The countdown to San Diego Comic-Con is almost over. While we can’t wait to check in on our favorite returning shows, we’re also excited to finally get a first look at the latest additions to the TV lineup. We’ll have to keep waiting patiently for Time After Time‘s midseason premiere (unless we get our hands on a time machine of our own), but SDCC will give us a chance to find out more about what looks to be one of the year’s most promising pilots.
Do we really need to know more than that Freddie Stroma stars in the show?, you may ask. Yes, yes we do. The UnREAL and Harry Potter star’s involvement is certainly enough to get us interested in Time After Time, but there is much more that we’re excited to learn about this upcoming show.
Here are five questions we want answered by the cast and creators of Time After Time at San Diego Comic-Con:
1. What was it like to update the source material for a 2016 audience?
Time After Time is based on a preexisting novel and movie. While that’s not unusual in itself, what sets this adaptation apart is that the source material is from 1979. As the trailer appears to set the show in present-day New York City (except for the time travel parts, of course), we would be fascinated to hear what it was like to bring this story to our time – and how much of the original has been preserved for TV.
2. How is it to portray characters based on famous (and infamous) historic figures?
The vast majority of today’s popular shows are entirely fiction. As much as we’d like to believe that Daenerys Targaryen and Stiles Stilinski are/were out there, somewhere, that’s just the truth. But Time After Time has some roots in reality, bringing not only real people, but almost legendary ones to life. From H.G. Wells (Stroma) to Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman), the core characters are names we are all familiar with. While the show will obviously give these men drastically different stories, we’re curious what it’s like for the actors to portray these historic figures – whether they carry their own weight of responsibility or are just like any other role.
3. How central of a role will time travel play?
H.G. Wells’ time machine is the catalyst for the events of the series, causing the young scholar to pursue his longtime friend Dr. John Stevenson (a.k.a. Jack the Ripper) through time to modern-day Manhattan. But once the two men make it to New York, will time travel still play a central role in the show? The trailer shows the time machine being used one other time, when Wells and Jane Walker (Genesis Rodriguez), a young curator of the H.G. Wells museum exhibition where the machine lands in our time, use it to travel just a few days forward. Will we see more travels to the future, back to Wells and Stevenson’s time, or even further into the past?
4. Will Jack the Ripper have any redeeming qualities?
We already know we’re going to love Freddie Stroma as H.G. Wells. But the trailer also has us very intrigued about his colleague-turned-nemesis John Stevenson. You’ve got to love a bad boy – but we’re not sure we can love one quite as bad as the Jack the Ripper of lore. Since we need a reason to justify reactions like “Holy when did Jack the Ripper get so hot?”, we’re going to need to know whether there’s some nuance to this guy’s motivations.
5. How will experiencing our time affect Wells – and his future work?
If Captain America taught us anything, it’s that being abruptly displaced from your own time period can be quite the adjustment. We have to wonder how Wells will take to life in 2016 (when he’s not busy chasing down the most notorious serial killer in history). The other thing of note is that the Wells portrayed in Time After Time has yet to publish any of his landmark science fiction novels. The show’s synopsis teases that we will see Wells and Jane “involved with the incredible characters and scenarios that inspired Wells’ War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and more” – so we would love to hear more about how that will play out on-screen.
Agree? Disagree? Have more questions you want answered for Time After Time (other than Freddie Stroma marriage proposals)? Share with us in the comments below!
Time After Time is set for a midseason premiere on ABC. The pilot will debut at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 23 at 8:20pm in Room 6BCF.