*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series Timeless. Read at your own risk if you have not watched the first two seasons.
There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.
In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Timeless to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.
Behind every team in the field is a support system who is not in the field, but is as important as those on site. On Timeless, Jiya (Claudia Doumit) started out as the person behind the controls while Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus travel through time. Then she takes Rufus’s (Malcolm Barrett) place after he is injured, though her piloting skills are not as strong as Rufus’s.
After passing out from what is thought to be the effects of time travel, Jiya discovers that she has visions and can predict the future. This causes her to break away emotionally from Rufus and their relationship, in an effort to protect him.
To sum it up: Every major character is important, regardless of their time on the page or the screen. Jiya is important, not only because she holds the fort down, but because her abilities and the information she provides helps her colleagues to do their jobs. As writers,one of our jobs is to ensure that all of our characters receive appropriate time in the limelight. We cannot forget some of them because they are not always in the foreground.