Timeless Season Two Will Remind Viewers History Isn't 'Just a Bunch of Rich Old White Dudes'

From left to right: Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) from Timeless.
From left to right: Lucy (Abigail Spencer) and Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) from Timeless.
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NBC scifi drama Timeless got a second lease on life last year when it was revived after being briefly canceled. Now, the folks involved with Timeless say the time travel adventure’s second season will be offering a more expansive and inclusive survey of American history.


An article in USA Today debuted the clip above and cites upcoming episodes that will feature slave liberator Harriet Tubman, blues legend Robert Johnson, and iconic Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr. Executive producer Eric Kripke says that focusing on diverse historical figures is part of a concerted effort to show that history isn’t “just a bunch of rich old white dudes.”

Malcolm Barrett, who plays engineer Rufus, echoes the sentiment, saying Timeless is a “great opportunity to show a mirror to society, to reflect history and also to represent a huge section of the public whose views are under-represented.”

Other historical figures coming to Timeless season two include scientist Marie Curie, suffragette activist Alice Paul, and black race-car pioneer Wendell Scott. The new season starts this Sunday on NBC.

[USA Today]

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I love Timeless — and I get the plot reason why this happens...

But it bugs the hell out of me when the bad guys go to a time/place and the heroes have to follow. You have a time machine too, what (other than plot!) prevents you from showing up five minutes before? Or five days? I mean, a good plot explanation would be something like the two ships are paired in such a way that they can’t exist in history more than a set time apart or something — but they just handwave the whole thing.

Again, I get that for plot reasons this can’t happen, but ... don’t just ignore it folks. The scene up above underscores it. “This is bad, they landed two days ago! What could they have already done???” is badly written when you have a time machine which could lead to an answer of, “Doesn’t matter, let’s go, we’ll show up just after they do.”