Time After Time Spoilers

Time After Time Team Previews Epic '80s Trip, Jack the Ripper's Backstory

For a show about time-hopping, Time After Time has been quite stationary following its premiere jaunt to modern-day Manhattan. But that all changes with this Sunday’s episode (ABC, 9/8c), in which H.G. Wells and Jane take the time machine for a spin to 1980.

There, the duo find themselves in the Long Island childhood home of a three-year-old Vanessa. The future business mogul is “the whole thrust of the story,” executive producer Kevin Williamson says. “Everything’s based on Vanessa Anders and her lineage, and we see how Wells intertwines into that. It’s a big, huge, epic melodrama [about] these two warring families.”

Time After Time SpoilersJohn, meanwhile, takes his own joyride to 1918 Paris, France, in the following Sunday’s outing. “He goes in search of his backstory a little bit,” Williamson previews. “We open him up, and you see what makes him tick, and what kind of Achilles’ heel he may have that has power over him. It humanizes him, in a way.”

Adds his portrayer Josh Bowman: “There was something that was an emotional attachment to [John] that he goes in search for. In that episode, you see somewhat of a redemptive quality in the character.” (Don’t worry, the show is not out to make Jack the Ripper into a cuddly serial killer. “He’s not on a redemptive path by any means, but we layer him enough so that you understand him,” Williamson notes.)

As for more journeys into to the past — or the future, for that matter — they will be sporadic, as the series is “all present day” with “three or four” time-travel trips, Williamson says. Rather than relying on that storytelling device too much, “we open up the H.G. Wells playbook, and we start pulling from his greatest hits,” the EP explains. “The idea is that you see the inspiration for all his [novels]. You’ll start to see little elements of The Invisible Man. In a lot of ways, Griffin in The Invisible Man is a lot like John in terms of his character and his backstory.”

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6 Comments
  1. Cat says:

    I like everyone in this show EXCEPT Josh Bowman. He couldn’t act in “Revenge” and he can’t act in this either. Too stiff…always seems like he’s looking over the other actor’s shoulder to read his lines from a teleprompter.

  2. Ram510 says:

    Who cares, this show is a goner anyways

  3. grazelled says:

    I’ve watched a couple of episodes and I keep expecting Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus to come out of whatever machine appears wooshing through. Wow this show makes me miss Timeless. I like the Wells character but the rest of the cast isn’t that great, especially Jack the Ripper.

    • SK says:

      Haha! That was funny! I tried to watch last night’s episode but got so bored I just turned it off. I did give it a chance.

  4. Judson says:

    I wanted to like this show, but just can’t get into chasing a serial killer around as the main plot device. Now I also read that they won’t even be time traveling that much. Jeeeez, it’s a time travel show. Might as well have a western without horses. HG Wells actor is ok, I like Jane a lot, but I hate Jack (and I hated him on Agents of Shield). Lets just hope Timeless makes the cut for next year.