TV Club: Timeless makes a deal with the devil

Well, that was a mid-season finale, all right. At the midpoint in its first (and possibly only) season, Timeless seems like a decent, if sometimes uninspired, major network outing—a little weirder than most, perhaps, and sometimes so totally inconsistent as to seem kind of nuts, but mostly it’s familiar territory. There are times that doesn’t serve the show well (last week’s episode, for example), and times that it does. Is “The Capture of Benedict Arnold” a perfect hour of television? Of course not. Still, there’s something to be said for getting the job done, and this episode certainly does that. It may not be groundbreaking art, but it’s rarely boring, and this episode is no exception.

Key to that success: forcing the heroes into a position where they have to be otherwise. It’s not a new idea, but it’s a good one …

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