Timeless Character Review: Emma Whitmore

*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.

Commitment is defined as the following:

“The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.”

If one were to look up the definition of commitment in the dictionary, they would see the face of Emma Whitmore (Annie Wersching). Emma was originally a double agent, working for Mason Industries while revealing the secrets of her job to Rittenhouse. When her secret was revealed, Emma joined Rittenhouse and never looked back.

The audience and the Time Team met Emma after she had faked her death and spent several years living in Missouri in the 19th century. Emma is a tireless foot soldier for Rittenhouse, willing to do anything and everything that is needed to ensure that her teams wins.  Not above violence when needed, she is smart, strong and is more than able to take care of herself. But that does not mean that she is without weakness.

Angry and jealous that Lucy is higher in the hierarchy of Rittenhouse due to an accident of birth, Emma takes great pleasure in torturing Lucy whenever she can. However, she is not all bad. In certain instances, she has let history take its course instead of following her instructions to the letter.

To sum it up: A character who is committed to his or her cause is a great starting point for their story arc. But there has to be more than this commitment. Emma is a good example of this because though she usually follows the dictates of Rittenhouse,  there are moments when she does not follow orders. Her jealousy of Lucy and the rare times when she does acquience to history creates a well-rounded character that the audience can relate to, even if they disagree with her actions.

P.S. It’s nice to see a badass redhead on screen, even if she is one of the baddies.

This will probably be my last Character Review post for 2018. I have not decided if I will start a new list of characters next week or wait until after the New Year. Either way, stay tuned and keep watching for new posts. You maybe surprised who I review. 

Reasons To Save Timeless

Timeless is one of my favorite shows that is presently airing on NBC. It was initially cancelled after the first season, then brought back to life after the network was bombarded by fans who wanted the show to continue. The second season will soon be coming to a close and unfortunately, once again, Timeless on the verge of cancellation.

If you have not watched the show, listed below are the reasons to watch and save timeless.

  1. Fully fleshed out, empowered and intelligent female characters: Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jeffrey), Jiya (Claudia Doumit) and Emma Whitmore (Annie Wersching) are far more than the traditional arm candy/love interest/damsel in distress. All are badass, in charge and are just as important to the overall narrative as the male characters.
  2. Every episode is a mini history lesson. The pilot episode was about the Hindenburg disaster. I knew the basic facts about the disaster, but I learned a lot more by the time the episode was over.
  3. The action and drama keep the audience on their toes. I’ve often found myself wanting commercial breaks because I was so anxious to know what was going to happen after the break.
  4. The baddie on show is an organization called Rittenhouse. They are determined to bend history to their will and are not unwilling to kill or destroy in the process.
  5. The focus this season is overlooked historical figures who are female and people of color. It’s not often that a fictional action show shines the spotlight on these people. The first episode of this season focused around Marie Curie. It was enlightening to say the least.
  6. It’s an amazing show. I hope and pray that once again NBC will listen to the fans and renew Timeless for a third season.



Timeless airs 10PM on Sunday nights on NBC. The season finale airs in two parts, May 11th and May 18th starting at 9pm. 


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