Your regularly scheduled column is being pre-empted so I can boost the signal on this IMPORTANT matter.
It’s a delightful take on one of my favorite SF tropes– the plucky team of super-smart people putting themselves in great danger to save humanity. You can trace its ancestry directly back to the ‘hard’ science fiction tales of two-fisted engineers as depicted in classic stories by Asimov and Heinlein and Clarke and, most especially, Poul Anderson’s books about the Time Patrol.
Timeless, I swear to God, is the Time Patrol done for today’s television audience. It’s very modern in its production and its approach to the story, but wonderfully Campbellesque in its depiction of history and of the government program tasked with protecting the timeline… as well as the rogue engineer that is determined to rewrite history for his own unknown purposes.
So far they’ve done episodes featuring James Bond author Ian Fleming’s time in the OSS…
…rescuing Apollo 13 with the help of the lady mathematicians at NASA as seen in Hidden Figures— and they did it BEFORE Hidden Figures was in theaters, even….
…recruiting Harry Houdini at the World’s Fair to save the team from serial killer H.H. Holmes and his murder hotel….
…and last night they did the outlaw Jesse James vs. Marshal Bass Reeves (who many have said was the real-life inspiration for Fran Striker’s Lone Ranger.)
It’s just tremendous fun, smart SF on television, which is not something we get a lot of. This is the time-travel show that Legends of Tomorrow can only dream of being.
Okay? So that’s the preamble. Here’s the Important Matter. This is from the show’s producer and co-creator, Eric Kripke.
Now, here’s the thing. Timeless is the co-creation of the above-named Mr. Kripke… and Shawn Ryan.
Shawn Ryan that did The Shield… and more importantly, Terriers, a hard-boiled Chandleresque private-eye show we loved that only lasted one season.
And Last Resort, a show we loved that only got HALF a season. At least that one got a DVD release.
I’ll level with you. I’m tired of falling in love with Shawn Ryan TV shows only to have them canceled just as they’re starting to get really good. So I am passing along Eric Kripke’s plea and asking you to spread the word. Check Timeless out if you haven’t already, and tell your friends. I think you’ll dig it. Do it for me and my wife Julie, and for Kripke, and especially for Shawn Ryan, who really deserves for this one to be a hit.
You could even do it for Leslie Jones, she digs Timeless too.
Back next week with something cool.