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Timeless Character Review: Jiya

*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.

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Timeless Character Review: Rufus Carlin

*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.

Every ship needs a captain and every crew needs a conscious. In Timeless, the captain of the Lifeboat is Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett). Rufus is an engineer and programmer who is assigned to pilot the time machine. He is also the conscious of the main trio of characters, due mostly to his skin color and the heavy reminder of racism in America. Rufus also dealt with betrayal when his mentor reveals that he was not kidnapped, he willingly joined up with the villain and made it look like a kidnapping.

But there is light in Rufus’s life. His relationship with girlfriend Jiya (Claudia Doumit) is going strong. They were colleagues before they got together, Rufus had a crush on Jiya for a long time, but was unable to give voice to his feelings.

To sum it up: When a character is the conscious of the story, he or she does not need to be 2D, dull or preachy. Rufus works as a character because though he is the conscious of the show, he is thoroughly human. As an audience member, we root for him when he stands up against racism, we love him when it comes to his relationship with Jiya and and we feel his pain when his mentor is revealed as a traitor. That is why Rufus Carlin stands out as a character.

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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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