Time Travel—one of the few topics I warn writers to stay away from. And, of course, am writing an entire series with it at the core. The other topic is the President and I have two books my President’s series, so do what I saw, not what I do!
NBC premiered Timeless this week and I watched it last night. Time Travel has been fodder for TV series as long as there has been TV. Anyone remember Time Tunnel?
Quantum Leap was a lot of fun, although it made little sense and, of course, jumped the shark near the end. But it was focused on emotion and feeling good.
I grew up with Sherman and Peabody. I love the trailer for it—but does he say Wolf of Wall Street or Woof of Wall Street?
Back to Timeless. It was getting a big push at Comic-Con in San Diego, where I was visiting my two future leaders of the Resistance Against the Machine, Riley and Haydn. We recently discovered that my writer’s brain dysfunction seems to have a special effect on babies and I’m the Haydn sleep magnet as seen to the right when he’s sleeping on my lap as I try to get some work done during his last visit.
Timeless also has been getting a big promo push on media. At first I wasn’t too impressed. It started with the obligatory character build up to make you care about them, but I’m sort of like: hey, I care about the time travel! Get to the characters later. One of the reasons I start my Time Patrol books with the burst of six action scenes from each of the missions. But that’s me.
I meander. Anyway, I don’t want to give away spoilers but it felt kind of cliché for two of the three character backgrounds. Rufus, apparently, didn’t have one, doesn’t need one, but near the end maybe he’s an enigma? The Delta Force guy was also pretty bad at close quarters battle, getting his butt kicked a lot. Of course there was a frying pan in one fight that brought up memories of Agnes and the Hitman.
The show got interesting in the last 15 minutes. Got no clue what the bad guy’s motive is. They threw out “stop the United States something something”. But Rufus also has a hidden agenda working for his boss, who invented the time machine. What’s intriguing is the bad guy might not be bad and the guy running the lab that invented time travel has some sort of hidden agenda and Rufus is involved in it.
As a writer, one thing struck me—the little girl with her mother on the Hindenburg. They showed her in the same scene twice, then getting off the craft when she was supposed to have died, so methinks she was important? BTW my father told me that when he was a boy, he saw the Hindenburg fly over New York City that day.
The twist in Timeless, and you must have a twist, is a good one: history is actually changed and thus when they return, their present is changed. For Lucy, the apparent protagonist, this produces a good news/bad news scenario that’s intriguing.