Shakespeare and Time Travel and Imaginary Friends: ABC's Trailers Are Ridiculous

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Everyone’s releasing new trailers this week, and now it’s ABC’s turn. Of particular interest to us are Still Star-Crossed, the Shondaland sequel to Romeo and Juliet; Time After Time, where a time-traveling HG Wells hunts Jack the Ripper; and Imaginary Mary, a show where Jenna Elfman gets advice from her imaginary friend.

I kind of want to take this seriously, but the voiceover makes it very hard. “Where this tragedy ends, an even greater story begins,” indeed.

“I believe my friend John is Jack the Ripper. He has escaped to the future and I am the only one who can catch him,” says HG Wells in Time After Time. Also, the first thing people do in the future is shave, apparently.

There is a Macarena joke in this.

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Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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DISCUSSION

I like the daring of reinterpreting the Montague-Capulet feud as a race war. It’s a clever take on the idea. Although it’s a bit incongruous that all these people from Verona, Italy are speaking with English accents. And the title Still Star-Crossed is confusing, given that The CW’s sci-fi take on R&J called Star-Crossed was cancelled just two years ago.

Time After Time looks like it’s faithful to the movie, and presumably the novel, though with a bit of updating to make it work as a series (don’t tell me, the leading lady’s a homicide detective). But these guys are no Malcolm McDowell and David Warner.