’s life changes drastically from their first mission; her father and mother were never introduced because her father married a relative of someone that was supposed to die in the Hindenburg and her younger sister was never born. The Time Team tries their best to keep history from changing, but Flynn is ruthless in his attempt to stop Rittenhouse and often gets help from the police or other military officials which leave the team outmanned and outgunned. It’s even harder to allow history to happen how it’s supposed to, especially when people are killed directly in front of you. Rittenhouse has even bigger threats planned for history, and that premise leads into season two. Flynn said that Rittenhouse has much worse plans for history, which leads to an unlikely alliance between Flynn and the team to stop a common enemy. Rittenhouse plants agents in time and the team tries to minimize their effect on history.
“What if they’ve already planted agents in time?” – Wyatt Logan
“It could change the present in ways we can’t possibly predict.” – Lucy Preston
3. The mystery surrounding Rittenhouse has only just begun.
Season one dealt with stopping Flynn from destroying history. However, we find out that Flynn was attempting to stop a larger evil before it could cause more problems. Mason Industries puts a dent in Rittenhouse by recruiting Lucy’s grandfather to gather intelligence on the organization while on a mission to 1954, which allows them to make multiple arrests in the present day. They find out that Rittenhouse is a large organization with more members than they could possibly imagine and their arrests only scratch the surface. Lucy confides in her mother Carol (Susanna Thompson) that time travel is real and the plan to get her sister back. To Lucy’s surprise, her mother reveals that she is Rittenhouse as Emma Whitmore (Annie Wersching) steals the Mothership from Mason Industries. If Flynn prevented Rittenhouse from destroying history even more, then the Time Team has their work cut out for them moving forward. Carol and Emma team up and continue to carry out Rittenhouse’s plans, which will be explored in season two.
“Lucy’s mom is really going to be one of the big bads in season two. Rittenhouse does have their hands on the time machine, so that’s way worse than Garcia (Visnjic) having his hands on the time machine.” – Eric Kripke (executive director)
4. Diversity! Timeless highlights strides made for equal rights of minorities.
It’s no secret that history has not been kind to anyone that isn’t a white male. Rather than sugarcoat the difficulties for women and people of color, Timeless shines a light on their struggles and portrays advances towards equal rights throughout history. Rufus also uses this to his advantage on missions because he’s “invisible” and he can often acquire a car posing as a valet, or wardrobe changes by posing as the help. Timeless celebrates historical diversity by featuring notable past figures such as: Sophia Hayden (an architect and the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Katherine Johnson (who was crucial to NASA’s success in the moon landing), and Bass Reeves (the first black deputy US marshall west of the Mississippi). Even the core group within Mason Industries has diverse characters in Rufus, Connor, Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey), and Jiya Marri (Claudia Doumit). Executive producer Eric Kripke confirmed that Timeless will continue the trend and will portray the delicate balance between showing their struggles for equal rights and the advances that are made throughout history.
“The thing that we really found this year, that we really love about the show is we really, like, are very proud that we were able to tell these very positive, really inclusive stories about history, stories about women and stories about minorities and stories about gay people — that everyone contributes to the history of this country… History is for everybody, and America is for everybody.” – Eric Kripke (executive director)
5. Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus; aka The Time Team!
The Time Team is dealt the difficult task of going back in time to prevent changes from occurring. It’s easier said than done, especially when Flynn uses the police and military officials to stop the team from interfering. Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus learn to lean on each other throughout the first season, which is especially difficult when they’re keeping secrets from each other. Those secrets eventually come out in the open, like Rufus spying on them for Rittenhouse (not by choice) and Flynn talking to Lucy about the journal that she supposedly writes in the future. The Time Team overcomes their personal obstacles and comes together against their common enemy with the help of Denise, Jiya, and Connor. Plus, a romance was teased for season two for fans of Lucy and Wyatt! The season two promo shows Lucy and Wyatt kissing while on a mission to 1941, and Rufus talks some sense into Wyatt.
“You’re in love with Lucy, just admit it.” – Rufus Carlin
Timeless is a science fiction drama with diverse characters, a growing mystery, and a badass team tasked with the difficult mission to minimize changes to history.
Timeless had a fantastic premise for season one, and we can’t be more excited for their story to continue in season two. And to think that Timeless almost ended with season one! NBC originally canceled the series but ended up renewing it several days later after dedicated fans spoke up about their decision.
Season one set up the Time Team and went after Flynn to prevent changes to history. Flynn and Lucy reached an agreement to save his family, although that was interrupted by Denise arresting Flynn, just in time for a larger enemy to surface. Just when they thought they were done with time travel, Rittenhouse steals the Mothership and Mason Industries is left trying to prevent additional changes to history. And Lucy still hasn’t been able to get her sister back. If the team can stop Rittenhouse, perhaps Lucy will get the chance to fix what was taken from her in the aftermath of the Hindenburg.
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Season two has the audience asking – what does Rittenhouse have planned? Carol and Emma are seen teaming up, as well as planting multiple agents throughout time to cause irreversible changes to the timeline. Timeless is sure to explore the diversity within history and up the stakes on the mystery of Rittenhouse. All in all, Timeless is such an addictive and binge-worthy show. Catch up on episodes on NBC’s website and/or Hulu before the season two premiere.