5 Reasons You Should Be Watching NBC's "Timeless"

5 Reasons You Should Be Watching NBC's "Timeless"

Should we preserve history or change it?
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It’s rare to find a TV show with no flaws. Usually, either the premise has been done before, the cast lacks diversity, the plot is predictable, the characters are boring, the content is too much, or the writing makes you cringe.

But I’m here to tell you I’ve found a perfect TV show.

And that is NBC’s “Timeless.”

What makes this show so special? There are so many, many reasons, but I’ll stick with these five and let you discover the rest for yourself.

1. Time travel done right

Time travel is one of the more common TV tropes, and it can either go really well or really terribly. “Timeless” is definitely the former. There are rules, and what’s really great is that these rules make sense and are upheld throughout the show. One of the most frustrating things about the time travel trope is that the science isn’t believable, but the writers of “Timeless” have made an effort to overcome this, evident in an unbroken suspension of belief while watching the show. You’re not asked to just accept anything; you’re given an explanation and a believable and enjoyable advancement of the plot.

2. The most fun history class you’ve ever taken

Not only do they get the science down, but they make our time-traveling adventures so, so interesting. We’re not just jumping around to random plot- or character-relevant events; we’re watching Abraham Lincoln get assassinated. We’re watching the Space Race. We’re watching Benedict Arnold betray America. We’re not just remembering the Alamo—we’re seeing it destroyed. And we’re watching the “Time Team” try to preserve these historical events and work through the consequences of messing them up. It really makes you appreciate these stories of American history in a new light.

3. Featured “hidden figures”

One of the best parts about “Timeless” is that we’re also seeing stories we haven’t heard before—the people and places the history books don’t bother to mention. For example, the woman on whom the movie “Hidden Figures” is based gets a prime role in an episode of “Timeless,” and there are countless others. Every episode features a story of someone who played a crucial role in building the America we know, but for whatever reason, we don’t know about them. Did you know Al Capone had a brother? Or that the Lone Ranger was black? Rufus sure didn’t.

4. Diversity done right

“Timeless” stars include a female historian as the protagonist, a black genius/time-machine-pilot, several women of color, and among these, an interracial couple. And they’re all main characters who get the same amount of screen time as any white male character. Explanations of why this show’s diversity is so important have been written in a much better way than I can here, so I’ll lead you to them.

Not only that, but there's no sugar-coating the past on this show. They aren't afraid to call out mistreatment of women, African Americans, etc. in America's past.

5. Unbelievably lovable characters

You’ll discover this for yourself once you start watching. The members of the self-dubbed “Time Team” will steal your heart with their amazing wit, fierce comradery, and heartbreaks. Though a seemingly unlikely team at first, this history professor, war vet, and genius-slash-time-machine-pilot prove to be something truly special.

“Timeless” is a great show because it takes a concept that’s done often, and it completely makes it its own. It also takes things that have never been done—the telling of stories that got lost in history—and makes it relevant. “Timeless” is the kind of show that reminds you why you love watching shows about time travel. The writing is fresh and interesting, the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat (and clicking “next episode” when you probably shouldn’t), and the characters will both steal and break your heart.

So, what are you waiting for?

The season finale of “Timeless” airs Monday on NBC at 10/9 Central, and every episode can be found on NBC’s website.

Cover Image Credit: NBC

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Poems about when you lose your mom in a difficult way and too early in life.

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Poems about when you lose your mom in a difficult way and too early in life.

Season of Falling

Season of Falling

Photo by Oliver Hihn on Unsplash

As the weather grows colder,

our hearts begin to freeze and harden.

We grieve for those fallen,

and for all who are lost.


When the trees don colors,

and leaves begin their descent,

we mourn for the loss,t

hat alters our perceptions.


Loved ones falling, fading fast,

leaving the season,

with or without reason.


As winter approaches

our world is irrevocably transformed

leaving hearts frozen, haunted by memories

Of the season of falling.

Mom

Mom

Photo by Ivan Jevtic on Unsplash

My life was slowing to a stop

Missing every beat of her heart

"Where are you?" "How could you?"


Anger and rage consumed my heart

My life was slowing to a stop

Missing every beat of her heart

She is gone or is this not real

She was broken, she was weak

She was Mom


Brushing my hair, soothing me to sleep

Memories of a young girl, safe with her mom

Everything the same, yet now my world has changed.


The days pass slowly, questions lingering

"Where are you?" "How could you?"

No answer, no reason.


As I pick my head up and carry on

She will always be Mom.

Grief

Grief

Photo by Patryk Sobczak on Unsplash

No one speaks its name.


A darkness that hungers for heart and soul,

anger and confusion that makes no sense.


The heart tenses, constricting tight,

breathless, throat closed.


Stalking you, calling you,

holding you tight,

forgotten how to breathe,

the pain numbs into darkness.


Slowly letting go,

slipping beneath the surface.


The depths of isolated pain,

tears become invisible,

there's no one else near,

grief wraps itself around you,

whispering, "I'm here".

Humanity

Humanity

Photo by Michael Fertig on Unsplash

As the pain sears through my chest I am reminded of my humanity.

What makes me different from the world?

Every emotion, good or bad, reminds us we are alive.

Our humanity allows us the experience of great emotions but also deep pain.

Is the universal rule that without pain we cannot find happiness?

Is this cruel or simply life? Do we fault human will or our creator?

Are these our emotions or someone else's?

Innocence

Innocence

Photo by Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

As I watch my children play,

I wonder what I will say.


The truth or lie?

Will their innocence die,

Will the light outshine the darkness?


Not everything was bad,

I was loved, you made mistakes,

The pain will fade, the memories remain.


Laughter and joy,

As I watch my children play,

I wonder what I will say.

Your grandmother will always remain.

Pages

Pages

Photo by Syd Wachs on Unsplash

Her comfort held in her hands,

Her home is where it takes her.

Covers of many colors,

pages of cream, ink carefully placed.

Her freedom, escape from reality.

They understand her pain, hiding from the truth.

She isn't strong enough to make it on her own.

People suffer, love that makes it through the storm, pieces glued back together.

Holding them close they are her lifeboat, her safe place.

Her comfort held in her hands, Her home is where it takes her.

Moments

Moments

Photo by Anja Junghans on Unsplash

The world spins round

Yet we stand still

Observing the lost souls.

Wondering why?

Love and loss, pain and hope,

all the layers of life

Sometimes we forget,

who we really are inside.

Watching from within seeing lives unfold

Is all this pain worth what we are told?

Happiness, should we be so bold?

Healing

Healing

Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash

I look at what has happened,

I will not understand.

Torn by the child within you raised,

The adult that feels betrayed.

You left us, the ones you loved

to face the demons you could no longer hide

I look back at my writing,

as my ink spills across the page,

there is only one way.

You were human.

An adult with mistakes.

And a mother that knew best,

healing is a journey; time is what we need

without you, time is all we have.

Mother's Embrace

Mother's Embrace

Photo by guille pozzi on Unsplash

As I long for your embrace,

only the kind a mother can give,

memories of you flood me.


I am left longing for more time.

The moments you held and kissed me,

Fixing my scrapes and bruises.


I find myself wishing and hoping,

As I long for your embrace,

For the embrace, only a mother can give.


That time has passed for us,

So I hold my children close.

Hugging and kissing them,

With the embrace, only a mother can give.


Leaving them with memories,

Hopes and wishes,

Fixing scrapes and bruises,

With the embrace, only a mother can give.


As I long for your embrace,

memories of you flood me,

While I hold my children,

With the embrace, only a mother can give.

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