Timeless, Episode One

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Man, did I expect to hate this. I mean, really and truly and madly and deeply despise it.

The one promo I saw had supermodels with faces that would never fit into America’s past. And they expected me to buy that?

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Well, I bought it.

We have a black and British Elon Musk …

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… who has created a freakin time machine …

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… and never told the government until …

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… it gets stolen! By someone the government claims is a terrorist.

He goes back …

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… to the past in New Jersey (and there’s something glossed over: the time machine doesn’t just go back in time, it can apparently move distances too) …

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… to prevent the Hindenburg disaster.

The Department of Homeland Security press-gangs a history professor …

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… and a member of Delta Force …

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… to go back in time in a prototype of the stolen time machine …

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… to try to stop him. The pilot of that ship is a black computer programmer …

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… who, very unlike today’s techies, knows history and understands that wherever he goes in America’s past, he’s not going to be welcomed.

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So … what eventually happens?

Oh, that would be a spoiler!

Let me just say that I was impressed by what they did. Nothing was straightforward here and nothing is as it seems. And despite the leads looking like supermodels, you quickly forget that because the story is so damned interesting and everything moves.

I could carp about things such as the past being shown without cigarettes, but hell, this is network TV. It seems only people on cable TV can be seen with a cigarette these days.

See Westworld:

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(Actually, don’t see it.)

What bugs me a bit is that this is network TV. A ton of money was poured into this first episode.

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They can’t keep up that level of spending. How cheesy will future episodes get?

Nevertheless, it has grabbed my attention and I want to see more.

I also wonder how many people made their way to this Wikipedia page.

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