Is time travel on your bucket list? Most of us can’t enter a time machine and visit different locations in different time periods. But Timeless on NBC, now in its second season, has its characters do just that. And the period details and historical facts unearthed make this timeless travel appealing to armchair adventurers and real life explorers.
When you have visited every place you’ve ever wanted to see, what’s next? How about exploring another time period? Timeless on NBC makes this look easy, with a time machine that transports its characters to important historical times. But even without such a device, modern technology makes timeless travel effortless.
Thanks to Role Mommy Writer’s Network, I got to meet with a star, two of the writers/producers, and the costume director of Timeless on NBC, and watch the season two premiere at the New-York History Society. Abigail Spencer, the star of Timeless, was also on Mad Men, another show that wasn’t set in the present. In that show, she lived in the past; specifically, the show was set in New York City in the 1950s. In Timeless, she is Lucy, the protagonist.
Timeless has strong female characters, both heroic and villainous. The premiere coincided with Women’s History Month, and also the release of another time travel show, the cinematic adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
Timeless on NBC
In the second season of Timeless on NBC, the characters go to the front lines of World War I, in France. They meet up with Madame Curie and her daughter. Although there is nothing touristy about this in the television show, it reminded me that I have planned to go to Omaha Beach in Normandy with my kids.
There is a line in the episode that any parent who has taken a child on a trip will surely appreciate. Lucy is about to go on a journey and hasn’t eaten her breakfast. Her mother (one of the villains) tells her to eat and she says she can’t travel on a full stomach. Apparently this holds true whether you are going on a road trip or time traveling. And the villainous mother, still concerned about her daughter’s food intake, will speak to mothers everywhere.
Hollywood, California appeals to many tourists. In season two of Timeless, the characters visit Hedy Lamar in the 1940s, part of the ‘golden age of Hollywood.’ If you go to Hollywood today, you can ride a historic trolley and visit the Original Farmers Market. And The Hollywood Museum has exhibits of Hollywood memorabilia.
In another episode, the characters go to the Salem witch trials. Research revealed that one of the antagonists in the Salem witch trials was Benjamin Franklin’s aunt. Salem is a great day trip if you are visiting Boston.
Abigail said that an appealing part of the show is being able to ‘meet’ historical figures. She also said she enjoys the way the show doesn’t preach history, but rather has the characters experience it. This should warm the heart of anyone who has tried to include learning as part of travel. Experiential travel, as many seasoned travelers know, can be educational.
Arika Mittman, a writer/producer we met at the premiere, said the show tried to focus on moments that could change history. The personal connection that many viewers feel with the show (which was canceled after the first season, but revived after fan protests), mirrors the personal connection that the show’s characters have with historical figures.
One of the other writers on the show is actually an historian, and he keeps a close eye on accuracy. A season two episode has the time travelers meeting Katherine Johnson, the African-American mathematician whose contributions to NASA were explored in the movie Hidden Figures.
What to wear when you travel
Packing for a trip is often a chore. What will the weather be? What activities are you planning?
Imagine is you also had to pack for another time period.
The time travelers in Timeless often resort to stealing period appropriate clothing so they can fit in where they are going.
The costume designer, Mari-An Ceo, is also compulsive about keeping historical accuracy. She researches fabrics and clothing styles, and combs vintage clothing stores for period clothing. She had to get button up shoes for one episode.
The accuracy also extends to undergarments. Bustles and corsets are part of the wardrobe.
In the episode I watched, the characters time traveled in their historical outfits. But I wonder if they are packed in steamer trunks or lightweight suitcases with 360 wheels?
This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own.