Timeless Character Review: Garcia Flynn

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television seriesĀ 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.

Any good story needs a villain. He or she is often the driving force for the narrative, especially when they come into contact with the hero or heroine of the story. But a good villain is there not just to antagonize the main character(s), he or she has a back story and believes that they are doing the right thing.

In Timeless, the villain for all of season 1 and part of season 2 was Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnijc). When the audience is introduced to Flynn, we are told that he is the bad guy. Determined to stop Rittenhouse, Flynn uses a journal written in the future by Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer). It is up to the Time Team to prevent Flynn from changing major events in American history.

Over the course of season one and season two, it is revealed that Flynn’s family were murdered by Rittenhouse. In the second season, Flynn becomes an ally of the Time Team, in spite of their lack of trust in him, especially Wyatt (Matt Lanter). When Wyatt’s wife, Jessica (Tonya Glanz) returns from the dead and sparks appear to be flying between Lucy and Flynn, this arouses Wyatt’s suspicion even further.

To sum it up: It takes a good writer to create a complicated villain. To be evil for evil’s sake is boring. When a villain has a motive, it only adds to the narrative. Garcia Flynn stands out as a villain because the audience understands why he is doing what he is doing.


Throwback Thursday-Chopped (2009-Present)

From the outside looking in, cooking does not look even remotely like a competitive sport. But, in right hands, it can be.

Chopped premiered on The Food Network in 2009 and has since become a staple of their schedule. Hosted by Ted Allen, the premise of the show is as follows: four chefs are given three baskets of ingredients that seem to have nothing in common. From these baskets, each chef must prepare a meal using the basket ingredients as the core of said meal. Their final creations are judged by well-known celebrities from within the food and restaurant world. At the end of each episode, one chef is declared the winner and takes home $10,000.

Chopped is one of those shows that is not the average reality competition show, at least from my perspective. It’s fun to watch and it doesn’t feel like your brain is sucked dry by the end of the show.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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