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Review of "Time After Time" 3/31/17 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 9/8c on ABC

I like time travel shows, and I loved the original "Time After Time" movie with Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenbergen. This show is not as good as that movie. It's your typical broadcast TV show, dumbed down for the masses. It's light and airy, and you won't think about it two minutes after you see it. There are many good time travel shows on TV right now. This isn't one of them.

I like the actors who play H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper, but they're a bit lightweight for this type of drama. Freddie Stroma was great in "Unreal," but he's not solid enough to be the lead of this show. He just comes over as too silly. Josh Bowman (Daniel from "Revenge") is better as Stevenson (Jack the Ripper), but the writing just doesn't support them. Genesis Rodriguez is fine as Jane.

I'll give you an example of the bad writing: In one scene, H.G., after taking a shower, has trouble using the electric razor (he can build a time machine but can't figure out a razor? Okay...). Jane shaves him. That's fine, but then she shaves off his mustache without checking to see if that's okay. He just sits there as if nothing is going on. What??? I found that scene to be ridiculous. You try shaving off a man's mustache without asking him and see what happens!

The show was created by Kevin Williamson, who created Dawson's Creek, Vampire Diaries and other shows. I'm surprised that something he did is so flawed. 


Travel through centuries, decades and days with a young H.G. Wells in the time machine he created. Using creative elements from many of Wells's classic stories, Time After Time creates a fantasy world surrounding the events that inspired these great literary works. We look at the world of today through the eyes of yesterday while fully charged with danger and centered in thrills, satire, humor - and most of all - an epic love story.

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