‘Timeless’ 1.04 “Secrets Stolen” and 1.05 “Picture Fades” Reviews

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“Time After Time,” after only five episodes, has been cancelled. I reviewed the final two episodes (not realizing, of course, that it’d be the last).

Episode four, titled “Secrets Stolen,” had H.G. and Jane traveling back to the 1980s to find out more about Project Utopia.

You can read an excerpt from my review below.

The trip to 1980 was productive, and I truly enjoy when Jane and H.G. interact. They’re becoming kind of a dynamic duo. Jane, a historian, is able to lead H.G. through the knowledge of time periods while his optimism and sense of romance balances Jane’s pragmatism. However, as the show progresses, H.G.’s optimism, that happiness and wonder over being in a different time, has somewhat diminished. This is causing the show to slip a bit, especially since the plot in “Secrets Stolen” is so full of drama and dark turns. The sense of hope seems to be fading and this directly correlates with H.G. and Jane’s lack of interaction on a level beyond that of discussing the plot. The episode was so worried about moving the plot forward that it kind of left its characters behind, not stopping for any kind conversation aside from that. Because of this, “Secrets Stolen” lacked any real spark.

To read more from my review of episode for, head over to The Young Folks.

Here’s an excerpt from the fifth, and final, episode of “Time After Time,” titled “Picture Fades.” The episode followed John as he went back to 1918 to try and save the son he never knew existed.

I know H.G. is old-fashioned and all, but the whole “you can’t come along because it’s too dangerous and I’m trying to protect you” is still a line that’s too often said by men when speaking to women and it agitated me to no end when H.G. told Jane that she couldn’t come to 1918 with him. Later, he tells her that he can’t stand to lose her, and she also apologizes… for being pushy? Let me make it clear that no woman should ever apologize to a man when being asked to be treated equally. If H.G. can go back to 1918 (putting at risk his own lineage and possibly erasing Vanessa from existence), then so can Jane. And wanting to come along because Jane knew that she could help is not being “pushy” and she had every right to be angry for the double standard treatment.

To read the rest of my review for episode five, go here.

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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