Timeless (TV series)

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Timeless
Timeless (TV) logo.png
Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s) Robert Duncan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Brad Van Arragon
  • Jim Barnes
  • Lana Cho
  • Shawn Williamson
Location(s)
Cinematography Sam McCurdy
Editor(s)
  • Debbie Berman
  • David Kaldor
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 3, 2016 (2016-10-03) – May 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)
External links
Website

Timeless is an American science fiction time travel drama series that premiered on NBC on October 3, 2016. It stars Abigail Spencer, Malcolm Barrett, and Matt Lanter as a team that attempt to stop a mysterious organization from changing the course of American history through time travel. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, and also stars Goran Višnjić, Sakina Jaffrey, Paterson Joseph, and Claudia Doumit. The executive producers include John Davis and John Fox of The Blacklist.

NBC cancelled the series after one season on May 10, 2017.[1] Three days later, following negotiations with Sony Pictures Television, NBC renewed the series for a ten-episode second season,[2][3] which premiered on March 11, 2018.[4] On June 22, 2018, NBC announced that the series had once again been cancelled, although the production of a possible two-hour movie finale to properly conclude the series was being discussed.[5]

Premise[edit]

When an experimental time machine is stolen, a history professor, a soldier and an engineer are tasked with capturing the culprit, only to learn that the thief plans to rewrite American history, and that each of them has a connection to his plan, as well as the mysterious organization that funded the machine's development.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston, a history professor and leader of the "Lifeboat" team.
  • Matt Lanter as Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan, a U.S. Army Delta Force operative and soldier of the "Lifeboat" team.
  • Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, a programmer and pilot of the "Lifeboat" team.
  • Sakina Jaffrey as Denise Christopher, the Homeland Security agent in charge of the "Lifeboat" team.
  • Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason, head of Mason Industries, creator of the "Lifeboat" and "Mothership" time machines.
  • Claudia Doumit as Jiya, a talented young programmer at Mason Industries.
  • Goran Višnjić as Garcia Flynn, a former NSA asset who the team chases when he steals the "Mothership"; he later joins the "Lifeboat" team to stop Rittenhouse.

Recurring[edit]

  • Matt Frewer as Anthony Bruhl (season 1), time travel project leader at Mason Industries
  • Susanna Thompson as Carol Preston, Lucy's mother
  • John Getz as Benjamin Cahill (season 1), Rittenhouse agent and Lucy's biological father
  • Chad Rook as Karl (season 1), Flynn's henchman
  • Annie Wersching as Emma Whitmore, former Mason Industries employee and Rittenhouse member
  • Michael Rady as Nicholas Keynes (season 2), Rittenhouse leader from 1918
  • Tonya Glanz as Jessica Logan (season 2), Wyatt's wife

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Long considered one of NBC's hot pilots, it was ordered to series on May 13, 2016, after lengthy negotiations to obtain the series' "in-season stacking rights", which allow a network to stream all episodes of a series' current season via all the network's online platforms,[6] on November 1, 2016, NBC ordered three additional episodes, increasing the first season order to 16. The season concluded on February 20, 2017.[7]

Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, creators and show runners of the series, drew inspiration from Quantum Leap, Back to the Future and Voyagers.

Lawsuit over concept[edit]

Ryan, Kripke, Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBCUniversal are being sued by Onza Entertainment for breach of contract and copyright infringement, claiming that the concept for Timeless is based on the Spanish series, El Ministerio del Tiempo (The Ministry of Time), which follows the adventures of a three-person team made up of two men and a woman who travel to the past with a view to preserving past events.[8] The defendants responded to the suit in a November 23, 2016 filing, contending that shows about time travel are an established television genre, while noting similarities between the two shows are generic, and largely based on the notion that the main characters will travel in time to effect some kind of change.[9]

A request to dismiss Onza's lawsuit by Sony was denied on February 15, 2017.[10]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

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11"Pilot"Neil MarshallEric Kripke & Shawn RyanOctober 3, 2016 (2016-10-03)1017.60[11]
The team pursues Flynn to 1937, where he prevents the Hindenburg disaster in order to bomb the dirigible on its return flight to Europe, when it is carrying important Americans to the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Lucy theorizes that Flynn wants to destroy the United States of America "in the crib". Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus hijack the Hindenburg and force it to land; as a result, all of the passengers survive despite the airship being destroyed by a stray gunshot from one of Flynn's henchmen. During a confrontation with Lucy and Wyatt, Flynn shoots and kills reporter Kate Drummond, whom Lucy and Wyatt had befriended and who was supposed to die in the original crash. Flynn reveals to Lucy that he possesses a journal written in her handwriting which she has yet to create; he urges her to ask Agent Christopher about "Rittenhouse". In the present, Agent Christopher denies knowledge of Rittenhouse and Rufus reluctantly gives Connor an audio recording from the mission. Lucy discovers that her invalid mother is now healthy, but her younger sister Amy no longer exists and Lucy herself is engaged.
22"The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln"Neil MarshallTom SmutsOctober 10, 2016 (2016-10-10)1026.20[12]
Flynn travels to April 14, 1865, the date of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He works with John Wilkes Booth, intending to ensure the success of the planned assassinations of Vice President Andrew Johnson, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and General Ulysses S. Grant. Lucy meets Robert Todd Lincoln and attends the fateful performance at Ford's Theatre as his guest; Flynn, frustrated with Booth's refusal to use a modern firearm, takes his place and murders Lincoln himself, but Lucy saves Grant while Rufus and Wyatt save Johnson and Seward, respectively. In the present, Lucy learns that her parents never met because her father married the granddaughter of a Hindenburg passenger, which means the man who raised her was never really her biological father. Rufus refuses to make further recordings for Connor, but Connor forces him to continue on the basis of having financed his education; it is revealed that both are aware of "Rittenhouse". Lucy arrives home, late for her own engagement party, where she confronts her mother over her father's identity, but is interrupted by a greeting from her fiancé, whom she does not know.
33"Atomic City"Charles BeesonLana ChoOctober 17, 2016 (2016-10-17)1035.86[13]
Agent Christopher orders Wyatt to eliminate Rufus's coworker Anthony, whom Flynn abducted when he stole the time machine. In 1962 Las Vegas, when atomic tests are common near the city, Flynn uses intimate photographs to blackmail John F. Kennedy's mistress, Judith Campbell, into helping him steal a plutonium core, as her relationship with a general enables her to access a secure nuclear facility. Rufus discovers that Anthony is Flynn's willing collaborator; they are working to destroy Rittenhouse. Anthony seemingly relinquishes the core to Rufus, and Rufus prevents Wyatt from killing his former colleague, the team discovers the core is a decoy while Flynn successfully escapes with the real device. Wyatt arranges for a telegram to be delivered to his wife in fifty years, attempting to save her life in 2012. Upon their return to the present, Wyatt learns that his wife is still dead and he covers up Rufus' protection of Anthony; Lucy tells her fiancé, Noah, that she needs to move to her mother's to clear her head. In the Nevada desert, Flynn and Anthony dig up the plutonium core, which they had buried rather than risk transporting it through time.
44"Party at Castle Varlar"Billy GierhartJim BarnesOctober 24, 2016 (2016-10-24)1045.47[14]
Jiya locates Flynn by tracking his usage of the power grid to charge the Mothership, but Flynn's group escapes. In Germany during 1944, the team believes Flynn intends to give his nuclear weapon to the Nazis, but he is actually planning to abduct Wernher von Braun and deliver him to the Soviet Union. With help from Ian Fleming, the team secures von Braun's defection to the Allies. Wyatt helps Lucy find "something to fight for" to overcome her fears during field work, while Ian and Rufus discuss the matter of trust among spies. Rufus confronts von Braun, who claims that moral considerations impede innovation; in the present, the team discovers that their adventure inspired a James Bond film that is new to the timeline. Lucy demands that Agent Christopher and Connor help her recover Amy as a condition of her continued cooperation. Rufus correctly theorizes that Anthony has used the plutonium to create a permanent battery for the time machine rather than a weapon. Rufus refuses to continue spying on his teammates, but a man from Rittenhouse threatens Rufus's family if he does not cooperate.
55"The Alamo"John TerleskyAnne Cofell SaundersOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31)1055.24[15]
Flynn travels to March 2, 1836, and convinces Mexican President General Antonio López de Santa Anna to attack the Alamo three days before the actual attack occurred. Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus follow suit and enter the Alamo Mission, but Flynn kills William B. Travis, preventing him from finishing his "Victory or Death" letter. Making matters worse is the Mexican Army waving the red flag to take no prisoners in their siege. Flynn is upset that the timeline is changing; in the original timeline, Santa Anna allowed the women and children to leave the Alamo before the final assault. Wyatt and Rufus dig an underground passageway to the aqueduct, while Lucy finishes Travis's letter and entrusts it to John William Smith, who escapes with the women and children while James Bowie and Davy Crockett fend off against the invading Mexicans. Wyatt is told he will be replaced, but Lucy and Rufus convince Christopher to keep him on. Lucy's letter, although substantially different from Travis's original, preserves the timeline by rallying support for the Texas Revolution. Lucy reconciles with her mother, who writes down the name of Lucy's father and gives it to her.
66"The Watergate Tape"Greg BeemanKent RotherhamNovember 14, 2016 (2016-11-14)1064.53[16]
The team follows Flynn to the start of the Watergate scandal in 1972 to prevent him from finding the missing gap in the Watergate tapes, but Flynn captures them and reveals he already has the tape. He plays a recording of Richard Nixon talking about Rittenhouse and blackmails Lucy and Rufus to find a missing "doc" Nixon mentioned to save Wyatt's life. Rufus is threatened by a Rittenhouse agent in the present day to contact someone in 1972; his contact orders him to "destroy the doc". Flynn reveals to Wyatt that he learned Rittenhouse was bankrolling Mason Industries but, when he reported this to his superiors in the NSA, Rittenhouse murdered his wife and daughter. Using intelligence obtained from "Deep Throat", Lucy and Rufus are led to a Black Liberation Army safe house and discover that "Doc" is a former Rittenhouse member who knows the organization's entire roster. Lucy and Rufus manage to rescue Wyatt and help Doc escape. Lucy intends to visit her biological father, Benjamin Cahill (who is revealed to be the Rittenhouse agent threatening Rufus), but leaves without introducing herself, unaware of who Cahill really is.
77"Stranded"Holly DaleArika Lisanne MittmanNovember 21, 2016 (2016-11-21)1074.71[17]
The team follows Flynn to 1754, the beginning of the French and Indian War. Flynn's henchmen sabotage the Lifeboat, stranding the trio, with no technological means to repair their time machine, Rufus buries a message in a bottle for Mason to dig up. The trio are captured by the Shawnee tribe and they meet chieftain Nonhelema. Nonhelema orders Lucy and Wyatt be executed, but chooses to spare Rufus's life, after Rufus convinces the chieftain to let his teammates go, the trio proceeds to Fort Duquesne, where Rufus collects items to repair the Lifeboat. Mason's team recovers the bottle, but the message is almost completely faded. Jiya deduces the message from the sparse wording recovered, helping the Lifeboat navigate back to present day after the group repairs it. Jiya reveals her true feelings for Rufus, while Agent Christopher requests that Mason to be placed under surveillance, the trio repairs their strained relationship and Wyatt convinces Lucy to choose her own path, rather than letting it be determined by the journal Flynn possesses.
88"Space Race"Charles BeesonMatt WhitneyNovember 28, 2016 (2016-11-28)1084.78[18]
Flynn and his team travel to July 20, 1969, to infiltrate the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston and disrupt the Apollo 11 mission. Shortly after entering the timeline, Rufus confronts Anthony over his involvement in the 1754 stranding, but Anthony escapes when Mission Control loses communication with Apollo 11. Rufus discovers through a local computer that Anthony has inserted a DoS attack into the center's mainframe, as 1960s technology is unable to counter the virus, Rufus and Lucy get help from mathematician Katherine Johnson, who gets them into the mainframe. Just as they are deleting the virus, they are confronted by Anthony and one of Flynn's henchmen. Rufus kills the henchman before Anthony escapes while communication with Apollo 11 is restored by Rufus and Katherine's computer fix. Meanwhile, Flynn meets Lockman Aerospace secretary Maria Thompkins and her son Gabriel at a park before disappearing from Wyatt's sight. Wyatt explains to Maria that Flynn is a Russian spy, but Flynn sneaks into her home and injects Gabriel with a shot of epinephrine to counter an anaphylactic reaction before getting away from Wyatt. Back in the present, the team discovers through a secret file that Maria was Flynn's mother and Gabriel was his half-brother.
99"Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde"John TerleskyAnslem RichardsonDecember 5, 2016 (2016-12-05)1095.08[19]
The trio travels to 1934 in Arkansas as Flynn tries to find a necklace key related to Rittenhouse. Upon their arrival, they encounter Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow during a bank robbery and discover that Bonnie is wearing the key. Lucy and Wyatt help Bonnie and Clyde escape from a gunfight with the police and Flynn. Meanwhile, Rufus is arrested and interrogated by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, but he is released. Hamer gets Barrow Gang member Henry Methvin to reveal Bonnie and Clyde's location, at their hideout, Bonnie reveals that Clyde gave her the key as an engagement gift after stealing it from Henry Ford. Methvin shows up at the hideout, as well as Rufus, but Methvin is killed by Clyde after Rufus reveals his betrayal. Meanwhile, Hamer's posse and Flynn close in and a shootout occurs. Flynn grabs the key and escapes before both Bonnie and Clyde are shot dead by Hamer. Back in the present day, Mason warns Cahill that Agent Christopher is coming close to discovering Rittenhouse, unaware that she has him on surveillance. Upon the trio's return, Rufus agrees to ally with Agent Christopher. Elsewhere, Flynn uses the key to open a clock, revealing a secret letter.
1010"The Capture of Benedict Arnold"John F. ShowalterTom SmutsDecember 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)1104.81[20]
Agent Christopher entrusts a thumb drive containing details of her family to Lucy to carry in the Lifeboat in case history changes again. The Lifeboat team pursues Flynn to New York on September 25, 1780, the day Benedict Arnold planned to surrender West Point to the British Army, the trio are captured by George Washington's forces and confronted by Flynn, who reveals that the secret letter shows Arnold was a founding member of Rittenhouse. He offers them the Mothership and the identity of Wyatt's wife's killer in exchange for them helping Flynn capture Arnold, the trio and Flynn rush to the British border acting as defectors and capture Arnold, who reveals that Rittenhouse was founded by David Rittenhouse. The group gets Arnold to bring them to meet Rittenhouse, who quickly foils their plot to kill him. Rittenhouse murders Arnold, but Rufus saves Wyatt and Flynn from being executed as well. Flynn kills Rittenhouse, but Rittenhouse's son, John, escapes from the scene. Flynn finds John and prepares to kill him, only to be interrupted by Lucy. When John disappears, Flynn takes Lucy with him aboard the Mothership and they disappear before Wyatt and Rufus can save her.
1111"The World's Columbian Exposition"Craig ZiskLana ChoJanuary 16, 2017 (2017-01-16)1113.45[21]
Wyatt and Rufus are desperate to rescue Lucy, who has been kidnapped by Flynn. Flynn takes Lucy to 1893 during the Chicago World's Fair with the intent to kill Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and J. P. Morgan. Wyatt and Rufus follow them, but get trapped with architect Sophia Hayden and a guest named George Henry in the World's Fair Hotel, run by serial killer H. H. Holmes. At the fair, Lucy and Flynn apprehend Harry Houdini and have him break into Edison's office to plant a bomb, but Houdini prevents Flynn from killing them. Houdini then helps Lucy save Wyatt and Rufus at the hotel. Lucy realizes that "George" is Holmes just as she is captured, but Wyatt saves her and kills Holmes, the trio bids farewell to Houdini and Sophia before returning to the present day. Rufus records a threat to Rittenhouse and hands it to Mason. Wyatt gets a phone call from Flynn, who reveals the identity of Jessica's killer and suggests that Wyatt try and erase the killer's existence.
1212"The Murder of Jesse James"John F. ShowalterJim BarnesJanuary 23, 2017 (2017-01-23)1123.46[22]
Wyatt visits Wes Gilliam at San Quentin to know if he really is Jessica's killer, while Lucy has a nightmare about Amy and Rufus finds out that Jiya will replace him as the Lifeboat's pilot in six months. The team travels to April 3, 1882, where Flynn saves famous outlaw Jesse James from being murdered by Charley and Robert Ford in order to get his cooperation in finding a person deep within Indian territory. To track Flynn and James, the trio enlists the help of U.S. Marshals Bass Reeves and Grant Johnson, but Rufus discovers that Wyatt plans to kill James himself. Flynn and James arrive at the home of Emma Whitmore, a former time machine pilot who avoided Rittenhouse by stranding herself in the 19th century, after Flynn and Emma leave the premises, James uses Flynn's assault rifle to ambush the Lifeboat team and Reeves, killing Johnson. Wyatt wounds James but, as Reeves tries to defuse the situation, Lucy kills James. Back in the present timeline, Rufus informs Mason and Agent Christopher that Emma is alive. Mason confronts Jiya over hacking secret video logs about Emma, at a bar, Wyatt asks Rufus to help him steal the Lifeboat to save Jessica.
1313"Karma Chameleon"Greg BeemanAnne Cofell SaundersJanuary 30, 2017 (2017-01-30)1133.51[23]
Wyatt and Rufus steal the Lifeboat and travel to Toledo, Ohio, in 1983 to circumvent the one-night stand between the parents of Jessica's killer, a bartender and a stewardess. After several unsuccessful attempts, Wyatt chases the bartender outside in the midst of a tornado, the bartender trips over debris, resulting in a fatal fall. Meanwhile, Emma tells Flynn and Anthony about Rittenhouse's real intentions for the time machines. Flynn wants to continue eradicating Rittenhouse, but Anthony thinks they should destroy both machines. Anthony confides in Lucy about his plans for sabotage. Lucy tells this information to Agent Christopher and they agree to keep it to themselves just before Lucy learns of Mason's dealings with her biological father, Benjamin Cahill. When Wyatt and Rufus return to the present, they discover Jessica was still killed but the other two women were saved, as Wyatt is taken into custody. There is an explosion at the Mothership's location, but there is a lack of debris from the machine and Anthony's body is discovered in the rubble with close-range gunshot wounds. Agent Christopher and Rufus realize that Flynn discovered Anthony's betrayal and escaped in the Mothership. Lucy confronts Cahill about Rittenhouse.
1414"The Lost Generation"Craig ZiskKent Rotherham & David HoffmanFebruary 6, 2017 (2017-02-06)1142.92[24]
With Wyatt arrested for stealing the Lifeboat, Lucy and Rufus travel with Master Sergeant Dave Baumgardner to Paris on May 21, 1927, the day Charles Lindbergh made the first solo transatlantic flight. There, Flynn shoots down the Spirit of St. Louis and takes Lindbergh hostage. The Lifeboat team meets journalist Ernest Hemingway, who helps them search for Flynn and Lindbergh, the trio chase after Emma and Karl outside a night club headlined by Josephine Baker, but Dave is killed in the ensuing gunfight. With Dave gone, a drunk Hemingway offers to be the team's muscle, much to Lucy's chagrin. Lucy is captured by Flynn, who plans to kill Lindbergh unless she convinces him to leave Rittenhouse. Rufus and Hemingway enter the city's catacombs and rescue Lucy and Lindbergh, who decides to go in hiding. Meanwhile, NSA Agent Jake Neville takes over the time machine project from Agent Christopher. Wyatt escapes after being secretly handed a paper clip by Agent Christopher. Lucy and Rufus are shocked to meet Neville upon their return. Lucy discovers in a history book that Lindbergh went underground for a few weeks before resuming his life of fame and fortune, at a warehouse in Oakland, Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Agent Christopher meet to discuss their next plan of action.
1515"Public Enemy No. 1"Guy FerlandMatt Whitney & Anslem RichardsonFebruary 13, 2017 (2017-02-13)1152.99[25]
Agent Neville orders Rufus, Lucy, and a soldier to travel to 1962 Houston to erase Flynn from existence by killing his mother, but Rufus and Lucy steal the time machine and reunite with Wyatt. Although they had planned to save Lucy's sister, they jump to 1931 Chicago to pursue Flynn. There, Flynn helps Al Capone avoid jail in exchange for a meeting with Chicago mayor and Rittenhouse member William Hale Thompson, the team joins forces with Eliot Ness to bring the mobster to justice, but Ness is gunned down by one of Capone's hitmen. With Ness eliminated, the trio seeks help from Capone's elder brother who is living as a Prohibition agent under the name of Richard Hart, they gain access to Capone and the mobster reveals that Flynn has learned about a Rittenhouse meeting in 1954 before Hart announces that he is bringing him in. Capone shoots Rufus as a favor to Flynn before he is killed by Hart. Jiya is questioned by Mason and Agent Neville as to the team's whereabouts. Mason asks Cahill for access to NSA data to track not only the Lifeboat but virtually anyone globally. Just as the Lifeboat is about to jump, Rufus loses consciousness from his gunshot wound.
1616"The Red Scare"Matt Earl BeesleyArika Lisanne MittmanFebruary 20, 2017 (2017-02-20)1163.37[26]
The Lifeboat returns to the present, where Lucy has Noah treat Rufus before she breaks up with him. The team and Jiya jump to Washington, D.C., in 1954, where Flynn blackmails Joseph McCarthy into giving him the address of the Rittenhouse summit. After being arrested on suspicion of being Soviet spies, Lucy and Wyatt escape and coerce Ethan Cahill, Lucy's grandfather, into taking them to the summit. Upon their arrival, Lucy convinces Flynn of another way to stop Rittenhouse. When Jiya suffers a seizure, Wyatt and Rufus accompany her back to the present while Lucy stays with Flynn and Ethan. Meanwhile, Mason reveals Cahill's activities to Agent Christopher and expresses remorse for endangering Rufus. Back in the present, Lucy and Wyatt visit an elderly Ethan, who gives them decades' worth of records of Rittenhouse's activities. Mason and the team use the documents to systematically topple the organization. Lucy gives Flynn the name of the person behind the assassination of his family, but he is immediately arrested by Agent Christopher, who agrees to fulfill her promise to help Lucy restore Amy to the timeline. Lucy tells Carol about time travel and Amy, but her mother then reveals, to Lucy's horror, that she too is a Rittenhouse member. Meanwhile, Emma is seen stealing the Mothership.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

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171"The War to End All Wars"Greg BeemanArika Lisanne Mittman & Tom SmutsMarch 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)2012.97[27]
As Rufus and Wyatt prepare to get Amy back, Mason Industries is bombed. They survive, and Agent Christopher relocates them to a decommissioned nuclear bunker. Six weeks later, Lucy—now seemingly integrated into Rittenhouse—joins Carol and Emma and travels to the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, France on September 14, 1918, to save injured soldier Nicholas Keynes; in the repaired Lifeboat, Wyatt and Rufus follow the Mothership and discover Lucy sabotaging Carol's mission. Wyatt and Rufus get a copy of Keynes's 1910 Rittenhouse time travel manifesto from a modern Rittenhouse agent fully integrated into the past. Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie, using a "petite Curie" radiography unit, help save Keynes, but Emma threatens to kill them when they discover the Mothership. Wyatt and Rufus take Keynes hostage, allowing the Curies to flee while Keynes is exchanged for Lucy. Mason, who feels as though he has nothing to contribute, develops an algorithm to track the Mothership's movements as Jiya continues to have seizures. Wyatt surmises that Rittenhouse has placed sleeper agents throughout history. Carol brings Keynes to 2018, and reveals that she is his granddaughter. Agent Christopher approaches an incarcerated Flynn about the manifesto, but he will only speak to Lucy.
182"The Darlington 500"Olatunde OsunsanmiJim BarnesMarch 18, 2018 (2018-03-18)2022.85[28]
The Lifeboat team follows the Mothership to September 4, 1955 in Darlington, South Carolina, after Flynn gives Lucy a tipoff about a Rittenhouse-affiliated address. They discover that Rittenhouse is after NASCAR race driver Ryan Millerson, who is scheduled to race at the Darlington 500, at the track, they realize that Millerson is the sleeper agent before race car driver Wendell Scott saves them from being killed by Emma. The trio deduce that a bomb in Millerson's car is intended to murder automotive executives in attendance, so Rittenhouse can take over that industry, they have Wendell sneak them back into the track to stop Rittenhouse's mission. Wyatt kills Millerson, but not before the bomb is armed. Wyatt drives the car back to Wendell's garage, where Rufus defuses the bomb; in the present, as Mason is preparing for a public appearance against Agent Christopher's orders, she arrests him and sends him back to the bunker. Keynes reveals to his followers his vision to perfect humanity by cutting away its flaws.
193"Hollywoodland"John ShowalterMatt WhitneyMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)2032.56[29]
The Lifeboat team travels to January 2, 1941, in Los Angeles, where Rittenhouse sleeper agent Lucas Calhoun, an RKO Pictures producer, steals the only existing copy of Citizen Kane and offers it to William Randolph Hearst in exchange for a weekly column in all Hearst Communications papers, allowing Rittenhouse to manipulate history using propaganda. With the help of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr, the trio kill Lucas and recover the film. Rufus and Lamarr discuss intellectual property rights, leading to Lamarr becoming a tech billionaire in later years. Working in the past and present, the trio and Agent Christopher orchestrate Flynn's escape from prison so that he can help the Lifeboat team with their missions, he joins them in the bunker. A medical exam finds Jiya in peak health; Mason tells Agent Christopher that previous afflicted pilots suffered schizophrenia or death. Shortly after Wyatt and Lucy's working relationship becomes romantic, he discovers that his presumed-dead wife Jessica is alive.
204"The Salem Witch Hunt"Guy FerlandKent RotherhamApril 8, 2018 (2018-04-08)2042.47[30]
Seeing Lucy as an ideological threat, Nicholas orders Carol to kill her. Jiya tells Rufus of her premonition that he will kill 17th-century judge Samuel Sewall. Wyatt tells Lucy that Jessica is alive. Rufus attributes it to recent Rittenhouse activity in 1980. Lucy, Rufus, and Flynn take the Lifeboat to September 22, 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, where they discover that Abiah Franklin, the future mother of Benjamin Franklin, is slated for execution in the Salem witch trials. Lucy and Rufus are arrested after Carol accuses Lucy of witchcraft. Carol slips Lucy a dagger to aid her escape, despite Lucy's rejection. Flynn shoots at the crowd, enabling all of the convicted to escape. Amid the chaos, Rufus defuses an armed confrontation with Sewall, but Sewall is killed by a runaway horse carriage; in the present, Jessica considers divorcing Wyatt as their relationship is strained, but he brings her to the bunker to show her the Lifeboat and reveal her original past. He asks for another chance with her. Distraught by the predestination paradox they experienced, Rufus asks Jiya to not describe her premonitions, for Carol's failure to kill Lucy, Nicholas tasks Emma with this.
215"The Kennedy Curse"Holly DaleLana ChoApril 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)2052.47[31]
Flynn stops a Rittenhouse sleeper agent from killing 17-year-old John F. Kennedy in 1934. To escape other agents, Wyatt and Rufus bring Kennedy to 2018. Kennedy flees before the Lifeboat is recharged, he hitches a ride with some college students, but is soon hospitalized with stomach pains. Carol captures Agent Christopher and, before releasing her, demands she protect Lucy by keeping her away from Rittenhouse's missions. Christopher gives Lucy this option, but Lucy refuses. Emma is tasked to kill Kennedy, and Wyatt fights her off at the hospital. Jessica intends to break up with Wyatt after realizing he and Lucy had a relationship, but recommits herself to Wyatt after Lucy describes his many efforts to save her, at a house party, Kennedy learns of his and his family's future, including the "Kennedy curse." The team save Kennedy. Emma escapes. Rufus advises Kennedy to avoid his assassination in Dallas. When the Lifeboat returns with Flynn after returning Kennedy to 1934, Kennedy was still assassinated, but in Austin. After overhearing Lucy and Wyatt make peace with the end of their relationship, Flynn offers Lucy a beer.
226"The King of the Delta Blues"Greg BeemanAnslem RichardsonApril 22, 2018 (2018-04-22)2062.31[32]
Rufus and Jiya add a fourth Lifeboat seat. Mason loses his company. Lucy, Rufus, Flynn, and Mason follow the Mothership to San Antonio, Texas on November 23, 1936, to save Mason's idol, blues musician Robert Johnson, thereby preserving rock and roll and the 1960s counterculture revolution. The team save Johnson from a Rittenhouse sleeper agent, but Johnson flees, believing himself cursed. Lucy convinces Johnson's producer, Don Law, not to abandon the album, but his associate Betty, another sleeper agent, kills him. Lucy and Flynn commiserate over their lost loved ones. Rufus and Mason find Johnson and drive him to his sister's juke joint, where Mason kills Betty. Mason, inspired by Rufus' admiration for him, convinces Johnson to record the album with Mason as sound engineer; in the present, Agent Christopher sends Wyatt to raid Rittenhouse's headquarters. Wyatt fails to shoot Carol, who escapes in the Mothership with Nicholas and Emma. Lucy brings a vodka bottle to Flynn's room at night. When Jiya is troubled by a premonition, Rufus agrees to hear it, she believes he will die in a confrontation with cowboys.
237"Mrs. Sherlock Holmes"Douglas AarniokoskiDavid C. HoffmanApril 29, 2018 (2018-04-29)2072.52[33]
Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Flynn follow the Mothership to New York City on March 4, 1919, where Rittenhouse frames suffragist Alice Paul for murder on the day she persuaded Woodrow Wilson to support the Nineteenth Amendment. Lucy and Wyatt enlist attorney and sleuth Grace Humiston, who disapproves of advocacy, to prove Paul's innocence, but Paul is murdered in her cell. Emma violates Nicholas's orders, and instead helps Rufus and Flynn stop the sleeper agent, who is masquerading as a suffragist. Emma wants to protect the rights of women like her mother, who saved them both from Emma's abusive father. Rufus, believing himself invincible in the absence of cowboys, is uncharacteristically reckless and is injured. Humiston persuades Wilson by speaking from the heart about equal justice for women, then detects and neutralizes the sleeper, whom Emma kills; in the present, Mason and Jiya salvage Rittenhouse data. Mason and Agent Christopher discover a photo of Jessica in the data. Rufus and Jiya argue over her premonition, then agree to face events together. Lucy tells Wyatt she and Flynn only talked, they agree to focus on saving the world. Nicholas advances an ideological and romantic partnership with Emma.
248"The Day Reagan Was Shot"Alex KalymniosArika Lisanne Mittman & Lauren GreerMay 6, 2018 (2018-05-06)2082.23[34]
Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Jiya follow the Mothership to Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was shot. When Wyatt saves an MPD officer from a gunman, he realizes she is a young Denise Christopher and Rittenhouse's target. Denise is injured, and her mother urges her to give up police work and accept an arranged marriage. Lucy and Jiya help Denise identify a fugitive John Hinckley Jr., ensuring his capture. To change Denise's mind, Lucy and Jiya reveal themselves as time travelers and show her the photos of her wife and children. Denise breaks the engagement by coming out to her mother, which she had never done originally. Wyatt and Rufus capture the sleeper, Owen, an unwilling Rittenhouse pawn, they kill Owen's true-believer brother Zac before he can get to Denise. Owen commits suicide, fearing Rittenhouse's retribution; in the present, Agent Christopher realizes she is the target. At Flynn's urging, she spends time with her family, she is grateful to Wyatt and Lucy, and her mother becomes a loving member of her family. Jiya and Rufus pledge to save Rufus's life. Flynn tells Lucy that she came from the future to provide her journal after his family was murdered. Jessica reveals to Wyatt that she is pregnant, and her brother, who originally died in childhood, was saved by medical treatment with unexplained financing.
259"The General"John F. ShowalterMatt WhitneyMay 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)2092.43[35]
Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Flynn follow the Mothership to South Carolina on June 1, 1863, where Rittenhouse sleeper agent Confederate Colonel Ryerson uses a history book provided by Emma to outmaneuver Union forces and drive away Colonel James Montgomery and his forces. Wyatt and Rufus work with Harriet Tubman to orchestrate a plantation raid similar to the original Combahee River Raid, while Lucy and Flynn convince Montgomery to reinforce Tubman. Tubman trusts Rufus because she experienced a divine vision of his assistance, that unbeknownst to her also depicted the Lifeboat. Rufus regrets that he can think of no advice to improve Tubman's later life, but she is satisfied to live free; in the present, Carol focuses Nicholas on the idea of Rittenhouse as a family legacy. Jiya meets institutionalized time-machine pilot Stanley Fisher, who tells her that she can deliberately access visions of other time periods. Wyatt conceals the information about Jessica's brother Kevin, even after Agent Christopher informs him that Rittenhouse has surveilled Jessica all her life. Jessica takes Jiya hostage with Wyatt's gun and absconds with her and the Lifeboat.
2610"Chinatown"Greg BeemanTom Smuts & Nancy BairdMay 13, 2018 (2018-05-13)2102.43[35]
Jiya kills her Rittenhouse guard and flees in the Lifeboat. Sedated, and with the vessel damaged by Emma's gunfire, Jiya fails to land the Lifeboat in the bunker. Lucy discovers a photograph of Jiya in Chinatown, San Francisco, dated 1888. Jiya's message in Klingon provides the Lifeboat's location and an exhortation not to come for her. Lucy, Wyatt, Rufus, and Flynn nevertheless travel to 1888. When Carol prevents Emma from killing Lucy, Emma kills Carol and Nicholas, taking on Jessica as her new partner. A dying Carol tells Lucy she regrets taking Amy from her, and not raising Lucy to believe in Rittenhouse. Jessica tells Wyatt that she was raised by Rittenhouse and really is carrying his child. Jiya has lived and worked in a bar since 1885, and has identified it as the location of Rufus's death, she has mastered her visions and saves Rufus from Emma's henchman, but Emma shoots and kills him. Jessica and Emma escape; in the present, Jiya and Wyatt blame themselves for Rufus's death. Wyatt tells Lucy he loves her. An upgraded Lifeboat arrives. Battle-hardened future versions of Wyatt and Lucy emerge, inviting the team to save Rufus.

Release[edit]

Season 1 aired on NBC in the U.S. and on Global in Canada on Monday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific (9 p.m. Central). Season 2 aired on NBC and Global on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST/PST. (9 p.m. CST). Episodes can also be streamed online through NBC and Global's respective websites, as well as on Netflix in some countries.[36] Starting from December 14, 2016, it aired in the UK on E4 every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. UK time,[37] the series also aired in Japan on AXN.[38]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of Timeless received generally positive reviews from television critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season an approval rating of 82%, with an average rating of 6.39 out of 10 based on reviews by 39 critics. The site's critical consensus states, "Timeless is a fun throwback action series with a kooky premise worth watching, even if it is delivered clumsily at times."[39] The second season has fared significantly better, receiving a 100% rating, with an average rating of 8.43 based on ten reviews.[40] Metacritic, which uses a normalized rating, gave the first season a score of 65 out of 100, based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[41]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 3, 2016 1.8/7 7.60[11] 1.2 4.43 3.0 12.03[42]
2 "The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" October 10, 2016 1.4/5 6.20[12] 1.1 4.07 2.5 10.27[43]
3 "Atomic City" October 17, 2016 1.5/5 5.86[13] 1.1 3.84 2.6 9.70[44]
4 "Party at Castle Varlar" October 24, 2016 1.3/5 5.47[14] 1.1 3.64 2.4 9.11[45]
5 "The Alamo" October 31, 2016 1.1/4 5.24[15] 1.1 3.58 2.2 8.81[46]
6 "The Watergate Tape" November 14, 2016 1.2/4 4.53[16] 1.0 4.53 2.2 8.11[47]
7 "Stranded" November 21, 2016 1.2/4 4.71[17] 0.9 3.23 2.1 7.94[48]
8 "Space Race" November 28, 2016 1.1/4 4.78[18] 0.9 3.40 2.0 8.18[49]
9 "Last Ride of Bonnie & Clyde" December 5, 2016 1.2/4 5.08[19] 0.8 2.89 2.0 7.97[50]
10 "The Capture of Benedict Arnold" December 12, 2016 1.0/4 4.81[20] 0.9 3.11 1.9 7.92[51]
11 "The World's Columbian Exposition" January 16, 2017 0.9/3 3.45[21] 1.0 3.24 1.9 6.69[52]
12 "The Murder of Jesse James" January 23, 2017 0.9/3 3.46[22] 0.9 3.22 1.8 6.68[53]
13 "Karma Chameleon" January 30, 2017 0.9/3 3.51[23] 0.8 2.87 1.7 6.38[54]
14 "The Lost Generation" February 6, 2017 0.6/2 2.92[24] 1.0 3.13 1.6 6.06[55]
15 "Public Enemy No. 1" February 13, 2017 0.7/3 2.99[25] 0.8 2.94 1.5 5.93[56]
16 "The Red Scare" February 20, 2017 0.9/3 3.37[26] 0.8 2.75 1.7 6.12[57]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "The War to End All Wars" March 11, 2018 0.8/3 2.97[27] 0.6 2.40 1.4 5.41[58]
2 "The Darlington 500" March 18, 2018 0.7/3 2.85[28] 0.6 2.46 1.3 5.31[59]
3 "Hollywoodland" March 25, 2018 0.6/2 2.56[29] 0.6 2.13 1.2 4.70[60]
4 "The Salem Witch Hunt" April 8, 2018 0.6/2 2.47[30] 0.6 2.22 1.2 4.69[61]
5 "The Kennedy Curse" April 15, 2018 0.5/2 2.47[31] 0.6 2.07 1.1 4.55[62]
6 "The King of the Delta Blues" April 22, 2018 0.5/2 2.31[32] 0.6 2.08 1.1 4.39[63]
7 "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes" April 29, 2018 0.6/3 2.52[33] 0.5 2.07 1.1 4.59[64]
8 "The Day Reagan Was Shot" May 6, 2018 0.5/2 2.23[34] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "The General" May 13, 2018 0.6/3 2.41[35] 0.5 1.74 1.1 4.17[65]
10 "Chinatown" May 13, 2018 0.6/3 2.41[35] 0.5 1.74 1.1 4.17[65]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama Timeless Nominated [66]
Rockie Awards Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Action Timeless Won [67]
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Television Series Timeless Nominated [68]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Timeless Nominated [69]
Choice Hissy Fit Malcolm Barrett Nominated
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress Abigail Spencer Nominated
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show Timeless Nominated

Home media[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Timeless – Season 1 16 September 19, 2017
Timeless – Season 2 10 September 4, 2018

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