I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t overly excited about this show. No, that’s a lie — I wasn’t excited at all. The original Charmed was my baby, one of the most important shows of my life, and when I heard they were making a new one, I was livid. How dare they mess with my favorite show?
Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the OG Charmed debut. And with the reboot premiering tonight, it made us stop and think about what the original show meant to an entire generation of fans, and what having a reboot made now means to us. A lot of us here at Writes of the Roundtable were huge fans of the original show and grew up watching the Halliwell sisters kick some serious demon ass.
The whole debacle that has ensued since it was announced they were making a new Charmed has really affected us, so we just had to sit down and talk about it. So sit back, relax and come discuss all things Charmed with us.
The third season of Netflix’s Spanish hit Cable Girls started with a bang. Drama, fire, mysterious deaths and a baby kidnapping all within the first episode was almost too much for my poor heart to handle. While I thought season 2 had been a little on the slow side, season 3 went from zero to sixty in record time and maintained the adrenaline throughout its 8-episode run.
Can a show be resurrected for the second time, two years in a row? Apparently, yes, if that show is called Timeless. In an unprecedented move, NBC decided to bring the cult phenomenon back (again!) for one last ride in the Lifeboat. Timeless returns this holiday season with a two-part series finale to wrap up the story. After all, Clockblockers don’t do anything halfway, do they?
Today marks the end of an excruciating wait for Timeless fans. The show lived in limbo for six weeks after the finale until NBC ultimately decided to cancel it, despite the outcry from fans on social media. Although Clockblockers were incredibly loud online, to the point of trending #RenewTimeless and #Timeless worldwide, ratings still weren’t up to par for the network to consider a renewal, so NBC finally pulled the plug on the beloved show.
(We can all agree Nielsen ratings is an outdated system that doesn’t accurately measure ratings anymore and needs to die)
The thing is, Clockblockers are a resilient and determined bunch, and they didn’t just go quietly into the night. A major fan campaign to save the show was launched then and fans tweeted nonstop at networks and streaming services — really, anyone that would listen — about the merits of the show and why it needed to be saved.
Because, see, Timeless is an incredibly diverse, complex and extremely well-written show with a stellar cast, that has been quite literally changing history. In its time travel adventures, the Time Team — historian Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), Delta Force Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) and scientist Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) — serve as conduit to bring amazingly well produced history lessons to our homes in each episode. Teachers across America have been using Timeless as a way to get students more interested in learning history and other subjects, making the show an excellent cross-disciplinary tool for education not only in America, but worldwide.
And then, as if a tweet storm wasn’t already big enough, Clockblockers raised money in record time to fly a gigantic Save Timeless banner over San Diego Comic Con a couple of weeks ago — a move that definitely didn’t go unnoticed by The Powers That Be. After that stunt, we knew there was definitely something happening behind the scenes, especially when the Timeless Writers tweeted the following:
Did that really happen?!! A humble thanks to all the #ClockBlockers who paid for and arranged for that awesome HeliClockter display at #SDCC2018! Your voices were definitely heard. We hope to have some answers/clarity for all of you soon.
— Timeless Writers (@TheTimelessRoom) 23 de julho de 2018
Expectations were through the roof for the past week and today our efforts have finally paid off. The Timeless Writers finally ended their over a week-long suspense and put us all out of our misery with the best news:
— Timeless Writers (@TheTimelessRoom) 31 de julho de 2018
Of course we all wanted a season 3, but at least now we’re getting some closure and the chance to save Rufus. After all, wasn’t that what we wanted? And according to Sony president Chris Parnell, not all hope is lost:
Thank you to all of the helicopters, tweets, paperclips, cupcakes, popcorn, cookies, and the fans. Especially to the fans. We’re not done yet. Please encourage everyone to catch up on @hulu and get ready to make the push to watch our show live this holiday. #Timeless #SaveRufus pic.twitter.com/C2mpA7XzXL
— Chris Parnell (@ChrisFParnell) 31 de julho de 2018
It’s time to rejoice, Timeless fans! You did it! We get to save Rufus and go on one last adventure together. What a time to be alive, my friends. What a time to be alive.
The Timeless two-part season finale is scheduled to air this coming holiday season at NBC.
I know, Clockblockers. The wait is nearly unbearable now. Even though we still don’t know if Timeless will be renewed for a season 3 (we really think it will because what else can they do at this point, right?), we have nothing but time on our hands to analyze and talk about everything that happened in season 2.
We have already gotten our writers to talk about season 2 as a whole, but from now on, we’re going to break this up by characters and moments. First up, we have our girl Lucy Preston — our very favorite historian — and boy, do we have a lot to talk about.
Timeless is the kind of underrated show that everyone deserves to hear about. It is well produced, well written, and has such a stellar cast that we seriously don’t understand why the series isn’t more popular. Timeless is critically acclaimed and boasts a hardcore fanbase, but it’s still fighting for a renewal — for reasons that completely baffle us.
Timeless season 2 delivered an even better story than the series’ first year, teaching viewers history lessons and making us fall in love with its amazingly complex characters all over again. We root for them, we cry with them, we hurt with them, and we most definitely want to keep them around for many seasons to come. The season 2 finale hit us all in the gut with a one-two sucker punch that left us breathless and grieving the death of a beloved character, only to turn around and make our heads spin with the mother of all plot twists.
So, we’re hopeful for a season 3, more history lessons, more Lyatt and most definitely more Rufus Carlin. Come on, NBC. We need to save Rufus!
I know, Clockblockers. The uncertainty is killing us. This past week alone has probably been the most stressful week for a lot of us and — as of tonight — we still don’t know the fate of our show just yet. Timeless is that rare phenomenon — an extremely high quality TV show, well produced, fantastically written and directed with a stellar cast. It has everything going for them, and yet, here we are.