This is Us has always favored the flashbacks and present-day format, and the mid-season premiere was no different. They kicked off with a flash forward from the mid-season finale, and then went back to fill in the missing links. Between election results giving you flashbacks of not-so-nice times, and feel good fuzzy between couples in love, This Is Us packed a punch with the start of the second half of season 3.
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(We can all agree Nielsen ratings is an outdated system that doesn’t accurately measure ratings anymore and needs to die)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 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.
Timeless is the kind of show that sneaks up on you. When season 1 first started, I had already heard about how amazing the pilot was from a few friends who had already screened the episode, so I knew I was in for a treat. But I had no idea how incredible this journey I was embarking on was going to be — that this show would be this wonderful miracle that it is.
That was so worth the wait, wasn’t it? I know I usually do a “Top 5 Moments” post, but there is just so much to discuss that we’re going to have to go the traditional review way this time around. The hype surrounding “Hollywoodland” was gigantic, and I am sure that every Timeless fan had their expectations through the roof for this one. That said, I am pretty sure tonight’s episode more than surpassed everyone’s expectations, despite that horrific twist of a cliffhanger in the end.
Timeless is that kind of show that seems to work regardless of what story they are telling. While last week’s season 2 premiere was very intense and emotional, tonight’s “The Darlington 500” was the exact opposite. It was fun, it was light, it was funny, but it still managed to move the plot forward, while showing us more of one of the main characters’ past.
Because here’s the thing: there’s no such thing as a filler episode on Timeless. Every second matters and each and every episode counts as essential to tell these characters’ story.
In the This Is Us season 2 finale, the wedding we’ve all been waiting for has arrived, and it was perfect — or as close to perfect as weddings can get. Kate and Toby walked down the aisle with hopes of a bright and sunny future. Will they get it?