TV Show Review – Time After Time

TV Show Review – Time After Time


Rating:  3 (out of 5).  ABC’s new time traveling series Time After Time, based on the Nicholas Meyer film, is a romantic comedy about chasing Jack the Ripper. Josh Bowman plays Jack the Ripper who hijacks a time machine and flees to the present to avoid being captured. H.G. Wells, the inventor of the time machine follows him and ends up falling in love with a present time museum curator where his time machine is on display.  Mediocre reviews with none of the critics hating it but none loving it either.  One of the better quotes is from The San Francisco Chronicle which says, “Logic isn’t a factor here, but the show is fun.”

“Time after Time is timeworn” says Newsday. They think it’s “not terrible” but it “ is just timeworn, also timed out and mistimed.”

The Hollywood Reporter thinks this “doesn’t have enough to say to stand out.” They write “Time After Time is less utterly hollow than Williamson’s CBS dud Stalker and slightly less literarily pretentious than Fox’s The Following, but there remains an excess of uninterrogated slasher carnage.”

The Los Angeles Times says “It’s the “Dawson’s Creek” Williamson who’s the more valuable here; the romance and the comedy are what keep the series buoyant. In this respect Génesis Rodríguez, as Jane, an assistant museum curator, incipient badass and Wells’ quickly developed love interest, is the show’s most valuable asset. Rodriguez keeps the show human and warm and brings out the best in Stroma, as Jane brings out the best in Wells.”

The New York Times writes “Time After Time” will start out with a reservoir of good will among those fond of the 1979 Nicholas Meyer film on which it’s based, and Mr. Meyer returned to write the first episode.”

Variety states “ it seems like the entirety of “Time After Time’s” temporal shenanigans exists just to get to the point where Jack the Ripper starts slashing and hacking his way through a cross-section of Manhattan’s comely young women.” They say “The premise should make room for bonkers fun, or at least attempts at bonkers fun. But the studied shallowness of “Time After Time’s” approach to violence makes for a sickening dynamic that attempts to cheaply humanize a serial killer.”

The Washington Post thinks  this “is not nearly as compelling or creepy as it aims to be — it could use a smidgen of the fun that “Timeless” came by naturally. Nevertheless, Stroma gives a capable performance as a hero who is as confused as he is earnest.”

The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch says “Like the movie, “Time After Time” the TV series mixes action and romance with a touch of social commentary.” They call it “charming and engaging” and say it “ does the very best thing it could do: It respects (and doesn’t ruin) the movie.”

The Salt Lake Tribune thinks “The first couple of hours are very entertaining. Which isn’t surprising, given that the show is basically just cribbed from a very entertaining movie. The question is how this premise is going to hold up starting in Episode 2.”

The San Francisco Chronicle writes “Logic isn’t a factor here, but the show is fun.”

Vulture calls this “a one-hour drama-thriller that has a sense of humor, but is driven mostly by its central conceit.” They say “There are moments, especially in the first few minutes of the pilot, where the series threatens to revel a bit too much in the victimization of women. This being a network show, though, things never get too gruesome. Stroma is also so winning that there’s never a question you’re rooting for Wells and not Jack.”

USA Today thinks “In essence, Time is an attempt to put a new twist on a conventional network-TV mystery series, and on its own minor terms, it largely works, The cast is attractive, the story is told with some wit, and the first hour, at least, moves along nicely.”

CNN states “The two-hour premiere dutifully sets up the premise” but “the clock on how long “Time After Time” can sustain interest already appears to be ticking.”

The Boston Herald writes “Like all time-travel shows, paradoxes can emerge like sinkholes. Still, the cast works so much charm, they must be exhausted by the end of the day.” They think “The climax of the pilot diverges significantly from the film and could potentially grant H.G. an unexpected but welcome ally. Is it enough to make this show work?”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says “It’s unclear if the series will rise above a constant cat-and-mouse game between Wells and Jack, something that seems like it could get old quick.”


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