*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.
When one usually sees a business owner on film or on television, he or she is usually the villain. More concerned with making money and keeping their business alive than tending to the needs of their staff, they are willing to do anything to ensure that the bottom line is kept to their standards. In Timeless, that business owner is Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph). Connor is the founder of Mason Industries, the company that has built the time machine that the Time Team uses to travel through time.
A mentor to Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett), Connor got involved with Rittenhouse when they helped him resolve his financial issues. This led to Connor forcing Rufus to secretly conversations with the rest of the Time Team to help Rittenhouse. His conscious finally got the best of his two timing when he took the blame for an explosion that was caused by Rittenhouse.
After the explosion, Connor is humbled and has to live without the money and the fame that came with his previous life.
To sum it up: There is an old saying: pride goeth before the fall. Connor Mason, the hotshot inventor and millionaire businessman thought he was all that. Then he realized that he was not all that. His dealings with Rittenhouse put the entire Time Team in danger and destroyed what he worked hard to achieve. But, in the end, he realized that there is more to life than business and making money. As preachy as it sounds, the concept of appreciating the simpler things in life and appreciating those who love you will never disappear.