Wells and Jane work to stop “The Key Killer” (AKA Jack the Ripper) as he continues his murder spree. Get a sneak peek of this week’s Time After Time.
I have to say, after watching last week’s Time After Time premiere, the show has a lot of potential.
While I’m still in the throes of The Vampire Diaries withdrawal (*CRIES*), it’s nice to have another Kevin Williamson show on TV to turn too. And, if I’m being honest, the second hour of the premiere, written by Williamson, was more engaging than the first.
In any event, those two hours left me with several thoughts.
First, Freddie Stroma is a very charming H.G. Wells. His sense of morality and duty coupled with a broader commitment to peace and progress are a breath of fresh air. At the same time, I enjoy how accepting he is of modern sensibilities (e.g. racial and gender equality). This is likely what also pains him the most about the contemporary world… the scene of Wells sitting in the hotel bar, watching the news and crying from all the violence and depravity just breaks my heart.
Interestingly, it’s this same depravity that John Stevenson, AKA Jack the Ripper, loves. He wastes no time getting back to his serial killer ways. For me, what is most distressing is how upset Jack gets when he finds out that, unlike Wells, he is not famous. Jack the Ripper’s identity remains anonymous, but if John has his way, that will change. The way Josh Bowman plays Jack the Ripper is even more disconcerting because of the creepy attraction he evokes. Plus, there does seem to be a slight potential for redemption going by how he reacts to Jane Walker (how he doesn’t really kill his other captive in that apartment, even though he lets Jane think he does). What’s up with that?!
Speaking of Jane, I love her badass, “I’m from Texas,” curator vibe. She’s a very good ally for Wells, and there’s already an interesting chemistry between them. But then again, perhaps we can say the same about Jack…
Also, I know we’re supposed to trust Vanessa Anders, and while it’s obvious she’s keeping things from her husband, it feels like Vanessa and her people are keeping things from Wells too. Is she really his Great-Great-Granddaighter? I’d love to get a flashback (forward?) scene of Older Wells and Younger Vanessa’s first meeting.
Finally, what’s up with the guy in the hat that’s stalking Wells AND Jack the Ripper???
In tonight’s episode “Out of Time” (written by Gabrielle Stanton, directed by Steve Shill):
IT’S A RACE AGAINST TIME TO FIX THE TIME MACHINE AND FIND ‘THE KEY KILLER’ BEFORE HE STRIKES AGAIN— H.G. and Jane rush to repair the damaged time machine before Dr. John Stevenson – now better known as “The Key Killer” – strikes again. Meanwhile, Vanessa must decide whether or not to confide in Griffin. (via ABC)
Watch two clips from the show. In the first, Wells is very concerned with John’s murders and how they’re altering the timeline; however, Jane considers the possibility of fate. And in the second video, John takes a break from his murder spree to enjoy a microwaved burrito *SNORT*:
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And the spree continues… goodness!
Take a look at 20+ images from “Out of Time” and make sure to watch the Time After Time at 9:00pm ET|PT on ABC.