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ABC’s newest series is Time After Time. The drama, as the name suggests, has time travel as its main feature. The series is based on Karl Alexander’s science fiction novel of the same name. The story starts in 1893, in the home of H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma, UnREAL). He hosts a dinner party for his friends and he eagerly shows them his time machine, the subject of the newest book he’s attempting to write. Only minutes later, Scotland Yard arrives at his doorstep, looking for a murderer (the infamous Jack The Ripper as we know him). Wells’ friend Doctor John Stevenson (Josh Bowman, Revenge) is blamed when a bloody knife and necklace of the victim are found in his bag. Stevenson, however, didn’t wait around to be caught and used Wells’ very real time machine to travel to the future.

When Wells realizes his friend is an infamous murderer and has used his time machine to escape prosecution, Wells makes the brave decision to follow Stevenson to March 3, 2017. In this strange time, Wells meets Jane Walker (relatively new Genesis Rodriguez), a woman who works at the museum where Stevenson and later Wells appeared in the time machine, which was part of an exposition there.

Stevenson finds out Wells has followed him to the future and has set out to bring him justice. Of course, Stevenson doesn’t like that idea at all, so he sets out to escape Wells once again. There is just one problem. Wells has a key in his possession, which allows the time machine to remain in the time it has been used to travel to. Traveling without this key, means the machine will automatically return to its starting time. This is what happened when Stevenson used the machine the first time, what allowed Wells to follow him through time. Stevenson is determined to take the key from Wells, so he won’t be followed, and so that he will be able to continue killing whomever and wherever he likes.

 

 


 

 

The novel Time After Time was a success, and so was the movie based on the story. From this, it’s clear that the story on which this series is based on is very solid. The story was dynamic, involved several plotlines, but not too many which would leave viewers overwhelmed, new characters were introduced in due time etc. It was just a very pleasant way to unravel the first parts of a story.

It’s great that Time After Time has a good foundation, but a good story is only part of what makes a series good. The way the story is adapted, filmed and the quality of the actors are also very important. Naturally, when transforming a book into a tv series, things will have to change.  I haven’t read the original book (although I certainly intend to do so very soon), but Time After Time had a good pace and a pleasant way of storytelling. With time travel to the future it is always a bit tricky to show the character is completely unfamiliar with modern day technology without it turning into some sort of slapstick. Time After Time was able to blend this into the story, with a little bit of humor, without it getting too overbearing. At first Wells was shown amazed at the new technology, while later this amazement was shown less, but the unfamiliarity with the workings of different technology was still a part of the story. The dialogue of the actors is on point, and so is their acting. I immediately believed the actors were who they portrayed. All in all, Time After Time could have what it takes to be successful.

With time travel to the future, it is always a bit tricky to show the character is completely unfamiliar with modern day technology without it turning into some sort of slapstick. Time After Time was able to blend this into the story, with a little bit of humor, without it getting too overbearing. At first, Wells was shown amazed at the new technology, while later this amazement was shown less, but the unfamiliarity with the workings of different technology was still a part of the story. The dialogue of the actors is on point, and so is their acting. I immediately believed the actors were who they portrayed. All in all, Time After Time could have what it takes to be successful.

Time After Time has concluded its run after 1 season.

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