TV Club: Other than Timeless, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

After its second episode, it’s easier to say what Timeless isn’t than what it is. Things Timeless is not: subtle, consistent, self-aware, profound, logical, as smart as it thinks it is. But there are two other things Timeless is not, and that’s true even, and perhaps especially, of its very worst scenes. Timeless isn’t boring, thank the lord. And better still, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

If that sounds like damning with faint praise, that’s a little bit true. Most of what was a problem in the first episode remains an issue here. Comically oversimplified philosophical arguments, check. Coincidences several leagues past convenient, check. A wildly inconsistent tone, check. Oldsy-timesy characters that feels like they walked right out of some animatronic Disney ride, check. But despite all that, and despite the fact that some of it got worse — that’s got to be …

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