The stars of NBC time-travelling show Timeless united for a San Diego Comic-Con panel today, thanking fans for helping to un-cancel the show a few days after its cancelation. In large part due to a tenacious fan base, NBC is giving the series a second chance.
Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, and Goran Visnjic joined executive producers Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke to talk about what's next for Season 2. Here are some of the highlights from the panel discussion at #SDCC2017:
1. Big Thanks To The Fans
Eric Kripke started the discussion by thanking the fans who supported the show:
"The point of the panel is to celebrate you for saving the show so I think you deserve a round of applause."
But it was #MalcolmBarrett (Rufus Carlin) who got the crowd into a frenzy. Barrett continued the celebration by tossing out t-shirts that said "Clockblockers." After Barrett threw out the t-shirts, Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke asked the crowd to vote on which fandom name is the best: "Clockblockers" or "TimeFandits." Hands down, "Clockblockers" was the winner:
There was even a blooper reel presented to the members of the audience that showed the cast goofing around and singing during some of their scenes:
2. The Actors Revealed Their Favorite Episodes
Their characters went back to the Revolutionary War, the Wild West and the 1950s. During the discussion, the cast talked about which episodes they enjoyed the most. For #MattLanter (Wyatt Logan) it was Episode 5, "The Alamo," and for #AbigailSpencer (Lucy Preston) Episode 9, "Last Ride of Bonnie And Clyde" was her favorite. How could any Clockblocker forget when Wyatt and Lucy kissed for the first time? Lanter even had a subtle jab at Spencer about that scene:
3. What Costumes Did They Dislike?
Time-traveling means you get to ride in style. In #Timeless, the characters make sure they are wearing the appropriate clothing for each time period — but that's not always appreciated by the actors. Anything that involved a corset or wool did not please Abigail Spencer. Matt Lanter did not like wearing any pants that split, and Malcolm Barrett had a hard time wearing some of those very tight shoes.
4. What's In Store For Season 2?
After the cast and producers talked about how they found out the show was renewed, they started discussing their future plans. Season 2 is going to pick up after the big twist at the end of the first season: Lucy's mom is going to be the Big Bad. According to Kripke, Carol Preston will have a huge impact on the story:
"Lucy's mom is really going to be one of the major big bads in Season 2. Rittenhouse does have their hands on the time machine so that is way worse than Garcia having his hands on the time machine and Garcia and the team are kind of, sort of now facing a common enemy so there's going to be some sort of complicated, really fraught, messy team-up with that."
Kripke and Ryan want to "dig deeper into character" in Season 2 and explore the relationships between Rufus and Gaia, Lucy and Wyatt, and Garcia Flynn joining the team. It will be interesting to see how Flynn plays with the rest of team. As Visnjic said about Flynn, "Is he more dangerous or more sympathetic?" Only time will tell.
5. Travel To The Future?
So far, Timeless has been exploring and chasing Rittenhouse in the past. One of the audience members asked Kripke about any stories involving a trip to the future. Kripke replied:
"Never say never but kind of never. It's rare that the future is done well on TV; you can probably count on one hand or a couple fingers. It's always bad and so I don't think we want to do that. We love the research, we love that it's historically based. We love that we can represent stories that are diverse and inclusive. God willing, we're in season seven or eight, ask me again… but I don't think anytime soon."
According to Kripke, Timeless is about delivering "inclusive stories about history, stories about women and stories about minorities and stories about gay people; that everyone contributes to the history of this country."
Fans will be excited to see which time periods the crew will travel to next. No matter where they go, we are ready to buckle up because, as Matt Lanter said, "It's time travel, you gotta wear a seatbelt."
Timeless returns for Season 2 in 2018 with 10 new episodes.
Which time period do you want to see the cast explore next season?